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History

28 March 2022 at 10:53

History is all about moments in a continuum, those beginnings and endings which are enshrined in time. Every person, no matter how insignificant, effects human history. And human history effects everything to some degree on our planet. Every human decision made on earth has direct ramifications in the spiritual world, seen only in life after death.

All human history has a beginning and an ending. God did not intend it to be this way. But our actions based on a lack of trust in our Creator in the Garden changed the course of human history. Human beings are born and then die. We now have a β€œshelf-life.”

Our life begins at conception. However, our history begins when we draw that first breath outside the womb. At first, our history is wrapped up in what others do for us since we are helpless. We have no words to record our feelings or our thoughts. Our personal history begins as we can apply language to our experience which gives us a path to remember it. As we age, our remembered history can become distorted or fade.

In every human community a birth is a cause for celebration and death a cause for mourning. Births bring hope and a chance for new beginnings for a family or community. Death brings the end of an individual history for a family or community. It has been said many times that every human is β€œborn to die.” That is our ultimate destiny.Β That is undeniable truth. No one escapes death. During our lifetime, we are unaware of the duration of our history. There is no existing science capable of making that prediction. The only prediction we can make with certainty is that we will cease to exist on this planet at some unknown date and time.

Β What is curious about us humans, is that we are so eager to ignore this irrefutable truth. We hate talking about it, yet death is one of the two events that happen with certainty [birth being the first] in our history.

I said previously that death β€œis our ultimate destiny.” Well, that is not exactly a true statement. It is true that death ends our earthly existence. But regardless of human opinion, there is existence after death. We can choose eternal life or eternal death. Jesus Christ, our Creator and Savior, has given us an opportunity to change our destiny after death. β€œBut God demonstrated his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8

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HISTORY

24 March 2022 at 15:59

History is all about moments in a continuum, those beginnings and endings which are enshrined in time. Every person, no matter how insignificant, effects human history. And human history effects everything to some degree on our planet. Every human decision made on earth has direct ramifications in the spiritual world, seen only in life after death.

All human history has a beginning and an ending. God did not intend it to be this way. But our actions based on a lack of trust in our Creator in the Garden changed the course of human history. Human beings are born and then die. We now have a β€œshelf-life.”

Our life begins at conception. However, our history begins when we draw that first breath outside the womb. At first, our history is wrapped up in what others do for us since we are helpless. We have no words to record our feelings or our thoughts. Our personal history begins as we can apply language to our experience which gives us a path to remember it. As we age, our remembered history can become distorted or fade.

In every human community a birth is a cause for celebration and death a cause for mourning. Births bring hope and a chance for new beginnings for a family or community. Death brings the end of an individual history for a family or community. It has been said many times that every human is β€œborn to die.” That is our ultimate destiny.Β That is undeniable truth. No one escapes death. During our lifetime, we are unaware of the duration of our history. There is no existing science capable of making that prediction. The only prediction we can make with certainty is that we will cease to exist on this planet at some unknown date and time.

Β What is curious about us humans, is that we are so eager to ignore this irrefutable truth. We hate talking about it, yet death is one of the two events that happen with certainty [birth being the first] in our history.

I said previously that death β€œis our ultimate destiny.” Well, that is not exactly a true statement. It is true that death ends our earthly existence. But regardless of human opinion, there is existence after death. We can choose eternal life or eternal death. Jesus Christ, our Creator and Savior, has given us an opportunity to change our destiny after death. β€œBut God demonstrated his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8

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SPIRITUAL Plan 2021

1 January 2021 at 17:02

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As this year draws to a close, I need to become still, closing out the chaos of the world and focus on my Creator. My prayer: β€œLord Jesus, open my ears to hear You. Prepare my heart for a new year centered on You.” Without argument, there is much to distrach me; political chaos, racial unrest, social isolation, to name a few. So I desperately need the Lord Jesus to help me to remember His final words: β€œto go and make disciples” and Paul’s admonition β€œNo soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”

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Each new year is an opportunity to β€˜reboot.’ Over this past year I have had a chance to rejoice on the guidance God has provided. Just as the ancients did long ago, I too find much to praise Him with words like those in Psalm 25: 4-6

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Make meΒ to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.Β 

Lead meΒ in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.Β 

Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old..

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Many people have complained [including some of my Christian brothers and sisters] that this year has been β€˜a dumpster fire.’ But God have been faithful. However, I, not so much. This morning, as Kathe and I reflected back over the past 12 months, we can rejoice in God’s goodness while at the same time saddened over some of the dark and difficult events and repented of the ways in which we have fallen short. One thing certain, while not always clear from my vantage point of human fraility, was God’s presence in, over and through it all.

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My focus for 2021 is on the discipline of β€œbeing still and kinowing that He alone is God.” I struggle with this mostly in my thoughts. I am working on offering my thinking to the Lordship of Jesus. And I am not talking here about cardinal sin[s] Β that creep upon us as men, but of willful and offensive thinking. It is the kind of thinking that I would not be delighted to share with the Lord Jesus. β€œI think. Therefore I am.” Becomes β€œI think and therefore it should be.” It is the kind of thinking that reveals my lack of trust and thinking I can do it alone. It is offensive to my Lord.

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My goal for so many years is to become more and more like Jesus. Easy words. And there is some improvement here and there. But I find the difficultity and slow progress hinges on my thinking betraying me so that my words and actions do not reflect accurately Christ in me. Taking time to be still will allow me to ask Jesus during 2021:

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WhoΒ should I be treating differently this year?

WhatΒ are You asking of me this year?

WhenΒ I am offensive toward You or others, remind me.

WhereΒ do You want me to minister this year?

HowΒ do You want me to be different this year from last?Β  .

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Endeavor: β€œSpeak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Action: Intentionally set aside time to listen through meditation, that is thinking in the presence of God. Β 

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Character, Lying and Slander

22 October 2020 at 15:30

Up until a couple days ago I was pretty much going to vote thinking along the lines of party platform and not the individual candidate. But during these last couple days I’m not so sure. I have a mail in ballot sitting on my dining room table that I got yesterday but I’m not sure I’m going to use it.

Why am I having hesitation? Character, Lying and Slander

First: Character. It’s always been part of our political system from the very Initial thinking of the founding fathers. Character is what you do when nobody’s looking. That is the real test of character.

Character is revealed by our words. β€œOut of the heart the mouth speaks.” Words communicate thoughts. Words mean something. Christians today generally seem to be discounting words and character. When I’ve asked questions about Trump usage of words they casually say β€œoh it doesn’t matter.”

Second: Lying. POTUS is saying that we are β€œturning the corner” because he wants to be positive so that American people β€œwill not panic.” The reality is shown by the number of coffins as the virus gains ground and the death toll is projected to double to over 400,000 by end of December. In his world he cannot ever admit wrong doing – it is always somebody else who erred.

Third: Slander. Last night President Trump called Dr. Fauci, the number one leading expert in the United States if not the world and who just last week received a prestigious award for his leadership in this pandemic, was called an idiot by President Trump. He called Kamala Harris, a well respected former Attorney General and prosecutor, a β€œmonster” and a β€œcommunist.” Each day brings new revelations.

Words like Integrity, honesty, responsibility, respect for others, compassion, peace loving speak to one’s character. There is no agreement with his character to his words and actions.

Words do matter. Our friendship is based on truthful words. The words we speak are truth to each other and they’re based in the ultimate truth of Jesus. We accept those words because Jesus has proven himself to be truth. I accept your words because you have proven to be truthful and therefore trustworthy. I am truly starting to believe that the church, at least in America, is being deceived.

Can you imagine men like Paul, Whitfield, Spurgeon, Moody, Graham, saying that words do not matter? Can you imagine them preaching that character is less important then what a man does?

I cannot vote for a man who is to willing to β€œwalk in step with the wicked, stand in the way that sinners take and sit in the company of mockers,” Psalms 1:1 NIV

Well, what about the other candidate. I cannot vote for a man who, by supporting abortion, violates a cornerstone of his Christian faith and belief in the sanctity of life, by ignoring β€œYou shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13 NIV When we say yes to abortion, we are saying that murder is OK is certain circumstances.

My vote is a privilege (not a command from God) based upon my conscience as supported by the Constitution.

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Small Victories

14 September 2020 at 13:13

A worthwhile read … when life seems hard

Unshakable Hope

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would share this short word of encouragement with my friends in the blogosphere.

For the last year or so, I’ve needed to wear my breathing mask 24/7. The last month or so has been more difficult. Even removing the mask to transfer in and out of my wheelchair left me gasping for air. (That’s obviously not the encouraging part:-)

But a strange thing happened to me a few days ago. Mary removed my breathing mask to get me out of bed around 6:30 that morning. After plopping me in the wheelchair, she then pulled the breathing machine over and started to put the mask on me. I stopped her. I was breathing just fine on my own. It felt so good to breathe without the assistance of a machine. I made it to 11:30 without my breathing mask – five…

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Meditation on Psa 121

2 September 2020 at 13:09

In these days of confusion and mixed messages, and add on top of that the uncertainity that an election year can bring, it can drag us downward. We need to look up. We desperately need a process for moving upward. β€œI lift up my eyes to the hills …”

Denver Colorado is nestled on the plains next to the Rocky Mountain Range. While living there, during stressful times I would turn and look west out the window and see the snow-capped Rocky Mountains streching as far as the eye could see north and south off in the distance. Nearer to me were the foothills also stretching as far as the eye could see. Driving west out of Denver, the closer I came to the foothills, the less I could see of the towering mountains in the distance.Β Β 

The psalmist asks a question that reminded me of the Rocky Mountains: β€œI lift up my eyes to the hills.Β From where does my help come?” Without a doubt, our daily lives are surrounded by circumstancal stresses out of our control. Covid-19 virus has caused catostophic job loss, resulting in impending bills with no funds, threating evictions, schools opening and then closing, family breadwinners forced to be the source of childcare, and the masks hiding our faces and lack of human touch due to social isolation creating emotional tolls. All this causing relational pressures within the family. In the face of this chaos, where am I going to find strength to carry on?Β 

I have a choice in where I find my strength to live daily, whether at home or work. Am I going to find it in the foothills of easily reached deceptive pain-killing pleasures?Β IΒ can seek escape in the comfort of something or someone. I can choose to seek my own answer to my problems. Or am I going to climb further into the mountains ofΒ  self-effort?Β Β 

The best path is to remember that β€œMy help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” No need to climb mountains. No need to summit and be disappointed by seeing more mountains. I can go to the Creator of all,Β who createdΒ me.Β Why riskΒ climbing into the mountains on my own strength, risking injury on the rocks when my foot slips because I am tired and worn out climbing in my self-strength,Β 

Consider these two promises from the vantage point of your circumstances today:Β 

FIRSTΒ β€œThe LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.” In other words, look beyond the hills and mountains to the LORD who created all things. Look up beyond the rocks and mud of earth … β€œTruly the hills are a delusion, the orgies on the mountains. Truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.” 

Second β€œThe LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” God is the only source of power that is all-sufficient for us. Don’t look at the chaos. Look beyond to Jesus who can keep us β€œlike a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” 

A lion does not concern itself with the opinions of sheep.

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Perseverance or Compromise

26 August 2020 at 12:24

persevere verses compromise. Two words that summarize the letters written by Jesus Christ to seven churches 2000 years ago. These two words are measuring tapes of how genuine our faith. And they are worth consideration in 2020. [Revelation, chapters 2 & 3]

It takes perseverance to not compromise. Christians are either persevering in their faith, or compromising their faith. And what gets compromised? The Word of God so that we mirror or fit into the culture. The world around Christ-followers who are the church, is not going to get better. Those who claim to be Christians in more than a name and membership in a particular church, need to pay attention to the slippery deceptions that are looking for ways to make the church nicer.

What do I mean by nicer? Simply this, there is an enemy of God who will do whatever it takes to weaken the principles that God has established for the church to reflect Jesus. This compromise will look very much like the real deal, but as history unfolds it will gain mastery if not met with the armor of God. And with compromise will come the Judgment of God. Think about it, the hallmark of Jesus’ life was one of zero compromise. His resurrection has given us the Holy Spirit to weather the assaults of compromise and come out persevering heroes and victors in the end.

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The pandemic: not as we thought.

22 August 2020 at 11:00

The pandemic has caused things to be turning out not as we thought. Plans are on hold or are cancelled altogether. Gatherings are not held. Many are tired of the changing rules because the virus is new and science is just barely getting a handle on is ramifications to our health. Social isolation, and having to maintain a safe distance is wearing us down. Many are experiencing difficulty with fear of being infected by others. Slow moving governmental response to catastrophic national job loss has the impending specter of mass eviction of people from their homes.

Socializing is what we do and is important to humans. We keep hoping for good news and keep getting disappointed.

A new language of war has surfaced. We talk about front-line workers, bravery, escalating death tolls, job losses, restricted movement and small business economic devastation. All over the planet, there is a growing deprivation in food chain distribution resulting in food shortages and in some places horrific starvation is on the horizon.

There is good news in all of this chaos. Good things, invisible things to the naked eye are occurring. There is a remnant of people who are seeking God either for the first time or afresh. Is God enough for this situation?

Consider this about Jesus from Colossians 1:16-17:

By Jesus were all things created through Him and for Him:

[1] all things in heaven and on earth

[2] all things visible and invisible

[3] all thrones or dominions

[4] all rulers or authorities

Not only that, Jesus is before all time and human history and He alone is the One who hold it all together. And if you are a Christ-follower, you are part of Him as part of the Church. Jesus upholds and sustains the universe.

The writer of the letter to the Hebrews amplifies this incredible thought by telling us that it was Jesus who β€œlaid the foundation of the world in the beginning” and that all that we can see in the heavens β€œare the work of His hands.” We human have been greedy and very poor stewards of the earth that He created. The natural world is suffering from pollution, and over harvesting of resources. The earth is β€œwearig out like a garment.” But there is hope even β€œthey will perish but Jesus remains.” β€œYou are the same and your years will have no end.”

Because Jesus is holding things together, visible and invisible, nothing is happening outside of His infinite control; and that should bring comfort to those who know Him. God seems to us to be leaving us on our own in this world. But that should only humble us and lead us to Him for help.

So what should we who call ourselves Christians be doing during these difficult times? I cannot think of a better thing to do than that which the Apostle Paul instructed the folks in the Colossian church: [Col 1:23]Β  β€œif, indeed, you are still firmly holding to faith as your foundation, without ever shifting from your hope that rests on the Good News that you have heard, which has been proclaimed in the whole creation under Heaven ….Β β€œ [Weymouth]

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A Narrow Road to the City of God

17 June 2020 at 17:15

We are, without doubt, living in a new normal; covid-19 isolation, blindness to racial discrimination, people generally resistant to medical advice, increasing incidencents of rogue police, increasing divisiveness across our country, an extended surge of street demonstrations, lack of official accountability for racial murder, lack of congressional and White House leadership, rampid tone deafness, fear of color, and a hardened lack of empathy.

Our country is tearing itself apart. Some are appalled while some are cheering. We appear helpless to solve recurring injustices because in our rush to β€˜out God’ from our hedonistic society, we have thrown out common decency of rendering justice, showing mercy and walking humbly. Our forefathers, while not always correct in their worldview, generally did not confuse politics with faith, as demonstrated in the Constitution. We have done two things: substituted politics for faith and instead of actively β€œIn God We Trust” have gone to β€œIn Political Person We Trust.”

I would agree with Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr.: β€œAnyone who allows theirΒ politicsΒ to drive their faith is an idol worshiper. I will put it straight like that. The Kingdom of God is not determined by politics.” As Christ-followers we are to be marching to a different drummer. Our words and actions are not to be shaped by the current wind of politics but by the Word of God. We should be listening to Jesus speaking and not listening to and expounding political sound bites.

No matter which side of the political fence we reside, when we rush blindly after a political candidate, listening only to what we want to hear, we are going to be pimped by his politics. We are going to compromise what God says about the principles of justice, mercy and humility. We are going to promote some human standard over God prescribed standard. The reality of our words and actions driven by politics will show whether we are behaving Coram deo.Β 

The prophet Micah said this:

β€œHe has shown you,

O man, what is good;

And what does the Lord

require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?’

[Micah 6:8 NKJV]

The kingdom of this world is defined by ideology. The Kingdom of God is defined by theology [what God tells us]. The Christian who tries to straddle the fence will be disappointed every time. β€œDo not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom thereΒ  is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.” [Psalms 146:3-4 NKJV]

In this new normal in which we live, β€˜be wise as serpants’ and remember β€œholy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also wasΒ  faithful in all His house.”

[Hebrews 3:1-2 NKJV]

<β€˜///>< Glen

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A Narrow Road to the City of God

17 June 2020 at 14:28

We are, without doubt, living in a new normal; covid-19 isolation, blindness to racial discrimination, people generally resistant to medical advice, increasing incidencents of rogue police, increasing divisiveness across our country, an extended surge of street demonstrations, lack of official accountability for racial murder, lack of congressional and White House leadership, rampid tone deafness, fear of color, and a hardened lack of empathy.

Our country is tearing itself apart. Some are appalled while some are cheering. We appear helpless to solve recurring injustices because in our rush to β€˜out God’ from our hedonistic society, we have thrown out common decency of rendering justice, showing mercy and walking humbly. Our forefathers, while not always correct in their worldview, generally did not confuse politics with faith, as demonstrated in the Constitution. We have done two things: substituted politics for faith and instead of actively β€œIn God We Trust” have gone to β€œIn Political Person We Trust.”

I would agree with Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr.: β€œAnyone who allows theirΒ politicsΒ to drive their faith is an idol worshiper. I will put it straight like that. The Kingdom of God is not determined by politics.” As Christ-followers we are to be marching to a different drummer. Our words and actions are not to be shaped by the current wind of politics but by the Word of God. We should be listening to Jesus speaking and not listening to and expounding political sound bites.

No matter which side of the political fence we reside, when we rush blindly after a political candidate, listening only to what we want to hear, we are going to be pimped by his politics. We are going to compromise what God says about the principles of justice, mercy and humility. We are going to promote some human standard over God prescribed standard. The reality of our words and actions driven by politics will show whether we are behaving Coram deo.Β 

The prophet Micah said this:

β€œHe has shown you,

O man, what is good;

And what does the Lord

require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?’

[Micah 6:8 NKJV]

The kingdom of this world is defined by ideology. The Kingdom of God is defined by theology [what God tells us]. The Christian who tries to straddle the fence will be disappointed every time. β€œDo not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom thereΒ  is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.” [Psalms 146:3-4 NKJV]

In this new normal in which we live, β€˜be wise as serpants’ and remember β€œholy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also wasΒ  faithful in all His house.”

[Hebrews 3:1-2 NKJV]

<β€˜///>< Glen

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Just a thought for today:

22 April 2020 at 10:45

Today is Earth Day according to human calendar. However, everyday is Earth Day with the LORD:

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

Psalm 24:1-2 ESV

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Barely escaped …

7 January 2020 at 08:38

Central Asia: A Jesus film team barely escaped Muslim radicals when they tried to show the film in a village. A year later, sensing God calling them back to the village, they saw God’s miraculous hand open the way for them to show the film and see 167 accept Christ. Please pray for these new believers to stand strong, and to grow to spiritual maturity in a hostile environment. Pray that they may be bold and wise in sharing their newfound faith.

Read the story – www.tiny.cc/wb02

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God is moving

3 January 2020 at 12:06

Egypt celebrates Christmas on 7th January. About 15% of the 80 Million are Coptic Christians in this difficult Muslim country. The many attacks against Christians has actually brought renewal in the Coptic Church and evangelicals are growing by an astounding 4.6% per year. Pray that the active forgiveness displayed by Christians after each of these numerous attacks and the Christians joy and boldness at their festivals may shake the Muslim population to seek Jesus.

Read the full article here:

https://sat7.org/post/sat-7-shares-the-joy-as-cairo-worshippers-fill-streets

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30 December 2019 at 15:44

​Seize The Priority

A challenge for 2020. Peter’s challenge over 2000 years ago is for us men today. Like his friends then and us today, we are either being carried away and losing our stability, or we are growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Pet 3:17-18).Β 

Standing still is not an option.Β 

There is no neutral in the Christian life, back then or in the coming year.Β 

We are either regressing in the faith or progressing.Β 

Losing stability or gaining maturity.Β 

Shrinking or growing.Β 

It is our choice daily of priorities. What is your priority during the first 15 minutes of waking?

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The World

29 December 2019 at 08:16

Tired of headlines full of murder, terror, human trafficking and corruption? Here is just a small sampling of what the Creator King is doing:

Although around us, things look like they are getting worse, God’s kingdom is expanding at an unprecedented rate with over 4000 new churches born each week; in the past 30 years the church in Nepal has gone from a few hundred to over 1 million, in Muslim Algeria the church has mushroomed to 180,000. The kingdoms of Islam and Hinduism are being shaken. Praise God for incredible growth of His church, looking ahead at 2020, ask God how you can be praying for the nations.

By Grantley Sherwood (a repost)

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First Coming

27 December 2019 at 16:10

Something regarding the day just past:

First Coming. ByΒ Madeleine L’Engle

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.

He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

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WHERE IS OUR SECURITY?

7 October 2018 at 19:47

In the β€œend days” Jesus warns us that there will be a game afoot to deceive the church of Jesus. And the game is extended over all denominations alike. People in leadership are saying and doing things that run counter to what God Himself instructs. For example: β€œYou may say to yourselves, β€œHow can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed. (Deut 18:21-22 NIV)

I keep reading and hearing from evangelical Christians that God is using President Donald Trump without his really knowing it. I find it startling, by all appearances, none of his spiritual advisors are telling him to repent of his habitual lying and mocking behavior. It is incredible to me that this President acts and talks in such an undisciplined manner. The media seems full of outspoken folks identifying themselves as evangelicals, bending over backwards supporting the man and his behavior; doing so without demanding what is central to Christian behavior, repentance and a change in his habitual actions.

I think that I am reading my bible correctly when I say that God is interested in a person’s character over his action and talk. King David sinned flagrantly, and he experienced the consequences. However, he repented immediately when confronted with his multi-level sins. He asked God to β€œcreate in me a clean heart.”  Saul, another King, was the people’s choice and had no inclination of repentance. God knows the hearts of all of us just like He knew the hearts of David and Saul You can fool the people some of the time, but you can never fool God.

Evangelicals miss the heart of God and the final instruction of Jesus to us when we equate our security to men in power. China, Russia or the caliphate is not the true enemy to our security. President Trump’s agenda is not out security. If we claim to be Christ-followers, then we need to pay attention to what is on God’s heart, the integrity of His church.

Not only are we tearing ourselves apart as a nation, but we are sabotaging ourselves in the Church from within. When will we wake up and realize that we are in a freefall into Apostasy. Jesus calls us to a different way of life. Listen to His final words to us on earth: β€œAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” [Matthew 28:17-20 NIV]

Where are the voices of the watchmen on the wall? There are a small minority of Christians out there who are warning of being wary of the increased selling of God’s security in the areas of political influence, personal gain in health and wealth; or even supernatural power. Are we listening? Are we engaging with the Spirit of truth through the Bible? We need a change of our collective and individual heart. We need to be looking at God’s way that produces holy living. Jesus clearly does not promise a life of ease. Instead, He tells us if we are serious about following Him, then we need to be prepared for a life of losing ourselves and our agendas to authentically be in the game of bringing the lost into His fold.

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USS Midway History

11 June 2018 at 19:35

I have the privilage of volunteering in the midst of living history. This year the USS Midway turns 75 years old and the ol’ gal is still in pretty good shape. Come on by if you are in the San Diego area and check us out. Check out TripAdvisor to see what they say about us.Β 

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The USS Midway was the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Named after the climactic Battle of Midway of June 1942, Midway was built in only 17 months, but missed World War II by one week when commissioned on September 10, 1945. Midway was the first in a three-ship class of large carriers that featured an armored flight deck and a powerful air group of 120 planes.

From the beginning of its service, the Midway played key roles in the Cold War. In 1946 it became the first American carrier to operate in the midwinter sub-Arctic, developing new flight deck procedures. The following year Midway became the only ship to launch a captured German V-2 rocket. The trial’s success became the dawn of naval missile warfare. Just two years after that, Midway sent a large patrol plane aloft to demonstrate that atomic bombs could be delivered by a carrier.

Midway served with the Atlantic Fleet for ten years, making seven deployments to European waters, patrolling β€œthe soft underbelly” of NATO. A round-the-world cruise took Midway to the west coast in 1955, where it was rebuilt with an angled deck to improve jet operations.

Midway’s first combat deployment came in 1965 flying strikes against North Vietnam. Midway aircraft shot down three MiG’s, including the first air kill of the war. However, 17 Midway aircraft were lost to enemy fire during this cruise. In 1966 Midway was decommissioned for a four-year overhaul.

Over a chaotic two-day period during the fall of Saigon in April 1975, Midway was a floating base for large Air Force helicopters which evacuated more than 3,000 desperate refugees during Operation Frequent Wind.

As potential threats to the Arabian oil supply grew, and to relieve strain on U. S.-based carriers, Midway transferred to Yokosuka, Japan, making it the first American carrier home ported abroad.

In 1990 Midway deployed to the Arabian Gulf in response to the Iraqi seizure of Kuwait. In the ensuing Operation Desert Storm, Midway served as the flagship for naval air forces in the Gulf and launched more than 3,000 combat missions with no losses. Its final mission was the evacuation of civilian personnel from Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines after the20th century’s largest eruption of nearby Mount Pinatubo.

On April 11, 1992 the Midway was decommissioned in San Diego and remained in storage in Bremerton, Washington until 2003 when it was donated to the 501(c)3 nonprofit San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum organization. It opened as the USS Midway Museum in June 2004.

Repub from: https://www.midway.org/about-us/midway-history/

KEY DATESΒ inΒ USS Midway History

1946Β Β Β Β Β Β  Operation Frostbite: First Carrier to operate extensively in the sub-Arctic

1947Β Β Β Β Β Β  Operation Sandy: The only successful launch of a German V-2 rocket from a ship, the dawn ofΒ naval missile warfare.

1963Β Β Β Β Β Β  First successful landing using β€œHands Off” auto-pilot technology.

1965Β Β Β Β Β Β  Midway pilots shoot down first MiG of the Vietnam War.

1973Β Β Β Β Β Β  Midway pilots shoot down last MiG of the Vietnam War.

1973Β Β Β Β Β Β  First aircraft carrier home-ported in a foreign country: Yokosuka, Japan,

1975Β Β Β Β Β Β  Leads the evacuation of Saigon; rescues 3,073 refugees in two days.

1991Β Β Β Β Β Β  Flagship of Persian Gulf air operations in Operation Desert Storm.

1991Β Β Β Β Β Β  Rescues 1,800 Americans fleeing Mt. Pinatubo eruption.

1992Β Β Β Β Β Β  Decommissioned in San Diego, California.

2004Β Β Β Β Β Β  Opens as the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.

2010Β Β Β Β Β Β  Surpasses 5 million visitors since opening.

2012Β Β Β Β Β Β  First Navy ship museum to host 1 million visitors annually.

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Beginnings are not endings

29 May 2018 at 20:44

Booker T. Washington* described his start in life as such: β€œI was born a slave … I am not sure of the exact place or exact date … My life had its beginning during the most miserable, desolate and discouraging surroundings.” I have known personally many people in my life time who start life in difficult and incredibly β€˜unfair’ circumstances. Rejecting parents of one child over another and ignored by parents who are involved in an addiction. Then there are those born with crippling and debilitating diseases. Or in the prime of their life are struck down as paraplegics. [Joni Erickson-Todda] There is absent parent[s] who are in prison or too sick to care for them. In today’s chaotic culture, many grow up in families surrounded by family who are murderers, child abusers and con-artists. Some grow up in or are sold into a type of slavery like sex-trafficking, even here in the US.

Consider Joseph, who is held up as a hero of the Bible. Jacob, his father, grew up as conniving and treacherous man. He took advantage of his father’s blindness and stole his older brother’s inheritance. Jacob’s father-in-law Laban cheated him several times with livestock and marriages.

Jacob’s sons took after their father. Joseph who was the 11th son born, was the youngest. Jacob played favorites with his sons. He was not shy about showing favoritism toward one child over other ten brothers. He did this in different ways: Jacob gave more affection, more privileges and less discipline to Joseph who was his favorite. Is it any wonder that this created animosity and jealousy among the other 10 older? One day when Joseph was a young man they saw an opportunity to be rid of him. They sold Joseph into slavery to some Egyptians slave traders. To cover their crime, they created an elaborate story, complete with hard evidence, to convince their father of Joseph’s unfortunate demise by a wild animal attack.

Joseph, the favored son with the nicest clothes, started life as a loved and cherished son. Suddenly he finds himself in a foreign country as a slave among foreign gods. But did he focus on yesterday? No. Let me say this, I believe that there is only one reality, today. Yesterday and tomorrow are not reachable. I cannot change the past or the future therefore, they are not in my realm of reality. All I can change is what is in front of me at this moment.

Back to Joseph. He remained faithful to his God and the Bible says β€œThe Lord was with Joseph…” [Genesis 39:2]Β That is a game-changer in any circumstance. What changes, if I choose to believe God, is my attitude. Jesus levels the playing field. He is the only One who can change tomorrow. Someone said that β€œPeople go through life looking at the wrongs people do to us in the yesterdays.” How sad. They fail to see that β€œJesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” [Hebrews 13:8 ESV] We may not escape the circumstance we are born into or the circumstances thrown at us either by whim or design or our ignorance or stupidity. The good news is that β€œif God is for us, who can be against us?” [Romans 8:31 NIV]. When everything is all said and done, if God is in us then it does not matter who is against us! Beginnings are not endings!

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