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Sunday
Nov042018

Are We Afraid of the Truth?

I love the Prophet Jeremiah because he is a no-nonsense guy. Straight shooter, no dancing around the issues, just plain facts, no spin, and no compromise. 

This is my kind of preacher!

Here is what he says in Jeremiah 1:10

See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

The world is our congregation - all nations, all kingdoms, wherever they are, whatever they believe - they are the congregation of people in need of ministry. 

The next few words define what ministry is to be about. No compromise, no fear, and very clear. 

  • Uproot: There needs to be a clear message of what is presentable behavior before the Lord and what it is not. This is not based upon opinion or denominational doctrine; it comes from the Word of the Lord, period! It means that we get rid of things in our lives that compromise God in our lives. It means that we plan for a life that makes Jesus first in mind, heart, and soul.  
  • Tear Down: Meaning whatever makes a bid for the worship in our lives, we tear it down. In our world of many idols that control the temptations in our lives, we destroy its influence. We don’t let the world set the pace for what is important to us that is set by God Himself. This means we identify the idols in our lives that control us, and then we destroy or tear them down.
  • Destroy: Destroy the thoughts and concepts that influence our minds to think or act like the masses. Why do we have to have groupthink on everything? It cheapens the creativity and the uniqueness of how He has created us. Groupthink is a way for the world to make people “one size fits all”. That is not how God designed us. 
  • Overthrow: This means that you overthrow the temptation of the kingdoms of this world that want to make you important, influential, visible, and powerful, and choose a life that strives to make others more important. Overthrow the desire to be honored by others for the success in your life or the concepts of influence you present. God is the only one worthy of any of those things.
  • Build: We are all called to build something that brings God into the picture as a prominent focus. This may be an organization that calls attention to the eternal questions of what life is all about and how those questions can be answered. It may be feeding the unfortunate, the destitute, or it may mean being a leader whose influence centers on the goodness of God experienced in everyday life.
  • Plant: Planting are seeds of thought, ideas, and examples that create a potential of reaching a new generation; a new crop of leaders who need to be directed in a way that brings an eternal perspective into play and into an everyday routine. Planting those words of wisdom, encouragement, and vision that help young minds and hearts aspire to be everything God wants them to become. These seeds may not appear to be great until they take root and you see the results in a fully devoted follower of Christ.

    Ministry is messy, and it is confrontational. It is not passive, nor is it ever afraid to speak the truth of God. It does not compromise, nor does it evade the issue. It has a clear objective to speak God’s Word to a world that is dying for the lack of it.
    Jeremiah helps us define the concept of ministry with the objectives God has set forth to becoming the first and most important part of our lives. Nothing should ever be a part of our lives that challenges Him as our God. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

Monday
Oct292018

For The Jews It Is All About Survival

The purpose of the Jewish state is to secure the Jewish future. That is why Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, against any threat. 

                                                                                      -Benjamin Netanyahu 

 

I wish Jew hatred and Israel hatred were just another bigotry, but it isn’t all Jew hatred is exterminationist hatred. 

                                                                                       -Dennis Prager   

No other ethnic people group on earth has had as many threats against them as the Jews. Jewish people are told by their enemies, “The only solution in the Middle East is to exterminate the Jews.” No Israel and no Jews.  We have been told that Anti-Semitism has been growing today.

The Anti-Defamation League logged a 57 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2017, compared to the previous year — including bomb threats, assaults, vandalism, and anti-Semitic posters and literature found on college campuses.

Britain

Britain’s Jewish community has spoken out against Labour leaders, and anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have soared to a near-record high in 2018.

"We are seeing British Jews increasingly talking about leaving and also seeing signs of people actually leaving, not just to Israel, but also to the United States and Canada -- and Australia is a destination as well," said Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA).

France

France’s 475,000 Jews represent less than 1 percent of the country’s population. Yet last year, according to the French Interior Ministry, 51 percent of all racist attacks targeted Jews. The statistics in other countries, including Great Britain, are similarly dismal. In 2014, Jews in Europe were murdered, raped, beaten, stalked, chased, harassed, spat on, and insulted for being Jewish. Sale Juif—“dirty Jew”—rang in the streets, as did “Death to the Jews,” and “Jews to the gas.”

2012: Toulouse, France 

Four Jews were shot and killed at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish School outside Toulouse in southern France. The victims included Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, 30, and two of his children: Aryeh Sandler, 6, and Gabriel Sandler, 3. Miriam Monsonego, an 8-year-old student, also was killed.

2014: Brussels 

Four people were shot and killed in an attack at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels.

January 2015: Paris 

Days after the attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, four Jews — François-Michel Saada, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Yoav Hattab — were killed in a siege at the Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket on the outskirts of Paris. 

October 2016: Moscow 

An armed man carrying a gas canister attempted to enter Moscow’s Choral Synagogue in the city center, a day before Rosh Hashanah services. All that is known about the attacker is that he was a 40-year-old man believed by synagogue officials to be an ethnic Russian. 

April 2017: Paris 

During the French presidential election, Sarah Halimi, 65, an Orthodox Jewish woman who lived alone in a Paris public housing project, was beaten to death and thrown out a window. Police identified her neighbor, Kobili Traore, a 27-year-old Malian Muslim, as the suspect, and neighbors interviewed by police said they heard him scream “Allahu Akbar” during the attack.

December 2017: Amsterdam 

Hours after President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a 29-year-old Palestinian man brandishing a Palestinian flag smashed the windows of the HaCarmel kosher restaurant in a Jewish district of Amsterdam

March 2018: Paris 

In an episode that resembled the Sarah Halimi case, Mireille Knoll, 85, a Holocaust survivor who also lived in a Paris public housing project, was stabbed 11 times and left to burn in her apartment. Investigators identified her neighbor, Yacine Mihoub, 28, and an accomplice, Alex Carrimbacus, 21, as suspects. This time, authorities immediately included the dimension of anti-Semitism in the investigation.

April 2018: Berlin

Two men — ages 21 and 24, at least one wearing a skullcap — were assaulted in broad daylight by an attacker who whipped them with a belt in a gentrified Berlin district, Prenzlauer Berg. Three perpetrators appeared to have been involved, according to the victims’ accounts. One of the victims, Adam Armoush, later said that he was not in fact Jewish but had worn a skullcap to prove to a friend that doing so was not a risk in contemporary Germany. “I was saying it’s really safe, and I wanted to prove it, but it ended like that,” Armoush told German TV. The incident became a national scandal, and German leaders weighed in. Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack “horrible,” and the foreign minister, referring to the country’s Nazi past, said, “Jews shall never again feel threatened here.”
-Washington Post and Amie Ferris-Rotman in Moscow contributed to this report.

The attack in Pittsburgh over the weekend is just another case of hatred for the Jews. There are many reasons why the Jews are hatred in our world, but the primary reason is because they prove the existence of God. Even though 80% of the Jewry in the world today has a secular worldview, the promises God made to Israel remain in tact. The restoration of Israel as a nation in 1948 is the most significant sign that God and the Jews are still under a divine contract (promise).

When Christians and secular people dismiss Israel as an unimportant element in world affairs, they are sorely mistaken. God promised Israel that the land and their presence in that land would be forever.

All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever                                                                                                                                       -Genesis 13:15

I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprootedfrom the land I have given them, says the Lord your God.                                            -Amos 9:15 

God has Israel’s back, but the war against them will continue because of their connection with God, and His love for them. Evil/Satan hates the Jews, because it was through them the Messiah/Savior came and defeated him forever. It is out of this hatred that Satan seeks to destroy Israel and get his revenge with God.

13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.

15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.                                      –Revelation 12:13 and 15 

I support Jews and their homeland Israel, and will continue to pray for the families in Pittsburgh who lost a loved one due to this hatred for the Jewish people. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K 

 

Sunday
Oct282018

How Do We Stop A Runaway Train? 

In 2010 Denzel Washington starred in a movie called “Unstoppable” which was loosely based on the real-life CSX 8888 incident, about a runaway freight train.The story was about two guys who had to do extraordinary things to successfully stop the train and avoid disaster.

The same must be true when we are faced with evil in our land that does not care about human life. Robert D. Bowers went into a Pittsburgh synagogue last Saturday and shot and killed 11 people and wounded another 6 and is a microcosm of a world gone mad. 

This kind of crisis is like a runaway train in the respect that there are no easy ways to stop it. All the politicians, the President, the news pundits; all were saying the same thing, “this needs to stop, and we need to stop it.”

I believe the President came the closest to finding a way to at least slow this train down, and that is by having armed guards at all public gatherings of people. This process will eliminate the soft targets as easy prey for people who are determined to kill people. This will only curb the problem, however, because people who are mentally unstable will continue to find ways to disrupt our lives by the constant threat of acting out their hatred in their lives.  

What you won’t hear in the secular media is how to deal with the evil. It is one thing to simply call something evil, but it’s another to understand evil and how it works. The runaway train of evil in our society can only be stopped by some intentional moves on behalf of people. This will involve laws and protection procedures to be implemented, but the real answer is a spiritual revival, which will stop this train dead in its tracks. 

Evil is like a bully. Evil will pick on vulnerable and unsuspecting people. Americans are not accustomed to having gunfire in their communities and are totally unprepared for a crisis like this. The Bible tells us that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. 

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

That means we prepare ourselves against evil by submitting to God, and when that doesn’t happen in our land, it opens the door for all of us to be soft targets for the evil one. 

Evil can be avoided by asking God to lead us not into temptation but to deliver us from evil. Asking God to identify and deliver us from the evil practices in our own lives, and then strengthening our personal behavior to stand against the evil in our own communities - this could be a start. 

Jesus told us that evil comes from within, in Mark 7:21-23

For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Laws alone cannot stop this runaway train of evil, nor can simply protecting ourselves by security measures stop it. It cannot be stopped because it dwells within us. It is the nature of sin to capture a person’s life by what they want and believe. All sin is selfish and self-destructive, and it leads to unrighteousness that can be performed by anyone who is called a human being. 

So how do you protect yourself against a disease that has infected all of us?  You can’t and that’s the point of the runaway train. That train is all of us; it’s you and it’s me, and the only way for this train to stop is through Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins. 

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Psalm 51:10 
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Evil is only defeated with a changed heart that is submitted to God and filled with His Word. Evil thrives where God is absent, and we in America have allowed this runaway train to take place because we have rejected Him. We will never stop these tragic events from happening until we as individuals, we as a community, and we as a nation decide that faith in God is our only hope, and ask God for His protection and His wisdom to return us to back to His ways.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

Wednesday
Oct242018

When Civility is Gone

We have all heard the sound bytes from Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and others who say they can’t be civil to Republicans until they are back in power in Washington. This could be a great definition of what bullying is from our so-called political leaders in Washington. Talk about swamp talk. 

I just can’t believe this political party can be so incomprehensible when it comes to working with others to help govern this great nation of ours. We have become a nation of people who love our politics more than we love God. Behavior matters, and when we our parties get so entrenched in winning at all costs by stooping to the lowest levels of bullying, this should be a sign to all of us who notto vote for. 

A relative gave me a Trump “Fake News” button that when pushed says a variety of statements about “Fake News.”  I have it outside of my studio and when I pass it I push it. My dog gets irritated by hearing it all day long that she looks at me with disgust. 

Now, I thought it was just the voice of Trump that irritated her, but then I got to thinking there is more to the story.

I realized that my dog is a democrat. Here is why.

  • She gets free food, no contribution on her part. 
  • She gets free walks several times a day, with a sponsor from our family who agrees to walk her.
  • She gets that same sponsor to pick up her droppings and bag them for disposal. She takes that for granted and expects it to happen, but otherwise she would just leave it where it dropped without a second thought.
  • She sleeps all day, no requirement for meaningful commitment to anything.
  • She barks at everyone - no matter if they are just passing by our house or knocking at our door. In fact she barks at the family for no reason. 
  • She thinks she is more important than other dogs in the neighborhood and plays the elitist card that life is all about her needs. She is the Alpha dog.
  • She has a nice demeanor when she is after a treat that she figures is owed to her. 
  • She is stubborn and always expects that we place her before everything else in our lives. 
  • She sheds all over our house without any concern of how it affects others.

So no wonder the Trump “Fake News” button is so disturbing to her. 

The bottom line is that we have to learn to deal with opposition. When you don’t have a worldview based upon God, your opposition will force you to resort to whatever tactics are necessary to get your way. The reputation of how the Democrats behave has become the poster child for bad behavior. 

However, Christians know that at the end of each day, God is still in control. And because He is in control we have a different view of behavior. Nothing takes God out of the driver’s seat, and that is why I can say with confidence, as bad as behavior gets, GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. Bad behavior is a sign to everyone who believes in God that this is what mankind is like without God’s help. This is one of the reasons God gave us the Bible to assure us that He does not intend to leave this world to its own devices. God provides us a way out, and that exit is through Him.  

God knows when the end will come, and He has His timeline well under control. Our job is to trust Him, even if we get thrown into the lions den of BAD BEHAVIOR, He is still in control just as HE was for those three Hebrew boys in Daniel. God’s control is still in effect no matter the circumstances, and His protection is complete. 

So, stand for truth, be aware of the day in which we live, and be Christ-like in how we deal with each other, because everything is under God’s watchful eye. Don’t fear and don’t be afraid because the Bible tells us that we win because He is in complete control. So let’s be civil to each other and do as the Apostle Peter suggests, let’s be kind to each other, including our Democratic dogs.  

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.     -1 Peter 4:7-11

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

Monday
Oct222018

The Left is as evil as Hell Itself

I have been reading Brigitte Gabriel’s new book called “Arise, In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom,” and it underscores the title of this blog. 

Brigitte is an Arab Christian American who immigrated to this country in the late 80’s from Lebanon and is the founder of a grassroots organization called, “Act for America”.  The book is worth the time to read. 

I am convinced that any left leaning politician, organization, political party, church, or civil organization that perpetuates the ideology of supporting tolerance for violence against people who disagree with you, support tolerance for Islamic Sharia law in America, and defend policies that weaken our Judeo-Christian value system is not acting on behalf of the American people. The left should have a new tag line (Jesus used it first, but I don’t think He would mind if we used it here).

“We have come to rob, steal and destroy.”  Of course Jesus used it to describe Satan, the archenemy of the human race, but the left continually takes a page from his playbook to ruin our society. 

The left from Washington to Hollywood and everywhere in between want to reshape America. From the Newsroom to the classroom, America is under assault being fed lies that are steering people to believe that America is racist, homophobic, and Islamophobic; all in the interest of tolerating all people, all ideas, and all worldviews. All ideas are equal, all cultures are equal, and all values are equal. There is no longer room for distinction, objections, and religious values that resist current trends of thought. 

Biblical Christianity, (note: different than American Christianity) is distinctive, it does object to the immoral support for any lifestyle practice that the Bible condemns, and Biblical Christianity has values based upon God’s laws and principles. 

The left wants total control of our thinking. They want no definition on moral behavior and they want freedom to express consent on whatever is justifiable by the majority. What they want more than anything else is influence. They want to influence people to tolerate at all times, for all reasons, and resist any movement of thought that may resist their objectives. This, by the way, is not the freedom our forefathers set up in this great land of ours. This was the kind of thinking they were fleeing from Europe and beyond. 

Just a note to the liberal mind! 

There is one equalizer that will come in life that will make you uncomfortable and ultimately prove your ideology wrong. It is called “death.”

Once you die the Bible says there comes the judgment. That judgment will be done by the very God whom you have ignored, swore at, cursed His values and principles, and hated His Son whose name you used as a curse word. 

God will ask you how your ideology served Him? How did it help make His Kingdom known and how did it promote love, forgiveness, and healing to the scores of humanity that you touched? He will look at every word you printed, gave in a speech, or interviews you did where you stated hatred for Donald Trump or his associates in government. But the most important element of His judgment inquiry will be about Jesus Christ. 

God will ask you about Jesus and His cross and how did your liberal philosophy include Him in your platform of best practices for living? (Conservatives will have this same interview by the way, no one escapes this time with God, all people face Him)

God matters most at the time of death. I have mentioned that liberal philosophy is from hell - not for political reasons, but for moral and spiritual ones. The left leaning thinking is not godly thinking and it will have its day before a Holy God who will bring it into judgment. I chose liberals because their god is their agenda to change America, to make philosophical slaves who will serve their best interests in robbing, stealing, and destroying God’s best for us. 

Remember, everything we think, speak and act will be held accountable before God. Perhaps all of us could take some time today and ask God for forgiveness, and ask for His help in leading our lives, and recommit ourselves to making Jesus the main focus in all we think and do. 

This makes sense to me, and it is the best advice you will ever receive. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K 

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