A News Flash For The World: Israel Will NEVER Be Defeated!

If it’s one thing I’ve learned the hard way over the years, it’s NEVER say NEVER! However, I’ve also learned the hard way in some instances, that when God speaks through His Holy Word in the Bible, He means it and it will come to pass. So when God makes a promise, it can NEVER be broken!

God’s Chosen Land For His Chosen People

“The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’

So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; . . . He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan (modern-day Israel), and they arrived there. The LORD appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land. . .'” (Genesis 12:1-7)

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make My covenant between Me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.’

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, ‘As for Me, this is My covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan (modern-day Israel), where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.’

God also said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.’

Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?’ And Abraham said to God, ‘If only Ishmael (father of the Arab nations) might live under Your blessing!’

Then God said, ‘Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.’” (Genesis 17:1-21)

“Therefore, (Moses) say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as My own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’ ” (Exodus 6:6-8)

On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the LORD said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into Canaan (modern-day Israel), drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. . . Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes. But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’ ” (Numbers 33:50-56)

Unfortunately, Israel did not drive out all the inhabitants of Caanan (modern-day Israel) as God had commanded them to do and to this very day the Arab Muslim nations living in and around Israel continue to be barbs in their eyes and thorns in their sides!

God’s Blessing to Jacob (Israel) Through His Father, Isaac:

“May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you (Jacob and his descendants – the nation of Israel) and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.” (Genesis 27:28,29)

God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.’ So He named him Israel.” (Genesis 35:10)

God’s Blessing to Esau (the Arab Nations) Through His Father, Isaac:

“Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. You (Esau and his descendants – the Arab nations) will live by the sword and you will serve your brother (Jacob and his descendants – Israel). But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.” (Genesis 27:40)

God’s Reminder To His Chosen People

“‘When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you—and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following Me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. . . For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.

The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your ancestors that He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments. But those who hate Him He will repay to their face by destruction; He will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate Him.'” (Deuteronomy 7:1-10)

God’s Hand Of Protection On Israel

Throughout Israel’s long history, tensions between Jews and Arab Muslims have existed. Since Muslims do not, or will not, acknowledge the Sovereign God of the Holy Bible, the complex hostility between the two groups dates all the way back to ancient times when they both populated the area and deemed it holy.

In May 1948, Israel was officially declared an independent state. While this historic event seemed to be a victory for Jews, it also marked the beginning of more violence with the Arabs.

Since Israel’s independence in 1948, numerous wars and acts of violence between Arabs and Jews have ensued. Israel’s enemies have tried every terrorist tactic possible and God has always been faithful to protect His chosen people and the land He gave them thousands of years ago. And, over the course of the many wars waged against Israel, God has chosen to minimize Israel’s casualties in comparison to the lives lost by enemy forces.

Here are just two examples of the despicable tactics Israel’s enemies have used and the final outcome of those wars:

  • Six-Day War: In what started as a surprise attack, Israel in 1967 defeated Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq in just six days. The combined forces against Israel totaled 1,010,000 while Israel had only 200,000 troops. Enemy forces lost approximately 18,000 lives while Israel lost 776 lives.
  • Yom Kippur War: Hoping to catch the Israeli army off guard, in 1973 Egypt and Syria launched air strikes against Israel on their holiest of Holy Days, Yom Kippur. Another despicable “surprise” attack that didn’t surprise God’s chosen people! The combined forces against Israel totaled 1,210,000 while Israel again had only 200,000 troops. Enemy forces lost approximately 19,000 lives while Israel lost 2688 lives.

God’s Hand of protection has always been on Israel and it will always be that way!

Israel’s Enemies Are Fighting A Losing Battle

Why are Israel’s enemies fighting a losing battle? Because they are either blind to the truth, or more than likely, they are choosing to ignore the truth!

I believe they are both blind to the truth and are choosing to ignore the historical truth that is clearly documented by Moses in the first five books of the Holy Bible.

And don’t kid yourself, the enemies of Israel know full well what is written in the Bible about Israel and the “promised land” God clearly gave to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants thousands of years ago. A land that was not their own, but a land that was promised to them by the One who owns it all! A promise that will NEVER be broken, reversed or overridden by human hands or war machines.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

 

 

America Has Lost Its Moral Compass!

America: A Historical Reminder

Anyone who has taken the time to read about the factual history of our nation would have to agree that America was founded on the Judeo-Christian principles of the Holy Bible. There’s just no denying it!

In fact, most of our Founding Fathers who signed our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were professing Christians, and those who weren’t still professed a belief in the God of creation.

How and why is it that so many of these men and women, and their families, were professing Christians?

To find those answers we  literally have to go back to the earliest days of our founding, to the days of the Pilgrims and the Puritans.

In his book, America’s Christian History: The Untold Story, Gary DeMar states, “One of the most useful tools in the quest for power is the educational system. The implication of this statement is obvious: Whoever controls the educational system will set the goals for the nation, establish its religious values, and ultimately control the future. From Sparta and Athens to Geneva and Harvard, education has been the primary means of cultural transformation.”

In America, DeMar states, “One of the first acts performed in the New World was the establishment of schools and colleges. The Virginia colony was the first to charter a college at Henrico, Virginia in 1619, nineteen years before Harvard and seventy-four years before the College of William and Mary. Like all the colonial colleges, Henricus College was designed around the precepts of the Christian faith, ‘for the training and bringing up of infidels’ children to the true knowledge of God and understanding of righteousness’. The New England colonial colleges were designed to further the gospel of Christ in all disciplines.”

“The founders of these early educational institutions understood the relationship between a sound education based upon biblical absolutes and the future of the nation. Putting the Bible in the hands of the people was an essential step toward religious and political freedom. From the very beginnings, the expressed purpose of colonial education had been to preserve society against barbarism, and, so far as possible, against sin.”

DeMar continues to say, “When Trinity University was endowed as Duke University in 1924, its bylaws stated: ‘The aims of Duke University are to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the Son of God….’ A study of colonial colleges will show that the character of Duke’s founding was nearly identical to those colleges started in the seventeenth century.”

“As the following chart demonstrates, with the exception of the University of Pennsylvania (1755), all of the colonial schools began as distinctly Christian institutions. Unfortunately, Duke and its educational predecessors no longer hold to their original denominational affiliations or their religious affirmations.”

          Date                 College                            Colony                             Affiliation 

  1. 1636           Harvard              Massachusetts                Puritan
  2. 1693     William and Mary          Virginia                     Anglican
  3. 1701             Yale                    Connecticut           Congregational
  4. 1746         Princeton                New Jersey             Presbyterian
  5. 1754      King’s College             New York                    Anglican
  6.                 (Columbia)
  7. 1764           Brown                  Rhode Island                  Baptist
  8. 1766          Rutgers                  New Jersey           Dutch Reformed
  9. 1769        Dartmouth           New Hampshire         Congregational

DeMar emphasizes the obvious fact that, “Regardless of the vocation for which a student was preparing, the colonial college sought to provide an education that was distinctly Christian.”

Where and With Whom Does the Fault Lie?

Because all humans have inherited Adam and Eve’s “original sin”, we are all born sinners! We aren’t sinners because we sin, we sin because we are all sinners right out of  our mother’s wombs.

And even though no generation in America has been or is perfect, I believe from my generation of the Baby Boomers until now, the moral decline of America has escalated in some very concerning ways.

The battle cry of the Baby Boomers in the 1960’s and 70’s was, “If it feels good, do it”, and we did!

What used to be considered sinful acts and speech by the majority of American citizens prior to the Baby Boomer generation, they are now celebrated as main street life choices that must not only be tolerated but accepted as the “new normal”! Anybody disagreeing with this “new normal” is now labeled as having some sort of phobia that must not be tolerated, or worse yet, a racist!

Sins of abortion (murdering babies), adultery, divorce, fornication (sex outside of marriage), homosexuality, lying, profanity, and sex changes were considered shameful acts only to be whispered about in generations prior to the Baby Boomers.

The truth is, we should all be ashamed of the sins in our lives and strive to turn from them, not continue to live openly in sin and celebrate them as if everyone should agree with those choices! This is clearly not a God-honoring way to live!

Sadly, many of our liberal elected officials not only disagree, they are feverishly passing laws, or attempting to pass laws, that do in fact happily celebrate some of these sinful acts!

Without a belief in a Holy Sinless God who expects and commands us to know and live by His standards, there is no need to be ashamed of anything since the “new normal” of moral relativism has now taken such a strong hold in our culture today.

How Can America Regain Its Moral Compass?

For starters, we can all take the time to get better acquainted with the Holy Sinless God who expects and commands us to know and live by His standards. That means making a commitment to read the Holy Bible, maybe for the first time in your life!

Next, choose to admit to, confess, and repent, or turn away, from the obvious sins in our lives. This is never an easy step. Christians, who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, have been filled with God’s Holy Spirit who empowers us and helps us turn from our wicked ways. For unbelievers, living without the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, they must rely on their own strength and will power to change their ways.

Last, but certainly not least, if you are sincerely interested in doing your part to help America regain its moral compass, we must work feverishly and commit to voting out of office every liberal/socialist who stands against our morals and the values this great nation was founded on! This would also include all elected officials who have been spewing hateful antisemitic rhetoric from the halls of Congress.

To the Holy Sinless God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob be the glory now and forever! AMEN!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Is The “Great Tribulation” Coming Soon?

Last month, on Easter Sunday, we witnessed the horrific bombings of three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka by radical Muslim terrorists that killed over 250 Christian worshippers and wounded approximately 500 more!

And just this morning, in the West African town of Dablo in Burkina Faso, terrorists burned down a Catholic church during mass and murdered six people, including the priest!

Lately, here in America, we have also witnessed an escalation in the burning of Christian churches and the killing of Christians and Jews even as they worshipped in their churches and synagogues.


Some Food For Thought

The outrageous, but not surprising, persecution and blatant cold-blooded murder of Christians and Jews seems to be on the rise in every corner of the world today, including here in the U.S.A.!

In the Bible, Jesus’ prophecy makes it perfectly clear what has happened throughout the ages and seems to be escalating today. “. . . in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or Me.” (John 16:2-3)

Jesus goes on to prophesy about what the end times will look like:

“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

For then there will be great tribulation (my bold), such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” (Matthew 24:4-14, 21-22, 29-44)


In some corners of the world where people are currently facing horrible living conditions, starvation, deplorable health services and diseases, and religious and political persecution even to the point of death, you have to wonder if they aren’t already in the midst of experiencing their “great tribulation”?

So, how might the wealthiest most powerful nation in the world experience this “great tribulation”? What might it look like and what might possibly ignite such a catastrophic event?

To be clear, I have absolutely no idea what this “great tribulation” will look like in every corner of the world, no one does except God. I am not a prophet so the content below only reflects my thoughts, not predictions, on what it could look like here in America.

In light of all the news swirling around after the release of the Mueller Report on President Trump, and especially since he was found innocent of colluding with the Russians or obstructing justice to effect the outcome of his election, here is what I’ve been thinking about lately relative to biblical end-times prophecy:

I shudder to think what might happen if Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into who really planned and instigated the spying on the Trump campaign, and when it actually started, leads to the indictment and prosecution of Hillary and Bill Clinton, John and Tony Podesta, Paul Campetta, Judith Casper, Barack OBama, Joe Biden, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarret, James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Nellie and Bruce Ohr, Glenn Simpson, Christopher Steele, James Baker, Rod Rosenstein, Bob Mueller, Andrew Weissman and the rest of Mueller’s staff of left-leaning lawyers, all of whom tried to frame Donald Trump for crimes they themselves clearly have committed as the real facts are beginning to reveal. Then, some or all of the above individuals are found guilty and sentenced to major jail time.

If all of this were to happen, which I must admit seems next to impossible, how difficult would it be to imagine radical militant groups like ANTIFA and others once again being  quickly and systematically organized and paid to rise up and rain down death and destruction on anyone and anything that represents a threat to their ideology and the above individuals they have placed their faith in?

This kind of radical hateful behavior could lead to another civil war in America that would dwarf the death and destruction documented in the war between the North and South!

This time it could be a civil war between conservatives and liberals, between believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and unbelievers. The division between these groups seems to be getting wider and uglier by the day!

America, let us all wake up before it’s too late! We have got to stop hating and hurting each other just because we think differently, speak differently, favor different political parties, and have different religious beliefs.

Let us all commit, or recommit, to respecting and defending the wisdom and rights found in our amazing, one-of-a-kind, time-tested Constitution and our rule of law which insures that no one is above the law and that a person is innocent of any crime until proven guilty.

And, most importantly, if we all committed to live out God’s command to “. . . Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 12:31), it might go a long way to restoring broken relationships.

Lord, have mercy on our great nation You have so richly blessed since its founding, in spite of our sinful ways!

In closing, if you are seriously concerned about the direction America and our entire world is heading, and more importantly, if you are seriously concerned about where you personally will spend eternity after the “great tribulation” Jesus warns of, then the book I recently wrote, What IN the World Is Wrong With This World?/Are You Ready For the Truth? has some interesting and factual answers for you to consider.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

 

 

A Little More Humor!

Well, my “spring break” lasted a little longer than I originally anticipated. However, for better or worse, I’m baaaack!

There is so much going on in the world today that needs to be addressed, however, rather than dive right into the serious stuff I thought I’d keep it on the light side with this post after a few weeks away.

For all of you who may have the responsibility of evaluating employee performance, or know someone who does, the evaluation below may be just what you’re looking for!

I found this on Dan Miller’s blog at 48Days.com. ENJOY!


The Perfect Employee Evaluation

In response to your request for an evaluation of Bob:

1 Bob Smith, my assistant programmer, can always be found
2 hard at work in his cubicle. Bob works independently, without
3 wasting company time talking to colleagues. Bob never
4 thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always
5 finishes given assignments on time. Often he takes extended
6 measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping coffee
7 breaks. Bob is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no
8 vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound
9 knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Bob can be
10 classed as a high-caliber employee, the type which cannot be
11 dispensed with. Consequently, I duly recommend that Bob be
12 promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be
13 executed as soon as possible.

5 minutes later -Addendum:
That idiot was looking over my shoulder while I wrote the report sent to you earlier. Kindly re-read only the odd numbered lines (1, 3, 5, etc.) for my true assessment of his ability.

Regards,
Project Leader


Short and sweet this week. Feel free to share.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

More Humor-Through the Eyes of a Child!

So the story goes: A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible.

Whether or not you know many of the historical accounts found in the Bible, you may find this child’s book report interesting to say the least!

This child’s report may even prompt you to pick up a Bible and read the real accounts for yourself. It will make the version below all the funnier!


The Children’s Bible in a Nutshell

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, ‘The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that.

Anyway, God said, ‘Give me a light!’ and someone did. Then God made the world.

He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren’t embarrassed because mirrors hadn’t been invented yet.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden. Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn’t have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.

Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.

One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would
have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of  Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh’s people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice,
bowels, and no cable.

God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don’t lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your
neighbor’s stuff.

Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother.

One of Moses’ best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn’t sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets.  One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don’t have to worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New. He was born in  Bethlehem in a barn.

(I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, ‘Close the door! Were you born in a barn?’ It would be nice to say, ‘As a matter of fact, I was.’)

During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees.

Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount.

Then all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn’t stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.


I must say, that is quite a condensed version of the Bible!

I hope you’ll take time to read the real one, and I should warn you, it will take quite a bit longer than this version but it will be well worth your time to do so!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Time For Some Humor!

Having spent the last few weeks opining about all the craziness going on in our political arena, I felt it was time to take a deep breath and find some humor to lighten my heavy heart! I hope it will lighten your heart and spirit as well.

Shown below is an actual letter that an 86 year old woman sent to her bank. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.


A  SENIOR’S LETTER TO HER BANK

“Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month.  By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it.

I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.  I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, prerecorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.

From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate. Be aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.

Please find attached an Application Contract which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.

Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be  accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let me level the playing field even further.   When you call me, press buttons as follows:

IMMEDIATELY AFTER DIALING, PRESS THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR ENGLISH

#1. To make an appointment to see me

#2. To query a missing payment.

#3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

#4 To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping

#5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

#6.. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home

#7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier.

#8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.

#9. To make a general complaint or inquiry. The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

#10. This is a second reminder to press * for English. While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

Your Humble Client.

Remember: This was written by an  86 year old woman. And remember: Don’t make old people mad. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to set us off.”


Now that was one creative and determined “seasoned” citizen!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

“GARBAGE” – The Way Some Feel About The U.S.A.

Fact Or Fiction!

Referring to her Green New Deal last week during an appearance at the South By Southwest Conference & Festivals, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was applauded for saying, “I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are, but where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of like, ten percent better than garbage, it shouldn’t be what we settle for.”

How could anyone living in the United States, past or present, call it “garbage”? If it’s that bad, why are so many still walking hundreds, even thousands of miles, to get here?

Maybe miss Ocasio-Cortez and her friends ought to trade places with some of the families fleeing the oppression of a socialistic/communistic country for a year or so and then come back and tell us how great it is.

There’s got to be a hidden agenda for these people like Ocasio-Cortez to be making and agreeing with such outlandish comments. And you surely must realize there is a hidden agenda!

So far, every Democrat (Socialist) running for the 2020 Presidential election has gone on record supporting Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

It sounds like “utopia” in a bottle just waiting to be uncorked and poured out like an elixir able to solve all of the problems that are destroying America as we know it today!

The truth is, you haven’t begun to see destruction of a country until you let socialism, and it’s big brother communism, gain control!

Below is a great insightful article exposing another piece of the Green New Deal for what it really is.


The Green New Plan Is Irresponsible

By |February 26th, 2019

Developing nations need abundant, scalable, reliable, affordable, and flexible energy. The Green New Plan (GNP) being proposed by New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) for intermittent renewable electricity, is most likely unaffordable even for “rich” nations, is an irresponsible plan to run every economic platform across the globe. Many of the world’s inhabitants survive in deplorable economic and living conditions where the GNP cannot work.

Infrastructure projects in the U.S. are not controlled by the Federal Government, nor State Governments, nor Local Governments. They are under total control of organizations such as NIMBY, BANANA, SOBBY, NAMBI, and NIABY. Thus, the GNP idea for a “super grid” to distribute intermittent electricity is a stupid idea that has no chance of ever happening.

For those not familiar with the various acronyms for organizations that put up opposition to proposed developments in their local area and initiate a herd of lawsuits to stop or delay projects for eternity, here they are:

  • NIMBY – “Not In My Back Yard

  • BANANA – “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything”

  • SOBBY – “Some Other Bugger’s Back Yard”

  • NAMBI – “Not Against My Business or Industry”

  • NIABY – “Not In Anyone’s Backyard”

The ensuing lawsuits from the above powerful organizations present significant infrastructure hurdles even for worthwhile projects, and insurmountable hurdles for bogus projects as they rightfully target pork barrel projects from progressing.

Further, any “super grid” will be unable to support the two prime movers that have done more for the cause of globalization than any other: the diesel engine and the jet turbine. Both get their fuels from oil. Without transportation – there is no commerce.

Road and air travel dominate most people’s lives in industrialized countries and emerging markets. Airlines are conducting more than 100,000 flights a day around the world. Commercial aviation, with 23,000 commercial airplanes worldwide that has been accommodating 4 billion passengers annually. Cruise liners, each of which consumes 80,000 gallons of fuel daily, have been accommodating more than 25 million passengers annually worldwide.

Electricity alone, especially intermittent electricity from renewables, has not, and will not, run the economies around the world, as electricity alone is unable to support the energy demands of the military, airlines, cruise ships, supertankers, container shipping, trucking infrastructures, and our space program. Without transportation – there is no commerce – since globalized road and air travel dominate most people’s lives.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) now pays Russia to Uber our astronauts & scientists to and from the International Space Station. The intermittent electricity from wind, solar, or from batteries and storage units made from exotic materials like cobalt and lithium CANNOT supply the thousands of products from petroleum that are demanded by every transportation infrastructure, electricity generation, medications, cooling, heating, manufacturing, agriculture, and virtually all the products that are the basis of everyone’s standard of living across the globe have led to reduced infant mortality, extended lifespans, and allowed the movement of goods and people anywhere in the world.

Land requirements for wind and solar are huge compared to the land area needed for electricity from zero emission nuclear. To generate the same electricity, wind needs almost 100 times the land area and solar requires 8 times the area of a nuclear plant. To make matters worse, the renewable sites will need wind and sun which is mostly not available continuously and uninterruptable around the country.

Having a “super grid” for supplying intermittent electricity, as proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her Green New Plan, is a socially and economically irresponsible idea.


Please pass this information on to everyone you know who cares about saving America from falling into the hands of the socialist/communist leaders many have wittingly or unwittingly been elected to the highest offices in our nation!

May God continue to extend His gracious hand on the U.S.A. and continue to bless this great nation in spite of those living and prospering here who choose to call it “garbage”!

Instead of cursing Ocasio-Cortez and her followers, let us begin to pray that the Sovereign God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who created the universe and all that is in it and on it, will change their hearts and minds and help them see and receive the amazing Light of His Son, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Selling Their Souls To The Devil!

By now you may have already seen this on Facebook or on Fox News if you tune in there but if you watch any of the other news channels you probably missed it!

Sadly, many of our liberal political leaders have not only lost their minds, they have also sold their souls to the devil, and they don’t even realize it! God help them!

On Monday, February 25th, the United States Senate voted on an anti-infanticide bill introduced by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The legislation needed 60 votes to pass, and it failed by a vote of 53 in favor and 44 against.  The bill stated that “if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.”

 

Every Democratic Senator, including Democratic presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren, along with Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, voted against this common-sense bill. Democrats Doug Jones, Joe Manchin, and Bob Casey Jr. voted in favor of the bill. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) did not vote on the bill due to transportation issues.

Let’s be perfectly clear here folks; everyone of these Democratic Senators have gone on public record admitting they don’t mind the execution of babies after they are born alive! This is pure barbarism with no regrets!

If that isn’t alarming enough, at least eight of these Senators want to be our next President in 2020. If murdering babies outside the womb is okay with these cold-hearted politicians, what’s next?

If infanticide is okay with these politicians today, how long will it take for them to  legalize genocide and/or euthanasia? What about if you’re viewed by these liberal elites as just too old to be useful to society anymore?

And the majority House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has the audacity to say on national television that she and her fellow Democrats are doing the Lord’s work! WHAAAT!

I have no clue how ANYONE in their right mind could vote for any of these individuals who want to make it legal for mothers and their doctors to decide who lives and who dies! That’s God’s business, and His alone!

In their Green New Deal, which will become their party platform in 2020, these socialists/communists are already telling us what kind of cars we’ll be allowed to drive, what foods we’ll have to eat and not eat, how much energy for heating, cooling and lighting we’ll be allowed to consume, what kinds of jobs we’ll have based on national needs, whether or not we’ll be allowed to even have children, and so much more bunk based on the notion they know what’s best for us peasants!

The 2020 elections are still a long way off but if this stuff isn’t a wake up call for every open-minded concerned citizen, then I surely don’t know what else it’s going to take!

WAKE UP AMERICA! We are in a battle for the soul of our nation! A nation founded on the Judeo-Christian principles that made us the greatest, strongest, and most generous country the world has ever known. A land of the free and home of the brave!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

The Future Of America???

If I’m not mistaken, and please correct me if I’m wrong, every Democrat who has announced their intentions to run for President in 2020 is talking like a socialist or, worse yet, a closet communist! You certainly don’t have to take my word for it though.  Just take some time to listen to what they believe and how they want to change things for the “good of the people”!

Of course you won’t hear any of them admit to being a communist but you will hear many of them now admit to being a socialist. However, you will hear all of them use the word “progressive” to describe themselves and their agendas. “Progressive” is just a nice friendly non-threatening word for socialist or communist.

If this band of radicals weren’t so serious about their socialist/communist ideas it would either be absolutely hilarious or something out of your worst nightmare! Personally, I’m not laughing anymore!

I have included the article below written by Robert B. Charles to give you some food for thought. Even though Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is too young to run for President right now she has become the new face and darling of the Democratic Socialists of America, formerly know as the Democratic Party.

Robert B. Charles was an Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former US Court of Appeals Clerk for Judge Robert Beezer, taught at the Harvard University Extension School, and currently leads a consulting group in Washington, DC.


Total Backfire – AOC, Amazon and the Socialist Disaster

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Boy-oh-boy!  If you wanted to see socialism backfire before your eyes – proof that anti-capitalist sentiment leads no place good – I think we just saw it.  In one of the oddest chapters in recent American politics, an avowed socialist and Democrat congresswoman, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, just spiked 25,000 to 50,000 jobs and tens of billions of dollars of revenue for New York City.   She single-handedly vaporized one of the most sought-after economic opportunities in a decade – with strident, ill-informed, and ill-timed words.

That’s right, first Amazon canvased the country, creating an open and competitive process (that is how capitalism works) among dozens of hopeful US cities – for the second of two big headquarters.  The promises made by this high-octane engine of American innovation, revenue and prosperity were large – but the Amazon track record for fulfilling such promises is also large.

So highly competed was this opportunity for upward mobility that 238 cities entered the competition.  When the  field was thinned to 20, those standing included Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County MD, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia Raleigh, Washington DC, and even Toronto.

With a long-awaited drumroll, New York City then won.  The stakes were high and The Big Apple was understandably ecstatic.  Then, like some nightmare, the November 2018 elections occurred – and Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who styles herself a force of nature, shot off her mouth.  She and a handful of leftist Democrats lambasted the company, Amazon.

As if she did not understand basic economics, or power of government incentives and infrastructure to leverage growth for jobs to pay for food, homes, children and wealth creation, she attacked the company – for lining up three billion dollars in tax incentives.  These incentives would have bought teachers, infrastructure, construction and jobs that she claimed to want – but she let her leftist vitriol fly:  Socialism over capitalism, personal ambition over people’s lives, jobs and growth.

In one fell swoop, she killed the Amazon project, upending years of preparation and destroying the hopes of hundreds of thousands of workers and businesses in fellow-Democrat Carolyn Maloney’s (D-NY) district.  This self-impressed 29-year-old socialist triggered a straight-forward response:  If you don’t want our efforts, innovation, growth, jobs and revenue, we are out of here.  Amazon is gone.

And there we have it.  Personal ambition and aggrandizement delivered a socialist outcome – an economic dead-end street.   Congresswoman Maloney was stunned, along with thousands of New Yorkers.  The dumbfounded New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, last Sunday, decried the outcome.  The proud-as-a-peacock Socialist, with no life experience, depth in history or economics, was apparently pleased to have triumphed over the American spirit of life, liberty, free markets and capitalist economics.

The actual news account:  “Ocasio-Cortez was wrong to have claimed the collapse of the Amazon deal would free up $3 billion to fix the city’s subways and hire more teachers.”  As New York’s stunned and glum Mayor explained to the prophet: “The three billion dollars would go back in tax incentives, only after we were getting jobs and … revenue [from the company]… There’s not three billion in money … there’s no money” – until capitalists make it.

And that is the socialist fallacy in a nutshell.  If you do not make any wealth, there is no wealth to tax and redistribute.  If you kill creators of wealth, you bankrupt the system – ala Venezuela and the former Soviet Union.

In the former Soviet Union, citizens indoctrinated to be good socialists would sometimes discover a community member had purchased a cow.  What did they do?  For the sake of assuring socialist equality, they would kill the cow – rather than ask how they might all get cows.

And so, well done “AOC.”  Truth is simple:  Socialism backfires, always does.  The New York Democrat just did us a favor, demonstrating how socialism kills jobs, destroys businesses, impoverishes lives, and under-cuts everything from privately-inspired infrastructure and education to basic human self-worth and prosperity.  These come from giving hard-working people jobs, just an honest day’s work and pay.  Socialists are – collectively and individually – a piece of work.  Socialism is about bringing people down, as they just did to tens of thousands of New Yorkers.  But we also got an invaluable lesson:  Socialism fails, and always will.  Thank you Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.


The example above is just a small sampling of where America is headed if any of the Democrats/Socialists running for President in 2020 get elected! You can check out what will become their party platform HERE.

By the grace of God, may it never be!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

What The World Needs Now . . . Is More Wisdom!

I originally posted the content below in January 2018. It was my very first post!

I intended to re-post it at the start of 2019 to kick off the new year as a fresh reminder to everyone but where did January go?!

So here it is a little late. ENJOY!

Daily Wisdom For 2019

I drafted these nuggets of wisdom below in December 2018 to share with our amazing and talented grandchildren. I put a copy in each of their Christmas stockings and encouraged them to read the one corresponding to each day of the week. Not a very exciting stocking stuffer, I know! My hope and prayer is they will take this wisdom with them, apply it to their lives as they grow, and even share it with their friends.

It didn’t take long to realize these nuggets of wisdom might also be beneficial for anyone desiring to make positive changes in their lives, no matter their age.

I can’t think of a better New Year’s resolution than to read and meditate on these daily nuggets of wisdom each week and committing to live by them. The world would be a far better place if each of us just started here!

Full Disclosure: Each of the daily quotes below are from sources other than my own pea brain! I cannot take credit for originating them, however I did add some content to each.

So, even if you don’t believe in the power of prayer, you can’t go wrong making the “Sunday Prayer” below your own every day of the week, let alone on Sundays. It’s a prayer written by General Douglas MacArthur to his only son during World War II. I’ve reworded it a bit to personalize it.


Sunday:      O Lord, make me strong enough to know when I am weak and brave enough to face myself when I am afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

Make me a person whose wishes will not take the place of good deeds; who will know Thee, and that to know myself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead me, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let me learn to stand up in the storm; here let me learn compassion for those who fail.

Make me a person whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; who will master myself before I seek to master others; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are mine O Lord, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that I may always be serious, yet never take myself too seriously. Give me humility, so that I may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the weakness of true strength.

Then O Lord, I will dare to whisper, I have not lived in vain.

Monday:       Job security is your ability to produce. Never stop learning and giving your very best effort every day.

Tuesday:      Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Don’t take your God-given talents and abilities for granted. No pain, no gain!

Wednesday:  Moral & ethical character is the will to do what is right, as God defines right in the Holy Bible, regardless of personal cost. Sometimes, doing the right thing hurts!

Thursday:    What’s popular is not always right, and what’s right is not always popular. One bad decision can lead to a lifetime of regrets!

Friday:         You can never be at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, if you’re with the wrong crowd! Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.

Saturday:     Run from evil and hold onto what is good. Sin has consequences!


Parents and grandparents, please bless your children and grandchildren with a copy of this daily wisdom. Encourage them to use it as a moral compass as they grow and navigate through this crazy world we live in.

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