Faith Without Action Is Dead!

No matter what or who you place your faith in, without action nothing changes!

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:14-17,26 – NIV)

Most parents in years past have always placed a great deal of faith in America’s school systems and school teachers to educate our children well and to properly prepare them for the challenges of life in an imperfect world.

With the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory curricula taking center stage in many of today’s schools and universities, a real battle for the hearts, minds, and souls of our children and grandchildren is raging whether we believe it or not!

Many parents are beginning to wake up to this fact and are slowly starting to push back, as well they should. More parents MUST WAKE UP and TAKE ACTION for the sake of their children’s futures!

Hopefully, Dennis Prager’s article below, will begin to open more eyes to what must happen if American schools are going to hear a loud a clear message of the changes parents are demanding.


The Single Best Thing Americans Can Do To Retake America

Rear view of elementary age boy waiting to get on school bus. His classmates are loading the bus in the background.SDI Productions via Getty Images

The most frequent question people pose to me is: What can I/we do to fight back against the nihilistic anti-American destruction of virtually all the country’s major institutions?

There is an answer.

The single best thing Americans can do to counter the left-wing attack on America — against its freedoms, its schools, its families, its children, its governmental institutions, its sports, its news and entertainment media, its medical establishment, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department and the military — is to take their children out of America’s schools.

Other than in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the vast majority of America’s elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities teach your child or grandchild almost nothing important; prematurely sexualize them, thereby robbing them of their innocence; and harm them intellectually and morally. They rarely teach them, for example, art or music because they are too busy teaching them race-centered hatred of whites, of America and of America’s values. Sending your child(ren) to most American schools is playing Russian roulette with their values — but unlike the gun in Russian roulette, which has a bullet in only one of its six chambers, the schools’ guns hold four or five bullets.

In many elementary schools, your child is taught that gender is chosen and that there is no difference between boys and girls (in a growing number of schools, the teachers are told not to call their students “boys and girls”); they are taught about masturbation; and many children from first grade on attend “Drag Queen Story Hour,” wherein an obvious man wearing women’s clothing, garish makeup, and a wig entertains them.

Given that all this is well-known, why do any nonleft — meaning, liberal or conservative — parents send their children to an American school?

One reason is they are in denial. Many parents do not want to know what their children are being taught and the consequent damage done to them. They don’t really believe school(s) will ruin their child, let alone their child’s relationship with them.

These parents should speak to any of the millions — yes, millions — of Americans whose children have contempt for America, for free speech and for their parents as a result of attending an American college or even high school. I meet such people at every speech I give, and I speak to them regularly on my radio show. Ask these parents, if they could redo their lives, whether they would keep their child in school.

A second reason is they feel they have no choice. If they remove their child from the local public or private school (most private schools are just as committed to anti-American indoctrination over education as public schools), what will they do with their child? They often cannot find a local school that does not harm their child. They cannot necessarily even rely on Christian or Jewish schools. Most of them are as “woke” as most secular schools. And if they do find a school that teaches rather than poisons, they may not be able to afford the tuition.

The only other option, then, is to home-school one’s child. The problem is that many parents assume this is essentially impossible. For one thing, they assume that one of the parents would have to leave his or her work, which would mean a serious reduction in the family’s income. In addition, home-schooling strikes most people as simply too daunting a task, even if they could afford to take it on.

Neither fear is entirely justified. It is true that, at least at the outset, a working parent may have to cut back from full-time work, and it is true that no matter what the family’s financial condition, there are challenges to taking one’s children out of school and home-schooling them.

But given the low intellectual state of most American schools, the damage they do to young children’s innocence and the anti-American, anti-white, anti-Western indoctrination in most schools, if you are a parent of school-age children, what is your choice?

Other than a) finding a good school that b) you can afford, you have no other choice. You are fooling yourself if you think the odds are that after attending American schools from kindergarten through college (not to mention through graduate school), your child will turn out well-educated, intellectually alive, rational, kind, happy, well-adjusted, grateful to be American, and respectful of you and your values.

While there are some wonderful young Americans who recently attended American schools, and there are some lost souls who were home-schooled, American schools are largely producing the following:

Poorly educated students. Ask your college son or daughter to diagram a sentence; identify Joseph Stalin, “The Gulag Archipelago” or the Soviet Union; name the branches of the American government; identify — or just spell — Beethoven; date the Civil War; identify the Holocaust; and name which sentence is correct — “He gave the book to my friend and me” or, “He gave the book to my friend and I.”

Angry young people. Why wouldn’t they be? First, they graduate college with a huge load of debt, having received almost nothing useful for their money. Second, if they are anything other than a white heterosexual Christian male, they have been taught to regard themselves as victims of oppression. Third, their future is so bleak they may not even have one: They are threatened with extinction by climate change.

The single best thing Americans can do to fight the left-wing destruction of the country is to withdraw from the “educational” system that is actively, deliberately miseducating them by the tens of millions. If millions of American parents did so, the country would turn around as fast as you could say “teachers unions.” If they don’t, their children will continue being used as guinea pigs in the Left’s sick and dystopian experiment.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” was released to home entertainment nationwide on September 15, 2020. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.


I’ll close with a quote from Albert Einstein that should send chills down all of our spines: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Remembering The Cost Of Our Freedom And Liberty

Wishing every American, regardless of political affiliation and ideology, religious belief, or skin color, a very blessed Memorial Day.

May we take time to solemnly reflect on the ultimate price, the blood shed and the lives lost, that so many paid since the founding of the United States of America. May we remember and pray for the gold star families who have lost loved ones securing the liberties and freedoms we enjoy today.

Then, may we celebrate with family and friends the ultimate sacrifice so many made for the privilege we still have to continue living in the greatest God-blessed nation the world has ever seen and known.

In conclusion, I’ve taken the liberty of adding a few picture posts from others that truly touched my heart:

I would be remiss in not mentioning with great joy in my heart that there is One other we should thank and celebrate who also shed His blood and gave His life that those who believe in Him will live forever with Him. For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

To God be the glory for the great things He has done, and continues to do!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

 

What God Has In Mind For The Future Of Israel And Its Enemies

Picking up where I ended with my last post, A News Flash For The World: Israel Will NEVER Be Defeated, here is what we know and can expect based on the Truth of God’s Word in the Holy Bible.


The Future Of Israel’s Enemies and All Non-Christians: Eternal Pain and Suffering

“They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:14,16)

“Armageddon” is a transliteration of the Hebrew for “mount of Megiddo. In ancient Israel, Megiddo was a key city overlooking a major travel route between the great kingdoms of Mesopotamia and Egypt. Huge armies could assemble in the neighboring Plain of Esdraelon. Thus it is a fitting name of the location for the climactic end times battle between Israel and all the nations who will gather together against her to annihilate Israel once and for all!

I had the privilege of visiting Israel for ten days in 1997. One of our many stops was in Megiddo and I can tell you it is the perfect place for huge armies to assemble for that final battle between the forces of good and evil!

Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘It is done!’ Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of His wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.” (Revelation 16:17-21)

And I (the Apostle John) saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city (Jerusalem) He loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:1-3,7-10)

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

The Future Of Israel and All Christians: Eternal Life With a New Heaven and New Earth

Then I (the Apostle John) saw a new Heaven and a new earth, for the first Heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’” (Revelation 21:1-4)

This is extremely GREAT news for Israel and all Christians! Consequently, it is horrifically bad news for Israel’s enemies and the enemies of Christianity!

No one knows how long God’s Holy Land of Israel and all Christians around the world will have to endure persecution and death at the hands of evil forces. However, the one thing we absolutely know for sure is in the end, WE WIN! “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Corinthians 15:57)


I’ll end with these words of biblical wisdom for all who care to seriously consider your eternal future: “Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:14,15)

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

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

In light of the Israeli-Palestinian/Hamas conflict we have been witnessing over the past few weeks, and the fact that a number of the followers of this blog have been reviewing a couple of blogs I posted almost two years ago, I felt it necessary and timely to re-post for those who may  have missed my original post.


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 (Torah) of the Holy Bible.

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.


I’ll re-post part two of this discussion next week. See you then for more Wisdom Matters!

Where Will You Land?

Happy Easter To All

For Christians, Easter is a time of joyful celebration. However many folks, especially unbelievers, can’t understand how anyone would joyfully celebrate the death of someone they say they love. We believe, therefore we celebrate!

As committed followers of Jesus Christ we believe with all our heart, mind, soul and strength:

  • We believe in one God (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), the Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures . . . without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (of sins – Hebrews 9:22). On the third day, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior, indwelling our hearts. He gives us new life, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
  • We believe from birth we were estranged from God and condemned by our inherited sinfulness from Adam and Eve and our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8 – NLT). God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
  • We believe Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
  • We believe the Holy Bible is the infallible (cannot err) Word of God.

We believe, therefore we celebrate!

If Jesus had not shed His blood and died, our sins would not have been forgiven in God’s eyes. More importantly, if God the Father had not raised Jesus from the dead then His death, and the forgiveness of our sins, would have been a meaningless sacrifice!

The resurrection power of Jesus defeating death itself insured that all who believe in Him, His death, burial, and resurrection, would also be resurrected to eternal life in a perfectly new heaven and new earth. This is VERY GOOD NEWS to all who believe in Him!

I found a great illustration that I hope will give readers a perfect picture of what life can and will be like with, and without, a relationship with Jesus Christ.

A thrill-seeker named Luke Aikins accomplished something most folks wouldn’t even dream of doing. Luke made a 25,000 foot jump from an airplane. A lot of folks might do that but very few would do it with NO parachute!

Check out his amazing free-fall video HERE!

So, how does Luke’s free-fall into the safety net relate to a relationship with Jesus? I’m glad you asked!

Because of our inherited sinfulness from Adam and Eve, we are all born sinners and separated from a relationship with the God who created us. From birth we are all literally free-falling through life and heading straight to the pits of Hell once we take our last breath. We don’t have a safety net to break that fall, to save us. That is the power of sin, and that makes Satan very happy!

However, for those who repent (have a change of heart and mind away from a sinful past) and believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, Jesus instantly becomes our safety net. He is the only One, the only safety net, who can save us from eternal destruction, living a life in the pits of Hell forever! Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is  ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other Name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12 – NIV)

My hope and prayer for all who do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the only safety net that can save sinners from eternal damnation, is that you will take time right now and ask Jesus to come into your life and acknowledge Him as your personal Lord and Savior.

As believers all around the world celebrate Easter giving thanks for the life, death, burial, and resurrection of the only One who can save us, may you too join us as we celebrate our new life with Jesus. For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

I’ll close by introducing you to my favorite Christian praise band, We The Kingdom, who sing an AWESOME and very appropriate song that fits perfectly with all I’ve shared with you. GOD SO LOVED.

If you liked what you just heard from WTK, you’ll love the first song they released, HOLY WATER.

HE IS RISEN! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

 

A Palm Sunday Lesson

It’s Time To Refocus!

What can we learn from the historical account of the first Palm Sunday celebration found in the Holy Bible that took place over 2000 years ago?

The COVID-19 pandemic turned the entire world upside down and instilled various degrees of fear in most everyone. Additionally, it didn’t help that there were all kinds of mandates and commands that seemed to conflict with each other in many instances. It seemed like we never knew who or what to believe or trust!

Next, here in the U.S.A., we had a controversial presidential election that tarnished the trust in our electoral process for tens of millions of voters .

Through all of this turmoil going on, and like the Hebrews living during Jesus’ time on earth, I think it’s fair to say that conservatives, and especially Christians all around the world, are feeling a great deal of mistrust and persecution these days as well.

If we aren’t careful, like the Hebrews in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago, our natural tendency will be to look and hope for someone to come on the scene and save us from all our trials and tribulations.


The Triumphal Entry Of Jesus

When He (Jesus) had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ” So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. (Luke 19:28-35)

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” (John 12:12,13)


The ancient Hebrews, instructed by the prophets, had clear notions of the Messiah (God’s Anointed One who would be their King and Savior); but these notions became gradually depraved, so that when Jesus appeared in Judea, the Jews entertained a false conception of the Messiah, expecting a temporal monarch and conqueror, a King who would remove the Roman yoke on the world once and for all. Hence they were appalled at the outward appearance, the humility, and seeming weakness of our Savior.

They were looking for a natural common sense solution and totally missed the fact that God had sent a supernatural eternal solution to  those who would believe and put their trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.

May we too, who have a tendency to put our faith in what imperfect men and women can do to save us from our problems and persecutions, remember to keep our focus on and put our faith in the only One who can save us and offer us eternal life. To God be the glory!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

AMERICA . . . WAKE UP!

America Needs More Concerned Citizens With The Courage To Boldly Speak Up In Defense Of Our Judeo-Christian Values!

The heartfelt message below was sent to me by one of my high school classmates who is very concerned about the direction America is heading under the Biden/Harris administration, and I was given permission to share it.

I would also like to unashamedly acknowledge that we are both Christians. We are imperfect sinners just like everyone else living in this broken imperfect sinful world.

I say this upfront because as you read the message, and information I’ve inserted below, it would be absolutely wrong to conclude it is a message spewing hate at a specific people group, namely the LBGTQ community, including the elected officials who have just voted to pass a bill in the House of Representatives named H.R.5, the “Equality Act”.

As Christians we are taught and commanded to hate sin of any kind, just as Jesus did, but not to hate the sinner because we all fall short of God’s perfect standards and are in desperate need of a Savior. Jesus also commanded us to “love our neighbors as ourselves” and that’s exactly what we endeavor to do every day in spite of our differences.


This is CRITICAL information for every parent and citizen of the United States to know. I hope that you will read this, or listen to the message, which you can do by scrolling down the page to the video link.

The message is from Dutch Sheets, a pastor in South Carolina. If you believe in religious rights and freedoms as defined in the FIRST AMENDMENT of our Constitution, I hope you will be moved to call your Senators and send this message on to others.

This is a very critical time in our nation. The text and video are about the “Equality Act” that the extreme left is trying to pass. In fact, it has already passed the House of Representatives and will now go to the Senate. This bill, if passed into law, will alter all of our lives, and more importantly, the lives of our children and grandchildren for years to come. It is NOT about being “kinder” and “more tolerant”. The agenda they are trying to push is about dramatic change that continues to erode our constitutionally protected religious rights as well as our freedom of speech.

Again, this is not being pushed by moderate Democrats, although many of them will most likely “go along” if we don’t speak up because of the pressure mounting on them by the extremists in their party.

The reality is this is a new Democratic Party led by the extreme left who are not really just “liberals” anymore. They want to override all that this country stands for and the values our constitution was founded upon. The reality, whether we want to believe it or not, is that we are on our way to all of the “isms” we have heard mentioned and that dominate countries that we would consider adversaries.

Please read and think about what this is going to mean to our families, our children, and our grandchildren as they grow up. This will be a much different place to live, and will cause even more CONTROLS to be placed on our lives, and our freedoms.

If you disagree with me, I still urge you to read/view the link below and follow up with more investigation. Our faith-based rights to stand on biblical principles will no longer be held up in our churches, schools, or in our courts.

Jesus loves all people, but that does not mean He loves every action and every ‘belief’ or ‘feeling’ we may want to grab hold of. When someone was wrong Jesus did not hesitate to point that out, even to the most religious, the Pharisees, who were eroding the biblical teachings with their own set of commandments. That is exactly what some in our government are trying to do right now by pushing very immoral behavior on all of us as a moral “right”. It is NOT!

I have certainly learned, through my own mistakes, the necessity of building my belief system on the Word of God, NOT the word of man. Men are fallible, God’s Word is infallible (incapable of error), and many would lead us in directions for the sake of their own greed, power, and agendas.

These days we have to search for TRUTH because it is certainly not broadcast on the venues that are most accepted. This is pretty evident as we watch the attempts to crush and eliminate voices expressing their first amendment rights with a different point of view.

Again, I hope you will take the time to read or listen to this message or turn to the additional sites that are mentioned (Intercessors for America and FRC Action) for more information.  Then, if you are so moved, please pass this information on as a concerned parent and citizen.  If you disagree, I welcome discussion.

Please read and/or listen to Pastor Sheets’ message HERE.


Additionally, John Stonestreet, who writes on BreakPoint for the Colson Center, gave a concise and breathtaking overview of H.R.5:

“To be clear, you should only care about the Equality Act if you are a Christian, or a person of faith, or a woman, or own a business, or run a non-profit, or go to school, or teach at a school, or if you are a medical or mental-health professional, or (especially) if you are a female athlete, or under the age of 18, or ever use a public restroom. That’s not an exaggeration. In fact, here is the exact wording from the Equality Act:

‘An individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.’

This applies to . . .

‘any establishment that provides a good, service, or program, including a store, shopping center, online retailer or service provider, salon, bank, gas station, food bank, service or care center, shelter, travel agency or funeral parlor, or establishment that provides health care,accounting or legal services,” along with any organization that receives any federal funding.’

As Ryan Anderson of the Ethics and Public Policy Center described in an op ed this week:

‘Medical doctors, secular and religious, whose expert judgment is that sex-reassignment procedures are misguided would now run afoul of our civil-rights laws. If you perform a mastectomy in the case of breast cancer, you will have to perform one on the teenage girl identifying as a boy. All in the name of equality.’

Shelters for battered women would be forced to admit biological males. Prisons would not be able to protect female inmates from predatory males who claim to be females. Biological males will be given the opportunities, scholarships, and championships of female athletes.

It’s not clear that women’s sports would survive. More religious adoption and foster-care agencies would be forced to compromise their convictions about marriage and the family or shut down. School bathrooms and locker rooms would be open to both sexes.

In addition to these effects, the Equality Act would bring with it three broad, sweeping changes. First, specific conscience protections of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which have long been legal priorities, would be circumvented in cases deemed discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Effectively, conscience rights considered religiously-based would be tossed aside.

Second, anyone who affirms the biological reality of the sexes would be, in law, relegated to the same status as the racists whose oppression of African Americans made the 1964 Civil Rights Act necessary.

Finally, The Equality Act would have a dramatic impact on education, public or private. According to a new coalition called Promise to America’s Children, a coalition I’m proud to be a part of, the Equality Act greases the skids for even more graphic curricula “about sex, abortion, and politicized ideas about sexual orientation and gender identity ideology . . .” Not only that, but as federal legislation, this would affect every state, not just progressive ones, “overriding efforts by concerned parents and community members at the local level.”

It’s not over, however. The Equality Act still faces significant obstacles in the Senate. Here are three things you can do:

  • Contact your Representatives and your Senators and let them know to oppose the Equality Act.
  • Share widely the resources and articles on the Equality Act found at BreakPoint.org.
  • Go to promisetoamericaschildren.org and sign the statement committing to prioritize children’s rights over adult happiness and share the resources found there with your pastor, church, and community.”

I totally agree that we need more conservatives, and especially Christians, speaking with the boldness and courage to push back against those who roam around like roaring lions seeking to devour and destroy all that is good and righteous in God’s eyes. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8,9). “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

I also believe every church that stands on the Word of God should pray Pastor Sheets’ prayer corporately during every worship service until H.R.5 is defeated. Then, continue to pray unceasingly for the leadership of our nation, and for God’s grace and mercy on this great nation He has so richly blessed since its founding.

May all who view the Word of God (the Holy Bible) as absolute infallible Truth continue to stand strong in our Lord remembering to “not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21) so one day, like the Apostle Paul, all Christians can say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

God’s perfect will be done through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, AMEN!

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Keeping Our Eyes On The Ultimate Prize!

Short & Sweet

Our daughter sent us the encouraging words below from a brief on-point message her pastor wrote on January 21st.

Although he was speaking to remind Christians of who we are, and whose we are, there is much wisdom for believers and unbelievers alike to take away from his message.

For believers in Jesus Christ’s virgin birth, death and resurrection, his words below should bring a great sense of peace and joy to our hearts, minds, and souls.

To unbelievers, my prayer is that as you read the words below, God’s Holy Spirit will nudge your hearts and minds to want to know more about how to receive His free gift of eternal life through a personal relationship with His Son.


Yesterday’s presidential inauguration brought at least the possibility of a new chapter for America, though deep divisions remain. But for followers of Jesus, it was also a reminder that whichever party is in control of government, we have a better Leader, a more stable Kingdom, a greater future.

That’s what Colossians 1:12-14 means when it says, “Give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in which we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

The three words that form the backbone of that passage remind us that a relationship with Jesus isn’t just a personal experience but also a dual citizenship in America and the Kingdom of God:

  • We’ve been QUALIFIED … To share in the inheritance of the saints
  • We’ve been DELIVERED… From the domain of darkness
  • We’ve been TRANSFERRED… to the Kingdom of the Son

Being a citizen of this great nation is a blessing. But being a citizen of the Kingdom, well, that’s a blessing of an altogether different order.

Following Jesus doesn’t mean sticking your head in the sand, withdrawing from public life and waiting for the Lord to come back to fix everything. Elections matter and the consequences that flow from them make a real difference in people’s lives.

But if faith means anything, it means we put more trust in God than in politics. It also means that we believe in God’s final authority over all earthly governments and one day every one of us…Republican, Democrat, and everyone in between, will give an account to Him.


All I can say is, THANK YOU JESUS, AMEN!!!

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Would Jesus Have Joined The Assault On The Capitol?

Please give Pierri’s article a read and see if you agree, or not.


Can Nationalism Really Be Christian?

During the siege of the Capitol, you didn’t have to look hard to see invading protestors carrying Bibles or waving “Jesus Saves!” signs. This was not an atheistic attack on democracy, but a religiously-motivated one. Yet the question remains: can this religion be rightly called Christianity?

I do not doubt that those who stormed the Capitol this past Wednesday earnestly believed they were fighting on behalf of democracy—and I also do not doubt they believed they were somehow fighting for Jesus.

In the Midwest, a group erected a cross in front of the Michigan Capitol in solidarity with the D.C. protestors. After seeing an image of the demonstration, a friend of mine messaged me, “And with that is the clear final nail in the coffin that holds what remains of my Christian faith.”

I won’t attempt to unravel the ways conspiracy theories, QAnon, “fake news,” and Trumpism have so tightly bound together Christianity and nationalistic fervor (others have already done this with much greater depth and clarity). This is not the first time Christianity and nationalism have been mixed—and it most certainly will not be the last.

A quick scan of history reveals other examples of followers of Jesus confusing the heavenly kingdom promised by God and the earthly kingdom promised by demagogues. (Let’s not forget that Nazism was birthed in the home country of the great reformer Martin Luther.) Yet the mixture goes back much further to the time of the apostle Paul.

Paul’s Religious Nationalism
Paul of Tarsus was an early Christian leader, missionary, and church planter who wrote most of the Christian New Testament. But his biography reveals a different starting point.

As a Jew, Paul believed that one day God would establish an earthly kingdom that would endure forever.¹ As time went on, this promise seemed less and less likely to be fulfilled. After a long period of exile, they were now living under the Roman Empire.

A group of Jews known as the Zealots believed that force and violence were sometimes necessary in pursuit of the establishment of God’s kingdom. They saw themselves in the tradition of Phinehas, an Israelite who had long ago purged evil from an Israelite camp by plunging a spear through two sinning people.²

Paul watched approvingly as his compatriots killed a Christian named Stephen, and then he began a Zealot-esque campaign himself: “Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.”⁴ When his ancestors’ religion was threatened by this new Christian movement, Paul believed that violence was necessary to preserve the tradition.

Christian Nationalism Today
I cannot help but notice the similarities in the motivations of Paul and those who assaulted the Capitol.

If you believe that the election has been unlawfully stolen from a man that God has appointed to preserve the influence of Christianity in this country, then the threat isn’t small. To many, a Democrat-controlled government means increased abortions and forced lock-downs to cancel church services. And when every lawful political channel has failed to undo the perceived robbery, only one action remains. Someone zealous like Phinehas needs to step up and grab the spear.

And yet Paul’s story didn’t end with his violent zeal. Paul had a miraculous vision where the resurrected Jesus spoke to him directly. And the message completely re-framed Paul’s understanding of how God’s kingdom was established in the death and resurrection of Jesus. While Paul had been expecting a political kingdom that would free the Jews from the rule of Rome, Jesus brought a heavenly kingdom that freed humanity from the rule of sin.

When Jesus is on trial to be executed, he says, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” Like Paul, Jesus could have used force to bring about the kingdom. But instead he chose to use love and humility.

How To Respond
Christians need to repent of ways we have looked to political powers to do what only God can do. We must label the actions of those storming the Capitol while carrying Bibles as “anti-Christian.” This is not the “no true Scotsman” fallacy, because “Christian nationalism” is an oxymoron. The growth or decline of the Christian kingdom is not dependent on who is in positions of earthly power and it cannot be achieved through force.

We must remember that any “persecution” we endure as Christians pales in comparison to what the early Christians experienced. They didn’t face social ostracization or the loss of church tax exempt status—they faced imprisonment and execution. If there was ever a time to invoke a “violence is sometimes necessary argument,” it was then. Yet they knew this was not the way of Jesus… and this is still true for followers of Jesus today.

References

¹ 2 Samuel 7:16

² Numbers 25:6-9

³ Galatians 1:14

⁴ Acts 8:1-3

⁵ Acts 9:1-19

⁶ John 18:36


AMEN!

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The “REAL” Reason For The Season!

I’m sending this post a little early for two reasons:

  1. From my family to yours, we’d like to wish everyone a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a very healthy and prosperous New Year.
  2. Most importantly, I’d like to encourage all of us to take a deep breath, put all of our fears and stressful circumstances on the shelf for a few days, seriously count our blessings, and reverently celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the One God sent to give the world hope for a new life and a new relationship with the Creator of the universe.

I know I’m going to be “preaching to the choir” for some reading this. However, for those who either don’t know the “real” Christmas story or who just don’t believe it, I thought it was the perfect time to share the “real” story once again hoping the power of God’s Living Word, the Holy Bible, might move some to a new relationship with Him.

Much of what I’ll share below is taken from a book I’m currently reading, Turning Everyday Conversations Into Gospel Conversations, written by Jimmy Scroggins and Steve Wright.


Who Is This Jesus?

Jesus is God’s one and only Son. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a woman, a virgin, as described in the Bible, the REAL Christmas story:

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the Child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a Son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet (Isaiah 7:14): “Look! The virgin will conceive a Child! She will give birth to a Son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her Son was born. And Joseph named Him Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25 – NLT)

Jesus is God. This is difficult for us to comprehend. He is both God and God’s Son. He is co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He has no beginning and no end. He has always been.

Jesus is fully God. He is all knowing, all powerful, and in all places at all times. He is coequal with God the Father and God the Spirit. There is no hierarchy in the Trinity. There is order and submission, but there is equality.

Jesus is also fully man, God with us. He took on human flesh and lived life just like us. He got tired, hungry, thirsty, sad, and happy. He was, and is, a real person just like us.

There is one major distinction between Jesus and other humans: Jesus never sinned, not one time! He knows what it’s like to be tempted to sin. He was tempted in every way we are, but He never sinned. This is how He is able to help us in our time of need. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16 – NLT) It’s also what qualifies Him to do the work God the Father sent Him to do.

Jesus Died For Our Sins

Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us. For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21 – NLT) When Jesus died on the cross, God the Father took all of our sin, shame, and guilt and put it on Jesus. Then He took all of Jesus’ righteousness and put it on all those who repent and believe. Jesus died the death of a sinner so believers can live as righteous people. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 – NIV)

God’s Word reminds us that, In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (of sins). (Hebrews 9:22 – NLT)

God’s holiness requires the blood of a lamb without blemish, in other words, a perfect lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish. . .(Exodus 12:5 – ESV) This is why it’s important to understand the essence of Jesus. He is a sinless man, and it’s only His blood that could cover and cleanse us of our sin once and for all.  And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10 – NIV) Jesus shed His blood and died for our sins so we can receive this free gift of life forever in God’s perfect presence.

He Was Buried

When one of the Roman soldiers pierced His side as Jesus hung on the cross, one eyewitness testified that water and blood flowed out. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. (John 19:34,35)

Then His body was taken down from the cross and laid in a borrowed tomb. He took the death penalty we deserve. It’s not a hoax or a trick, and what happened next is the lynch pin of the hope we have in Him.

God Raised Him From The Dead

This is the best part. It’s proof that Jesus is who He claimed to be and will deliver on His promise of eternal life. There were plenty of eye witnesses to this event. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, He was seen by more than 500 of His followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then He was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw Him. (1 Corinthians 3-8 – NLT)

Jesus isn’t dead. He is alive. This makes Him unique among all other well known religious figures.

Buddha lived an exemplary life and then he died, and he stayed dead. Muhammad lived a very religious life but when he was sixty-three years old he died, and he stayed dead. Swami Prabhupada started a form of Hinduism called the Hare Krishnas. Prabhupada was still striving to attain a higher state of mind in 1977 when he died, and he stayed dead.

Jesus also died but He did not stay dead. Jesus is alive, seated in the heavenly realms with His Father. He will return one day to judge the living and the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the One whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. (Acts 10:42 – NIV)

He will judge based on the answer to this question alone: “Who do you say I am?”

God says, Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His Child as well. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:1,12,13 – NIV)

“Having” Jesus means believing He was born “God With Us”, He died for our sins, He was buried, and He was raised from the dead.

This in a nutshell folks is the gospel (the good news) of Jesus Christ: Jesus died for our sins, He was buried, and God raised Him from the dead. It’s His finished work that makes us right with God. Jesus did something for us we could never do for ourselves.


What you choose to do with this “good news” is solely between you and God.

One option is to dismiss all this “good news” as just a bunch of childish myths, and go on with your life as usual.

The other option is to believe all this “good news” is absolute life-changing truth. Confess before God that you are a sinner in desperate need of a Savior. Ask the Spirit of God to come into your life to change your heart and mind and help you turn from your brokenness, your old ways of thinking and living (to repent).

The Bible says, If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 – NLT)

This may be the best news your friends and family members will ever hear. It certainly has eternal implications.

Don’t miss an opportunity to share this “good news”!


See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

MERRY CHRISTMAS