Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Cutting Up The Word of God

Not long ago I stumbled across an article that mentioned dividing the word of God. It talked about knowing what part of the bible was applicable to you. Do we divide the word whenever we emphasize one scripture over another? If so, what do we do with the rest? 

However this wasn't what I was looking for, so I pressed on looking for something else, but the concept hung with me and drew me back. But when I did go back looking for dividing scripture up I couldn't find that quote in the bible, which was because I read the NASB or the NIV, neither of which tells us to divide the word of God. That quote is found in the KJV in 2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
In the NASB 2 Timothy 2:15 is different
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
Knowing which parts of the bible that are most applicable to you is important, otherwise we wouldn't know if we were under the Edenic Covenant, the Adamic Covenant, the Noahic Covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant, the Mosaic Covenant, the Palestinian Covenant, the Davidic Covenant, the New Covenant, or any combination of the Covenants. But should we divide the scripture? The same epistle tells us 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

On the Second Day of Christmas...

... my true love gave to me

Two Turtle Doves

The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God's self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.

Friday, December 25, 2015

And That Is What Christmas Is All About

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

On the First Day of Christmas...

my true love gave to me...

A Partridge in a Pear Tree
The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem:
"Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . ." (Luke 13:34)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Another Christmas Song Born in the Sorrow of War

Yesterday I wrote about "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day" and how sprouted from the pain and sorrow of the American Civil War. I recently found that another Christmas song has its origins in the horrors of war. 

White Christmas stands apart from most all other Christmas songs in several ways: it's not upbeat and joyful, in fact it's melancholy and sad. There's no fanciful characters like Santa Claus or elves or reindeer, and it's not religious in any way.

White Christmas was first heard on the radio on Christmas Day, 1941 sung by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall. Everyone loves the idea of a White Christmas, but an actual white Christmas is a rare thing even in my hometown of Buffalo NY (Really! It's normally cold and rainy in the first few weeks of winter up there). But the concept of a Christmas morning covered with new fallen snow is a warm and comforting thought - like a Thomas Kinkade painting it's an idealized vision that brings smiles even to snowbirds in Miami.

Eighteen days before that broadcast aired the United States was attacked and suddenly found itself involved in a world conflict on multiple fronts. our future was in turmoil and an idealized reminiscence of Christmas was in order. When Bing Crosby toured overseas to perform for the troops, White Christmas was always the most requested song, but Crosby didn't want to sing it for them. Crosby said in an interview:
I hesitated about doing it because invariably it caused such a nostalgic yearning among the men, that it made them sad... Heaven knows, I didn’t come that far to make them sad. For this reason, several times I tried to cut it out of the show, but these guys just hollered for it.
After 74 years White Christmas is still the best selling Christmas song of all time, which is interesting because the author, Irving Berlin, didn't celebrate Christmas. He was a Jewish immigrant from Russia. Christmas was a very sad and solemn day for him.  While many American families opened gifts around the Christmas tree, Berlin had his own a tradition. Every year he visited the grave of his son who died on Christmas Day, 1928, at only three weeks old.

For Irving Berlin - who also wrote Alexander’s Ragtime Band and God Bless America - White Christmas was an unexpected hit. It was a simple song: just 54 words and 67 notes. It was written for a musical revue about the holidays that eventually became the movie “Holiday Inn.” Berlin thought a different song from that film would become popular. He had expected 'Be Careful It’s My Heart' written for Valentine’s Day  to become the most popular, and for a while it was but in 1942 Bing Crosby released White Christmas as a record and Be Careful It's My Heart was nearly forgotten. But “White Christmas” was the song that won Berlin an Academy Award.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old familiar carols play...
I love that sweet old carol, we sang it in church on this past Sunday, and we sang it from the blue hymnal (the one that says KJV on the spine, not sure why though, most of those hymns come long after King James). We sang all 5 verses, something I've never heard before, usually only 3 or 4 are sang. this time I hit
And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
    "For hate is strong,
    And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Hate is strong and mocks the song... wait, what? I had never heard that before. Then the last verse got my attention:
    The Wrong shall fail,
    The Right prevail, 
That sounded hauntingly familiar... it reminded me of a Civil war type of statement. Once home I started to look through the different versions I've heard before and many ignore these verses. I found it in some contemporary versions even though I completely ignore the Casting Crowns version (I don't like their arrangements, they sound to me like a Hootie and the Blowfish rip-off)

I did the Berean thing and started to research, and I was fairly surprised to learn that the words were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and that there's a total of seven verses. Several sources claim that he wrote his poem "Christmas Bells" in memory of his wife who died previously, but that's only part of the story. His wife had died two years previously of a tragic fire. Longfellow was devastated but it would only get worse for the greatest American poet. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Emergent Monday - Getting Your Ears Tickled by Steven Furtick

Exegesis: the Bible says anything I want it to
I'm not totally sure why, but Steven Furtick keeps popping up in my life, and I've found that when someone or something starts popping up, the Holy Spirit us sending me hints that He wants me to pay attention. Since He gifted me with the ability to observe and write about my observations, that's what I do.

This is now what I call part 3 of the Furtick Cult Trilogy. You don't have to read the other parts, but if you want to read part 1 and/or part 2 go ahead and catch up. We'll wait... 

Welcome back. Recently I've had a small cadre of Furtick Followers remind me that the important part of Steven Furtick is his message. One Furtick Follower informed me that they had studied the bible for a quarter of a century and Steven's message is dead on and the best message they've ever heard. Forget the part about his anger and his badmouthing Christians and his putting down doctrine and his insulting Christians that want to learn the word of God, it's the message that I should be concentrating on.

To be honest I have listened to his message, and first I need to point out that Steven Furtick does not do sermons, he does homilies and calls them sermons. A homily is a religious discourse that is intended primarily for spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction. In other words, a homily is a monolog that is religious in nature designed to make you feel something, where as a sermon is a discussion on what God actually said and how to apply it. If you listen to Furtick's messages you will come out feeling something, but you will come out knowing less about the word of God than when you went in.

Steven's homilies are passionate and moving and light and fluffy. Sometimes he gets riled up when he wants to make a point, and often that point is way off the mark which makes me wonder if the whole getting riled up thing is to distract the audience, because to the undiscerning he sounds good. One fine example is his homily "The Great Emoti Con" - according to his website this is one of his most popular messages.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Here we are, a week from Christmas and I've just started my Christmas shopping. I know what you're thinking - "Kind of an early start for you this year" and that's true. I feel good that I didn't wait till the last minute as usual this year.

Maybe the motivator was the snow. Being from Buffalo and North Dakota I find that snow is a very festive prevalent part of the Christmas season to the point where I have to remind myself that there was no snow in Bethlehem. We got a lot of snow in the Denver area this week and that caught the area by surprise. Contrary to popular belief, Denver does not get much snow, in fact the winters here are pretty easy (to me they're practically tropical) so when a foot fell on the city  Tuesday our economic refugees from far flung foreign lands (Texas and southern California) were caught completely unprepared.

They discovered some startling facts about snow - first of all it doesn't come in a paper cone and covered with fruit flavored syrup. Secondly they discovered that those videos of people struggling to drive in heavy snow on YouTube are not gag reels, they're real world reels. Hint to someone who is facing driving in the snow for the first time: If you think they best way to commute to work is to drive at 20 mph in the center lane of the interstate with your four way flashers on, you're wrong. For you the best way to get where you're going is to get out and walk.

The Top Religion Stories of 2015. I have to admit there's a few in here I heard nothing about.

Pray for Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, a Canadian citizen imprisoned in North Korea. He's been sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor for the crime of preaching the Gospel

Not being Jewish I don't understand their divorce customs at all.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tough Blessings

It is pretty rare that I talk about what is going on in my personal life in the blog. These good times are over for my readers, at least for today.

About a year ago life slowed down for me a lot. Not long ago I was walking 2 miles a day on my half hour lunch break and after work I was riding my bike for miles. Weekends were spent in the mountains hiking. I knew something was wrong when I carried a server (not heavy at all) into a storage room and couldn't recover my breath. I felt like I had just ran for miles, I was out of breath and panting heavily and it was like the deep inhalations were not doing anything. Then just after Thanksgiving 2014 I began having coughing fits and running out of breath just walking across the room. My bride asked me if I wanted to go to the emergency room and completely out of character I said "Yes"

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas is Even More Awesome When We Understand The Text

WWUTT.com - or When We Understand The Text is a wonderful online video ministry that desires to promote sound Bible teaching while also exposing many of the myths and false ideas that have arisen. WWUTT brings often overlooked bits and pieces of biblical truth to light, clarifying difficult concepts in 90 seconds. 

After observing a lot of bad teaching videos and misquoted Bible verses on Facebook and Twitter, Pastor Gabriel Hughes of the First Southern Baptist Church of Junction City was encouraged by others from his church who were equally frustrated to introduce something new. Through trial and error, playing with a few different ideas, eventually When We Understand the Text was born.

Their 90+ videos all available on their Youtube Channel run the gamut from IHOP, Modern Worship, and cults to the Holy Trinity, Bacon, and Salvation, each done with a myriad of biblical references and love. A 90 second video can take me up to 30 minutes to view as I love to look up the verses they cite and I'm kinda slow at that sometimes as those verses lead me off to other verses.

Here's their current collection of Christmas related videos that explain some very interesting facts, clarify biblical passages, and really make the wonder of God's gift to all mankind even more wonderful. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Emergent Monday: Emergent Polytheism

by Chris Rosebrough

Are postmodern emergents beginning to embrace polytheism? One of the newer voices in Emergent Church circles is George Elerick. George is a prolific blogger, writer, poet and contributor to the Huffington Post. I am not sure where George studied theology but one thing is certain, he doesn’t know what he’s doing and he should stop writing on the topic of religion before he hurts himself and others.

A perfect example of George’s mishandling of the Bible and the Hebrew language can be found in his May 31st, 2010 blog post entitled “the jesus-daddy: another look at the word abba”. In this post George, like and untrained swordsman tries to wield the Word of God in order to see what happens when he begins playing around with the meanings of different Hebrew words in an attempt to discover postmodern “spiritual insights”. The conclusions drawn by George’s mishandling of the Hebrew language are truly sad and should cause us to pause and pray for George and those listening to him because he is twisting God’s word to his own destruction (2Pet. 3:16).

Below is a prime example of George’s mishandling of God’s Word and the Hebrew language. Said Elerick regarding the Hebrew word Ehad [sic],

Friday, December 11, 2015

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
It's been an interesting week this week, now more than ever my #1 source of peace and comfort is reading the Bible. And I'm currently reading Revelation, which probably says a lot about how this week is going. I WANT to write about Christmas - I love Christmas, it's God's promise come to life, the start of a ministry that has touched the world. And on the secular level it's the time I can let my inner magpie free rein and decorate with bright shiny things and not get yelled at. However the Holy Spirit had other plans for me  and threw Acts 20:29-30 in my face so that's what I've been working with.

Outside of false teachers the most interesting thing this week was how Donald Trump helped out the liberal left.

When Donald Trump announced his plan to put a moratorium on Muslim immigration the left wing went crazy. Ignore the fact that what he proposed is perfectly legal, the left wing isn't about facts or reality, they're all about feelings. And they felt they need to ignore the fact that Jimmy Carter actually did use that law to ban Iranians from entering the US. (And let's just not talk about FDR)  Donald's announcement meant that the left was able to ignore the fact that Muslim extremists were now committing mass murder on American soil due to the incompetence of the Obama administration. They were freed to vent their feelings, to weep and gnash their teeth, to hurl insults at the top of their lungs and exercise their brutal hypocrisy on someone whose comb-over doesn't meet their standards. What really cracked me up is that during the blood frenzy of calling Donald Trump names that they clearly don't understand, they failed to notice that before Trump joined the race he was just as liberal as Hillary. However the funniest part was when the Obama administration claimed that this disqualifies Trump from being president. Now THAT'S FUNNY!!!! If any administration knows what action would disqualify a person from being president, it would be the Obama administration!

Robert Dear, the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood gunman moved to Colorado for the marijuana. Color me unsurprised.

NEVER take a liberal Christian to the zoo

Jesus: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Mr. Pope: That's just crazy talk.

Homosexuals in North Carolina continue to fight to take away your freedom of religion.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Do Not Bash the Bride!

Bride of Christ equipped with the Sword of the Spirit
One of my most read blog entries is about Steven Furtick. I'm not sure why, his style of preaching is abrasive, he disdains doctrine and he loves to insult and berate the saints who worship biblically rather than follow his method of evangelizing those that shouldn't need evangelization.

When I researched the article I originally thought I was researching something special, instead I found I was researching a cult. And, as I'm sure Glenn Chatfield can attest, when you expose a cult you open yourself up to some... interesting... responses. Luckily I received few responses containing foul language which I immediately deleted  for the reasons outlined in James 1:26. 

However a recent response implored me not to "Bash" Mr. Furtick. 

There's no "bashing" of Mr. Furtick going on here, unless you consider reporting on what he says and what he does "Bashing". My main concern with Mr. Furtick is that his idea of the church and God's idea are two different things. Why on earth would a supposed man of God publicly tell a Christian "you need to leave this church because we ONLY do evangelism"?

What Mr. Furtick said here is that if you don't agree with him then you're not a Christian. I say this because because the church is not a building with a preacher at one end connected to the audience at the other end via a collection basket. The Church is the congregation, the people, those called out by the Holy Spirit to love Christ. All of the Believers. And this is something that Mr. Furtick knows and I'm sure he didn't mean to tell his listeners to leave the body of Christ, but that is what came out of his mouth.

Then again maybe that's exactly what he meant. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

False Teacher Of the Year 2015

As the snow falls and the days grow shorter, it's time to recognize those special false teachers that help make the days grow darker spiritually. This year's award is coming out much later than usual, but that's because there's been so much competition for the prestigious Golden Goat award. Our first winner was back in 2013 was John Shore, leader of the Not All There Like That "Christians" who worship Rob Bell and Dan Savage over the God of Israel. Last years winner was Steven McSwain is a self-professed "Christian Atheist", a title that he oddly bears with pride. These two fellows have worked tirelessly to justify their unbelief in such a manner that the undiscerning thinks that they're being fed the Word of God, but instead are being lead through the wide gate to destruction. And that's what being a Golden Goat recipient is all about.

If the nominating committee were to hand out the prized Golden Goat award based solely on atheism in the pulpit we probably couldn't stamp out the gold foil embossed false idols fast enough to keep up with demand. For example Gretta Vosper would be presented with one every time she addresses the congregation in Canada's own West Hill United Church of Self. Or closer to home John Schuck, a man who earns the title of Psalm 14 Fool, instructs the lost to make up their own bible. He would have to add a whole new wing to the Southminster Presbyterian Goat Pen to store his Golden Goats if mere atheism were the sole qualifier.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
It's been a long sad week since our last collection of random bits. A drug strung misanthrope whose only brush with God is to fall under the "Once saved always saved so I can do anything I want" false teaching shot up a planned parenthood abortion mill in Colorado Springs. Muslims with ties to radical Islamic organizations including ISIS slaughter the very people that threw them a baby shower week previously and immediately the atheist press goes on a rampage blaming Christians for provoking the attack. This is like blaming the oncologist for cancer.

A CNN "reporter" tried to blame the Islamic terrorism on postpartum depression, meanwhile our resident in the White House still can't bring himself to say the words "Radical Islamic Violence". I personally have no problem in saying the words "any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from calculated malevolence." However we Christians know that what is going on in the world is going to happen come post partum depression, global warming or accurately used words. We also know things are going to get worse, and we had better be ready to take the blame for everything from Satanically inspired Islamic terrorism to the 2015 Cleveland Browns. Why? not because they hate us (which they do, vehemently), they don't even know us. They know nothing about what we believe, and even less about who we worship. They hate us because we are not part of their sick sin twisted world. They hate us because we reject their world and try to talk them out of it into the light. But most of all they hate us because they hate Jesus, and they don't even know why they hate Him. (John 15:18-25)

Brad Pitt is an atheist because sin is fun and not sinning isn't fun.

This is our mission field - The New York Daily Fishwrapper uses the heartbreaking tragedy in San Bernardino to insult God, and advance their atheist agenda. While you're praying for the victims of the Muslim slaughter, pray for the staff of the New York Daily News and their poor readers

The Colorado Springs shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, was not a Christian, not a Republican, not a man, and definitely not in touch with God.

Upset that Robert Lewis Dear wasn't a pro-life Christian, pro-slaughter choice advocates decided to blame pro-life Christians anyhow.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Real History of the Crusades

The Real History of the Crusades
by Thomas Madden - April 1, 2002
Originally Published in Crisis Magazine (April 2002)
Note: I originally stumbled on this article not long after it was published, and it was published in response to the post 9/11 "We had it coming" hysteria that was sweeping the liberal intelligentsia and threatening to pollute rational thought. Later, as faux-christian Barack Hussein Obama took the opportunity of a National Prayer Breakfast to tell real Christians to get off their "high horses" because Christian involvement with the crusades 1,000 years ago means it's ok today for Muslims to commit beheadings, sex-slavery, crucifixion, and roasting humans alive for their entertainment, I remembered this article.
Now, with the second Muslim invasion of Europe underway and no Charles Martel stepping up to defend Christendom it's time to review what really happened during the Crusades. Yes, there are several scholarly looking articles on the web written by Muslims defaming Dr. Madden's work but they are clearly a work of Al-taqiyya. Thanks to Alec Satin for reminding me of the importance of relating true history of our Christian past so that we may clearly know how we got where we are today.
Many historians had been trying for some time to set the record straight on the Crusades – misconceptions are all too common. These historians are not revisionists, but mainstream scholars offering the fruit of several decades of very careful, very serious scholarship. For them, current interest is a "teaching moment," an opportunity to explain the Crusades while people are actually listening. It won't last long, so here goes. With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant.

As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to get the real scoop. What were the Crusades?, they asked. When were they? Just how insensitive was President George W. Bush for using the word "crusade" in his remarks? With a few of my callers I had the distinct impression that they already knew the answers to their questions, or at least thought they did. What they really wanted was an expert to say it all back to them. For example, I was frequently asked to comment on the fact that the Islamic world has a just grievance against the West. Doesn't the present violence, they persisted, have its roots in the Crusades' brutal and unprovoked attacks against a sophisticated and tolerant Muslim world? In other words, aren't the Crusades really to blame? 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Emergent Monday: Tolerating the Tolerant

Tolerance is the battle cry of the Left lately, according to them we must be tolerant of all that they deem worthy of tolerance. Failure to do so would brand you with the title of "Intolerant", which for some reason they consider to be a synonym of hatred. 

The Christian Left (most notably the Red Letter Christians) use a cafeteria style study of the bible, picking and choosing the verses they feel to be the only ones worth following for a variety of reasons; they were uttered by Christ, they contain the word "love", they are gluten free... but in the end they chose the passages that fit their narrative rather than God's. 

For the Christian Left this works perfectly, because by picking and choosing verses and preaching a myopic view of the word of God you crush the Berean spirit in your congregation. It also allows you redefine words and concepts, bending them to your own agenda. A congregation that will let you wreck havoc on the English language like this will follow you straight into the pit, checkbooks in hand. Look at the master, the Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, the Slayer Of Strawmen. In a response to "Keep preaching tolerance, Chuck" he replied "I will," then quoted Matthew 22:37-40 and finished with 
No one will hear that message from you, I'm sad to say. They will from me. And I do pray that God softens your heart. Living off hate isn't really living. It's hell.
Unfortunately for the followers of the Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, he used a bait and switch routine that retailers would pay him huge dollars to bring their establishments so they could clear their shelves of substandard merchandise. The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie did a marvelous job of pretending he didn't know what the antonym of "tolerance" (disagree) and made up his own antonym: Hatred. Hatred is not an antonym of tolerance byt that didn't stop the Rev. Dr. Currie from hammering his commentator over the head with his made up definition, then he prayed that God softens her heart. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
I hope you all had a grand day of giving thanks and praise and enjoying God's bountiful blessings. We were doubly blessed to have a houseful of our children, their friends, and our friends. In the end we had a total of 16 guests all gathered to give thanks to the Lord and enjoy each others fellowship. We were able to wrestle Birdzilla into the roaster and sealed his fate with stuffing and cranberries, and generate enough leftovers to keep the mad sandwich artists in each of us busy for a week.

Any homeowner knows that during the holidays everyone seems to congregate in the kitchen, doubly so when the only football game on is a real stinkeroo. We recently had a chance to remodel our kitchen so my bride decided to make it huge, in fact when all was said and done it encompassed the original kitchen and the entire family room. We were able to comfortably fit everyone in the kitchen including the grandbaby, all her accouterments, and three dogs who gladly volunteered to keep the floor cleared of anything that spilled and could possibly create a slipping hazard. Cooking that big meal used to be a chore, but with many hands it turned into a grand cooking party with everyone (excluding the grandbaby and two of the three dogs) participating in the preparations

Thanksgiving is a deeply theological act, so what about atheists?

Sad, but Praise The Lord - this child has a future

A Christian couple in Norway has had their children taken away by the state and placed in foster card for "Christian radicalism and indoctrination"

Pastor steps down because of "too much God talk" - Rob Bell is involved. Go figure.

Several suspects in the case of murdered of Indiana pastor’s wife Amanda Blackburn have been arrested

The liberal Left loves to celebrate perversion and sin, personally I thought I'd never see a national magazine celebrate incest. Unfortunately Cosmo missed the point of the story, this isn't about incest, it's about the results of bad parenting. Brothers and sisters, it's only going to get worse.

Celestial Seasonings Tea is as dead to me as Starbucks. Maybe more so, for multiple reasons.

Christian video games? Not sure if this is compromise, conforming, or evangelism

Hate filled atheist Bill Maher demands that the press question Christians on the possibility of the world coming to an end. Maher and his liberal ilk are constantly telling us that the world is going to end and they constantly set dates for the world coming to an end (usually in a decade) if we don't stop doing something they don't like: burning coal, driving cars, cutting rainforest trees... yet they castigate Christians for the same thing. Is it ironic that Maher doesn't see the irony in his arrogance?

Atheists claim that the war on Christmas is an exaggeration, a hoax, and an attempt to gain attention by Christians. Then they go to war on Christmas.

The more science tries to disprove the bible, the more they prove the bible to be true.

Iraqi Christians face deportation in the US while Obama offers asylum to thousands of Muslims

Religion of Peace Update - Two Christians in Yemen, both converts from Islam, have been ambushed and killed because of their faith

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. (Psalm 118:1)
“It is always well to trace our mercies to him who bestows them, and if we cannot give him anything else, let us at any rate give him our thanks. We must not stop short at the second agent, but rise at once to the first cause, and render all our praises unto the Lord himself. Have we been of a forgetful or murmuring spirit?

Let us hear the lively language of the text, and allow it to speak to our hearts: ‘Cease your complainings, cease from all self-glorification, and give thanks unto the Lord.’ ‘For he is good.’ This is reason enough for giving him thanks; goodness is his essence and nature, and therefore he is always to be praised whether we are receiving anything from him or not. Those who only praise God because he does them good should rise to a higher note and give thanks to him because he is good. 

In the truest sense he alone is good, ‘There is none good but one, that is God’; therefore in all gratitude the Lord should have the royal portion. If others seem to be good, he is good. If others are good in a measure, he is good beyond measure. When others behave badly to us, it should only stir us up the more heartily to give thanks unto the Lord, because he is good; and when we ourselves are conscious that we are far from being good, we should only the more reverently bless him that ‘he is good.’ 

We must never tolerate an instant’s unbelief as to the goodness of the Lord; whatever else may be questionable, this is absolutely certain, that Jehovah is good; his dispensations may vary, but his nature is always the same, and always good. It is not only that he was good, and will be good, but he is good; let his providence be what it may. Therefore let us even at this present moment, though the skies be dark with clouds, yet give thanks unto his name.”

– Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
taken from: The Treasury of David, Vol. 5, pg. 320.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We give thanks to You, O God

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works. (Psalm 75:1)
Although the time and date of the first American thanksgiving observance may be uncertain, there is no question but that this treasured custom derives from our Judeo-Christian heritage. "Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks," the Psalmist sang, praising God not only for the "wondrous works" of His creation, but for loving guidance and deliverance from dangers.

A band of settlers arriving in Maine in 1607 held a service of thanks for their safe journey, and twelve years later settlers in Virginia set aside a day of thanksgiving for their survival. In 1621 Governor William Bradford created the most famous of all such observances at Plymouth Colony when a bounteous harvest prompted him to proclaim a special day "to render thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings." The Spaniards in California and the Dutch in New Amsterdam also held services to give public thanks to God.

In 1777, during our War of Independence , the Continental Congress set aside a day for thanksgiving and praise for our victory at the battle of Saratoga. It was the first time all the colonies took part in such an event on the same day. The following year, upon news that France was coming to our aid, George Washington at Valley Forge prescribed a special day of thanksgiving. Later, as our first President, he responded to a Congressional petition by declaring Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving Day of the United States of America.

Although there were many state and national thanksgiving days proclaimed in the ensuing years, it was the tireless crusade of one woman, Sarah Josepha Hale, that finally led to the establishment of this beautiful feast as an annual nationwide observance. Her editorials so touched the heart of Abraham Lincoln that in 1863—even in the midst of the Civil War—he enjoined his countrymen to be mindful of their many blessings, cautioning them not to forget "the source from which they come," that they are "the gracious gifts of the Most High God . . ." Who ought to be thanked "with one heart and one voice by the whole American People."

It is in that spirit that I now invite all Americans to take part again in this beautiful tradition with its roots deep in our history and deeper still in our hearts. We manifest our gratitude to God for the many blessings he has showered upon our land and upon its people.

In this season of Thanksgiving we are grateful for our abundant harvests and the productivity of our industries; for the discoveries of our laboratories; for the researches of our scientists and scholars; for the achievements of our artists, musicians, writers, clergy, teachers, physicians, businessmen, engineers, public servants, farmers, mechanics, artisans, and workers of every sort whose honest toil of mind and body in a free land rewards them and their families and enriches our entire Nation.

Let us thank God for our families, friends, and neighbors, and for the joy of this very festival we celebrate in His name. Let every house of worship in the land and every home and every heart be filled with the spirit of gratitude and praise and love on this Thanksgiving Day.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in the spirit and tradition of the Pilgrims, the Continental Congress, and past Presidents, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 28, 1985, as a day of national Thanksgiving. I call upon every citizen of this great Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship and offer prayers of praise and gratitude for the many blessings Almighty God has bestowed upon our beloved country.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and tenth.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and

Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A. D. 1789.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Sadly we are headed into the holidays, I'm saying sadly because this is the busy season for me. Anyone who makes their living in a corporate environment tends to dread this season because corporate financial wizardry makes this the busiest time of the year. Unallocated funds are freed up for last minute projects, 'high priority' projects that were supposed to be completed by May are kicking into full swing, and many colleagues who didn't pay attention to the calendar now realize they have 2 weeks of vacation days in the Use or Lose column.

This is why coasting gently into the holidays is a thing of the past, and threatens to take my focus off the real goals.

I had so many health issues this year, and my coworkers covered for me marvelously, so I'm returning the favor and doing the on-call for both Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, freeing them up so they can spend time with their families without fear of being called up for work. I really don't mind doing the holiday on-call work - it insures I'm bound to home and don't get roped into long sanctification losing shopping adventures like the "Black Friday"fracas.

Massachusetts allows atheists to embarrass themselves wearing a colander on their head in a license photo, will they allow Christians to wear a hat that says Jesus Saves?

James Smith, outraged husband of Moira Smith, a police officer who died rescuing others from the south tower during the 9/11 attacks returned Moira's posthumous  'Woman of the Year' award over Bruce Jenner's "Woman" of the year award

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Scientology: Sad, Silly, Satanic

It really doesn't take much to figure out what
Scientology is all about
Many years ago I used to read a lot of pulp science fiction, mostly the classic authors - Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Fritz Leiber, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp... I liked 'hard' science fiction; science fiction where the fiction was based on science rather than fantasy. A lot of the stuff I really enjoyed were based on the then unknown (at the time of the writing) physics of travel in outer space and how the heroes overcame the physics of weightlessness, mass, inertia, and saved the day.

There were some of the classic authors that I didn't like, mostly because their content leaned toward the weird: mysterious powers, parallel universes, dragons, advanced civilizations with swords and wizards, that kind of thing. When it comes to "Swords and Sorcerers" I prefer genre skewering satire, like the marvelous Diskworld series by the late Terry Pratchett or the "Another Fine Myth" series by Robert Asprin. 

One of the writers I didn't like to follow was L. Ron Hubbard. He leaned more toward fantasy than hard fiction and was not my cup of tea. Sadly, the entire science fiction genre drifted toward goofy fantasy with only an occasional flash of 'hard' science fiction. I mourned the loss of a great genre by re-reading the Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov then turned my back on it completely. Well, almost completely. I read Battlefield Earth by L. Ron, and I really don't remember why I read it, nor do I remember much about the content other than finding it sophomoric, boring, and written on a level (maybe 8th grade at best) much lower than I felt comfortable with.

A few years later when the utterly horrible film version came out (largely considered one of the worst movies ever made) I suffered through that nonsense, and as I concentrated on trying not to writhe in agony at the horrible script, acting, directing, camera angles, and pathetic waste of perfectly good film stock, someone mentioned to me that the author of this disaster, L. Ron Hubbard, was also the founder of Scientology. I knew very little about Scientology, other than it was a religious cult populated by some very rich people, but now I find out that it was invented by a third rate hack science fiction writer? To be perfectly honest, other than gales of riotous laughter, my reaction was to wonder if it would be possible to go to a Scientology church, and when the collection plate came by to dip out the money I wasted on the book and the movie. 

I never did go into a Scientology church, and now that I look into this religion I know that I've been blessed by never having entered one of their buildings. They never bothered me, in fact I always thought they were doing society a favor by keeping people like Tom Cruise and John Travolta off the the streets where they would otherwise be bothering people (see: Oprah's Couch), but as I learn more and more about this cult the more I thank God for protecting me from them.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Emergent Monday: Pseudochristianity teaming up with Pseudoscience

The inconvenient truth is the fact that the temperature of the earth hasn't changed in two decades and is currently headed for a decline (lots of decline), the antarctic ice sheet is growing rapidly, and that the data backing up the climate change hysteria is, and has always been fraudulent, And the Reverend Doctor Chuck Currie bravely dismisses all this factual hoopla and responsible science stuff for the fluffy huggy world of emotional responses.

In his blog post The Rev. Dr. Chuck admonishes us over Hurricane Patricia which he calls "the most powerful hurricane in recorded history" and it really was the most powerful, but hardly devastating when compared with Katrina which is rated at #2 (the most devastating hurricane ever was the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926). Patricia thankfully doesn't even make the top 40 destructive hurricanes, the inconvenient truth is that Patricia hit a sparsely populated area, fizzled out quickly, and brought much needed rain into central Mexico. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
It's been a pretty busy week here at Casa de Despierto, and to top off the week we had our first snow storm of the season. I was raised in Buffalo and I grew up in North Dakota (its a wry observation which I may explain some day) spending over 40 years between those locations. To me a Colorado winter is a tropical vacation. How can you call it winter when your snow blower is dying of malnutrition? At work the only constant is change, and it's been changing pretty constantly. Along with engineering, my peers and I have been tasked with customer service. This is both good and bad, it's good because customers having an issue have access to folks that can get them fixed for sure. It's bad however because we don't speak English, we speak engineering, a whole different language made up of things like Forward Data Carrier Levels, Entitlement Management Messages, and Conditional Access, none of which mean what they sound like (except the FDC level, that means exactly what it sounds like). The best part of the week has been Bible Study Fellowship - it's just getting better and better. I always look forward to a bible study class, but the "Fellowship" in BSF is incredible, I really miss those guys when I'm not around them. We are studying Revelation but so far we've spent more time in Genesis, Daniel, Ephesians, Romans, and Acts tying the new and old testaments into Christ's revelation to John.

Cult leader Steven Furtick believes that the most arrogant thing that he could do would to be open and honest about church finances.

An enraged Christian woman ambushed Katy Perry's father and accused him of raising a "Satanic daughter" - case you missed my report - that lady was absolutely right about Miss Perry

The Bledsoe county, Tennessee school system has banned the distribution of the Bible and the Gideons from their school due to a single complaint. The school district claims that distributing religious material in school violates the Constitution but in the real world the Supreme Court AND the ACLU both agree that the Constitution says no such thing.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Do All Roads Lead To God?

Revelation 17:1-18 speaks of "the great harlot" as part of the end time scenario. Throughout the Old Testament the term "harlot" is used as a metaphor for false religion and the great harlot indicates that a one world religion is a key feature of the End Times. Most of the arguments I've seen have pointed to Roman Catholicism and Islam as being the prophesied one world religion. Some even say that the "one world religion" points to the "Emergent Church". Current event suggest this is partially right. The Christian Left, which is a concentrated form of the Emergent Church, loudly, proudly proclaims that "Jesus is not the only way"  This excellent  blog post points out that this one cold heretical statement may be the true one world religion
Do All Roads Lead To God?
Reblogged from Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc.

 “All roads lead to God” was the prevailing idea and guiding principle at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions (October 15-19, 2015) in Salt Lake City, UT. One of the first things an attendee saw when they arrived to register was a Jain Temple built in the entry hall of the Salt Palace Convention Center, oftentimes complete with Jains performing their worship rituals. The Jains also had a booth in the exhibition hall and a prominent part of their display was the popular if timeworn story of The Blind Men and the Elephant. The essence of the story is that six blind men touch an elephant and describe what the elephant was like, depending on which part of the elephant they had personally come into contact with. One described the tail, one the trunk, and the others various other physical aspects of the beast. Naturally, a fierce argument ensued about who was right about elephant nature, until a seventh person brought about peace by saying that all of them were actually right – the elephant is all of those things! It is an interesting parable, and it is well suited the Parliament crowd’s ideas about relative truth. Why should people from the world’s various religious traditions argue about the nature of god when it is all really just a matter of differing perspectives? Can’t we all be right? Unfortunately, there are at least four problems with the story. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank YOU For Your Support

Happy Veterans Day to my brothers and sisters who served in the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and USAF. If anything can be said about our joint venture is that the only commonality was that it was life changing. Even those that served a short time had their lives changed. They may deny it, but they're the ones showing up on time for work, and the ones that know that right or wrong the boss is the boss. 

Many men and women's faith was renewed and strengthened during their service. I know during my career that God sent many hints and reminders that He had plans for me, like when a live 500 lb bomb dropped four feet off a bomb lift truck 10 feet away from me, and when it hit the concrete ramp it merely bounced. I'm sure we all received little messages like that, some not so subtle either. 

On this Veterans Day I'd also like to thank those that supported us, the civilians. they stand behind us cheering us on and depending on us for protection and security no matter how daffy our political leaders get with our orders.

As a 20 year veteran who has been there, done that, got all kinds of T-shirts and a few cuts and bruises - I would like to take the opportunity to thank YOU for your support and pray that you continue your support of those marvelous kids on active duty, those in the guard and reserves, and those that are now making the decision to serve. As G.K. Chesterton wrote a century ago:
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
And that is still the truth today for all of my brothers and sisters in uniform and those of us now out of uniform but willing to return at a moment’s notice; we do what we have to do because we sincerely love what we guard and protect.

And no veteran can ever fully thank the most important person in the military, the ones that stand next to us. Those brave women and men who suffer with us when we fail, cheer us on when we're discouraged, rise with us when we succeed, and raise our children alone when we're otherwise engaged. They weep for us when we deploy and weep again when we return. 

We military members forget that when we have a gun in our hand, or a wrench, or a joystick, or even a keyboard, we can do something, we have some form of control over our situation. Our wives and husbands back "in the land of the Big BX" can only wait and worry and pray. I know for a fact that they don't get the information your commander said he'd provide them, so they wait in fear and dread expecting the worst, and praying for the best. So when someone thanks you for your service, thank them for their support and tell them to thank your spouse, she/he had the hardest job in the military.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

From 1203 to 1805

  1. From 1203 to 1805
    50 million Christians died(source)
    Suffering at the hands of Rome
    ‘Cause they believed in Christ alone. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
A Christian music festival has been cancelled by the city of Toronto because they are planning to play Christian music

I never liked the popular version of this song, but this rendition is simply awesome. (I suspect that Glenn Chatfield may have had some influence on it? Ya think?)

World Vegan Day VS Acts 10:9-16. You decide.

Now homosexual incestuous marriage? you can't make this stuff up, no matter how much you wish it was made up.

NASA pulls the plug on Mr. Pope's favorite bit of propaganda. But don't expect a change of song out of the Vatican. Mr. Pope is bent on destroying the civilized west and the myth of global warming is the fastest, silliest way to do it. Like most other political anarchists he'll stick with that story, regardless of the science involved.

"I want to thank the voters in the City of Houston for turning out in record numbers to defeat Houston Prop 1 – the bathroom ordinance. The voters clearly understand that this proposition was never about equality – that is already the law. It was about allowing men to enter women’s restrooms and locker rooms – defying common sense and common decency." - Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick