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Sunday
Feb192017

Learning From The Past

There are so many cultures that live in the past. They honor their dead, they remember the heroic deeds of their ancestors who put a stake down and lived out a dream or a vision. Usually today if we refer to living in the past we mean that someone is not willing to bring their lives up to the present. I think we should live more in the past. We can learn so much from the people who went before us, both from our family ancestors, and from our history as a nation. We spend so little time in the past with history, because many think it is wasted time. Yet it is from the past that we learn lessons that could help us with our future.

"Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."  -Winston Churchill

Today people want to learn more about their ancestry than they did in my parent’s day. Perhaps the melting pot of America has created a longing to know more about the roots of their families before grandma and grandpa. I know in my parents’ day, graveyards were visited on special holidays to remember the past but today many young people think that is morbid. If you ask most people what Memorial Day weekend is about, they would probably say, “It’s the unofficial start of summer.”

So what do we learn from the past?

1. The past gives us context for the present and the future. We learn from both the mistakes and the victories of history. History does repeat itself because humans are predictable. When a nation sins it is usually because that nation is following the ambitions of leaders who have an agenda of power.

2. The past reminds us of the heroic people who spoke truth and defended it with their lives.  So many prophets in the Bible were these kinds of people. We also have had great men in politics and industry that believed in an idea or in the concept that people can live free from the tyranny of governments.

3. The past will bring to mind the promises made by our founding fathers of this great Republic of ours. The sacrifice they made and the wisdom they used to craft a new nation under God. We are also reminded of God’s promises that He made to Abraham that all nations would be blessed because of His covenant with Abraham’s descendants.

4. The past also reminds us that we are the combination of the many generations of family members who have come and gone over the years.  Their DNA is our DNA and we carry forth the characteristics of those previous generations into our future.

5. The past warns us of how arrogance can become our worst enemy. It becomes our enemy because it has forgotten and abandoned the fear of God.  When there is no fear of God in the land, the land is governed by arrogance and self-willed people. It paves the way for people like Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Idi Amin, Mao Tse-Tung and Saddam Hussein to come to power.  To learn from the past is one of the greatest lessons we can glean from history.

Hebrews 2:1-18

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it

Most of the time we are told to forget our past, don’t dwell on what was, and don’t let your past rule over your present and your future. Yet the past is our greatest teacher of lessons learned. In my life my painful past is no longer a reminder of failure, it is a promise of what never to do again.

A few thoughts from the past:

In my recent blogs I have been rather harsh toward clergy because I feel many of them have let the Lord down as they minister in His Name.  It is a lesson I learned from the past as we go back to Ezekiel 22:26:

Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.”

The problem always starts with those whose job it is to make a case for God among the people. Sooner rather than later, we begin to see the differences between the holy and the common disappear and God becomes a commonplace item without much value.  I am afraid that we have not been taught to fear the Lord, we simply see him as a means to an end.

Malachi 3:8 tells us that God will one day bring this distinction back into focus.

It appears that in Malachi’s day there was no distinction between the holy and the common.

And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

 

God’s people are to be different. They don’t mirror what the world stands for; rather they become the distinction between the Holy and the common as a testimony to who God is.

So in the last days we will see less distinction between the Holy and the common, and as I pointed out a few days ago, Satan will become an object of worship for the whole earth.

  1. God becomes less
  2. Satan becomes more

Leviticus 10:10 You shall make a distinction and recognize a difference between the holy and the common, the unclean and the clean.

Revelation 13:4 And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

Wednesday
Feb152017

Leadership That Goes Beyond The Trends

Jeremiah 2:8

The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’

Those who deal with the law did not know Me; the leaders rebelled against me.

The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.

Lots of people write about leadership, but many of them are based upon some wrong assumptions.

Here is one leadership myth I use to believe in and for many years taught: “everyone is a leader, but you just don’t know it.”  On the surface that sounds good, but it is not true. When you read scripture you quickly pick up that leadership is:  “knowing God.”  When you read the first part of Jeremiah chapter two you find that all the leaders in the land of Israel, did not know God.  The priests, the prophets, and the rulers were all leading the people without the knowledge of God.  They may have had some ability to gather a crowd and convinced them of their leadership skills, but something was missing. A governing group may have appointed them as a leader, but it still didn’t change the condition of their hearts, they still did not know God.

Not much has changed since Jeremiah’s day. What ultimately happens as Jeremiah records in this second chapter, the people will forsake God, and recreate Him in the image of men. In time there will be no fear of God in the land and their worship of God will become a cultural tradition rather than a living relationship.

Many clergy today are not much different than in Jeremiah’s day. They lead from the ideas gleaned from our culture rather than from God’s Word. Living and teaching spiritual truth defends God’s ways, and does not mingle the truth with popular ideas of culture. The Bible is clear, if we love this world, then the love of God is not in us.

1 John 2:15  “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”

  • Godly leadership will lead us to God.
  • Godly leadership will remind us of God’s truth.
  • Godly leadership will always create a hunger to know God

God will have nothing to do with a person whose heart is divided in serving Him. Half the time they love God and follow Him. The other half of their time is spent honoring and living like this world.

I ask myself all the time, “how much of this world is in me?”  Remember you can only lead from the resources and from the desires found in your heart.  Leadership that honors God, has these following characteristics:

Humility

Mercy

Courage

Honor

Truthfulness

Honesty

Grace

Boldness

As I sat at lunch with a Christian leader recently, I realized that this man spent the majority of his life in church. He was well schooled in tradition, and Christian culture, but I wondered as I sat there, “does he know the Lord?”

I only asked that question because his conversation was not about how great God is, but about his accomplishments and his desire to do even more for God. He wanted me to know that he had a pedigree in Christian service.

This is one of the best ways to tip us off about knowing the Lord. “It is never about us!”

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

 

Sunday
Feb122017

Is The United Nations Biased?

The United Nations: A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The UN has six principal organs: the General Assembly (the main deliberative assembly); the Security Council (for deciding certain resolutions for peace and security); the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (for promoting international economic and social co-operation and development); the Secretariat (for providing studies, information, and facilities needed by the UN); the International Court of Justice (the primary judicial organ); and the United Nations Trusteeship Council (inactive since 1994). UN System agencies include the World Bank Group, the World Health Organization, the world food program, UNESCO, and UNICEF.

That seems to be succinct enough.  

Now here are some facts you may not know:

In 2017 the United Nations will spend $22 Billion to help people in need.

According to Aviel Schneider a writer for Israel Today, in 2016 one of the agencies of the United Nations, UNRWA, is the only agency designed to help one ethnic group, the Palestinians. The agency last year had a $668 million budget for 5 million Palestinians. 

Just on the surface every Palestinian had access to 133.5 million dollars. We know that money wasn’t divided up that way, but it would be interesting to know how all this money was spent in helping just five million Palestinians. 

We also know that the United States contributes 22% of the UN budget every year, which is a high percentage since there are 193 members.

Other top contributing nations are:

Japan 9%

China 8%

Germany 6%

France 4%

United Kingdom 4%

Russia 3%

The United Nations also condemned Israel in 45 resolutions by United Nations Human Rights Council and to make this worse, last year named Israel the worst violator of human rights.

On March 24, 2016, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up its annual meeting in New York by condemning only one country for violating women’s rights anywhere on the planet – Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women. 

On the same day, the U.N. Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states. 

There were five Council resolutions on Israel.  One each on the likes of hellish countries like Syria, North Korea and Iran.  Libya got an offer of “technical assistance.”  And countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China were among the 95 percent of states that were never mentioned. 

No slander is deemed too vile for the U.N. human rights bodies that routinely listen to highly orchestrated Palestinian versions of the ancient blood libel against the Jews.

Bible commentator Gary Kah recently mentioned on Jan Markell’s Understanding the Times Radio program that the UN has a huge Far Eastern religion influence among it’s leadership and members. We certainly know how powerful the Palestinian voice is in the UN, and that always spells trouble for Israel.

The most recent UNSC Resolution 2334 against Israel, which the United States refused to veto, states:

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 was adopted on 23 December 2016. It concerns the Israeli settlements in "Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem". The resolution passed in a 14-0 vote by members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Four members with United Nations Security Council veto power, China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom, voted for the resolution, whereas, the United States abstained.[1]

The resolution states that Israel's settlement activity constitutes a "flagrant violation" of international law and has "no legal validity". It demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.[2][3]

Israel has had the most UN resolutions against them than any other country on earth. Yet, at the same time, statistics show that Christians are the most persecuted religion on earth. So why are there no resolutions passed by the UN against the countries killing Christians?  Why?  Here are some disturbing facts.

Bishop John McAreavey, chair of the council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishop's Conference, told the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade that Christian persecution is at an "unprecedented" high, pointing to statistics that show 11 Christians are killed every hour of the day.

Citing a Pew Research survey McAreavey told the committee that Christian persecution is being gravely underestimated, as "Christianity is now the world's most oppressed religious group, with persecution against them reported in 110 countries."

He continued: "Many of these countries have significant trade links with Ireland. Persecution is increasing in China. In North Korea a quarter of the country's Christians live in forced labor camps. Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the Maldives all feature in the 10 worst places to be Christian.

"According to the International Society for Human Rights, a non-religious organization, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians."

President Trump has asked why we as a country support the UN, when they are always sanctioning Israel and never protecting Christians? 

That is a great question, especially when the United States supports the UN budget by 22%!

The idea of a United Nations organization in world history has merit by coming together to try to keep peace on earth and being a humanitarian agency. Yet, it seems it has become too political and biased in the way it legislatively administers ‘peace’ around the world.

If you want to really be unnerved, read the United Nations agenda 2030, a blueprint for world compliance. As one commentator put it: The UN is planning nothing less than a global government tyranny that enslaves all of humanity while calling the scheme "sustainable development" and "equality."

Learn more:

http://www.naturalnews.com/051058_2030_Agenda_United_Nations_global_enslavement.html#ixzz4YVJKtgRG

It doesn’t take much discernment to see what the Bible predicted would happen in the last days. Persecution, world government with a global dictator, and Israel hated by all.

Luke 21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

Wednesday
Feb082017

Jesus The Model Of A Refugee

There is hysteria about everything today because people are ruled by the opinion of others. This hysteria is quite obvious by those in opposition to a temporary immigrant ban that was imposed by President Trump. People are making it an issue of racism, a war against a religion, and hatred for people who are not like you. All of this is nonsense and most American’s see through it. In fact in most polls Americans favor this temporary ban until this administration has a chance to review all immigrant policy from countries where known Islamic radicalization takes place.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided.

Some of the argument I have heard people opposing the ban say: “this country was built with immigrants, and this land is known as a place of opportunity for immigrants and refugees from all over the world.”  However, there is a difference between the immigrants in my parent’s day and many immigrants today. 

 

  1. Immigrants came here to assimilate into America and become Americans
  2. Immigrants did not come here to declare their religion more important than our laws and demand special treatment.
  3. Immigrants did not come here to rape and pillage the system
  4. Immigrants did not come here to kill Americans.
  5. Immigrants came to America to make America a place where all people can live in peace and have opportunity for their families. 

 

Every immigrant should be vetted along these lines in order to keep America from become like what is happening in many European countries. Let’s take Sweden for example. They are now being called the rape capitol of the world.

https://www.facebook.com/DennisPrager/videos/10154617813246998/?autoplay_reason=all_page_organic_allowed&video_container_type=0&video_creator_product_type=2&app_id=2392950137&live_video_guests=0

After watching this piece from commentator and talk show host Dennis Prager, you have to be concerned. This is happening all over Europe and as the video demonstrates there are areas in these countries where citizens of that country are not allowed to go because of an immigrant take over. Since when do immigrants take over a part of the city and declare it theirs?  I guess by sharing this video some would call me a racist since I oppose this kind of behavior as a Christian.

I am not a racist and I am tired of being call such because my Biblical values have told me that behavior that rapes women is evil and wrong. That does not make me a racist; it makes me concerned about the safety of any woman who could be a victim of this raping culture.  Germany has had similar incidents with this raping culture.

A growing number of women and young girls housed in refugee shelters in Germany are being raped, sexually assaulted and even forced into prostitution by male asylum seekers, according to German social work organizations with first-hand knowledge of the situation.

The New York Post Said: In the wake of horrifying tales of sexual assault perpetrated by potentially up to 1,000 men on New Year’s Eve, German officials have made two stunning decisions.

The first, from Cologne, Germany — where the attacks took place — was Mayor Henriette Reker telling women to adopt a “code of conduct” to prevent further sexual assaults, which crossed the line into “victim blaming.”

The second, from the broader German government, was to crack down hard — not on those responsible for the assaults, but for those criticizing the Muslim immigrants who may have perpetrated them.

Let’s take a step back and remember how all of this started. On New Year’s Eve, women celebrating in Cologne were reportedly groped, sexually assaulted and/or robbed as they walked the streets.

More than 100 criminal complaints have been filed, 75 percent of which were reports of sexual assault. Two women reported being raped by the men, who were allegedly of North African and Arab appearance. Women in Hamburg and Stuttgart also reported similar attacks.

My question: Is this the behavior of previous immigrant populations? In my opinion, the behavior of these new immigrants is different because their religious culture teaches them not to respect the infidel culture. Isn’t this the other side of the immigrant story? Raping an infidel woman is not a crime its dishonoring them as unbelievers. 

Contrast all of this to Jesus the ultimate immigrant and refugee.  He came from a different place where life was orderly, honoring, and perfect. He came into a world of hatred, greed, racism, and religious privilege, but He didn’t come to enhance the evil in the world, He came to destroy it. 

 1 John 3:8 “whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

 He spoke against the unrighteousness in His day, especially the hypocrisy of the religious leaders who did not follow God, but made up their own religious laws. Jesus is the perfect example of an immigrant who came to make life better for every human being. America is not a perfect land, but we don’t need to bring more evil into this already very confused nation of ours. Immigrants use to come to here to have a better life, and to better the life of those they have come to live among. 

I am sorry, but I don’t get this travel ban hysteria based upon what we see in Europe and what we can anticipate here if we don’t expect more from those we allow to migrate into this country.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

 

 

 

Monday
Feb062017

The Romans One Generation

Many people have described our present culture as a Romans one generation and as you peruse that first chapter in Romans it becomes quite clear, it does depict our world today.

One the unmistakable takeaways from reading this chapter is how God has allowed our sin to rule our lives.

Romans 1:24-26

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.”

God said twice in these passages that He gave them over to the fruits of their sin. One person asked me recently, “why doesn’t God just destroy all the wicked around us today?”

Perhaps God gives them over to sin with the hope that their experience with sin would eventually bring them to a relationship with Him.

Often, as Christians we spend a great deal of time telling each other how bad it has become, and we curse the darkness around us. We sometimes call this discernment. I believe it is important for us to have a discerning heart and mind when it comes to the days in which we live, but our lives also must be full of the solution as well. In fact we need to spend as much time on the solution as we do in discerning our times. This Roman’s one generation has been given over to their sin by God but He still loves this prodigal crowd. However, in an effort to give grace to this sinful crowd, some Christian leaders have moved away from the Biblical mandates found in the Word of God. They accept sinful practices that the Bible condemns as abominations. Yes, some Christian leaders are considered prodigals as they compromise and soften the message of separation from the world. This is where discernment is important. Here is an example of this acceptance.

Tony Campolo, the Christian evangelical leader surprised followers by doing an emphatic 180-degree turn in his public opinion of gay couples.

According to the 80-year-old Baptist preacher and sociological professor, it took meeting with numerous real-life same-sex couples for years and studying scripture to come to the conclusion that gay people or at least those in monogamous, long-term partnerships  represent no threat to the faith. 

Here is a video clip of several Evangelical pastors apologizing for the behavior of the church toward homosexuality.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-tDOq7JS9k

 

This video should give us context into why the Romans one generation have become so powerful and influential.  This is what I have been warning about, we are slowly becoming more like this generation than we are the generation of the Bride of Christ.  There is no way we will overcome the influence of this generation unless we prepare to be sold out for the truth. Lets look at three tactics I would describe as this generations strategy against Christians.

1. Tactic Number One: you cannot win the battle against this generation unless you prepare. Liberal mindsets are designed to divert the discussion to their point of view in a matter of seconds. This kind of tactic puts you immediately on the defensive. Unless you understand this tactic it will draw you into the ring of argument that is controlled by their perspective. Our argument is always about the sin issue, but unless we combat this tactic with caring about them as people, our telling them about sin will never achieve any change of heart. This is why our discernment should always have a heart of compassion for this generation whose sin is their god. Having compassion plus knowledge helps you navigate this tactic.

2. Tactic Number two: this generation tries to get people sidetracked about the issues of disparity within Christian behavior and thought. They will exploit statements made by Christian leaders and twist how those statements are applied in everyday life. This generation has no distinction between right and wrong, therefore no one can be judged. If there is no moral distinctions then nothing is off limits, and that is the battle we are losing in today’s world. Do we know how to defend our moral code and why it has the answers for this generation?

3. Tactic Number three: this generation parrots the mantras of the media who love to promote secular humanism over Christianity. This is why conservatives, and Christians are always made to appear out of step with the majority of people in America. Do we know how to confront these images that are painted about us and defend our faith in a way that this generation can see value in it?

I have stated in an early blog post, that I do not trust some clergy today. My distrust is because they have made Jesus into something He is not and then they convince people that God is only about love and nothing else. The standards of holy living, morals, and obeying God are not topics they want to touch. This again is discernment it is diagnosing what is spiritually wrong.

Earlier I said that discerning spiritual problems is only half the solution, the other half is how do we take our discernment and mold it into a message of hope?  We must get better at making our case for knowing God and why our values of moral standards are more credible than having no moral standards.  Most of us accent on Gods love, but what about His supernatural interaction with us in this world?  Should a stronger case be made for His supernatural presence and interaction with us through miracles, words of knowledge, divine healing and the power of the cross?  This supernatural God was how the early church made its case about God to their culture. Are we missing something?  This Roman’s one generation is an independent crowd that loves to live in sin, yet if given an alternative to see a supernatural God in us, could it make them think differently?  Discernment alone will not convince people to change. It will take discernment, compassion, and believing in a supernatural God who is present everyday.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

 

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