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Sunday
Nov232014

Conditioning

Some people call it brain washing, but whatever you call it, we are being conditioned to accept a world of conformity, at the expense of individuality.  There will be no room for dissention, all must think and act alike if we are to be positioned for success in this evolving world of ours. The new religion is a unity of mind, soul, and spirit that makes everyone the same, no gender differences, no racial differences, and no philosophical differences, everyone comes out looking alike. Now people won't openly tell you that is what is happening, but it is. By the way, here is a definition of brain washing. 

Mind Control (also known as brainwashingreeducationcoercive persuasionthought control, or thought reform) is a theoretical indoctrination process which results in "an impairment of autonomy, an inability to think independently, and a disruption of beliefs and affiliations. In this context, brainwashing refers to the involuntary reeducation of basic beliefs and values"

Our politically correct world is a precursor to the reeducation on how we think, and any variation from their standards will be met by calling the opposition bigoted and hypocritical. When in the history of free speech and free thinking do we make people who think differently out to be bad people. I guess it has happened, but it seems more pervasive and vicious today. There has always been resistance to ideas that seem contrary to the norm, but to make people who differ from the politically correct crowd out to be morons is not a free society in the exchange of ideas.  I find it rather disingenuous for the politically correct crowd to fight against bullying, and yet at the same time use some of the same tactics bullies use to against those of us who disagree with them. I have often felt bullied by the commonly accepted cultural practices today, and made to feel quite small for having my opinion.  For example, I feel Halloween is a demonic celebration, and refuse to participate. Many friends and neighbors think I am nuts for having this opinion, because it's just a fun cultural celebration where we pretend, dress up and be silly for one night.  However, for me there is a more sinister meaning behind Halloween, but it is dismissed by our culture. Let's take school shootings, these are demonic attacks against the innocence of children, the most vulnerable segment of our society.  It's starts with abortion, continues in abusive homes, and ends up with adults having seriously mental illness issues. I was told yesterday, that 80% of female drug addicts has to do with sexual abuse as a child. Again, the conditioning for adult issues begins in childhood.  Spanking in our politically correct world is seen as child abuse, yet I think it is a necessary punishment for bad child behavior. When you stand up for it, you are categorized as a potential child abuser. How about the grand jury case everyone is waiting for in Ferguson, Missouri. This young teenager who attacked a police officer and was killed, is now waiting to hear if he will be charged for murder.  The authorities are afraid if he is not charged, that there will be riots in the streets, and many people will be injured or killed. Why is it wrong for a police officer to defend himself against an assailant? When a police officer asks you to stop, put your hands in the air or lay down on the ground, and any other actions other than to be compliant to his requests, is seen by the police officer as a hostile person, and is asking to be shot. When people are conditioned to mistrust authority, this is the kind of tragedies that result. Culture has conditioned people to think a certain way, and if you don't, then you are labelled bigots and racists.

Conditioning is the tool Satan and he uses it to shape the cultures around the world, to prepare them to accept what is told in the Bible  concerning a world dictator and a one world government. In order for you to accept a new idea, you have to fail miserably at what is in place today.  You have to experience the hopelessness of an overwhelmed society, and a bleak picture of the future. It is at this point, the conditioning brings us to anyone who promises us hope and change.  It happen in 2008 in America, and there was change, but no hope. So, what do we do to keep ourselves free from this conditioning?

Romans 12

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

If conditioning is to happen, let us be conditioned by God's Word, it is the only dimension in this world that we should be conforming to. 

Keeping it honest and truthful....K

Thursday
Nov202014

Learning the Ways Of The Nations

Hear the word that the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.  Thus says the LORD:
“Learn not the way of the nations,
nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
because the nations are dismayed at them,
For the shepherds are stupid
and do not inquire of the LORD;
therefore they have not prospered,
and all their flock is scattered.

These are sober words from Jeremiah 10, but they are the foundational reason why we as a nation will have a hard time to prosper again. The way of the nations is contrary to the ways of God, and the shepherds are blind and deaf, and do not inquire of the Lord. Today I met with a group of guys who are concerned about how younger males are being raised.  Their concern was that the  culture is raising our children, and it is especially hard on boys.  Boys are given many mixed messages about their manliness, and their identify as a male. Many of these boys are being raised in female head of households which can contribute to the loss of male identity. 

One in four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent — a percentage that has been on the rise and is higher than other developed countries, according to a report released Wednesday.

Of the 27 industrialized countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. had 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with an average of 14.9 percent across the other countries.

In the African American community, 72 percent of Black children are raised in a single parenthousehold.

I am not trying to be an arm chair quarterback on this one, but I can't see anything positive coming out from these statistics.

Dr Peggy Drexler author of the book, "Raising Boys Without Men," said the following

In a country in which one in two marriages will end in divorce, and 40 percent of babies are born out of wedlock, the mom-dad-and-kids definition of family is now less than definitive. Moreover, ideas of how children are conceived and what kinds of relationships add up to a “family” are being redefined. More and more children in the Western world are being raised not in the traditional nuclear family but by single or divorced parents, stepparents in “blended families,” adoptive parents, and grandparents. An increasingly large number are being raised by mothers who are single and who have not divorced a husband or been abandoned by a man; these mothers are single by choice and have made a conscious decision to have a baby and find a sperm donor to do it. Lesbian couples and single mothers by choice are pioneering new ways of getting pregnant via donor insemination. In the midst of the social upheaval and debate that has taken place about family structure, I became fascinated with the question: Can parents in non nuclear families, without both a mom and a dad in the household, successfully raise children?

Of course that last question is the age old debate in our society today?  Can a single household raise healthy children?  Or can a same gender household raise healthy kids? I think it is an obvious attack on the Biblical model for the family and an all out war for the souls of the next generation.  Boys are an important investment in the future of how our families will be governed.  In fact girls are at risk too, but boys in particular are in crisis for who they are and how they fit into this world. 

Without a role model for boys to grew up emulating, they will continue to gravitate to the culture, and find the gangs, be shaped by effeminate styles and even be drawn into a gay lifestyle.  The ways of the nations are not lead by godly men and women, but by the very enemy of our souls. His footprint is everywhere in our culture today, and there are few people crying out.  Recently a video surfaced by Jonathan Gruber, one of the architect's of Obama Care where he called the American people stupid, a condition necessary to pass such a health provision.  Well, the American people are more than stupid when it comes to spiritual discernment, they are anesthetized and totally numb to the truth.  Thank God there are people still in their right mind to sound the alarm and make the way of the Lord a clear path for understanding truth. It is reasonable to understand that the general public with no spiritual understanding are anesthetized, but there is no excuse for the pastors, and shepherds of the gospel.  Why do they not see the hand writing on the wall, and be alarmed at what is happening all around us?  Jeremiah tells us, "the shepherds do not inquire of the Lord."  So we have the blind leading the blind, and it gets worse every week. 

The hope in all of this is that you are not fooled, are you?  You have hope if you set mind and heart on the Lord Jesus and His promise to develop His kingdom here on earth when He comes again.  

Don't be afraid of the nations, or the culture, they are not to be feared but pitied and prayed for. God is still rescuing people and bringing them into the light of the gospel. That is our only hope and resolve, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Stand firm and sound the alarm.

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

Tuesday
Nov112014

Is There Another Tower of Babel Being Built? 

 

I had the strangest feeling today, that people are learning how to build the tower of Babel (Genesis 11) all over again. Oh, it is not a tower, but it is a structure of human endeavor that is changing the way young people look at the world. For example, WE DAY, which will hit the community I live in, today. Over 20,000 students, and 500 schools will participate in this event. From their website, the organizers say:

More than a one-day event, We Day is the movement of our time—a movement of young people leading local and global change.

We Day is tied to the year-long We Act program, which offers educational resources, campaign and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustained activation. Through We Act, students commit to taking one local and one global action to better the world, earning their way to We Day.

The idea is a good idea, to train students to think beyond themselves to change the world. Now, who wouldn't support that?  Of course we would, doing good for other people, both on the local and the global level is an admirable venture.  Yet, there is something within me that doesn't seem right at the end of the day. I like good humanitarian campaigning, because it gets people working together for a common cause of helping to change the condition of communities in poverty.  However, if we do all the great things for others and we do it only in the name of humanity, have we not missed one important element. God? Someone once said to me, "isn't it better if humanity is served by good deeds, without the mention of God, or is it better to mention God without any good deeds?"  Now I get his point, yet, the Tower of Babel was built on human strength and persistence, without God. It was there that God confused the languages so that it would be more difficult for humans to work together to once again, be as one voice in rebellion to God. I am suspect of any movement, no matter how wonderful the vision may be, if God is totally left out of the picture. It just reminds me of those folks building a tower to heaven.  Listen to those who lead this project.

 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

It seems to me that there was a need to build and develop to prove a point, that man is capable of building and living a part from God, and at the same time be able to accomplish great things. I am sure in their day it was a good thing to accomplish building this tower to the heavens, yet, it did not honor God, it honored them. There is a pervasive spirit of human accomplishment, that is sneaking into everything we do today.  Preachers say things like, "I want to be known for what I am for, not what I am against."  Or, we need to stay positive about everything, all the glasses are half full, not have empty. So, lets keep building our little kingdoms based upon the notion that we can do it, and our best days are right now. I realize that there is a great need in today's world to live in encouragement, but when the encouragement is based upon our own accomplishments and achievements, without the foundation of God, I worry about the outcome. 

When we look at the golden calf worship in Exodus 32, we begin to see the danger of replacing God with a substitute. 

Exodus 32:4

And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said,  “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”

Do you see how easy it was for Israel to give credit for success and prosperity to something they made with their own hands. 

I believe this subtle strain of doing good things for others in the name of unity is a dangerous move to replace God as the source of all things good.  Some of you may not understand what is being written here, and I pray God will open your eyes to see how the world is developing around the idea of a one world, without God. To me, this is a clear sign that we are living in the last days. The Devil is busy keeping people thinking that the good they do, will somehow make up for waywardness of their hearts. 

 

Keeping it honest and truthful....K 

Saturday
Nov082014

Is Fatherlessness In American Homes an Epidemic?

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-real-story-with-gretchen-carlson/index.html#/v/3881264779001

Fatherless ness is a problem, and it only continues to get worse. Many times, at least in the past, it was used to described the condition in the African American community, but it more pervasive than that. Fatherlessness is a condition of the home even if there is a father present. When you ask most people, the majority of which will tell you that they did not have much of a relationship with their dad. With divorce at 50%, it becomes even harder to establish a meaningful relationship with dads. If you want a sobering read on the effects of the fatherless, here it is:

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average.
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
  • 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Center for Disease Control)
  • 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average.  (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.  (National Principals Association Report)

Father Factor in Education - Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.

  • Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.
  • Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average.

Father Factor in Drug and Alcohol Abuse - Researchers at Columbia University found that children living in two-parent household with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Teens in single mother households are at a 30% higher risk than those in two-parent households.

  • 70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.  (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988)
  • 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction)

Father Factor in Incarceration – Even after controlling for income, youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds. A 2002 Department of Justice survey of 7,000 inmates revealed that 39% of jail inmates lived in mother-only households. Approximately forty-six percent of jail inmates in 2002 had a previously incarcerated family member. One-fifth experienced a father in prison or jail.

Father Factor in Crime - A study of 109 juvenile offenders indicated that family structure significantly predicts delinquency. Adolescents, particularly boys, in single-parent families were at higher risk of status, property and person delinquencies. Moreover, students attending schools with a high proportion of children of single parents are also at risk. A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their father. Forty-two percent grew up in a single-mother household and sixteen percent lived with neither parent

Father Factor in Child Abuse – Compared to living with both parents, living in a single-parent home doubles the risk that a child will suffer physical, emotional, or educational neglect. The overall rate of child abuse and neglect in single-parent households is 27.3 children per 1,000, whereas the rate of overall maltreatment in two-parent households is 15.5 per 1,000.

Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.

Adolescent girls raised in a 2 parent home with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers.

  • 43% of US children live without their father [US Department of Census]
  • 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]
  • 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes. [Criminal Justice & Behaviour, Vol 14, pp. 403-26, 1978]
  • 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999]
  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]
  • 85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. [Center for Disease Control]
  • 90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother. [Wray Herbert, “Dousing the Kindlers,” Psychology Today, January, 1985, p. 28]
  • 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. [National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools]
  • 75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. [Rainbows f for all God’s Children]
  • 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father. [US Department of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988]
  • 85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. [Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992]
  • Fatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems. [US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26, 1999]

People can argue against these facts if they like, but I believe Gretchen Carlson is right, when will the epidemic be stopped.  Marriage is a creation by God, and He designed it for the procreation of children, and for their protection and well being until they reach adulthood. These statistics are the results of people ignoring God, and His ways. 

Keeping it honest and truthful....K

Wednesday
Nov052014

When Life Goes Terribly Wrong

 

Here is the headline: 13 year old boy charged in killing his 2 year old half brother.
Christian Fernandez, the 13-year-old Florida boy who is charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the 2011 beating death of his 2-year-old half-brother and the sexual abuse of his 5-year-old half-brother, has had a life marked by violence and neglect.

For more information check out this link.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cristian-fernandez-13-year-old-fla-boy-faces-life-in-prison-for-allegedly-murdering-his-2-year-old-half-brother/

What makes a boy kill someone so innocent as a 2 year old? This story is hard to read, and it is even harder to think that this 13 year old lived such a desperate life.  There are many stories like this one we see in the news everyday, whether it is trafficking human beings for sex, or living from one foster family to another.  Stories that all describe children without the value of caring parents or adults in their lives.  Sometimes these children are called strays, much like the animals that have no home.  The anger builds around the fact that you aren't wanted by anyone, they are abandoned, forgotten, and tossed aside, no wonder this 13 year old wanted to get back at a world that has been so unkind to him. 

Now I am not making excuses for his gruesome behavior, but I am trying to understand the depth of his pain. 

Is it any wonder why we have such a problem with bullying today in our schools?

  • A reported 15 percent of all students who don't show up for school report it to being out of fear of being bullied while at school.
  • There are about 71 percent of students that report bullying as an on-going problem.
  • Along that same vein, about one out of every 10 students drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying.
  • Some of the top years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders in which 90 percent were reported as victims of some kind of bullying.
  • Other recent bullying statistics reveal that 54 percent of students reported that witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school. 
  • Among students of all ages, homicide perpetrators were found to be twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied previously by their peers.
  • There are about 282,000 students that are reportedly attacked in high schools throughout the nation each month. 

I am convinced that the problem of bullying starts within the family. As the statistics reveal, most bullies have been bullied, and bulling has its roots in how the family structure is designed. A person's life is affected more by the lack of love then anything else in life, and I think that is evident in the story of the 13 year old from Florida.

Jesus said:

John 13:34

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

When there isn't any emphasis on God's love, nor on His Word, serving as our instruction as to how to live, we then are left with the alternatives of an empty, lonely world. A life without the love of God is the start when everything goes terribly wrong. 

Keeping life honest and truthful...K

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