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  I have been thinking of something to write concerning the politically charged time we find our selves living in right now.

It is open season from the liberal left on conservatism, conservatives and the “religious right.!” 

We {society} are entering into the times that Jesus of Nazareth spoke of; Matthew 10:22

“You will be hated by everyone because of me, . .” The Gods honest truth is those who buy into the lib spiel don’t even realize they are the ones spoughing/spewing hate!

Paul, one of the writers of the New Testament Epistles put it this way:

Ephesians 6:12

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, . .”

For sure we are struggling against rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil.

The violence of the past Jan. 6th. Wasn’t the answer. The darkness can reside in a lot of different hearts.


I found this old post I feel it still applies. 


Idolatry

Posted by R.C. "Bob" Lewis on August 17, 2019 at 9:23am

Exo 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

5. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;


I am afraid that society has never considered that denying "God" is a form of "hate."

I doubt the "shooters" had ever heard that from any preacher or from any Christian friends or neighbors.

(We will get to "thou shalt not" later)

IDOLATRY can take many forms.

Something as simple as skipping church for NFL on Sunday (not to mention the "Sabbath to keep it Holy")


Pastor Timothy Keller wrote: "the idols that drive us are complex, multi layered and largely hidden from us." (Counterfeit gods)


Ones Ideology can become a driving force in every day life. It seems this violence is mostly driven by their ideology!

Hate blinded their eyes, hidden in their ideology is IDOLATRY!


We have let down society with a quiet Gospel, because some shouted "judgmental"! We have tempered our witness to God loves you just the way you are, instead of proclaiming "Therefore hear the word of the Lord" Isaiah 28:14

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Veterans Day

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 9:04 PM Comments comments (443)
King David in the Bible:           (11Nov 16)
May be the consummate soldier and Veteran.
The soldier and citizen share the pride of battles fought and won to protect the Constitution, the Nation and the people.
1Samuel 29:5.
Isn’t this the David they sang about in their dances: “ ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?”

The “Veterans” lives with the destruction and loss of lives! And always the loss of those that perished beside Him or at his hand.
The Veterans Hero are those that gave all for them and others.

Yours in Christ’s Love,
              du Padre
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R.C. Lewis  All rights reserved

PRAYER for the PRESIDENCY

Posted on November 5, 2016 at 6:39 PM Comments comments (248)
The beginning of a new presidency

We are electing the next leader of our nation.
The next administration could bring about a major shift in the culture war against Christianity and will largely determine whether or not our government continues to pursue policies that are anti- and even post-Christian.

“1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:1-4

Therefore, an informed biblical perspective on America we must stand fast for the truth, no matter what course our nation takes.
Our culture needs Christians to shine the powerful light of God’s Word on the most challenging topics of our day, and we trust that this set will thoroughly equip you to do so.

Your PRAYERS  encourage followers of Christ to engage the world around them in love and with truth.

Sincerely,
Frank Wright, Ph.D.
President and CEO
D. James Kennedy Ministries
(edited)  by rcl

Yours in Faith,
       du Padre

The name; Jesus

Posted on October 15, 2016 at 7:14 PM Comments comments (269)
Many of the names in the Bible that refer to our Lord: Son of God, The Lamb of God, The Light of the World, The Resurrection and the Life, The Bright and Morning Star, He that Should Come, Alpha and Omega. The phrase “There are no words to express...” is really the only one that can honestly be applied to God. No names do Him justice.
   Jesus .
In the gospels it’s His most common name — used almost six hundred times.
It is worth noting that those who knew Him best remembered Him as Jesus. Those who walked with Him remembered Him not with a title or designation, but with a name — Jesus.

Think about the implications. When God chose to reveal Himself to mankind, what medium did He use? A book? No, 
 A church? No. 
 A moral code? No.
To limit God’s revelation to a cold list of dos and don’ts is tragic.
When God chose to reveal Himself, He did so (surprise of surprises) through a human body. The tongue that called forth the dead was a human one.
The hand that touched the leper had dirt under its nails.
The feet upon which the woman wept were calloused and dusty. And His tears... oh, don’t miss the tears... they came from a heart as broken as yours or mine ever has been.
-For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. — Hebrews 4:15
So, people came to Him. My, how they came to Him! They came at night; they touched Him as He walked down the street; they invited Him into their homes and placed their children at His feet. Why? Because He refused to be a statue in a cathedral or a priest in an elevated pulpit. He chose instead to be Jesus. There was not one person who was reluctant to approach Him for fear of being rejected.
Remember. It is man who creates the distance. It is Jesus who builds the bridge.

* * *
Excerpted with permission God Came Near by Max Lucado, copyright Max Lucado.
      Edited by,
          du Padre

Blessing

Posted on August 20, 2016 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (134)
Blessing

and I will bless thee, Genesis 12:2

God said “I will bless thee” that you will be a blessing

We don’t seem to hear much about this {bless, blessing} in today's circles. I haven’t really heard this subject from the TV preachers or noticed any of “big” names from the Mega churches.
The first thing I think of is when someone sneezes we hear “bless you” and another was, at least for us guys is or was asking the father's blessing in taking the daughters hand in/for marriage.
The publication Culture asked the question “why do sneezes get special treatment?” The article goes on to state that cultures all over the world for thousands of years have had superstitions that sneezing brought on illness, plague or death.
“Gesundheit” from the German language meant “good health” to anyone who had sneezed. “God bless you” can be traced back to Pope Gregory (the Great) who is acclaimed for his sense of mission and a gift of mercy. He was said to have walked the streets during the plague praying and proclaiming “God Bless You.” Thus known throughout His Papacy as the “Gregorian Blessing.”

A blessing (also used to refer to bestowing of such) is the infusion of something with holiness, spiritual redemption, or divine will. (from the encyclopedia) Abram thus left his homeland, his father's land or inheritance with God’s Blessing! Gen. 12
What is this “Blessing”? The verses here don’t say, yet It was understood by Abram, an action so profound that He took up his tent (if they had one) Told his wife, invited his nephew and waved good by.

Gen. 1:28 “And God Blessed them”  The word here is the same as used in chapter twelve and most other Old Testament uses except to emphasize the action “kneel” or bend a knee or bow. This word is more than our modern word “bless you” or “have a blessed one” etc.
There is with the Biblical use at the very least an implication of action, a betrothal so to speak. In biblical times the betrothal included ceremony, gifts and celebration! Likewise the Godly “Blessing” had with IT “action,” whether perceived by the recipient or observed by onlookers even the “Garden” recipients of Genesis knew they had BEEN BLESSED!

In Genesis we find a story of sibling rivalry between Esau and Jacob, deception and “stolen?” blessing! Rabbi Yosef Kazen in his studies in the Torah, says this story is a testament of “G*ds will” being accomplished in spite of human intentions. (chabad dot org)
Genesis 32
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

“be thou never so called any more; henceforth thou shalt be celebrated, not for craft and artful management, but for true valour; thou shalt be called Israel, a prince with God, a name greater than those of the great men of the earth.” He is a prince indeed that is a prince with God, and those are truly honourable that are mighty in prayer, Israels, Israelites indeed. Jacob is here knighted in the field, as it were, and has a title of honour given him by him that is the fountain of honour, which will remain, to his praise, to the end of time.      (Matthew Henry's commentary)

In this story Jacob already had his earthly father’s “blessing” yet perceiving that he was wrestling with an angel of the Lord he wanted the blessing of God through this angel from the throne of God. To confirm that he was wrestling with an angel “the man” touched Jacob's thigh/hip with a visible injury yet not even a bruise it left him limping the rest of his life. The blessing is formalized by his name change that he forever and his descendants will be known and remembered as “Israel.”
Matthew Henry compares this blessing with being knighted for bravery. Who of us don’t see the honor in that. What a blessing it is to be knighted in the kings or queens service. How could we compare an earthly blessing to a Holy blessing from the Creator of all things.
Psalm 95:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
King James Version (KJV)  Public Domain

The anointing of the young shepherd boy David by the prophet Samuel, involved the pouring a horn full of anointing oil on David’s head till it ran down his shoulders to dripping off his fingers. Strong’s concordance shows the Hebrew lexicon word means consecration/anoint. We see here the physical action of a blessing, David as a young man may not have realized everything that God was going to do in his life yet he knew he was blessed. (1 Sam. 16:12)
Elisha knew he was blessed when Elijah’s Mantle was on him. (1 Kings 19:19; 2 Kings 2:12,13)

Then there is the Thankful blessing:
Father bless this which we are receiving to the nourishment of bodies and our bodies to your service. In Jesus Name. Amen. {known as a protestant prayer at a meal}
Bless us, O Lord! and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  {a common prayer around a Catholic table}

This is the blessing I am thinking about, Mark 1:16 “16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” here Jesus blessed the children! Strong’s concordance shows the Hebrew lexicon word “blessed” means;   to consecrate a thing with solemn prayers.  See: Mark 10:13 -16
Shouldn’t we be preaching and seeking this Biblical blessing for and in our lives today?
We are missing out on an unseen power just hanging in the air because we don’t preach it and hearers don’t grasp the Godly concept of a consecrated blessing.
I remember my first introduction to pentecostal circles mid 1960’s, I felt everyone went around “laying hands” on everyone else! It wasn’t really but I wasn’t used to the practice of “laying on of hands” so any act of touching in church was different for me.
I have vivid recollections of the ordination service in Oklahoma City with state and national Ministry official officiating with a stirring message of “God’s Calling” then we candidates were “Called” to the front one by one the district & national supperentends (men of authority) draped a Tippet (clerical scarf) over our shoulders one by one praying over each one of us for God’s Consecration in our lives.

It is Biblical why not seek a blessing in our lives today.
Proverbs 10:22
The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Yours in Faith,
du Padre

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Lord of Mercy Cap

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 2:51 AM Comments comments (238)
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Reconciliation

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 11:16 PM Comments comments (252)
Reconciliation

"God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their sins against them, and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation." 
—2 Corinthians 5:19

We have been reconciled to God by the death of Jesus. Therefore, we should be reconciled with others—especially to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Question to ponder: Are there those whom you are holding grudges against? Are there those who have hurt you that you need to forgive or whom you have hurt and need to confess that sin to?

*D. James Kennedy Ministries
*Copyright © 2016  All rights reserved.

I couldn't say it better.    Amen!

Yours in Christ's Love,
                       du Padre 

National Day of Prayer

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 4:13 PM Comments comments (288)
Chap Rc --

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of America’s designate the day under the 100th Congress and President Reagan in 1988, it states that:

“The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2016, as National Day of Prayer.  I invite the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I join all people of faith in asking for God's continued guidance, mercy, and protection as we seek a more just world.”

In Romans 13, the Apostle Paul exhorts us to “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

Not only are we exhorted to submit in recognition of God’s sovereignty, but we are encouraged and exhorted to pray! “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Tim.2:1) It is both our spiritual responsibility according to God’s Word and it is also our civic duty as a citizen or resident of this great nation to respond when we are called upon by our leaders. During times of war, we have rallied millions to defend our nation against a physical threat, how much more should we rise up to defend her against a spiritual one – the unseen enemy who seeks to ‘steal, kill, and destroy’ all that God has established and all those that follow Him.

As our nation struggles with foreign and domestic threats, economic insecurity, cultural tensions, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to heed the call by our elected leaders to rise to the occasion and exercise one of their most precious freedoms – the right to gather, turn to God, and pray. Will you respond to the call? Will you pray for America?

The 65th annual National Day of Prayer takes place on today; Thursday, May 5, 2016 Get involved at www.NationalDayofPrayer.org
- Rev. Dion Elmore

National Day of Prayer Task Force · PO Box 64225, Colorado Springs, CO 80962, United States

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Our Relationship to Others

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 6:57 PM Comments comments (96)

I like to use “The Blog” for my personal editorial input.
Yet the following seems to me to good not to share.
I do a daily devotional text, mostly to veterans I have contact with and don’t mind a daily faith based thought and usually a Biblical text, some may have noticed we have included them in the Veterans Chaplaincy Homepage.
In today’s social climate of religious animosity, it seems like open season on police officers and political mudslinging crossing all past boundaries.
This was a recent text used from the CBN web site.

Foundations of the Faith:
OUR RELATIONSHIP TO OTHERS
"It was testimony time in the Monday morning chapel service at the Bible  School. A girl named Olga stood to testify.

 >She and a fellow student had gone to work in one of the local churches   the day before. While they ministered, several drunk men entered the    church and began to fight. As the believers fled, one of the men  accidentally stabbed his own son who was also drunk. When Olga saw  that the young man was injured, she and her friend stopped and began to  help him. Their own lives were in danger but they saved the life of an  enemy. "Let's pray," she said, "that the young man will live and find  Christ as His Savior."

 >We bowed our heads in prayer, but I wasn't praying only for the young  man. I was also thanking God for Olga and her love for others--even her  enemies!
 Olga had learned what we learned that one way to show our love to God  is by loving and helping others. Let's see what God's Word says about 
 our relationship to others.

Those Over Us
  >Everyone at one time or another has had someone in authority over  him. Children have parents over them, parents have religious and  political leaders over them. Even those leaders have others who tell  them what to do. What does the Bible say about our relationship to those  who are over us?
 Parents should be loved, honored, and obeyed. Ephesians 6:1-2 also tells  us, "Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents, for this is  the right thing to do. Respect your father and mother."

  >Rulers such as policemen, judges, and governors should also be  obeyed. "Everyone must obey state authorities, because no authority  exists without God's permission, and the existing authorities have been  put there by God" (Romans 13:1).
 As believers we have leaders like our pastor, the church board, and  Sunday school teachers. They should be respected and obeyed in matters  pertaining to their responsibilities.

 "Obey your leaders and follow their orders. They watch over your souls  without resting, since they must give to God an account of their service.  If you obey them, they will do their work gladly; if not, they will do it  with sadness, and that would be of no help to you" (Hebrews 13:17).
 Only the authority of God is higher than that of the leaders over us. The  only time that obedience is not required is when they would ask us to do  something that is expressly against God's commandments or will. This  happened to Peter and the other apostles when they were forbidden to  preach. Peter knew that God must be obeyed above all else. Acts 5:29  says, "Peter and the other apostles answered, 'We must obey God, not  men.'"
>Foundations of the Faith: © The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc.-

Yours in Faith,

        du Padre

Ever been lost?

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 3:18 PM Comments comments (189)
Have you ever been lost?
I don’t mean missing a turn and pulling into some kind of business to get directions. I mean lost and alone. Do you remember that moment? Maybe you were like me, I didn’t know I was lost until when I was or should have been where I was going.
I have been a hunter and fisherman, walked in and out to that one spot, you know like “floozy creek” or the “lunker hole.” I knew to look for the sun, an outstanding landmark, moss on a tree etc.
I was in my late 20’s maybe 30 years old in the wooded hill of S.E. Oklahoma walking into a thicket I just knew would yield a monster whitetail. I crossed the creek and the pasture to the fence row and crossed into the “thicket.” Others that had hunted in there said there was a meadow on a little rise with a view of almost three sides of the thicket, crossing a fence making my way through the oaks, hickories, spiney bois d'arcs and the vines. Sure enough making my way up a little incline with a briar clinging to my pant leg was a clearing smaller than I had visualized but on the high side a great angle for a shot from left to right.
The sun moved from midday to late afternoon.  On my left the creek I crossed should be less than a half of a mile thirty degrees to my left. Didn’t see a thing but I might see something on the way back to the road.
Less briars going back this way and got to the fence quickly, crossing the fence I looked at the shadows the sun should be on my left. So turning a little to my right and started pushing my way through thick brush again I should come out at that creek. Then I came to a fence! There shouldn’t be any other fence. There is still sun but everything is in the shadows now, so follow the fence I should come back to the pasture.
In just a few minutes along the fence and my heart came up in my throat! This is where I had just crossed the fence.
In my mind, I am saying; I know where I am, I can’t be lost.
But, but I don’t know where I’m going!

Get Lost!
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.— 1 John 1:8Devotion:
We are justified by knowing Christ—knowing Him who is the Son of God, the Savior of men; knowing Him who took our sins upon Himself and died in our place. It is through knowledge and trust in Christ, our Savior that we are justified. Christ shows us in the parable of the Prodigal Son that very frequently the respectable and the religious are often the farthest from the kingdom of God.
How true that is. Have you ever been lost? If not, you are not saved.
For 24 years I lived without the slightest shadow ever crossing my mind that I was separated from God and on my way to perdition. Not until I came to that realization did the door of God’s mercy open to me.
D. James Kennedy Ministries, Copyright ©2016 All Rights Reserved.

This devotion brought back all of that emotion of that day way back in the 1970’s, and how physically being “lost” fits the spiritual lostness of life.

Yours in Faith,
du Padre

Trials; your view

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 12:17 AM Comments comments (111)
Can You?
I mean can you believe in, trust or accept a Creator that allows bad things to happen!
Probably the most common objection to accepting God or Christ is: “I can’t believe in a god that allows little children to be abused, misused or killed!”

Can you believe in a God like our Biblical Abraham?

From {D. James Kennedy Ministries}:
Trials
And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son—Genesis 22:10
Call to mind the biggest trial you’ve ever faced (you might face it even today). Remember the struggle, the pain, the despair? Does it help to know that through your trials God tests and perfects your faith?
Consider Abraham trudging his way toward Mount Moriah to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. From Abraham’s trial and faithful response we gain great blessing, a treasure-trove of lessons, to give us insight into what God teaches us through trials.The first lesson we learn from Abraham’s story is that God wants to test our faith to strengthen and purify it, God tested Abraham’s faith to determine upon whom Abraham relied, and Abraham passed the test by offering his son as a sacrifice. In turn, God provided another offering, a ram, saving Isaac’s life. As Abraham endured this trial, he gained even greater trust in God. Through our trials, we learn to trust less in ourselves and more in our heavenly Father.Second, Abraham’s story teaches us that we’ll face trials throughout our entire lives. Even as a very old man, When Abraham was ninety years old, God challenged him to believe he’d have a son. Until the end of Abraham’s life, God tried and perfected Abraham’s faith.Third, we learn from Abraham’s story that God prepares us for difficult trials. Only after Abraham passed the tests of so many other trials did God allow the most difficult one to occur. God teaches us to climb the lower peaks before calling us to scale the loftiest summits. He teaches us to wade in the shallows before He calls us to plunge into the depths of the oceans. At each level of our faith, God has lessons for us to learn, and by His grace He enables us to pass successfully through each trial.Take some encouragement from these lessons today. If you’re presently enduring a trial, know that God has not forgotten you. In fact, through it He wants to draw you closer to Him. Trust your heavenly Father to bring you through victoriously and with a greater faith in Him.
Copyright ©2015 D. James Kennedy Ministries, All Rights Reserved.P.O. Box 6055Albert Lea, MN 56007www.djameskennedy.org

Our “world” view affects how we read and see things. I read this and see great faith, the story turns out good. The man Abraham believed and trusted God, surely His God whom he has trusted for some 90 or so years wouldn’t cause him to sacrifice (kill) his beloved son of “promise.”
The individual with this different “world view” reads this story and focusses on; how or why would a loving, caring creator have this man Abraham take this young child and subject him to horrible uncertainty!
This brings the kind of response such as I mention at the beginning; “I can’t believe in a God that allows this!”

Philosopher Michael Palmer explains: "Through our worldview, we determine priorities, explain our relationship to God and fellow human beings, assess the meaning of events, and justify our actions. A person's worldview provides a general context for life, including a vision of what one considers authentically real.”

I don’t have a thought or reply that really combats that world view.  -
- What I have said many times is; “when we blame god for every bad thing that happens, don’t we also have to recognize God’s goodness in all the nice things we see or receive!”
Why do we expect that because we believe in a god that no evil should happen to us or that only bad things should happen to someone else?
The age old question is:
“why do bad things happen to good people”

Do we really want a god that judges “good” or “evil” in this moment of time?
That happened ! See: Acts 5:5
Propitiation: deeper than we can get into here. It is the reason that a Loving God does not remove the very “life” out of us in the moment of our transgression!
Or it is; how does one replace a one of a kind, irreplaceable item? You don’t! You can’t! You live your whole life knowing you did it! You can’t bring it back, you can’t un-do-it.
Only a Love so great, so forgiving, nonjudgemental and merciful will look the other way. That kind of Love says, It’s ok! I have already made away, I Love you more than that old thing! Just do this thing for me, say you are sorry, believe I have forgiven you, love as I have Loved you! Carry this “Symbol” of our Love and Never let “IT” happen Again!
To receive an Eternity in a Heaven with every thing that this life and world isn’t

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. St. John 10:7, 9-10 KJV
Maybe it is a choice, which world view do you want?
The worldview of total forgiveness, Joy unspeakable and eternal life with a Loving God! Even though He allows evil people to do evil things and not snuff out their very existence in the hope they may choose His way.
Or a worldview of distrust and anger over injustice because the Creator won’t snuff out His creation because of their indiscretion at the point of Sin. But they face an eternity void of any consciousness of good or God only haunted by aloneness and gnashing of teeth.

You choose.
The life you are living in this imperfect world filled with imperfect people.
  or
     The Christ of Christmas
At this time of new year resolution, maybe make a resolve to share a worldview with the Creator of all life. The God of the Bible, of Abraham and Isaac! The God of Jesus!

Yours in the Grace of Christ,
   du Padre

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