fair reckoning

“By judging others, we blind ourselves to our own evil, and to the grace others are just as entitled to as we are,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

We all need to be true to the Bonhoeffer edit but in our own ways. Though we all have our shortcomings, our Christ is without them. For our sake’s He had this recorded. Insomuch then, as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself, likewise has shared in the same, that through death He might destroy Him who had the power of death, that is the devil. (cp. Hebrews 2:14).

And again the mysterious of Divine Providence offers grace to everyone. It’s recorded as thus, The wind blows where it wishes, and you here the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. (cp. John 3:8).

And in judgment those exclude from His grace will argue, no one ever told us. And our Christ will respond, 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. (cp. Romans 1:20).

More truth, How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awake, I am still with you. (cp. Psalms 139:17-18).

And in conclusion this promise, 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 done. Saying, “My counsel shall stand. I will do all my pleasures.” (cp. Isaiah 46:9-10).

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never ending truths

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also in the trees, and in the flowers, and clouds and the stars. Martin Luther 1483-1546.

I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works and that my soul knows very well. (cp. Psalms 139:14).

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.

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traitors to the american way

“As a man is said to have a right to his property, he is equally said, to have property in his rights. Where an express of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his persons, his faculties, or his possessions,” James Madison, March 27, 1792.

And who, and what is responsible for such a scandalous theft? None others than those, who claim to hold the Unites States Constitution in the highest esteem. From Trump, to his scandalous republican puppets. Through to their supreme court jurists.

They are the who in the theft of our combined property rights. Accomplished through their zeal for power, stature, and political partisanship. Done without fear despite Madison’s condemnation of such political hooliganism.

They have with pride subverted all of Madison’s property rights belonging to we the electorate. Dumping those rights into the cesspool of corruption, by allowing money to have constitutional standing equal to we the people.

They have done that through the powerful, and unchecked power of the nations corporate conglomerates, who pay little to no corporate taxes. Allowing them to pay professional lobbyist to write legislation for the so called freely elected peoples representatives. And that guarantees their perpetual undemocratic dominance over the nation. Making sure that the president, congress and the courts understand their tenure is in their hands and not the electorate. And that’s, why there is such an imbalance of wealth and social equality in America.

In a very real sense all democrat’s and republican’s, as parties to those shenanigans between government, wall street and their armies of lobbyist should be arrested and tried as traitors. Because they have stolen our combined property rights.

And because our, Declaration of Independence, boldly declares, that we the people have been endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these rights are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Followed by the preamble to our Constitution which also boldly declares, “We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect Union, establish … and promote the general Welfare … do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness resulting in the general welfare means certain aspects of those unalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator can not be for profit. One such aspect is a single universal payer national health plan created by the federal government. Covering every American from birth to death. Paid through taxes collected from the nations very wealthy corporate conglomerates. And, through additional taxes paid by the nations million and billionaires.

The federal government has a legal obligation to enact such universal health care. Because it written, “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ” Declaration of Independence.

The people’s solution. Learn to act up for change non-violently.

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the art of living

Conduct your business as if you were going to live forever on God’s green earth. But act, as though you were to die tomorrow.

If the two are seriously out of balance the pursuer will experience imbalances between body, mind and soul. Often being manifested through lack inner peace and outward contentment.

When that occurs, and left alone, a whole host of illnesses can manifest themselves. Some effecting the body, or the mind and sometimes both simultaneously. But, it’s most damaging to the soul. Because, ones soul is the pathway to spirituality. And spirituality is what harmonizes ones body, mind and soul. And, is the surest pathway to healthy longevity.

But it’s far more complicated, then just putting your feet on the floor after a goods nights sleep. It takes lots of research to put together a package that maximizes the inner harmony of body, mind and soul. Because there are so many quick buck artist out there peddling fixes for what’s ailing one. Which fix nothing, and sometime do more harm than good.

And, don’t exclude religionist from that mix. Because they can be the most egregious offenders. Religion whether shelled palaces made up out of concrete, wood and glass called churches. Are often palaces of entrepreneurship selling religious gimmicks as cure all for whatever ails one.

This conversation is difficult for me because, as one duly ordained into Christendom, I turned critic because of what Christendom had become. But not the crucified, and resurrected Christ.

I know spirituality is ever so important for the harmony of body, mind and spirit. So here’s a research tip. Privately study your Bible. Concentrate on the books written by the Apostle Paul which are Romans-Philemon. Paul moved history from reliance upon the Mosaic law. During that time non-Jews were excluded from God’s redemptive program. Which was valid until Christ was crucified.

Shortly thereafter God set aside a Jew hating prosecutor. And redirected Paul to offer salvation to the whole world Jews and non-Jews. If ones journey for total health is to be successful, it must first start by becoming one with Christ. That can occur by applying, Romans 10:9-10, to your life.

Then carefully study all of Paul’s writings. When you’ve gotten a solid understanding of what Paul was teaching. Branch out, and study the whole Bible because they contain many gems for successful living. Including what to expect, as this age also has a climax.

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difference makers

It should be the highest ambition of every Christian to extend their Christ anchored views beyond themselves. To wherever, and whatever circumstances a community of people maybe found.

Including those who are homeless. It’s shameful tragedy that in America anyone should be homeless especially children. Children sleeping overnight in cars then going to school hungry and lacking proper hygiene.

Many think that’s so because their parents were irresponsible thus bums. There are many reasons for homelessness, hunger and other basic necessities, like livable wages, proper and affordable health care, housing, and utility services. Sen. Bernie Sanders is the only politician to ever repeatedly declare that health care is basic human right. It should be extended to include at least food in America.

It’s true that in some incidences it’s because of parental irresponsibleness. But as much a factor is the reality that tragedies strike suddenly up ending family stability. It could be from an unintentional accident of some sort, or from some sudden disease.

Health care shouldn’t be a for profit industry. It should be seen as a ministerial industry. Jesus didn’t ask those whom He healed for any kind of material reimbursement. It was learn about Me and take My ways upon yourself.

Even gainfully employed hard laboring folks can become victims of a ruinous capitalistic system. Capitalism is the Devil among us, and advocates for capitalism are his servants. Making them also the enemies of Jesus.

How many times is this repeated? Whoever is the families bread winner. Sometime it’s mom and on other occasions it’s dad or even grandparents. Unanticipated circumstances can lead to all kinds of tragic and costly family consequences. Left with no where to turn for help. And unfortunately becoming wards of the streets. I’ll leave it to the reader to imagine the many causes and consequences. And whether, or not, they, or some other loved could potentially become one of them.

There are two institutions that should work together to remedy such a consequential problems. The church, and the federal government neither is up to the job right now. Just finished six discussions about uselessness of the church. Presented some solutions, hopefully they’ll acted upon by a very different Christ movement.

The federal government also needs a complete makeover. Sen. Bernie Sanders is the person to accomplish that task. But, first he must secure his parties nomination. But the democratic hierarchy will do all they can to prevent his ascension to becoming the nations 46th president. So its up to we the people to make Sen. Sanders our next president. His candidacy represents our last chance to make America into a nation it should have become a time long ago. Although its had spurts in that direction in the past. JFK, and his brother Bobby represented those spurts. Both were assassinated!

Trump presents a new threat, as a result of having done away with the republican party. Trump is the newest political party in America. The remaining things called republicans are his surrogates in the remaking of America into a trump dictatorial regime. Like his Russian buddy, whom he openly praises, and welcomes his meddling in our elections.

Work to be done on two fronts. Christ begs for liberating groups of frontier settlement makers. It’s false to conclude that the grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence. The flowers are breath taking beautiful there. It’s referenced as the fragrance of His presences. (cp. 2 Corinthians 2:15-16.

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old @ new worlds colliding-2

Continuing from the tail end of yesterdays discussion. Where it was suggested that the disgruntled among the established church community should take a hike. By starting a church from their homes. Concluding that some suggestions would be made, as to how to make it successful within your community.

Avoid any, and all similarities to traditional church hierarchies Focus on what the Bible teaches and doesn’t teach. Most important! Focus on the Apostle Paul’s Epistles. Why? Because they represent God’s plan for what was revealed as the age of grace. From previous discussions various scriptures and rational were provided.

Also from previous discussions it was clearly stated that that doesn’t make the rest of the Bible irrelevant. One just needs to learn how God changed His expectations for the world community.

For example the Bible is pretty much a closed book. Meaning  there will be no additional changes from what we already know. The only thing missing is the exact timing. And how some of the players in God’s grand scheme will be exactly timed for manifestation. Which includes environmental shake ups and disease manifestations. They are all declared, as the worst of times.

One of the most troubling of issues confronting Christ followers is the matter of prayer. Christ isn’t in the business of answering prayers. Because He’s already for seen our prayers and has answered them. Here’s one example. Ill tempers!. Here’s the answer.

“They who are slow to anger are better than the mighty. And they who rule their spirit than he who takes a city.” (cp. Proverbs 16:32).

It’s as much a mental process, as it is a spiritual process. (cp. Romans 12:1-2). Combined with Romans 8:14; 25-28; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. In other words apply the scriptures to ones self. It isn’t magic it takes discipline and perseverance. (cp. Hebrews 11:1;6).

In other words learn to pray the scriptures in a personal way. Note carefully, Philippians 4:6-7 because there are no guarantees. Just a guarantee of God’s peace and understanding. Which will guard your heart and mind. Christ’ pathway to everything one is.

Now the forming of those gathered, or summoned to form an Ecclesia, meaning an assembly. Call it anything but a church.

Have song fests, scriptural discussions with rotating chair people. Organize community social events letting the community know what you are all about. When, the time is right launch gospel outreach programs. The ultimate goal is to grow the body of Christ. Everyone has their circle of friends. Encourage people to leave your home assembly and start their own home assembly . Avoid the temptation to create something that you left. It’s easy to think we’ll be different. Experience from history says differently.

Remember to include some aspect good works through out your community. The Apostle Paul taught, “For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (cp Ephesians 2:10).

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old @ new worlds colliding-1

Church attendance is shrinking steadfastly for many reasons. Three previous discussions enumerate some of the reasons. Review them, if you want to understand the modern state of the church as a failing institution. Besides defining some of their entrepreneur tactics, and their demise in the presences of a hot tempered God. You might consider giving some attention to what is suggested during the course of this discussion.

Because we have two choices, one of which represents the complete surrendering of liberty and self expression to the state. The other the expansion of Christendom outside of all structured church institutions.

One way to identify them is to determine if they have a, Section 501 (c) (3) tax status from the IRS. Freeing them from paying any local, state or federal taxes. Allowing them to become entrepreneurs. And what, do they sell, packaged religion of various stripes for money.

They don’t really care about serving the interest of the state. Because there’s lots of money to be earned selling striped religion. The state tolerates them because they are a force to keep the people checkmated.

One way to get on the bad side of the IRS is to promote a particular presidential candidate from behind the pulpit. Put banners and other political paraphernalia on property owned by the church. Bye bye IRS tax exemption!

Or to preach for a women’s right to be pro-choice, as opposed to being pro-life. And when it comes to choice show the way to a licensed provider. Bye bye IRS tax exemption!

First a necessary diversion. The, November 2020, election cycle is considered to be the most consequential election in American history. Trump must be defeated! He’s all about making the rich richer and the rest of us poorer.

Trump, if given a second term will try to remake America in the images of dictatorial regimes. Meaning the general populace will serve the entrepreneur interest of the donald. Much like the Chinese under Xi Jinping. Where the people are worth nothing more than ponds of production without independent representation. Totalitarianism equals complete dominance to the state which equals brutal slavery.

Ravished between between seemingly opposing ideologies of religion and state. Each wanting dominance over the other. This is how to gain dominance over both.

The appeal is made to those, who got fed up with religion and its many denominational tags. And those still stuck there, put are about ready to say good-bye ism’s. But for some reason, all of these people know there is something real that is escaping them. By the way, I was once one of them. Everyone’s journey is different. Mine perhaps very different.

As a very young child, I had a number of angelic appearances. For some reason none of them scared me. But during one of them, I learned that I was destined for the priesthood. Time flew by and I was infatuated with organized crime. And, became determined to become a crime boss. Long story made short through some very unusual experiences.

I found myself on my knees accepting Christ, as my personal redeemer. It’s for everyone! Here’s the way. Romans 10:9-10 and the results, 2 Corinthians 5:17, because of John 3:8. Seems to work best for people found within; Romans 10:20, the less church experience the better. More time past, and of to seminary and eventual ordination.

Lasted a few years and became totally fed up. Made arrangements to leave the church. But a wise bishop suggested don’t. Suggesting that I go to the inner city ghetto and minister to the truly needy. What an experience! It’s still my real passion and focus decades later.

Not suggesting that that is the path to be followed by anyone religious or not. What I am suggesting is that the church disgruntled among the aforementioned take a hike. And start a home church. For tomorrow, what it is and how it works. Think about what is written, discussion to discussion, as chapters in a book.

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guilty on two counts-3

Perhaps the greatest harlot of church age grace is Protestant Fundamentalism Pentecostalism. Well known for their speaking in unknown tongues that they reference as speaking in the Spirit. Totally debunked by God’s chosen vessel for introducing church age of grace. (cp. Ephesians 3:1-7). Then warning against the practice of speaking in languages no one can understand. Can’t be valid unless there is an interpreter present. Other wise it serves no fruitful purpose. (cp. 1 Corinthians 14:5;13-14). So Pentecostals fail the first test for grace age legitimacy. And must, be found guilty on the first count of spiritual fraud.

Pentecostals proudly proclaim that people are healed from some very disabling diseases. And non-life threatening, but sometimes disabling injuries. They claim they do these wonders, and miracles through either prayer, or the laying of their hands on a recipient or both. And as proof, they proudly have recipients share their wonders and miracles with the public. It’s difficult to determine whether its real, imaginary, or staged.

Sincerity of passion dictates that Pentecostals and anyone having such gifts would make themselves available to families who have loved ones crippled by infirmities, and or, near death. And because, it’s hasn’t been done it raises suspicion of illegitimacy. And makes them guilty of spiritual and moral fraud. If it were otherwise it would be front page news via television, print media and social media.

Suggesting it’s not real, or its received by those suffering from illusions, or staged for profits, by the proprietors of the various Pentecostal hierarchies. Remember it was argued during the first discussion of this series. There’s lots of money to be earned through religious fiction, as opposed to scriptural biblical facts. And must be found guilty a second time for intentional fakery.

Justice is served, as the sentence is imposed. These things declares the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, since the beginning of creation, “I know your works. You are neither cold or hot. I could wish that you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot. I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Because you keep saying, “I am rich, and have become wealthy and have need of nothing.” Do you not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. (cp. Revelation 3:14b-16).

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church heap full of deception-2

The one institution that should be reliable, one would think, would be the church. But it isn’t, because the modern day church has become a collection of competitive entrepreneurs, who sell various brands of religion.

That in some incidences are disgusting. In that they represent spiritual fraud. Because, there are no church age scriptures giving credence to them. The guilt lies mostly upon those, who claim that God speaks verbally and directly to them. Going as far, as to assert that they have been transported from earth directly into the presences of Jesus Christ. That’s powerful, chilling and possibly dangerous medicine, for the gullible exposed to such constant diatribes.

And from the first paragraph, a 710 word essay proceeded explaining why that was so. It might be helpful to read yesterdays discussion. Because this discussion is designed to build upon what was recorded yesterday. And because, our world needs a reliable, and trust worthy institution. Agents fulfilling what the Almighty announced to be the declaring of the end from the beginning. And from ancient times things not yet come. Through the exercising all of His counseling and purposes. (cp. Isaiah 46:9-10).

And as, part of His purposes and counseling would be the introduction of the age of grace. Because His initial intention was for the establishment of the promised kingdom of heaven on this earth. Making the annual celebration of Christmas rather irrelevant. Because, that was not His intended goal, as laid out yesterday. And it’s most likely the reason His birth date is a continuous stunt in gamesmanship. For the, eventual spectacular launching of Christendoms empire building. Through concrete, wood and glass palaces called churches. And for, the simultaneously cementing of another falsehood capitalism, as God’s hand in the marketplace of products and services. Sending both institutions to the bank with ample profits. It’s no wonder that the Christmas medley Jingle Bells Rock is a favorite Christmas melody.

So sitting aside the ruinous advocates of God’s intended counsel and purpose. Here’s what the dispensation of His age of grace is all about. It’s fully discovered through a careful study of the Apostle Paul’s epistles of Romans – Philemon. Compare them with what was discussed yesterday. Because they’ll answer why people left the church because they couldn’t make biblical miracles and wonders work for themselves.

That doesn’t nullify the other books of holy scriptures. They contain many very valuable truths for we grace age people. One basically has to separate what governed people before the age of grace from this age.

You’ll discover that tithing ten percent isn’t a grace age requirement. Cheerful giving is the grace age standard. For some, through various circumstances giving money is not an option. (cp. 2 Corinthians 9:7).

Paul in Philippians 4:6-7, teaches us about our grace age prayer life expectations. Absent are any promises of individual prayer abilities, as taught elsewhere in our scriptures. Which should relieve any sense of guilt or spiritual shortcomings.

And, who are the corrupter’s of the age of grace? Evangelical protestant fundamentalist especially those who brand themselves as Pentecostals. Pentecostals vigorously disagree, so tomorrow, we’ll see if they can pass the test.

Equally, so are churches, who deny the perfect and complete efficacy of Jesus Christ. As Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of everything that was, and is and will be.

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royal ripoff neighborhood church-1

The one institution, that should be reliable, one would think would be the church. But it isn’t because the modern day church has mostly become a collection of competitive entrepreneurs who sell various brands of religion.

There’s a enormous difference between the sacred scriptures, and all those denominational churches doting the world landscape. Like any other institution there’s a necessity to be professionally trained. So one can separate religious facts from fiction. There’s a lot of money to be made by selling religious fiction, as opposed scriptural biblical facts. Unfortunately, the lure for money, and prestige. Causes most today, within the professionally trained to value fiction over facts.

All of the miraculous occurrences found through out the Bible can not be repeated today. Example. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also, and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (cp. John 14:12-14).

True to His word the scriptures tell many instances of such occurrences. Like the parting of the waters by Moses, as he, and his followers fled the pursuing Egyptians. Only to have those walls of water collapse, and drown the Egyptians army once the Israelis had crossed the restrained water walls.

Continuing as follows. “And as you go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (cp. Matthew 10:7-8). Those words by Jesus have perplexed millions because that’s not their experience.

Consulting the clergy, as to why, they are given all kinds of falsehoods. Mainly it boils down to being told you need to tithe more, repent from some hidden transgression, be more active in church activities, and clergy malarkey is never ending. Eventually, they give up and disassociate themselves from Christendom altogether. And, the incidents they share are unfortunate and sometimes tragic.

Succinctly, as possible here’s why. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John pertained to the Jews under the Mosaic law and not the grace age church. These twelve Jesus sent out saying and commanded them saying, “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (cp. Matthew 10:5-6).

For what reasons? And what, follows represent the facts. Jesus came to fulfill the covenant promises made to the Jews. So what was the first thing the twelve disciples were to do? Preach saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (cp Matthew 10:7). The Jews rejected Jesus as the one, who was the fulfillment of all those promises. History records that the Jews in cooperation with the Romans crucified Jesus.

Then a hidden mystery was revealed called the age of the Gentiles. Recorded as follows, “The mystery which has been hidden from ages and generations, but now revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles which is Christ in you the hope of glory.” (cp. Colossians 1:26-27). And to those in Laodicea, Christ’ apostate church, and those who have not seen my face. That their hearts may be encouraged, …., to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ.” (cp. Colossians 2:1-2).

It’s an unspecified period of time recorded as the dispensation of grace. (cp. Ephesians 3:2). But, absent the wonders and miracles of aforementioned paragraphs. Which has chased, so many people from Christendom also for reasons aforementioned. During this dispensation those wonders and miracles are a very rare phenomenon.

More about this topic tomorrow.

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futurism yours and mine

God has made from one blood every nation of people who dwell upon the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed time, and the boundaries of their dwellings.

So that they should seek the Lord in hope that they might find Him. Though He is not far from of each of us. For in Him, we live and move and have our being.

Therefore, we are the offspring of God. We ought not to think that Divine Nature is like gold, silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.

Truly during times of ignorance God overlooked a lot. (meaning before the church age). But, now commands all people everywhere to repent. Because, He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man, whom He has ordained. He has given assurance to all of this by raising Him from the dead. (cp. Acts 17:26-31).

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story telling fact or fiction

From high school to college and reaching us today is Theodore Dreiser’s acclaimed novel, “An American Tragedy.” Once recognized by Time magazine as one of the best English languages novels of all time. Is it any wonder, no! Because his 1925 truths, resonate as truth today. Oh yes, the clothing is different, as are many other aspects of his world and ours. But the underlying premise is the same.

As many know, Dreiser wrote about the dark side of the American dream. Where protagonist, Clyde Griffiths, turns his back on his Christian upbringing provided by his parents. Seeking a life not guided by Christian principles. And that is the crux of our modern day, “American Tragedy.”

A nation of people becoming more inclined to shy away from a life guided by Christian principles. Becoming eager to seek the American dream from the dark side. With the dark side becoming darker and darker. The dark side gets its credence through intellectualizing and then behaving in ways forbidden by legal jurisprudence.

It’s becoming more and more tasteless by Americans that the American dream must be pursued by Christian values. Because the Christ of Christianity, puts restrictions on ones innate cravings. That violate His holy writ, which is unwavering in its demands of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Concerned about your inner cravings? Doesn’t matter what they are because approval or disapproval is found in God’s holy writ, the Bible. From marriage, child rearing to complicated issues of darkness, as seen through the lens of the GLBTQ community. Including abortions, business, friendships, community service and war. Including everything between A-Z.

Here’s a little known nugget of information. Bisexuality had its origins with Adam. Within Adam dwelt Eve, who had not yet been born. Some are sensitive to that phenomenon than others. If truth surfaced, everyone experiences that awareness. But are able to shake it off, as nonsense. While for others the phenomenon is so strong that they have to respond to it. Shared because early my ministerial career the issue surfaced.

A clergy person, who also had a doctorate in psychology. Referred a man to me, who was attracted sexually only to men. He had a masters degree in education and taught art. He was married, and his female wife, also had a masters degree in education and taught in the same school. She married him knowing all about his drive for wanting a male lover. She loved him, and thought together they could overcome his same sex desires. One day she called me informing me that her husband had committed suicide.

There isn’t a day that that whole situation isn’t relived. That’s what prompted me to look for an answer. And, I found it the aforementioned Adam and Eve sexual analogy. Perhaps had it been shared with him, it might have rescued him, and prevented a suicide.

There’s a lot more to it than just intellectualizing the Adam and Eve analogy. Deliverance arrives by praying that intellectualized process over the seeker wanting deliverance. It occurs this way, “Now he who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (cp. Romans 8:27). Other verses prayed are Romans 8:25-26; Hebrews 11:1;6. All this is difficult to explain because one has to move outside the intellectual and into the realm of the pure which is the spiritual.

Indeed Dreiser’s, “American Tragedy,” of his time and ours is that our tragedies are far more visible, but absent any piercing controversy.

Clergy people get sick, die, vacation, retire or move on. This Padre duly ordained is available to temporarily fill that vacancy. Perhaps teach a Sunday school class. Share in an adult Bible study group. Exploring excursions through the corridors of topics usually avoided. Scheduling can be accomplished through the Contact Us link on my Home page.

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truth makers

It has been said that our greatest enemy is ones self. And so it seems to be, considering the following. The earth is under siege from an exterior attack called global warming. Which according to the scientific community unless that siege is reversed life on this planet will become inhabitable. They say the evidence is refutable, nevertheless, even if the science is rejected. Observation should be convincing enough to extinguish that enemy within one that denies reality.

Here are two irrefutable realities that are mostly rejected. “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.” (cp. Romans 1:20). And, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (cp. Psalms 139:14).

So explicit are they, that if anyone gives thoughtful consideration of them. There truths could not be denied. Acceptance of them from an experiential perspective would change ones life. And once that occurs Christianity becomes more than a religion. What’s really wrong with the world is that there are to many religionist and not enough Christ souldiers.

Denial of the citations from Psalms and Romans is far worse than the siege of an inhabitable earth through global warming. Because what’s God made is endurable, as opposed to the shenanigans of humans which always leads to destruction.

What is eternally endurable is called the gospel of grace. It is as follows, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, 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. Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jews and Gentiles, for the same Lord over all is rich to all whom call upon Him. For whoever calls upon Him, shall be saved.” (cp. Romans 10:9-13).

This Padre duly ordained, also with a degree in political science is available to address the broad spectrum of secular Americans, as organised groups within the American society. Right through to the many denominations that dot the American landscape.

You select the topic from the broad repertoire of issues available to be discussed. From either the secular or religious perspective. Arrangements can be made through the Contact Us link on my Home page. Living room conversations work well, as do other forums where people can gather.

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difference maker

As discuss yesterday, this Padre is as far away as possible from organized religion. Then one might wonder, why have any association with Christendom?

That question is best answered by reading yesterdays discussion. Just because some apples from a purchased bushel of apples have rotted. That doesn’t mean that the entire bushel is absent a few good apples.

So it is within, the institutions of Christendom. And that may well be a good omen for society, because often it’s the few that make the difference, when destiny hangs in the balance.

So in the end, if you are one of us, then perhaps we can become partners in collaboration towards a common goal of resupplying Christendom with fruit that honors Jesus Christ. The only hope for a world being over run with rottenness.

And if you are not one of us collaborators, then perhaps you’ll consider joining us.

Here’s an interesting scripture, “I was found by them, who sought Me not, and I was manifested to them that asked not of Me. (cp. Romans 10:20). Paul was quoting an Old Testament writer, who perhaps. was like himself a hater, and persecutor of those with any alliance to God.

From experience it seems that people raised within traditional Christendom are the most lethargic, when it comes to walking the Christ walk. Or they swing to the opposite extreme twisting scriptures to mean something incoherent with church age doctrines. It’s difficult to understand, why that seems to be so prevalent through out Christendom.

Than conversely the Paul’s take their Christ experience seriously, and study the scriptures in order to exalt their victoriously risen Christ.

Who accomplished the following, “Knowing this that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. For he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. Knowing that Christ having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.” (cp. Romans 6:6-10).

It’s an experienced that can’t be learned. When Christ enters ones life, there’s an inner compelling drive to live ones life for God.

Clergy people get sick, die, vacation or move on. This Padre duly ordained is available to fill that vacancy temporarily. Perhaps teach a Sunday school class. Share in an adult Bible study group. You select the topic from the very traditional galaxy available. Or, take a biblical excursion through the avenues often ignored.

With a degree also in political science a whole repertoire of topics can be selected from the cradle of the traditional arena right through to the corridors of topics seldom discussed.

Living room conversations work well, as do other forums where people can meet.

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asking is dangerous

Many pray, and say, “Lord your will be done on earth as in heaven.” BINGO! You just might have talked your way into filling shoes you may not want to fill. So, be careful of what you ask, said Jesus. As for this padre, he hopes you will ask because we need you.

Jesus was talking to two of his followers, James and John. They said, “Teacher we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” Jesus replied, “What do you want me to do for you.” They answered, “Grant us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left in your glory.” Jesus answered them, Note carefully, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” Texts Mark 10:35-38.

The qualifying question then, and reaching us today. Is whether or not the followers of Christ are up to being immersed in the baptism of Christ? Baptism is the commitment to change the world. To be able to drink the cup of Christ. Means exhausting work lies ahead for those in the service of Christ. It will make you thirsty. With no guarantee that the thirst will be quenched. From the cross Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” Then Jesus said, “It is finished.” Text John 19:30.

Do we, modern day Christ followers have the stamina to really be finishers for Christ? That may well end in the loss of ones life? Or, are we more interested in respectability? As the suggested by the question put to Jesus. What the world needs is for more Christians to take upon themselves the deeper meaning of  baptism. Christ came into the world to change it, and that’s what baptism represents. And to drink from the cup He drank from, as taught through the symbolism of holy communion.

An immense challenge lies ahead as America hangs in the balance of teetering into oblivion, as the standard bearer of decency. We are in this mess because the church has lost its respectability. It has become a immersed in politics and self serving empires. More concerned with the perspectives of James and John than being world changers for Christ.

This padre sees  no chance for change. Instead the converse will occur. Meaning the church will become more of the problem than the solution. As this age, moves forward to conclusion. There will be a very different tomorrow.

Interested in exploring the end of our current ways and the ways of that new tomorrow. Arrangements can be made through the Contact Us link on my Home page. Living room conversations work well, as do other forums where people can gather.

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a lifestyle worth having

With skills of alertness ways to navigate the day.

They, who are slow to anger are better than the mighty. And they, who rule their spirits than those, who take a city, Proverbs 16:33.

Whoever guards their mouth, and tongue keeps their souls from troubles, Proverbs 21:23.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful, Proverbs 27:6.

Some might conclude common sense making them easy to apply. Numerous times, one suspects people have tripped over themselves having fallen victim to the converse of the aforementioned three principles. Realizing that common sense wasn’t sufficient. Concluding greater determination is all that is needed. After repeated pit falls, concluding that’s me. However, sticking ones foot in ones mouth repeatedly can have serious consequences. With the reader being very capable of numerating the consequences. If not for self, for certain for others.

The Bible is a self help book loaded with all kinds of necessary and useful information. Like why, Trump could very well be the beast of Revelation 13:1-4. Most likely not, but trump sure resembles the characteristics of that gruesome creature. At any rate, this Padre is available to discuss the attributes of Trump and the beast. And maybe, Trump after all, is the Dragon’s man! Any topic is open for discussion just go to the Contact Us link to make arrangements.

Living room conversations work well, as do other forums where people can gather.

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trip down memory lane

A group of people tagged Pilgrims embarked upon a treacherous journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Misery over came these ocean travelers to exhaustion. Forcing an unquenchable urge to return to European country they were fleeing.

But one of them, determined not to give up shared with them a crazy idea. Telling them that they were destined to build a nation. That they would become renowned for their unique ability to overcome all odds of survival, and survive!

The motivator used phrases like you’ll become the light of the world. Becoming a nation state on a hill that can’t be hidden. An encouraging light to the whole world that can’t be hidden. So great will be your pride that it will be impossible for anyone to snuff out your light by any means. Not even by the most nefarious means. And they regained their confidence, and successfully crossed the treacherous seas of the Atlantic Ocean.

That one of them was the, Reverend John Winthrop, founder of the first American colony on the soil of Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.

It didn’t take long for the colonist of Plymouth Rock despite many obstacles to remember the source of their survival and success. So in less than a year, they observed their first thanksgiving. Setting aside the day for festivities which included prayer, plenty of tasty foods and the best of company which included the indigenous people of that land.

A City on a Hill became an American icon held sacred for centuries by Americans, but not anymore by growing numbers. And America, is beginning to experience life as a nation out from under that divinely mantra of a City on a Hill. When cherished, as such, Americans knew it was their cornerstone for national freedom. Which fostered its prosperity, and military might.

Now, for many reasons, that cornerstone is being crushed. And our beloved nation is within the grasp of treacherous stages of crumbling.

It was said that the festivities lasted three days. Believing that family, friends, and the abundance of food was no accident. But indeed, gifts from the Almighty,

Hoax or not! Is all this God stuff for real or not. Without question, there is ample to suggest that the not’s win. Such a shame! Allow this Padre to take you on a journey to prove otherwise. It’s we mortals, whose agendas are screwed up, and thus nullifying the realness of the Almighty. Found through the Contact Us link on my Home page. Casual living conversations really work well. But so, do other forums where people can gather. Sometimes the removal of casualness creates an atmosphere formality. So other forums can work just as well. It’s all about attitude.

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authenticity Bible proven

If anyone doubts the authenticity of the Bible, this discussion will provide the proof needed to erase, any and, all doubts. It started with the Jews, whereby, God provided clear instructions for prosperity and safety. Prosperity and safety for ever were laid down in eleven verses. With clear understandable directives found in, Leviticus 26: 3-13. All the Jews had to do was to adopt them. and live the life of obedience. But, a walk contrary of disobedience had consequences, as presented in Leviticus 26:14-20. Then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins, Leviticus 26:18;21-22.

The Jews walked the way contrary to God’s edicts. And so God walked contrary to them and the table of plenty became the table emptiness.

Now the time table to, 14 May 1948.

So God summoned Ezekiel saying, “Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year,” Ezekiel 4:4-6.

The math to, 14 May 1948 – 390+40=430 days. God had decreed the Jews a total of 430 years of punishment because of their sins against him. The Jews where conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar and kept in captivity for 70 years.

Jeremiah provides for us this scripted history. Saying, “And this whole land shall be an desolation and an astonishment, and these nations (house of Israel and Judah) shall serve the king of Babylon seventy.” Jeremiah 25:11.

“Then it will come pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says the LORD; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation,'” Jeremiah 25:12.

And so it occurred, we learned form a previous discussion, Cyrus, king of Persia issued a proclamation freeing the Jews in 538 B.C. It’s from that date that we begin our calculations. Coordinating them the other scriptures cited. Thus 430-70=360 years.

Using the Hebrew calendar of 360 days per year, we get, 360×7=2520 years or 907,200 days. Using our 365 day calendar for a year and we take the 907,200 figure and divide it by 365, it equals 2485.4794 years, or 2485.5 years. So we take the 2485.5 figure and subtract the year of Cyrus king of Persia proclamation in 538 BC, we get the year 1947.5 which is not 1948. So the year 1947.5, is referred to as 1948.5. However the discrepancy occurs because there is no zero year. So it works out this way, May is the fifth month and the nation of Israel came into existence again on the 14th. day of 1948.

Ezekiel! Say to them! “Thus says the Lord, surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring into their own land, Ezekiel 37:21.

And I will make them one nation in the land of the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into kingdoms again,” Ezekiel 37:22.

And so it became, as Israel has had twelve kings to date rule over them. Then a new king took control of the youthful nation. Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, 14 May 1948-26 January 1954.

Unfortunately, despite all that provable history for prosperity and safety human instinct will prevail, and it will cause Israel to be be vexed by God again.

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magnificent indeed

Every 90 days a new river of blood is built into our bodies. Its our bloodstream  our fountain of life. From our blood stream our cells are made nourished and maintained. From the food we eat, the liquids we drink and the air we breath. Every eleven months we have a new set of billions of miraculous body cells and the process continues and repeats itself through out our life cycle. The miracle continues through a cycle of two years with a new set of bones and hard tissue.

All coordinated by the following words. What, do you not know that your body is the temple of Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God. And, you are not your own? See 1 Corinthians 6:19.

Causing the spiritually aware to join one histories greatest men, the Apostle Paul. Who wrote, and we follow by being mindfully aware of the following. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works, and that my soul (human psychic) knows very well. See Psalms 139:14. 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.  Meaning the human body is God’s creation. And regardless of any naysayers, there is no acceptable excuse for denial.

Expository clarity or challenge is available through engagement. Found through the Contact Us link on my Home page. Living room conversations work well, as do other forums where people can gather.

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how dead r the dead

A man dies and within his nation, he held great stature, so he was given a state funeral. The nations enemies thought that this would be a prime time to attack a hated nation.

Even when in mourning governance must continue. So the nations leader was well aware of the fighting tactics and abilities of a youngster named David. So he was a elevated to a senior position in the ranks of the military.

The nations people had a history of engagement with mediums known as spiritualist or occultists. The nations religion condemned, and forbid the people from engagement with the dead. The government from its intelligent sources had successfully ended that practice.

The chief executive of this nation became alarmed when he learned that a formidable enemy was about to attack the nation. To make things worse he prayed to his God, but his God did not answer. He consulted with the nations most influential religionist. All reported that of the issue of concern no directive by dreams or by revelation occurred.

Desperate, an order was issued find an occultist and arrange a meeting. Done! His advisors had found such a person. A secret meeting was arranged. It took place during the night, and Saul asked the woman to conduct a seance. Giving her these instructions. “Bring up to me the one I shall name to you.

Now the woman didn’t recognize the person she was engaged with. So she said, “Look you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and spiritualist from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?”

And Saul swore to her by the LORD saying, “As the LORD  lives no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.”

To be continued tomorrow.