Happy Birthday America!

No More Fence-sitting America. . .It’s Time To Wake Up And Take A Stand!

Either you love America with all it’s colorful flaws and shortcomings and commit to becoming part of the solution for continuous positive change, or you hate what America has become over the past 244 years and want to side with those who are hell bent on burning it down, tearing down historical statues and erasing our history, and starting from scratch to rebuild their utopia!

How did that new “CHOP” experiment work out in Seattle?

It took Jenny Durkan, the mayor of Seattle, almost one month to figure out what most sane logical thinking people knew would happen from day one! A “summer of love” in a police-free autonomous zone lead by a bunch of armed anarchists ended up to be one big violent mess. Two young black men were shot dead and several others are still recovering from gunshot wounds. CHOP was really a microcosm of what the “New America” would look like with anarchist’s/domestic terrorist’s in charge of the rebuilding project!

On November 3rd all Americans able to vote will have a crystal clear choice. There should be no guessing games regarding which side to choose. And just to be clear, aside from those who must submit absentee ballots for verifiable reasons, there must be NO MAIL-IN VOTING, and VOTER ID’s MUST BE MANDATORY in all 50 states and territories where voting is available.

Ever since the George Floyd protests started in cities across our nation we have heard from plenty of folks who support the Black Lives Matter organization lump all white people into one big “racist” pot.

I want to be very clear here. I am distinguishing and separating those who lead and support the BLM and ANTIFA “organizations” from all other people, regardless of color, who demonstrated peacefully and continue to do so. These “organizations” have clearly demonstrated they have a completely different agenda other than fighting for the injustices of African-Americans.

In the past week, two Black Lives Matter co-founders have had their Marxist backgrounds exposed, adding weight to claims the group is a radical leftist organization trained to disrupt American society and promote a modern multicultural variety of Marxist ideology.

Additionally, Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi’s links to Communist Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro have been exposed, and co-founder Patrisse Cullors admitted to being a “trained organizer” and “trained Marxist” in a resurfaced video.

Since these anti-American factions, as well as the main stream media, are now labeling white people as “racists” whose voices can’t be trusted and should even be silenced, I felt it would be great food for thought to review an interview with the father whose son was killed in CHOP, and from the first African-American billionaire. Both have different perspectives on what’s happening in America today than the leaders of the BLM and ANTIFA organizations.


Father Of Black Teen Killed In CHOP: It’s Time To Bring In The National Guard

By Emily Zanotti,    DailyWire.com
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 29: Horace Lorenzo Anderson speaks about his son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., who was killed earlier this month in a shooting in the vicinity of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area, on June 29, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said in a press conference earlier in the day that "enough is enough" after four shootings in less than two weeks have taken place in the vicinity of the CHOP zone, which encompasses the Seattle Police Department's vacated East Precinct. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images

Horace Lorenzo Anderson, the father of a 19-year-old black teen shot and killed inside Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) is speaking out and demanding the city bring in the National Guard to help break up the increasingly violent protest, now in its third week.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Jr., was the first person killed in CHOP, more than a week ago, during an outbreak of gun violence inside of the “autonomous zone.”

Anderson’s father, Anderson, Sr., spoke late Monday, after another black teen, this time a 16-year old, was killed in the CHOP over the weekend, and a 14-year-old left wounded.

“I ain’t been sleeping. You see my eyes. I’ve been crying. I’m trying not to cry on TV,” Anderson said in the Monday press conference, according to KIRO Seattle.

“This doesn’t look like a protest to me no more,” said Anderson. “That just looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want to.”

Anderson says that if the city cannot break up the protest alone, officials should bring in the National Guard. “They should deployed them here to say ‘Man, it’s time to go,’” Anderson said. ” ‘It’s time to move on. And break this up.’”


Thankfully, Mr. Anderson’s emotional pleas to rid Seattle of CHOP have been heard. Sadly, far too late for his son and the others who have died at the hands of the CHOP “peace” force!


BET Founder Robert Johnson Mocks Crowds Pulling Down Statues, Canceling TV Shows, Apologizing For Being White

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Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), speaks to the media during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Media dealmakers digesting $53 billion of mergers, spinoffs and acquisitions announced so far this year, head to Allen & Co.s Sun Valley conference this week to lay the groundwork for more.
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BET Founder Robert Johnson mocked those who are destroying statues across the U.S. and who are trying to cancel television shows because they think that’s what black people want.

During an interview with Fox News, Johnson said that those who are destroying statues across the country “have the mistaken assumption that black people are sitting around cheering for them saying ‘Oh, my God, look at these white people. They’re doing something so important to us. They’re taking down the statue of a Civil War general who fought for the South.’”

“You know, black people, in my opinion, black people laugh at white people who do this the same way we laugh at white people who say we got to take off the TV shows [like] The Dukes of Hazard,” Johnson continued. “I bet if you go back and look at the Nielsen ratings when The Dukes of Hazard was on television, I’ll bet you it had a huge black viewing population. The one thing you can do is research it, find out, because blacks watched more television than whites did, always has been historically.”

Johnson also took a shot at white Americans who think that by doing “emotionally or drastic things” that black people will look at them and think that white people love them. Johnson said that “black people don’t give a damn” if statues of people like Stonewall Jackson, who was a Confederate general, are taken down.

Johnson also mocked HBO Max for taking down “Gone with the Wind,” then putting it back with a disclaimer, saying, “What the hell do you need a disclaimer with ‘Gone with the Wind,’ as if black people think that we believe that slavery was like ‘Gone with the Wind’? Who are you trying to convince?”

“Look, the people who are basically tearing down statues, trying to make a statement, are basically borderline anarchists, the way I look at it. They really have no agenda other than the idea we’re going to topple a statue,” Johnson said. “It’s not going to give a kid whose parents can’t afford college money to go to college. It’s not going to close the labor gap between what white workers are paid and what black workers are paid. And it’s not going to take people off welfare or food stamps.”

Johnson also mocked “white privilege,” and those who get on social media and apologize for being white.

“You know, that to me is the silliest expression of white privilege that exists in this country. The notion that a celebrity could get on a Twitter feed and say, ‘Oh my God, I am so sorry that I am white.’ I don’t find any black people getting on Twitter and saying, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry I’m black.’ And we got the worst problems. … My thing is: embrace being white and do the right thing.”


Mr. Johnson is right on. Instead of pulling down statues, cancelling TV shows, and apologizing for being white, instead of hating each other, why not try loving and respecting each other as men and women created in God’s image? Not black, brown, yellow, red, and white people pointing fingers and yelling at each other, but people with lighter and darker hues of one color God chose for each of us. In other words, all lives matter to the Creator of humankind! And until Americans of all colors can express that thought without fear of offending another American, a sincere resolution to racism will never be achieved.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

I believe no truer or perfect words were ever spoken other than the words of Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible! Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30,31 – NIV) And, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 – NIV)

We can only change the world for the better when each and every one of us commits to start making positive character changes within ourselves. It’s not rocket science but it’s going to take a firm commitment to do better, to “do the right thing” what ever and where ever that may be.

The future of America is at a serious crossroads in time. Yes, change is needed.

How do you view America? Who do you want leading the changes that need to be made?

Do you want leaders who support the methods for change we are seeing played out before our very eyes in cities like Seattle, Minneapolis, New York City, and Washington D.C.?

Or, do you want leaders who “pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”?

What kind of America do you want for your children and grandchildren?

PLEASE . . .Let your conscience and common sense be your guide on November 3rd . . .VOTE!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

It’s Your Day Dad!

To all the dad’s out there making a positive difference in your children’s lives . . . THANK YOU, keep up the great work, and HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

I’m on vacation for a couple of weeks so see you then for more Wisdom Matters!

How To Change The World!

I’ve been a follower of Dan Miller’s 48Days newsletter since the early 2000’s. His message last week, which I posted below, is well worth sharing in light of all the unrest still going on in cities across America.

Just as an aside, if you are a struggling or wannabe entrepreneur, his website is worth checking out. And, if like millions of Americans right now, you are out of work and wondering what the future holds for you, I highly recommend taking a look at his website.

The vision of 48Days is to foster the process of imagining, dreaming and introspection, to help people find their calling and true path, and to translate that into meaningful, purposeful and profitable daily work.”


I Want to Change the World

In his classic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey distinguishes between two circles. The first is our Circle of Concern. This includes a whole range of things – global warming, the state of the economy, the current pandemic, societal attitudes including racism and bigotry, the apparent collapse of political systems, the demise of the American church, and more. The actual list will depend on the individual, but the important thing is to understand there may be little you can do about these large scale issues since they are outside your influence. Devoting energy on them may be a waste of time – the equivalent of yelling at the television – and our energy is thus depleted.

Our Circle of Influence will be much smaller but includes the things we can actually do something about.

People who focus on their Circle of Concern – because they have very little direct control – are often reactive and maintain an attitude of victimization and blame.

The extent of your control will obviously be related to your power – if you’re the President of the United States, the chairman of NASA, the CEO of General Motors, or the Pope, you may have far more influence than the average person. But the key is to focus our energy on those things we can influence. And thus we can in fact initiate effective change. And when we do this with wisdom and decisive action, we’ll find our Circle of Influence will increase in scope. Conversely, if all your energy goes into things you cannot control, your Circle of Influence will shrink. Not only will you waste your energy and perhaps destroy the very resources needed for positive change, you’ll feel frustrated, drained of energy, and others will see you as a negative force to be avoided.

And yes, this presents a very dicey balance. If we assume our Circle of Influence is small and thus we have no power or impact, we can justify inaction on large scale issues. We can bury our heads in the sand, protect our tiny space or escape to a place of isolation. So what do we do with problems like lack of clean water in foreign countries? What about challenges of adequate food or housing right here in the United States? What do we do when desperate immigrant families are locked up when approaching our borders? How do we correct racism and police brutality?

If I watch TV and scream in anger at the injustice or join the incensed mob in breaking windows in my home town, I may be acting righteously in my Circle of Concern, but the likelihood of positive change is slim.

On the other hand, if I focus my energy on working with my neighbors on cleaning up the local park, or leave an extra tip at the newly reopened restaurant, or provide work for an immigrant family, or supply a hand-up to a young black lady who just got out of prison, or be an example of health and optimism in the face of a pandemic, I can expand my Circle of Influence, and create a small positive change on those larger issues.

When I spend my mental, emotional and spiritual energy serving others and adding value to their lives, rather than tearing things down, I can create a tiny ripple toward the major challenges in the world. And each of us is equipped with unique skills to accomplish that. We don’t all need to find positions with nonprofits, church or political organizations; rather, finding work that engages God’s greatest gifts to you is likely your best way to improve your life and, subsequently, help improve the lives of your family, your friends, the members of your community, and ultimately, the entire world.

I’m reminded of this inscription on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abbey, dated 1100 A. D. (I used this with permission in No More Dreaded Mondays)

“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits,
I dreamed of changing the world.
As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change –
So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country,
But it too seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt,
I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me,
But alas, they would have none of it.
And now I realize as I lie on my deathbed, if I had only changed myself first,
Then by example I might have changed my family,
From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country,
And who knows, I might have even changed the world.”

Quotes: On Changing the World

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 – NLT)

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 – NIV)


See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Archbishop Viganò’s powerful letter to President Trump:

Re-posted from a Facebook post this morning.


Eternal struggle between good and evil playing out right now!

Archbishop Viganò’s powerful letter to President Trump: Eternal struggle between good and evil playing out right now

            Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

June 7, 2020

Editor’s note: Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has released this powerful letter today to President Trump warning him that the current crises over the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd riots are a part of the eternal spiritual struggle between the forces of good and evil. He encourages the president to continue the fight on behalf of the “children of light.” Read the letter in PDF form HERE.

Mr. President,

            In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children of darkness. The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of humanity, while the children of darkness represent an absolute minority. And yet the former are the object of a sort of discrimination which places them in a situation of moral inferiority with respect to their adversaries, who often hold strategic positions in government, in politics, in the economy and in the media. In an apparently inexplicable way, the good are held hostage by the wicked and by those who help them either out of self-interest or fearfulness.

            These two sides, which have a Biblical nature, follow the clear separation between the offspring of the Woman and the offspring of the Serpent. On the one hand there are those who, although they have a thousand defects and weaknesses, are motivated by the desire to do good, to be honest, to raise a family, to engage in work, to give prosperity to their homeland, to help the needy, and, in obedience to the Law of God, to merit the Kingdom of Heaven. On the other hand, there are those who serve themselves, who do not hold any moral principles, who want to demolish the family and the nation, exploit workers to make themselves unduly wealthy, foment internal divisions and wars, and accumulate power and money: for them the fallacious illusion of temporal well-being will one day – if they do not repent – yield to the terrible fate that awaits them, far from God, in eternal damnation.

            In society, Mr. President, these two opposing realities co-exist as eternal enemies, just as God and Satan are eternal enemies. And it appears that the children of darkness – whom we may easily identify with the deep state which you wisely oppose and which is fiercely waging war against you in these days – have decided to show their cards, so to speak, by now revealing their plans. They seem to be so certain of already having everything under control that they have laid aside that circumspection that until now had at least partially concealed their true intentions. The investigations already under way will reveal the true responsibility of those who managed the COVID emergency not only in the area of health care but also in politics, the economy, and the media. We will probably find that in this colossal operation of social engineering there are people who have decided the fate of humanity, arrogating to themselves the right to act against the will of citizens and their representatives in the governments of nations.

            We will also discover that the riots in these days were provoked by those who, seeing that the virus is inevitably fading and that the social alarm of the pandemic is waning, necessarily have had to provoke civil disturbances, because they would be followed by repression which, although legitimate, could be condemned as an unjustified aggression against the population. The same thing is also happening in Europe, in perfect synchrony. It is quite clear that the use of street protests is instrumental to the purposes of those who would like to see someone elected in the upcoming presidential elections who embodies the goals of the deep state and who expresses those goals faithfully and with conviction. It will not be surprising if, in a few months, we learn once again that hidden behind these acts of vandalism and violence there are those who hope to profit from the dissolution of the social order so as to build a world without freedom: Solve et Coagula, as the Masonic adage teaches.

            Although it may seem disconcerting, the opposing alignments I have described are also found in religious circles. There are faithful Shepherds who care for the flock of Christ, but there are also mercenary infidels who seek to scatter the flock and hand the sheep over to be devoured by ravenous wolves. It is not surprising that these mercenaries are allies of the children of darkness and hate the children of light: just as there is a deep state, there is also a deep church that betrays its duties and forswears its proper commitments before God. Thus the Invisible Enemy, whom good rulers fight against in public affairs, is also fought against by good shepherds in the ecclesiastical sphere. It is a spiritual battle, which I spoke about in my recent Appeal which was published on May 8.

            For the first time, the United States has in you a President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship. Your participation in the March for Life, and more recently your proclamation of the month of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, are actions that confirm which side you wish to fight on. And I dare to believe that both of us are on the same side in this battle, albeit with different weapons.

            For this reason, I believe that the attack to which you were subjected after your visit to the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II is part of the orchestrated media narrative which seeks not to fight racism and bring social order, but to aggravate dispositions; not to bring justice, but to legitimize violence and crime; not to serve the truth, but to favor one political faction. And it is disconcerting that there are Bishops – such as those whom I recently denounced – who, by their words, prove that they are aligned on the opposing side. They are subservient to the deep state, to globalism, to aligned thought, to the New World Order which they invoke ever more frequently in the name of a universal brotherhood which has nothing Christian about it, but which evokes the Masonic ideals of those who want to dominate the world by driving God out of the courts, out of schools, out of families, and perhaps even out of churches.

            The American people are mature and have now understood how much the mainstream media does not want to spread the truth but seeks to silence and distort it, spreading the lie that is useful for the purposes of their masters. However, it is important that the good – who are the majority – wake up from their sluggishness and do not accept being deceived by a minority of dishonest people with unavowable purposes. It is necessary that the good, the children of light, come together and make their voices heard. What more effective way is there to do this, Mr. President, than by prayer, asking the Lord to protect you, the United States, and all of humanity from this enormous attack of the Enemy? Before the power of prayer, the deceptions of the children of darkness will collapse, their plots will be revealed, their betrayal will be shown, their frightening power will end in nothing, brought to light and exposed for what it is: an infernal deception.

            Mr. President, my prayer is constantly turned to the beloved American nation, where I had the privilege and honor of being sent by Pope Benedict XVI as Apostolic Nuncio. In this dramatic and decisive hour for all of humanity, I am praying for you and also for all those who are at your side in the government of the United States. I trust that the American people are united with me and you in prayer to Almighty God.

            United against the Invisible Enemy of all humanity, I bless you and the First Lady, the beloved American nation, and all men and women of good will.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò

Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana

Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America


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Breaking Down Racial Walls

When Will We Ever Learn?

Just when it appears that America is on the downside of the COVID-19 pandemic and many states are cautiously opening back up, on February 23rd an unarmed black man named Ahmaud Arbery was videoed being shot to death by two white men in Brunswick, GA, and several days ago another unarmed handcuffed black man named George Floyd was videoed being brutally murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN.

And even as I write this evening, we are witnessing cities across our nation being looted and burned by rioters who have used these two horrific deaths as opportunities to stoke more racism and unrest at a time when peaceful solutions MUST prevail.

On July 1, 2018 I posted the following blog which is even more appropriate today!


Everywhere you look, on any TV news channel you may watch, there are racial tensions growing to unhealthy levels in America, and all around the world for that matter! It’s an issue we must all take seriously and do our part to bring about racial reconciliation, starting in our own backyard.

To that end, I’ve chosen a book I read over twenty years ago by two individuals I had the pleasure of meeting. Breaking Down Walls was written by two Christian men, Raleigh Washington, an African-American, and Glen Kehrein, a Caucasian, who are the best of friends and walk their talk when it comes to racial reconciliation.

In the preface of their book Raleigh and Glen write, “The racial situation in our nation today cries out for Christians to ‘pick up our cross,’ step out of our comfort zones, and build relationships across cultural barriers—beginning with at least one person, one family, one church—whether it is African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or white.”

Below I have highlighted the eight principles Raleigh and Glen have used in their own lives, and have taught others, to achieve racial reconciliation among themselves and with others.


A Model for Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife

“Principle 1: Commitment to Relationship – Commitment is a combination of attitude and action. Here are three ways to increase your level of commitment to a cross-cultural relationship:

  1. Take risks. You must be willing to reach out to someone who is racially different, even if you risk misunderstanding by that person.
  2. Discover opportunities. Look for people of different backgrounds at your work, in the neighborhood, where you shop.
  3. Move beyond saying hello. When you meet someone, try to initiate a conversation that moves beyond a superficial greeting; take time to know the person. It could be the beginning of a great friendship.

Principle 2: Intentionality – Intentionality is a planned activity; it requires purposeful strategies. Here are some positive activities that can be considered to develop relationships with those of another racial group.

  1. Inviting a church member or neighbor or coworker who is racially different to dinner in your home, adjusting however necessary to make them comfortable.
  2. Developing a continuing friendship with a person of another ethnic group.
  3. Visiting a black church or other ethnic congregation as a family at least four times a year.
  4. Expecting and accepting pain in the early stages of a new cross-cultural relationship.

Principle 3: Sincerity – Whether you are black, white, yellow, or brown, take the initiative to reveal yourself to a friend across the color/ethnic group line. Remember, if you are sincere, you will want to make the first move instead of waiting for the other person to initiate.

  1. Spend time together to develop trust. Remember years of abuse, ignorance, and stereotyping have developed a deep layer of distrust. You will need time to overcome it.
  2. Be willing to open your ‘closets,’ to reveal the hardships and failures in your life. Everyone has failures. Your friend will respect you as a ‘real person’ when you disclose them to him or her.
  3. Be on the alert to recognize your (and others’) involvement in WWB/BBW conversations. Be ready to confront those involved, in love, including yourself. (WWB is short for whites know how to talk to whites about blacks, and BBW is short for blacks know how to talk to blacks about whites.)

Principle 4: Sensitivity – Here are three ways you can increase your sensitivity to other races:

  1. Read literature about and by other racial groups.
  2. Choose to use your growing knowledge to strengthen your preaching, teaching, and outreach cross-culturally.
  3. Do not dismiss unintentional racial insensitivity. Because our comment is unintended, we may think it is unimportant. But it has been heard, and it has an impact. To say it was ‘nothing’ and unintended will be taken as rationalization and justification. Use the opportunity to learn. And if you have offended someone, apologize for the action. Your humility can pull the two of you closer together.

Principle 5: Interdependence – Often you will find new friends of another race by helping in a cross-cultural ministry. Therefore, volunteer some time in an inner-city or cross-cultural ministry. Go with the expectation that you will receive as much as you give.

If you have a cross-cultural relationship (whether a close friendship, an acquaintance, or coworker), specifically identify strengths that the other person brings to your relationship. Then thank that person for that gift to your relationship.

Principle 6: Sacrifice – Sacrifice costs. Yet it is fundamental to building cross-cultural relationships and to achieving racial reconciliation. The principle of sacrifice requires a give and take on both sides.

Principle 7: Empowerment – Empowering someone else to draw closer to you and achieve reconciliation requires repentance (a change of heart and mind) and forgiveness. Depending on our individual experiences, repentance and forgiveness may be difficult. Here are four questions (and suggested responses) to help you prepare for repentance and forgiveness.

  1. Do you find it difficult to enter into expressions of repentance (or forgiveness) for the sin of racism? Identify the thoughts, feelings, and struggles you have.
  2. Have you been wounded in a cross-cultural interaction(s)? If the relationship is still active, what steps can you take toward reconciliation?
  3. If you are black, what changes in your attitude or behavior toward whites would empower them to work side by side with you toward racial reconciliation?
  4. If you are white, what attitudes and behaviors do you need to take responsibility for to help bring down the walls of hostility between the races?

Principle 8: Call – A ‘call’ is God’s way of impressing upon us what He wants from us. Each one of us must open his/her eyes to the brokenness between the races and ethnic groups that make up our own communities and cities, and accept personal responsibility to reach across the racial and cultural barriers to build relationships.”


Raleigh and Glen go into so much more detail on racial reconciliation in their book Breaking Down Walls. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested and concerned about building real loving relationships, hopefully leading to long lasting friendships, with individuals and families whose ethnic backgrounds may differ from yours.

Since time began, hate has never resolved any issue with a peaceful outcome. Now, more than ever, America needs the grace, mercy, and peace of God to powerfully move in the hearts of all Americans!

We are all created in God’s image. It would be a beautiful God-honoring way to live if we all remembered that each day and started living out Jesus’ second greatest command to His disciples, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1Peter 4:8 – NIV)

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Faith, Family, Freedom!

Grateful and eternal thanks to all the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we still enjoy in America today!

COVID-19: Why America Never Should Have Been Shutdown!

The information and statistics below on the five global pandemics were taken from articles written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

1918 Pandemic (H1N1 virus)

1918 Pandemic

The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. Although there is not universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, it spread worldwide during 1918-1919.

In the United States, it was first identified in military personnel in spring 1918. It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.

With no vaccine to protect against influenza infection and no antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections that can be associated with influenza infections, control efforts worldwide were limited to non-pharmaceutical interventions such as isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene, use of disinfectants, and limitations of public gatherings. Another important non-pharmaceutical intervention was getting as much fresh air and sunshine (Vitamin D) as possible.

The worst pandemic to date and, to our knowledge, global economies did not come to a screeching halt! (my insert)

1957-1958 Pandemic (H2N2 virus)

In February 1957, a new influenza A (H2N2) virus emerged in East Asia, triggering a pandemic (“Asian Flu”). It was first reported in Singapore in February 1957, Hong Kong in April 1957, and in coastal cities in the United States in summer 1957. The estimated number of deaths was 1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the United States.

And yet, global economies did not come to a screeching halt! (my insert)

1968 Pandemic (H3N2 virus)

The 1968 pandemic (H3N2 virus) was first noted in the United States in September 1968. The estimated number of deaths was 1 million worldwide and about 100,000 in the United States. The H3N2 virus continues to circulate worldwide as a seasonal influenza A virus. Seasonal H3N2 viruses, which are associated with severe illness in older people, undergo regular antigenic drift.

And yet, global economies did not come to a screeching halt! (my insert)

2009 H1N1 Pandemic (H1N1pdm09 virus): A New Flu Virus Emerges

The H1N1pdm09 virus was very different from H1N1 viruses that were circulating at the time of the pandemic. Few young people had any existing immunity (as detected by antibody response) to the H1N1pdm09 virus, but nearly one-third of people over 60 years old had antibodies against this virus, likely from exposure to an older H1N1 virus earlier in their lives. Since the H1N1pdm09 virus was very different from circulating H1N1 viruses, vaccination with seasonal flu vaccines offered little cross-protection against H1N1pdm09 virus infection.

While an H1N1pdm09 vaccine was produced, it was not available in large quantities until late November, after the peak of illness during the second wave had come and gone in the United States.

From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalizations, and 12,469 deaths in the United States due to the H1N1pdm09 virus. Additionally, CDC estimated that 151,700 – 575,400 people worldwide died from H1N1pdm09 virus infection during the first year the virus circulated.

Since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the H1N1pdm09 flu virus has circulated seasonally in the U.S. causing significant illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.

And yet, global economies did not come to a screeching halt! (my insert)

2019 Pandemic (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19): A New Flu Virus Emerges, Again!

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

As of today, May 24, 2020, there have been 5,406,537 cases of COVID-19 and 345,036 deaths worldwide. In the United States there have been 1,643,098 cases of COVID-19 and 97,711 deaths.


However, according to Dr. Fauci and Dr. Brix, a very liberal approach to tracking the number of deaths is being taken. In other words, if a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 but actually dies of something unrelated to the virus, say a heart attack or stroke, they still code it as a COVID-19 death.

With that one fact in mind, some experts say the actual number of COVID-19 deaths are at least 25% less than the reported number. That means there may be somewhere in the neighborhood of approximately 73,000 deaths or less , instead of 97,711 deaths to date in the U.S.A.

And, for some reason this time, global economies have come to a screeching halt! WHY?


COVID-19: Facts vs. Fiction

Now let’s take a look at some very interesting factual statistics we don’t hear much about from the mainstream media:

COVID-19 Compared to Other Illnesses

Global Deaths 2020 (2)

Maybe, just maybe, world governments are allocating way too many costly and precious resources in the wrong areas! And, instead of all the fear mongering and negative news coming from the mainstream media, just once it would be nice to hear some positive news like the statistics below:

COVID19 Survival Rates


There’s no question we all should be taking the coronavirus very seriously and following all the non-pharmaceutical interventions we are being asked to abide by. However, to think we should have to shut down global economies, schools and universities, houses of worship, and mandate people stay locked up in their homes until some government official decides to give us permission to go out is proving to be a real mistake and more of a power grab by certain public officials!

Too many folks are operating out of a spirit of fear which is causing a lot of foolish and totally unnecessary decisions to be made so that no one else will die from COVID-19. However, I think we all can agree that death is inevitable whether it’s from the coronavirus or not.

And, depending on your worldview, it’s no wonder why some will do anything to try and live as long as they possibly can while others know whose hands their lives are in and are at peace with the day they take their final breath, no matter how and when it comes.

You see, if you don’t believe in a Sovereign God who has numbered our days on this earth, then you will do anything and everything you can to stay alive. Even if it means giving up your freedom to those who are promising you safety and healthy living.

However, those who believe in God’s Providential Hand on the entire universe know that He has already numbered the days each of us will spend on earth. And, whether it’s dying at the hands of the coronavirus or taking our last breath while resting comfortably in a recliner, there is absolutely nothing we can do to thwart or circumvent that final outcome.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16) “A person’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” (Job 14:5)

The Bottom Line: Use wisdom and common sense, and trust God for the final outcome.

To God be the glory!

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God vs. Satan – Continued

I came across a Facebook post from a friend of mine that sited some very appropriate and timely information I hope will highlight the battles we are all facing in the spiritual realm, whether we believe it or not.

To quickly recap, my post last Sunday talked about a research study that revealed more Americans believe in Satan than in God. If you missed it, please check it out.

With that fact in mind and the information below, I hope you’ll begin to see more clearly why America, and the entire world for that matter, is in such a chaotic mess dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, as well as every other painful and fearful circumstance we may face in life.

I believe Satan is real and he can only do what God allows him to do. When Satan and his angels were cast out of Heaven, God allowed him to become ruler of the earth for a time.

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him . . .Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Revelation 12:7-9,12 – NKJV)

The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, everything he (Job) has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger’. . .The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, he (Job) is in your hands; but you must spare his life.’” (Job 1:12, 2:6 – NIV)

“The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.” (John 12:31 – NLT)

NOTE: The Scripture verses sited are my contributions and not part of the Facebook post I am referencing.


God’s Voice              Ψ Satan’s Voice

Stills You                                        Ψ Rushes You

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 – NIV)

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James 1:19 – NIV)

Leads You                                       Ψ Pushes You

“He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them His way.” (Psalm 25:9 – NLT)

“…He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 – NKJV)

Reassures You                                Ψ Frightens You

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 – NIV)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2Timothy 1:7 – NLT)

Enlightens You                                Ψ Confuses You

“There was the true Light (Jesus Christ) which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.” (John 1:9 – NASB)

“Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death.” (Psalm 13:3 – NKJV)

Encourages You                               Ψ Discourages You

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2Thessalonians 2:16,17 – NIV)

Comforts You                                   Ψ Worries You

“But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name (Jesus Christ), He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.” (John 14:26-WBT)

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6: 31-34 – NIV)

Calms You                                         Ψ Stresses You

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7 – NIV)

Convicts You                                    Ψ Condemns You

“…The Lord is coming with countless thousands of His holy ones to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” (Jude 1:14,15 – NLT)

“And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’” (John 8:11 – NKJV)


I hope and pray the Scripture verses above will bring comfort to your soul as we continue to battle the invisible forces of the coronavirus, and more importantly, the invisible powers and principalities of the air know as Satan and his demonic forces.

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15 – NIV)

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Shocking Statistics: God vs. Satan!

Due to the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it seems more American political leaders, healthcare professionals, first responders, TV news commentators, and more of us common folk are talking more about the need for prayer to end this pandemic and heal our land.

In my opinion, more people praying is a very good thing. However, after reading the article below, I’m beginning to ask myself a couple of very serious and relevant questions:

  1. Do people really understand who they are praying to?
  2. Do people really understand the eternal significance of believing more in Satan and less in the God who created, and is in complete control of all things, including Satan and his fallen angels!

More Americans Now Believe In Satan Than In God!

By Jessica Mouser, April 21, 2020

The third and latest report in Dr. George Barna’s American Worldview Inventory 2020 evaluated the perceptions of God that people have in the U.S. Among the survey’s most surprising findings are that more Americans believe in Satan than believe in God and that more people believe that Jesus was divine and a sinner than believe he is divine and sinless.

“All of the spiritual noise in our culture over the last few decades has obviously confused and misled hundreds of millions of people in our nation,” said Barna. “The message to churches, Christian leaders, and Christian educators is clear: we can no longer assume that people have a solid grasp of even the most basic biblical principles, such as those concerning the existence and nature of God.”

Barna: Church Leaders Cannot Make Assumptions

The American Worldview Inventory 2020 is a series of 12 bi-weekly reports Barna is releasing through the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University. Barna is the Director of Research for the CRC, which studies the relationship between faith and culture in the U.S. The latest report, “AWVI 2020 Results – Release #3: Perceptions of God,” explores whether or not Americans’ views of God are orthodox.

The study found that 51 percent of Americans believe God is an “all-powerful, all-knowing, perfect and just creator of the universe who still rules the world today.” This is a significant decline from 30 years ago when the number was 73 percent.

When asked about the existence of Satan, 56 percent said, “Satan is not merely a symbol of evil but is a real spiritual being and influences human lives.” Forty-nine percent, on the other hand, said they are not entirely sure that God exists. The authors conclude, “Americans are now more confident about the existence of Satan than they are of God!” There has also been a striking rise in the level of skepticism about God’s existence. Thirty years ago, only one percent of Americans said “a higher power may exist, but nobody really knows for certain,” but now 20 percent agree with that view.

Confusion also exists as to the nature of members of the Trinity. Forty-four percent of Americans said that, during his time on earth, Jesus was fully God and fully man and that he sinned. That is compared to 41 percent who said he was fully God and fully man and that he did not sin during his time on earth. Furthermore, fifty-two percent of those who answered did not view the Holy Spirit as a personal being, but rather as a manifestation of God’s power.

The report outlined which U.S. demographics are most and least likely to hold a biblical view of God defined as “one who created and controls the universe; is omnipotent, omniscient, and without fault; and is just in His decisions.” The group with the highest percentage of this belief in God (97 percent) is, unsurprisingly, people who hold a biblical worldview. The South is the only region of the U.S. where over half of the residents have this view of God. The group that is least likely to have this understanding of God is adults ages 18 to 29.

Another notable finding of the study has to do with which denominations saw the greatest decline in a biblical view of God.

The data show, “The largest declines in possession of an orthodox, biblical perspective on the nature of God since 1991 were among individuals who attend Pentecostal or charismatic Protestant churches (down by 27 percentage points).” Adults ages 18 to 29 came second at 26 percentage points, followed by adults born before 1946 (25 points) and women (25 points). Only one group saw an increase (two points) in orthodox belief in God, and that was adults whose income level is at least 20 percent above the national average.

Majorities of Americans believe God loves them unconditionally (71 percent) and has a purpose for everything that happens to them (66 percent). However, the study also found that “a mere one out of three (34 percent) who have a biblical view of God also believe that He is involved in their life.”

What Does This Mean for Church Leaders?

Pastors and church leaders cannot assume that people in their congregations believe even the most basic tenets of the Christian faith. Dr. Tracy Munsil, the Executive Director of the Cultural Research Center, concludes:

“Biblical beliefs that used to be thought of as ‘no brainers’ can no longer be classified as such. The fact that four out of ten adults believe that Jesus Christ—who came to earth to save us from our sins—was Himself a sinner and therefore in need of salvation is mind-boggling. Add to that the fact that more people believe in the existence of Satan than the God of Abraham, and you cannot miss the breadth of the spiritual crisis in America today.”


There’s no doubt in my mind that if one believes in the theory of evolution versus the biblical account of how the world was formed and how civilization began, then it’s no wonder that fewer people believe in God today than ever before.

This is what has happened to America since the long standing tradition of prayer and Bible reading in our public schools was considered “unconstitutional” by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1980’s. As a nation, we are reaping what we have sown!

I’ll close with these two questions for you to ponder:

  1. Will the COVID-19 pandemic wreak enough havoc, and cause enough pain, suffering, and death to not only wake up America but the entire world as well?
  2. If not, what will it take to turn people’s hearts and minds from a greater belief in Satan (the father of lies, the great deceiver), to begin believing more in the God of creation and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the only One who can offer eternal life, versus eternal damnation with Satan and his followers?

“Jesus said to His disciples, ‘I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 – NIV)

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Never Say “I Can’t”!

Inspiration, Motivation, Determination, Perseverance, Courage and Guts!!!

That’s what you’ll witness in the short video one of my high school classmates sent me.

I’m sure everyone of us is more than tired of all the emotional, and maybe in some cases, the physical pain being caused by this invisible coronavirus pandemic. Not only in our own lives, and the lives of our loved ones, but in the lives of most everyone in the entire world!

Just as my high school classmate encouraged me to share the video below with everyone, I’d like to encourage you to do the same. I hope you’ll agree that it’s a keeper for those moments when things don’t seem to be going so well.

When you think you’re having a tough day, view this video for some inspiration.

Such a struggle, yet always a smile on his face! A real Superman!

By the grace of God, one day in Heaven, that little boy will run with perfect new legs into the arms of Jesus and give Him a big hug with his perfect new arms and live happily ever after in eternity with Him! “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:4 – NLT)

Things may not be so bad in our lives after all! And, even if they are, a new perfect body and new perfect life are waiting for you too if you’ve given your life to Jesus Christ and have received Him as your personal Lord and Savior.

Please take some time to remember and pray for others you may know who are struggling to make it through another day. While you’re at it, say a special prayer for the little boy in the video even though we don’t know his name or where he lives.

God bless his big heart, and God bless you and yours as we weather the storms of the coronavirus.

And most of all, let us not forget to count our blessings each and every day, no matter how big or small they may be. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2,3 – NIV)

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

 

 

Thoughts From The Front Lines!

Our oldest daughter has been a Type 1 diabetic since the age of eleven and is a nurse.

During her twenty four years, and counting, on the front lines of healthcare, she has worked in a nursing home, for hospice, and in one hospital for the majority of those years. Needless to say, she is no stranger to pain, suffering, heartache, and death.

She gave me permission to share a couple of posts she made to her Facebook page, about a month apart from each other. The posts offer some insight into her thoughts and experiences.


Looking At Life Through The Eyes Of A Nurse

March 30, 2020 – Weekend update: Thanks to all who texted, messaged and video-chatted to check on me. I went on Sunday (assigned to the COVID-19 floor), and had a surprisingly positive first-time experience. With so much uncertainty and negativity circulating, it’s important to try to find the good. Soooo:
1. When I headed into work yesterday I knew that I was covered in prayers, as were all of my coworkers. Thank you. It makes a difference.
2. I was paired with a “veteran” covid nurse who was amazing to work with! Because of her, I just may volunteer to go back. Seriously.
3. I know that I protected myself as best I could with the resources that were provided to me. It wasn’t perfect and I know every situation is different. And we still have so many needs, but it was doable.
4. I know that there was great wisdom in staffing two nurses per group of patients, which encourages the wearing of the N95 mask for only about two hours at a time. So smart, because wearing it is a lot different than just being fit tested for it.
5. But more importantly than all of this, I know my God. He says in His Word, He is my refuge and my fortress (Psalm 91:2). He says He will go before me, and He will never leave me (Deut 31:8). He says He is an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). He says I will be victorious in 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” And one more of my favorites from the mouth of Jesus is John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Even COVID-19!

April 24, 2020 – Introducing our masked daughter, the nurse, and our two masked granddaughters. And, no, they aren’t going out to rob a bank, they are just following COVID-19 guidelines like most everyone else in the world should be following right now!

Hinson Girls Masked Up

In our daughter’s words: Being out and about yesterday (with almost everyone else in town) brought to mind some words I’m just over:

“Essential” – This term was seemingly reserved for certain occupations and businesses in the beginning, but the longer we “stay-at-home” the huge truth is that every person and their jobs are essential. You’re essential, and you’re essential! Everyone is essential!!!

“Virtual” – From e-learning to participating in extracurriculars to taking trips, it is not the same. I also realize, though, that it’s an attempt to make the best out of the current situation, especially for children. Speaking of trips, I so need the beach right now, but I’d settle for a dine-in lunch at San Jose’s with my mom. 

“New normal” – The way we have been instructed to live is not normal, and it doesn’t have to be forever. While I respect the rules, it just feels really weird to have to stand behind a barrier at Publix, inside a tape-drawn box on the floor, and wait to scan my app until the bagger is finished (the nice cashier actually gives those specific instructions).

One of the things that has kept me sane through all this is that I get to interact with and touch and talk with the patients I care for each weekend. These people have no family or friends with them. They are experiencing the epitome of quarantine, if you will. Granted they’ve been admitted to the hospital for various reasons, but not one patient has told me to stay six feet back. Everyone of us needs the touch and fellowship of others on a regular basis. We will hug again, people, and not just those in our own homes!

Words I’m not over and which speak life to the weariest of souls:

“Grace” – So thankful for grace! Whatever it means to reopen is going to be and feel different for each state, each family, each person. Whether you think the reopening is too soon or too late, my hope is that we can give and receive grace accordingly.

“Hope” – Whatever the economic and emotional fallout for our nation, or individually,
“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song, This cornerstone, this solid ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm…” (from “In Christ Alone” by Adrienne Camp).


Well, those are some of the transparent behind-the-scenes thoughts from a nurse on the front lines.

Our daughter, whom we love so much, pray for so fervently, and whom we are so proud of for courageously and unselfishly sharing her God-given gifts and talents with those who need it most.

To God be the glory.

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