Pathway in the Sea

Ever see a butterfly flutter by? John 3:7-8

Psalm 77:19

Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

"The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick along side it."

-D. L. Moody

Sunday, February 06, 2011

It's my narrative. If some are depicted unfavorably, they are so accurately.
The Spirit of Christianity
By John Newton
Taken From: Giant Steps

"Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again ... but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously" (I Peter 2:23).What will it profit a man if he gains his cause, and silences his adversary, if at the same time he loses that humble tender frame of spirit in which the Lord delights, and to which the promise of his presence is made! Your aim, I doubt not, is good; but you have need to watch and pray, for you will find Satan at your right hand to resist you: he will try to debase your views; and though you set out in defence of the cause of God, if you are not continually looking to the Lord to keep you, it may become your own cause, and awaken in you those tempers which are inconsistent with true peace of mind, and will surely obstruct communion with God. Be upon your guard against admitting anything personal into the debate. If you think you have been ill treated, you will have an opportunity of showing that you are a disciple of Jesus, who, "when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not." This is our pattern, thus we are called. The wisdom that is from above is not only pure, but peaceable and gentle; and the want of these qualifications, like the dead fly in the pot of ointment, will spoil the savour and efficacy of our labours. If we act in a wrong spirit, we shall bring little glory to God, do little good to our fellow-creatures and procure neither honour nor comfort to ourselves. If you can be content with showing your wit, and gaining the laugh on your side, you have an easy task; but I hope you have a far nobler aim, and that, sensible of the solemn importance of Gospel truths, and the compassion due to the souls of men, you would rather be a means of removing prejudices in a single instance, than obtain the empty applause of thousands. Go forth, therefore, in the name and strength of the Lord of Hosts, speaking the truth in love; and may he give you a witness in many hearts, that you are taught of God, and favoured with the unction of his Holy Spirit.

"Papa Was a Rolling Stone"

Recorded by "The Temptations"
Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong

It was the third of September
That day I'll always remember
'Cause that was the day my daddy died
I never got a chance to see him
Never heard nothin' but bad things about him
Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth
And Mama just hung her head and said, Son

Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died
All he left us was alone
Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died
All he left us was alone

Hey, Mama, is it true what they say
That Papa never worked a day in his life?
And Mama, some bad talk goin' around goin' around town
Sayin' that Papa had three outside children and another wife
And that ain't right
Hey, talk about Papa doing some storefront preaching
Talking about saving your soul
And all the time leaching
Dealing in debt and stealing in the name of the Lord
Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth
And Mama hung her head and said

Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died
All he left us was alone Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died
All he left us was alone

Hey Mama I heard Papa called himself a jack of all trades
Tell me is that what sent Papa to an early grave?
Folks say Papa would beg, borrow, steal to pay his bills
Folks say Papa wasn't much on thinkin'
Spent most of his life chasin' women and drinking
Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth
And Mama looked up with a tear in her eye and said, Son

Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died
All he left us was alone
Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died
All he left us was alone

I was watching a television show on PBS which featured "The Temptations Review". They perfomed the song displayed above. A line in the song pierced my heart like the barb of Steve Irwin's stingray: "Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth". My ex-wife is the last person on earth that my children can depend on to tell them the truth about me, and I know that the time has finally come for me to set the record straight, with the help of the Holy Spirit, and the good will of Him that dwelt in the bush.
Deuteronomy 33
13And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
14And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,
15And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills,
16And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
( My brothers have urged me to make some sort of effort along these lines, but I have not felt sufficiently equipped nor prepared to do so until now, nor have I had the peace of God about it, as I have had serious reservations about the purity of my motives. The devotional cited above was for today on the calendar and is a divine affirmation of the purposes of my heart.)
My current wife and I flew to Dallas, Texas for Life Outreach International's Fall Retreat on Sep. 14-16, 2006. The American Airlines Magazine in the seat pocket in front of me featured an interview with Amanda Peet. In it, she was going on about her currently employed screenwriter boyfriend, the expensive restaurants they frequent, and how entertainment-types are not as vapid as she feared, etc. etc. The thrust of the interview was captured in her comment that now, when she passes the oilfields along La Cienega Boulevard on her way to and from LAX, it's as homey as the Manhattan Skyline when she returns to New York. As I read the article, my mind flashed back to my childhood, when I and my brothers used to run wild in those very fields, living as we did in the working class apartments at the foot of the formerly upper middle class white, Japanese and Jewish enclave of Blair Hills. One outstanding icon of those days was a Foster and Kleiser billboard of inescapably intrusive proportions, enticing the potential air traveller with images of pasta and whole Maine lobster that awaited American Airlines passengers. My, how times have changed! I recall vividly the dismay I felt one day, watching cars speeding by as I was assaulted by three older "african american" youths on the sidewalk in plain view of passing motorists. They were denizens of "Bowcroft", the racially segregated neighborhood at the bottom of the hill. I wonder if Amanda Peet would have stopped her limousine long enough to at least call the police. (Fact is, she probably wasn't even born yet... Nope. She wasn't born until two years later: January 11, 1972) I'm sure she would probably have done what she could, but I was mildly offended that she refers to what, in her world, is little more than "drive through country",as "home", whereas, to me, it was the scene of many a childhood adventure, trauma, and life-shaping experience. I was simultaneously moved to tears (as I am at this writing) by the consciousness that God, Who has revealed Himself to me in the Person of Jesus Christ, placed that magazine in my path as a reminder that I was on His mind and in His heart even then, as I stumbled around in "gross darkness" as a child. (This consciousness was affirmed by James Robison, as he ministered to us, when he said that he was "the apple of God's eye" even when running wild in his youth. It was in those oilfields for example, that, while traipsing around with my brothers and other playmates one day, we spotted a helicopter dipping below the other side of a low ridge, and went to investigate. What we found was a production crew filming a scene for the TV show "The FBI" starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. During a break in the shooting, some of the crew and Mr. Zimbalist himself came over and hung out with us, throwing rocks and talking about indigenous plant life and such. They were really cool to us. It blesses me no end to see Mr. Zimbalist reading from God's Word on TBN during station breaks, having gotten saved some years later.)
If you ever read this, Miss Peet, I would like to share a slice of scripture with you:
1 Timothy 5
1Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
2The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
3Honour widows that are widows indeed.
4But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
5Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
6But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
Hopefully, you will appreciate it more after you have read the rest. Your life does not consist in the abundance of the things you possess, and those things will testify against you in the day of Divine Visitation.
At this point, I would like to delve more deeply into the issue of the experience of the descendants of African slaves in twenty-first century America. I would merely like to comment on it from my white, anglo-saxon/celtic, secular-humanist-indoctrinated and Holy Spirit-illuminated and de-programmed perspective.
My single mother managed to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, but she was capable of little else in the way of providing a home. I remember that she dated a few white men after splitting up with my father, but she wasn't up to the demands of a monogamous relationship, and she found a type of relationship that was more suited to her independent preferences: married black men.
The first of these was John Childress, a former candidate for governor of Rhode Island and apparently well-compensated employee of TRW. He had a wife and five or six children in a modest single family home in Inglewood, California, nestled directly under the flight path of jumbo jets on approach to LAX. My memories of him include coming home in the afternoon to find myself locked out of our apartment while he and my mother gratified their sexual desires; him coming into the room where I and my brothers were confined to play and spanking my older brother because he wasn't going along with the program; and, oddly, him giving me a rudimentary toy electronics set for my eighth or ninth birthday as a warped and totally inappropriate parental gesture. His affair with my mother lasted no more than a year or two.
The second and last of these was a man I remember only as Clarence. My mother had apparently acquired a little more sophistication since her previous affair, in that we never met this man's family, and her dalliances with him were much less intrusive for us. My memories of him were of a soft-spoken and affable man who showed up at our house from time to time, but my brothers report inadvertent, though somewhat careless, exposure to activities that are inappropriate for minors, to state it clinically.
The reason I'm bringing this up is this:

Who will cry for the little boy?

by Antwone Fisher
"Who will cry for the little boy, lost and all alone?
Who will cry for the little boy, abandoned without his own?
Who will cry for the little boy? He cried himself to sleep.
Who will cry for the little boy? He never had for keeps.
Who will cry for the little boy? He walked the burning sand.
Who will cry for the little boy? The boy inside the man.
Who will cry for the little boy? Who knows well hurt and pain.
Who will cry for the little boy? He died and died again.
Who will cry for the little boy? A good boy he tried to be.
Who will cry for the little boy, who cries inside of me?"

I attended a men's conference put together by Bishop Eddie Long's ministry which featured Deron Cloud. The stage was festooned with images of American slavery, victims of racial lynchings, and the like. A copy of this poem was issued as part of his presentation, which was entitled "Man up!!!" To those Americans of African heritage who would follow Jesus Christ, I reply:
Luke 23
27And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
28But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
29For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
30Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
31For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
32And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
33And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Man up!
To those who would not follow Jesus Christ, go on your way, you have nothing to gain by reading further. When you are predisposed to hate people simply on the basis of a different physiology than yours, and you rip off the experiences of your ancestors to justify it, and you claim that you are entitled to compensation and preferential treatment merely by virtue of your ethnic heritage, then you are not the ethical children of noble Africans. You are the ethical children of your white, racist, slavemaster oppressors, and it is them that you honor and emulate.
Luke 11
48Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
47Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address:
Fellow Countrymen:
At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war—seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. 'Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.' If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said 'the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
So long as you support affirmative action, socialist government entitlements for able-bodied persons, and you say only that the Civil War was fought to keep slavery, and not also to end it, you are a perpetrator and perpetuator of racism, slavery and oppression and certainly NOT A VICTIM OF IT. Go back to nursery school, because you don't even qualify as a graduate of kindergarten. In other words, grow up or shut up, this conversation is for adults only.

Ephesians 4
1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20But ye have not so learned Christ;
21If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27Neither give place to the devil.
28Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Those of us who have "grown up" in this spoiled brat generation recognize that there is only one race: the human race, and we are one dysfunctional family. But God made a promise to Abraham:
Genesis 12
1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Beth Moore referred to the person who abused her as a child as "my perpetrator" on the Life Today television program. Beth, so long as this individual remains "your perpetrator", you remain "his victim". (I presume it was a male.) I am not enjoining you to deny your experience, I am inviting you to matriculate from naked, shame-filled victim to victorious woman of God, clothed in His righteousness and filled with His love, grace and mercy. Your "victimhood" is a fig leaf of your own weaving, and is not a sufficient covering for your nakedness. Everyone on the planet has been violated, including the Son of God, but He didn't build His temple there, did He? Nay, verily, He destroyed one, that He might build another.
Ephesians 4
8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Stay tuned. I will demonstrate how to inflict devastating damage to the enemy. (You did say that you wanted to do some damage before you leave here, didn't you?)
"And be not conformed to this world."-Romans 12:2

If a Christian can by possibility be saved while he conforms to this world, at any rate it must be so as by fire. Such a bare salvation is almost as much to be dreaded as desired. Reader, would you wish to leave this world in the darkness of a desponding death bed, and enter heaven as a shipwrecked mariner climbs the rocks of his native country? then be worldly; be mixed up with Mammonites, and refuse to go without the camp bearing Christ's reproach. But would you have a heaven below as well as a heaven above? Would you comprehend with all saints what are the heights and depths, and know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge? Would you receive an abundant entrance into the joy of your Lord? Then come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing. Would you attain the full assurance of faith? you cannot gain it while you commune with sinners. Would you flame with vehement love? your love will be damped by the drenchings of godless society. You cannot become a great Christian-you may be a babe in grace, but you never can be a perfect man in Christ Jesus while you yield yourself to the worldly maxims and modes of business of men of the world. It is ill for an heir of heaven to be a great friend with the heirs of hell. It has a bad look when a courtier is too intimate with his king's enemies. Even small inconsistencies are dangerous. Little thorns make great blisters, little moths destroy fine garments, and little frivolities and little rogueries will rob religion of a thousand joys. O professor, too little separated from sinners, you know not what you lose by your conformity to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength, and makes you creep where you ought to run. Then, for your own comfort's sake, and for the sake of your growth in grace, if you be a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and distinct one.

(I can testify from first-hand experience to the soul-trashing effects of loving the world and the things thereof. Disobedience comes with its own tuition and it is far more costly than wisdom received in meekness, humility and submission.)

Rosie O'Donnell was a topic du jour during the retreat. James Robison said he didn't know who hurt her and expressed feelings of compassion.

Luke 16
8And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

It's time you grew up, Mr. Robison, with all due respect.
ABC's Rosie O'Donnell told a nationwide audience this week that "radical Christians" are the same as radical Muslins who piloted hijacked jetliners into New York's Twin Towers, who chop off the heads of individuals and who bomb innocent children in suicide attacks. O'Donnell made her comments as host of ABC's "The View."

"Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state," O'Donnell said. She had been saying that America was attacked "not by a nation." She continued: "And as a result of the attack and the killing of 3,000 innocent people we invaded two countries and killed innocent people." Even her liberal co-hosts were shocked by her comments.

Co-host Joy Behar protested that Christians are not trying to impose mass murder on America. "This group (radical Muslims) is threatening to kill us." Replied O'Donnell: "No, but we are bombing innocent people in other countries. True or false?"

O'Donnell was saying there is no difference between the radical Muslims who kill in the name of Allah and Bible believing Christians who follow the teachings of Jesus.

Rosie O'Donnell was openly and publicly engaged in what New World Jurisprudence would call "hate crime" if New World Jurisprudence hadn't invented the concept of "hate crime" for the express purpose of criminalizing traditional Judeo-Christian Culture and Jurisprudence. Traditional Judeo-Christian Culture and Jurisprudence gave us legal concepts such as "presumed innocence" (necessitating constitutional prohibitions against "unreasonable searches and seizures" and placing the "burden of proof" upon the prosecution and not the defendant) and freedom of speech, peacable assembly, and freedom of religion.
In New World Jurisprudence, you are presumed guilty until proven innocent by warrantless search of your person and papers before boarding commercial air transport, and the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech are abridged by court rulings which comprise unconstitutional judicial legislation handed down in the name of "separation of church and state". This is totally unconstitutional, yet you don't hear a peep from anyone in public office or the "secular" media.
The Constitution of the United States of America has been scrapped by our government and the so-called "free press" is complicit by their silence both in the face of these policies and by not challenging public figures when they make statements implying that the Constitution is of any force or effect whatsoever. Those public figures are bald-faced liars, and if the press were actually "free", the American Public would know it. I don't need some convoluted conspiracy-theory to prove that America has been taken over by the New World Order. All I have to do is present the facts as they are. It is the government/ media complex that has to suppress and twist the facts beyond recognition in order to conceal the reality that today's America is a false front for the most totalitarian state the world has ever seen. A state that regulates the very thoughts of its thralls through psychological terror tactics such as the concept of "hate crime", which is a pretext for regulating (abridging the freedom of) speech, and tightly controlled and manipulated reportage in the print and electronic news media.
Stick that in your ideological pipe and smoke it, Rosie. The New World Order worships the devil in spirit and in truth, controls the government, public "education" and "entertainment", and as one of its representatives, you have had the unmitigated gall to mouth platitudes about "separation of church and state". "Secularism" is actually deeply spiritual and therefore sectarian. That is why they have a conniption over the Christian faith but fall all over themselves to coddle Islam, which is hopelessly contradictory at best, and violently intolerant and tyrannical at worst. This apparent contradiction doesn't surprise me a bit! "Secularists" are antichrists. Mohammed was a false prophet and an antichrist. Islam and "Secularism" are two of the devil's pet attack dogs and do his bidding. Both are diametrically opposed to the preaching of the Christian faith. Christ is not of this world, and the devil has no stake in Him, whatsoever. That is why the Christian faith is so otherwise unaccountably singled out for oppression and restriction in the western world, and this apparent anomaly actually affirms the testimony of the Bible as regards the true nature and destiny of mankind: the Christian Eschaton. "Secularists" expected the Christian faith to fade away, which it won't, so now they feel oddly compelled to "help" it conform to their expectations, which it NEVER WILL.
Matthew 10
16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
This issue of "gay rights" and the false accusations of Christian "intolerance" is precisely the kind of fabrication that the serpent baited our first mother with:

Genesis 3

4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

In other words, he fabricated a problem where none existed.
(Here's a deliciously ironic development! Hours before Anna Nicole Smith's horrific exit from our midst was reported by the news, Rosie O'Donnell lamented that she was sick of reportage on the A. N. Smith perpetual debacle, which distracted from "serious issues". This from O'Donnell, who declared that Kelly Ripa's rebuff of Clay Aiken's putting his hand on her mouth as unacceptable and inappropriate was "gay-bashing", "homophobic" and otherwise characterized it as anti-gay bigotry! Talk about making a mountain out of a mirage! Wake up, Rosie! You are playing for a doomed team. You affirm the revelation of God's word:

Genesis 19

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 "My lords," he said, "please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning."
"No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square."

3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."
6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof."
9 "Get out of our way," they replied. And they said, "This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them." They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.
10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.

This from your own New World Order New International (Per)Version of the Bible. The truth is that your so-called "gay rights agenda" is an assault on God and anyone who looks like Him. It is you who insist on sodomizing Him and His institutions: the natural, nuclear family, human government, the nation of Israel, and the Christian Church, and not the other way around. Like Michael Douglas' character in "Falling Down", you are the bad guys, with murder in your hearts, and you will give an account to Jesus Christ for the deeds done in your body in this world. It's got nothing to do with homosexuals and everything to do with obliterating opposition to the New World Order. Consider yourself fairly warned:
Daniel 7:7
7After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
Read the rest of the chapter to discover the fate of this "beast". When you consider Christians, don't look down, look up, because that is the direction from which we, the meek, will be coming to inherit the earth. Bank on it, feckless money-changers.)
{ (excerpt)
I cannot help inserting here, though not the most proper place, a part of a provincial report from Knigge, the man of the whole Areopagitœ who shows any thing like urbanity or gentleness of mind.
"Of my whole colony (Westphalia) the most brilliant is Claudiopolis (Neuwied.) There they work, and direct, and do wonders."
If there ever was a spot upon earth where men may be happy in a state of cultivated society, it was the little principality of Neuwied. I saw it in 1770. The town was neat, and the palace handsome and in good taste; all was clean. But the country was beyond conception delightful; not a cottage that was out of repair, not a hedge out of order; it had been the hobby (pardon me the word) of the Prince, who made it his daily employment to go through his principality regularly, and assist every householder, of whatever condition, with his advice, and with his purse; and, when a freeholder could not of himself put things into a thriving condition, the Prince sent his workmen and did it for him. He endowed schools for the common people, and two academies for the gentry and the people of business. He gave little portions to the daughters, and prizes to the well-behaving sons of the labouring people. His own household was a pattern of elegance and economy; his sons were sent to Paris to learn elegance, and to England to learn science and agriculture. In short, the whole was like a romance (and was indeed romantic.) I heard it spoken of with a smile at the table of the Bishop of Treves, at Ehrenbretstein, and was induced to see it next day as a curiosity: And yet even here; the fanaticism of Knigge would distribute his poison, and tell the blinded people, that they were in a state of sin and misery, that their Prince was a despot, and that they would never be happy till he was made to fly, and till they were all made equal.
They got their wish; the swarm of French locusts sat down on Neuwied's beautiful fields in 1793, and entrenched themselves; and in three months, Prince and farmers houses, and cottages, and schools, and academies - all vanished; and all the subjects were made equal, and free (as they were expressly told by the French General) to weep.
Discite justitiam moniti, et non temnere divos!}

Gay oppression is not nearly the problem it's made out to be. It is Luciferian sorcery that homosexuals are the sympathetic victims and believers in the scriptural Christ are the antagonists of their "rights" and "freedom". Just as the serpent turned our first parents against the blameless and perfectly faithful Creator, so now, through his seed (his devoted disciples known as the Illuminati), the world is being turned against Christ and His seed. It is no coincidence that you find Rosie O'Donnell with Tom Hanks and Madonna in the cast of "A League of Their Own". I've connected these dots (or Pre-president George H.W. Bush's "Thousand Points of New World Order Light") elsewhere.
( Note specifically the account of Boy George and Culture Club here. Culture Club. Culture CLUB!For clubbing the culture!Sympathetic gay character pleading piteously with Someone Who wants to "hurt" him. A gay "victim" of a sadistic and unreasonable God. Satan worship is still excessively lucrative. [The lyrics allude to "a step too far", referencing the no-going-back theme of Illuminist initiation. Consult Laverne Tripp on the subject.] Consider the deathstyles of these rich and famous people. Only those who are Christ's have a lifestyle. Everyone else is experiencing a deathstyle.)

2 Corinthians 2

9For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.
10To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
12Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
13I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.
14Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
15For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
16To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. (Lifestyle vs. Deathstyle.) And who is sufficient for these things?
17For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Let me give you a crash course on sorcery. Satanic spells are sayings that twist what is right in the sight of God into evil and what is evil in the sight of God into what is good. ( Succinctly modeled in the serpent's "Powerpoint Presentation" to Eve. Hath God said? Was it God speaking and what did He say? OK. You shall not die or go to hell. God is keeping you from becoming gods in your own right, independent of His. The serpent's appeal was to the woman, and not to her husband, who was "with her". All of these elements are contained in "The Da Vinci Code". Appeals to the "woman" or "goddess". Claims the Gospel, or testimony of God, the Son, is falsified. Claims the Gospel is perpetrated to keep mankind and especially womankind, down. Same spirit, different millenium. ( "A League of Their Own" is suffused with the theme of the so-called socio-economic "emancipation" of women, but today's feminized men no longer protect and provide for women, so the RX is murder the kids or slave away as a single parent. Let's hear it for feminism! "Delta Dawn" was "crazy" but Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" has got it made, right? Give thanks to the New World Order, "liberated" ladies! As the French general said to the conquered and desolate burghers of Neuwied, Germany,"You are free... to weep!"
Tom Hanks keeps showing up in all the wrong places in this generation. On a televised biography, Leonardo Di Caprio said of Hanks, "I have nothing bad to say about that man." (On "Inside the Actors' Studio" with James Lipton, Mr. Hanks, on his second appearance on the show, related an amusing, if fictional, belief in, and worship of, the female deity "Pelicula", goddess of movies and movie-making. He confessed that, in order to curry her favor and aid, he has sacrificed several young children. Is that supposed to be funny? Any comments, Mr. Di Caprio? Oh, I forgot. We're talking about Saint Hanks here.)

Luke 6

22Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
23Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
24But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
25Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
26Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.)

In the movie, "The Ciderhouse Rules", which was heaped with praise and honor, as are all Illuminist culture-clubbing movies, Charlize Theron had the female lead. She also appeared in " The Devil's Advocate". Delroy Lindo also had a key role in both movies. (Are you beginning to see a pattern here?) In the movie, abortion is portrayed as the most benign and compassionate of practices. Michael Caine played the canonized caretaker of orphans that also promotes and performs this "compassionate" practice. The analogous message of "The Ciderhouse Rules" is that those landowners that made the rules for the ciderhouse where the migrant workers had their quarters did not actually live in the ciderhouse and therefore were not justly entitled to make the rules for its inhabitants.
Behold: abortion is premeditated murder. ( Murder in the first degree.) The right to life of the innocent unborn child of what God calls sexual immorality (fornication, adultery, rape or incest) conflicts with the materialistic, temporal interests of its immoral parents. When the unwanted progeny is murdered, they compound their immorality with the shedding of innocent blood. That is what God calls it because that is what it is, and hands that shed innocent blood are an abomination in His sight. Enter "the father of lies": Killing the child is the "right" of its "oppressed victim/ mother" and those who intercede for the innocent blood are evil oppressors. Au contraire, Sir Hissy-fit:
(Revelation 12
12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.)

Proverbs 24
10If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
Proverbs 6
16These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
The New World Order is batting a thousand on this scorecard.
Now let me cast the God-spell:

Hebrews 4

12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
In "The Devil's Advocate", God is "an absentee landlord"and in "The Ciderhouse Rules", God's commandments are handed down by One Who doesn't "live in the ciderhouse", or has not endured the human condition and therefore is not qualified to make the rules. The humanity of God, the Son, blows that contention right out of the water. It is, in fact, the devil that has never partaken of flesh and blood, and therefore has no basis from which to inform the human condition, and yet it is he that would set the agenda for the entire race through the New World Order, which marches to his music and performs his script. "The Ciderhouse Rules" justifies the wicked and condemns the just. A just analogy of the "Ciderhouse Rules" would be that a woman's womb is the Ciderhouse, and if the owner of the Ciderhouse, with premeditation and malice aforethought, causes the death of persons living in the Ciderhouse, then the owner of the Ciderhouse is guilty of first degree murder, and should be put to death herself, along with any accomplices. That is justly condemning the wicked.
Acts 17
24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

The Truth of God is greater than the lies of the devil just as the Presence of Light obliterates darkness. The truth of God is that "A League of Their Own", "The Da Vinci Code", "The Devil's Advocate", "The Ciderhouse Rules" and innumerable other examples of cinema, as well as innumerable examples of popular music and literature, are culture-clubbing, devil-inspired and -devoted sorceries, and are designed to sell us on the idea that jettisoning Jesus Christ and His Gospel from our world is the most reasonable and humane thing to do. It's no coincidence that Don Henley appears on the cover of his "Actual Miles" album dressed as a used car salesman. Let's tie these thoughts together with some Rush lyrics and cover art:
Witch Hunt Rush (excerpted)
The righteous rise
With burning eyes
Of hatred and ill-will.
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat and burn and kill.

They say there are strangers who threaten us,
Our immigrants and infidels.
They say there is strangeness too dangerous
In our theaters and bookstore shelves.
Those who know what's best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves.

Quick to judge,
Quick to anger,
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand...
Front Cover
Cover Art from the Rush album "Moving Pictures" which features the song, "Witch Hunt".
The Spirit of Radio Lyrics
Rush (excerpted)
Invisible airwaves
Crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle
With the energy
Emotional feedback
On a timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price ---
Almost free...

All this machinery
Making modern music
Can still be open-hearted
Not so coldly charted
It's really just a question
Of your honesty

One likes to believe
In the freedom of music
But glittering prizes
And endless compromises
Shatter the illusion
Of integrity

"for the words of the profits
Are written on the studio wall,
Concert hall ---
Echoes with the sounds...
Of salesmen."
Consider that Adam sold his dominion, his heritage, his progeny, the future of the world and worst of all, his covenant of love with God, to the devil for the privelege of dying in unutterable shame and disgrace after witnessing the catastrophic consequences of his decision. Salesmen! Consider what God did to buy it all back: He died in unutterable shame and disgrace.

Isaiah 50

1Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
2Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.
3I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
4The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
5The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
6I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. (Jesus for Jews.)
7For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
9Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
10Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.
11Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
As to any questions about Madonna's religious affiliation, here is a song of praise to her revered deity, which was featured on the soundtrack of one of Mike Myers "Austin Powers" movies:
Beautiful Stranger
Haven't we met?
Somekind of beautiful stranger
You could be good for me
I've had the taste for danger

If I'm smart then I'll run away
But I'm not so I guess I'll stay
Heaven forbid
I'll take my chance on a beautiful stranger

I looked into your eyes
And my world came tumbling down
You're the devil in disguise
That's why I'm singing this song

To know you
Is to love you
You're everywhere I go
And everybody knows
To love you
Is to be part of you
I paid for you with my tears
And swallowed my pride

Beautiful stranger...
Beautiful stranger...

If I'm smart then I'll run away
But I'm not so I guess I'll stay
Haven't you heard?
I fell in love with a beautiful stranger

I looked into your face
My heart was dancing all over the place
I'd like to change my point of view
If I could just forget about you

To know you
Is to love you
You're everywhere I go
And everybody knows

I looked into your eyes
And my world came tumbling down
You're the devil in disguise
That's why I'm singing this song to you

To know you
Is to love you
You're everywhere I go
And everybody knows

I paid for you with my tears
And swallowed my pride

Beautiful stranger...
Beautiful stranger...
Note that the lyrics state "you're the devil", not "you're like the devil". It is addressed to the second person.
I've looked into his eyes, too, Madonna. And when he looked into mine, he saw his world come tumbling down. But he did not appear as an angel of light. In fact, it was the LORD that made him appear to me. It was the devil out of disguise. I saw a broad face like a lion's visage for similitude, yet also having human features. It had an expression of rage on it except for the eyes. They were dispassionate, like a snake's. They revealed a vast intellect beyond human comprehension and totally unaffected by human emotions as he is a being totally untouched by the human condition. (Dean Koontz betrayed an uncanny familiarity with the real devil when one of the characters in one of his books described him as a being "incapable of laughter", the lyrics to "American Pie" notwithstanding.) He is the perfect dark setting against which to display the Precious Cornerstone, the Christ, the only begotten Son of the living God. The expression on his face betrayed incomprehension, as when a player at chess has just been informed of checkmate, and is surveying the board to see where he miscalculated, and is searching, in vain, for another move. Searching, intently, with an exquisite ultra-computer precision, with an extremely sophisticated yet machine-like adversarial compulsion, for some stratagem to counter the play of God. Searching with the intellectual capacity to calculate outcomes to the millionth move and beyond, but finding himself utterly out of options. God had apparently said something to him about me a' la Job, and the look on his face was apparently a reaction to what was said. I had no idea what it was, but I could tell by the look on his face that he knew it was an immutable utterance: "Game over!" before the fact. We looked at each other for a moment, and he turned from me to attend to other business, vanishing from my sight. This was just prior to the breakup of my first marriage and subsequent ordeal through the California legal and correctional systems.
This is a work in progress, and the portion of the foregoing that alludes to chess was written down in the early to middle part of October, 2006. Chuck Swindoll's radio program, "Insight for Living" airs during my commute to work. He was teaching on Revelation 12 on Friday, October 27,2006. In the course of his teaching, he referenced being challenged to a game of chess by one of his sons. He then related how the devil is playing a losing game of chess with God. He also read from some Christian author of the past about how the weapons of heavenly warfare are celestial and alien to the realm inhabited by human beings. This is in total contradiction to the plain teachings of scripture. This world is the precise arena of spiritual conflict, and that is precisely why God required a material, corporeal body in order to manifest Himself in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ, that He might destroy the works of the devil. And I must update you, Mr. Swindoll, as to the status of the spiritual chess game between Christ and the adversary: it's been "Checkmate!" for two millenia now:"Tetelesti!"
Two millenia, that is, when viewed from within a historic perspective. From God's perspective, it has always been "Tetelesti!"
Genesis 1
31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 2 (Chapter divisions sometimes disrupt the flow of inspired thought.)
1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Hebrews 4
3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Revelation 13
6And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Here is how we enter into His victory:
Revelation 12
10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Marc Owings preached a message as part of Life Outreach's Fall Retreat. In it, he referenced the passage above, but, like many who depend on popular support of their ministries for a living (hirelings), he omitted the crucial last clause of verse 11: "...and they loved not their lives unto the death. " I have addressed the problem with this omission elsewhere in some detail.
I don't hold that Mr. Owings intentionally distorted the scriptures, but only that, like many who are immature in the faith, he has not fully counted the cost of identifying with our beloved God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. A core function of my service to this generation is to separate the sheep from among the goats as my Master's sheepdog. I count myself unworthy of the title of pastor or bishop, but like the Syrophoenician woman, I can say that even a dog can render service to the Good Shepherd.
Ecclesiastes 9
1For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them.
2All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
3This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
4For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
5For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
6Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
7Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
10Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
"Dr. Rick Warren is passionate about attacking what he calls the five "Global Goliaths" – spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic disease, and illiteracy."
Matthew 7
2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
I heard "Pastor" Warren on a televised Hillsong Ministries conference. After going on about the success of his book and "ministry", and "sharing" how he counted up his salary and paid it back to his church, and how a pastor in Africa depended on his ministry for guidance, and how otherwise "blessed" of God he is...
Matthew 6
1Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
... he related how he sought guidance about what to do with his "influence". He said he got his revelation from Solomon's prayer in Psalm 72. Then he said that Solomon's prayer sounded "selfish" until you understand the reason Solomon requested his "influence": to execute judgment for the poor and needy.
This is what "Pastor" Warren claims is a key passage of scripture by which he is guided in the appropriation and exercise of his influence. There's one very large problem with Mr. Warren's exegesis. Psalm 72 is not a prayer of Solomon!
Psalm 72
20The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
Psalm 72 is a prophetic and parental prayer of DAVID for his successor: Solomon in the flesh, and Christ in the Spirit. Mr. Warren, you are fired as a minister of the Gospel. Motivational speaker for the New World Order, maybe. But preacher of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ? No way. Like you always say, it's not about you, globalist wolf.
Matthew 24
23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25Behold, I have told you before.
2 Timothy 2
15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 John 4
1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Paula White had Donald J. Trump and Robert Kiyosaki on her telecast promoting their book "Why We Want You To Be Rich - Two Men - One Message". She quoted an alarming statistic: Most people will retire with less than $10,000.00! Scary stuff! You cannot serve God and mammon, Paula. Apparently, you don't believe that. Nevertheless, it's true. The only fear a servant of God and true minister of the Gospel preaches is the fear of God. And now you are divorced? Whose heart was harder, yours or your husbands? (It's a rhetorical question. The answer is irrelevant.)
1 Timothy 6
1Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
2And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
3If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
14That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
Now let me give an account of myself to my children.
The last time I saw my children was a watershed day in my life. Having separated from my ex-wife due to an impasse as to which of us was to be the head of the household, I was at our home for a visit with our kids. I had moved out during the Christmas Holidays of 1993 after attempting, in vain, to get my ex-wife to sell our home, pay our debts and live within our means. This was after having received a foreclosure notice from the finance company after we had spent all the equity in a home that my ex-mother-in-law had given her, (... not "us", since this was partially to spite the fact that I was a joint-owner of our previous residence and had exercised my prerogatives when she had gotten on my nerves with her incessant meddling and harrassment of people in the household...) and she had charged the cost of attending "Seminar" in Dallas, Texas for Mary Kay Cosmetics on a credit card in pursuit of a multi-level marketing business that she had built up by working at it full time while we supported ourselves with the equity in the house. It was all a bogus charade, and I wanted out, with or without her. My ex-wife's attitude was that we would remain married, but that I needed to "get my mind right". I was always the one who needed to get my mind right. That was the problem: a distorted familial narrative wherein in every conflict or dispute, I was at fault or deficient or lacking or the cause of the problem, and she was perfect, correct, flawless, and otherwise above reproach or grounds for criticism.
(She was locked in a mommy/ child paradigm with me and was unable to adjust to a husband / wife modality of social discourse. I could no longer tolerate the terms of our relationship, as her manifold personal deficiencies remained inaccessible to review and resolution. I would never attain a life of self respect and dignity with her calling the shots. And the idea that I would ever be in a position to call the shots was anathema to her, irrespective of the circumstances. All attempts at "Christian" counseling [what an abominable, humanistic obscenity that has degenerated into] resulted in a degrading, demeaning recitation and examination of all my many inadequacies. I'll see you hypocrites at the bar of divine justice. So, help me, God.)
To provide context, we were married as Christians in a church. All of my decisions will make sense when illuminated by the Word of God.
1 Timothy 2
8I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Anyway, as her spouse, I inquired about physical access at some point for conjugal relations, which she refused for a third consecutive time.
1 Corinthians 7
1Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
6But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
Her position and behavior were clearly not supported by scripture. ( It could be argued that neither were mine, but I've already conveyed the lopsided superficial and artificial attention and discussion my side of the relationship has received.) Since she wanted to occupy the role of my spouse without its attendant responsibilities and obligations, I informed her that she would not have another opportunity to conjugally reject me and that, if I caught her with another man, I would kill her. She made some protest about not being involved with any other men, which indicated that she had not understood what I was saying, so I repeated the statement that if I found her with another man, I would kill her. I went upstairs, hugged and kissed my son, and apologized to him for the adversarial nature of my relationship with his mother, and left. That was the last time I saw him. Apparently, that evening, according to a police report that I saw later, a sliding glass door at the residence was left with a 1/16 inch hole by some sort of impact. When questioned, I informed them, TRUTHFULLY, that I was not in any way involved with the incident. I obviously affirm, as I consistently have done, that I told her that I would kill her under certain specific circumstances. A couple of days later, March or April, 1994, I received a temporary restraining order that was almost a verbatim copy of one she obtained in 1990 after I, for the one and only non-retaliatory or reciprocal time in our nine-odd year relationship, slapped her full force in the side of her head. ( In all other instances of domestic violence between us, she exhibited the erroneous notion that she could physically assault me during an argument with impunity. It took several occasions for her to catch on. I remember as a child hearing the admonition that a gentleman never hits a lady. I remember thinking that a lady would never hit a gentleman. My ex-wife was no lady. The defense rests.) The restraining order contained the 1990 litany of domestic violence and the information of dubious relevance that I had sexually molested her eldest daughter some four years (1986) earlier, an offense that I had confessed to authorities, underwent the prescribed therapy and restrictions for, was reunited with the family, and never committed since. (Oops! A discrepancy in the narrative! Since you were called upon by the prosecution to identify my handwriting so you could be paraded in front of the jury as the sympathetic, defenseless "victim" of all my abuse, perhaps you would identify the handwriting that appears here:
Can you explain what insanity drove you to write such glowing praise of me in light of all the incessant verbal and physical abuse, not to mention sexual offenses, that I perpetrated "against every member of the family" throughout "our entire relationship"? Were you waterboarded? Tortured? Was it extorted from you in some other way? Please tell us your harrowing tale, oh woe-begotten, harmless damsel? And can you explain why, in light of all the "abuse", that you gave me ten days to object to our divorce? Is that what the "Domestic Violence Prevention Act" was enacted for? So that you could put a legal gun to my head? Is that what the CA. FAMILY.CODE
SECTION 4050-4076 concerning child support was enacted for? To extort my parental rights from me? )
The dispute that culminated in my slapping her in the head in 1990 was over the contempt and disrespect with which her daughter treated me. She defended it on the grounds of my past sexual offenses against the child who was at that point a teenager. ( All disrespect and contempt aimed in my direction in the home was predicated and justified on those grounds, as were all her subsequent malicious actions against me.) The truth is that my step-daughter was following in the footsteps of my ex-wife and her maternal grandmother, who both treated the men in their lives with contempt and an attitude of presumptive deficiency and social inferiority. (This is the woman who has had the court-crammed custody of our son. Bullshit narrative-enforcing bastards. I'll see you at the bar of divine justice. So, help me, God. ) Like our children in this generation, my ex-wife's father "abandoned" her, and was completely out of her life from the time she that was five years old until we looked him up in a central California town some twenty-three years later. Her mother recounted how he spent money on frivolous things when they were struggling financially, and how she sued for separate maintenance to get financial control of the situation. What a heart-rending narrative. Note the grounds here. Fiscal frivolity in tight financial circumstances. Hmmm... who does that sound like? Oh! My ex-wife! But she always kept control of our finances... and our property... and our kids... and the legal system ( my parole officer informed me that my ex-wife regarded some gifts I sent to our kids as appropriate. She's the authority on what is appropriate? She had attended my sentencing to two years in state prison after getting my signature through my defense counsel on a joint tax refund...yet another fact that she "forgot" when she used child-support laws to extort my parental rights from me... despite being invited to leave by my attorney. Later that evening, she called my mother who had also attended,and began chatting with her as though nothing of any importance had occurred recently. Not exactly the behavior of a harmless victim who has just escaped the clutches of a dangerous, violent criminal. )... and my legal and parental rights... and ex-mommy-in-law was always there to bail her out... while condemning me for not providing adequate finances...why in the world would I ever consider trying to extricate myself and my children from such wonderful people? Of course, you've never met my ex-mother-in-law. She's not such a sympathetic figure, let me assure you. Quite the contrary, I might add. While I was living separately from my ex-wife,and my ex-mother-in-law was at the home in her absence, I got a phone call from my six-year-old son imploring me to come over and split some pine rounds because "Rebekah is cold". I came over and split the wood for the fireplace insert and then commenced playing a one-on-one basketball game with my former step-son, Daniel. The ex-mother-in-law did something annoying, as she was an incessantly passive/aggressive "army of one", and upon my expressing irritation with her, informed me that I wasn't supposed to be there in my ex-wife's absence, when it was she that had my son call me over in the first place. To my credit, I quietly left. This was completely typical of the kind of maddening bullshit this woman constantly dished out. Her money and my ex's dependence on it were her only entre into my life, and you can see why I could absolutely no longer tolerate my ex's financial deficit lifestyle. And my ex's father, though lacking self-esteem and -assurance, was a decent enough fellow. He had a respectable life, post ex-mother-in-law, that is. He was driven away from his kids, as I was. To put it more accurately, I had to put my relationship with my children out of my ex's vicious reach, which meant removing it from their lives, which she has maliciously and deceitfully retained absolute control of. ( Laughably, I think she congratulates herself that she won the war. She hasn't even experienced a real battle...yet. She don't know us very well, do she, Lord? And that mannequin that she propped up in my place... let me just say that it were better for him if he had never been born.)
The Contra Costa County district attorney's office contacted me to inquire why a charge of battery should not be filed in the 1990 case. I explained that we were separated and divorcing. They considered that an acceptable situation and outcome. No charges filed. By the way, we "reconciled" after she attended a "Mary Kay" conference and decided she wanted "her" family back together. Also, the only instance of "physical abuse" after that was when I held her by the arms for a few seconds, and not forcefully, I might add, in an effort to get her to listen to me. There were no criminal charges filed in the 1987 sexual abuse case either. It was handled administratively by Child Protective Services. The priorities of the district attorney's office in my case seem very odd indeed. Until you understand that in this world, it is the superficial, artificial narrative that counts, not the real facts of real acts in the real world.
The things that my ex-wife stated that I had done in order to obtain a restraining order: verbal, physical and sexual abuse, were criminal in nature and warranted some type of prosecution.
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders In California

Categories Of Protected Persons
The person seeking a DVPA remedy as a "protected person" must fall into one of the categories described in Ca Fam § 6211:
Spouse: A spouse or former spouse. [Ca Fam § 6211(a)]

Showing Of Abuse Required
Protective and other "domestic violence prevention" orders (Ca Fam§ 6300 et seq.) may issue, with or without notice, to prevent a recurrence of domestic violence pursuant to affidavit demonstrating, to the court's satisfaction, "reasonable proof of a past act or acts of abuse." [Ca Fam § 6300]
"Abuse" within the meaning of the DVPA means either:
    • intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury (Ca Fam § 6203(a)); or
    • sexual assault (Ca Fam § 6203(b)); or
    • placing a person in "reasonable apprehension" of imminent serious bodily injury to that person or another (Ca Fam § 6203(c)); or
    • engaging in any behavior that has been or could be enjoined pursuant to Ca Fam § 6320; (Ca Fam § 6203(d)).
Thus, the requisite "abuse" need not be actual infliction of physical injury or assault.

Payment Of Damages Caused By Unwarranted Application: If the court finds at a noticed hearing that the ex parte protective or domestic violence prevention order issued on "insufficient" supporting facts, an order requiring the party who obtained the order to pay restitution for out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the other party (respondent) as a result thereof. [Ca Fam § 6342(a)(2)]

How do you calculate damages when an otherwise law-abiding, tax-paying citizen's life has been totally destroyed because he doesn't recognize the Constitutional authority of a legal system that requires him to prove his own innocence when a single witness levels malicious charges against him in the commission of battery by abuse of process?

Deuteronomy 19

15One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

The Constitution provides for due process of law.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
U.S. Constitution: Sixth Amendment
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Let's look at the inherent problem in "empowering" women:

Genesis 39

6And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
7And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
9There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
10And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
11And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
12And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
13And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
14That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
15And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
16And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
17And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
18And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
19And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
20And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

Matthew 14
1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,
2And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
3For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.
4For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
5And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
6But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
7Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
8And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
9And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
10And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.
11And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
1 Kings 21
1And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
2And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
3And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
4And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
5But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
6And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
7And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
8So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.
9And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
10And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
11And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
12They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.
13And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
14Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
15And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
16And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

Women can be reckless with the facts and vindictive and murderous when "empowered". Especially when they are at risk of rightful public disgrace.

Mosaic Law and the framers of the Constitution recognized this hazard, whereas the legislators that concocted the "Domestic Violence Prevention Act" are in denial of it. This dichotomy in legal philosophies diverges on a crucial recognition on the one hand, and a failure of recognition on the other hand, of this fact:

Jeremiah 17

5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

God alone knows the human heart, and man can only know what is in a person's heart after it has been manifested in a person's actions.When government dispenses with the pursuit of truth, it makes the prevalence of liberty and justice impossible. The old saying about power corrupting people is patent nonsense. As I have observed, power merely gives a proportionally larger sphere and reduced inhibitions to the expression of the corruption that already resides in the human heart. My ex-wife is a manifest liar and murderer, just like her spiritual father.

John 8

38I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
39They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
40But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
41Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

You are looking at the proof, which I have obtained at incalculable expense.There are a great many more details in my mistreatment at the hands of my ex-wife and the legal system, but I don't have the time nor the resources to cite them all. Now, let's examine the ledger:

My ex-wife has taken and destroyed everything that she "legally" could from me. She has exercised the "choice" conferred upon women in the "Roe v. Wade" court decision, which is the power to decide whether another human being is a legal person or not, except in this case it was an unwanted ex-husband instead of an unwanted child.

I have forfeited everything in the interest of submission to the authority of Jesus Christ and a refusal to leave Him and the testimony of Scripture out of the equation in the decidedly anti-Christian environment of the Satanic Inquisition known as the secular humanist legal system. I have taken nothing from my ex-wife, nor our children, and, in light of my ex-wife's sociopathic willingness to destroy anything and everything that stands in her way, I deferred my personal interest in our children in order to spare them from being reduced to a desolated battleground in the conflict.

1 Kings 3

16Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
17And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
18And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
19And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
20And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
21And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
22And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
23Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
24And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
25And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
26Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
27Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
28And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.

I am, by orders of magnitude, a far better and more fit parent, than she. Did I not counsel you to repent, Cindi? Your life is a lie.Your mom had a placard in her kitchen quoting the Epistle of John:
3 John 1
4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

She must be miserable indeed, wherever she is. Why do I have debt collection bureaus calling me looking for you and your "husband" some fifteen-plus years since we have had any kind of personal interaction? Why, as a "deadbeat dad", do I now enjoy an excellent credit score? And when? Oh, when will God avenge me of my adversaries?

Isaiah 49

13Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
14But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
15Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
16Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
17Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.
18Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.
19For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.
20The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.
21Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?
22Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
23And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
24Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
25But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

Today's Devotions

March 5

Numbers 11:27-29 (NIV) 27A young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." 28Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses' aide since youth, spoke up and said, "Moses, my lord, stop them!" 29But Moses replied, "Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord's people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!"

When Moses was too burdened with caring for all the people, the LORD had him bring all the elders together and put His Spirit on them. They all began to prophesy. Two men who were not called were out in the camp, and they were prophesying also. Moses' general, Joshua, insisted they be stopped. Moses answer shows us the heart of a genuine God inspired leader.
"Are you jealous for my sake?" "What are you saying Joshua? Do you think I should be jealous that they too have been given the Spirit? Do you want everyone to look to me? Do you think God should work only within the confines of our choices (in recognizing who is an elder)?" Moses never wanted to be the number one man. His mistakes and years of humbly shepherding sheep had taught him who he was. Do you know who you are? Once we see the depravity of the human condition we will desire everyone be full of the Holy Spirit to help us. It is not a competition! We are working together to see people choose the Kingdom of Light.
Leadership positions often foster rivalries. That is the petty jealousies of men. It is blindness to the Kingdom perspective and focused on the success of an individual. People today say the same thing as Joshua when people in the congregation are anointed to serve. A person who is not an official elder, but one in heart, will teach from the Word. That is how we recognize they are, an elder. The life comes before the title. Eldad and Medad were not officially recognized by anyone but God. Encourage the expression of the gifts in everyone. Recognize God's choices. Quench not the Spirit.
Meditation: Am I jealous for my leader or for God's kingdom?

March 5

Matthew 15:26-28 (NIV) 26He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." 27"Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

After Jesus gave the crowds some hard sayings, only the disciples remained (John 6:66-68). Jesus then journeyed outside the region He regularly taught in. He led the twelve to Tyre and Sidon. There were communities of Jews there, but we have no record of any teaching or interaction except this one story. A Canaanite woman came to Jesus to plead for her daughter's healing. She must have heard stories of His work on the shores of Galilee. She pleaded for mercy, but Jesus told her He was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As she continued to plead, Jesus gave her a very hard saying. "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
Let us put this into some perspective to see if we can read between the lines. Jesus already had gone to Samaria. They were not considered Jews by the Jewish standard, yet Jesus ministered to them. They declared Him to be the Savior of the world. Jesus was thrown out of His hometown for reminding them that prophets were often sent outside Israel to Gentile people. In the story following our text, Jesus went to the region of Greek cities and fed the 4000. (Mark 7:31f) Yet, He told the disciples to go only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel (Matthew 10:5).
It seems that there was a turning point here in the ministry of Jesus. He knew it was coming, for He knew the prophecies (Isaiah 11:10; 42:6). It was God's plan to offer salvation to the Jews first. The Apostle Paul follows the same pattern in His ministry (Acts 13:46-48). This Gentile woman's response was filled with faith. Compare that to the Jews response to Jesus' hard saying to them (John 6:52,66). Jesus often comes to us with a hard saying to test and strengthen our faith. Jesus' saying actually drew her closer instead of driving her away.
Consider: When Jesus speaks a difficult expression to you, will you respond like the Gentile mother or the Jewish crowds?

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