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Tuesday
Sep162014

The Missing Character In A Nation

There was a day when you were innocent until a court of law found you guilty, but today, you are guilty because the media says you are. Minnesota Viking Ardian Peterson is a case in point. First of all, it should be illegal to release anything to the media, without a court approval, especially if there is an on going criminal investigation. I am not supporting his over zealous spanking tirade, but with a few pictures and media attention, you are guilty. What happens next is that you lose your job before you even get to court to sort things out. We had another NFL sports figure, Ray Rice, lose his job recently because he battered his then girlfriend, now wife, and it was caught on tape. This incidents are not good for public relations, so the NFL had to react.  Again, I am not supporting spousal or child abuse, but shouldn't things be done through legal channels, rather than be tried in the media?  If either player has violated the law, then let the law and a jury decide their fate, not a football league. I realize there are league standards of conduct, but the the evidence still needs to be weighed by a jury and a judge before any punitive punishments can be metered out. Both athletes were convicted in the media, and I think that is wrong. However, in some ways, I am glad that it took both these National Football figures, gods to many Americans, to illustrate the lack of character in our society. Lets take a look at how women are abused.

 

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. 
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. 
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police 

 

It is a crime for men to beat their wives, and all wives should be armed with a plan if it ever happens to them. It is wrong for a wife to forgive her husband and stay in an abusive situation without the husband getting help for his anger issues. 

Let's take a look at child abuse in the United States.

  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds
  • More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse. 
  • It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates. 
  • Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4. 
  • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
  • About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.

We do have a problem with child and spousal abuse, but it is a problem with society, not just in the NFL 
So do I think the NFL was wrong in metering out their own justice? Yes I do. Why? Because both players will be reinstated shortly and with no help with their issues. Adrian Peterson by this weekend, and Ray Rice, well, it is just a matter of time before he legally gets his job back.  If the NFL really cared about their players, they would spend some of their billions of dollars to help these young players build some character in their lives.  Perhaps some off season character building seminars would be helpful to reshape the foundations in the lives of these players. For example, the Minnesota Vikings have more incidents with poor character judgements from their players, than any other NFL team. I think they could spend some time on character discussions.  

With the national dialogue going on right now about these two players and the abuse they brought upon their families, I think it s the appropriate time we ask some serious questions as Americans. "What am I living for? More money, or fame?  Or is there a higher calling to life?   One of the prophetic signs of the last days, will  be that families will disintegrate and a persons enemies will be those from within the family. This tells me that there is a loss of character within a society where this is allowed to happen. 

Matthew 10:36

 36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own household.
Listen friends, character begins by knowing God and the greatest sin of any nation, is when they lose  the knowledge of knowing God.  Spousal and child abuse is happening because there is no longer the foundation of godly character. To many Americans, God is dead, and His death means the loss of His character that guided a society. 
 
Keeping it honest and truthful...K
 
Thursday
Sep112014

My Wedding Anniversary

So what do you do for a woman who has been married to me for 32 years.  Give here sainthood?  You bet.

My wife and I have had a good life together, and it hasn't been easy.  I admit life with another person is never easy, because they don't think like you, don't like the things you do, or like your jokes after awhile. Worse yet, if you are a prankster like me, I  often found myself in the dog house, and have to apologize for what I thought was funny. But overall, with God's help, there is always a way to make a marriage work. Someone asked me what I thought was the recipe for a happy marriage I said the following.

1. Have respect for your mate, don't take them for granted

2. Don't lose your sense of humor, and laugh a lot together, and be quick to forgive.

3. Be honest about everything, even the stuff that might get you in trouble

4. Don't lose the conversation between you, and spend time every week talking and dreaming about everything.

5. Do things together, cultivate some common ground things you both enjoy. 

6. Talk about God together, and incorporate how God is affecting the world around us.

7. Don't let your kids define your relationship, as a couple build a life a part from responsibilities. 

I am sure if you have been married for long time, that you have your own list, but these have worked for us. One of the joys of learning from older folks who have been married for 50 years or more, they always have good things to say.  These folks would tell us, "never quit trying to make your lives better together, and never quit the marriage. There isn't a situation that can not be overcome with God's help." That was the way the generations before us worked things out, they stayed true to each other, even when it wasn't convenient. 

Now, my wife and I have had some rough times together, but we decided that the marriage was worth every effort to save and preserve it. One of those tough times was when I was a pastor, and the ministry became a mistress to me, and it control my life. One of the greatest lessons in my life was learned during that time, you can not let even the good things in life become more important than your spouse.  No job, no amount of fame or fortune, or success, is worth losing your loved one over. 

So on the eve of my wedding anniversary, I am thinking about how much I love my wife, she is the kindest, funniest person I know, and she is always looking out for my best. One of my closest friends once said, that I married over my head.  At the time I thought, now that wasn't nice to say, but in time, I realized he was right. 

So what do I do for a woman who made my life almost perfect for 32 years?  Good question, my joke about taking her to White Castle hamburgers isn't funny anymore, so I guess I better starting thinking about doing something special.  She is worth it. 

Micah 4:5

 5For all the peoples walk
each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

 

Wednesday
Sep102014

There Is Great Rejoicing In Heaven

There are only a few times scripture talks about the rejoicing in heaven, once when there is a sinner who comes to God.

Luke 15:7

 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

And of course this verse in Revelation 19:

After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah!
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
 for his judgments are true and just;
for he has judged the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

So why all the rejoicing over God's judgment?  Because His judgments will be true, and all wrongs will be made right, and the saints of God who have been pursued, killed, legislated against, persecuted, and all immorality will be judged once and for all. 

This is what the world does not understand, nor do they want to. The Devil has their minds blinded to the fact that there is coming a day, when all of heaven will rejoice, because finally righteousness, and godliness  will have it's day on earth. Today, no one likes to talk about judgement, but I do.  I love the idea that there will be a day of reckoning, when all things will be made right, and apparently so does heaven.

The great prostitute are the systems, and the heart of this world without God.  Everyone was created to know Him, and serve Him, but the systems of this world entangle, deceived, and capture the minds and hearts of people who serve themselves and this world. I know at times it is hard to witness evil becoming more influential and powerful in our world, and God is ignored. It is hard to watch the Church become less and less effective in what they are called to do, because they too, are so vulnerable to the systems and lure of this world.  Yet, it is the end of the race that matters most, not whose ahead during the race. God will be at the finish line and it will be those who have served Him faithfully that will cross that line into heaven, and those who seem to have all the power and influence today, will not finish the race to win.  God is always in control, even when it appears everything around us seems to be in complete shambles, He still is in the midst of all the chaos.  His plan in the last days is the chaos we are seeing in our world.  I remind people repeatedly, that His plan is being worked out completely as the Bible says it would.  From the terrorists in the Middle East, to America falling a part from within, to the world wide financial crisis, all are playing into God's plan for the end days.

Someone asked me recently how prophecy changes the culture, and my response was simple, "knowing the future, helps me plan right today."  Once you understand how the plan of God works you can be assured that serving God will protect you and your family against the deception and lawlessness coming upon the earth in greater measures. The Bible tells us that evil men wax worse and worse, which means our world does not get better, before it gets a whole lot worse.

So don't be afraid of talking about judgment, because judgment is the final conclusion that God brings to make all things right. 

Keeping it honest and truthful....K

 

Tuesday
Sep092014

Getting The Right Information

Jude
18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”  19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.

Most of the information we receive today is not based upon good spiritual counsel.  Even the conservative news outlets, will give you a spin that is moral, and seemingly solid in a worldly way, but is it the best way to view the world?  If you watch and listen to the conservative talk and TV programs, you will be informed and you will get a different perspective from what you would if you watched the Network news, but is that enough? 

The last days are filled with scoffers, divisions, and people who have no clue as to God's plan.  Even Christians who claim to be in tune with God are often left with little to no understanding. They too are people who cause divisions, pick up worldly attitudes, and have no discernment concerning the Spirit of God. 

Jesus told us that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will guide us into all truth.

 8And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  9concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;  10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;  11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

In essence, the Holy Spirit is the conscience of God, He is the discerner of what is right and what is wrong. 

 

  • When He comes, Jesus said, He would convict the world of sin. Both liberals and conservatives are sinful, and none are right within themselves.  There is no point of view that is not tainted with a sinful reminder that all have sinned, and have fallen short of the glory of God.
  • When He comes, Jesus said, He would convict the world of righteousness. There is only one truth, one God, and one way to Him.  When Christians claim to have the exclusive way to God, it doesn't come from them, it comes from the Holy Spirit. He is convicting the world that there is only one who is righteous, and His name is Jesus, the Messiah.
  • When He comes, Jesus said, He will convict the world of judgment, that there will be a day when the judgment of God will rule the earth. The Holy Spirit is the one who discerns between right and wrong, between what is of God, and what is not. 

 

Someone has coined the phrase, "we live in an age where discernment is dead."  I am not sure that is true, because the Discerner Himself is still every much alive and well on planet earth. Only when the Holy Spirit is taken out of this world will we see true discernment die. However, what we do have is an age of ignorance and arrogance. Somehow, we think we can govern this world, and ourselves with a little more education, and the right people in office. First of all that is ignorant, because it doesn't work, and secondly, it's arrogant, because no one has the answers or the ability to govern without God.  I love the statement God told Job in chapter 38:

 4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.

Honestly, that sums up our ignorance and arrogance. The right information doesn't come from what you watch or hear from the Internet, TV or any other media source. The right information comes from God's Word and your heart submitting to it. Some Christians know that God's Word is true, but they haven't been able to submit to it.  It's easy to say things that are true, but it is something else to submit to it. 

Don't be a person with only a conservative world view, be a person whose world view is based upon the the one who created the world.  That is the view that has the right information for making the decisions that will be right. 

Keeping it honest and truthful...K

 

Sunday
Sep072014

Are We At War? 

A friend sent me this link on Sunday morning.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/09/01/infidels-three-churches-were-vandalized-in-one-night-but-its-what-the-graffiti-said-thats-leaving-some-people-unsettled/

Many people believe we are at war with Islam, and it's not just across the world in the Middle East. Most Americans believe that Muslims are peace seeking, and perhaps many are, but the nature and foundation of Islam is radical, and it is violent.  Think about what the verse that was scribbled on the church wall.  

“We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.”

Again, this is not written on a wall in the Middle East, this was written on a wall of a church in the United States. With ISIS declaring that they will raise the Islamic flag in the White House, and there is a possibility that many terrorists from that group could be coming in to the United States through Mexico, Americans are asleep  We are not paying attention that the world is imploding, and that our way of life that has been protected is in jeopardy. Our world is facing a "C change," where faith, democracy, and morals are shifting to make a new world, one where acceptance becomes our new god. We will accept the falsehood of anything, just because it is has an opinion, a practice, a belief, or a world view. I have said for many years, that our battle in Washington, or in Iran, or at our Southern borders with immigration, is not political it is spiritual.  We are at war with the Prince of the power of the air and we are clashing with his agenda for world domination.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins  in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

This is our war, a war that can not be won by politics, by making new laws, or repealing old ones. This war will not be won, until Jesus steps back physically upon the Mount of Olives. God's play book is one that is allowing the deception that is found in the hearts of mankind to delude the culture, and it will win the hearts and minds of people everywhere, and there is no escape.  This is what makes the frustration level so high in the conservative camp, we see the how liberals are keeping power, and control, and there seems to be no change in sight. However, I have to believe it is by design. How can a country be so stupid to continue to elect a government that continually lies to them? Or how can people continue to vote for a government that mismanages everything it touches, including your tax money? How can our military withdrawal from the Middle East, without the Intel of ISIS being on the radar in the region and nobody sees it there? How about all the lying that went on about all the poor getting health care, and the only thing that has happened is that all Americans are paying more for health insurance, and the poor still don't have any?  What about the IRS cover up with the lost emails of Lois Lerner and others?  This government of President Omaha and crowd is the worse thing that has happened to America since its inception. However, that is not the end of it. Americans desire exactly what they are getting, the fruits of a society that has turned it's back on God. That sounds judgmental and probably harsh, but it is the truth.  Americans have been very generous people, and do good things all over the world, including many things for the poor here at home. But their great mistake is the same one Israel make years ago. 

Jeremiah 2:13

 13 for my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.

America has forsaken God, and they have created their own gods, gods of their own making. This is the war we are really fighting, and America is losing. 

America has no foundation to fight the infection of the last days, we have no defense against accepting the false thinking and beliefs coming into our society. We have churches whose only interest is helping "people see that their best days are now."   

Yes we are are war, but its a war of who you will serve, and the results of serving the wrong master will end up with what we are experiencing today.  Again, the problem of serving the wrong master is that you will never win the war, and you will only feel the affects of losing the war. It is what we are seeing today.

Welcome to the new "C" change of the new world without God, and with all of the problems that it will bring with it. 

If you don't believe me. Read this

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/september/intervarsity-now-derecognized-in-california-state-universit.html

Come Lord Jesus.

Keeping it honest and truthful.....K

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