Thank you Lord

This week, in America, we celebrate thanksgiving, a time to say “thank you” for the things we have or have received in life (friends, family, jobs whatever)  And so what better way for me to say thank you than with a poem.

 

Thank you Lord

I want to say “Thank you, Lord”
For all that you have done.
The joy that you give,
The love from your son.

Thank you for today, Lord,
For this very minute,
For giving me this moment,
And letting me be in it.

Thank you for this land, Lord,
The beauty that is around me,
The wild flowers and wildlife
From the mountains to the sea.

Thank you for my family, Lord,
My child and my wife,
For the joy that they give me,
The fulfillment of my life.

Thank you for my friends, Lord,
And for my enemies too,
For they keep me in check,
In everything that I do.

Thank you for my salvation, Lord
For hanging on that tree,
Rising from the dead,
For a sinner like me.

My words are not enough, Lord,
To say thank you for all you have done,
For giving me life,
Through the death of your son.

So my words are here, Lord,
For all the world to see,
Because you did not turn your back
On someone as unworthy as me.

John R. Shuman

Prayer Time

Lord, this poem says a lot, but it comes nowhere close to what my heart has to say to you.  This poem says so much, yet it does not say enough.  This poem was written from my heart, but my soul wants to scream more.  So, please Lord, know that I want to tell you “Thank You GOD!” for EVERYTHING that is around me.  Thank you for everything you have provided for me, thank you for everything you took away from me, and thank you for loving me.

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With God’s Help

Again, this was written 15 years ago, and a few things have changed since then (like my location)  I now have over 100 “subscribers” all over the world, I also do not print it like I used to, I do print some of these topics for a lady at church that does not have a computer, but most of the “subscribers” are on line.  God has done great things with this “project” I started 15 years ago, and has expanded it greatly, beyond my wildest dreams.

WITH GOD’S HELP

TODAY, AT CHURCH, ONE OF MY READERS COMMENTED THAT I HAVE A GOOD GRASP OF THEOLOGY, BUT I CORRECTED HIM. I DO NOT HAVE A GRASP ON THEOLOGY; I HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT SHOWING ME WHAT TO WRITE. I AM NOT TAKING NOTES ABOUT WHAT TO WRITE, I WRITE WHATEVER IS ON MY HEART AT THAT MOMENT. AND, AFTER I HAVE READ WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN, I AM AMAZED IN WHAT I READ AS WELL. GOD IS SHOWING ME HIS WILL THROUGH THIS PROJECT, HE IS DIRECTING ME IN WHAT I AM DOING; I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. NOW, I AM AMAZED AT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THIS LETTER, CURRENTLY THERE ARE ABOUT NINE PEOPLE READING THIS (MY SUBSCRIBERS CONTINUE TO GROW.), AND I AM LEARNING FROM THIS AS WELL. GOD HAS DIRECTED ME, AND I AM FOLLOWING HIS DIRECTION, AND BECAUSE I AM FOLLOWING, HE IS BLESSING MY ACTIONS.

I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR A BETTER JOB, AND MAYBE BY THE TIME THIS SECTION IS PRINTED THAT PRAYER WILL BE ANSWERED. HE HAS SHOWN ME A POSITION THAT I FEEL WILL BE WONDERFUL, AND I AM ASKING SEVERAL PEOPLE TO PRAY THAT HIS WILL WILL BE DONE IN THIS MATTER. I WILL CONTINUE NO MATTER WHAT, FOR HIS WILL IS GOING TO BE DONE EVEN IF IT IS NOT THE WAY I FEEL IT SHOULD BE DONE. WHICH WAS A SUBJECT I WAS DISCUSSING TODAY – WE CONSTANTLY GET UPSET BECAUSE GOD DOES NOT DO THINGS THE WAY WE FEEL THEY NEED TO BE DONE. BUT, LET ME REASSURE YOU OF SOMETHING, HIS WAY IS BETTER THAN OUR WAY BECAUSE HIS WAY IS PERFECT AND OUR WAY IS NOT. WE MAY NOT SEE GOD’S PLAN IN HIS SOLUTION, BUT IT IS THERE. AND, ALTHOUGH WE THINK IT IS GOOD, OUR PLANS ARE NOT ALWAYS FOR HIS WILL. REMEMBER THIS – HE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT NO MATTER WHAT WE THINK, IT WILL ALL WORK OUT ACCORDING TO HIS PLAN FOR US. SO, I WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED IN HOW THIS WORKS OUT, WILL I GET THE JOB? ONLY GOD KNOWS, BUT HE ALSO KNOWS THAT IT WILL BE DONE FOR HIS GLORY!

WHILE I WAS PRINTING THE FOURTH PART YESTERDAY AT MY FRIENDS HOUSE – I DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A PRINTER ON MY OWN – WE CAME UP WITH ANOTHER TITLE FOR THIS “BOOK” – CHRISTIANITY 101. I AM FOCUSING ON BASIC PRINCIPALS, NOTHING MORE. I AM NOT QUOTING SOME BIG THEOLOGICAL MASTERPIECE, I AM QUOTING THE MASTERPIECE (THE BIBLE IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW MY DRIFT.), THIS IS ALL WE NEED TO FOLLOW. GOD IS TALKING TO US THROUGH HIS WORD, AND THAT IS ALL WE NEED. WE DO NOT NEED A LIBRARY OF BOOKS TO UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE; WE JUST NEED TO KEEP IN CONTACT WITH OUR FATHER AND READ IT. BASICS – PRAY AND READ – NOTHING MORE IS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND HIS WILL FOR US. IF WE PRAY, HE WILL COMMUNICATE TO US, IF WE READ, HE WILL COMMUNICATE WITH US. WE NEED TO KEEP THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN. OK, THAT JUST HIT ME RIGHT IN THE HEART- LET ME RESTATE IT SO IT WILL HIT YOU, TOO – WE NEED TO KEEP OUR BIBLE OPEN. IF WE DO NOT, WE JUST LOST OUR PRIMARY CONTACT WITH HIM.

NOW, ABOUT THE PRINTING SESSION, IT TOOK ME THREE HOURS TO PRINT, AND I DID NOT GET ALL THE COPIES I WANTED (I WANTED A COUPLE OF EXTRA COPIES OF THE COMPLETE WORK BECAUSE EVERYTIME I PRINT I END UP GIVING MY COPY AWAY.) BECAUSE OF HOW LONG IT TOOK; I DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO DO IT. WE ALSO WENT THROUGH TWO INK CARTRIDGES, AND ABOUT A HALF OF A REAM OF PAPER. I WILL PRAISE HIM FOR THIS WORK AS IT CONTINUES TO PROGRESS, AND I WILL SAY THAT HE DID PROVIDE ALL THAT WAS NEEDED TO PRINT THIS LAST SECTION. GOD IS PROVIDING ALL NEEDED SUPPLIES, AND THE NEEDED PERSONNEL TO COMPLETE THIS AS WELL. I HAVE BEEN WRITING ALL OF THIS ON MY MOTHER’S COMPUTER, AND THERE IS NO PRINTER, AS I STATED, I HAVE BEEN SAVING IT ON THREE COMPUTER DISCS (THERE ARE ACTUALLY FOUR, BUT THE PERSON WHO HAS THE OTHER ONE I CAN NOT CONTACT, AND SHE IS ACTUALLY BEHIND ON THE MATERIALS – I THINK SHE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE THIRD SECTION WHEN I GAVE HER THE DISC.) AND I PRINT A SECTION WHEN I FEEL IT IS TIME TO PRINT. WHEN I PRINTED THE THIRD SECTION, I FIRST ONLY PRINTED ONE COPY, AT CHURCH THAT NIGHT, ONE OF THE “SUBSCRIBERS” ACTUALLY NEEDED TO HEAR WHAT WAS WRITTEN RIGHT AWAY, SO I GAVE HER THAT COPY. IT WAS WORDS THAT WERE NEEDED AT THAT MOMENT, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT KNEW THAT.

Prayer Time

God, thank you for your inspiration in this, and thank you for giving me the means and the opportunity to spread your words throughout the world.   I never once dreamed this would reach the world, but you did, thank you for letting me be a part of your plan.  I lift up this “project” to you, I do not know where it is going, but I am enjoying the ride.  I also want to pray for all of the “subscribers” I have let these words bless their hearts and reach their minds, let these words be an inspiration to them.  Again, thank you for using me in this perfect plan of yours.   I praise you, God, for all you have done in me, because of me, and through me, for my life is nothing without you.

The Rising Son

I wrote this poem in Hawaii this year, after watching the sun rise on our first morning there.

The Rising Son

This world is filled with darkness
Completely covered in dark shadows of grey.
Totally ashamed of its condition
On this dark and gloomy day.

The darkness is overwhelming-
And we wonder how we will cope-
But, suddenly, over the mountaintop
There shines a ray of hope.

The darkness runs and hides
Blinded by this glorious sight
The image of the rising Son
Is filling this world with light.

And the Son starts to rise up,
Bringing the start of a new day
Lighting up all of our paths
And guiding us along the way.

Now the whole Earth is shining-
Filled with His brilliance and Glory
Because of this rising Son
We have started a new day’s story.

So, when you feel filled with darkness,
And you believe that your day is done
All you have to do is glance
Towards the light of the rising Son.

John R. Shuman

Prayer Time

Thank you Lord, for lighting my path.  Thank you for rising and defeating the darkness of this world.  And THANK YOU for giving me a victory over death as well.  I pray that I remain blinded in your Son light for the rest of my days on this planet, and help me to be a reflector so that the rest may see the Son light in me.

Proper Lifting Techniques

We are taught to do things properly, like proper lifting to avoid hurting yourself while lifting.  So I want to look at the proper lifting techniques so we can learn from them.

Plan Your Lift

The first step in proper lifting is to know what your lift is and where you are going with it.  This is important so that you know any obstacles in the way.  So, when you are burdened and looking to pray, you need to know the burden you have and what you are looking to do with it.  Why does it need to be moved?  Are you just moving it out of the way, storing it for later or simply throwing it away.  It is always a good idea to know what you want to do before you act on it.

Another reason for planning ahead, seeing any obstacles in your path so they can be dealt with.  Let’s say you want to pray for a better life,  which might mean you need a better job.  So you want to move your career down the path so you can move up the ladder of success, but to do that you need to get a better education… You now have an obstacle in your way.  You will need to deal with that before you can move the load you want to move.

Bend At Your Knees

To lift an object,  you need to bend to pick it up, and lift it up with your knees doing the work.   So, PRAY about it… bend at your knees and kneel before the Lord.  Remember pray in all things, give thanks in everything.  Take your heavy load to God, and ask him to provide the strength you need to carry it through.

Keep The Load Close

They say for stability it is best to keep the load close to your body.  Keep your load close to your heart.  Remember to carry it close so that you are not falling over, or losing control of it.  So, after you prayed about the job you want, and you have a clear pathway to that advancement, keep it close to your heart.  Do whatever it takes to get the job done.  Work harder, smarter, efficiently so that you will be the best candidate for the job.

When The Load Is To Big

Sometimes the load is to big for one person to handle alone.  So the rule is to get help.   And it is true in life as well.  Sometimes the burden is to heavy for you to carry, so you need to get help.  Ask a friend, pastor, family member whoever to pray with you, and help you with your chore.  Let them know your plan, the path you have chosen, and your destination.  Listen to them if they have changes to your plan, they may know a better way to get the job done.  And then you both, bend together and keep it close to your bodies so that you can both easily carry it together.

Lifting Technique

1. Plan your job.

a. know your burden.

b. plan your path

c. take care of your obstacles

2. Bend at your knees and PRAY.

3. Keep your burden close to your heart.

4. when the load is too heavy, get help.

a. plan together

b. bend together (pray together)

c. keep it close, together.

This will help you to carry any burden you have.  Whether you are looking to move it out of the way, store it for later, or just looking to throw it way because it is not worth having around.

Using the proper technique will help keep you from harm, (hurting yourself, straining, damaging the load or your body) and should be followed at all times.  It is the same when dealing with your own burdens, if you do not use the proper technique you can be harmed along the way.  If you do not look for obstacles, you could stumble and fall, if you do not kneel and pray, you may not be doing what God wants you to do with it and may be moving something He does not want moved.  If you do not ask for help on a heavy burden, it could crush you when you try to move it alone.  So, always use the proper technique when moving your burdens.

Prayer Time

Lord, I give my burdens to you, help me to move them where they need to be.  I ask that you help me to always utilize the proper methods when I am looking to move my burdens around.  Help me to see all the obstacles in my way and to take care of them before I start any project in my life.  And always grant me the ability to ask for help when I need it (I know I am stubborn most of the time, help me to overcome that stubbornness.)  Thank you for everything you have done for me.

 

 

 

 

A Bad Four Letter Word

There is a four letter word we use a lot that I want to discuss today.  That word is WORK.  It is the curse of man, from the very beginning of our existence, until the very end of time, we are going to have to work.  It is the subject of laughter, and the source of pain and suffering, it is something we all must do (well most of us anyway) in order to survive.  It is a horrible four letter word.

A couple of my favorite work related jokes are:

The song the seven dwarves sing:

“I owe, I owe so off to work I go…”

And my FAVORITE geeky science joke (Yes I love to geek out over science)

Work(W) equals Force(F) times Distance(D)…. W=F*D

Force(F) equals Mass(M) times Acceleration(A)… F=M*A

Therefore by substitution we can see that Work is Mass times Acceleration times Distance, or better shown as…

Work is M*A*D

It Separates The Animals

There is no other animal on this planet that works like we do.  No other creature wakes up and forces themselves to go to work.  Only humans do this.  Now, some of you may want to argue this by saying there are animals like pack mules, and service animals that have jobs, but I will tell you right now that you are wrong… They do not wake up and do a “job”  they do what they were forcibly trained to do as slaves to man.  We trained the mules to carry our belongings, they do not load themselves up everyday and carry things for themselves.  Service animals are trained to be helpful, they did not choose this “line of work”  we forced them into it for our benefit.  We are the only creatures that do this, we are the only ones that go and till the soil, work the land, push papers around, or whatever you may do for your job.  This is one of the BIGGEST things that separate us from the animals.  (see they are smarter than we are)

The Bible Commands Us

Starting way back at the start of mankind, man has been told by God we need to work.  The end of the garden of eden story shows work as being the curse man gets for disobeying God’s commands to Adam and Eve.  (Genesis 3:16-19)

16 To the woman He said:

“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:

“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”

and verse 23

23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.

Man (all of us male and female) has to work, has to toil and sweat, suffer, and hurt all the days of our lives.  We must push through the pain (yes, a reference to child birth as mentioned in this passage) and struggle all day long for this thing we call work.

And the Bible tells us it is a curse for ALL mankind as we read in 1 Corinthians 9:5-7

Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? Whoever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?

Is it only I??? NO, it is all of us. And so we all suffer through this thing called work.

A Few Work Proverbs

The book of proverbs has a lot to say about work, so I decided to put a few of them together for you.

  1. pick the right job (proverbs 24:27)

Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.

2. Do not be lazy…18:9

He who is slothful in his work
Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.

3. Do a good job 21:8

The way of a guilty man is perverse;
But as for the pure, his work is right.

4. By doing a good job you will get recognized or promoted 22:29

29 Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before [c]unknown men.

5. MOST importantly, GIVE IT TO GOD! 16:2-3

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the spirits.

Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.

Finding Joy In The Curse

I know most of us “hate” our jobs.  We “hate” the fact we have to go, or go so early.  We “hate” having to earn a living in order to survive.  But, trust me on this, IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.

If you are miserable at your job, ask yourself a couple of questions…

  1. Is this the right job for you?  If your job makes you feel so bad, maybe you need to find something else.  and if that is the case, start looking NOW, the sooner you are away from it the better for you.  You want a good fit between you and your job so that you can be happy.
  2. Is there something I can do to make it better?  Can you change something at work to make it more enjoyable? Sometimes you can play a little music to brighten your day, can you do that at your job? (not all jobs can, but can you at yours?) Is there something you can do to lighten the mood at work?  Look for opportunities for fun and laughter to help the day go by.
  3. Speaking of laughter, can you smile at work?  A smile goes a LONG way, it makes you feel better AND it is contagious enough to make other people’s day better.
  4. Can I take a break?  Sometimes you just need to get away to refocus.  From 5-10 minutes to a week (or more) sometimes we just need to get away from it.
    1. As a manager for a shoe company,   I always told my employees that if a customer got mad at them, they could go in the back room and “decompress” after they left so that the mood did not stay with them.
    2. When dealing with people on the phone, they are not always sweet and cheery when they call a customer service line, I would tell people once you hang up the phone it is over… They can no longer make your life miserable… so once you hang up the phone (please make sure you have HUNG UP) you can make faces at it, call them names (still try to be polite) do whatever you want, because they are no longer on your phone.
    3. Go somewhere and PRAY about it.  It will make you feel so much better when dealing with the stresses of work to simply talk to God about it.
  5. Which brings up the next question… Can I honor God on my job?   Can I do my job and praise God about it or through it? (If the answer to this question is No! then please see question #1 and start looking for a better fit for you)  God wants you to honor him in all that you do.  Remember Genesis 21:22b “God is with you in all that you do.”

I have had many jobs over the decades I have worked, ranging from retail to office work.  Jobs where people called me, ones where they come to me, and some where I go to them.  I have worked in gas stations, warehouses, factories and (currently) in my car (I could also say I work at home now because of this blog, but I do not consider this work)  In all of my jobs, I have brought joy with me, I have had that infectious smile on my face and have been the source of joy to others.  I have always found a way to be happy (even when people cussed me out at my jobs) at work, and I have always tried to find a way to bring God in with me.

Personal Story

Back in 1987 I worked in a factory, and I always spent my lunch break on the dock reading my Bible and praying alone (or at least I thought I was alone) we were having a very dry summer in Illinois (and we were located in the middle of farming country) so I decided to pray for rain.  “God, we really need to have rain here, the land is drying up, and the farmers are hurting because their crops are withering…”  When from up in the racks I heard a voice (definitely NOT the voice of God) laughing at me and saying “why don’t you pray for snow while you are at it?  It is just as likely to happen.”  So, I did, I said “God, you hear them, they are mocking you because they do not believe you are real, prove to them that you exist and can do all things.”  When I got off of work that night, I went to my car and put my key in the ignition, turned the key and started my car…. The country music station I listen to was playing CHRISTMAS music to “celebrate” Christmas in July, once the song ended raindrops the size of a nickel started hitting my windshield.  PRAISE God for the miracles he does even while at work.

I have had many experiences of God while at work, but that is because I bring him to work with me everyday.  Even with my current job, I drive 150 miles everyday, alone with noone to talk to, except I am never alone.  I listen to Christian music all day in my car, and the people I do see KNOW where my faith is.  I spread my happiness to all I meet, knowing full well I may never see some of them ever again, but I know that I have been a catalyst in their day to bring joy at least for that one brief moment.

Yes, work is a bad four letter word, but you can still make the most of it by spreading God’s love even while you are there.

Prayer Time

Lord, thank you for making me work.  I praise you everyday for bringing me the job I have, because I know that it is only through your grace that I have it.  Help me Lord to always do my best, and to always let you shine in all that I do.  Help me to be your example to the world in my workplace.  And help me to remember you are always with me, even in the “cursed workplace” (I really do love the job you have brought me to)  Lord, I lift up all your children, help them to be your ministers to this world, help them to glorify their jobs in your name so that all that meet them know that they are in Your presence when they are with your children.  I thank you for the love you have given me today and everyday.

Taking Back Our Country

Last year I got banned from a facebook p[age because I told them the truth, and they could not handle the truth.  The page was called “Donald Trump is a Fascist”  and I immediately told them that they were wrong because the only people being fascist was Antifa, their response “Antifa is not fascist it says ANTI fascist”  Just because you say it is against it, does not make it so.  My next step….

The Definition

I went to dictionary.com and posted this

fascism

[fash-iz-uh m]
noun

( sometimes initial capital letter )governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive

nationalism  and often racism.

The ONLY group exhibiting this definition, antifa… taking out the government aspect, they ARE forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, they are the ones emphasizing aggression.  They are the ones who best resemble the definition.

Now at this point, they accused me of finding a false definition (they do NOT like the truth when it is against them) although I specifically posted the link to dictionary.com.  So, they took the next page in their playbook… attacking my character.

They asked what my boss (my employment is listed on my facebook page) would think about their employee harassing them.  To which I responded “This is not harassment do you want me to post the definition of that for you?”

I woke up the next morning to discover they blocked me, I am so sad….

They Are NOT Protestors

So, this week they decided they were going to “protest” a news anchor and a mob showed up at his home (while his wife was home and he was not)  and proceeded to act like the immature idiots they are.  They chanted (no big deal) one threw his body against the front door so often and hard that it cracked the door, (vandalism) some even chanted “mail bomb” (reference of the recent idiot who mailed pipe bombs to high ranking Democrats and political activists)  which I am certain even the threat of physical harm in this fashion is a crime.  The group (I REFUSE to post the criminals name and give them the glory they seek) even posted a video of their actions on twitter.

The problem is, they were not protesting ANYTHING, they were nothing more than a riotous mob looking to cause harm.  The same day, in Oregon, a group of antifa activist were gathered to protest one thing (not exactly sure what because I DO NOT CARE about these idiots) but they started chanting about “all police being ___________” (I will not glorify their chants either) and spewing false accusations against the police (if you are reading this site your sources and prove your “facts”)  They were also chanting about their feelings about our president.  (sorry that you feel that way, but he is still your president)

Last year, there was a “gathering” of white supremacists in Charlottesville, North Carolina.  And a riot broke out.  Now, everyone got upset with the president for not condemning the white supremacist for this riot, BUT IT WAS NOT THEIR FAULT.  They had the needed permits, they showed up with signs and tiki torches, and they were at the location that the city said they could be at (not their original choice for the demonstration) If they were left alone this would never had been even newsworthy (“A group of idiots got together to protest the tearing down of civil war statues, no one paid attention to them”  would not even gather enough interest in the last moments of a newscast)  Then Antifa shows up with no permits to be there, bringing weapons with them, covering their faces (they are too cowardly to show their faces) And they brought with them the INTENT for violence.  Add to that the sudden media coverage of the situation and look at the mob violence that broke out.  (Yes I am also placing part of the blame on the media)

They are the ones causing violence, they are the ones carrying weapons, they are the ones instilling fear on our citizens, THEY ARE THE ONES AT FAULT.

Governmental Example

One of the best examples of a governmental fascism is Nazi Germany (and its control of many other nations)  Now, antifa, the media, and even some of  the democrats in this country like to compare Trump’s government to the nazis, but there really is no comparison here.  The Nazis ran their country by force, Hitler took control of the military and then used it to take over his people and to try to take over the world (now, correct me if I am wrong, Trump has the power of the military, as commander in chief, and has yet to use them on our citizens, and [other than the southern border], has not mobilized them in this country to create fear or force people to do what he desires)

We could look at Northern Korea, we could look at the socialist example of Venezuela, we could look at places like Iran.  These are all countries that are ran by fascist governments, ran by military “might” and fear.  And by looking at them, we can see how LUCKY we are that we are NOT in those situations.

The Answer

The answer to these rioters is easy…. our government (state and local) needs to GROW UP and enforce the laws.  We need to ARREST THEM for their criminal activities (well documented on their websites and twitter feeds)  and strike fear into them.  We need to arrest them, REMOVE their masks, and SHOW their faces on the news so that we can see who is trying to cause fear in our lives (the moment we see their faces we will KNOW they are NOTHING to be afraid of) We NEED to enforce our laws, equalatterly to ALL involved, better known as it does not matter race, sex, position of power (there are some local politicians involved with these people as well) or anything else if you break the law you will be arrested, fined, imprisoned or whatever the penalty is.  Trust me, once we start enforcing the laws, and arresting their members, they  will start to calm down and act appropriately.

I believe in the right to protest, the right to assemble, the right to express your views, but just as the supreme court says you can not yell fire in a crowded theater, you can not gather together to cause violence, harm, damage, or invoke fear into others.  Just as the white supremacists had legally gotten permits for their protests, ALL other organizations must apply for, and obtain, all needed permits for their protests.

It is time we take back our country, it is time we stand up to fear, it is time we ENFORCE our laws, and it is time we become UNIFIED again.  Our country has become severely divided (LONG before Trump became president) we need to come together as ONE, and remember just because we do not agree with them, they have the same rights as we do.  and remember this one thing…… VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!

In Conclusion

I KNOW that people are going to hate me for all this (I am of course speaking of members of antifa) but I will refer them to my home page where I say “I don’t care”  I will GLADLY discuss this with anyone that is willing to have a discussion, but that would require some very simple rules…

  1. If you state facts, you MUST be able to verify them.
  2. There will be no name calling.
  3. no violence, threats, implications it MUST be civil.
  4. I will not allow ANY form of hate speech EVER.
  5. I will also not accept anonymity, if you want to argue about the issues, you must be willing to be identified (otherwise, you are just a voice in the distance that will NEVER be heard by me.)
  6. It will only be about the issues at hand, there will be no “distraction techniques” used to divert the attention from the real issues.

I am always willing to debate, I am always willing to discuss, and I am always open to someone else’s opinions.  Just because I believe it, does not mean you must, but you must also have an open mind.  My goal is not conversion as much as it is to “teach”, I want this world to THINK, and to use their heads.

(now, I normally end with “prayer time”, and, trust me, I am praying about this all the time, but I want you to just stop and do with it as you will.  I would hope that you too will pray about this, but that is up to you.)

TEMPTATIONS

TEMPTATIONS

TEMPTATIONS ARE JUST THAT, TEMPTING. THEY ARE THINGS THAT APPEAL TO OUR SENSES, THAT IS WHY WE FALL FOR THEM. IF SINS WERE NOT APPEALING, WE WOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE FOLLOWING GOD BECAUSE WE WOULD NOT BE DISTRACTED FROM OUR WALK WITH GOD. ONCE WE CHOOSE TO FOLLOW GOD, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR EYES ON THE PATH, AND THE LEADER. BUT INSTEAD, WE SEE SOMETHING OFF THE PATH THAT WE LIKE, SO WE GO TO IT, THEN WE SEE SOMETHING ELSE A LITTLE FARTHER DOWN, AND BEFORE WE KNOW IT, WE ARE SO FAR AWAY THAT WE CAN NOT SEE THE PATH WE WERE ON. GOD’S WAY DOES NOT APPEAL TO OUR FLESH – IT DOES APPEAL TO OUR SPIRIT, BUT OUR SPIRIT IS NOT IN FULL CONTROL (REMEMBER MY EARLIER DISCUSSION – THE SPIRIT IS OUR CONSCIENCE PROVIDING DIRECTION, BUT THE BODY DOES THE ACTUAL MOVING.).  JUST AS THE BIBLE TELLS US IN MATTHEW 7:13-14

“ENTER YE IN AT THE STRAIT GATE: FOR WIDE IS THE GATE, AND BROAD IS THE WAY, THAT LEADETH TO DESTRUCTION, AND MANY THERE WILL BE WHICH GO IN THEREAT: BECAUSE STRAIT IS THE GATE, AND NARROW IS THE WAY, WHICH LEADETH UNTO LIFE, AND FEW THERE WILL BE THAT FIND IT.”

THERE ARE SO MANY OUT THERE THAT WILL FOLLOW THEIR FLESH, AND THAT IS WHY THE WAY IS WIDE, AND THERE ARE FEW WHO WILL FOLLOW THE TRUTH. GOD IS LEADING THE WAY, BUT WE ARE NOT LOOKING WHERE WE ARE GOING. WE GET DISTRACTED IN OURSELVES, AND FORGET TO FOLLOW OUR LEADER BECAUSE WE ARE HUMAN. BUT, LUCKILY, OUR LEADER KNOWS WHERE WE LEFT THE PATH AND STANDS THERE WITH A LIGHT TO SHOW US THE RIGHT WAY BACK TO HIM. (EVER NOTICE THAT – YOU LEAVE THE RIGHT WAY AND FOLLOW SIN, AND FEEL A TUG TO GET YOU HEADING BACK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, THAT IS GOD THERE WITH HIS LIGHT SHINING IN YOUR FACE TO GET YOUR ATTENTION AGAIN.) GOD IS PATIENT WITH US, AND, UNFORTUNATELY, HE HAS TO BE BECAUSE WE ARE VERY PRIDEFUL AND WANT TO DO IT OUR WAY NOT HIS (THERE IS THAT FAMILIAR THOUGHT PATTERN AGAIN, I GUESS THAT WOULD BE THE THEME OF THIS LETTER.)

Prayer Time

God, I often get distracted and wander away from your path.  Help me to stay focused on you and what is right.  Lord, thank you for being patient with me when I do get distracted, gently pulling me back to you.  It is what I need, and YOU are what I truly desire.  Help my body realize that truth, the truth that YOU are what I truly desire.  You provide all I need, you provide everything my heart wants, you are the source of all my goodness… THANK YOU.  Lord, I want to pray now for your church, those believers in this world that are being persecuted for their belief in the one true God.  I lift them up to you God, and ask you to protect them, keep them safe in your arms, and let them KNOW you are there in their midst.  Thank you for all you do, did, and are doing  for everything today, yesterday and in my future comes from you.