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, January 29, 2019

WWUTT Wednesday - Is Lady Gaga A Christian

Lady Gaga's Suggested Super Bowl LIII Costume
Lady Gaga, a Madonna wannabe that can actually sing, outted herself as a Christian recently, and she did it in a way that soothed the jangled nerves of the hate filled left - she wrapped her outting with a vile insult aimed at the Trump administration. Namely to a private citizen, Karen Pence, who's sin in the eyes of Gaga, was teaching children at a Christian school.

Now, as anyone knows, you can proudly stand and admit you are a child rapist and a Nazi war criminal with a taste for human flesh washed down with puppy blood to the applause and adoration of the left if you use that admission to insult Donald Trump. The Washington Post (a former news paper) has written an article that calls Gaga music, which inspires her listeners to sin without repentance, "a call to prayer and seek the Lord on Top 40 radio". The author of this theological masterpiece ignores the fact that she NEVER calls her followers to accept Jesus as their savior. The "WaPo" calls the bi-sexual with a dress fetish "both a practicing Christian and a passionate advocate for progressive values" without looking to see if  those "progressive values" are the "Christian Values" taught by Christ.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Random Bits

It's been a tough couple of weeks and there's only been a couple of weeks in the entire year 2019. All year long (all 25 days of it) I've been struggling with medical issues, if I take too much of a particular prescription I risk with kidney failure, if I take too little I risk cardiac failure. Dr. Chicago and her team (Barb, Miss Vickie, Ann, and The Good Ann) are frustrated getting the dosage just right - the problem is whether I take too much or too little I feel just fine, so I keep track of my stats: weight, blood oxygen saturation, body temp, and blood pressure and pass them on to the doc and her crew and wait for the inevitable dosage change (Note: my BP is usually 110/65, I don't get high BP, I'm a carrier, I cause high blood pressure in other people)

Prayers are welcome, especially for Dr. Chicago, Barb, Miss Vickie, Ann, and The Good Ann, But I would mostly like prayers for HC. My friend HC and his wife just lost a three year old child. She died right there in front of her parents and her six brothers and sisters. Needless to say that family is in shock. They truly are experiencing a family's worst nightmare.

I don't watch the History Channel very often (read: never) because they don't do actual history any more. I end up watching The History Guy on YouTube for my history fixes now (he is excellent). But I will make an attempt to watch the History Channel's new eight-part television series called “Jesus: His Life” and I'll report back to you

I was surprised to discover that Lady Gaga is an actual musician under her popular culture disguise (including her meat dress {it's a real thing, look it up}) but now she is a Christian Theologian! Dear Lord, please have mercy on the wretched souls that follow her

Actual Christians react to Lady Gaga's rants

Now that false teacher John of God is gone, so are his followers

Is the destruction of society caused by rebellious women, or are rebellious women a product of a destroyed society? Either way, weak men are a major component of the downfall

Hey! Pastor John Gray: Not everyone can be a Steven Furtick, but nice try!

The memory of a Louisburg KS teen inspires a bible reading challenge

An example of church discipline done right

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Rosebroughisms - Part of a healthy Christian Lexicon

If you don't listen to the Christian Pirate Radio podcasts you really should give them a try. They are informative, entertaining, and most of all good solid apologetics. Pastor Chris Rosebrough guides his good ship Fighting For The Faith through the oceans of nonsense that were filled with the embarrassing tripe spewed by false teacher, false prophets, and the NAR. (Excuse me for being redundant)

If you love Wretched Radio, you'll love all of the Pirate Christian Radio podcasts and broadcast radio. This is solid Christian teaching, and biblically based exposé of false teaching. false prophesy, and the NAR (again I apologize for the redundancy) If you have a long commute like I have, you may want to download these to your phone or mobile device and listen on the drive. This is the podcast I would have, if I had the talent, and the skill, and the charm, and the knowledge, and the voice, and the Lexicon.

Speaking of the Lexicon, Pastor Rosebrough has developed some great words that are able to convey some very complex ideas in just a few syllables. I try to work them into into my blog because they are creative, descriptive, on point, and can save a lot of typing. Here's some great words you may want to work into your next conversation at bible study: 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

WWUTT Wednesday - The Slaughter

NY Gov. Cuomo and Planned Parenthood supporters wearing what looks
like blood soaked rags. Fitting.
Reading the news for the past 24 hours has been pretty rough on me. I found out that a fellow I know and his wife suddenly lost their 3 year old daughter. Their family was very close and she died before the eyes of her parents and siblings.

I haven't been able to sleep thinking of the horror this fellow felt as his child gasped away her last breaths. Then there's Nicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who was harassed by a native American, and when he kept his mouth shut  and held his tongue the liberal press just ravaged him for being white, for being a male, and for being Christian. He didn't say a word and they just mercilessly trashed him. But he's not alone, Christians are under attack world wide, and the attacks are growing every year.

And then there's New York

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ten Commandment Tuesday - The Commandment That Can Be So Hard To Obey

There they are, my babies; a matched pair of Lehigh Valley PAs in HO scale. They have DCC, sound, the works and they're all mine. I'm a Lehigh Valley Railroad fanatic and the way to get me to start coveting is to show me yet another new locomotive in Lehigh Valley colors. I already have the Snow Bird and the Yellow Jacket, the FAs and the RS2s. What I need now is the  pièce de résistance, the locomotive I grew up with: the Lehigh Valley ALCO RS11. The summers of my youth were spent chasing this slobbery old rust bucket up and down the Lehigh Valley branch line that ran through my home town. This stinky old hog would roll into town belching out clouds of black smoke, it's panels rattling and banging, it's engine snorting and coughing. To my 11 year old mind this was the epitome of mechanical excellence and I would love nothing more than to re-create those warm summer days in HO scale with this piece of plastic.

And that's what coveting is all about - I don't need that over-priced toy (no matter how good it looks when it's 'weathered'), I want it, a lot. And because I want it so much that my thoughts are distracted by images of 1/87th scale joy, I am very close to coveting it. I intend to save and scrimp up the $350 it takes to own this gem, but if thoughts of stealing this mini machine, or stealing the money to purchase it enter my head, the the 10th commandment is shattered.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Random Bits

Here it is, the third Friday of 2019 and I've gotten the random bits post out on time a total of once (and that's only if I get around to publishing it today). Many times I spend more time that I care to admit looking for interesting news worthy articles to read and publish, not this week! 

I've been inundated with news that is both hilarious and saddening. A guy walks into a Game Stop and throws a profanity filled childish fit because he wasn't called ma'am. What's the biblical method of handling that? The only thing that came to mind was to ask to see his drivers license, if it said "Female" say "I'm so sorry ma'am" If it said "Male" say "I'm sorry pal, no hard feelings, ok buddy?" You're not going to win a friend if you quote Deuteronomy 22:5

Any option you choose you're not going to win a friend, that person is full of Satans hate and is simply walking around looking to pick a fight. On the other hand I know some true transsexuals, and they're like any other person on earth, just looking to live without bother or hassle, just like you or me. They're not called to love us, so like "Miss Tiffany" they're emotionally free to act like a 2 year old when they don't get what they want. We on the other hand are called to love them and treat them with respect and grace. 1 Corinthians 4:5 It's all a test - like the rest of the news

Kasper, the Friendly Cardinal claims that people are using the clerical sex abuse crisis in order to oust Pope Frank from the papacy. Dude, you say that like it's a bad thing

Karen Pence (wife of VP Pence) teaches at Christian school, leftist meltdown is guaranteed 

Mike Pence hits back at the leftist meltdown: The mainstream media must stop 'attacks on Christian education'

Would Charles Spurgeon attend the G3 conference?

Ken Ham shows us the proper way to handle hate groups like the Freedom From Religion bullies

The End Is Near! The End Is Near! *gasp!*, *gasp!* There will be a Super Wolf Blood Moon on the 2nd anniversary of Donald Trump's swearing in ceremony. Coincidence? Let the trolling conspiracy theories begin

Mega-pastor James McDonald has taken an "indefinite sabbatical" from preaching and leading at the Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago location. Is this voluntary? Is this just spin to defuse public anger at his actions? Is he going to carry on being Mega-pain McDonald at a HBC outside of Chicago?

Something I've been saying for years: the problem with celebrity Christian music is that it takes the glory from God

Monday, January 14, 2019

Random Bits

I was reading some facebook posts and a friend whose cousin recently had just passed away posted a picture by "Light Bible" in memory of her cousin. The meme paraphrased Exodus 22:20-26. The picture said "Let us not be the ones who feel god's wrath when his children cry out for justice" That's sweet. 

However the quoted verse in this sweet picture starts with the destruction of pagans, proceeds to an angry God slaughtering the uncharitable with a sword leaving widows and orphans in His wake, then ends with ancient Jewish financial law.

Yes we have a God of love, but he's also a God of righteousness, a God of justice, a God of anger who hates those who stirs up divisions in the brotherhood and those who lie. How do we tell our friends on the fringes of Christianity that the quote they just posted actually shows a side of God that you were never taught and clearly are not ready to see? Do we just drop a commentary of their verse that was framed in roses and tulips and say "Bam. There's the whole story. We don't have a fuzzy puffball of a love god, we worship a God who created everything with a word and can burn it all up in fire if He wants. He's capable of so much more than hugs and memes." or do we just let them drift alone in their own little world?

I don't know if this story makes me angry, makes me sad, or makes me want to throw up my hands and say "It's coming! I warned you all!" What's not coming is peace to DC comics. When the Aquaman movie out sells the Justice League it's time for DC Comics to pack it in and go home. This is just a sign that they are late in getting packed Aquaman! Sheesh! What a wimp

Ignoring the fact that Jesus taught 9 of the 10 commandments, Andy Stanley says that the  Ten Commandments don't apply to Christians

Apparently the reformation doesn't apply to Christians either according to JD Greear, the SBC President

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wretched Wednesday - "Worship Music" VS Actual Hymns

My wife likes "Worship Music" and I prefer actual hymns. I want to make my wife, my gift from God, happy but as the spiritual head of the family I feel a need to assert what the Holy Spirit tells me and I take us to the local Congregational Church were Cindy plays the piano on par with Ingrid Fliter and I'm not kidding. (Cindy, if you're reading this, yes that link is a request). Sometimes her son will play his cello in a duet with her and it's wonderful. (Yes, more Chopin and yes, another request). 

The thing about classically trained worship musicians is that it's hard to tell when they get it wrong, there's maybe 4 people in our congregation who will notice if Cindy hits a clinker (she looks up at me or "Sir Richard" to see if we noticed). With a "worship band" it's sometimes hard to tell if they get it right. Don't get me wrong, there's some great, God loving, musicians out there trying to move their congregation closer to God, but their choice of music is awful, quite often they are choosing music from the Christian top 40 which sadly features spiritual drivel from a questionable source

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Ten Commandment Tuesday - Keep It Honest

Some people are upset with the president because he lies. These are usually people who were not upset with the previous president who was a prolific liar, and so was his predecessor, and so was his predecessor, and so on and so on.

Humans are really good about lying, so much so that humans have categorized them; there's white lies (which is a venial sin, what ever that is) boldface lies, lies by omission, broken promises, fabrication, exaggeration, deception, plagiarism, and according to Mark Twain (whose name is a lie, he's really Samuel Clemons) "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." (According to Twain Clemons, it was Benjamin Disraeli who coined that phrase). According to the prince of preachers. Charles Spurgeon:
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on it's shoes"

Friday, January 4, 2019

Random Bits

Last month I spent a little time in Philadelphia where my company is headquartered. We had a symposium centered around hiring veterans and most of us being veterans spent a lot of time together "comparing scars". Good times... The symposium ended with a trip to the 119th Army-Navy game. Being a USAF veteran I didn't have a dog in that fight, so I auctioned off my enthusiasm to the highest bidder and the Army won the rights to hearing my cheers. They also won the game. Coincidence? I think not.

Personally I like to go to the USAF academy and watch the Army and Navy football teams gasp in the thin air, the USAF Academy is at 6000 feet. As for the NFL, I haven't watched them in almost 2 years. The reason: Sometime in the near future a few young enlisted folks are going to take the flag, MY flag (it was stashed in my beloved EF-111A on a combat mission over downtown Baghdad) off of my coffin, fold it neatly, and hand it to my son. I don't want that flag stained in any way by a punk millionaire.

I'm back now and after catching up at work, I'm catching up at other things. I didn't put my Lord and savior on the back burner, but this blog did get cooled off some. And when I started looking at the news I just want to go back to my veteran brothers and sisters and ask "Did we just waste our time and youth? What did we defend?"

That pope fellow finally spoke out about the scandals rocking his church. It's too little too late, but it's something

Could it be money that got that pope fellow moving?

While diocese are being investigated for child abuse cover ups and bishops are being investigated for serial homosexual abuse, that Pope tells bishops to close ranks and stop pointing fingers. To me it sounds like he's telling his minions to not participate in the investigations. Am I wrong?

The popes instructions are not being followed as names are being named in the Church of the Pope

Oh Dear Lord - it's not just the priests and bishops (and cardinals and monsignors) but the NUNS TOO!