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God Defines Faith

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him. The man who approaches God must have faith in two things, first that God exists and secondly that it is worth a man’s while to try to find God.

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Today the most often preached subjects are Grace and Faith, Grace being what God does and Faith as what Man is supposed to have and exercise.  But these definitions take on many and varied forms, such as faith as work, faith as belief, faith as endurance, faith as hope.

Faith is what the Bible says it is

As always let the Bible itself define faith.  This definition excludes many believers who say they have faith and do not.  Our faith begins with believing something someone says.  

When I was in China one school teacher decided to become a Christian because, as he said, I came to China on my own dime not expecting any income from the Chinese in order to serve God.  In the decade following he has learned about God on his own and now his whole family believes.  But believing someone else is just the start.  We’ll learn eventually to believe God which is better.

There is a host of ideas, principles and practices that leads us to increased levels of believing. Before I knew God I had no idea God could heal anyone, although I had been told that.  Resting your faith on someone else’s experience or doctrine is a start but not a finish.

I hear Christians say, “I know I am saved because I was baptized.”  But there is no salvation in baptism.  Do they really know what they are saying, or what they are believing?

Abraham was the Father of the Faithful so his faith becomes the standard.  In Hebrews we read faith defined: 

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Abraham’s initial faith was in the God of Creation

So our first evidence of faith is belief that God (not evolution) produced the universe we live in.  It is not an optional idea; it is the first evidence of faith.

Perhaps if you have trouble believing God’s promises you are struggling to reject notions of a naturally produced universe?  A self-creating universe is nonsense-thinking which cannot be proven or replicated. And believing is work, hard work. 

AMP John 6:29  Jesus answered, “This is the work of God: that you believe [adhere to, trust in, rely on, and have faith] in the One whom He has sent.”

When we say faith without works is dead, this is what we are talking about. Faith is the hard work of believing in God’s words, and those of Jesus, and of course additionally and conditionally believing his prophets.

To believe is an active verb, its origin being the concept to “live by” or real life action.  Belief is not passive. It does not say, “If God wants this to happen, He’ll do it.”  Of course He will, but that is not faith.  That is just a valid opinion, or perhaps a hope, or assumption.

Somewhere I learned it is not Saint Peter who guards the pearly gates to heaven, but Abraham, the father of the faithful,  That makes sense. God told Abraham is would be the Father of faithful in the billions.  And Abraham, who had no one to tell him about God, believed.  His faith was so much greater than ours. He becomes the standard for belief.

Everyone has a little faith

Now you say, I don’t have any faith.  Not so.  Every man is given a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3) It is not very large but it is enough faith for you to develop and grow.  Select one thing to believe from His word, and then pursue it.  It may take some time; you are to believe the word not the immediate appearance of the word.  Too many people give up on God because there is delay. I think of a friend who was promised a Christian husband.  He showed up when she was 35, and she had nearly given up.

Poor Isaiah prophesied about the Messiah and then waited 600 years to see Him arrive.  In the meantime Isaiah was treated very badly, condemned and persecuted.  The truth for some may be on the other side of the grave.  But Isaiah is the most often quoted Old Testament book which shows you how valuable he was to God and to us.

Don’t keep your eyes on the lions

When Daniel was in the den of starving lions he did not look at the problem but looked up to God.  Faith is for now, and we believe now, but the end of faith, its realization may be long in the future. Look at the image above of Daniel and the lions. Note that the lions are not looking at Daniel, but at God. Many animals are a lot smarter than we are.

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When Spirituality Substitutes for Reality

I would not have titled this as such if I did not believe it is so.  For several years now I’ve spent my time with people of relatively similar backgrounds and interests, except for the Koreans, and I find they seem to have little or no connection with real life.  They quote statistics that I know are false, they repeat the ex cathedra utterances of Hollywood stars as though they were gospel, and brush off any suggestion that life might be more than Hand and Foot games.   What is more arrogant than ignorance!vangoghschurch

My acquaintances seem to have a warm fuzzy feeling about life.  I wonder where they get this.  After spending a lifetime looking at the human race on several continents I find very little either warm or fuzzy.  I’m an optimist only because I have read the end of the book (the Bible) and we win!

“My religion just suits me fine.”  or “There are many roads to God.”   or “I don’t know what the future will bring but I am sure it will be heaven.”  Really?  Don’t you think something as crucial as life after death deserve more than a wink and a nod?

Religion saves no one

First, religion saves no one.  Religion is a vehicle to bring information and revelation to the world.  But religion is not necessarily truth because not all revelation and information is true.   We could not have learned any truth without groups such as churches or missionaries to preserve those words for us.

The deception of religion is that it masquerades as an end in itself, and we become stupefied, like half asleep people looking at a blank TV screen.  As one woman said, “I went to church to get my ticket punched.”  God does not have tickets and you don’t need them punched.

We travel many roads; God has only one

Second, if there are many roads to God He would have told us so.  There are many roads people travel before they get to God, and He is there along the way ready to step in when you are. All human beings are God’s creation, individual and sent with a specific plan for their lives.  Surely the most important task you have is finding that plan.

Some people are reared in Christian homes, others in depravity.  Some have means, others are in poverty.  Environments  create personalities, but they do not define God.  God prefers to define Himself.   He created a Bible, watched over it for centuries, and allows us to look for Him in it, most often through great loss or need.  

I wonder if my present friends who seem satisfied with card games have ever been in want, or had a need which drove them to their knees long enough to look beyond religion for the one True God.  Has the American free enterprise system robbed them of the pain and suffering to produce in them the desire for unqualified change?

Today the world is in turmoil everywhere you go.  Surely this is a time for each of us to “examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith.”  During Jesus’ worst time in His life, the hours prior to the crucifixion, His disciples slept.

He spoke to Peter, “Couldn’t you three keep awake with me for a single hour? Watch and pray, all of you, that you may not have to face temptation. Your spirit is willing, but human nature is weak.” Then he went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to pass from me without my drinking it, then your will must be done.” And he came and found them asleep again, for they could not keep their eyes open. So he left them and went away again and prayed for the third time using the same words as before. Then he came back to his disciples and spoke to them, “Are you still going to sleep and take your ease? In a moment you will see the Son of Man betrayed into the hands of evil men. Wake up, let us be going! Look, here comes my betrayer!”

Let’s wake up. America has been asleep too long.

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Best Profile of Divorce’s Effect on Children

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Open Letter to Queen Elizabeth the 2nd about Heaven

Some television documentaries about Elizabeth, the longest reigning monarch in British history, the most popular, the most traveled and apparently the most resilient, have crowded PBS this summer.  They call these programs panegyrics because they really are over the top. What caught my eye was her statement that after her exciting life, heaven would be a “come down.”

Madam, I need to tell you about heaven.  Not only is it no come down it is so off the charts you will be astounded. You will be 33 years old and you looked great then.

Heaven is misrepresented

You like horse racing? Well this time you are not the spectator, you can be the jockey. You like Corgis. In heaven you can have 100 of them if you prefer, although even there that may be too many. You can eat ice cream any time you want. No annoying paparazzi will photograph you; no one will ask your opinion, and your name won’t be Queen, so no one will call you Ma’m.  You’ll be Betty Windsor or something like that. You can walk anywhere in heaven and people won’t bother you. You’ll never be required to wear a hat with a matching handbag again.

If you want to walk on the bottom of the sea, I will join you when I get there. If you want a sit down with Henry the Eight, if perchance he is there, you can compare notes about the process of governing and he will straighten out all the redacted history unknown on planet earth. You’ll catch up with the news on Diana, and get a chance to see how history changed for us all on her death. And if there was any hanky-panky you’ll learn that too, if you wish.

But I rather suspect you’ll have more fun at the zoo where now you can talk to the animals. Just keeping up with the angels should have you entertained for a 1,000 years or so.

Let’s remember here that God created this fantastically diverse universe about which we know perhaps 1/10th, so the heaven He created will be glorious beyond all expectations.

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God’s Three Basic Rules

The reason the Holy Bible has over 32,000 verses is that God has a lot to say to seven billion humans about individuals, nations, animals, angels, Himself and the future.

Why doesn’t God stop all the evil

First Law, He has one rule for the human race – free will.  If we don’t get that, we won’t get the rest.

The most common question people ask is, why did God let this horrible thing happen?  God does not have His thumb on the scale involving events or the actions of individuals or nations.  You do what you do because He has allowed you to do it.  If you perpetrate evil  against someone or something that is your choice. He does interfere in response to prayer however.

If you generate good you are also rewarded.  This applies to the very smallest of tasks.  The diligent student in the projects will succeed; sociologists know this and they look for these students.  Dr. Ben Carson, the world’s expert on pediatric brain surgery, was raised by a single mother who could not read.  But she, pretending to read, checked his homework every day to see it was done.  Pretty good actress too I gather.

Life’s goal is you and God on the same page

Second law – God does seek for you a new relationship to Him.

 Out of new, obedient relationships come national change, personal success, stronger laws, better armies, and creative new inventions and art.  While God does not pass laws against child abuse or create agencies to supervise, you can. While he cannot stop the drunk driver from getting behind the wheel, a person who is tuned into God can seek His will about whether to get into the car, and your prayers about stopping a drunk driver have an effect too.

Nations also need God

This same rule applies to nations. The world system is based on improvement, in spite of appearances, which brings about a superior life for nations and individuals.  The quality of life in the past 50 years has improved across the planet.  Even ethnic groups who were desperately poor many years ago are merely poor now.  We tend to see a small piece of the reality pie. 

We marvel that Jews are far and away the largest group of Nobel Prize winners, but why not?  These are His people selected 3,000 years ago. Where there is active disobedience to God and His will you have poverty, war, chaos and abuse of women and children.  Think Islam. While God does not stop evil neither does He bless it. 

Sow-Reap applies to men and nations

The 2nd law of the universe is the law of sowing and reaping.  Nations sow, nations reap.  Individuals sow, individuals reap.  And if your parent sows bad seed, you reap part of that crop too.  But you have no requirement to follow the patterns of bad families; you can always follow good.  A bad Congress sows bad laws; the people reap problems. This rule applies to all men at all times.

Change is the Universal Rule

Finally is the Law of Change; change is not an option; it is a given. God said, “I am the Lord I change not.”  If you as a person want to come into God’s presence, you do the changing. History is not done yet.

First you must charge your mind.  The Biblical word is repentance, metanoia meaning change your mind.  Young people today say they want to change the world. But first you must change yourself or be willing to let God change you.

Don’t bother trying to change other people.  It is a waste of time. Much foolish politics is the demand that someone else change. You can march. you can protest but change is not what others are doing to do.  If you want to change the world, change yourself first.

Those who cannot change turn into stone

If you can’t change you can’t adapt or grow. You become hard and unusable. To be usable you must also be teachable. Make a decision to learn and grow every day so when your face the end of your life, you have learned to live profitably and happy.  Then you will also live longer.

Unhappy, rigid people can only die. It is all they have left.

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Reading List for People Stuck Inside – Christian but not Denominational

A mind is a terrible thing to waste – do something better than TV

Watchman Nee I recommend

You can download and print these out if you do not want to spend time reading on your screen

  • A Living Sacrifice
  • The Spiritual Man
  • Release of the Spirit
  • A Good Confession
  • Spiritual Authority I read this 3 times

Derek Prince Download of some of his books esp. on fasting, spiritual warfare and the blood are helpful.

Kenneth Hagin Believer’s Authority

Dark Agenda about the conspiracy to end the existence of the Christian Church in America. Available as an e-book ultra cheap.

Joel Rosenburg writes exciting books about Christian themes, End Time and Jewish world-political novels. You will not be disappointed.

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What the Virus Pandemic Will Bring

An old Pentecostal preacher tells the story of Chinese farmers Mr. Xi, Mr. Jiang, Mr. Hong, and Mr. Jia who had all their little ducks carefully separated in little pens in the lake behind their farms. Then the rains came.

And overnight the lake level was raised up several inches. The farmers came out in the morning to find the ducks, sociable birds, gathered together all merrily quacking. Mr. Xi, Mr. Jiang, Mr. Hong, and Mr. Jia had no way to tell them apart.

So it will be after the great reign of this virus. All the old boundaries, the old divisions will be gone and we will find a new way to live together.

When God wants to change something, he changes the level of the water.

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The Bible speaks on tattoos

I wish people would take God seriously. His ideas are not off the wall. When He started all this earth, man, universe stuff he knew the scientific basis for His warnings.

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Tattooing damages your DNA. It could mean birth defects. Do you really want this?

 


http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/think-before-you-ink-the-little-known-risks-of-tattoos/

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Why such Hatred of Women in Our Time

If you do not read Jews News and several other international news organizational downloads you may not be aware of the worldwide slaughter of women.  In fact, the numbers of women, traditionally greater than that of men, are fewer worldwide at this time in history. Why Worldwide Men Outnumber Women by 60 million

Women represent the church which Islam hates.
Women represent the church which Islam hates.

Men outnumber women

God taught us in the scriptures to ask “Why.”  He bases His decisions on motive; so should we, but it takes research.  The wrong motive will lead us to the wrong action.  This article above mentions some obvious reasons, like preference for boys as workers. abortion, migration of more men than women, and the prevalence of more women in prosperous nations.  And there are more poor nations.   That still doesn’t answer the Godly why.

Women blamed for sin

Adam received the blame for allowing sin to enter the world, but when confronted with that fact, he blamed first the woman and then God.

Genesis 3:11 God said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?”  12 The Man said, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.”

That blame continues in many churches and denominations. Men blame women to cover up their own sin.

Women produce the next generation

For that let’s go to the mind of God.  God’s purpose for humanity is children who will be introduced to Him and learn about His Kingdom.  We call them “saved people” or believers and He wants them in heaven.

God cursed abortion

He pronounced severe curses on nations which aborted babies, and blessings on nations which promoted fertility.  He insisted that parents have no sexual partners before marriage as well.  This kept the genetic material pure.  The sexually promiscuous nations of Canaan carried STD’s and were not as healthy as Jews. 

Humans who have multiple partners are also under a curse, something the Jews knew and heathen nations did not.  While Jews have small numbers worldwide, they prosper far in excess that their numbers would suggest, intellectually, physically, and of course morally.  Jesus’ genealogy bears a pure bloodline, even showing how a presumed forefather was by-passed to make Joseph the final patriarch.

Rape of women contaminates the line

God placed curses on those nations who worshiped other gods and who attacked His people. Moderns poo-pooh the notion of curses and demons but God said His word is truth and He expects us to take it seriously.

The demonic kingdom fears the coming Messiah

The Satanic Kingdom has one goal, to kill and destroy anyone or any nation which disagrees with them  wherever  they are to be found.  In the 21st Century Jews, Christians and Muslims, the three great religions in terms of numbers believe that a savior, the Messiah for the Jews, the return of Jesus for the Christians, and a great prophet for the Muslims is expected soon.

The Muslims know that the Jewish Messiah will destroy them when he shows up. That gives them cause to destroy as many Jewish girls as they can.  But why rape and murder their own children and white women of the European Union?

Killing infants reduces the number of possible messiahs

Satan is smart but he is not omniscient.  He knows this second Messiah will come, but he doesn’t know where or when.  The Messiah could be born in Albania for all he knows.  In fact, it could be born in a Muslim  household so  if the daughter is disobedient to the laws of Islam it is acceptable to kill her.  She might be the mother of this Messiah who will destroy Islam.

If you find this notion fanciful, read the news.  Muslims are bringing money and people into many nations worldwide by financing Sharia Law which allows for this “legal” slaughter.  Muslim political activity is promoting Muslim teaching in American schools where religious teaching is not allowed.  They pay for ball fields, extra teachers and stadia for poor schools on the condition of teaching their religion of death.  Compare this with Christianity which says Jesus is Life.

Islam especially promotes death of females

The New Muslim America will not allow freedom of religion because then the Muslim religion will always be challenged.  At the end of time, their goal is ONLY Muslims, the rest are dead or pretending to agree in order not to be killed. But, Islam is under a curse from God (Genesis 12:3) and will not rule in the end.  That does not mean that we will not suffer; communism ruled Eastern Europe with poverty and want for 70 years until those nations  were finally freed. This could happen to us too.

Meanwhile, kill as many disobedient women and children as they can to keep the Messiah who will crush Islam from ever being born. If you do not understand this, I can fully appreciate why.  It is too morbid, too nuts to consider, but it is the way they think.  It is the way they live.  Only a wide and proactive America can be rid of this insanity.

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Q and A Quora 2019

Quora rejected my answers. So I quit. I gave my answers from the Bible and they disagreed with them. That is intellectually dishonest so I thought it unwise to deal with them anymore. If people need to know information they must leave aside the people who already know everything and look to those who actually do know something.

What follows is my Q&A sessions for one year on a variety of subjects.

Why do some people say that a Christian pointing out a sin is “hate”?  Answered July 7, 2016

They say that because they do not know what hate is. Hate is not someone disagreeing with you or professing another point of view. Or pointing out a flaw.

Hate is a violent emotion which usually leads to a physical event of some kind, like assault or screaming or threatening harm. Someone expressing a point of view is just that, and based on the words of the Bible, yes, there are many sins.

Sin is separation from God or violations of the moral law; the moral law is in the Bible too and it basically is a violation of the holiness of God. Everyone has sins; it comes with being born a human.

People who do not accept the Bible or the moral law may get upset when they hear this, primarily because they have no experience or background in spiritual things. But you would not be upset if a physician told you that you had a disease; you would be thankful.

In the same way sin is an inner disease in the nature of man. The Judeo-Christian religious teaching and structure deals with the bad behavior of the human race and its cause at the root.

What is true of hate is also true of the word fear. Gays charge Christians with “homophobia” or fear of homosexuals, which is nonsense. No Christian needs to fear or hate a gay person or a lesbian. Unless of course that person is planning an assault.

People choose a lifestyle, a religion, or an opinion, and the Christian has chosen to believe the words of God and to try to live by His rules. The gays have made their choice too. (There is no “gay” gene.)

So it makes no sense to call a disagreement either hate or fear. It is what it is – a point of view and a choice.

If you have any questions about this, reading what the Bible says about sex perversion is a good idea and then you will know what believers are talking about.

Why did the “Never Trump” coalition in the Republican party eventually decide: ‘Never mind, he’s fine’?

Answered Oct 5

Full employment is the main reason. We had a lot of misery under Obama.

Are Americans increasingly retiring abroad because of cost of living in the U.S., healthcare costs, or for other reasons? In which countries is there a high standard of living for a low cost and with little likelihood of dangerous political unrest?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/retirement-crisis-economic-refugees-why-more-americans-are-retiring-abroad/,

Answered Oct 5

Many countries demand $2000 in monthly income per retiree which is more than most retirees get unless they have an additional pension. In which case they could afford it anyway. My friends go abroad for climate not finances.

Are developed countries developed because they are less corrupt or they are less corrupt because they’re developed?,  

Answered Oct 4

Levels of development have no bearing on corruption. Corrupt leaders are found at every place in life.

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Which specific federal laws does a POTUS violate when they request help from foreign governments to investigate their political opponents for influencing American elections?,  

Answered Oct 4

If you are getting your information from tv or the press then you might think this. The question involved federal corruption prior to 2016 and in no way applies to Trump.

Attorney Barr will be bring charges against the Bidens in due time and perhaps several others.

Do Americans have any right to know what the president talks about with other countries?,  

Answered September 30, 2019

Those conversations should be secret until the participants are dead.

Why does Texas want to secede from the United States?,  

Answered September 29, 2019

Texans talk about this all the time

The agreement Texas made with the feds was that they had the option to secede anytime. They get mad at the government and threaten. Now you know why how Texas votes is important.

What is the best part of the US Constitution?,  

Answered September 28, 2019

The Bill of Rights is unique and unlike similar constitutions (such as China’s) it has no exceptions.

How can we revisit the whole not taxing churches thing? What policy is in place that makes it so? Why are there not bills being proposed to change it?   

Answered May 22, 2019

Most churches provide so many valuable services cheaper and easier than government services that taxing them would bring in little money and load down local bureaucracies with added expense. In addition many parents do not trust government agencies and prefer private vendors. Catholic hospitals for example are much cheaper and have a great reputation. Lots of churches have day care centers which are well run.

Does bureaucracy separate people from the consequences of their actions?,  

Answered May 22, 2019

Bureaucracy always adds another decision making layer to personal plans, especially in areas like higher education and taxes.

What’s the reason for the current several decade low 3.6% unemployment rate?

https://www.nbc12.com/2019/05/03/strong-us-job-gains-cuts-rate-unemployment-rate/,

Answered May 22, 2019

The unemployed of 2008–2016 did not prepare themselves for a different job when the boom came alone. They were wacked out on opioids or marathon TV.

Did Karl Marx predict the financial crisis?  

Answered May 22, 2019

There are people, and I am one of them, who think the “crisis” was a political play. In economic theory no one is “too big to fail” so the nation took a hit to save a few companies.

Is this current booming economy only benefiting big corporations? I don’t see much growth in my local community. ,  

Answered May 5, 2019

Sadly I just moved from a place where I lived 32 years. The town council didn’t want anything new. Arby’s wanted to build a restaurant there and they said no. They wanted the status quo.

Even my bank left. Not all people can benefit from opportunity. It is sad.

Why do politics and the church get involved with women’s bodily autonomy?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

I think it is silly. It allows people to discuss what is not provable by science and hinges on opinion. You can’t base solid legislation on opinion because as soon as opinions change, and they always do, then you are stuck with stupid laws.

I love my coworkers who are democrats but they refuse to discuss politics with me unless I agree with them. How could I make it fair for both of us?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

You’re wasting your time. Get some new friends.

Donald Trump said “Those Republican Senators who voted in favor of Strong Border Security (and the Wall) are being uniformly praised as they return to their States. ” What do you think about his comment?

Answered March 17, 2019

Elections tell us what people think. The run up to an election only tells us what people want us to think. There is a big difference.

Why are ANTIFA so aggressive? Don’t they realise the hypocrisy of their behaviour?

Answered March 17, 2019

There is a thing called “will-worship.” You’ll find this is many dysfunctional groups.

Why do people tend to believe in absurd theories such as flat Earth, vaccines causing autism and “NASA faked the moon landing”?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

People do not like unanswered questions so they make something or someone the reason for the problem. It doesn’t solve anything but it makes them feel better.

Did some Nazis not have anti-Semitic ideas? If yes, what percentage of them were they?   

Answered March 17, 2019

According the Germans of the time, they thought Hitler was a flash in the pan and would eventually go away. By the time they caught wise, he was a dictator and had the government nailed down.

Why can’t Americans speak English?Answered March 17, 2019

Many educational systems are lazy, underfunded or over-funded, or the parents are not expecting very much. You don’t get what you expect, only what you inspect and they are not involved.

Why Does the Left Ignore Asians?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYPF17YhPvE&t=190sAnswered March 17, 2019

Asians are raised to be self-sufficient. The Left depends on victims. I do not remember meeting a single Asian victim.

When is it most obvious to you that you are poor? ,  

Answered March 17, 2019

Poverty, at whatever level, limits your options – it all boils down to what you cannot do. So you live within those confines and try to improve financially so you can do something broader and more challenging. The same principle applies to disease and disability.

But it is not a death sentence. Many disabled or poor people are famous, valuable and produce for their fellow men.

Why did God create the universe?  

Answered March 17, 2019

God answers this question in the Bible. He made the earth for his pleasure and then wanted to share it with people. Seems a shame we made such a mess of it, doesn’t it?

Does living in a country with a high population affect how you see society?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

Very much so. In America, people speaking with each other need 3 feet between them or they feel uncomfortable. In China, where people live on top of each other, half a yard is OK. China’s population is 5 times larger than the USA and the same geographical size.

Whether the Flat Earth Society is actually right or not, at the end of the day why does it even matter?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

I’m not sure it makes much difference. They may think they are ravishingly beautiful as well. Whatever!

Should I get revenge? ,  

Answered March 17, 2019

I’ve written a lot about this at my blog WouldYouConsider.net. Let God do the revenge. He’s better at it and has more practice.

Are there really incarcerated people who fear getting out of prison and would prefer to stay in? Why would they feel this way?

Answered March 17, 2019

Inmates who have been in prison a long time are very much out of practice and have not kept up in any possible trade. It is difficult to get a job and there is no money in their pockets to start fresh. They are forced back into communities which are in many cases, also troubled or criminal. If they have health problems that makes things worse.

Could President Trump switch to the Democratic Party while in office?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

There is no plank in the Democrat platform that he would like, except perhaps prison reform which he has already addressed.

Do you think that if North Korea became more successful similar to how Vietnam is, would that threaten the Kims? If they became too successful, would that be threatening?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

Chairman Kim’s problem is not his being wealthy but the military men seeing their precious nukes disappear which allows them the option to assassinate HIM. Yes he should be nervous. You can only wonder what he will do.

Is it true that black people built the Great Wall of China, and it’s being covered up?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

The answer to that question is well known by the Chinese and the buried bodies of the many slaves who died on the project are right there where the wall stands today.

What do you think of Donald Trump saying he will make Kim Jong Un rich?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

If Chairman Kim wants to improve the lives of his people he will need to create prosperity, something Trump knows how to do.

How can I stop feeling like a bad person for a big mistake that made some people hate me?

Answered March 17, 2019

Apologize sincerely and then move on. If they wish to beat you over the head with your sins, forgive them and move on. Do not let other people define you.

Are there troubling points of similarity between the decline of the Roman Republic in the First and Second centuries BCE and the documented decline of American democracy since 1980?Answered March 17, 2019

If you are looking for causes look at the entitlement largesse of government and the dependencies it produces.

If there is only one true God, why are there so many saints?   

Answered March 17, 2019

All believers according to the New Testament are called saints. Only the Roman Catholic church singles out specific people as saints. Protestants say all of us are.

In light of the Trump era of world politics, how does America right the ship going forward?  

Answered March 17, 2019

If you will check the data you will see that America is moving forward now. Some individuals are not moving forward but that is always the case.

Where did the idea that “All men are created equal” come from? It doesn’t seem to be a historical maxim.  

Answered March 17, 2019

It is from the Holy Bible, as God regards all men as equal in His sight. They are not equal as to their character, qualities, looks, language or culture. Equality applies only to their standing before God.

The people who designed our system of government were almost without exception believing Christians and theists.

What are the odds of Trump winning 2020 because there are too many Democrats running right now? March 17, 2019

The number of candidates has little bearing on the election. Polls will show something worth reading when there are only 2 candidates. Otherwise it is a silly guessing game.

Are threads completely standard as to clockwise and counterclockwise or do some countries have their threads reversed? ,  

Answered March 17, 2019

Clockwise prevails in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern. Or maybe I have that backwards.

Why are politics divided into democratic and republican parties?

Answered March 17, 2019

The platforms of these parties are wildly different, especially now. Usually they are closer together in purpose and direction. This helps the voter makes a good decision.

Is it morally wrong to hire a college admissions consultant or try to bribe a college to get your kid admitted?

Answered March 17, 2019

Of course. It presents two problems: first it prevents a worthy candidate from having that spot, and 2nd it puts your own child in a difficult position trying to complete at a level they probably can not reach.

Why did some liberals provoke people about middle class squeeze when the fact is we’ve got more ‘upper middle class’?

Answered March 17, 2019

Class has no bearing on quality or character.

Why do you think America now has more millionaires than Sweden?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-13/the-u-s-now-has-more-millionaires-than-sweden-has-people,

Answered March 17, 2019

You must use a per capita figure since Sweden has fewer residents.

Has someone you really admired/respected ever done something to cause you to lose respect for them?

Answered March 17, 2019

Yes, but there are many other people in my life. As much as I hate to see them no more, it is better not to try to mend the relationship.

How can I assimilate the American mainstream?,  

Answered March 17, 2019

This is an easy question. I’ve studied 6 foreign languages so I know how it is done.

Buy a 5″x 8″ notebook and hang out at fast food places. This will show you the language of the street, daily talk. Write down words you learn or think you need to study in your book. There are 25,000 words in an American’s vocabulary and there are clear cut patterns you will soon recognize. Nouns are the most important words to learn. This sounds overwhelming but it is not. There are only a few ways to order a burger and you will soon hear them all, so it is not 10 sentences but one sentence you can recognize in several forms.

Then go to a Protestant non-denominational church. They will have many different people there. Listen to them too. This is another form of speech. Find a black church too as they use different words and talk about different subjects. If people ask what you are doing there, tell them. It is no sin to be educated.

Then watch TV news every night – local news especially which mentions streets and common things like police and fire and government services.

Memorize all your basic numbers, days of the week, months, and measurements like quarts, pints, inches, miles. Learn how to count your own money correctly in English.

Finally listen to the radio. Pick a talk show where they have people call in with questions. This is another form of speech, usually better educated. Then if you feel comfortable with that, listen to some highly educated radio personalities, like Dennis Praeger, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity who will use bigger words and discuss other subjects.

There are some talk shows late at night too. John Batchelor is one of them and he uses bigger words than all the others.

Finally start reading a newspaper regularly, especially the letters to the editor. They will use ordinary words and you will learn to read English well.

You will get to know some interesting people as well and that will make it fun.

What should be the basis of American foreign policy?,  

Answered March 15, 2019

When America thrives so does the rest of the world, so our best shot for ourselves has a ripple effect. It also usually ignores the nations who are our sworn enemies and they lose ground.

How can a capitalistic society function if AI is taking jobs?,  

Answered March 15, 2019

Luddites asked this question in the 19th century. Definition of Luddite

one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest

broadly : one who is opposed to especially technological change The Luddite argued that automation destroys jobs

In actual fact, new technology brings more jobs and a higher standard of living. People who are replaced by machines will find more jobs that need to be done with interpersonal relationships, such as mental health, improving living in poor or backward nations.

People who know that they can stay current with life long learning will be fine. People who refuse to adapt will fail and be replaced. And these robots will need repair as well.

How can you remember all of the states in America?,  

Answered March 15, 2019

Using a colored map start at one ocean and memorize to the other ocean.

Is it a sin to pleasure yourself?  

Answered March 14, 2019

You can be sure that any word that begins with self is usually wrong – selfish, self-absorbed; self control is ok.

Is the United States the place that offers the most liberty in the world?,  

Answered March 12, 2019

Yes. How do we know that? Because this is the major nation in the world people are flocking to enter by hook or by crook.

Is Huawei China’s state supported and controlled global spying network? Is the Canada/US arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou a dangerous precedent?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnDKp5pzZsw,

Answered March 11, 2019

China pretends they have private enterprise but if you are rich and making big money the communist party is in the shadows somewhere.

How did the United States gain such a strong and deep military tradition even though it is a western democracy and western democracies historically have not emphasized the military while autocratic regimes have?,  

Answered March 11, 2019

Our forefathers noticed that historically the revolutions led by armies often ended up with military men running the country – into the ground. So they made the chief executive a private citizen voted on by the people, and it works.

Is there anything that Donald Trump has done up until now, that should get him impeached?,  

Answered March 11, 2019

Trump’s political enemies have spent (so far) $16 million trying to find a crime to get rid of him to no avail. Meanwhile the President has barreled along with reforms across a wide spectrum of areas. In a very real sense the constant investigations have keep others busy so he could do his job without much interference.

Given that U.S. military retirees can be court-martialed for crimes committed even after retirement, could they face military justice under Article 134 of the UCMJ for publicly criticizing President Trump?,  

Answered March 11, 2019

Because of the 1st amendment there are no penalties for free speech unless it promotes a genuine crime. For example, telling someone that another person was planning to kill them and the intended victim killed the other person first when there was no actual threat.

I am continually surprised at how ignorant people are of basic civics information.

Was Trump’s appeal to emotion in the second half of his Oval Office address a legitimate argument upon which to base policy on immigration? Shouldn’t we just deal with facts?,  

Answered March 9, 2019

With 900,000 people headed for our southern border and the local hospitals are already full to the brim those are facts enough.

Why should the country suffer because of indecisiveness in Congress?,  

Answered March 8, 2019

We voted them in and except for referendum and recall, which is a process to take them out, we must wait until the next election to be rid of them.

Why does the Senate have 100 members?,  

Answered March 8, 2019

This is to give each state 2 members and not allow the bigger states to dominate the process. Unfortunately when we voted for the direct election of senators we gave up this benefit and now partisanship dominates the Senate and makes them more and more of a problem.

Do Chinese people understand the meaning of the phrase “Rule of Law”?

Answered March 8, 2019

In China the communists rule, they make the rules and that is the law. Like it or lump it.

If there are more working class people in the USA, then how do the rich Republicans ever get elected?

Answered March 8, 2019

Simple. This notion of “rich Republicans” is phony. I live on social security and am a lifelong Republican. Democrats tell people they are for the common man, but guess who pays the nation’s bills?

When does disagreement with a person’s political ideology justify disrespecting them personally?

Answered March 8, 2019

Treason against one’s own nation is reason to split from a friend. It is equivalent to wanting the pilot to die when we are all in the same airplane.

What is a common misconception about the people of your country that the rest of the world seems to believe?,  

Answered March 7, 2019

This is widely believed – that we are all rich. They hear of someone who makes $15,000 a year for 4 people and think they must live like kings because they are earning $18 a day. They do not understand the inflationary economy we have here. I’ve heard this from Brits who should know better, also in China and France where I lived.

Chinese have no concept of the personal freedom we have. The Chinese must deposit $50,000 in dollars to leave the country. If they seek asylum here they lose their cash; and married families cannot travel together so some family members must stay home to guarantee their return.

Censorship is a constant daily problem. My Chinese friends looked frightened to death when I said I didn’t like our president. They would end up in jail for a comment like that. I gave some money to a church which didn’t have enough coal to heat the building. It had to be hidden because the government would have confiscated the money. They provided us a meal but had to throw out the frozen water in the bottom of the dishes before they could serve. (It was February.)

Bad governments always control by fear. They think our president is like that. The Chinese have no secret ballot, no land ownership (the communists own all the land), no guns, very few cars, and the nation is run on bribes you must pay to get even the simplest thing done. There are no nice movies about foreign countries, violent murderous movies are OK, and you can’t even buy a Hershey’s candy bar. The trade war is about opening up the usual consumer goods to the Chinese. Paper towels for example, are unknown. On the bright side, it is the best food I ever ate, and reasonable!!!

Why do less educated individuals more likely to support authoritarianism more than educated?Answered March 6, 2019

I have an Ivy League education, a MA, and half my doctorate and I support law and order. I do not call it authoritarian; I call it peace and prosperity. In contrast the Democrats are far more authoritarian; if you don’t agree with them they are out to shut you up, and add revenge if you are non-compliant.

That is life in China where I worked and lived. You do not want it I can guarantee.

What are realistic ways to make money as a teen (not selling lemonade)?

Answered March 5, 2019

Old people need help and their children are busy with work and raising families. Just make your pay reasonable. Do not overcharge, be on time always and never sass anyone. Some people may not pay you. Drop that person and go to another to offer your services. And don’t say you can do something if you don’t know how.

If you do a good job they will tell the neighbors and you will develop a client base. Keep your income straight – use a computer and a log of what you have done and who you worked for. You will gain pride in your abilities and confidence in public.

Democracy is a statistical error, because in democracy it decides the majority and most are formed of imbeciles. Do you agree with this opinion?

Answered March 4, 2019

That is the kind of mental nonsense that should be stopped. Where is the proof that the majority are imbeciles? Data? Where can you find that? And what arrogant rascal is making the decisions? You can’t make a good judgment based on opinion or immaculate assumptions.

Can an elected government be overthrown by its people?Answered March 4, 2019

Venezuelans want to know if they can do this right now. Let’s watch.

Should a government strive to run a country like a business or for the wellbeing of its citizens?

Answered March 4, 2019

It depends upon the motives of the management. China is fairly well run but who wants to live in a censorship dominated Communist nation? If the Washington DC bureaucracy is filled with lazy people yes we want a businesslike production but if the laws are wrong and inequitable, then a well managed government is a problem.

What do you think of democratic capitalism?,  

Answered March 4, 2019

Unfortunately the terms “democratic” and “capitalism” are so over used and under defined it is impossible to answer this question. PC politics has demoted the language to babble and now when we discuss politics, religion and creative ideas we are not using the same words because our media is redefining them for us.

When I recommend the economics of Adam Smith, which is the foundation of American free enterprise, no one has a clue. It is or was capitalism. Now, not so much.

How do you ‘break’ a disrespectful child?,  

Answered January 7, 2019

Find out why the child does not respect someone. That sort of thing does not happen by accident.

If someone owes back taxes, will it stop accruing interest while the government is shut down? If not, shouldn’t it? ,  

Answered January 5, 2019

Only some parts of the government are shut down, not all of it and you can be sure when it comes to money, nothing shuts down.

Is it time for a complete government structure overhaul?,  

Answered January 5, 2019

No. Voters need to get serious and start paying attention to what the PooBaahs in DC are doing. A journalist asked a person on the street what they thought of Benghazi.” “Who is Ben Ghazi?” was the reply.

Does the current funding stalemate set a dangerous precedent as a president and his/her party could demand anything at all, even unrelated to funding, from Congress with the threat of a government shutdown for noncompliance? ,  

Answered January 4, 2019

There are subsidiary issues here. This shutdown could offer a chance for people in non-essential government jobs to look for private sector jobs. 1.3 million of these are currently not filled. They are not jobs immigrants can do for the most part. It also gives people a chance to retire or even retire early. There are probably quiet hiring freezes going on in a number of departments. Also funding for some agencies has been reduced and employees could look at a lateral transfer. They would have an advantage.

According to an NPR TV program there are 450 million people right now today in this country looking for a better or a new job. It is a good time during the winter for people who have been unhappy in an old job to look around for opportunities and country wide prosperity encourages those who have been eager to change to do so.

In other words, this is about people and not just politics.

If I’m 14 years old, a Mexican, wants to compete in the figure skating Grand Prix Junior, and then keep dedicating to that, is it possible if I start learning and practicing now?

Answered January 4, 2019

I do not see why not if you can afford the rink fees. Keep in mind too that all other activities will end as long as you pursue this goal.

Why is corruption a social problem? ,  

Answered January 4, 2019

The entire society suffers when corruption is widespread. When I was in China a man asked me about traveling to America. He wanted to know how much the bribe would cost.

I was horrified. I said if you so much as breathe the word bribe you’d never seen the USA. But for him every negotiation required a monetary payment usually not to one but many people. Some people say it costs doubled on the price of goods and services but you never know the real amount.

What made you leave the demonic practice?,  

Answered January 3, 2019

I continue to fight the devil every day. His hatred for man is relentless. Too many people think this stuff is a lark.

My ex is still talking with me and has left stuff at my apartment by her choice, what does this mean?,  

Answered January 3, 2019

Perhaps she is hoping to return.

When a government shutdown happens, how much of the government is actually shut down? Some people must stay to keep the cogs turning.,  

Answered January 3, 2019

They close down “non-essential services” so all the required activities of government are covered. And police, fire and hospitals are not government managed anyway.

Those that recognize Trump as a self aggrandizing con artist, how will you forgive him, if you believe in the benefits of forgiving?,  

Answered January 3, 2019

I can forgive his style because he is turning the country around. Our gasoline here has gone from $2.69 down to $2.29 a gallon. What’s not to love? We are now in the USA totally independent of foreign oil. And he’s not done yet. So he doesn’t get any credit? So what. The voters know.

Have the people handing out literature at a polling location ever changed your vote?Answered January 3, 2019

Yes. a candidate stopped me and I voted for him. He was not on my list. He turned out to be a big mistake and caused no end of trouble as a town alderman.

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Rules for Success and Rules for Failure

These rules are your key for success; failure if not. This is a Christian site so I’ll be showing how churches fail. But the rules are the same for all secular and religious enterprises, teenagers or old. Here are the four steps.

Word  Authority  Process  Timing

Everything is to be done in order. 

One – word.

The Word of God is essential to any enterprise. If His word is not in the project, then it will soon become a dreaded work of the flesh; if not, then it has 1/4th hope of success. Flesh-works are not evil, they simply go nowhere. God has no particular interest in promoting religious affairs that do not meet His plan.

However in secular circles, that is in the business world, the ‘word’ to guide you is not simply God’s direction but also based on your information level. No one starts a dental practice if he has no training in dentistry. We’d certainly hope he’d have a license, but at the very least information.

Just feeling moved to do something is not enough. The world demands credentials and even though we might not see them God demands His credentials for His projects.

Can you start something without God being in it? Of course you can; it just won’t go very far in advancing the Kingdom.

Two – authority.

God insists that His work be done His way which means that the person(s) in authority are to be chosen by Him. Many people believe they have a good idea, the money to put it in place, and the zeal to match the demands of the job. Many young men think they should start a church. They may even have the Word behind them. But who is in charge? If the authority is wrong and individuals are competing that conflict will taint the future of the group until it is dealt with.

Three- process.

God wants the church to be the work of 5 distinct leaders, apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. {Ephesians 4:11} They are to have one-fifth vote over the congregation.  How often do you see that?

In very large churches this may take place, but not in smaller ones. Very large corporations can also suffer from an imbalance of leaders, such as a letterhead board of directors who rubber stamp and fail to mind the company. Both secular and religious groups are then headed for failure. In fact they may already be there.  Many churches rely on a single pastor and this often backfires.

Four- timing.

Of all the difficulties this one is the worst. If you do some research you’ll learn that important, ground-breaking inventions of all kinds appear, almost as if by magic, across the world at the same time -sewing machines, radios, and other inventions. Even cola drinks started at the same time.

An idea before its time will fall. There are also many inventions which give profits to the person who did not invent it; they just came to market sooner or had more capital backing.

The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is filled with examples of timing issues. I list them here because you may have not noticed them before.

Genesis 15:13 that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

Can you imagine the frustration of Jews in Egypt wondering why they were stuck for 400 years, waiting for a prophecy to work itself out.

Romans 5:6 (CEB) |6 While we were still weak, at the right moment, Christ died for ungodly people.

There is a right moment.**

It is puzzling to realize that God has timed events on his calendar. That should help us when we pray for a lost one. The time might not be right. Of course it is right for us!! We don’t have eternity and God does. That family member might well be saved after you are dead and gone. God knows the timing.

You can come up with your own list of failures. Since four points are required for success and any one of them can lead into failure, I include some examples. In every case at some point these four steps were ignored.

Example 1:

A woman is called into the office of a residential-old folks-home and asked to start a religious service on Sundays. The idea here is admirable because no secular operation is supposed to sponsor a Christian or other religious service. Having the service on Sunday is proper and its management is given to the residents. So far so good.

But there is a problem. The woman who gives the authority to the resident is not herself a Christian; i.e. she has no authority under God to appoint anyone to His office. She does have secular authority; she has, for example, authority to appoint an exercise leader.

The resident who originated the service then is not under the proper authority. To make matters worse she does not know the Bible very well, and she refuses all offers of help especially from those who have training or expertise. She is a natural pastor but there are not four others to instruct or direct; in fact, it is her way or the highway!

The group decays over a 2 1/2 year period into what one member called “a self-help support group” for the leader. It was said of this group there was no “life” because “he who has the son has life.”

John 5:12 The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have God’s Son does not have life.

Wrong authority, wrong attitude, and wrong process. Only the timing was correct but since everything that preceded it was wrong, the entire operation went downhill. The process of having five leaders was not followed so even though the timing was right nothing else was, and like Humpty Dumpty can’t be put back together again. Many Christians spin their wheels for decades not seeing what they have done is not in divine order.

Example 2:

Jack Welch of General Electric was everywhere acknowledged as a model corporation leader. When he retired the company fell into trouble and today it pays not a penny of its billion dollar taxes having moved manufacturing to China. There is no special indication Welch was a Christian; it doesn’t matter.

In the secular world you only have to do things right and in right order. The company now lavishly supports a failing TV system (MSNBC) in order to prop up its tax-exempt status. When another national government takes over I suspect all this will come crashing down. God has no obligation to support evil motives. How many women have married the wrong guy and then prayed for years that God make him right? You can answer that one! Pray before marriage not just afterward.

Example 3:

Several months ago I got a phone call from an old friend whose extended family has an evangelical ministry traveling around to mainly coastal churches. Their daughter at 16 showed great talent in singing so their plan was to make her part of the ministry team.   She attended a music school but by the time she was 20 she was in the hospital dying. The family believes in and practices divine healing so they were distraught. Finally God said to them plainly, “I have not chosen her for a music ministry.” When they dumped that idea she was healed.

This family was blessed that God would show them their presumption in assigning ministry when it was not theirs to do so. Jesus is the manager of His church. The poor girl had not been given the authority; she can use her talents elsewhere!

Example 4:

I asked God to confirm whether I was to return to China. I have everything in place including a job and a place to live except the sure word in particular the money. The following week I received a check for almost $2000. Since financing the trip was the key I was temporarily elated. By the end of the week I learned the check was a scam.

Thankfully I lost no money. My prayer partner said the lesson was I have been involved in a fraud.  The local group here is not under proper authority as well, talking Christianity but having no real understanding of it. Phonies everywhere. So I scraped my plans for China for the moment. God can always revive them if He wills.

Example 5.

John Hagee of San Antonio tells of how he started his mega-church. He went to his denominational  authorities and said God had pointed out to him a street corner where He wanted a church.  Hagee’s authorities said no, he was not to proceed but he did anyway. On many TV stations today you can see him at least twice; his ministry especially to Jews is worldwide and well-known. It is one of those cases where the authorities of the denomination were wrong. Maybe they did not pray adequately for the will of God to be revealed.

One of the key scriptures on the abuse of authority is found in Matthew 21. The Jewish leaders refused to answer Jesus as to where their authority came from because they jolly well knew it was not from God. End of argument.

We are coming now upon the last days, the time of the end. Even secular people who don’t know God have a hint of this. If we expect to get anything done, we need to go back to the rule book and get things straight.

If you are struggling with failure get out a notepad and start writing things down.

1. Do I have God’s sure word on that?

If not I must go back to where I got started and reaffirm I am in the right place. Have I fasted and prayed? Have others affirmed? If not why not.

2. Is the authority right?

If I am not in charge who is? Is the person functioning under God or something else? Have we done our homework about what we are to do?

3. Process.

We must go over our plans. Do we have 5 people minimum in charge with equal voice, and do we require a unanimous vote? Is someone competing with others for leadership? God blessed unity. See the passage on the Upper Room. The book of Jude which could be subtitled Acts of the Apostates cites 2 enemies of the church. They are greed and control.

4. Timing – Do we put this off?

Are we actually behind? What have we forgotten? If we wait what do we wait for? Are we getting God’s results or only ours? Is this Kingdom results or just natural? A huge congregation may not be what God is looking for.

If you feel that you are on secure ground with your program and can leave your denomination or group then do it, but follow the 4 steps regardless as they will apply to all your efforts throughout your life.

**Prophecy is important to religious planning.  Daniel saw in his scriptures that God would release the Jews after 70 years and he began to pray.  Modern prophecy is more and more relevant in today’s Church .  I support prophet Kim Clement of Camarillo, California.  He has been found accurate.

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The Coronavirus Prayer

Say out loud with conviction.

The Lord God has provided for me and my house with his Promise:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the [a]fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and [b]buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.

The Doctor who Forbade me to Pray for His Patient

The year was 2010 and  through social media I found out that an old college friend mentioned me.  I’d had no contact with her since the mid-50s! What could she possibly want?

I learned she was in the final stages of cancer and wanted me to call.  Her daughter answered the phone and I said I’d like to pray for her.  She said she would call me back after she talked to the doctor.  A few days went by and not hearing anything, I called again.

This time her doctor made it clear under NO circumstances would he let me speak to her.  What did he expect?   I would snatch this poor woman from the jaws of death?  Give her false hope? Who knows.

I was disheartened. At no time in my life has anyone called me a healer, but prayer I know something about.  I was simply going to pray a blessing.  In fact, I doubt she expected me to raise her up off her sick bed and walk out of hospice on her own.  I had no idea what she expected, but her being so ill, prayer seemed the only response.

No one likes to be misjudged, rejected, or refused without at least a small explanation.  So I prayed for her; I asked God to bless her with whatever she needed at that point in her life.  I did not expect God to speak to me – how often does He do that?  Not that much, but He did.

“Don’t worry,” He said.  “I’ll visit her Myself.”

I was elated.  Little Miss Nobody in Texas couldn’t get through but the Big Boss did!

What did He say to her when He showed up?  Would He say, “Your college friend could not come, Lucia, but I came.”

Up until that time I always knew that there were no restraints on the power of God.  But here I saw it in full force.  No determination of men or angels can keep the Great God of the Universe away from His people or their needs. We need, I need to remember that when I pray.  No matter where you are, your prayers get through.

Romans 8:38  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, 39 neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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The Faith of Christopher Hitchens by Larry Taunton

I’m not sure what I expected when I started this small, readable book. The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

faith of hitchens coverEveryone has heard of aggressive anti-God spokesman, Christopher Hitchens, but I never had much interest in what he said.  More than anything I thought anyone who spent his life discussing someone or something that did not exist was amusing palaver. And since you cannot prove a negative, also a waste of time.  There is no way to prove your position so why bother? I watched from afar.

Taunton did not disappoint. I can see why he was Christopher’s friend.  He is truly an exact opposite, not kicking up dust or being theatrical, being logical throughout and treating the man as though he had a true friend, someone who would listen without being  judgmental.  He allowed the man to be himself, perhaps without letting Hitchens know this.

Atheism has no underpinnings.  It is based on an absence of evidence to prove its point consequently devotees must revert to ad hominum remarks.  It is not really fair to blame God for Christianity, Judaism or the Old Testament wars.  It is not provable that hell, which you don’t believe in, is endless drunken parties with your friends.  If you don’t believe that option, you  might as well believe it is endless misery too. Not believing something means we have no set of rules on judging the true from false.

It is not possible to prove that heaven is a glorious existence of love, acceptance and peace.  It is not possible because you don’t believe it at all.  But having NOT believed neither have you knowledge of the real  heaven, hell, God , Jesus, and the word-promises of this very personal God to His People.  The ones who have an option are those who do believe by faith, and yes, with reservations but at least with an open mind and heart. I came away from this book thinking atheists must believe in God to be so rabidly against Him.

The atheist has a closed mind and so he must analyze everything he discusses using only secular evidence.  The spirit world, if accessed at all can only be at the occult level, in other words, with the demonic. I have to wonder about so called intellectuals can waste so much energy being NOT a part of something.  Alice in Wonderland makes more sense than this.

Atheism is an “all about me” theology based on personal preferences or an anecdotal life.  I shudder to think this is the theology of today Millennials, raised on identity crises, and having no foundation in anything other than secular humanism, except for believing homes.

Humanism destroys Christianity because it keeps God inside time, and does not recognize the spiritual origins of man and God.  You have a pre-history before you get here, you have a life on Earth-time, then move on to post history.  The Theist confines himself and his understanding to only one of these three time divisions.

Hitchens when he said he did not believe in God at age 15 slammed the mental door on anything involving this world of the spirit.  God must be worshiped in spirit and in truth.  We must believe who He is, that is, God as Creator (it is a very simple door to open) and that He is a rewarder of those who love him.  Another pretty easy demand. (Hebrews 11:6)

Hitch and his pals look at the results of man’s systems and call it the reason they can’t believe in God.  Whopps – there they go again, blaming something that doesn’t exist.

Taunton does not tell us Hitchens accepted salvation. He leaves it up in the air, but he knew, and we the believing community knows that we did everything in our human power to show him the right way to start rethinking his life…….and death. And that is all God asks of us.

Larry Taunton said that Christopher had 2 sets of books.  I wonder, now that his bill to God must be paid, which set of books he paid him from?

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the mind of the atheist.

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Dealing with Shame God’s Way

It’s tempting to think of shame as a bad thing.  To understand how to deal with it, let’s look at our First Pair, Adam and Eve, the prototype of human action, inaction and reaction.  In Genesis 3  right after the eating of the forbidden fruit, both Adam and Eve hid themselves.  Hiding is a symbol of shame as well as fear.

God says to them, “Where are you?”  Not because He didn’t know where they were.  But did they know where they were now?  Shame tells us where we are.  We are the ones who need the information.  All revelation, all change, all improvement starts with knowing who and where we are. The Bible specifically says they were hiding from God.

People can do the “hiding thing” very well- beards and makeup are inner symbols of shame, piles of workload, behind other people (and blaming them), behind bad leaders in government or in business, and the best hiding people do is behind a lot of money.  The Bible says money is a defense. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)

That helps to explain the hiding phenomenon of atheism/agnosticism which has become so prevalent in today’s society. If you have the option of saying that God does not exist, you also have no reason to hide.  But Romans 12:3 says God has already given to each person a measure of faith, a large enough measure to know at the very least that He exists.  So it takes a deliberate act of the will to say God does not exist. (2 Peter 3:5) The results is a “defiled conscience” )Titus 1:15.)

Eternal Change

But our First Pair respond by saying they are naked. The very fact that Adam and Eve knew they were naked and hid indicates that their conscience is active.  Interestingly enough, they reacted on the basis of the outside, being naked, but what had happened was that they had changed on the inside.  They now were no longer covered with the glory of God, sin had taken over and their eternal condition and future was in jeopardy.

The very opposite are the actions of Gay Pride Days and public displays of sexual deviance, of street prostitutes whose clothing if nothing else gives away their profession, and of criminals who flaunt their hatred of authority and kill police and other officials at will. This applies also to the Islamist extremists who rape, murder, steal and vandalize mostly in foreign countries like Germany, England, Italy, Greece, France especially, Finland and Sweden.  They have in addition promised to bring it to America. The Bible says to have nothing to do with evil like this (2 Timothy 3:5) so the smart nations are closing their borders. The Bible tells us to turn them away.

Shamelessness is visual proof that these people have rejected God in their lives.  Muslims are right in calling Islam a religion; it is an anti-God religion by its very beliefs and actions. The Bible warned that we would see the fruit of men’s evil minds in their persons and now it is coming to public pass on TV and every other medium.

A living Conscience

But what if you feel shame? Rejoice, it means your conscience is still alive and in tact. Don’t do what Adam and Eve did; they both blamed something else.  Adam blamed God and Eve; Eve blamed the snake.  The snake didn’t blame anyone because he (it) was pretty pleased with what he had done.  Evil always rejoices when it wins a point.

Fortunately evil does not win the war.  God has made it clear that He will win this fight against evil both inside man and inside societies.  For you personally He does it through forgiveness.  Forgive everyone you know who has harmed you. Then ask God to forgive you, and go the extra mile and forgive yourself.  No, no excuses.  Just say I did it. Then ask God to show you in your heart that you are forgiven.

Other people may not forgive you, but never mind, you are on the right side of heaven.

 
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
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