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The Charlatan’s Slap


The other day I started laughing when I read this verse:

John 9: 34 “To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.”

Did the Pharisees have any idea how silly that sounded?law

What’d the blind baby do….steal food from his mother’s umbilical cord?

Or try to kick his way out long before her due date?

Think about it. I know we are born into sin, but the minute we are born?

Babies are fairly limited in their sin at birth; a scream here, a cry there.

These men were supposed to be the high and mighty, the educated and all around know-it-alls.

Maybe they heard the child lectured them as he climbed out and he went blind as a result of his harsh babbling.

If I had heard those ignorant words streaming from the beaks of the most accomplished and cultivated fly traps, I would find someone else to listen to.

After having a good giggle, my literate and scholarly brain thought, “The words and offense spewing from their jaws is representative of today’s so-called cultured idiots.”

Repeat performance of Biblical truths. These are unfortunately sad and in need of a quick attitude adjustment.

At least during the days when Jesus walked on earth, technology was made of a quill pen and parchment paper. There were no laptops, iphones, ipads, or email to spread the nurtured garble of the legalistic authority that reigned during that era.school

In many ways, the people were blessed not to have access to the abhorrent news or slandering politics. If gossip was dispersed, word of mouth was the compass.

It goes to show, no matter how knowledgeable or schooled a person is it won’t matter if you don’t know Jesus.

So, in a sick sort of way, people for the most part haven’t changed in almost 2000 years.

And many have announced, “The Bible isn’t relevant in today’s society?”

Yeah right. You brood of vipers!

Woe to you modern day Pharisees. (Luke 11:37-54)

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/reason-and-conscience/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/todays-sermon-10/

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A String of Benedict Arnolds


I hear Joseph coming.

He strolls around Egypt in his golden chariot. People know who he is by now. He is no longer the betrayed brother; but the 2nd most powerful man in town; or the world.knife

His suffering is off in the distance and only a reminder of where he was. He was the last person on earth his backstabbing turncoats believed would ever amount to anything.

But….Joseph trusted his God.

And God believed in his Joseph.

The fires of hell are smaller than we make them out to be. The enemy must have our consent to perform his sinister deeds. Joseph knew this. Joseph endured it. Joseph became what the devil could not stop. Joseph took authority over wickedness and won.

What evil meant for harm, God turned for good.” Genesis 50: 20
And not just for Joseph but his string of Benedict Arnolds.

He was the favored son of Jacob, yet a pawn of sibling rivalry that ultimately backfired.

He was to carry on the lineage of Israel God set forth from his ancestor Abraham.

Joseph’s ability to forgive his brothers was a prized characteristic. It was a key element of God’s plan for it to be fulfilled.

He knew God had a much larger picture to be painted than one just with him in it even if he had no idea what the frame would include. As it turns out, Joseph was a survival kit in the making for the lineage of Jesus.

How often do we contemplate what God is going to do?

We dig deep in our closets for a frame to paint our plans. Opinions and brainstorming ideas are tinted with each stroke of the brush as if God is waiting to see what we have come up with.

Most likely he will never allow it to be placed in his gallery of artistry.

Why?

His ways are not our ways. Isaiah 55: 9

Joseph understood God’s future for him was limitless. However the notion he would reign as the only man directly under Pharaoh probably wasn’t on his radar. And I am sure his zealous brothers never “dreamed” the dream Joseph told them would ever come true.

The sordid clan he grew up with never saw it coming.

Shock couldn’t describe the look on their faces when they realized Joseph not only had risen to heights unseen, but he forgave them.

Why did he forgive them?

God’s plan for Joseph was to save his people; even if it meant immense loneliness and distress for the son of Jacob for many years. He held his faith in God through and over his pain. Why?created

Because Joseph trusted his God to complete the painting.

And his God understood Joseph knew the painting would one day line  Heaven’s gallery with the words written above it,

“It is finished.”

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/love-and-the-christian-character/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/a-psalmists-perspective/

http://timothyshockleysr.com/2013/01/12/just-a-thought-for-today-something-to-think-about/

http://goodchristianfiction.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/dont-let-time-get-away-from-you/

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Champion Demagoguery


We are into 2013 and fast track is the mindset of our government.

The President’s all out effort to rebuke anything Godly is not only showing up in his actions and ill fated policies but his manners.

His arrogant, bitter fight against Christian conservatives and anyone who has any money at all is written all over his face. His smirks are distasteful; his accusations reek of a teenage revolt and his proverbial “slaps on the hands of those he deems wrong” are repulsive.

Looking for some remote positive characteristic in him has not been easy. If there is one, and that is “if” it might be he is a loyal husband and decent father.

I wonder. Does he teach his 2 daughters to strive to make something of themselves or become a welfare recipient?

Does he teach them guns are unsafe while they are guarded 24/7 by armed guards and our military?

Has he taught them anything about money? And if so, what is it?

And what about his religious conviction to Christianity?

“First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: that I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control,” Obama said. Obama also tied faith in God to his belief in a compassionate role for government. http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/08/obama-talks-about-his-faith-132696.html

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Job 41: 34”He sees everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride.”

Following his footsteps are many in his administration and lawmakers who have inherited his traits, by choice I might add.

Once re-elected the President reinstated his heir of superiority and heightened cockiness he began in his first term.

Our government should be a good example of character, honesty, fiscal awareness, and positive manners.  Don’t look at Washington; you won’t find any of that there.

“I have a job to do as President, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is legitimate and real.”

Our leaders have a job based on the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. I wonder how they would feel reading the above statement. If his faith is legitimate and real he shouldn’t have to worry about convincing folks; it would automatically reveal itself.

Dr. Keith Ablow, Psychiatrist has written a compelling article about our youth, college students or young adults as deluded narcissists. The belief is this age group is gifted and well above any other generation scholastically; yet test scores have decreased.

Technology is one culprit in this toxicity ruining our young people. The availability of unlimited pieces of equipment from computers to games to phones indulges their self-respect into depression, hatred of others and social amputations.

Another culprit is the examples being set before them. When the President uses his pulpit as a rabble-rounding firebrand, people notice including the young people.

Why should I live within my means when the President advocates the opposite?

Why should I work when the President pays people not to work?

If the President can stand in front of the world and ridicule others why can’t I?

“All the while, these adolescents, teens and young adults are watching a Congress that can’t control its manic, euphoric, narcissistic spending, a president that can’t see his way through to applauding genuine and extraordinary achievements in business, a society that blames mass killings on guns, not the psychotic people who wield them.” Dr. Keith Ablow Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/08/are-raising-generation-deluded-narcissists/#ixzz2HWuqLIyppresident

The battles wage on as the war expands.

God holds each of us accountable for our actions, especially leaders. As they preach behind their microphones accountability is futile, so will our children believe the same. The Bible is clear about leading the young ones astray.

Luke 17:2 “It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.”

“Faith can express itself in people in many ways, and I think it is important that we not make faith alone a barometer of a person’s worth, value, or character,” Obama said.

Woe is you Mr. President.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/we-must-assert-our-rights/

http://learningtobeblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/my-one-word-for-2013/

http://identitylovefaith.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/digging-in/


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3 Awards: Shine On, One Lovely Blog, and the Blog of the Year 2012


I am honored and humbled to be chosen for 3 awards by Lori Schulz. Lori has a wonderful blog based around Christian and Children’s Ministries.

You can find her at http://www.lorischulz.wordpress.com

Since she has so kindly awarded me with the following 3 I will combine this post into one Great Award!

The rules are: write 7 interesting things, nominate the blogs you feel are worthy of these fantastic awards and notify them of their hard work!

The Shine On Award
The One Lovely Blog Award
The Blog of the Year Award 2012

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The Lovely Blog Award asks each nominee to write 7 interesting things…

1.  Eating too much chocolate, fudge, potato chips, Christmas cookies, and in general “Tis the Season” to overeat  shows up eventually!

2. I honor and praise the many Air Force/Army service people I am blessed to live around.  The other day I met another real hero.

3.  In my Property Management business I often need to hire general maintenance personnel for various jobs.  One home needs a painter. He told me he met his girlfriend who goes to our church on a Christian Dating site.  After dating for a year one of them had to move since they were 1000 miles apart and their relationship grew.  He now goes to our church too.

4. The summer after my Sophomore year in college I worked at Carowinds.  We had 2 perks outside of working 40 hours a week in 95 degree heat. We were allowed in the park anytime after hours for free. Also we were given free passes to ride any of the rides as often as we wanted.  Since that summer, I have never ridden a theme park ride anywhere.

5.  My favorite book of all  time (excluding Bible) is “The Testament” by John Grisham

6. Presently I am the lead witness  in a lawsuit. We have been dealing with this mess for over 2 years.  Please pray for a settlement outside of court.

7. 70 degrees today! yea!

I nominate:

http://jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com

http://terry1954.wordpress.com

Media 4 Life Ministries

Lady Deidre

Women’s Window

Our Life On The Border

Vine Of Life News

Longings End

Becoming Me

J. Keller Ford ~ Author

faith1stministry

Chasing The Perfect Moment

mrkstevenson

Strader612

Refusing to Tiptoe

goodchristianfiction

God Speaks I Listen

Women’s Window

J.S. Park

Freedomborn…set free

SettledInHeaven.org

Joshua’s Blog

Larry Who

Denim Devotion

Samuel at Gilgal

Wordsmith’s Desk

The Teen Theme

http://churchgraphics.wordpress.com

Christian Comfort & Conversation Cafe

Calculating Grace

Christian CoffeeShop

simplyjuliana


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Quotes


“Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.”

Oswald Chambers

Unfortunately I know not anyone who fits this character but Jesus. Life is one striving effort after another of becoming more like Jesus. In so doing we may manifest the disposition of Christ little by little.

Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.”   Oswald Chambers

We have these two mixed up. The belief that we are responsible for anyone else’s happiness much less our own, is greed we have created ourselves. We are incapable of offering such happiness. Holiness is a life- long pursuit of Jesus.

Mark it down. You will never go where God is not.”             Max Lucado

Imagining God non-existent never crossed my mind.

“Immerse yourself in the curriculum of grace.”                     Max Lucado

The Cross of Christ is the ultimate Grace. The heart who knows the Cross, understands Grace.

“The use or abuse of Christianity in contradiction to the very message of the gospel reveals not the gospel for what it is, but the heart of man. That is why atheism is so bankrupt as a view of life, for it miserably fails to deal with the human condition as it really is.”

It was not the volume of sin that sent Christ to the cross; it was the fact of sin.

                                                               Ravy Zacharias

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Knee Deep Blockheads


Knee deep in the media world is a conspiracy so loud and obnoxious we have overlooked one very important issue.brand journalism

Journalism use to be real journalism. You know: when political views weren’t at the forefront of a story or article. Oh, some may have been leaning one way or another but the war had not started and it wasn’t as noticeable as today.

Sad to say this but it is difficult to know who is a real journalist/reporter. Ratings have become the competition for no-news,
sick-news or whatever they can find to report.

For instance: Do I really care about the filth and unpatriotic insanity cascading from Michael Moore’s big mouth?

Or what about the “five mistakes people make when buying pet insurance?” Really?

Of course there is the toothbrush causing a delay at the Atlanta Airport. Investigators held up a flight due to a suspicious noise coming from a travel bag. Turns out it was a vibrating toothbrush.

But…sometimes it backfires. Yes, the newspaper in New York that splashed gun owners in their area on a Google Earth map have been referred to as “insanity.” Ex-burglars turned criminal investigators reported “having a gun list is like gold.” Why would anyone rob a house with guns in it? The following link is the story which is actually funny but not really.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/ex-burglars-say-newspapers-gun-map-wouldve-made-job-easier-safer/

Air Force One: Protected

Air Force One: Protected

Escaping the Middle East crisis, worries of nuclear war, crime and violence is virtually impossible.  There is always another accident waiting to happen, natural disasters one after another and a new strain of flu. The devil is front page news.

Our technology as advanced as it is allows for much more to be seen than ever before. Stress and anxiety surround you first thing in the morning before your feet hit the floor; I would label it “misery overload.”

And then…..one of those many random questions you asked God 2 years ago shows up with an answer(s).  A fleeting moment of thought becomes a “brain freeze” because that particular question results in a jaw-dropping, shock absorbing divine utterance you didn’t see coming. A one sentence deliberation that changes your outlook completely.

After digesting a resolution that confirmed to some degree your own position, it is so powerful it rearranges the priorities of what you think, how you think and future responses.

As we recline in our recliners observing the people we do not know, it is easy to assume what we view as genuine, or concrete. Listening to opinions, political views rammed down our throats and pictures of the unimaginable is a marketing tactic gone awry. Feed them what you want them to hear over and over until they believe it. Listen, read and pour into their conscience a wrong so wrong, dwelling on anything else is impossible. Doing so would place you in the “pool of intolerant inconsiderate blockheads.”

Unexpected forerunners from high places somehow land in your path and awaken a deception the devil has unfortunately mastered. He laughs as many fall prey repeatedly to his lies, fraud and double-dealing.

What he doesn’t know is the stamps of wisdom God has placed in the center of what appears to be the most insufferable conditions.

Hebrews. 4:13 “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

Those stamps of wisdom are cementing their footprints of God’s truth in the sand of the hearts of many right in the middle of the devil’s wake. He just hasn’t figured that out.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/the-mortal-enemy-of-the-degenerate-life/

http://jesuscarriesme.com/2013/01/05/a-reflection-on-how-god-operates/

http://denimdevotion.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/unexpected-treasures/

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Intentional Intimidation


Is America the land of the free or the ultimate con?

Have we lowered ourselves so far down we bow to menacing persuasions too frequently? Are we “bailing out” of confrontation to get something done?

Or are we so afraid of offending others we cross our fingers and hope we won’t be labeled intolerant if we don’t back down from the truth?

Idle threats are everywhere.google

Caring about doing the right thing has been enamored into whatever we can get away with. This character flaw is sowing massive division, hate and confusion. For those who breathe such toxins that is their goal. Ram it down the throats of disagreement until the obvious blackmail is so repetitious no one cares anymore; just get it over with. Do something even if it is wrong.

Coning a con is really not that hard. It is called, “a bluff.” Or the truth; The whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The result of no truth is representative of our society today. Bend it, shape it, twist it any way that fits your definition.  Webster’s Dictionary might have to sign up some new words.

The key to “bluffing” a con is to know more truth than the con does. Reverse the bewilderment by tossing them a few nuggets of sterling authenticity and watch them squirm. Words are one of the most powerful forces in the universe.

And God said, “Let there be light.”  He spoke the world into existence.
Ya think a little Godly hint there?

The idea we are to kneel before the thrones of iconic companies, groups of intolerant Pharisees or government entities evading God’s word is like waiting for someone else to pick up your doormat.

Pick it up yourself.

Boldness in Christ is a wonderful blessing.  It becomes a handmaiden of adventure besides a ministry but it is not an overnight enterprise. Lessons are best made in God’s classroom of the world where experience is action at work.

This bravery or some might refer to as “audacity” is not easy for the faint of heart. We who tear up during “Touched by an Angel” must endure the pain of strengthening our compassion for the sake of Christ with tenured prayer and faith. Adding a daring nerve or two built by God himself births one who is truly unashamed of the Gospel. The transformation is an armor equipped with love and a heaping dose of “holy spirit-filled words” befitting a servant fighting for his master.angel warrior

I have witnessed my own reserve reach a plateau of assurance and fortitude not built in my character. The progression is one of recognition over time from spending hours, months and years alone with God. The grace God gives even when we seek him out of desperation is a full education of Biblical fighting power. Along with a degree in “the fire of the Holy Spirit
is a street smart jurisdiction utilizing the awesome name of Jesus.

Life hurls adversity and wretchedness in huge doses at God’s children. The more we align ourselves with God’s word and will a militant expression of an Angelic warrior surfaces. What was once a timid or shy victim is a force to be reckoned with by God’s infusion of wisdom, knowledge and intellect.

As I seek the “graduate” school of the Divine, it is my hope more of God will rub off on me.  Seeking God, giving him your time, your heart and placing him above everything else is a reward you can’t find anywhere else. He comes as a full package deal with a lifetime warranty of abundance of his riches and glory.wolf

Matthew 10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

Having friends in high places pays well.

Heaven’s clout wins wars.

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http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/why-is-the-church-weak/

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