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The Refiners Fire


One of the lessons I have learned about prayer is the more I talk to God about a specific issue, the more knowledge and understanding he gives me.  

As I have written in the past, I pray daily and have been for the last few years for our nation, the people and especially our leaders. God has a unique method of changing the heart of those who pray. There is a saying,

“By the time you get your prayer answered, the reason you began praying about a certain problem will have changed.”

So it is with the President. Initially I began praying for certain policies he was introducing, changing or ramming down the throats of anyone who disagreed with him. Over time, the more I prayed the more God began showing me his heart, his unstable childhood, the principles and ideals he was taught.

God’s word is infinite. Seeking him consistently opens doors of understanding and knowledge only he can share.

The Bible is the bottom line, the core of his knowledge to base the difference between right and wrong. His book is an outline of our existence giving us guidelines to follow. His arrangements of creation lend the resources for all our needs in abundance.

Life and death belong between the pages of Genesis to Revelation. Encompassed on every sheet is the heart of God forming the circle that begins and ends with his love.

When we aren’t taught or learn on our own these vital standards, straying from the truth is inevitable.

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Dr. Keith Ablow wrote this summary:

“This president was lied to by his father who abandoned him, by his mother who abandoned him and by the grandmother who hugged him, but also revealed that she distrusted men of color. 

Now, he wants to be the only adult in town. He needs that much power to feel safe, because he was that dis empowered and unsafe in the past. So, to him, we’re incompetents.”

His view of dishonesty is based upon protection of others. His justification of lying to the American people he honestly believes is for our good. Instead of informing people eons ago they would lose their current health care coverage, raise the rates and deductibles etc. he chose to cover it to keep people safe from the truth until it was necessary to dump it on them.

He learned to lean on the government for everything. This in no way excuses his deceitfulness or obvious use of discrimination. (Acts 10:34) We all reap what we sow and he is no different.

After the reality Mitt Romney would not be our President, serious reflection began. Now, a year later it is clear had Romney won, the conservative base across America would have been totally annihilated. As cruel and merciless as the liberal base has been towards any conservative, anarchy would have risen creating a 2nd civil war.

Somewhere between the President’s re-election Nov. 2012 and the day of his 2nd Inauguration God intervened.

The unraveling of “Obamacare” or now the ACA, is more than a failed piece of legislation.

God has allowed it to fall apart on its own with the liberals in office.

Why? The government is not God.

The democratic theory government is everybody’s source for everything has just been blown to pieces by a law they passed and signed by their President.

God wants the Commander- in- Chief to understand relying on anyone other than the Almighty is useless.  

Why?

So the President will understand what he was taught as a child was wrong; leaning on the government is not God’s will for anyone.

So the President’s eyes, ears and hearts will open up wide to see God is our source for all our needs and begin to seek him for assistance.

God knew the only way to get the President and his Democratic base to realize their failure was to create their own failure.

Dr. Ablow believes the President thinks most Americans are incompetent therefore raising himself to a standard of an all knowing god to save our day. 

Success according to God is obeying his will and using his mindset to reveal it to those around us so that it might be worked out in their lives also.

 God’s words to live by.

Ecclesiastes 9: 17 “The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.”

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/11/18/why-it-is-easy-for-president-obama-to-lie-to-american-people/

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Is Obama waging psychological warfare on Americans? by Dr. Keith Ablow


I believe that the Obama administration is conducting psychological warfare on conservative Americans. Not only that but it is also waging this war on all Americans who previously viewed themselves, their country, their Constitution and their overwhelming belief in God as a force for good in the world.

The psychological warfare began with an apology tour in which President Obama publicly “confessed,” presuming to speak for all of us, for the shortcomings of America and our supposed contributions to tyranny and all manner of evils around the world.

This confession planted in the American mind the notion that our values and beliefs might not be in line with freedom and truth.

The president, with the help of his administration, is attempting to conduct psychological warfare on Americans who value autonomy and free will.

It was reinforced by the first lady stating during the 2008 presidential campaign that she had never felt pride in our country.

These statements were seemingly shrugged off by Americans who, collectively, seemed to be telling themselves that they were hearing discontent channeled from disenfranchised groups in our nation who, nonetheless, loved the country—and all of us, too.

But, deep inside the American psyche, something more malignant could have been planted—the seeds of self-hatred and self-doubt.  And I no longer believe that those seeds were planted unintentionally by people as smart and capable as the president and first lady.

Psychological warfare has been described as a set of techniques aimed at influencing a target audience’s value systems or beliefs and inducing confessions of wrongdoing or attitudes favorable to the group proffering the techniques.

The techniques are often combined with black ops strategy, in which covert initiatives seek to dispirit, disempower and confuse adversaries.

The psychological warfare has continued, I believe, with other opportunities the president has had to make American’s question their individual freedoms and autonomy.

This has included misrepresenting horrific crimes, such as the one which unfolded in Newtown, Connecticut, as evidence of the need for gun control measures, when they clearly evidenced a need for revamping our mental health care system.

Gun rights are inextricably entwined in the American psyche with freedom to defend oneself.  Attacking gun rights, I believe, is an element of the psychological warfare on the American belief that force is justifiable when confronting evil.

My belief that psychological warfare is being deployed on Americans by this American president and his administration has been solidified as news has come out of the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.

This black ops targeting doesn’t just have the effect of slowing the financial momentum of these groups. It has the goal of dispiriting them and making them feel helpless to achieve their goals.

If liberal Americans stand by and do not seek swift and severe justice for those who perpetrated these acts, then they will have tacitly been victimized, too. Because they will have tacitly agreed that it is acceptable for their government to target certain political movements for persecution—and that will have fundamentally changed the psyche of America.

Seen through the lens of psychological warfare, the failure to defend our embassy in Benghazi need not be understood simply as a screw-up. It could reflect an actual strategy on the part of the administration to reinforce the notion that homicidal violence born of hatred toward America is understandable—even condonable—because we have generated it ourselves and are reaping the harvest of ill will we have sown.  In other words, we should take our punishment.

The president said as much when he blamed the murder of our Ambassador to Libya on a film that criticized Islam.

This misstatement may disclose not just incompetence and may not just be evidence of a cover-up, but may be evidence of exactly what I am theorizing here: that the president, with the help of his administration, is attempting to conduct psychological warfare on Americans who value autonomy and free will and free markets and small government, by convincing them that they are wrong-minded, prejudiced and pathological and should deeply question their beliefs—including some ensconced in the Constitution.

The wiretapping of journalists would be, then, just another black ops technique in an ongoing war against our freedoms.

There will be those that say that many American leaders have sought to target groups hostile to their views.  Some will point to President Nixon or Senator McCarthy or J. Edgar Hoover.  And that debate can be had.

But I assert that this administration is engaged in a coordinated attempt to dispirit, disarm and disenfranchise large portions of the American population and to weaken our founding principles through what is best understood as psychological warfare.

And with that statement in the public domain, let us, at least, be aware and notice how many events unfold in-keeping with it, over the next months and years.

The enemy of psychological warfare is the knowledge of what is really happening to us and remembering who we really are.

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Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at info@keithablow.com.


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The Art of a Good Pout


Manna must have lacked substance or flavor.

According to Exodus 16: 31 it was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.

It may not have been chocolate cake but it wasn’t Brussels sprouts either.  Considering the first time the Israelites found it, they didn’t know what it was. Moses had to tell them it was “food from Heaven” God sent them.

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Now in Numbers 11: 8 the people gathered the manna and beat it, ground it or baked it. Using their creative talents allowed this food some versatility.

Sounds like a “meal made in Heaven,” not too heavy but healthy.

After a while, who knows how long, weeks, months or years they began remembering the aroma coming from their kitchens in Egypt.

Numbers 11: 5 memories of fish, cucumbers, melons, garlic, leeks and onions began to cause their mouths to water for fresh foods they ate freely in the “land of slavery.”

Now I must admit that eating the exact same food for 40 years could get a little boring, old and tasteless even with the “best chefs” from the tribes preparing it.

Pondering the gifts of God, his omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent abilities you would think he could come up with gourmet food every day.

Imagine plates of fresh cooked veggies perfectly seasoned to Emeril Lagasse’s taste. Add to that baked salmon, chicken or red meat of some variety (unless you are a vegetarian) plus a luscious Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream or a 3 layer Coconut Cake.

What if the Israelites could order their own meals in advance? What if God allowed them to choose from the same menu the Angels used?

How exciting would it be to look up to see your “hearts desire” of the freshest foods in the world falling before your feet?

But……there is really something to be said for being thankful. Knowing this 40 year long trek was originally meant for 11 days wakes one up to realize moaning and groaning isn’t worth it.

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Do you believe God sent them manna over and over as long as they continued to complain?

As if the trip wasn’t already a consequence their sour attitudes may have condemned them to manna.

God enlisted their seasons of “pouting” and self-pity to many more years on the road to Paradise.

Somehow, I can’t imagine God enjoying a grown man who pouts. This self-inducing platform of “I deserve better than this” is a requiem for a violin.

I am not picking on men here, but let’s reference Adam.  He had the choice of whether to indulge his sense of taste or not. Eve didn’t force him; he allowed the temptation to get the best of him.

Yet, later when God arrives on the scene and asks why they were hiding? What does Adam do?

Pouts that Eve gave him the apple. You know the “she made me eat it” pity party.  If I had been Eve, Adam wouldn’t gotten a good slap upside the head with that one.

Crying over spilled milk, not getting our way or what we want are the works of fools. The “ties that bind” the nagging souls are left waiting in the wings of hostile takeovers. In other words the suffering consequences aren’t worth how juvenile and ridiculous one looks while the cracked doors of evil slip through.417763_423584534391748_119101852_n

Whining and complaining separate us from God.

And from each other.

The answer: grow up and learn to be more like Jesus.

Philippians 2: 5 “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

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Sequester Trees


http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/07/why-am-proud-economic-masochist/

Dr. Keith Ablow

Dr. Keith Ablow

The above link from Dr. Keith Ablow is his psychiatric view of the sequester cuts.

We have become such an entitlement society we fear even the most minute or smallest financial cuts to our pocketbooks.

The old saying, “no pain no gain” is not welcome in a nation of Bill Gates wannabe’s.

As Dr. Ablow suggests we either feel the pain now or later; or hand it down to our children.

The Bible is clear: Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.”

Leaving an inheritance for our children is difficult when you have a 16 trillion $ deficit.

The good doctor has summed up the White House’s perception of the American people. The agonizing ache is laid on thick; throw a pity party of intolerance of having to pay your bills and be diagnosed with the lazy man’s disease.

If you don’t work, you don’t eat.

Dr. Ablow outlined the fact so much of what we are demanded to fund is fraudulent, unnecessary, and needs a quick trip to the garbage dumpster. I can only imagine the irritation God must feel as he blesses America more than any other nation that has ever existed only to have our leaders fill the “pork barrels” full of toxic waste.  It is disgusting.

I salute Dr. Ablow for standing up to the reality we must do something about our debt. Forced sequestration upon the President appears to be the only way cuts would be made.

Too bad the White House lawn isn’t growing “money trees” anymore.

The President cut them down by mistake and now the taxpayers are paying for it.

The latest drama from 1600 Pennsylvania Drive:

NO MORE WHITE HOUSE TOURS DUE TO SEQUESTRATION CUTS.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/07/rand-pauls-shot-heard-round-world/

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/07/without-entitlement-reform-america-could-experience-permanent-sequester/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/08/white-house-public-tours-on-hold-first-family-trips/


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Inside Obama’s Mind at his State of the Union Address by Dr. Keith Ablow


The following article by Dr. Keith Ablow, Psychiatrist sums up the President and why he thinks, acts and believes the way he does.

Dr. Keith Ablow

Dr. Keith Ablow

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at info@keithablow.com

President Barack Obama took us inside his mind, again, Tuesday night and gave us a glimpse of what motivates him, how he sees the country and how much of the country sees itself.

The president is psychologically predictable. He does not surprise. Having been abandoned as a boy by his father, and then his mother, only to then learn that his grandmother feared people of his race, he seems inherently to distrust individual initiative and intention and to place his trust only in the collective—i.e. the state. What benefits a burgeoning central authority is good for all.  When a child’s guardians keep letting him down in profound ways, that child can grow up to want a lot of power himself and distrust the idea of giving anyone else very much.

Hence, the president wants to use tax increases to remove wealth from those who earned it, fair and square.  Because, you see, wealth really does confer power on those who amass it, and giving that kind of authority to individuals, rather than the collective, is anathema to the President.  It likely reawakens in him very closely held memories of what he got from his parents when most in need: Not much.

Individuals are also better off without guns, the president would have us believe. It is true, of course, that some capital crimes are committed with guns (but only the minority with automatic weapons, and lots with knives and explosives and by strangulation, too).

When a child’s guardians keep letting him down in profound ways, that child can grow up to want a lot of power himself and distrust the idea of giving anyone else very much.

But guns also happen to empower tens of millions of American individuals, too. They promote in individuals the idea that they can take care of themselves and make their own decisions and take care of their families, including their children. And that’s what I believe is the president’s real problem with them.  Because, as a boy, the independent decisions of the adults around him were, frankly, horribly traumatizing.

The president celebrates his Affordable Care Act. But the reality of ObamaCare is that, for the first time, ever, it earmarks American citizens’ after-tax income to be spent, by law, on a product that they might or might not want:  health insurance. They have to buy it. The collective always knows best in Obama’s mind.  Because individuals left him out in the cold, when he needed consistency and nurturance the most.

Many millions of young Americans listened to Barack Obama on Tuesday night, as they have listened to his core message for nearly five long years. And his message has remained remarkably consistent and remarkably toxic to their psychological well-being:  Do not rely on yourself.  Entitlement Nation will parent you, until you forget about growing up, period. Stay on your parents’ health insurance, even if you are 18 and in great health and would rather—wisely or not—use that money to start an Internet company in your basement.  It’s okay to blame rich people if you can’t earn money.  Just ignore the fact that government policy is now hostile to entrepreneurs who might otherwise decide it is worth the risk to staff up.

The government will even grade colleges and tell you which ones are worth attending.  Really?  Teenagers can’t even research that for themselves, anymore?  Their parents can’t help them evaluate schools?  The state, the collective—long known for the miserable educational system it has deployed—will  decide which institutions of higher learning are worthy?

Welcome to the psychological projection of an abandoned boy’s vision of how much you can rely on other individuals and on yourself. The less, the better.  When your mother and father take off on you as a kid, when your white grandmother seems to fear people of color, you probably figure putting any trust in individuals is crazy.

My 10-year-old son was watching last night.  I was just glad that he got to see part of the Bruins’ game, too.  Because he saw remarkable athletes find something inside themselves that they tapped to come back from being down three goals, to tie the game 3-3 (even though they eventually lost in a shootout).  And when Brad Marchand scored that tying goal, with 42 seconds left, and no goalie in the Bruins’ net, I saw my son jump up, out of his chair and pump his fist in the air and yell, “Yes!  He did it!  He did it!”

“Yup,” I said, “He’s amazing.”

People—individual people—make things happen.  Yes, they are part of a team.  But celebrating their individual accomplishments and rewarding them for them isn’t bad.  It’s good.  Brad Marchand scored that goal.  He did it.  And people build their own businesses, too, Mr. President.  Things did not go well for you at the hands of the individuals who were empowered to care for you.  But individuals are not inherently bad.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/02/13/inside-obama-mind-at-his-state-union-address/#ixzz2KpTT3cAl


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“Raindrops Keep Falling on her Head”


Outside door # 1 it is raining. Outside door #2 it is raining. However the cat doesn’t understand why it is raining behind both doors.

After her long morning nap, she makes a pit stop at her food bowl for a snack. Once done, she sits in front of me with those beautiful green eyes wanting to go outside door # 1. As she hits the back steps raindrops start dropping on her little sweet head.

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Not long after that, she is climbing the door wanting back in. Cleaning the moistened drops off of her fur she looks at me once again heading for door #2.

The repeated conversation I have had with her over and over is that the rain is outside door #1 and door # 2. She ignores my attempt to explain the weather and scampers out.

Jumping to the steps and onto the sidewalk, she is quick to notice raindrops dropping on her head again. But why she meowwwwwwssss?

Her tiny, pea-brain believes the climate is different out front from the back. Try explaining that to a cat. She remains hopeful it will change.

Her thinking isn’t that much different than ours. How many times do we find ourselves repeating habits hoping for a new outcome?

“They” the people who seem to know says it takes us humans 21 times duplicating the same habit over before we can break it. How exhausting.

A habit by definition is a “behavior, tendency or frequent repetition or exposure performed regularly until it becomes involuntary.”

“Habits” in and of themselves have been given a “bad rap.” Automatically we assume habits are evil or wrong.

Sleeping 8 hours a night is a good habit.

Smoking is a bad habit because it is harmful to our bodies.

Eating your vegetables is a good habit.

Watching too much TV is a bad habit.

Gossiping can become a bad habit.

Spending too much time on your laptop is a bad habit…..ugh…..

Pathological lying is a very bad habit.

Drinking a soft drink everyday is a bad habit.

Feeding your cat everyday is a must.

Indulging in a chocolate bar everyday can become habitual unless you do it for recreational purposes like playing tennis and you need that boost of energy.  For the record a Snickers bar will do the trick.

Reading the Bible everyday is a good habit.

Wait, what was that last one?

READING THE BIBLE EVERY DAY IS A GOOD HABIT?

But isn’t that legalistic? Does God want us to spend time with him out of habit?

No…..but what may start out as a planned habit to be with him may turn out to be a joy, comfort and peace.

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

Some habits are worth forming. The onset may be a humble and upright goal; to perform a task as it were to eventually become the highlight of your day. Or that one thing you simply cannot live without.

At least that is how it started years ago with me. Now, reading the Bible, praying and spending time alone in the morning with God is the one thing I can’t live without. My day is complete and instead of getting a boost from a chocolate bar, his words fill me up.

Now, no longer a habit, God is my goal and purpose.

Jesus is the center and everything else falls into place around him.

Now if I can just get Maxi to understand why raindrops fall on her head behind both doors……nah…….

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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.

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