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All that I have Commanded You – 9
January 15, 2016, 5:14 pm
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John 15:18-23 NKJV “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. (19) If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (20) Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. (21) But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. (22) If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. (23) He who hates Me hates My Father also.

This series would not be complete without a truth that Jesus taught his disciples. That truth is that just because you have become a Christian person does not mean that all things will come to you and you will live a good life, with all that you need to be fulfilled in your person. I know that the scriptures say that all things work to good for those who love the Lord and that is true, but, this teaching in the gospel of John is also truth. You only have to look to the middle east to see that Christians are being persecuted for their faith by the radical Muslim group ISIS. However they are not the only ones who persecute Christians.

Looking at the United States, we find that there is much trouble for Christians here at home, we are told that we must support homosexual marriage, that we must agree with abortion on demand, and allow for other sexual sins as being just another type of life style. This includes man with boys as well as adultery, and the change in morality that says that a person in power can have sex with an employee and it is acceptable. Teachers with students or a President with an intern.
Of course none of this can hold a candle to the darkness that is engulfing the rest of the world. In Europe, we see Christians and Jews being told that they cannot say anything wrong about Muslims, we see the Muslim attacks in Paris, and London, Brussels and Germany on New Years Eve, as hundreds of women were assaulted by Muslim men. Some were raped, some were groped, and the governments in the towns where these things happened hid the truth from the public.

Then there is the middle east where the city of Mosul, which had a Christian presence from the very beginning, around 100 CE, and there are now no more Christians in that city. They either escaped, or were murdered by the adherents of Islam under ISIS. They were told to convert to Islam, leave or die, there is no other choice.

On December 14, 2015 Kathryn Jean Lopez wrote an article in National Review titled “See and Name the Genocide” In the article she quotes from Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus who testified before congress in regard to Iraqi and Syrian Christian refugees from ISIS. He said: “Fear of being slaughtered or enslaved for their faith prevents them from returning home.” “Like the Jews in Nazi Germany, these Christians are escaping genocide. They are being specifically targeted because they put their faith in Jesus Christ.”

Returning to our own nation, I have to make note of the fact that the Obama administration has accepted Muslim refugees, but has sent Christian refugees back to their home countries, to face the terror of extermination. In that context you can say that Christians are no longer welcome in the United States either.

In the past year we have witnessed horrific killings in Islamic held territories. Christian men have been burned to death, had their heads cut off, been drowned and of course shot to death. In Egypt, during the time when the Muslim Brotherhood was in charge, we witnessed actual crucifixions of Christians in the middle of Cairo. All of this violence has been practiced against a people of who try to live by loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

We are told that the suicide bombers of Islamic radical groups, are martyrs of their faith, true martyrdom however comes when you are confronted with the threat of death unless you convert to Islam. If you refuse to give up your faith in Christ, your throat is cut. Yet thousands have refused to give up Jesus Christ for Allah or Muhammad.

So, Jesus said that persecution would come to those who followed his way and it is for sure coming to pass in this day and time. Here in America, we are told we may not pray in the name of Jesus if we are going to be chaplains. The prayers in the Chaplains book for the American Legion do not use the name of Jesus, on military bases there are now sacred groves for the use of pagans and witches. There is even a movement afoot now to have atheist chaplains, a bit of an oxymoron in my book, but there it is. There have been children expelled from school, not for using curse words, for acting badly, but for wearing a Christian tee shirt, or refusing to remove a cross.

Prayer of course is strictly banned in many schools across the country, and there are schools where they make the children wear Muslim garb and recite the pillars of Islam, and pray to Allah. If they were forced to pray to Jesus it would bring cries of outrage, but to Allah not so much. We will have to go a bit further to see true persecution, that will come though it is only a matter of time.

Jesus also taught the disciples this:
Mat 5:10-12 NKJV Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (11) “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. (12) Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Persecution is coming to our nation, whether we realize it or not, we who follow Jesus Christ, are out of step with our society. We believe that there is a moral code to be followed, that sin leads to hell for all eternity, and that following Jesus leads to eternal life in heaven. There are real penalties associated with sinful living, hell being the end result. Will we Christians live abundant lives? Depends on what you know about abundance, for me, it is a resounding YES! Not because I will be rich or famous, but I will come face to face with my savior and Lord one day. I know that my Lord walks with me through all the stuff that life throws at me. I have a wife who loves me, brothers and sisters (in the Lord) who I love and who love me as well, because Jesus loved us all enough to die for us, to pay our price for our sins. He also sealed the deal when he rose from the dead to show us that we too would one day rise with him into eternity.

I have an abundance of love in my life and that gives me all the riches I could possibly want in this life. I know that my redeemer lives, and that my future is secure in Jesus Christ, fully Man and fully God.

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The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare
August 20, 2014, 4:16 pm
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Imagine, 35.4 percent of the population is receiving Welfare of one kind or another. Of course that figure is at the end of 2012, how many more are there today?
The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare | CNS News.
I think what bothers me more is that with all the chaos going on in the world, we are cutting back on our military. Telling the Taliban we are leaving Afghanistan, refusing to help people who are being killed in Iraq, including Christians and Muslims who are not willing to swear allegiance to ISIL. Can’t forget Boko Haram in Nigeria, the group that kidnaps school girls, then sells them into slavery, probably sexual slavery in some harems.
What I find even worse, is that we used to be the folks who tried to right the wrongs, but since our president was elected in 2008, we have been watching him apologize to every 2 bit dictator in the world for our imperialism. He says no more boots on the ground, but he will bomb all over the middle east, not caring how many civilians he kills in the process. Claims he wants to capture the criminals who killed our Ambassador in Libya, yet they knew from the get go who it was and it took 2 years to capture one guy. How long will it take to find out which low life scum cut the neck of a reporter in Iraq, and threatened to come after us and raise their flag over our White House.
Then we are given the spectacle of our President making threats that he will not be able to keep, because he is a coward, and will not commit any serious effort to go after these animals in Iraq/Syria. Just drop some bombs on them. I cannot believe that we have sunk so low that we will not go after these people. That we have the best troops in the world, and we allow these people to walk all over us. But if some nobody in this country dares to talk bad about Obama, the Secret Service will come down on him like a ton of bricks. Can’t forget about the do nothing jerk in the Senate, Harry the Thug Reid who refuses to allow anything to go to the floor unless it something he wants or that will please his Master in the White House. Then of course things get done because he changed the rules to insure that no one could stop what he wants to do. At least the Hag of the House Pelosi is no longer in charge, although the way the MSM fawns over her you would think she was.

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Our homicide rate is lowest since 1963, so somebody please tell the media! – Washington Times
May 30, 2014, 5:34 pm
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Seems that the Lamestream media still doesn’t realize that their fear mongering is behind the times by a whopping amount. The left just wants so badly to control people, that they don’t care whether it is true or not, as long as they can scare us into doing what they want.

ISTOOK: Our homicide rate is lowest since 1963, so somebody please tell the media! – Washington Times.

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Deviancy is the true culprit
February 12, 2013, 1:06 pm
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Walter Williams has written an excellent article today 2/12/2013. He posits that Cultural Deviancy is the true culprit of our society. It is not so much guns as it is the deviant society in which we live today, with music that glorifies rape, murder and other forms of wrong behavior. Along with Mr. Williams, I am amazed that our politicians and many of our pastors don’t condemn this behavior in our society, it is easier to ban assault weapons than it is to go against the deviancy that causes our lack of caring about one another.

He points out the simple truth that gun laws such as those posited by our political elites, will do nothing to stop violence in our society. He also shows that more murders were committed by other than guns, “according to FBI data from 2011, there were 323 murders committed with a rifle of any kind but 496 murders committed with a hammer or a club.” Yet our politicians want to ban “assault weapons” not hammers or clubs. Of course they don’t even know what an assault weapon is, so they include anything that looks dangerous.

Let’s look for a moment at our society, we glorify mayhem, rape, armed robbery and assorted other forms of killing and torture, just look at the “Saw” movies. Yet we say nothing about the killing of women and children when one of our drones are sent to kill one man and instead kill a couple of dozen or more. A short few months ago we saw a man kill a number of people then escape into a crowd, when he came out onto a crowded street, the NYC Police fired many rounds at him, hitting him a few times, but also hitting a number of innocent bystanders. That was OK, it was just collateral damage. New York City, Chicago, Washington D. C. and Detroit all have very strict gun laws, yet they also have the highest crime rates in the country. Especially crimes where guns are involved. Then if we look at where the shootings have occurred we might just notice that they happened where there are signs that say, “Gun Free Zone”, or “No Guns allowed” or even “No Concealed Carry allowed.” Criminals don’t give a flip for laws, they are made for law-abiding citizens, criminals are NOT LAW ABIDING people, that is why we call them criminals!

How about some of the other statistics that our politicians ignore, such as these, quoted by Mr. Williams in his article: “What explains a lot of what we see today, which politicians and their liberal allies would never condemn, is growing cultural deviancy. Twenty-nine percent of white children, 53 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of black children are born to unmarried women.” Then there is this one: “By the way, the low marriage rate among blacks is relatively new. Census data show that a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. In 2009, the poverty rate among married whites was 3.2 percent; for blacks, it was 7 percent, and for Hispanics, it was 13.2 percent. The higher poverty rates — 22 percent for whites, 35.6 percent for blacks and 37.9 percent for Hispanics — are among unmarried families.”

It seems to me that something is greatly amiss in our society. I do believe it is what my parents would never have allowed me to be a part of. Sexual perversion, music that spews hatred toward women and other groups, violent video games, gratuitous sex and violence in our movies and even TV programs. These are things that my parents and most of the folks I grew up with would never have allowed, and I don’t allow them in my home either. I turned off the half time show at the super bowl because I saw the gyrations and the outfits that the women wore and wanted nothing to do with it. Cultural Deviancy truly permeates our society, and cheapens that society as well.

What do you think? Can you agree with Walter Williams and me, or do you think it is perfectly alright to allow women and children to be abused and debased? Leave a comment, what do you think?

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A Terrible World

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – 1863
Encyclopedia Britannica

This poem was written on Christmas 1863, it was a lament by Longfellow, in regard to what he saw as a pacifist, the War between the States had been raging for about 2 years. His son had been badly wounded in one of the battles and he thought that his son would die. The verses here are the last two of the poem, there are two others which are cut out of the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” because they speak to the great despair of the poet. Here are those two verses:

“Then from each black accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Wadsworth is not speaking of black persons, but of souls blackened by hatred, he speaks of the beginning of that which killed and maimed so many between 1861 and 1865. Yet these words that were written so long ago, can be applied to the world in which we live today. Hatred is rampant in our world, we see death and destruction all around the globe. We want to stop it but there is no way, short of becoming a part of the destruction. If we want to stop dictators from killing their own people, we must enter the fray, we have done so in Iraq, and in Afghanistan, and yet the killing and hatred still exist.

We have seen another senseless act of violence in our own nation, in a place where there were safeguards. A school, with locked doors, you had to ring a buzzer in order to be seen and allowed to enter, so the killer broke a window and climbed into the building. You have to know that someone bent on murder, is not going to be stopped by a locked door, nor by an unarmed person who he or she confronts, witness the death of 6 adults along with the 20 children. There are laws against murder, yet that did not stop this violence. In the state of CT where this act happened, there are strict gun laws, this man could not buy a gun legally, it is my understanding that he stole the guns after he killed his mother with one of them.

So, what is the answer to this senseless violence? This evil that infects our society. First it means we must recognize that evil exists, it is not the opposite of good, it is rather the complete and utter disdain, and hatred of God. I fully believe that God wants only good for God’s people, that means those who have repented of their sinfulness and turned their lives toward God. I want people to understand that this is what must happen, you must repent of your actions against God, turn your life around and begin to walk in the paths that God has set out for mankind. I know that so-called Christian people have perpetrated horrific crimes in the past, but were these really Christian people or just people who called themselves Christian?

God does not countenance hatred, or murder. We all like to quote the commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.” However the actual word is, murder, not kill. Making the commandment say not kill, makes it a bit milder, and easier to call down wrath on those who shoot a deer, or catch a fish for dinner. The word murder however, is one we don’t really like, we try to avoid this word, because it means, killing a defenseless fellow human being. That is what happens, when a terrorist kills innocent people in a town square, a shopping mall, a restaurant. That is what happens when a person takes a gun and shoots children enjoying a birthday party, or when a gang of people do the same thing, such as happened in Mexico a while back. It is what happens when a Muslim terrorist takes a machete to a young girl because she is going to school to become educated. When a woman can be stoned to death because she allowed an ankle to be seen in public, or when hatred of one group by another leads to killing and destruction because they are not like the ones doing the killing.

I see this as our living in what the scriptures refer to as the end times, we have been living in the end times since the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Messiah, Lord, over 2,000 years ago. God will return to this earth and will set things right, when I don’t know, but I do believe that it will happen, and that we are getting closer to that time. Hatred shall increase, against those who follow YHWH, God, Jehovah, many more will die, probably thousands, before all this is finished. According to scripture, millions will perish in the last years called the tribulation period, so, it is really just moving in that direction. We who call ourselves Christians, need to look at what we do in our everyday lives, if it does not comport with what God has taught us, “Love the Lord your God and Love your neighbor as yourself” then we need to change our ways.

What do you think? Is there a different way to change things? Can you take the place of God? I hope and pray that we will make a difference, but I know that hatred and avarice will continue and get worse as the years go by. Join the conversation, help to make a difference in your own community, help others to find the right path for eternity is reality.

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Children beheaded by Taliban
September 13, 2012, 6:20 pm
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A story by Reuters shows us what Afghanistan will look like if the Taliban regain power. We will see the country return to women no being allowed to work, of not even being allowed out of their homes unless accompanied by a male member of her family and she must be covered from head to toe. No skin must show or she can be stoned to death immediately. Children beheaded and even one whose skin was removed. Check out this story Reuters this is horrific.

Yes I want our men and women out of Afghanistan, not so the country can return to barbarism. These children were killed because they were considered immoral, not that they had done anything wrong, but because their families were trying to live their lives in freedom. These barbarians cannot be the future of this or any country, but, if we turn our backs on this there will be murder, rape, stoning, and maybe a few more crucifixions as they have already done in Egypt. It is time to stop believing that these people will return kindness for kindness, it will not happen. The history of Islam has been bloody, much bloodier than anything Christianity has done. You see, if these people defeat an enemy there are three choices offered. Become a Muslim, become a slave or DIE. NEWS FLASH for those of you women out there, you will become 2nd class citizens, any man in your family group can have his way with you and you have NO RIGHTS!

Please people wake up! This is not a peaceful religion, it is a religion of war and hatred, these people are not our friends. Even those who live in this country, will become just like the ones who conquer and kill, because their god requires that the subjugation of all the world under the Caliphate that the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran and the Mullahs are aiming for. BTW a Muslim man may have more than one wife it is legal for them to have 3 or 4 wives, don’t believe the lies that are being propagated by the government, it is not true that this is a great religion, it is instead a murderous group of people who use allah as an excuse to maim and kill. These people are barbarians. Women and children mean nothing to them only power is what has meaning.

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