Run Anyway

th3DTL1SBLI turned on the TV last week and they were interviewing someone expected to place well in the 2016 Boston Marathon.  I had never heard of this particular athlete, but I thought,”what a champ!”  It was only April of 2013, three short years since those wretched, muslim brothers,  punk Chechen refugees America had taken in ,who put together a couple of pressure cooker bombs and blew another hole in the fabric of American life.thK4SA79JN  Two homemade bombs made by creeps who hate us, in the space of a few minutes ended the life of 3 innocents,  injured 264 folks and drove home the idea (again) that being in a big crowd is a risk, attending a concert or a cheering runners at a Marathon finish line could tragically put you or your family in harm’s way.

We could spend many hours discussing lessons learned or not learned from 9-11, or the Boston Marathon or more recent, similar incidents. We as a nation should become much more wise about immigration policy, we should become more savvy about the roots and actual content of Islamic teachings concerning anyone who is not a follower.  However, rather than become bogged down in motives, and political gobbledygook, I prefer to concentrate on the flip side: the response.thU3MOQ8D1 The Boston Marathon folks didn’t cave in to the palpable fear. They never stopped holding the race. They got wiser, more watchful and ramped up security but they never stopped running.  And people signed up and came back the very next year.  Bravo.  Like the Boston Tea Party, an excellent metaphor for American Spirit.

I never ran a marathon, I never ran a 5K.  In my younger days, high school and college, I never participated in track events but I liked to run.  For me it was always a solitary effort I could mold to my own timetable, set my own pace and spend time thinking.  It wasn’t a thing of beauty, I was never a contender for the Olympic team…but I was out there.  I liked the hot Dallas wind in my face, the slam of one foot in front of the other as I made my way around the streets in my neighborhood after school. I quit running after I had kids, the logistics were tricky to overcome and I found other ways to get some exercise.  To me, those memories of running are always linked to  the carefree days of childhood where gallons of energetic joy propelled me and my friends  tothSHZ4ZZTO always move as fast as we could. top speed on bicycles, rollerskates, the occasional runaway wagon.  Oftentimes, bare feet on sizzling pavement motivated us to move more quickly to our next neighborhood adventure. It represents easier times.  Running represents Freedom!

I salute the marathon contestants who swallowed the fear last week on April 19th.  They overcame the memory of horror and choked the streets of Boston scrambling to find their pace in the multitude.  I also salute the lover’s of the race, Boston Strong,  who ignored their unease and turned out to line the route, cheering those runners on.thTQW90M4V

Paul likens the Christian life to a runners race. He also tells us we may face terrorism. Satan’s calling card. Be prepared for that.  That’s why it’s called Spiritual Warfare! We are going to have good days.  We are going to have really bad days. Occasionally we will trip on a curb or catch our toe in a hole and we may faceplant in spectacular fashion. That’s OK, you weren’t chosen for this team because you were a gazelle. You were chosen for this team because you want to be FREE rather than in bondage. Get up and keep moving forward.  Inevitably you pull a muscle and may be out of the game for a while. Sometimes the weather will be dreadful and the race delayed.th8A8QPXEB

Occasionally, someone on your own team will shove you off the track.  Get over it!  Maintain focus. Some fear being asked technical  or even sarcastic questions to which they don’t know the answer. Just tell people your story- how you became a runner.  That keeps it simple and real. You see, those who believe they will never be “good or scholarly” enough to speak up for our faith are consigned to the sidelines. These folks, though they wear the runner’s suit are always stretching but, choosing fear over power, never hit the bricks.  In those times, just tell people your personal running story- how and where you were when you jumped into this race – that keeps it real. It’s always good to keep training and learning so you improve- but it is not supposed to be tricky or hard.  It’s just a race with Jesus. A race to Freedom. Knowing where your race will end and helping others to see the value of that finish line is the goal.

Thankfully, we don’t have to be perfect or the most knowledgeable, smooth or eloquent to be on this team.  We just have to start. We have to be willing to tie on the running shoes every day, put one foot in front of the other- regardless of proficiency or stopwatch- and join that race, following where the Holy Spirit leads.  Shove your fear, your hesitation or excuses out of the way and Run Anyway!

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Verses to ponder upon:  2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2 Tim.1:7; Ephesians 6:12; John 8:36, Galatians 5:1

 

 

 

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Pass on Over

Passover is coming right up on Saturday April 23  Over the centuries much of Christianity has forgotten that our faith has Hebrew roots.  Jesus was Jewish and the disciples were Jewish and the followers that wrote the New Testament were Jewish.  If we, as 21st century, American Christians don’t understand the significance of what the Israeli Jewish Jesus was doing, saying and fulfilling then we are missing much of the proverbial boat!thO4FV40FU

Jesus was crucified on Passover.  This is the first and foundational Feast in a line of the 7 Feasts of the Lord.  Passover is first mentioned in Exodus 12:  The Hebrew people have been in bondage for over 400 years, Moses has been confronting Pharaoh to let the people go and we have seen terrible plagues come one on top of another as this process goes forward.  Now, in Ex.12 the Lord is giving the instructions, very explicit and clear instructions to Moses on how to proceed with this Passover thing because the ultimate judgment on Egypt is about to come.

A male lamb, perfect with no blemish, wound or deformity must be killed, the blood caught in a bowl and then “painted” in a certain manner on the door posts.  The Blood of the Lamb is the only thing that kept death from visiting the house on that first Passover night in Egypt.  Houses that obeyed and killed the lamb and placed the blood on the door posts had no deaths.  The homes of anyone, Egyptian or otherwise who did not have the covering of the blood had death of all the firstborn when they awoke the next day. Imagine the terror.

This is a deep, rich study I will boil down to it’s most important picture words.  Jesus is the Perfect Lamb.  It is His blood that was pictured on those doorposts in Egypt.  His blood covers the sin and breaks the bondage of slavery and gives true freedom.  Those that were not covered by the blood saw death.  Egypt, throughout scripture is a picture of the world, the flesh and bondage.

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Let me point out Ex.12:11.  They were to eat this specific meal dressed in their traveling clothes , bags packed and running shoes on their feet.

First, you have to hear the Word, obey and come under that cleansing blood of the Lamb, Jesus. He’s the Messiah. Then, you are expected to move on from that doorway of Salvation, take actionable motion from that spot and go where the Lord leads you.

 Did all those people understand the why’s and wherefores of what was going on as they obeyed what Moses told them to do, according to what he had heard from the Lord?  No. And I will, in full disclosure say that some had enough faith to obey and put the blood on the doorpost to get out of Egypt but they didn’t have enough faith to follow the Presence of God all the way to the Promised Land.

thC0GX4F3S However, at this point, they had just seen amazing divine protection for their well-being through every plague.  There was light in Goshen, no frogs or lice in Goshen.  The water didn’t turn red and nasty in Goshen.  But they listened and obeyed, took a valuable perfect lamb and killed it slapped the blood on the doorposts and roasted it without any broken bones and fed on it and bitter herbs that fateful night, while breaking and eating the unleavened, matzah bread.

Afterwards, they were ready to roll-ready to move the minute Pharaoh said to get out.  This prophetic picture meal imparted more than remembrance of Hebrew history and Messianic symbolism.  As they went, scripture said that not one of them was ill!  Think of that! Millions of people of all ages.  Not a sniffle or a tummy ache, no heartburn or broken bones. None of their clothes wore out, none of their sandals broke a strap or wore holes in the bottom.  NO one was sick. No one needed anything. When they were thirsty- Moses hit the Rock (another picture of Jesus) and water poured out.  When they were hungry, Manna or quail dropped out of heaven for them every morning!

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The blood of that Lamb and partaking of that meal bought them much, much more than they ever imagined.  It bought them supernatural health and provision just as every drop of blood Jesus shed along the way and on that cross on that Passover Feast-that divine appointment 2000 years ago bought for you.  Are you covered by the blood of the Lamb?  Are you partaking of the divine health and incredible provision that His Kingdom provides?

Paul tells us that many in church are sick, hurting  and even dying because they are not keeping the Lord’s Supper correctly. It is not only a deeply symbolic picture- it is powerful and profound resource we are to tap into and understand.   What we call Communion today is a part of that Passover Meal.  We are told that whenever we partake we should remember Him-Jesus-the Messiah.  This is his body-this is his blood.  He shed it for a purpose and salvation is just the beginning of those wonders.

Are you keeping Passover? Are you feasting on all the Lord has for you?

 

For more information and reference material on Passover and all 7 Feasts of the Lord:

Exodus 12, Lev. 23, Deuteronomy 15-16, Ex. 15:26, Psalm 105:37, Isaiah 53:4-5, Deut. 8:4, Deut. 29:5, 1 Corinthians 11:23-30, Matt.26:17-20, Mark 14:12-25, John 13, and Luke 22:7-20

I have written in more detail about all the Feasts, both Spring and Fall and invite you to view previous posts on these incredible Divine Appointments- from last May: Countdown, The Big Picture, The Ad Man;  from fall 2014 : Fly Away Home, Escape Plan, Feast on and Pulse Points.

The Feasts of the Lord– Rabbi Mark Biltz: DVD and study notes available through elshaddaiministries.us

Hebrew4christians.com

The Feasts of the Lord by Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal

The Meal that Heals by Perry Stone

 

 

 

 

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Kansas City Rub

My husband, like many men, likes to Bar-B-Que stuff. th (100) He’s good at it.  Having spent many years living in and around Kansas City, he favors specific spicy rubs but, is not opposed to the occasional pummeling of a suspected, inferior, cut of beef  or a leisurely marinade to infuse flavors and ensure the tenderness of a selection about to grace our table.

Cooking is not really my “highest and best use,” as they say in real estate.  So I am always happy to abdicate those duties to Mr. Moore whenever possible.  Most of us, I would think, are familiar with the steps needed to prepare and tenderize a steak, but many have never even considered the most expeditious steps to tenderize our tough ol’ hearts.

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Why, Miss Sally, whatever do you mean?  Well, just as the steak needs preparation to ready it for the dinner plate; so our hearts need some preparation to come before the Lord and to be used effectively as his Royal heirs.  Instead of specific salts and spices rubbed into the grainy surface of that steak, we must press into our hearts something very different.

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In our local Bible Study I have been teaching through the Gospels, revisiting in more depth the familiar passages of the life and ministry of Jesus, I have been impressed with the absolute necessity of several things…which denote citizenship and ready us to tap into that Kingdom of Heaven which Jesus said was at hand- right there and ready! I’m not talking about working your way to heaven.  However, just as the Priests needed to do some concrete things before approaching and entering the Tabernacle, so do we.

First comes that old bug-a boo, I’ll call this one the “Kansas City Rub” of repentance. Lot’s of believers are happy to confess their sins but they never bothered to Repent.th4PMAX6C3 We often get easy and comfortable in the middle of this messy world.  Realizing that all of us are  sloppy sinners and we will continue the need to lay  un-Godly things down, walk away from stuff we pick up and change the way we think and act.  Awareness that we are hopelessly drowning and that Jesus is the Messiah- our lifeguard and is the ONLY one who can “fix” that sin issue and save us from drowning. People, we aren’t ever called to blend in.  We are called to stand apart , salted, spicy and ready for His service!

As he punches through our preconceived “religious” notions in the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount,th (99) Jesus, our Messiah is tenderizing our hearts showing us that our ONLY righteousness is what we claim and inherit through him. Our humility is birthed when we know without a doubt that He is the Only Way and He alone sits on that throne of the Kingdom.  It is the hungering and thirsting after his righteousness that in turn feeds our joy, and builds our faith.  All these nails that he hammers home in his seminal, introductory sermon all devolve into: We are nothing on our own understanding, and we have access to everything because of His incredible/undeserved Love for us.

I have spent much effort lately, speaking of the importance of paying forward the undeserved forgiveness we received through Jesus- to those we encounter in life.thSJV5QYBZ  I have harped on it of late, because Jesus does so all through the Gospels.  He does it, I assume, because he is so familiar with human nature and knows we like to cling to our stupid anger, pamper the bitter, unfair wounds we have incurred and let them fester. It is SIN.  Forgiveness is critical.

From time to time, I have come across folks who have a problem of feeling worthy to come before the Lord.  They listen to those persistent voices of past sins or a lifetime of dissipation or dysfunction and cling to those beggars rags of low self-esteem and unworthiness.

angry 2 Picking at the scabs of such old wounds are some of Satan’s favorite tricks to keep us useless; segregated from our blessings. To keep the focus on ourselves, our actions and OUR worthiness when truly, our vision should always be full of the King and the worthiness of Jesus.  My righteousness, entirely, comes from King Jesus.

Jesus never came to save the perfect folks.  There aren’t any.  He came to save the drowning, unworthy, hopelessly lost sinners. He came for messed up people who can’t stop their addictions,  adulterers, he came to love and forgive the ones who slipped and fell, who had an abortion or two or three, those who hate their lives, who crave joy, who have never known a peaceful or safe day.th (258) He came to bring peace to your chaos. He came to bring joy to your loneliness.  Jesus came  with healing in his wings to repair the sick and broken and to rescue those who have hurt others or are hurting themselves. He came to offer a new family to those who never had a kind word from their own, earthly family. Do not compare yourself to others and rate your worthiness on that  flimsy scale. One wades into tricky, unscriptural, waters when you begin to sort SIN into your categories of what is able to be covered and what is too dark to make the list.

If  there is a “perfection” qualification for Salvation, we would ALL be in lots of trouble!  Only Jesus had to be the perfect Lamb and he chose to lay down his life as your Passover sacrifice.  Jesus 2He already knew that Sally was a hopeless, hot mess and that’s why he came!   Listen carefully, because I think there are a lot of people that this speaks to on some level: If you chose to continue to cling to such ideas as, ” I don’t believe Jesus can really forgive me” or “what I have done is too heinous to be forgiven”; Then make no mistake, you are really saying you don’t believe what He said ( LIAR) or that his sacrifice/ His blood was not powerful enough or sufficient to cleanse you and do the job properly. (NOT THE MESSIAH)  In essence, you choose to focus or worship your unworthiness instead of worshipping Yeshuah- Jesus. If I am talking to you, It could indicate that you never truly accepted Jesus as your Messiah. You need to sort that out pretty quick. It’s serious.

As a variation on this theme, some parse their sin and think,”Yes, I’m saved. However, my past is so yucky that God can never use me in service.”  I’ll just sit here grateful to have squeaked through the gate, look miserable, whip myself, while all the truly qualified do His field work.  This could be unbelief, lack of teaching or it could just be laziness:SOS 2 Accepting the prize of salvation but, not wanting to work in the King’s service.   This is something like a woman claiming to be “a little bit pregnant.”  You either are or you aren’t..  There is no half way. His blood sacrifice covered your sin-washed it away as though it had never been! You are a NEW creature!  This is a big concept but it is basic Christianity 101.  Wake up and smell the coffee folks !  Grasp and embrace the fullness of who you really are in Christ!  You can’t do more than take baby steps until you do!th (69)  You either believe that the Lord saved you according to his promises or you don’t believe it. He’s seen it all and loves you anyway. Bring your life into full alignment with what God says.  That’s the only criteria that matters! You need some more of that tenderizing, Kansas City Rub!!

Worship and Thanksgiving are the verbalization of honor  which Jesus laid out in the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer. thFUHG39JC Receiving the full packet of the love of God is truly the change agent that tenderizes our hard-heartedness, and breaks down the toughness that we pick up living in this old world. After true repentance, Praising the Lord  totally yields us, in humble amazement, to the incredible saving power of the blood of Jesus and the transformative, weaponized power of the Holy Spirit which takes over our tender “Messiah-turned” hearts- and sends us out to revolutionize the world around us with that LOVE.

Verses:  John 3:15-21; Acts 4:10-12,;Matthew 5,6,7 18 , Psalms 119:11; 139:23; Psalms 28:7,;27:3; Mark 8:7, 10:5, 16:14 and hundreds more.

 

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Fire beneath the Ice!

From time to time, I report on dreams and visions that I, or other Christians, have had.  I think it important to know and to teach others, that the Lord still speaks to individuals in the same way that we see from Genesis through Revelation.thMLH1UBDN I believe that dreams and visions, just like words of knowledge or wisdom are part of a prophetic gift of the Holy Spirit. I do not wish to imply that I have such dreams or visions all the time but when I do it is profound and meaningful to me.  When I feel they may be profitable or intended to share, I pass them along to Feverseason readers.

In reporting on dreams and visions allow me to remind readers who may not know; Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit have nothing to do with me. While I welcome them, I do not call them forth, control them, concoct them nor embellish them. th4DDZVZN7 Like a Western Union telegram they  arrive as a unique message or visual from the Father. I always want more of whatever the Lord has for me and pray for more revelation of Him.  Matthew 5 and 6 tell us that we should seek first the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus teaches in the beatitudes that those who hunger and thirst after his righteousness will be filled.  I’m counting on it.  I treasure each precious resource he sends me and try to pick all the meat from each bone.  I record them, pray for any aspects thereof that may be cloaked or confusing and suggest others do the same.

Last week, as I was praying in the Spirit,I had a vision.  I was observing what appeared to be a broad frozen river of ice. Beneath the thick ice I could see , not water moving but, the wavering of flames and thethFYCZS53U blurred image of a large heart amidst the flames.  Embedded in the ice, there was a huge metal wedge and I could see an enormous sledge hammer swinging down striking this wedge. The wielder of this hammer was just out of my sight. With every strike I could hear the distinctive ring of metal meeting metal.  Everytime the hammer met the surface of that wedge I distinctly heard the word, BREAKTHROUGH!

With each strike of the big hammer, the ice cracked, chunks loosened and flew aside, little shards flew up and away.  The flames were clearly visible, not melting the ice but moving, as if alive, beneath the fracturing ice.  From my observant position, I could barely make out the shapes of the pulsing chambers of a large heart moving underneath the opaque surface.

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Wham- Breakthrough! Wham- Breakthrough! Wham- Breakthrough….the cracks in the ice lengthened in spidery patterns, and plate sized ice sheets shook lose and began to move freely. I realized somewhere in the midst of this vision,  as I was praying in the spirit, this hammer was striking to the beat of my heart.th (99)  This knowledge was so startling that I stopped praying in tongues.  The vision immediately  fizzled away.  Hummm.  I begin again and soon it returned as before.  Hammer meets wedge in startling force of  power, chipping and splitting the ice. Breakthrough, Breakthrough, Breakthrough.

I fell asleep to this rhythmic ring of hammer slamming against the wedge. And woke up still thinking of this Breakthrough hammer on the thick ice. (I will save my thoughts on the absolute importance of praying in the Spirit for another day.)

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We, as Believers, are often encouraged to pray for revival. We regularly pray for a return of our nation to former Biblical roots. However, before we can, as individuals or a nation, see revival, renewal or restoration there must be repentance.  Before we can see wholesale repentance of churches, individuals or nations we must breakthrough the glacier, that hard- hearted shell of rebellion and  spiritual confusion that has firmly encased us.

Like gradual, communal cataracts that gradually formed on the national vision and eventually will totally blind a nation, so we have come under thickening layers of ice as we have turned our hearts, minds, eyes and  National consciousness from the Lord.

Breakthrough is coming! It takes work, it takes focused effort.  The power of the Holy Spirit is cracking away the cold hardness on thZU4LQ6JDour land and it won’t be long before the ice is shaken off and the fire released to flow on that river in my vision. The fire in this vision, I believe, is the incredible,thJDX7I9Q9 manifest revelation of the love,presence and power of the Heart of God.

Breakthrough is coming and it is coming as the Body of Christ prays that hammer down.  The heart of God is to be released and revealed in power and fire as we- his kids- pray it down from heaven!
BREAKTHROUGH IS COMING! Are you ready?

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Training Day

Haven’t we all, at some point, taken a new job or promotion and then not received the training you had been promised or expected? You snagged a great sounding career opportunity, only to discover it to be a constant exercise in frustration. Not only are you unfamiliar with the computer software, objectives, method or vocabulary: but you have quickly determined your background has not prepared you for what you are expected to accomplish!

thJPGFZBDUPerhaps  the interview process gave little accurate understanding of actual job expectations or clarity of mission from management.  It happens.  You hate to tell anyone but you are in over your head, doggy paddling for all you are worth! How on earth can you successfully meet those expectations without the tools and training needed?  That’s just it, you probably can’t!

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This situation is not unlike classes I took many years ago at Baylor.  Those dreaded language requirements! I muddled by Latin 101 and 102…slugged on through 201 and 202.  When I arrived all perky and fresh-faced for day one of Latin 301 I abruptly face to face with the brutal realization that I was operating under a delusion!  Thinking myself prepared with an appropriate knowledge base, I soon discovered my basics weren’t even basic.  All that earlier classwork seemed to have fallen out of my head (it is a dead language after all!)  Clueless,th0IPVC808 Latin was quite literally, all Greek to me!  I dropped that class, signed up for Spanish 101, and never have felt such an overwhelming sense of relief!

I come across folks all the time who hold similar misconceptions about the Bible knowledge and Christianity. The assumption, often being, once they accept Jesus as their Savior, they automatically have it all figured out.  Or, a childhood full of inspirational Bible Stories, an inspirational experience at youth camp,  a few years in a parochial school will gelling into a ” I have it all-down-pat” doctrine.  It is more likely only to give you a very basic framework of introductory knowledge.  Christianity 101 is not a desired place to slam on the breaks and shelve the whole topic of who and  in what do you believe. Many rely totally only on Sunday morning to see what the local pastor is hearing from God?

This is not some course you just can drop at the registrar’s office in favor of underwater basket-weaving, after discovery there are more expectations involved than walking down the aisle and saying a prayer with the Pastor. It is a career calling that should never be deemed beyond your understanding! This is often the “easy out”  tossing the entire burden of teaching and growth on your pastor or teacher.

I don’t expect to meet someone- a new neighbor or someone at work and expect to instantaneously-magically know their personality, what motivates them, makes them tick and their life story. th (124) No, that takes forever.  I may know them pretty well after a few weeks if I take a lot of time and invest in that relationship.  I may make initial assumptions that later prove to be totally false.  It takes time, study and investment in  relationships whether a potential spouse or a bestest buddy in grade school.  Why do we think  a relationship with Jesus, the Son of the Living God, can be understood from a Christmas Card or a Christian movie that you saw one time. But, people do!

Many conclude personal Bible reading to be incomprehensible to common folk and therefore leave all interpretation or study to “experts” in the pulpit. Our faith foundation is treated like the aforementioned required College Language credits. Required yes, but continually replacing the deeper ones for the baby steps!  In some cases the Body of Christ has opted to keep wearing safe wading-floaties rather than prepare  them with necessary deeper waters skills. th (143) Our gathering together as faithful believer’s ought not to be thought of in the same way as club membership; drop in to socialize, eat cookies, hear a generic pep-talk, and to see what’s on the agenda for coming months. That’s the Rotary Club!

Church, by the way, is not the be all and end all.  The intent of an organized body of Christ whether it is a mega church or a small meeting in someone’s living room is to worship the Lord and to strengthen us.  It is the spiritual equivalent of a supernatural vitamin drink fueling us to return to a dark world for the real work of Christianity!

Don’t misunderstand, Paul tells us that we must not neglect assembling together in Christ (Hebrews 10:25). This body-building intent is an opportunity not only for solid teaching but for  mentoring members to operate in spiritual gifts. This regular gathering should sow an expectation of powerful things of God to happen, as well as hearing personal “family” testimonies  describing what the Lord is doing in their lives “out there”.  It boosts every single person’s faith to hear and see those RIGHT NOW happenings!

 Heartfelt worship is an audible invitation, ushering us into the Presence of God. If all these things aren’t happening where you go to church then go find another one.  Life is too shortthJ5W1O39U to hang around hoping things will change.  Never become at ease with something not aligned with scriptural examples. (Rev. 3:16)

Old and new Christians, often tell me,” I gave it a whirl and tried to read the Bible.  I just don’t understand it!” They, slap the book shut and throw up their hands in frustration.   There are lots of different, really good translations.  All without thee’s and thou’s of 16th century English involved. Ask around, and find one with a good concordance and explanatory notes.  You probably didn’t learn to ride a bike without some help from Dad and training wheels! Find a Bible Study and dive in.  Find a little devotional book that gives you a daily, easy to digest, bit of God’s word everyday.  Pray the Lord will open the eyes of your understanding. He rewards those that seek, hunger and thirst after Him. (Matt. 5:6, 6:33)  Don’t think unfamiliar lingo is required secret code for exclusive club membership!  Not so! Original disciples were fishermen. Jesus hung out with tax collectors, ex-prostitutes, housewives and regular business folks just struggling to make a living . There was not a rocket scientist in the bunch, and they flubbed-up plenty before they got it all straight! Before long and with the power of the Holy Spirit, they changed the world!

Loving Jesus and realizing He loves you, is Good News- simple and duplicable!  Early followers were folks, working a job until they had an encounter with Jesus. We don’t have to know it ALL to serve him or share his love message with others!  Doctoral degrees are not necessary to “lock into” what Messiah did for us out of Extreme Love- or what we should do now that we have decided to follow him.

Building a  life-long relationship does take time but, the pay off is worth the trouble. With study of God’s word comes faith. Jesus 5 As we learn to trust him, our expectations increased.  If Jesus could heal the sick and he tells his followers that they will do greater things than he did….then hey! I should be expecting to see exciting things happening in my life every day, as I follow Jesus down this path!  Many who have taken the  important step to repent and Believe; don’t recognize  the need and take the necessary steps to BECOME a disciple? To truly “know” him?

Knowing Him means to know his Word. It is part of our armor in Ephesians 6, and part and parcel of the  process to test spirits and rightly divide the Word of Truth. (2 Tim 2:15, 1 John 4)  If you don’t know for yourself, how can you be aware if a teaching does not totally line up with Scripture? Satan’s calling card is partial truth and twisted scripture. If you heard a false teaching or slippery deception, would you be savvy enough to catch it?   These are tricky times and discernment is becoming more important every day. Just do it.  It’s Training Day!

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The Bunny Hop

Everywhere I look the past few weeks there have been commercials for new Easter dresses or cute little patent-leather leather shoes,th539ZQGLL Easter Baskets and Cadberry chocolates.  While temptimg in the extreme- All these things stir those childhood memories of wearing of wearing pretty little hats and white gloves and large family dinners at thXWD7PT0LGrandmother’s house on Easter.

But let’s be honest here. A celebration of chocolate Bunnies, polyester pink grass and hidden eggs has nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus but are customs that stem directly from the pagan worship of Ishtar and Tamus. thGWWH8HY5 Long ago Emperor Constantine “declared: the Roman Empire as instantaneously a Christian Nation it was deemed expedient to “Christianize” many of the dates and celebrations already celebrated and now declare those Pagan Holidays as Christian Holy Days.  th09MCREGTEasy Peasy. Suddenly the spring fertility rites involving Prolific rabbits, colored eggs, phallic worship and  related symbols are stamped “Christian holidays”.  Where once there were little hot crossed buns marked with a T for Tamus- suddenly they are marked with the cross of Jesus. thISQXMS2V

What could be easier?  Add to this the added bonus of achieving anti-Semitic goals of easing the “look” of Christianity from a very Jewishy feel to something more glorious and “religiously organized”.   Satan’s fingerprints are all over this!

Like it or not, Jesus was crucified on the Feast of Passover.  He was buried and in the grave during the Feast of Unleavened Bread and then he rose, victorious, by the unmeasurable Power of the Holy spirit on the Feast of First Fruits. thDJD78USJ Jesus is the Jewish Messiah.  And in the Old Testament the Lord proclaimed that these were not Jewish or Hebrew Feasts.  He said very clearly and slowly, using easy to understand terms:  These are MY Feasts and you are to keep them forever! Lev. 23:2, Deut. 15, Is. 33:20

When we hear” Feasts” we think a big-excessive meal followed by pie! Thanksgiving Turkey or pineapple glazed Easter Ham.  No, the Hebrew word used here is the word ‘moed’. thWO07GQRA

This word means Divine Appointments in God’s Day-Timer. 7 times a year- to rehearse, teach and review- so that that the Jewish people wouldn’t miss the first coming of Yeshuah the Messiah and that they wouldn’t miss the arrival nor the significance of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost.

Likewise, you and I don’t want to be so focused on the Easter-egg hunt on the front lawn at the church that we miss the next set of Divine Appointments. th (95) Don’t get cocky and think it can’t happen! Easter is being celebrated today but the Feast of Passover, the day that Jesus was actually crucified, begins on April 23rd.  I don’t want to steal your fun or rain on your Easter Parade.  But, we as Believers are to be set apart. th2INWTNMG We the Body of Christ are to come out of the pagan worldly mix.  We shouldn’t have our kids wonder one day…well if the Easter bunny and Santa aren’t real then maybe Jesus isn’t either!  It all must therefore,  holiday fun and games and feel-good myths!

We must not shy away or forget the essential Jewish Roots of Christianity. These specific dates had a specific purpose and easy to read pictures!  Christianity was not something new, concocted in the upper room by 12 guys who just saw their Leader die.  No it was the specific fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy and therefore the Completion of the Jewish faith. th33NU6C9G That is why many Jewish Christians today call themselves “Completed Jews”!!  Christianity is not something new or separate.  It is the culmination of the Plan to redeem what had been lost in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned.

By buying into the commercial aspects Easter and forgetting the Empty Tomb we are forgetting those first 3 important Feasts of the Lord but, by mixing and mingling our faith with the counterfeit Pagan aspects of Easter we have shifted the focus from the Throne and the Word of God and are at risk of entirely missing the final three Feasts of the Lord which clearly identify His second Coming in Power.

This resurrection story should not be confined to one weekend a year but recalled daily by the faithful.  Ever cognizant of the Amazing Grace Jesus extended to each of us – ever mindful to remember the blood that mercifully covers our sins.thIC0BGY66  That cross is empty and the stone is rolled away revealing a totally empty grave.  The same incredible power that raised Jesus from the dead is now housed in me- in you!  That message is still as powerful today as it was for the two convicted criminals that hung on either side of Jesus.  They watched and listened as innocent Jesus asked the Father for forgiveness for all of his enemies while hanging bruised and bloodied in the relentless afternoon sun.  One, in the power released by that forgiveness, realized that Jesus was the Messiah and received that blessing of forgiveness.

Jesus 2The other criminal did not. One fellow is in heaven today with Jesus and the other one is not. We are all, every one of us totally lost with a death sentence of hellfire on us until we realize that we are hopeless and receive His forgiveness!  Acknowledge that Jesus is Lord and has the power to save us! Don’t wait-do it now!

He is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed!  But we must not forget, or neglect to teach our children that the angels rolled that Stone away from the grave on the Feast of First Fruits…that specific prophetic picture that shows us that Jesus- Yeshua is the Messiah and He is the First Fruit of the dead…He is Alive and he is coming back  soon to fulfill those final 3 unfulfilled, Feasts of the Lord! Be ready- Be watching!

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Bird Trouble

Some folks have Bats in the Belfry.  I’ve got  Woodpeckers on the Peaks!thYPJYWX65

It seems every year,when the hint of elusive spring is just entering the Lake City Colorado consciousness I begin to hear insistent noises!

This tapping is not that of a regular, large woodpecker.  They are much larger, red-headed birds whose endless jabbing sounds like highly-motivated Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on your door.th68VG3ZNP  I had a dad-gum-endangered woodpecker tear a softball sized hole in my garage years ago in Tucson. What I have now is a darling little bird. If you saw him perched on your birdbath you would think him completely harmless and the cutest little thing you have ever seen- seemingly incapable of any damage or destruction. You would feel compelled to whip out your camera for a candid shot and post it on FaceBook for all your friends to coo over it’s cuteness!

Looks can be so very deceiving!thH013X5VI  I looked him up, and the perpetrator of this crime is a Lesser black and white Colorado Wood Pecker.  This feathered, sharp-beaked menace has taken an obsessive liking to the siding on our house. Often days will go by and I won’t hear his calling card. I relax and begin to forget all about him, thinking he has found tastier homes to pillage.  Then, when I least expect it and at random hours of the day, exactly where the two wide planks of the eave come together he swoops in and starts his  dedicated work.  Peckedy Peckedy Peckedy! Lengthy pregnant pause…Peckedy-Peckedy!

Reminiscent of some old Donald Duck/ Chip and Dale Cartoon, I jump into my shoes and run outside in my pajamas and yell at this very Bad Bird!thUUY3PIDY   He leaves off his second-story work, cocks his little bird head to one side to curiously observe my caterwauling and fist-shaking.  Unimpressed, he returns to his drilling which has now grown into an observable, widening, much lighter spot against the stained cedar surface.  I have to admit, this little fella has a powerful Protestant work ethic! Once begun, he is  totally committed to this sweet spot.

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I look around for something to throw.  Bad Bird has craftily chosen to work right above the large picture window in the stairwell of our home.  If I chuck anything substantial I am likely to bust out a pricey window.  I try a few pine cones but they are not heavy enough to do the job. The only other handy, natural resource in abundance in my front yard is snow.  I begin making soggy snowballs and hurling them, one after another, in Bad Bird’s general direction( while yelling un-Christian things about his heritage)  He stops once more and gives me a look which indicates he isn’t impressed with my aim or my geriatric efforts.  I try again, and finally lob a sizeable snowball way up there just below the scene of the crime!  Slightly shocked by my improved pitching arm, he  finally decides to relocate to a near by pine tree or the local coffee shop to do some Chillin’ and re-think his strategy!

Victorious, I return inside and resume my contemplation of the universe.  I try to pour myself another cup of coffee in celebration of my mighty deed, only to discover that my right arm is pulsating in muscular agony from the snowball fight and it is entirely possible that I have completely lost a rotator cuff in that snow drift!

Several remedial aspirin later and after icing my chubby little arm, I feel triumphant.  I may have incurred some war wounds but I vanquished the Bad Bird and preserved the integrity of my house on the hill.  As I sit back down at my computer and prepare to get back to work- there it is again!

Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy.  Now, it seems to be in stereo!  Bad Bird One is back in his favored spot but he brought his extended family for good measureth (91) and they are now operating in syncopated rhythm on assorted and inaccessible points of the house!  Stay tuned for further episodes in this ongoing saga!

Often our spiritual health and well-being can be similarly rattled. We are rolling along – seemingly doing well.  Then all the sudden, out of left field, comes an angry outburst, a pesky unresolved past issue-problem-addiction-area of sin- pops up and starts pecking around our edges looking for a foothold. Such strongholds or areas of weakness are tested by the enemy periodically, as he taps our defenses looking  for a good entry point.

 Rather than yield the entire issue to the King, who is supposedly on the throne of our life, we try to deal with it ourselves. We can fix this our way.  We try to be strong.  We try to ignore it or hide it. We think perhaps will-power and self-discipline may win out this time!  We attempt to tamp what ever it is down or slap a stalwart smile on it. If I ignore it hopefully it will just go away.

Maybe you took some action. Perhaps you acknowledged the problem issue and asked for God’s forgiveness but you didn’t  completely scrape it off your shoe and walk away, you stayed in that relationship, or maintained those unhealthy friends or habits that you knew you shouldn’t. You have opened those doors to pecking birds.thQACCJ183

Or worse, you accurately identified the real issue, turned away from that sin and even asked the Lord to forgive you.   All really good! However, you forgot to go and make it right to the person that you angered, hurt or offended or who offended, angered or hurt you. (Matthew 5:22-26, Matthew 18,1 John 1:9)  By not forgiving and obediently following Jesus’ example you have legally opened the door for the demonic, the tormentors and accusers of those Matthew passages to have free entrance into your life.  Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy.

Eventually you may have made the rounds of doctors, or gone for counseling or added some sort of anxiety medication to deal with the fallout and stress.  Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy.  Maybe you began to get the idea that this may indeed be a spiritually rooted issue and asked for prayer and flip on that worship music. Mission accomplished, you think.  Peckedy-Peckedy-Peckedy Peckedy-Peckedy.  Understanding that we received undeserved, unmerited Grace and forgiveness from Jesus means unequivocally that we must offer, extend and restore the exact same thing to others.

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Will you take the time to fix the real problem and be obedient or wait until an entire flock of Pecking birds comes to destroy your house and build a nest on your head?

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Prophecy Watch: The Mosul Dam

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Prophecy Watch: It has been a while since I have posted any Prophecy Watch reports. I will admit that the news is so full these days that it is increasingly difficult to choose what to report and what to let slide when making editorial decisions!

 The Euphrates River has ever been a Biblical landmark.  Genesis notes it as one of the boundaries of the Garden, Abraham haled from that region along the river bank. The Prophet Daniel on the heels of the handwriting on the Wall episode, prophesied to King Balshazzar the night before, the Euphrates would dry up and be used as vehicle for the enemy to overtake the Palace.  Revelation 9:14 and Rev. 16:12-15 give us some specifics on yet to be fulfilled happenings in and around the Euphrates River.  When I begin to see these sort of headlines popping up in various sources (including UN reports) then I, as a Believer sit up and take note:

Mosul Dam reported at imminent risk of Collapse

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Iraq’s Mosul Dam — the largest in the country — is currently at risk of collapse, according to recent claims by U.S. officials.

Some observers have voiced fear that the Iraqi government — which currently has its hands full fighting Daesh– would be unable to take the necessary measures should the 30-year-old dam collapse.

Mahdi Rasheed, undersecretary of Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources, however, insists the claims are exaggerated.

“The Mosul Dam is functioning properly,” he told Anadolu Agency. “Rumors of its imminent collapse are unfounded.”

Rasheed said the dam had been subject to regular maintenance since 1986, going on to stress that the government had carried out repair work on the dam following its recapture from Daesh in 2014.

“An Italian company has been hired to repair damaged parts of the dam,” he added.

Daesh overran Mosul — Iraq’s second largest city — in mid-2014, briefly capturing the massive dam.

“Iraqi security forces, with air support from U.S.-led coalition forces, have now been deployed to protect the dam,” said Rasheed.

The Iraqi government had previously said that some 400 Italian troops would be sent to the area to secure the dam.

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Mosul dam is at risk of collapsing and ‘causing a catastrophe of epic proportions’ which would kill up to 1.5 MILLION people warns US ambassador

  • Governments urged to move quickly to prevent breach of the dam in Iraq
  • The dam was built on an unstable foundation that continuously erodes
  • Weakened when ISIS seized it briefly in 2014 prompting maintenance lapse
  • Fears collapse cold unleash 45ft waves devastating Mosul and flooding Baghdad

Governments have been urged to move quickly to prevent a breach of Iraq’s largest dam, which would unleash a wave as high as 45ft, devastating Mosul and flooding much of the capital Baghdad.

After hosting a meeting with Iraq’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim to hear briefings on the potential disaster, US Ambassador Samantha Power called on all UN member states to take immediate steps.

The dam in northern Iraq was built on an unstable foundation that continuously erodes, and a lapse in required maintenance after ISIS briefly seized it in 2014 weakened the already flawed structure

‘It is crucial that all UN member states quickly get informed about the magnitude of the problem and the importance of readiness to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions,’ said Power.

The ambassador described briefings by technical experts, engineers and representatives from UN aid and development agencies as ‘chilling.’

‘In the event of a breach, there is the potential in some places for a flood wave up to 14 meters high that could sweep up everything in its path, including people, cars, unexploded ordnance, waste and other hazardous material, further endangering massive population centers that lie in the flood path,’ said Power in a statement released by the US mission.

Kurdish Peshmegra forces guard the dam, which is in an area close to land controlled by ISIS fighters 

Power said repair work must be undertaken as soon as possible and Iraqis must be well informed about the best evacuation routes.

Italian firm Trevi has been selected to carry out crucial repair work on the dam, which is currently protected by Kurdish peshmerga forces.

A UN aid appeal for Iraq has received only eight percent of the $861 million requested, compounding concerns about badly needed assistance.

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Beyond this point there be Dragons!

Prior to the Renaissance it was thought the world was flat. There was real concern that over-adventurous sailors might sail right off the edge. Hand-crafted maps of the day showed safe coastline routes.thFTN39COJ Beyond a certain point, the mapmakers painted sea dragons or terrible goblin-like creatures that awaited those that ventured too far. This cautionary tale, complete with fancy artwork, was intended to remind those bold, apostolic captains to stay in the accepted routes, the safe waters close to shore. Motives of those mapmakers may have been pure and heartfelt but they were eventually proved totally inaccurate and based on nothing but repeated traditions and fear of the vast unknown.

Those pioneering souls who knew better or suspected the curvature of the globe and disagreed with the flat-earth folks paid a price.  They were mocked, jailed, sometimes ex-communicated or severely chastised. thIHM3AZSF Today we may laugh at such backward nautical ideas,  but we are still afraid of change.- Still afraid to go off the map!  Many lack the faith to embrace the full map. Or they lack boldness to compare it to the original map.  Aren’t many still reluctant to stray from the shallow comfort of church doctrine or traditions to venture into the deep water where God truly intends for us to be? All through scripture we are called, lovingly, to be trusting fully in Him, soaking in His Word, empowered and led by the Holy Spirit and following obediently to His voice. (2 Tim. 3:5) Didn’t Jesus tell us that the Holy Spirit would lead us in ALL Truth? (John 16:13)

Mobs of people followed Jesus all around the countryside.  They followed him – not because they totally understood everything that he was teaching- but because they had seen and heard that he could DO AMAZING, UNHEARD OF STUFF.  Based on what they had seen and heard him do they now had a real, viable expectation that he could and would do the same thing for them. He healed them all and he cast out their demons and he raised folks from the dead.  He promised that his followers- faithful believers that followed his example, would do the same and even greater things than he! (John 14:12)  Why do Christians stand around, chewing their cud, and blindly accept that things like this are not viable for today?

It is a conscious decision we each must make to continue on the same tired cow-path or resolve to follow the Holy Spirit to higher roads that actually leadthT7UD3AMJ somewhere new and fine.  Some of us approach such a jumping off point with trepidation.  Change is scary, especially when we see that all the other cud-chewing cows have continued blissfully in theirthQK6XP1DM deeply entrenched cow-path.   If you fear a lack of control or fear following the Lord where he wants you to go then is He truly Lord of your life?  Is He?  Are you a-feared of the unknown at the edge of your map?

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I know I am mixing my metaphors, however, allowing ourselves, by a careful study of God’s word, to be led from the safe, non-confrontational, “no-power- evident-nor-expected” path to a different route: His Path;  He will inevitably reward that step of faith. He will lead you through those uncharted waters to new and powerful places. Or, lead you to a precipice where we are not only blessed with rarified air but to a marvelous vision that those others will never see. You may be compelled to take a running leap of faith and hang-glide in the power of the Holy Spirit in amazing new directions! (2 Cor. 5:7, 1 John 5:14, Eph. 3:16-17, Psalm 119:30)

Whether serving Him here in my own neighborhood, at my desk writing, or called to overseas missions it is the exact same course to be plotted!  That faithless “map”  was drawn in permanent ink by  folks who have no vision or understanding of the gifts and promises of the Holy Spirit or why they are necessary for us today, right now! Fear is the flip side of faith.  They cannot co- exist in the same vessel.thGPZZFUTO

 You see, the world and the apostate church fear the dragons at the edges of the “comfort” map, the traditional map. As obedient Believers, we must realize that the Dragon is already all over our map and operating in our midst! He is seeking to devour and destroy anyone at any time. He wants you to fear that deep water-the deep things of the Lord. ( Acts 1:8, Romans 8:11, Luke 24:49) He wants to keep you from entering into the powerful things of the Lord. ( John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8)thJGO8Y29Z

You and I are called to be different. (1 Peter 2:9, Phil 2:15, Romans 12:2, Proverbs 1:15) We are called, in scripture-based faith, to set our rudder and hoist that sail fearlessly. This Dragon is already completely defeated.  He flees before the King’s Ship of State.( James 4:7)  I have signed aboard this crew and am called to cast off on this incredible, exploratory expedition.  It matters not where I want to go or where I think we should go.  It only matters that my sails are unfurled and full of the wind- with the steady Ruach– of the Holy Spirit at my back and in my sails. (Acts 2, 1 John 2:19-17, Acts 19:2)

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Islamaphobic or Realist

This is a really strange story that I have had tucked back in my Feverseason.com holding pattern for some time.  thCC2T6ZM0It is a topic I have not heard discussed in main steam media here in the US. I am sure this post will generate a lot of controversial mail but honestly, whether one is pro-Islamic immigration or against, this is a matter that needs to be analyzed and prepared for by any invitational nation.  Discussing the actual repercussions of a serious health issue in a specific religious group should not result in being labeled Islamaphobic!

This is an election year where legal and illegal immigrationth (85) as well as the wisdom of refugee status have been widely discussed. People argue about the need for us to be welcoming to fleeing refugees from war torn regions regardless of our concerns.  The hot topic of massive Muslim immigration to countries in Europe is generally accompanied by alarming stories of crime, rape and violence. President Obama recently chastised us for objecting and assured us that we will be accepting thousands of these refugees, whether or not the individual states agree.  This is a huge, controversial issue on many levels5a96984a34dfb56e0a329fd75e63e954yet the discussion  thus far has been primarily focused on the need for screening for dangerous characters, overwhelming a particular countries housing or welfare rolls, economic concerns, and worries of losing ones nation’s national voice with such diverse new demographics.

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Those are all valid and serious concerns to be weighed carefully by any country.  However,  the following article and additional sourcing, introduces a dark issue of which there is little discussion or awareness here in the west. The preponderance of genetic abnormalities in this “religious” population as described below are liable to totally overwhelm any state or nation’s capacity to adequately care and deal with the long term implications of these poor souls.

This seems to be a self-inflicted genetic issue confined to a specific demographic which insists on ignoring longstanding science on the topic.  Perhaps, the mullahs and leaders of some of these Islamic countries would be better served to leave off hateful rhetoric and saber rattling threats and regardless of what Mohammed did in his lifetime, educate their people to stop this custom and widen their tainted gene poolthCLFQR5LD .

That being said, the sad fact remains that the repercussions of widespread, close-cousin inbreeding are many and far-reaching. In an age where Health care costs, and long term therapies of all sorts are rising. Regardless of what Bernie Sanders and Hillary promises voters there is no such thing as a “free” anything.  “Free services” aren’t really free at all and the government has no money of their own to spend.  It is ours, yours and mine, no matter what party you vote for. thK1SX92NLNo matter what the other social costs attached to massive refugee issues, this is a problem that is going to be expensive for a long time!

The implications of admitting large numbers of a single religion where the rates of birth defects and insanity may prove to be dramatically and notably higher in proportion to the general public carries thOAUWW2ZY with it a cost  much greater than just educating , housing or worrying about Sharia Law coming to your neighborhood.

We don’t live in a one-issue vacuum, either.  Religious objections aside, there are other looming expensive problems we face in America such as a 19 Trillion Dollar deficit, failing infrastructure, unbelievably low “real” employment numbers, and an aging population of Baby Boomers who already wonder how Social Security math will equate with a much smaller population to sustain the program.homeless-young-iraq-war-veteran-begging-on-34th-street-in-new-york-D9PEPM  America currently has a massive preponderance of it’s own long-term disabled of all sorts and ages, mental health patients and sick, aging veterans that are already woefully, if not criminally, underserved in this country. Why are they underserved? Because that kind of endless, high intensity care is really, really expensive and very hands on.

Even setting aside all of the other valid objections to this issue and with the full realization that this is a difficult issue to find information or statistics about, we as a nation need to fully count the “true” cost of inviting this type of burden–that seems to be accepted and still ongoing in Islamic populations- in an already precarious era in our history.

Half of world’s Muslims are inbred due to generations of incest

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A never-spoken-about problem with Muslims is their inbreeding as a result of their long and deeply-ingrained practice of marrying first cousins — a practice that has been prohibited in the Judeo-Christian tradition since the days of Moses.

More than 7 years ago, the UK’s environment minister Phil Woolas had sounded the alarm about this “very sensitive” issue that is “rarely debated”. Referring to the culture of arranged marriages between cousins in the Muslim immigrant community, Woolas said: “If you have a child with your cousin the likelihood is there’ll be a genetic problem.

Woolas, whose views are supported by medical experts, said most cases occur in immigrant families from rural Pakistan, where up to half of all marriages involve first cousins. Woolas said: “If you talk to any primary care worker they will tell you that levels of disability among the . . . Pakistani population are higher than the general population. And everybody knows it’s caused by first cousin marriage.”

The problem is made worse by generational inbreeding. As Woolas put it, “Many of the parents themselves and many of the public spokespeople are themselves products of first cousin marriages.” That would explain why research for BBC2’s Newsnight in November 2005 showed that British Pakistanis accounted for 3.4% of all births but 30% of all British children with recessive genetic disorders.

Indeed, an entry in Wikipedia confirms that “Cousin marriages in Muslim majority countries are often preferred and even encouraged in some regions,” and points to the fact that prophet Muhammad himself had married cousins.

But the problem isn’t exclusive to Pakistani Muslims as Woolas seems to imply, but is pandemic among Muslims across the world.

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According to Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist who has done extensive research into Muslim inbreeding, close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred:

  • 70% of Pakistanis are inbred.
  • 67% of Saudi Arabians are inbred.
  • 64% of those living in Jordan and Kuwait are inbred.
  • 63% of Sudanese are inbred.
  • 60% of Iraqis are inbred.
  • 54% of Muslims in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are inbred.
  • 25-30% of those in Turkey are inbred.
  • In England, at least 55% of Pakistani immigrants are married to their first cousins.
  • In Denmark the number of inbred Pakistani immigrants is around 40%.

Sennels points out that cousin marriage was sanctioned by Muhammad and has been going on now for 50 generations (1,400 years) in the Muslim world. This practice of inbreeding will never go away in the Muslim world since Muhammad is the ultimate example and authority on all matters, including marriage.

Sennels warns that massive inbreeding in Muslim culture may well have done virtually irreversible damage to the Muslim gene pool, including extensive damage to Muslims’ intelligence, sanity, and health. (Similar effects were seen in the Pharaonic dynasties in ancient Egypt and in the British royal family, where inbreeding was the norm for a significant period of time.)

Below are the consequences of inbreeding:

1. Birth and birth defects:

  • 100% increase in the risk of stillbirths.
  • 50% increase in the risk that the child dies during labor.
  • The risk of autosomal recessive genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy is 18 times higher.
  • The risk of death due to malformations is 10 times higher.

2. Physical and mental retardation and illnesses:

  • The closer the blood relative, the higher the risk of mental and physical retardation and schizophrenic illness.
  • The closer the blood relative, the higher the risk of schizophrenic illness, i.e., insanity.
  • Social abilities develop much slower in inbred babies. An academic paper published in the Indian National Science Academy found that “the onset of various social profiles like visual fixation, social smile, sound seizures, oral expression and hand-grasping are significantly delayed among the new-born inbred babies.”
  • Research shows that if one’s parents are cousins, intelligence goes down 10-16 IQ points. The risk of having an IQ lower than 70, the official demarcation for being classified as “retarded,” increases by 400% among children of cousin marriages.

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All of which would explain the following phenomena among Muslims (Source: Nicolai Sennels):

  • 1 out of every 3 Somalis are mentally ill.
  • More than 40% of the patients in Denmark‘s biggest ward for clinically insane criminals have an immigrant (i.e., Muslim) background.
  • One-third of all handicapped people in Copenhagen have a “foreign” (i.e., Muslim) background.
  • In Denmark, psychologist Sennels’ native country, “non-Western” immigrants (who are mainly Muslim) are more than 300% more likely to fail the intelligence test required for entrance into the Danish army.
  • In Denmark, Muslim children are grossly overrepresented among children with special needs. One-third of the budget for Danish schools is consumed by special education.
  • 64% of school children with Arabic parents in Denmark are still illiterate after 10 years in the Danish school system. The immigrant drop-out rate in Danish high schools is twice that of the native-born.
  • The U.S. is not immune. According to Sennels, “One study based on 300,000 Americans shows that the majority of Muslims in the USA have a lower income, are less educated, and have worse jobs than the population as a whole.

Muslims’ average lower IQ means a lowered ability to enjoy and produce knowledge and abstract thinking, which would explain why:

  • The Arab world translates just 330 books every year, about 20% of what Greece alone does. In the last 1,200 years years of Islam, just 100,000 books have been translated into Arabic, about what Spain does in a single year.
  • 7 out of 10 Turks have never even read a book.
  • Only 9 Muslims had ever won the Nobel Prize, and 5 of those 9 were for the “Peace Prize.”
  • According to Nature magazine, Muslim countries produce just 10% of the world average when it comes to scientific research (measured by articles per million inhabitants).

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Sennels concludes:

The troubling reality being referred to is the widespread practice of Muslim inbreeding and the birth defects and social ills that it spawns.

The tragic effect of the Left’s control of the boundaries of debate is that any discussion about vital issues such as these marks an individual as an “Islamophobe” and a “racist.”

A person who dares to point at the pathology of inbreeding in the Muslim community is accused of whipping up hatred against Muslim people.

But all of this could not be further from the truth. To fight against inbreeding anywhere is to defend humanity and to defend innocent babies from birth defects….

Let us keep in mind that Muslims are the first — though maybe not the biggest — victims of Islam….

In fact, it is the Left’s callous silence on this issue (and on so many others) that exposes who is truly “anti-Muslim.”

Additional sources:

Similar research was reported as far back as 2005 when the BBC Newsnight launched a investigation revealing that just British Pakistani’s who accounted for 3.4% of all births but have 30% of all British Children with recessive disorders. ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-513388/Minister-Muslim-inbreeding-Britain-causing-massive-surge-birth-defects.html)

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Election Infection

We have been  embroiled in the midst of coverage for  the looming, important 2016 Presidential election for a long time. It seems that the campaign began the minute the previous election ended and it is emotionally draining for everyone.untitled (8) We have endured months upon months of campaigning, commercials, political phone calls, a chain of crazy debates,  Primaries and Caucuses, political promises, distasteful verbiage and vitriol and the constant bombardment of editorial commentary.  Red or Blue its crazy and exhausting out there and we still have 9 months to go!th (84)

It is critical to remember as we slog thru this process in an effort to salvage the leadership and direction of our country that:

*God is always in control! Daniel 2:20-21, Psalm 22:28

*A nation that refuses to turn back to Godly roots and principles will undoubtedly continue to elect the leadership they richly deserve. Romans 1:28th8W99K13M

*There IS a supernatural warfare element afoot right now. Ephesians 6:12

untitled (24)*Red Candidate or Blue– Ultra Conservative or Socialist-Nothing will change for the better, until we –WE the Body of Christ, Believers, the Faithful read and obey  2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by MY name will humble themselves, and PRAY and SEEK MY FACE and TURN from THEIR WICKED WAYS; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

National change comes when We, the Believers  sort ourselves out,repent, stop bending or diluting His message, stop accommodating and accepting sin (we always should welcome the sinner…but the church should be preaching righteousness).

thJYQHMU1ZRevival and REAL change–a Healing of the Land sweeps a nation when we uphold the statutes and principles of the King of Kings When the Church, the Christians turn from their wicked ways!

We should vote.  We should actively participate.  We should back the best candidate that we think can wisely turn this country back from the brink of economic ruin.  Of greater value, as we analyze this verse is to realize that the faithful must STOP blending with the world. We are called to be salt and light.  Our churches shouldn’t be entertaining those in the pews- but training up an army! To do so it is imperative that we turn away from our sin we have grown easy with in our lives, in our churches and our homes.

We tend to consider prayer as a fledgling, last resort. Often we relegate it to the same category as a bumper sticker.  Just a brief symbolic effort to verbalize our faith.  But if we have a true, close relationship with our Heavenly Father we need to call out to Him,  hit our knees and be fasting for our needy Nation. And don’t forget to be listening for an answer! Its important.

We don’t have to wait on the entire country to repent…this verse says that if we, the believers in God, Christians, will turn to him and seek his face and change our wicked ways then He will hear in heaven, forgive our sin and HEAL our land!

2 Chronicles 7:14  doesn’t say he will hear and mull it over and see what He can do.  It says he will hear.  He will Forgive our national sin and He will Heal our Land.  God is faithful and True.  He wants his kids to remember to vote but in all the confusion and bluster surrounding this  pivotal election don’t forget to  do your part and then yield it all to Him.

 

 

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Special Delivery

I was coming home from an errand the other afternoon.  We had received a little snow the night before–nothing major this time, just an inch or two. th0BM0QT7B As I was coming up Water Street approaching my driveway, before me was the Big Brown UPS truck.  It was stuck in the middle of the road.  The steep incline of frozen dirt road with  some snow and ice had brought the big truck to a complete standstill.  My car has four wheel drive and a set of good tires, I had no trouble at all gaining traction.  Not so the UPS guy. th8I768S2T He was revving his engine. His tires were spinning.  His back end was swaying one way and then the other.  He backed up a little bit and tried again.  I stopped downhill and gave him plenty of room, watching to see what he would do. I wanted plenty of room for evasive maneuvers if he started sliding back towards me!

Like the Little Engine that Could, Bill the UPS guy finally inched along, slipping and sliding, throwing rocks from his spinning rear tires, creeping and clawing until he finally made it up and over the crest of Water Street!  It was pretty exciting to watch.

Our Christian lives are often like that.  Sometimes it isn’t what dumped on us this week.thLLENIXQA  Life has a way of bombarding us with one storm after another. We think maybe it’s all been plowed out and don’t even see the dangerous ice that lies just beneath the latest “no-big-deal” dusting.

Christians know we are called to do stuff.  Important life- changing  eternal stuff!  Like that Big Brown truck we are intended and expected to daily deliver the goods. Sometimes we deliver to our families sometimes across state lines.  Some of us have international routes!  If we try to get the job done with only our own well-intentioned power and are soon waylaid by sloppy muck or slippery ice patch and can’t see our way clear to get up and over and on our way!  Life or Spiritual Warfare will obstruct our way in a million different ways. We get a little ice on our bumpy road, or the slush freezes in our rutted road and all the sudden- even with the best of intentions- we are going no-where fast.  We are spinning our wheels, delivering nothing and wondering if our auto insurance will pay for a Tow Truck!

UPS Bill had a job to dothAD93DRGX He finally oochy-scooched his way out of his immediate problem and got going again.  Believers must understand that unlike the UPS Corporation, our CEO has given us every top of the line, state of the art,  climate-appropriate tool to get our job done. th1IVLHP2B  We are not expected or called to go forth and deliver  Good News without the right tools.

UPS Bill as the regular delivery guy in Lake City, Colorado desperately needs a more powerful engine, 4-wheel-drive and studded snow tires, long pants, along with some good windshield wipers and an industrial strength ice-scraper!

As a Spirit-filled Believer, I need to totally comprehend that I have all the tools necessary to overcome anything that the world, the flesh or the devil tosses in front of me and to therefore forge ahead successfully in my calling. thOQSZ0CJS There are tools in my belt, and gizmos in that vehicle that I may not even know how to use yet!  That being said; my 4-wheel-drive only works if I remember to engage it!  I have to turn it on to get all those heavy duty, studded tires working in unison!  This Supernaturally engaged power of the Holy Spirit  also comes with a credit card: the Authority of the King’s name- to use until His Return. thEJ07D0SK

Combined, they are more effective than a Snow Cat and will get the job done and get us up and over every hill, every single time!  We need only to remember that we OWN the right tools and we need to regularly read the instruction book to know what they are for and how they function!  Get out there and Deliver!

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Old Friends

There is a quality amongst old friends.  We know them,  They know us. They know our weaknesses, our mistakes and shortcomings. They love us anyway. We know what they are thinking and can often finish one another’s sentences.  This sort of friendship doesn’t come in a day.  It grows from lengthy conversations and emerges and builds out of long relationship. thNTOF3TQD It is a relationship built on love,  mutual interests, possibly family or marital commitments, there have probably been times of separation or bumps in that relationship that took some doing to get over, but it is always there.thMY4UHPGJ

That’s OK. That’s what relationship is all about.  Trusting someone is a process.  It is a precious commodity that can be treasured or squandered, set aside for a time or held close at all times.

Trusting God is a little different.  It takes an effort on my part or yours to really discover and explore that relationship. Some folks have the idea that all they have to do is walk down an aisle and accept Jesus as their Saviour- and it’s all a done deal.

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That may be an acknowledgement of faith, an important step, but it is not yet a relationship.  Real relationship comes with closeness, with intimacy, with the funny stories of what you did together yesterday, what you are planning for tomorrow.  Real relationship is honest, and close.  Trusting whether you totally understand the whole deal or not.

Trust in a close friendship is based on what you know about that person.  You can base your trust in their past performance, your knowledge of their family, current behavior, their words and statements, the relationships they have with others like you, the goals and plans that they have expressed to you.  It may have taken you years or decades to establish that relationship and you can’t imagine life without that bond.

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With Jesus we must develop those roots.  He isn’t a figure on a cross in church or an historical character that shows up in Easter movies.  He came and laid down his life for me so that I could have that restored relationship with him that was lost in the Garden.

hand of God 5 He already loves me and proved it with his lifeblood. It is a process for me to get to know Him.  Really know him.  Understand what he expects from my side of this intimate friendship.  And to trust him with my heart, my future,with my issues past and present, with my family.

I have to come to a place in that relationship, in our intimacy where I really believe that He has the answers and the power to follow through for me.  Not some fine day in heaven but today. Right NOW.  Jesus said time and again that  The Kingdom of  Heaven – of which He is the King ,the Messiah is right here, at hand, accessible.  Seek and you will find, Ask and it Will be given.  Seek First the Kingdom of Heaven and then all this other stuff will fall into line. Matthew 6:33, 7:7

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This has been a rough month…or decade… for my family.  Maybe it has been for yours too. It is blissfully easy to rejoice and praise Him in the easy times, the good times, the coasting times.  But can you Praise Him when life gets ugly and hard and harder?  Can you Worship his Lordship and trust completely when you are exhausted and you don’t see any light at the end of your personal tunnel?  Will you fold up like a lawn chair in a stiff wind, toss your friendship aside and believe the lie that He isn’t real, or fair, or powerful or relevant enough in this day and age to deal or care about your personal problems?22720196

We must remember who we are in Jesus.  When we accepted the relationship with him.  Yes we were bought with a price but it purchased a deep and powerful, intimate relationship with Him as well.  A friend to turn to in time of trouble. Proverbs 17:17, Psalm 46:1,

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My timing expectations may not be jiving with His. I don’t have the same point of view that my Friend does. Sometimes we have to wait and continue to pray and fast and pray some more for wisdom or understanding before we receive our miracle or  our answer. I am gift-wrapping my worry, and my concerns and hourly shoving them before the throne. I trust and stand on the Testimony, the proven word of God that Jesus is who he said he was and he CAN do what he claimed he could do even when I don’t feel it.

He’s my friend and we have a little history under our belts by now. He loves and knows my family history better than I.  Regardless of my partial understanding of current Hand of god 6circumstances I know He will come thru. Nothing is impossible in His Kingdom! He has my family- and yours- in the palm of His hand. Can you trust your old friend?

This is a small portion of what he told me for times like these! 2 Corinthians 4:8, Hebrews 12:2, Deut.31:6, Hebrews 3:1, Proverbs 3:-6, Phil 4:6-7, James 5:16, Proverbs 4:25, James 1:2-4, Psalm 27:1, 2 Chronicles 16:9

 

 

 

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Automobile of Life

Many long years ago while attending Baylor, my brother John, a  very talented musician was in a band called Trinity. thUM7UGAC2 They cut one lonely record. Most of the songs on that album were original and all, I thought, were really good.  One of my favorites was a cover they did of a funny, old Roy Acuff song.  It had a great tune and the message struck a true chord. I was just going to lay out the lyrics for you and then I found a vintage recording of it and included the video below.  This song made a lasting impression on me when I was in high school.  I thought of that funny song the other day as I have been encountering a few of life’s potholes lately and thought perhaps you may need to hear it as well!

Automobile of Life

by Roy Acuff

Some people are just like an automobile
They’ll run fine when every thing is right
When the roads are all clear and the weather is fine
And there’s plenty of sunshine and light

But often they come to a wash out
And then get stuck and have to detour
Maybe a break in the casting will prove
They never were built to endure

Get plenty of water and plenty of oil
And the best gasoline you can find
Have the engine tuned up and look out for your breaks
Youll have some hard places to climb

Look out for the tires for the blowouts will come
On a dangerous curve deep and neigh
But if you’ll let Jesus take hold of the wheel
You’ll make it to heaven on high

Some autos are painted and polished so bright
They sell for more than they are worth
And some people think their profession
Will do stop short of the bibles new birth

Just start up your engine and then
You can tell if the thing is hitting on six
For if you depend on the looks of the car
You’ll be in a terrible fix

Now all our professions of powder and paint
Though lovely upon the outside
Wont answer to God for He looks on the heart
It matters not how hard we’ve tried

So if you are stuck in the quicksand of sin
And wondering and floundering about
Just let Gods great engine of glory and grace
With a cable of love pull you out

Get plenty of water and plenty of oil
And the best gasoline you can find
Have the engine tuned up and look out for your breaks
Youll have some hard places to climb

Look out for the tires for the blowouts will come
On a dangerous curve deep and neigh
But if youll let Jesus take hold of the wheel
Youll make it to heaven on high!

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Life is like that. Inevitably we all get turned around, lost or stall out at the least opportune moment.  Everyone is going to hit some monumental potholes and throw their front end out of alignment.  Sooner or later, each of us is going to make a decision to drive in dicey weather and slide right off the road and land in a metaphorical ditch or crunch dramatically into someone else’s metaphorical bumper.

I’ll drive Roy Acuff’s idea a little bit further.  No matter how long we have been a believer or how mature we are in our faith, life happens.  thYULA1RHBSatan will try to drive us into a brick wall or off the bridge- every time! He isn’t bothered by  the folks NOT living for Jesus.  They are absolutely no threat or bother to his raggedy kingdom goals!  But if you are driving for Jesus, if you have a calling on your life- you can expect ol’ Red to take notice!

We must keep oil in our engine- the Holy Spirit is the lubricant that keeps it running smoothly.  Without Him we will burn our engine up trying to run it on our own puny efforts. That’s exhausting and it does not work.

We have to put water in the radiator and pump gas regularly into the tank.  That’s the Word of God.  Get deep and stay deep in the Word.  Keep pumping that Holy Spirit blend of Truth along with it.  If not,thD4W0KWRS No matter whether your “vehicle” is plain or fancy, old or brand new- without the GO Juice–  it’s not going to get out of the driveway!

It’s a proven fact if you drive often enough, you WILL slop coffee all over the seat -and yourself! Sooner or later, your kid or somebody else’s is going to get car-sick and barf in your backseat. The Christian life is not perfect nor is it stain free!  Clean it up and keep driving on!

If you drive with the window down–one of these days a bee or two or three is going to fly in and scare everyone senseless and maybe sting you!  Be ready to pull over and smack some bees!  You have that authority, use it! thV1DF33IB

  We were never promised a trouble free life. But we were given the kingdom authority to deal with it. So quit whining about it all and DEAL WITH IT in the name of Jesus!  Keep your windows up, add more empowering oil of the Holy Spirit, keep your tank full of gas and keep driving forward in His service!

Replace your windshield when it’s cracked so you can see clearly. th (81) Be willing to lighten the load for better mileage and get all the ungodly friends, behavior and habits out of your trunk. Jesus forgave you when you didn’t deserve it.  Make sure that you do the same: Forgive folks, don’t hang on to bitterness and anger and stupid stuff like resentment: it’s dangerous, the dead weight wears holes in your frame , you will totally rust out  your vehicle…leaving you stranded on the side of the road.

This road of Christian life is a long one.  Its a journey.  We are to learn as we go, by doing and driving.th2OE3TTU2  And like any trip undertaken some will be successful and some will be better forgotten!  But we are called to GO! We are commissioned to GO- Preach-spread the good news, heal the sick , cast out the demonic! The whole package.  Keep moving! Keep learning, Keep driving your Automobile of Life down which ever road you have been sent.

If you lose your way or hit a dead end, a deer or a detour don’t give up or get discouraged!  Flat tires are fixable! thIO3QL3ZP Don’t allow the unexpected, sad, tragic or disappointing stuff to bog you down or get you stuck forever. Rejoice no matter what!  Call a tow truck, fix the flat, let God buff out the scrapes and repair the body damage–PRAY for wisdom.

Learn those lessons from your slipping and sliding, and bee-smacking and get out there on the Road Again!

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The Revolution

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I have been catching up on some back issues of TRUNEWS.com while on EGD (Emergency Grandmother Duty!) and listened to an interview with noted historian David Barton regarding the dumbing down of educational standards, rampant revisionist history, the creepy roots of Common Core and so on and so forth:th (76) the story reported that all AP High School ( the best and the brightest)  students were recently administered a standardized “comprehensive” test on American History. There was absolutely no mention of America’s Founding Fathers, there was no questions at all with regard to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War nor the Second World War! Isn’t that amazing?

thYUTRO49NPerhaps a hard look at both the text book and testing selection process and a full review of the definition of the word “Comprehensive” needs to be explored.

Motives or goals by liberal educators and policy makers will be speculated upon until the cows come home. However, this  Huxley style, Brave New World where media, educators or politicians feel free to reinvent our past, as well as the  original intent of the Constitution to meet modern expectations is here. Details and entire chapters of our past are tweaked and revised, reinterpreted or dropped altogether, to either save time, prevent any conceivable offense or to conform to a new, politically correct, 21st Century conglomerate world view.

 President’s Day is imminent, a blend of both George Washington and Abe Lincoln’s birthdays,th (77) I thought this the perfect time to discuss their gradual evaporation from the text as well as the aforementioned test!  AsthEFEUW2O1 this is also an election year it is relevant to point out that this revisionist- editing practice is not only dangerous to the future voting populace, but it’s incredibly sad.  Has American History gone the way of cursive writing, the Dodo Bird and the decommissioned Planet Pluto!  Is the wisdom and experience born through the National Fire not worthy of our valuable time or is it just too boring to compete in the classroom with our all-eclipsing emphasis on Standardized Test preparation and incomprehensible Common Core math?

Somehow, we have landed in a world where our own history is no longer a fixed landmark, clearly flagged on a distant hill; an immutable turning point which set Americans on a certain course, gave us a national spine or a passionate mission. Now, those markers in our history must seemingly be obfuscated to please the masses, or appease the prickly– regardless of alignment with truth. History should stand whether it offends our delicate, modern sensibilities, whether we liked it or not, agreed with it or not – purely, because it happened!thUDYSTMZW

Any history, but especially those events creating our own, should be kept and viewed either as high water marks of independence and manifest destiny or testimonies revealing the blistering repercussions of forging bad or un-Godly decisions. America, in her varied history, has much of both! The good, the bad and the ugly should all be kept and revered as pristine in their brutal or beautiful honesty as explicit examples for reference to future generations.

Regardless of political leanings, ethnicity, or whether your people have been here for hundreds and hundreds of years or 15 minutes: We are all here because America is still the best place on th1O5DAQB1earth to be! It was created with Dreams and a definitive declaration of Inalienable Rights and Privileges that no man or government can infringe unless we choose to ignore the erosion and allow the termites to nibble away at our framework!

 That American seed of Revolution was sprouted by men who had much to lose.  Those men risked everything they owned so that we could be unencumbered, free from the dictates of an overbearing royal, elite class.  We were intended to be free.  Our American history, great and the small- the blunders and the blazing triumphs- tell our amazing story of a great and greatly blessed Republic. We should treasure and guard our National Story as a we would a sputtering flame in a continual blizzard of confusion and lies…because the survival of our unique American identity depends on the value we place on those roots, those precious embers of blood-bought truth.

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The Mine Field

I often blog about deep spiritual topics. I frequently write about dream interpretation or prophetic End Times news unfolding in our lives every day. I was about th4ITKPTYIto say that this is NOT to be one of those days. But maybe, upon closer examination- it really is!

I have been on emergency “Grandmother Duty” for a month now, as many of you know. While there have been a few opportunities to get out of the house with the kids and go to the park, for the most part the cold, the snow, and extenuating circumstances have kept us cooped up in the house. By any one’s definition: Three kids under the age of 10 plus anyone else is a very full house!

Amidst the homework, the errands, the scout meetings and cookie sales, snow shoveling and school runs we have been watching an inordinate amount of TV.

Do not misunderstand me.  I’m a child of the ‘50’s and I love my TV. As a kid I watched more than my fair share of cartoons. They were FUNNY back in the day and while some, like the Rocky and Bullwinkle show might have some quasi political cold-war undertones they were really funny! There may have been  dastardly villians trying to take over the world such as the Master Cylinder on Felix the Cat but the bad guys were whacked without virtue of black magic or demonic conjuring!

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I submit for your consideration, Tom and Jerry, Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones and any number of Mickey Mouse spin offs that may well have been a waste of time, however,thJUAP3YV8 they were all designed to make us LAUGH! We watched for a little while on Saturday morning and then we went outside and played with real people…or hung upside down on real tree branches, drank from the hose and pedaled real bicycles around the neighborhood (sans helmets) in the hot heat and the bitter cold.

In the 21st century one has at their disposal 24 hour-a-day networks devoted to mindless viewing. For those who can afford the monthly price tag there are now a boat load of so-called kid friendly and “family channels” with programming for virtually any age group or interest you can think of, at all hours of the day or night. thVSHIN7AWIn addition to the old school networks and PBS programming, there are now downloadable Apps and games to play on phones, computers and any handy electronic gizmo. Netflix and like-programming makes every TV show or movie ever made (whether excellent or mind numbing), available for anytime viewing until the end of time!

A random sampling over the past few weeks here on the frontlines has been pretty alarming. My personal observation is that a huge proportion of “children’s” programming, movies, games and apps are infused with Pagan (idolatrous) religious overtones or th3OVZ2Z2K

storylines and most come with a side-car of blatant demonic themes.

In a society where it is common for all the parents to be working full-time running on hamster wheels as fast as they can to keep it all going- our lives are crazy busy! Family time can often be defined by a fast meal in front of the TV before carpooling to the next activitythTT3PMLQS or a quick kiss at bedime. Media is commonly used as a free babysitter (guilty of this myself, here lately!) Is it any wonder, in such a harried, hectic environment, that parents and care-givers don’t even comprehend what has been invited into their homes?

Many observant parents are watchful for extreme violence, sexual content or scary themes such as the ever popular Zombies- and this is all to the good. However, thinking this the only importantthVOXPCP5I screening needed is a common blunder. In the absence of those particular benchmarks, parents may be missing many more insidious items sliding past their filtering defenses and into their living rooms; thus allowing a huge influx of demonic themes to bombard their children on a dangerous, repetitive basis.

At the risk of sounding like the classic Old Saturday Night Live “Church Lady” skit and kill everybody’s fun,thMDXIBQ2M my point is here is simple.  The closer we get to the end times the greater the warfare.  Therefore, Christian parents, Grandparents and care givers need to be hyper-vigilant and aware of what is afoot. I know many mature, Believing Christians who do not  really believe or even consider that they and their families are susceptible to demonic influences. If this is not true, why would Paul write to us about the vital importance of always wearing Spiritual head to foot armor? (Ephesians 6). 1 Peter 5:8 Warns us to be on guard because Satan knows his time is short and is on the prowl seeking who he may destroy! He wants to steal, kill and destroy your family. He get’s the lateness of the hour and has his effective plan.  What is yours?

Satan is called by Jesus the Father of Lies. Satan operates from Genesis thru Revelation as a liar and deceiver. He would love for you to think that he is not real, or that the fact that you are a Christian makes you “untouchable” to him and his operatives. (John 8:44)

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Satan is also the Prince of the Power of the Air and he is making extremely good use of the Airwaves and modern technology. (Ephesians 2:2)

Parents today are increasingly working themselves to death, over-scheduled and stressed out and/or glued to FaceBook or viewing equally sketchy “grown-up” shows so what are we to do?

The first hurdle is to be aware that Satan is real and operational. We need to really wrap our head around he fact that we and our families are involved in a fight to the death Spiritual War. Whether you believe in this or not does not change the scriptural basis and veracity nor the chaos potential for your family and loved ones. Parents need to have their head in the game. Be aware of the danger.

I don’t think it is realistic in the 21st century to be able to keep impressionable kids in a protective “media-free” bubble.thLZX438Z9 We can probably limit time exposure but let’s face it, the influence is here to stay. Rather than go off the grid or throw up our hands in despair, I think we need to become much more proactive and use these everyday examples as an intensive teaching opportunities.( Proverbs 22:6, Psalms 101:3, Ephesians 5:15)

Talk to your kids about what they are watching. Some parents are reluctant to broach topics like this with their kids for fear of scaring them.  Really?  I’ve been watching some really scary demonic stuff in cartoons and movies the past few weeks and the kids don’t even flinch! th9U7SMY52 I have a few theories on this 1)Parents either don’t know what the kids are watching or 2) they believe that because it is billed as fiction or is animated that it’s OK to absorb. 3) A third and likely option is that today’s parents have been so indoctrinated over the years with this insidious waterboarding that it doesn’t even register on their Internal Meter anymore.  Therein lies the real danger. 4)  Many may  want to wait until their kids are at a” certain age of understanding” or are waiting for the child to ask “faith” questions before giving them sound teaching on Jesus and the reality of Satan in the world today.  thLR28P3NXRespectfully, the world via the media has no such compulsions and has already been indoctrinating our kids for years. As spiritual leaders we need to get equally aggressive. Let children know, from a very young age, that there is a battle ongoing for their minds and their spirit. Tell them the truth. Give them their Armor!

Since we will not always be around and even if we were, we cannot shield them from every bad influence, it is critical to train our kids to identify, discern and sort the good from the bad in everything they are playing and watching. We need to teach them to successfully fight spiritual battles. Many believe, erroneously, that children’s cartoons are harmless because they are animated. Untrue. Games are not just games and visual things are quick to stick in their minds. (Matt 6:22-23)

For instance, based on current movie releases: explain how the Buddhist doctrine portrayed in the Star Wars “Force” differs fromthT1I9JU7P the power of the One True God. Kung Fu Panda one two and three are entertaining and funny but are conditioning your young children to become familiar and comfortable with thethXJ9BWAK7 tenets of Eastern Religions. This requires work on the part of parents and grandparents. Not only must you be filled with the Spirit and know your Bible–You probably should have a  working knowledge of other religions and be able to communicate to the short people in your life, why this is erroneous, and not compatible to our Christian Way. This should be an ongoing dialogue.

 Many of the Lego movies and toys the Ninja games the Spinjitsu figures and Pokemon so popular with the kids today are rife with ungodly themes and full of magic and the influence of the demonic and thW7QJ0BMCfamiliar spirits. Know what your kids are watching and downloading and playing on a regular basis. It’s important. Don’t be afraid to unplug stuff or delete APPS. But be prepared to clearly relate why it is important to do so!

These can all be obvious doorways for real demonic strongholds. Not explaining to your kids, giving them Biblical tools and putting them on a defensive mode is the equivalent of daily dropping them off in a park where drug dealers, thieves and pedophiles hang out. It is DANGEROUS and no loving parent would ever do such a thing! Why then, do we believe that sitting them down in a media minefield day after day is any less dangerous?

This sounds obvious but Christian parents need to be praying for their children. Ask the Lord to release warring angels to protect your kids. Ask him for a hedge of protection from the demonic for your home and family. Ask for a Godly shield for their minds. Plead the blood of Jesus over your home. Ask for wisdom for yourself in how to parent your little gifts of God and how to proceed! Is everything that you and your family are viewing and playing or spending time with honoring to God? Would you be embarrassed if Jesus walked into a room and saw what you or your children were involved with? That’s a pretty good qualifier for anything we have questions about.

 When you tuck your children in at night are you declaring and decreeing what sort of people that you want them to grow up to be?th (73) Are they hearing from you that you pray for help for them to make God-centered decisions in their lives? Is the last thing they hear from your lips at night that you pray they will Love God and that they will grow up to be the man or woman God wants them to be? Have they heard from your lips and seen evidenced in your life and example that Jesus is your MAIN priority, that he Loves them and you unconditionally and that He still performs miracles in peoples’ lives every day? They have to see and believe the power and viability in Jesus and in our Christianity or they will seek it out somewhere else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lost in Space

Perhaps you remember that TV show from the 1960’s, Lost in Space. th (62)The parents were some sort of scientists and the entire family, The Robinson’s, and a few other crew members are launched off into deep space for multi-year, deep-space exploration. In the process, something goes terribly awry and their intended course is forever altered. Weekly adventures ensued as they went from planet to planet, attempting to fix their spacecraft and find their way home.thWOW85HW8

There was a robot on board who trailed around after the kid brother. Anytime anything bad was about to befall him the robot would startthQA8SH91I swinging his arms and his lights would start flashing (usually accompanied by suspenseful music) as he would begin to loudly announce, “Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!”

Maybe a Robot rolling along beside us all the time would be cumbersome, but wouldn’t it be nice, from an early age, to have something less obtrusive, like a whiz-bang I-phone app alerting us  ( accompanied by suspenseful music) DANGER!!!!! Don’t take that first drink! I know that person  looks beautiful beautiful/handsome but, don’t date that person.  Danger!! Don’t go to that party or look at that website! What you see there will enslave you up for the rest of your life! Danger!! Don’t make that th5Y3XYCKHinvestment or make that purchase or eat that tuna fish salad! Danger!!You may have known that person all your life but if you maintain this poisonous connection they will take you down a path that leads to chaos and darkness! Danger!! Don’t get in the car today…Go home now, before you get into more trouble!  If we would actually listen to such a thing, it could save us a boat load of heartache!

If only real life were like classic TV programs where all the villains were foiled in one hour; all scary situations resolved in time for next week’s previews!  If only scary music started playing when life gets dicey!thMRT8ZQBE

Most folks understand that success in our personal life requires more than space age technology warning of impending danger or disastrous decisions. Hopefully, as we age, we add to our composite of experience,common sense and have the smarts to ask questions of people who know more and can guide us through the sticky bits. There are always those times, however, that life jumps up and bites us in the bo-hiney when we least expect it! Then, a robot shooting lightning bolts would be really handy!

The Robinson’s as I recall, never made it home. They are lost forever in Cyberspace cancelled by the network before the resolution of their dreadful situation.th87UT6SCR Unlike the fictional Robinson’s we just don’t have the luxury of NOT figuring life’s problems out.

Too often, I think that folks don’t make the connection between their real-life hoops to jump and their Spiritual life. They are indeed connected. We see in the life of Jesus and the early church recorded in the New Testament that frequently Jesus would have to release people from demonic bondage, oppression or possession before healing them. Biblical principles abound establishing that financial issues will multiply when you don’t tithe. I am not promoting a prosperity gospel here, just saying that scripture is clear in Malachi 3 that Tithing brings blessing and not doing so opens you and your family up to the dark side of things.( Just as Matt. 18:21-35 relates that not forgiving others the way Jesus forgave us has tormenting consequences.) So, if you find yourself in perpetual financial difficulties you may want to begin tithing 1/10th of your income. Not doing so can be very expensive. Tithing is showing God that you recognize His Lordship.

Satan loves to keep us addicted, dependent, sick, broke and despairing so that we will perpetually focus only on our situational woes. Ephesians 5:11 calls these the Devil 4unfruitful works of darkness. All those activities demand our full attention as we worry, or poison ourselves and fret. Addictions, bad habits and moral floundering are tied to constant rationalization, deceit or outright lies to ourselves and others. Satan wants us to be totally off the reservation, Lost in Space like the Robinson’s, always hopping from one drama to the next, always running low on supplies, or parts, know-how and hope. It is exhausting to always be in a reactionary- Danger mode!

It may surprise you to know that we are/were all Lost in Space. There is a God Shaped void in each of us that is continually searching for that missing something.Jesus 5(Genesis 1:26) We were created to worship.(Psalms 145) If we don’t worship God then we will surely try to fill that hole another way. Some folks fill it with food, or one whacky relationship after another. Some folks shop til they drop. We may try to fill it with work, or committee meetings. Others attempt to control this yearning by finding a religion or philosophy that allows good works, guided meditation and self-improvement to “keep getting higher and better” working their own way to be more “god or goddess-like”.

God knew that would never suffice. Therefore, He did all the work for us. By Grace are we saved (Ephesians2:4-5) The Lord loves you so much that he chose to make it possible to adopt you into His Royal family. In addition to redemptionth (24)

and forgiveness of sins, He has blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings. (Ephesians 1:3-7) Think of that: a vast resource of heavens spiritual blessings and gifts at your finger- tips, for your use right now!

Now, that we are no longer Lost in Space but, have Jesus charting our eternal course we are called to do some very specific things: Revelation 2 calls us to be OVERCOMERS in our everyday lives. As the church and as individuals. We weren’t promised a rose garden or an easy road here on earth but we have been given power and authority and are expected to use it. No robots or tricky rocket science required, only faith and a teachable spirit.

To avoid life’s dangers, as well as ever-present spiritual dangers, we need to keep our heart tuned to the Holy Spirit and be listening to his voice and his leading. We do live in treacherous times so you had best be hip-deep in the Word of God every day!

We are given a wide variety of wisdom in God’s Word. Much is breezed over without realizing that they are not suggestions or nice ideas but, these are keys of Bible 2successful spiritual life written as a Declarative, non-optional commands. Just off the top of my head, in no particular order and without taking time to toss in the scripture references:

FEAR NOT, DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING, REJOICE IN ALL SITUATIONS, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, FORGIVE OTHERS AS GOD FORGAVE YOU, MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD, PRAY FOR THE SICK AND THEY WILL RECOVER, GO—PREACH THE GOSPEL, CAST OUT DEMONS AND HEAL THE SICK, DON’T GIVE PLACE TO THE DEVIL, BY HIS STRIPES YOU ARE HEALED,FLEE THE VERY APPEARANCE OF EVIL, DON’T BE DRUNK WITH WINE BUT BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT, DON’T GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER, BUILD EACH OTHER UP, WATCH, OBEY, REJOICE WHEN YOU SEE THESE THINGS HAPPENING. BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT, PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!

The Lost in Space crew had appropriate astronaut gear for protection in hostile environments. Our gear, our Spiritual armor of God,th (65) is much more high tech, and useful in every situation we find ourselves. This is no joke or lame ol’ Sunday School metaphor. This is vitally important, so reviewArmor of God 3 Ephesians 6:10-18. Make sure that your suit of armor is totally complete and in good repair. Do you understand how all those parts work in concert? Many folks skip over verse 18 which describes praying in tongues or in the spirit as a critical lynch-pin that keeps that armor moving successfully through your life. This spiritual- unseen armor shields your entire body and assures that you WILL be an OVERCOMER and not Lost in Space.

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Hospitals and Lotteries

The other day I saw a little thing posted on Facebook.  It was a picture of a famous TV faith healer and the caption said: Faith healers don’t empty out hospitals for the same reason that Psychics don’t win the lottery. ( Here is a similar one I found online) thAVM31QRBThe implication being that both groups are fakes and full of hooey…. or there would be no sick folks in the world and all the psychics and fortunetellers would be living the Life of Riley on some private tropical isle.

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Do I need to state emphatically that  psychics and healing ministries are drawing from very different power sources? Good.  Also, I am not an apologist for the veracity of any particular, jet-setting “faith healer”. I am well aware that there are money- grubbing charlatans abounding in any field. I will  pause here to add that nowhere in the Bible do you see money being taken in exchange for healing. It is a love gift to be shared. That being said, several days later I am still bothered by that post and the knowledge that a Christian who is really ill posted it and others Christians signed on in a heckling, mocking manner.  A few years ago I might have joined them in poking fun at such a concept. Now, it just breaks my heart.

I have heard similar sentiments offered as definitive proof in the pudding that, not only are signs, wonders and miracles no longer happening–but any purporting to have this gift are manipulating hucksters pulling the wool over the eyes of those dumb peasants!  Therefore, I want to take a little time and discuss it today.

thJPGFZBDU I think a lot of people–Believer’s and Non-believers– are confused by this question: If God does still operate in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit why DONT people with those gifts go into the hospitals and heal all the folks ? Surely that would be the loving, Christian thing to do!

It is a good question.  A valid question. If we go to the Bible and read thru the Gospels you will quickly see that Jesus healed lots of people during his ministry. They may not have understood all the why’s and the wherefores of it all but they all came to him or were brought to him by people who believed that he was actually the Messiah.  They saw that he was capable and willing to accomplish the healing or the demonic deliverance that needed doing.  Often both together.

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There were several instances where Jesus raised the dead…but even then, someone in that family had begged him for help for their loved ones. Based on what folks had seen him personally do or heard thru the grapevine that he had done something miraculous for others; they rightly reasoned that he had the Spiritual, Messianic Chops to do the same dad-gum thing for them!  thWTB55WCIParents came and earnestly asked for help for their children, blind men called out to him from the curbside as he passed by and acknowledged him as the Son of David or the Messiah!  In fact, the only place where we see very little happening in the way of healing was in his hometown of Nazareth where they didn’t believe him at all. Belief and expectation, on some level, is key in this process.

Yeshua, Jesus gave his authority and power of the Holy Spirit to his followers heal, deliver folks from demons and preach and to do even greater things than he did. (Matt. 10:8, Mark 16:17-18, Matt 28:18-21, John 14:12-14)

th61LDXSARThe pattern of his ministry still holds.  That example was followed by every disciple’s ministry outlined throughout the New Testament. It still holds true today.

I don’t want to get into a big in-depth exhaustive seminar on the veracity and importance of  Spiritual Gifts.  I want to keep this simple.  It needs to stay that way.  We need a child like faith-walk that says       “Jesus showed me how and told me to keep on doing the same things…easy peasy!”

Meanwhile, back to the hospital question. Why don’t Christians or at the very least, proven Faith healers go to the hospitals and heal everybody.  Wouldn’t that be awesome? What a testimony that would be!

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While I am perfectly willing to go give it a whirl, let’s face it, no one would know me from Adam.If I walked ,unknown, into a hospital and loudly announced to anyone within earshot to come on over for healing and prayer. Crazy lady in the lobby–somebody call security!   They would be highly suspicious of my presence, nor would they have any expectation that Miss Sally could achieve anything for them.  But how about somebody widely known to have a powerful healing anointing like Randy Clark or Katherine Khulman, or Smith Wigglesworth walked into a hospital and did the same. Would they, with their obvious current or historic anointing and proven track record be able to take care of everyone’s needs and empty those beds?

People in the hospital have a great deal of faith in the doctors and the medicines which are prescribed, the treatments offered.thIC7495UJ That is why they are there.( I am not disrespecting doctors or medical science, by the way) Even God-fearing Christians for the most part have no expectation of modern day healings because churches have taught them God doesn’t operate that way any more. Never having seen it operating according to the pattern they have no reference of faithful reliance. Just as we saw in the gospels, the people would have to ask, or agree to be prayed for and healed. This is coming into agreement with who Jesus claimed to be. Just as with Jesus back in the day; A sick person needs to yield themselves to that healing anointing and receive it.  Often there is repentance or forgiveness that has to happen in the midst of the process before the healing can happen for them.

The snarky post on FB was suggesting that “faith healing” operates like Cinderella’s fairy godmother on Fancy Ball Night. However, thMBHQ3D0X Jesus did not give us a magic wand and a Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo to heal the sick.  He gave us the Name of Jesus to wield as a powerful weapon.  Any anointed Believer with the gift of healing might go room to room asking if anyone wanted prayer for healing. Unless people agreed to be prayed for and had some level of faith in this person’s ability, like Jesus in hometown Nazareth, they probably won’t achieve too much. This is why if people line up to go see Randy Clark, Mel Bond, Tony Kemp, or the like, they are coming to that meeting with a faithful expectation that something miraculous is going to happen in the midst of all that worship and praise which generally happens first!

That is not to say that Christians aren’t out there doing just that!  For instance, I know that Bethel Church in Redding California, Patricia King in Phoenix, and street healing minister,Todd White often take small teams to the emergency rooms and announce they are available, at no cost, to pray for healing for those who don’t want to wait all night to be seen by the overworked ER doctors.

thIV7JDLQQ All it takes is one guy with a swollen, twisted knee, to get prayed for in front of all those exhausted waiting patients and see him jump up after prayer and say “WOW my knee isn’t swollen any more, it doesn’t hurt.  Look!  I can walk without pain, or limping!”  Suddenly everybody in that waiting room is reevaluating what they had previously thought about the power of prayer and the reality of healing! The power of Testimony suddenly gives the others in that waiting room a big deposit in their Faith bank account! That should be “normal” Christianity.

There are disreputable folks in the healing business. There are disreputable people in every profession but Satan really loves to rip off what God has created for his kids. That does not mean that signs wonders and miracles are not still quietly operating everyday. One must be discerning, that’s all.  Jesus clearly stated that we were to preach the Gospel, heal folks and perform deliverance.  If you aren’t seeing it happen regularly and successfully then that’s a sad problem but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a real, viable gift of the Holy Spirit

We need to make sure that all our beliefs line up with actual scripture. God doesn’t change.th (148)  He doesn’t want to see you sick, or hurt or addicted, or broken. He left us here to do a job which is more easily achieved if we are physically well, and mentally and spiritually whole and free from all bondage. He loves you. That’s why he came, and bled and died.  He specifically told us to go and do the same and I defy you to show me any verse in His word that says there was an expiration date on any of that!

I pray for healing for people all the time.  Sometimes they get healed and sometimes they don’t.  I keep on praying and hope that my stats improve. I don’t feel that I have a particular anointing in this area, I have other gifts but I am just being obedient and doing it, and doing it.

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I have received healing on numerous occasions so I know it is real.  When I pray for people and it works then I praise God and keep on.  I add that to my testimony and keep moving. It builds my faith and the person who received the healing (large or small) has their faith boosted as well!  When it doesn’t work I pray about it and try to assess why it didn’t work.  I always assume that it is a lack of faith on my part.. I never think that, Goodness Gracious, suddenly God isn’t in the healing business anymore!  I keep praying for people all the time and praise God for the good, the bad and the partial healings and keep at it.  I pray for headaches and I pray for terminal cancer. I pray for sprains and depression and addictions.

I believe for healings even when I don’t see them every time because I have testimonies of miracles that I have seen and read and heard of.  But, people have to yield to the Holy Spirit and receive that miracle.  Some folks will do it and some never will. Some would rather hang on to unrepentant sin than receive healing.  The two are linked.  Some prefer to cling to their anger, bitterness or unforgiveness rather than set it aside and be whole.  I can explain this to those who need a miracle but I have no control over who will do it and who will not.  That’s a sad, often heartbreaking truth.

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And there you have it.  The reason that Faith healers don’t clear out hospitals is NOT because they are fakes or charlatans. thV8XTFPN0 It is because healing isn’t a magic formula.  It isn’t a matter of shaking Pixie dust over a building full of sick or tormented folks.  It’s ask and you will receive–seek and you will find .  Where any two agree he will give it to you ( Matt 18:19).  What are we agreeing about? We are agreeing that Jesus is the Great Physician!

 

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1492 and You

History is the fertile field from which society ought to glean regularly.  Perhaps you have seen those late-night programs or news shows that feature a “man on the street” asking unsuspecting folks very basic questions regarding US History or current events. Most respond with embarrassed giggles or the blank stare that says,” I do not know the answer to the question; nor do I have the field of reference to even know what this guy is asking!”  The lingering impression, beyond abject cluelessness, is that a significant portion of the voting public is dismissive of anything that does not rattle their particular world. thJBKAT82H Headlines have belatedly begun to penetrate our sluggish, collective consciousness.  It is difficult to remain oblivious, especially in an election year, when everyone is discussing Islamic terrorism in our own backyard, ISIS taking and beheading hostages, Syrian turmoil and massive exodus. Germany squelching shocking rapes by Middle Eastern refugee suspects, over the holidays, Soviets in Syria, Concert murders in Paris, Now, Saudi Arabia and Iran growling, menacingly, at each other!  the other night in Philadelphia a man severely wounded a police officer, in the name of Allah, while unloading 13 shots through the window of the squad car!

 While this situation is serious and requires decisive action; it is in no way unique to our 21st Century. The world has grown smaller and the weaponry has changed, but History buffs have seen it all thM3O989NDbefore. Tout the peaceful intent of the Koran all day long, but students of history know better.  This first week of January marks the 524th anniversary of Muhammad XII, the last emir of Grenada, surrendering his city to the army of  Spain. It happened in January 1492.thEP6SCZ7G

Recently, our Commander in Chief said every religion is guilty of violent atrocities. He raised comparisons of current Islamic terrorist’s acts to those acts of violence committed during the Crusades in the “Name of Christ”.  President Obama;s point, presumably being,”People in glass AAdTSXXhouses should not throw stones” or question the wisdom regarding hoards of  “refuges ” flooding into Europe, or immigrants to the US who chose to shoot up Christmas Parties in California.

This excuse for bad behavior has been bandied about in recent years.  I have noticed posts on Facebook noting that Hitler was a Christian and look at all the murder and genocide which he caused. These types of arguments generally go unchallenged.  This complicit safe_image (3)silence may be attributed to a overt bent for political correctness, an aversion to be offensive to anyone regardless situation or facts, a media bias in favor of the current administration or to a wholesale lack of historic knowledge. I couldn’t say for sure! I don’t need to lump all Muslims into a common violent heap to make accurate historic assessments or realize the wisdom and need to be excessively cautious in 2016!

However, I  do feel compelled to offer this rebuttal:

1) The Crusades happened 900 years ago, depending on which Crusade you are discussing, and thus has little real bearing on comparative behavior to actual horrendous behavior in 2016 unless or until Pope Francis calls the faithful to action.thSHNW360F

2) The Crusades were launched in answer to  steady and violent, Islamic incursion into Europe with Muslims practically on the Pope’s doorstep in Italy. The motive was fear of beheading and the goal was to preserve Christianity and push violent invaders back and retake the Holy Land into the bargain.  Violent Jihadism is not a new problem.  It is an old problem that has, once again, raised it’s ugly head!

3) While one must agree that Christians have at various times, done some ugly things in the name of Christianity.  NONE of these things werethD78NPG9Y advocated by Jesus Christ in word, deed, example, his sermons or future writing by his disciples.  Jesus, a Jew, was and is, all about LOVE….sacrificial love.  Love your enemy, turn the other cheek and forgive everyone. Therein lies the pivotal difference, and cannot be said of the writings of Prophet Mohammed or his disciples.

4) Just because someone like Adolf Hitler claimed to be a Christian does not make it so.  Nothing in Hitler’s behavior, writings or decrees or interests indicates Christian beliefs. He was known to be an avid follower of the Occult.

Since this week marks the notable 1492 anniversary of ejecting Muslims from Spain, I thought it interesting to see what else occurred during that pivotal yea:  Spain decreed that all Jews who didn’t convert to Catholicism would have to leave(presumably without their assets). The Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible, were first printed. The first papal conclave was held in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.  Sicily decreed that 100 thousand Jews would have to leave. And a sea captain re-approached the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, seeking permission to find a new route to the East Indies.

 Christopher Columbus has fallen out of favor of late with the  politically correctness police!  Revisionists apply 21st Century mores to 15th Century frontier society, now demonize all accomplishments of this explorer.thTO85PBSL His unfortunate governing of the native people of what is now modern day Haiti and Cuba, whom he stumbled across while looking for a route to the East, has tainted his entire story.  We must remember it was a different era, with different standards and there was a lot happening in European 1492! What were the motivations which launched this explorer into unknown waters? Who was Christopher Columbus and what was his real story?

I found this CNN report from 2012 revealing information now thought to be the story behind the story of Christopher Columbus:

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Recently, a number of Spanish scholars, such as Jose Erugo, Celso Garcia de la Riega, Otero Sanchez and Nicholas Dias Perez, have concluded that Columbus was a Marrano, whose survival depended upon the suppression of all evidence of his Jewish background in face of the brutal, systematic ethnic cleansing.

Columbus, who was known in Spain as Cristóbal Colón and didn’t speak Italian, signed his last will and testament on May 19, 1506, and made five curious — and revealing — provisions.

Two of his wishes — tithe one-tenth of his income to the poor and provide an anonymous dowry for poor girls — are part of Jewish customs. He also decreed to give money to a Jew who lived at the entrance of the Lisbon Jewish Quarter.

On those documents, Columbus used a triangular signature of dots and letters that resembled inscriptions found on gravestones of Jewish cemeteries in Spain. He ordered his heirs to use the signature in perpetuity.

According to British historian Cecil Roth’s “The History of the Marranos,” the anagram was a cryptic substitute for the Kaddish, a prayer recited in the synagogue by mourners after the death of a close relative. Thus, Columbus’ subterfuge allowed his sons to say Kaddish for their crypto-Jewish father when he died. Finally, Columbus left money to support the crusade he hoped his successors would take up to liberate the Holy Land.

Estelle Irizarry, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University, has analyzed the language and syntax of hundreds of handwritten letters, diaries and documents of Columbus and concluded that the explorer’s primary written and spoken language was Castilian Spanish. Irizarry explains that 15th-century Castilian Spanish was the “Yiddish” of Spanish Jewry, known as “Ladino.” At the top left-hand corner of all but one of the 13 letters written by Columbus to his son Diego contained the handwritten Hebrew letters bet-hei, meaning b’ezrat Hashem (with God’s help). Observant Jews have for centuries customarily added this blessing to their letters. No letters to outsiders bear this mark, and the one letter to Diego in which this was omitted was one meant for King Ferdinand.

In famed Nazi hunter, Simon Weisenthal’s book, “Sails of Hope,” he argues that Columbus’ voyage was motivated by a desire to find a safe haven for the Jews in light of their expulsion from Spain. Likewise, Carol Delaney, a cultural anthropologist at Stanford University, concludes that Columbus was a deeply religious man whose purpose was to sail to Asia to obtain gold in order to finance a crusade to take back Jerusalem and rebuild the Jews’ holy Temple.

In Columbus’ day, Jews widely believed that Jerusalem had to be liberated and the Temple rebuilt in order for the Messiah to come.

Scholars point to the date on which Columbus set sail as further evidence of his true motives. He was originally going to sail on August 2, 1492, a day that happened to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, marking the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples of Jerusalem. Columbus postponed this original sail date by one day to avoid embarking on the holiday, which would have been considered by Jews, of any era then or now, to be an extremely unlucky day to set sail. (Coincidentally or significantly, the day he set forth was the very day that Jews were, by law, given the choice of converting, leaving Spain, or being killed.)

Columbus’ voyage was not, as is commonly believed, funded by the deep pockets of Queen Isabella, but rather by two Jewish Conversos and another prominent Jew. Louis de Santangel and Gabriel Sanchez advanced an interest free loan of 17,000 ducats from their own pockets to help pay for the voyage, as did Don Isaac Abrabanel, rabbi and Jewish statesman.

Indeed, the first two letters Columbus sent back from his journey were not to Ferdinand and Isabella, but to Santangel and Sanchez, thanking them for their support and telling them what he had found.

The evidence seem to bear out a far more complicated picture of the man for whom our nation now celebrates a national holiday and has named its capital.

As we witness bloodshed the world over in the name of religious freedom, it is valuable to take another look at the man who sailed the seas in search of such freedoms — landing in a place that would eventually come to hold such an ideal at its very core.

read more at:

us.cnn.com/2012/05/20/opinion/Garcia-Columbus-jewish/index.html?hpt=hp_

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Anyone of Jewish heritage, sailing from Spain just ahead of forced conversion or expulsion raises compelling questions.  A sea captain sailing with patronage of numerous, prominent Jewish backers leads me to wonder if secondary goals- beyond personal gain on investment were afoot in this expedition.  Certainly, any 15th Century Jew had long corporate memories of persecution and bigotry. Was Columbus’ purpose confined to enriching Ferdinand and Isabella and finding fame and fortune for himself?  Might his  dogged determination to find trade routes which avoided Muslim strongholds for Imperial Spain cloaking his hopes to fund a Promised Land Liberation from Arabs and Christians for future re-settlement by his people?  Perhaps he hoped these explorations would discover sanctuary for desperate Jewish Ex-Pats far from the long arm of Catholic Europe?  Considering the uncertainty of the times, none of these goals ought to be thought of as mutually exclusive!th4LXRJ2O3

Columbus’ discoveries met with mixed reviews and little profit in his lifetime- for himself or investors. Whatever his stated or secret goals, his discovery of the America’s in 1492 eventually provided a land of opportunity and safety for Jews who found their way to these shores.  The USA, according to census records has more Jews than even the nation of Israel, to date.  It is this author’s belief that  America’s historic welcoming of Jewish immigrants and our more current support of Israel since 1948 which are a cornerstone of our National blessing.(Genesis 12:3)

thVOXPCP5IAn oft quoted adage of undeniable wisdom states that those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it.  Yet, sometimes, it is what we didn’t know about our history and the characters who hacked it out of the wilderness which turns out to be much more fascinating and informative! Sometimes, in our own adventures we set sail looking for the “India” and wind up beached in the Caribbean!  Our current perception can look like total failure, financial calamity or an unfortunate turn of events!  A look back with the perspective of time and wisdom gained, may well reveal the precious, perfect navigational plan of God Almighty!

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Pantomime

The other day I published a post about people living amongst us who wear “Happy Face” masks to hide what is really going on in their lives.  With that post I included a photo of mime, Marcel Marceau.  Soon afterwards I ran across this story from the Accidental Talmudist about this remarkable man.  I remembered seeing Marceau often on television shows such as Ed Sullivan growing up, but knew nothing about him other than his French nationality. I thought that perhaps you would remember him too!

We never know what is hiding behind someone’s happy face.  Sometimes it is unspeakable pain and sometimes it is unheralded bravery.  That is the wonder and the power of  telling your own story. Marceau’s silent clown face hid a wonderful tale which I hope that you will enjoy!–

Marcel Marceau’s extraordinary talent for pantomime entertained audiences around the world for over sixty years. It also saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust.th (47)

Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg, France in 1923, young Marcel Mangel discovered Charlie Chaplin at age five and became an avid fan. He entertained his friends with Chaplin imitations, and dreamed of starring in silent movies.

When Marcel was 16, the Nazis marched into France, and the Jews of Strasbourg – near the German border – had to flee for their lives. Marcel changed his last name to Marceau to avoid being identified as Jewish, and joined the French resistance movement.

Masquerading as a boy scout, Marcel evacuated a Jewish orphanage in eastern France. He told the children he was taking them on a vacation in the Alps, and led them to safety in Switzerland. Marcel made the perilous journey three times, saving hundreds of Jewish orphans.

He was able to avoid detection by entertaining the children with silent pantomime.

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Documentary filmmaker Phillipe Mora, whose father fought alongside Marcel in the French resistance, said, ”Marceau started miming to keep children quiet as they were escaping. It had nothing to do with show business. He was miming for his life.’’

Marcel’s father perished at Auschwitz. Marcel later said, “The people who came back from the camps were never able to talk about it. My name is Mangel. I am Jewish. Perhaps that, unconsciously, contributed towards my choice of silence.”

While fighting with the French resistance, Marcel ran into a unit of German soldiers. Thinking fast, he mimicked the advance of a large French force, and the German soldiers retreated.

Word spread throughout the Allied forces of Marcel’s remarkable talent as a mime. In his first major performance, Marcel entertained 3,000 US troops after the liberation of Paris in August 1944. Later in life, he expressed great pride that his first review was in the US Army newspaper, Stars and Stripes.

In 1947, Marcel created his beloved character Bip, a childlike everyman with a stovepipe hat and a red carnation. For the next six decades, Marcel was the world’s foremost master of the art of silence. Pop star Michael Jackson credited Marcel with inspiring his famous moonwalk.

In 2001, Marcel was awarded the Wallenberg Medal for his acts of courage during the Holocaust. When the award was announced, people speculated on whether Marcel would give an acceptance speech. He replied, “Never get a mime talking, because he won’t stop.”

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Until his death at age 84, Marcel performed 300 times a year and taught 4 hours a day at his pantomime school in Paris. He died on Yom Kippur, 2007.

For risking his life to save orphans, and entertaining generations of fans without uttering a word, we honor Marcel Marceau as this week’s Thursday Hero at Accidental Talmudist.

With thanks to Essia Cartoon-Fredman
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