HOW TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY

HOW TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY

 

It seems old Rip Van Winkle and I have slept a looooong time and when finally awake, discover time has passed. His time was twenty years; mine is seventy-four. It seems as if it were just yesterday I was wearing my Letterman’s Jacket flying down the steps of my high school’s entrance hurrying so I wouldn’t be late for Basketball practice. It seems I just closed my eyes for a short nap and I’m a year older today.

 

It has been a number of years since I was anxiously waiting to celebrate my birthday. It has been many years since I was put into a ‘holding-pattern’: Jack Benny’s 39 and holding club; and I haven’t reached that stage in my life where I want the world to know how old I am; like I did as a kid.

 

I recall fondly many ‘special’ birthday occasions our family celebrated my birthday. It was wonderful for all in my family to treat me extra special; my siblings even teased me more on that day, and I received the honor of cutting the cake, taking the piece I wanted. To have an extra scoop of homemade ice cream in my dish; and to get inexpensive presents from my sisters and brother, and one special gift from my parents finished off the celebration in high-fashion.

 

This past few generations of parents have ruined a kid’s celebration of a birthday because they have been foolish enough to buy-into the ‘fairness’: all get a prize so feelings won’t be hurt’ malarkey. Too often, the celebration requires parents to spend money they don’t have to show the world they know how to celebrate a birthday. It is a ‘nice’ occasion; not an earth-shattering event.

 

I think when a Pilgrim reaches a certain age: seventies, every birthday changes the image we see in the mirror; and we can’t deny we also see the shadow of the ‘Grim Reaper’. If our eyesight is that bad, our body sends its discomforting messages, in Neon.

 

Pilgrims, If we could take the focus off of us for a moment, and place it on our spiritual walk with Christ, as we celebrate our individual birthdays, If he invited us to his Birthday Party, what spiritual present might we each bring to Him that would please him and allow Him to have a great birthday celebration?

 

“I’d bring him a gift of Peace for the whole world,” isn’t that the consistent answer all people give, even Miss America? “I’d bring Him a gift of joy and excitement,” you might say. The only problem with this type of thinking is that he doesn’t need any of this; he embodies it and is the source for it. My suggestions:

 

Wrap your surliness and your churlish ways in a present and give them over to him so he can ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with joy and gratitude. Stick out your tongue, that little piece of flesh that brings so much venom, putridfication, and hurtful things into other peoples’ lives as you find pleasure in spreading evil as you nonchalantly absolve you of its consequences, cut it off and wrap it in some aluminum foil so nothing seeps out and tie a colored ribbon on it, and present it as a gift to the Lord so He can give a sigh of relief knowing you can’t do any more spiritual harm in his Kingdom; and He will grow a New type of tongue for you that speaks only the Fruit of the Spirit. Investigate the depth of your reverence and awe about his divinity and the measurement of your fear and trembling concerning how you cavalierly approach a Holy God with your messed-up sinful life; and come to his celebration after your garment (Robe of Righteousness) has been washed, ironed, and made spiritually presentable for such a Heavenly occasion; and, He will feel doubly blessed because a Pilgrim cares nearly as much about His respect as he does about his love for you. In your mind, after you have created and fashioned the biblical altar you use each time you profess your sins and seek His forgiveness, decorate it with festive colors that festoon the heavens…be they night or day, and present your gift to him for it will signify you know he is the master of the Universe; and he thought you were divinely special, for he created you. Bring a simple gift for his celebration that begins and ends each day with a song of praise; humming is even acceptable because His name on your lips will ensure he knows your thoughts haven’t strayed far from him.

 

A thought to remember: Pilgrims only celebrate a birthday once a year; Jesus gives birth to a new creature in a second…if each time this happens, we celebrate his ‘Birthdate’ all Pilgrims can celebrate Jesus’ birthday every day of our lives. I know, I  know… this may be a bit of convoluted figuring, but, you have to give me an A for trying.

 

My plans for celebrating my seventy-fourth birthday include fellowship with family and friends, if the weather allows, golf with my son and my brother, and a fellowship meal at home of friends from our church.

 

Each year that passes it forces me to contemplate the nature and purpose of my blog. If my writing carries a biblical influence upon my Pilgrims lives; whether it pleases or displeases, whether it infuriates and honks-off; whether is galls and chafes how you conduct your walk with scripture and Jesus; whether you are a closet ‘naysayer’ or an avowed public one, if my writing produces a modicum of thought provoking tweaking of how you align your biblical life with actual scripture, and it forces you to become more honest and walk with greater integrity amongst a people lost and going to Hell, then I have accomplished my purpose for the blog. If these things are true for you, then help me enlarge this Godly influence: make a concerted effort to recruit other Pilgrims who will recruit other Pilgrims. You can’t give me a better Birthday gift!

 

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TOO DENSE TO GROW

TOO DENSE TO GROW

 

I’m quite sure I’m growing into senility as I approach my seventy-fourth year on God’s terra ferma because I have started to read the Grit magazine, usually while handling my daily ‘constitution’. One of the articles that caught my attention was written by a woman from suburbia Dayton, Ohio. It was about how even ‘city-folk’ can grow a garden in a small space: six hundred fifty feet, and make it profitable…especially if one grows an Organic Garden.

 

As a boy growing up in rural Kansas: Ramona, we lived in a small house, but we had a large garden. I thoroughly disliked the chores that accompanied growing the garden; but, I did enjoy eating its bounty…especially freshly dug potatoes, with a little salt, as I worked to unearth those tasty jewels. Mother canned just about everything fruit or vegetable we could grow and our Root Cellar was a treasure trove of Ball jars that fed our family of six through the cold winters. I recall often Mother complaining that she had a ‘black thumb’ because too much work and effort was wasted when plants failed to grow or produce its kind. Our ninety plus year old neighbor lady had a ‘Green’ one as it seemed nothing in her garden every failed to produce an abundant harvest. Mother even spent time with her taking lessons; but still had too many failures from her perspective.

 

Perhaps, it was Momma’s judgments about our family’s gardens that led me to never grow one as I moved away from home and established my married life. Momma’s lament about wishing God had gifted her with a ‘Green Thumb’ also left me pondering if my DNA had been twirked I came from a ‘Black thumb’ family; so I just bought my garden foods at the Farmer’s Markets or local grocery stores.

 

As I read her article and she detailed her calendar garden growing year’s cost and profitability, not counting her time, several times she made the observation: “My radishes and carrots failed to thrive because my soil was too dense.” Later in the article, “”I stunted my tomato production by letting my soil become too dense.”

 

It took me a while to do some research to discover what ‘too dense’ meant; but, I learned its outcome comes from the formula: the soil’s weight by volume means it possesses too much moisture and didn’t drain properly. I also discovered that soil needs a heap of other stuff to grow a garden: Calcium; Sulfur, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, and Manganese.

 

It was then I had my ‘eureka’ moment as I was for certain my Momma never knew about these secret ingredients. She didn’t have a ‘Black thumb’; she just didn’t have all of God’s ‘spices’ to mix in her dirt. Our dirt was probably ‘too dense to grow’…and we were ‘too dense’ when it came to growing a garden.

 

While this enlightening article on growing a successful Home Garden in a small space was informative, it didn’t move me to want to till the ground. It did get me to thinking about how Pilgrims fail to produce the Spiritual Fruit the Apostle Paul writes about in Galatians 5: 22: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

 

Spiritually, I’m convinced it is because our biblical gardens possess ‘too dense’ dirt. Paul agrees with me as he writes in Romans 1:18-23 that from the beginning God and his creation has been clearly seen and understood: his invisible and eternal qualities. I never met a man that claimed he created a mountain or a tree! Paul told us that mankind knew about God but neither glorified or thanked him for life; and his foolish heart became futile and dark. Mankind claimed to be wise but proved to be fools as they worshiped mortal images of man, birds, animals and reptiles, instead of the Creator (modern-day PETA)

 

The brains most of us possess are far superior to any computer, but they possess one technical flaw a computer never will: Pilgrims allow useless data to enter our storage center for we are inundated by information from every conceivable source known to man; a computer only works on what information is fed to it. OUR SPIRITUAL DIRT DOESN’T DRAIN WELL and we end up with ‘too dense’ biblical soil: we can’t produce Spiritual Fruit! How does this happen?

 

I suggest… God has given us a properly working filter: Holy Scripture that will sift out our spiritual dirt so it doesn’t get too dense and is able to drain all the useless, filth that flows into it. Without a proper filter it deadens our sensors, desensitizes our moral out-rage, confuses our moral compass, and obfuscates who our real enemies are.

 

Since our Spiritual soil doesn’t drain well if the biblical filter isn’t working every second of the day, it become too dense. Our brains crack under sin’s pressure and we find ourselves emulating Paul’s personal testimony in Romans seven. He laments that his good intentions to reject sin and embrace God’s righteousness most often isn’t what he actually does. The very sinful things he hates, he keeps on doing. Maybe Paul’s declaration was the first one that led theologians to declare: “The road to Hell is paved by good Intentions.”

 

Pilgrims, look at it in a different way. If the light of Jesus Christ, that lives in the world and the Holy Spirit inside you is covered up with the world’s ‘too dense’ darkness from chosen sin and evil so the light of Christ can’t be seen in our lives since our sins haven’t drained (repentance of sin produces the proper drainage) from our Spiritual soil, it is impossible for our Spiritual fruit to be produced…even if we use Miracle Grow, we won’t have an abundant harvest we can share with our neighbors, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, and with our entire community of mostly Non-Pilgrims.

 

The writer of the article formulated her success for growing a garden in a small space based upon the Farmer’s Market and local ‘retail’ price of Organic fruits and vegetables, not the ordinary chemical aided kind. Organic gardens realize much higher profitability for its harvest is more expensive to purchase by the customers.

 

Maybe we Pilgrims might consider the effects of our ‘too dense’ biblical soil akin to our weekly mid-week bible study. Year after year we attend the services faithfully. We ‘pack’ our soil with biblical knowledge and we prove that we aren’t ‘too dense’ to learn about God’s plan for mankind and the Pilgrims’ spiritual work that is left to be done for God’s kingdom We are busy growing our ‘Spiritual Garden’ with the hope we will be able to enjoy its harvest and share it with others who don’t have a garden. Unfortunately, for most Pilgrims, since we fail to grow a Godly harvest, we grow ordinary ones, not Organic, and we grow just enough to feed our family; not feed others. Do we need a Farmer to tell us our Spiritual soil has become ‘too dense? Do we need horticulturalists to show us we haven’t prepared our soil for a good crop because we failed to give it good drainage? How can we get good drainage? Spiritual drainage happens when we begin to use that mid-week bible study knowledge and actually till the soil. We put away our ‘Perfect Attendance’ badges and get our hands dirty: involved in Non-Pilgrims lives as we tell them about are Savior Jesus. With our hands dirty and a bit calloused from working the dirt, we can show the lost sinners how to grow a garden that doesn’t have ‘too dense’ dirt. As a child of God; as a heir with Christ, his Holy Spirit will make sure our spiritual dirt is draining properly and we will certainly produce a Spiritual harvest that will honor our Lord…feed us and the world.

 

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SACRED GROUND

SACRED GROUND

 

The recent seventieth celebration of the invasion of Normandy and the sacred ground filled with thousands of small white crosses, each one signifying a warrior paid the ultimate sacrifice for America, marked this field as ‘special’ for every American. If you have visited France’s Normandy beaches, you watched the ceremonies, or were honored for your valor there, I want all to know chill bumps creep across one’s body and even the hairs on your head tingle (mine did). As I watched the ceremony, I couldn’t help but vision the dead rising up and the slain walking into history and each dead warrior’s future life became like a movie filled with joy for they were alive and allowed to fulfill their dreams and promises made.

 

Pilgrims can find ‘sacred-ground’ many places across the breadth and length of this once great biblical nation. Entering Gettysburg will produce such an affect as Normandy…and many more men lost their lives at that battle than did those at Normandy. Why is it decreed ‘sacred’? How and when do you choose to declare any particular place or plot of land ‘sacred’? What is the essential quality a Pilgrim must possess before you will consider anything ‘sacred’?

 

History’s lessons seem to connect personal sacrifice and dying in order to win a noble cause: i.e. rescuing Europe from Hitler’s Nazi regime.

 

The pages of the New Testament teach Pilgrims we are a Royal Priest hood set aside by the Creator for his good pleasure. He has chosen to place the Holy Spirit inside us! Do we need any more proof God considers each of us ‘sacred-ground’?

 

Question? If God considers us ‘sacred ground’, since his only son did battle to the death with the forces of Satan…bruised, bloodied, bent but not broken, he won the victory:  and the righteousness to offer Grace. why don’t we believe it? Why don’t we behave as if we do believe it? Do we need Moses’ ‘wake-up’ call from God before we begin to live a life for God that is worthy of his love and sacrifice?

 

Perhaps, all Pilgrims are looking for the ‘Burning bush’ and waiting for God’s voice to speak from it? If God would only stake out for us his ‘holy ground’: sacred-ground’, like he did for Moses, then we’ll get busy and begin to live our lives in greater harmony with God.

 

“…God called to him from within the bush, “Moses, Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

“Do not come any closer.” God said. “Take off your sandals for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:3-5

 

After God called Moses up Mount Horeb to give him the Ten Commandments, he instructed Moses to make sure the people didn’t get too familiar with him and not to touch the mountain or they’d die. Jehovah staked out this mount as the place he would show himself in a pillar of fire or a cloud, and he wanted all to know it was ‘sacred-ground’. When some people didn’t obey him, they died. The people became fearful and refused to even try to look upon his fire. Moses’ countenance was changed just being in the presence of the All Mighty.

 

I’m not sure how the Pilgrims digest this Old Testament truth in the book of Exodus, but for me, it clearly indicated the Creator doesn’t take lightly the idea of a Christian mixing sinful choices upon his ‘sacred-ground’: it is surely holy. In the New Testament, Jesus changed everything about the law, sacrifice, Grace, and personal relationships with Pilgrims. None need to fear the Creator; in fact, he desires all come close and stay in a loving relationship.

 

Would that every pilgrim stop and consider the irony of your sin rubbing shoulders with God’s ‘Holy-ground’: the Holy Spirit he placed inside you when you confessed Jesus Christ as Lord.

 

Might a smidgen more of reverence for this personal relationship with the Holy Spirit give Pilgrims pause as your sins shame flushes deep within the caverns of your soul’s unfathomable recesses? Would a Pilgrims ‘itch’ from your yearning passions find a dead end as you yearn to enter that Porn site again; would Pilgrims glazed eyes that present titillating visions of delectable goodies wafting a promise of pleasure have the curtain brought down on a planned piece of entertainment…void of the Holy Spirit’s attendance; Might a Pilgrim’s acknowledgment of the Holy Spirit residing on ‘sacred-ground’ keep you from providing alibis for nefarious deeds, misrepresenting data, slandering the innocent, seeking bribes for silence or public declarations; would your choir member’s flirty eyes find a ‘dead-end’ pool when you felt the Spirit’s squirming presence? Might a Pilgrim’s unforgiving-heart jostle and wash against the purity of freedom the Spirit offers as the poison of un-repented sin flushes from your soul?

 

Perhaps, all Pilgrims could find a way to choose biblical things rather than the world’s, if they could only accept an undeniable truth: there isn’t any place you can run to that the Holy Spirit isn’t already there, with baited-breath, waiting for you to prove your love for Christ by rejecting the sin that is knocking at your door…every waking minute. He is watching you and listening for your profound thoughts: “This would be a sin; this will dishonor my lord; this will embolden Satan’s presence in my life. I want to do it soooooooooooo bad, but I choose not to do it.”

 

God forbid, you may be a Pilgrim that walks with one foot on holy ground and one foot on unholy ground. You’ve been delusional enough to believe this is possible and still honor Christ. Scripture is a ‘safe’ place to go if you need solace; but, when the world speaks and you follow like a lemming into unholy places and unholy ground: i.e the Voting booth and you choose avowed enemies of God to control all Pilgrims lives: those who have blatantly destroyed this Nation’s biblical foundation; embraced the basic tenets of the Atheist, Feminist agenda: promotion of homosexuality and Same Sex Marriage; mocking God’s holy writ as you elect Homosexual clergy; embrace PETA; willingly join Godless women as they suppress Biblical ones in our society, and gleefully kill unborn children that God created while declaring: “It’s my body and I can do what I want with it.”; male and female Pilgrims attend Feminist led churches as you thumb your nose at the directions left to all Pilgrims written by the Apostle Paul from Eph. 5:21ff, the books of Timothy and Titus concerning election of church elders and deacons under the protection of the Holy Spirit so Pilgrims might know how to walk with both feet on ‘sacred ground’. The Apostle John taught Pilgrims that Jesus (the light) had entered the world, but the world preferred the darkness because they loved their sin.

 

 

 

Paul warns all Pilgrims not be unequally-yoked. All Pilgrims are God’s brides. Infidelity leads to separation and divorce. Pilgrims wed to a godless world! You are walking up Skull Hill as the Messiah’s blood drenches your feet. You are standing on ‘sacred ground’; you are ‘sacred ground bought with a price: the death of God’s only son, why do you dishonor this hallowed place?

 

Unless Christ returns, places like Normandy and Gettysburg will become faint memories in the pages of history; the warriors who died there will soon lose their luster; but a single wooden cross standing high on a hill at Golgotha will continue to define what is truly ‘Sacred ground’; and Jesus’ sacrifice will still challenge people to choose what ground they will walk on into eternity.

 

Can’t you just feel the collective sigh from the Holy Spirit when he knows you know his presence inside of you has defined you as ‘Sacred-ground’?   Jesus!

 

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THE TRAITOR

THE TRAITOR

A DISCLAIMER

????? While a majority, evidently, of Americans believe there is the reality of Separation of Church and State, I don?t. I also don?t even try to make it happen. I?m a citizen of this country by birth; I?m a citizen of Heaven by being created by God, and choosing to believe he had his son die in my place for my sins; and I choose to never make a decision that serves any interest for State verses Jesus Christ. I implore all Pilgrims to follow my example. I have found, to my chagrin, it is becoming increasingly difficult to write about the biblical principles and not shed light (my opinions and my interpretations) upon how the politics of this nation is an enemy of God and Jesus Christ. This article is a prime example.

???? The Sergeant Bowe Bergdhal has managed to expose the underbelly of a political divide in our country: a President and his administration that neither likes nor respects our military, and the majority of our America citizens that live in profound gratitude for it.

 

Since what the world now knows about this sergeant has been known by the military?especially his platoon buddies, since the day he defected, left his post and wandered into the enemy?s territory in 2010, it boggles one?s American bleed red white and blue blood mind to understand why one Deserter was traded for five of the world?s worst War Criminals. I have heard the mantra about our military never ?leaving one of its own behind?, and within in reason, I agree with this policy; but, the President?s first priority is to ?Protect and Defend? our citizens. It is part of the Oath he takes. We now know this trade was done against the President?s best advice and counsel from our military?s highest ranking officers. What country is our President choosing to honor; to protect and defend?

 

There are political loons and far-left-leaning media in the Liberal party actually defending this decision, which violated a recently passed law?that the President signed (his law stated he had to give a thirty day notice to Congress before he could make a deal about prisoners).. The point of ?getting back? a soldier who has been captured for five years (how can a soldier be captured when he walked into enemy territory looking for them?) becomes more important politically than to honor all of the dead from the World Trade Center Towers slaughter? To release the killers upon the world again spits upon the sacrifices the families of the nine/eleven survivors were forced to endure (my opinion).

 

If the sergeant isn?t Court Marshaled, given due process of the Military Code of Justice for his desertion, and if found guilty punished, this Presidential decision will bring immense emotional suffering to all American families that have ever lost a son or daughter on the battle field?twice.

 

The word, Traitor, is a highly inflammatory word. It has been used to describe Aaron Burr, a close confidant of George Washington, Peyton Manning choosing the University of Tennessee rather than his home state Mississippi to play football, a boy or girl fraternizing with someone from a different neighborhood, or even wearing the wrong school?s colors. Hanoi Jane: Jane Fonda, still curdles my blood when I see our Modern-day Liberals, including our President, honoring her for her theatrical career and political support for the past fifty years. She was a Traitor and will remain one in the eyes of millions of military personnel for she collaborated with the enemy; openly supported them as they used her as a ?political dupe? to promote their evil political aims during the Vietnam War, when she traveled to North Vietnam. Our captured soldiers were tortured and abused, severely, to get them to agree to what she was saying about our evil country and its leaders. They used the blinking of their eyes to send Morris Code to let the world know anything they were saying was a lie. She should have been tried for treason and shot! By the way, when we did end the ?Conflict?, two MILLION South Vietnamese lost their lives when the Communists gained control!!

 

If one seeks the best information about Traitors, the bible is a good starting point. It details how Satan and some of his henchmen were kicked out of heaven for being Traitors (my definition); and the best known Traitor; Judas Iscariot; his kiss on Jesus? cheek helped the Roman soldiers identify whom to arrest.

 

How do Pilgrims define the word: Traitor? Why does betrayal produce such visceral hate? News accounts are constantly filled with wives and husbands, adulterous lovers murdering for revenge for believing one has been a Traitor. When was the last time you thought those very thoughts? When was the first time you said them?

 

There isn?t a doubt that God has considered mankind a Traitor to his cause since the days of Adam and Eve. You would too if it cost you the life of your only son! When a study is done detailing how one becomes a ?Traitor? and how those who have been betrayed feel about this dastardly deed, you discover it boils down to ?unfulfilled expectations. Bergdahl?s platoon buddies share this conclusion. For those who care, you may have listened to their personal stories about this man?s betrayal. How other soldiers lost their lives searching for him because they had orders; and they knew the enemy and they feared for his life?even though it was known he deserted his post and his fellow comrades in arms.

 

The bible clearly teaches that the Creator considers his ?crown of creation?: man and woman, as family. It teaches that it is also a spiritual marriage: Christ is the Groom and all Pilgrims are his bride. All Pilgrim off-spring are potential ?heirs? to the family?s fortune: spending eternity in the presence of Jesus Christ. Though one might say we are all adopted; God considers us ?blood kin? and more precious than rubies, silver, or gold: God paid the ransom for you and for me so we might be a part of the family. As the gospel song says: ?There are no orphans of God?.

 

God considers our rejection of his love as a betrayal for our unique relationship with him. One choosing to serve Satan rather than the Creator brings forth great jealousy. Our betrayal is froth for his wrath and all who do this are considered ?Traitors?. Like Bergdhal, we too have chosen freely to seek other gods. In his case, it is Allah, and we have chased whores who promise much and never deliver anything but disease, pestilence, and death.

 

People who call themselves ?Christians? but refuse to separate them from the world?s ?double-speak? that is little more than a form of ?voodoo? haunts seeking to become a god rather than find the one true God, are Traitors. They have chosen other lovers; and committed indecent lewd acts that defile the Spiritual Marriage-bed, and are indistinguishable from all other adulterous lovers of the world that openly deny the existence of the Creator.

Often too many Pilgrims demonstrate on Sundays they desire to be as pure and chaste as the hem of Caesar?s wife; but spiritually fornicate at every opportunity during the week. Each ?cherished sin? is a breech in the family relationship with God. Our sinful choices are a betrayal!

 

Can any Pilgrim deny the hard ugly facts concerning the word ?Traitor? people from all walks of life conjure up when left to discern the outcome that ultimately comes from this word? The most damning: all Pilgrims were at one time ?Traitors?. Paul writes in Romans: ?All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.?

Would that each Pilgrim stop and pause?for a few seconds, and recall the last time you referred to a person as a ?Traitor?. The delicious feelings of righteousness that swelled-up inside, the hoary scent of seeking retribution that flares your nostrils, and the immense pain of being forced to accept the truth about your perceptions concerning the betrayal in this relationship were false, nearly drives you to your knees?right?

 

During my years of ministry, I?ve seen in in the eyes of parents who are evicted from their house because they put it up for bond for a son who skipped bail and sold them out for drugs; I?ve seen it in the eyes of a parent visiting a daughter in jail for cooking Meth while her two year old baby girl drank the bleach spilled on the floor; I?ve seen it in the eyes of parents entering the morgue to identify the body of a child?killed by a drunk driver; I?ve seen it in the eyes of church members as they attended the funerals for a preacher and his family when they were killed by a suddenly falling tree that guarded a highway. Traitor! It was a betrayal of a son that didn?t honor his parents. Traitor! It was a betrayal of a mother to protect her child. Traitor! God, you promised to help me not harm me. Traitor! God, your faithful servants deserved better.

 

As a veteran I was taught I was expendable. I pledged my life to protect and defend my country. If necessary, I would die for it. Bergdahl?s platoon buddies declared they never thought their life was valuable enough to be traded for monster war criminals. It seems that the only people who didn?t agree were the President and his murky military commanders?who have remained silent.

 

Evidently, God and Satan were the only ones who believed that God?s only son was sufficient as a ransom to take you and me from the gallows. Though we were ?Traitors? and deserved death by any means, God planted a kiss on our cheek to signify he had marked us?not for death but for life?ever-lasting life.

 

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STAND UNTIL RELIEVED

STAND UNTIL RELIEVED

???? Seldom can I attend a movie because the contents would shame my Lord Jesus and provide a type of biblical witness? I?d be a shamed to present, but old movies, especially about war and its heroes, are recycled two or three time each year. One can?t go wrong being entertained by John Wayne!

 

I recently viewed, for the, I don?t know how many times, the movie: The Longest Day. Thousands of movies have been made; none are more important to the American citizen of the past seven decades. It is the history of the invasion of Normandy and the incredible sacrifice our country?s and our allies? soldiers made on our behalf for our freedoms we enjoy; and take for granted too much. A specific scene involved British Special Forces besieged by the Germans; outmanned by them, and suffering great loss of life. The Commander of the troops seeks permission to pull back from defending a specific bridge. He is ordered to stay put: ?Stand until relieved? is the order. He is told his life and the lives of his men can?t be the highest priority. They are fortunate because relief, in the form of additional warriors, arrive and help them win the battle.

 

Pilgrims?that profound statement, sent as a military order during the end-stage of the War in Europe, challenged my writing appetite. If we are ?warriors for God?, and we are dressed in His proper biblical uniform: the Belt of truth; Breastplate of righteousness; Feet fitted with proper shoes to bring the gospel of peace; Shield of faith to extinguish the faming arrows of the Devil?s schemes; Helmet of Salvation; the Sword of the Spirit: Bible; and prayers of all kinds for all occasions and circumstances. Ephesians 6:13-18, we must know we too must STAND UNTIL RELIEVED. As a Pilgrim, what does that look like in your life?

 

For me, today in America it is your bold witness about the veracity of God?s word for a godless culture of sifting sand about immorality and sin concerning biblical absolutes condemning sin. It is your refusal to partake of the environments that promote heathen-foreplay as it deliberately mocks the Bible?s call for personal holiness?unless you are there to present Christ glorified. Jesus spent much of his earthly ministry preaching the good news: He brought the Kingdom of Heaven, amongst type A sinners: thieves, murders, prostitutes, and criminals of every shade and color. Jesus left the world the Comforter?Holy Spirit and Paul?s pen condemned sins our Nation celebrates: practicing Homosexuals and homosexual marriage Romans 1:21-17. Today, in America, ?Same Sex Marriages? are being conducted?even against our citizens interest and political voting desires, in many cases. Our own government and many churches provide succor, monetary and political clout for the culture of death: Abortion on demand?for sure has shamed Christians who have failed to heed the Bible?s instructions; and, not only ignore it, but help promote these sins. Unequivocally, all who do this are Traitors to God!

 

America continues to shine its light to the world for religious freedom and freedom of speech?except for one religion: Christian religion. From its Civic Halls, Halls of Congress, our Judicial Courts, our classrooms of education, and false biblical churches that wear the name but shame it by colluding with the heathens to denigrate the Creator, his only Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy writ, biblical truth is rejected. Each year the Christian Religion is suppressed more as our godless Nation and his enemies seek legal methods to reduce the Bible?s influence upon the hearts and minds of its citizens. Knowing full well how the Bible shapes and molds peoples? lives away from sin and toward holiness, our Liberal government leads God?s enemies in doing all it can to destroy its outcomes. The Liberal churches lean heavily upon the ?Red Letter? edition of the New Testament: Jesus?s exact words; and give little credence to what the Holy Spirit protected as it gave the apostles inerrancy as they wrote the books of the New Testament, which demand a different level of holiness for Pilgrims. These poorly misguided ?professing Christians? evidently don?t understand Jesus is part of the Trinity: three persons in the Godhead; not the only divine personage. He is certainly the central Godly spiritual figure in all of history; but, he himself prepared the way for the coming of the Holy Spirit. He told his disciples he must leave so the Spirit can come. He said he was leaving but he was sending them the Comforter: Holy Spirit, and he would provide them with all they needed to carry out his evangelical ministry: Matthew 28:18-20 The great ?unwashed? Liberal faction especially like the ?Red Letter? because it doesn?t include Jesus teaching nor condemning Abortion or Homosexuality. The Holy Spirit led Apostles, especially Paul?s writings, leave no stone un-turned as the scriptures hotly condemns homosexuality as perverted and abnormal. The ?Death culture?: Abortion finds its genesis in Genesis 9:6 and Jeremiah?s and David?s declarations about God knowing one in the womb before one was born.

 

 

Cultural Diversity is revered rather than Jesus the savior of the world. Jesus preached to large diverse cultures, but, his message was timeless and unchanging: ?I am the way, the truth, and the light, no man comes to the Father except through me.? One can ride a camel; a burro; an elephant, a Rickshaw, a stallion, a canoe, or a limousine, the type of transportation doesn?t matter, as long as one comes to the Father through Jesus Christ.

 

It took Noah over a hundred years to build an Ark; the world didn?t know what rain was; he was told to STAND UNTIL RELIEVED. Abraham was a warrior sent to an alien land and was told to STAND UNTIL RELIEVED. Moses stood before the Pharaoh of Egypt and told him God said to let his people go. In the midst of the ten plagues, he was told to STAND UNTIL RELIEVED. Joseph was in prison for a crime he didn?t commit; and he was told to STAND UNTIL RELEIVED. Daniel was thrown into a blast furnace and told to STAND UNTIL RELIEVED. Peter preached the Good News about Jesus until he was relieved: First Century historians write he was crucified up-side-down. Paul wrote a majority of the letters in the New Testament while in prison in Rome, and he did STAND UNTIL RELIEVED: he was executed by Rome for treason against the emperor: who claimed he was god. Jesus sought relief from his appointed death, while in prayer to his Father on the night he was betrayed by Judas, he was told to STAND UNTIL RELIEVED.

 

STAND UNTIL RELIEVED! What does this look like in your life? Perhaps, as a Pilgrim who as the ?old creature? has had an abortion, do people in your life know you think Abortion is a sin? Do they know you can show them scripture where Same sex Marriage is a sin? Do you twist scripture to support your worldly view against Captial Punishment for murders; while the Bible doesn?t? Does the School Board know you don?t approve of their decision to teach only Evolution for the answer for the purpose of one?s life? Have you fought diligently to keep Christ in Christmas programs at the school where your children attend? Have you refused to attend a church where women are Elders? Scripture forbids this! Where practicing homosexuals are ordained? If you haven?t, then you need to recognize you are following Casper the Ghost; you aren?t following the divine Holy Ghost (Spirit); and, evidently you are using the Ten Suggestions rather than the Ten Commandments as the biblical bulwark for your life. You need a come to Jesus meeting because he isn?t your Lord; he is your Liar; perhaps he is even your Lunatic, for you have chosen to dictate what parts of the inerrant holy word you will heed and obey. If the Bible speaks what you agree with; then you will be obedient; if it doesn?t, you ignore its truth and substitute your interpretation of what sin is; or worse, accept what the Atheist, heathen world defines as sin: a clue, in their world, sin doesn?t actually exist. Do you belong to a political party that has been responsible for the removal of the Bible and its teachings from our society?s arena and market place? Do you support political candidates that mock the Bible and question its validity or value; and deny Jesus Christ is Lord? and provides cover for them?

 

Religious Church demographics prove nearly fifty percent of the people who claim to be a Christian don?t believe the bible is inerrant. Fifty percent of the churches in America pick and choose what they deem to be true in the Bible. Pilgrims, why bother to attend a church that uses humans to decide what is true about God?s word? If the church leaders will lie about the Bible?s truth; how can you trust them with your prized possessions: your children and family?s eternal reward?and your money?

 

Pilgrims, if you are missing in action for the Lord?s Army, you may not be wearing the proper Warrior?s uniform. I?m quite certain you can?t be excused because of ?battle fatigue?. If not battle-ready, you need to start wearing the correct uniform and find a way to graduate from Basic Boot Camp. I can recall my Navy Boot Camp and it took me just one day to recognize how flabby my muscles really were. Until they locked my fellow trainees and me in that Fire chamber and ignited the out of control fire, I didn?t know how to face danger and defeat it. Is it time you tested your Breastplate of Righteousness against Satan?s flaming arrows? When was the last time your Helmet of Salvation saved your biblical life and reputation as you stood your ground and took the blows? How often do you draw your rapier sword and use it to defeat false doctrine and refute the world?s truth?

 

Jesus taught Pilgrims we are to pick up our cross and follow him. He didn?t say for a few days, a few months, or a few years. STAND UNTIL RELEIVED!

 

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THE BIBLE’S ‘RACE CARD’

THE BIBLE?S ?RACE CARD?

???? Donald Sterling is a thoroughly despicable man! Despite his bigotry and obvious racial prejudice, I?d like to see him exercise his Constitutional rights and take his ?forced selling? of his business: the NBA?s team: Los Angeles Clippers to the Supreme Court for judication. He has the greenbacks to withstand the legal fees it will require. It is important to all Pilgrims because this time the enemy of God: all who reject him as Lord and master and Savior, have come for a bigot; in the future they will come for Pilgrims?using the same ploy: denying you of your Constitutional rights: FREEDOM OF SPEECH?freedom of religion is next.

 

In America, this latest ?racial dust-up? has once again proven it is impossible to have a ?Conversation about race?; now you can?t have an opinion. All of our citizens and Pilgrims? silence ensures our Nation?s ?race problem? will only grow worse. It is impossible for any ?regular citizen? to have his voice heard because even small local newspapers censor the dissident?s voice by refusing to print what they write to the Editor. Freedom of the Press! Does not the idea of having one?s Private conversations (i.e. Donald Sterling conversation with his skank lover) used as a legal weapon to expose one?s racial prejudice bother anyone but me?

 

I would be interesting to hear some of the ?private conversations? from these NBA players who doth protest too much! How about Al Sharpton? Jessie Jackson? How about our Congress; our President? How about your preacher? Perhaps, the most interesting would be yours?

 

My opinion, the very thing the entire world sacrificed blood and treasure for during two World Wars: racial hatred is now being embraced by America?all in the supposed good name of demonstrating one isn?t a bigot. While a majority of our citizens may applaud this tactic, it does nothing to acknowledge the source of this specific type of hate: SIN as defined by the bible.

 

In the foreseeable future in America, Pilgrims are going to be openly censored, publically rebuked, physically intimated; lose employment and businesses, and incarcerated because you refuse to deny Christ. When the least of these are punished: the secret bigots amongst us, the idea of Freedom of Speech has died. If you are still alive when this social earthquake happens, you should know why; and be able to talk intelligently about what the bible teaches about a Pilgrim and the bible?s? ?Race card?.

 

Sin doesn?t have a color! Sin doesn?t expose just one race; it just exposes one?s spiritual condition.

 

If one expects the bible to provide ample evidence racial hatred wasn?t a major contributor to mankind?s spiritual demise, he will be sadly mistaken. From a strictly biblical historical perspective, any Pilgrim might conclude God was a bigot: He chose a race of people: Jews, and provided them with loving spiritual power to subdue and subjugate the entire land of Canaan: a land populated with people of different race, creed, and nationality, as he had promised Abraham: the Father of the Jewish Nation. He used an ?out-ward? sign: Circumcision for an in-ward spiritual reason to separate the Jew from all other races to keep them pure, separated from those whom practiced Idolatry?even child sacrifice. A shorn foreskin made it doubly hard for a Jewish man to have sex with a Canaanite woman without both knowing he was committing a grievous spiritual ?no no?. God punished his ?chosen people? when they disobeyed his commands; not because they hated and were openly bigots?according to today?s historical revisionists, against their enemies. Before any Pilgrim gets antsy, you either believe God?s plan for mankind?s redemption: presented front and center was his only? Son, Jesus?s redemptive work on the cross that was designed to replace man?s hatred of his brother?for whatever reasons, with love for his neighbor?regardless of his skin color or nationality, or you don?t.

 

It may be an overly large simplification of how the bible handled the world?s ?race card? problem; but, its plan was simple: all Pilgrims are to reflect scripture: Paul declares we are a New Creature in Christ. He teaches we have been called to change the pattern of our lives. God has given us the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit to help us transform the way we think, feel, behave, and believe.

 

While I may wish God specifically called First Century Christians to immediately tackle the very idea of slavery and the great injustice this in-humane system produces, I guess he was more concerned about his witness than one?s station in life. The Apostle Paul instructed new Pilgrims to ?make Jesus proud? by being the best slave one could be. In his letter to Philemon, he pleads for leniency and just treatment for a returned slave to his master because the wayward slave was a Christian?like his master. If God had miraculously freed all the slaves of the New Testament age, sixty million (an historical estimate provided by first century scholars) slaves would have been left to suddenly fend for themselves. Racial bigotry was ablaze then, If slaves were freed, how many people would have died? It staggers the imagination because there weren?t any types of aid for the poor except for what the privileged class chose to benevolently provide?which would have been little.

 

Jesus? disciples demonstrated bigotry when James and John wanted to call down fire upon the Samaritan village for mistreatment when they tried to buy food. Samaritan?s were half-breeds?: Jew/Gentile from the Babylonian captivity: those Jews left to mix with the Gentiles left by them to populate the newly conquered territory for its ruler: Nebuchadnezzar.

 

Perhaps America?s ?Race Card? problem wouldn?t have ever become a problem if the black African Kings had just done a mass-killing of all black African conquered people, rather than sell them to the Dutch white slavers. The Kings sold them to increase power and wealth; the Dutch sold them for wealth; the white plantation owners bought them for power and wealth.

 

While America refuses to hold an honest conversation about racism; because the modern-day black race refuses to allow it: i.e. our President?s rushing to judgment as he played the ?race card? with the black Harvard professor who was arrested for being so drunk he couldn?t put his keys into his house?s front door lock and his suspicious behavior led the neighbor to report the event to the police and he was arrested. He was belligerent and abusive to the arresting officer, who was white. Is it ironic, our President has time to rush to the aid of a drunk; but can?t find the time to address the Nation about the I R S? politically motivated (my opinion) abusive powers upon this Conservative (politically incorrect to Liberals) Nation?s citizens, or explain the ?missing in action? of our military at Benghazi that led to the slaughter of American citizens; and the obvious political cover-up prior to his last election.

 

I may be in the minority, but I believe Martin Luther King is turning over in his grave as he witnesses from heaven what has happened to his dream: he wanted to live to see the day where people of color would be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of his skin.

 

Sixty some years after an evil Ku Klux Klan man assassinated Mr. King. Today, seventy percent of all black births are born to unwed mothers! This means black men have shirked their familial responsibilities and left the women to fend for themselves. Before Martin?s time, the black family was as dedicated, if not more so than white families, to provide for the women and children. Today, Eighty percent of all crime done in black communities is done by black men, predominately. Unlike the ?race-baiters? of today, I believe this leader would have preached biblical principles about sin, rather than seek ways to blame the white people of this Nation. He would have not been a ?Media-darling? for he would have stressed personal responsibility. He wouldn?t have sought every means possible for taxpayers to pay for sloth and sin by his people, but would have fought ?tooth and toenail? for them to have an equal opportunity based upon their willingness to produce merit. Welfare wasn?t a goal of his; a helping hand-up was.

 

I think he would be amazed by the ?race hustlers? in Congress and those scattered across this country?s church pulpits. He would be appalled to hear educated black people defend immoral music that is designed to depress decency and heat up hormones?all in the name of ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. If he were allowed to shed tears from Heaven, he?d cry a river when he watches his people refuse to ?buy into the ?white-man?s? culture because he doesn?t dare be labeled an Uncle Tom; so he lives in a world of illiterates and chooses to run with those of like kind. Our prisons are over-flowing with the outcome. I?m positive he?d be more than chagrined as he watched the black woman be elevated by our country?s tax largess; and deeply saddened the same can?t be said for the black man; as he has digressed as his Patriarchal Society has become an unfriendly Matriarchal one.

 

Donald Sterling has rightly been vilified for being a ?slum-lord?; but the black Congressman Charlie Rangle is one too, and not a peep was heard from the Liberal Media nor the black preachers? pulpits about his exploitation of his own people.

 

My opinion, Mr. King must be scratching his head as he watched this societal carnage (I have described above) take place in the black community, and the focus remains upon its cultural use of the word Nigger?by any person who isn?t white. One can do an etymology parsing of this word; add layers of redacted, revisionist language to define it; but, can anyone do a better job nailing its meaning that the iconic comedian, Kid Rock? He has an incredibly funny, but true stick that teaches the world the difference between a Negro and a Nigger. His summation, like the message from the brilliant, medical doctor, who is very Conservative politically, Dr. Ben Carson, is rejected at every turn because it calls for different thinking, feeling, and behavior for a black race too mired in the midst of ignoring one of the world?s greatest philosophers: POGO??We have met the enemy and it is us.?

 

Can anyone, any people, any Nation censor speech because one citizen or one group of citizens are outraged by its ideas, opinions, or its message (covert or overt), and be truly free; unless the word is designed to endanger one?s physical health, and protect this country?s Constitutional right for its citizens? to have FREEDOM OF SPEECH (even more important: FREEDOM OF PRIVATE SPEECH, I say NO. Blood and treasure have been spilt by this country?s warriors, at home and in foreign lands so that you and I have freedom of speech. I may deem your speech hateful and extremely hazardous to our well-being, but, I?m called to defend your right to be foolish, ignorant, and evil. It?s not a crime to be a bigot?yet!

Today it is a race of black skinned people, led by the National Basketball League players, who demand we censor the use of the word Nigger; tomorrow, Atheist will demand the same for all Pilgrims that choose to use the word Jesus Christ as Lord of the universe and the savior of the World. You say it can?t happen; it won?t happen. Just ask the six million Jews that died in the Germans? gas chambers under Hitler?s tutelage.

 

Every nationality that has made its way to our country?s shore, after the Pilgrims, has dealt with racial hatred. My people, the Irish, were called ?White Niggers? until the Negro from the south moved North after the Civil War, and took the lowest menial jobs away from the Irish for they would work for less and accept the mistreatment of an affluent white society to find a way out of slavery as newly freed people in Boston. The Chinese built this nation?s railroads and were tagged ?Coolies?. The barbs hurt, but until one shows the world?s bullies their intended harm can?t accomplish the desired goal, it won?t mature. Special treatment for black skinned people won?t strengthen them; it will weaken them?most profoundly, spiritually.

 

Pilgrims, these suppressive ideas aren?t Godly; they are Satanic. Jesus? message isn?t about control via intimidation or manipulation or use of punishment; it is about freedom and love. It is about choice; it is about knowledge that makes one truly free: a personal relationship with the Creator of the world.

 

Don?t get caught out of your biblical comfort zone: wearing a ?hoodie? and defending the wrong cause.

 

Doc Christian

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A WITNESS TO A KILLING

A WITNESS TO A KILLING

???? The large room was filled with people. A bee-like buzz hovered over the entire group, as bits and pieces of various tones of voice reminded me of my one experience standing at the entry of a Chinese laundry filled with workers, where seemingly all were talking in the native tongue, at the same time, when I was visiting Hong Cong on liberty. I couldn?t understand a thing that was being said; but it evidently was important as it was an often heated animated scene.

 

As a ?newbie? journalist, my boss had sent me to investigate the strange reports that were filtering, like osmosis on a gossip-bend drunk on titillating snippets the ?usual suspects? were offering whenever a crime was committed.

 

I recognized many of them from previous encounters at the Police Station: Louie-the-snitch, who?d sell anyone down the river for less than what Judas got for his betrayal; Patsy, the girl-with-round-heels for any man with wheels and cash; June, the woman with compulsive-hands: her Psychiatrist tried to use this ploy while providing her with a medical defense for being a a thief; Abdul, the Muslim who prayed to Allah three times a day; but pilfered money from his uncle?s till when he was left in charge; Tattoo Mike, he had a picture of Mona Lisa on the top of his head, along with a zillion others that covered his body; and he liked ?boys?; A couple of preachers, that didn?t fit the profile of many of the others, but had disgraced themselves and were known by most officers; and? a number of people I didn?t recognize. Many of them were well dressed and from the affluent side of town.

 

The Sergeant, a rather large black skinned woman, took charge of the group. ?Quiet down,? she commanded. In a few seconds, the noise in the room fell to a few quiet whispers. She stared at the motley group, ?I hold in my hand this report, but, honestly, I think you all are drunk or high on something. Ain?t no way all of you could have witnessed a killing. Besides, we haven?t been notified anyone has been murdered. Why are you here making such an out-land-dish claim??

 

The den of voices in the room quickly rose to a crescendo as all tried to speak at the same time, and it only accomplished total confusion for anyone seeking an answer to the Sergeant?s question.

 

A well-dressed man wearing a Tweed three-piece suit with a rather large paunch stepped forward. ?Officer, I witnessed a killing,? his voice rose above the others.

 

The Sergeant adjusted her glasses and peered down at him. ?So what weapon did the Perp use to murder the victim? Was it a man or a woman that was killed? Pray tell me how this crime was committed?

 

A mix of voice rose and different people shouted out: ?It was a man.? Others, ?It was a woman.?

 

The Sergeant glanced over to her assistant. ?These are ?loony-toons? people. They must be high on ?hooch?, or something stronger.?

Patsy, the ?brassy? looking girl with dishwater blond hair hustled up in front of the man. ?Your honor??

 

?Don?t get sassy with me; I don?t go for that ?your honor? stuff. You?ve been in this precinct,? she looked at her assistant. He signaled twenty times. ?Twenty times, so don?t play games with me.?

 

With a sheepish look; she moved her right arm and let it sweep across the room crowded with the people. ?It?s not like you think?people seeing people stabbed or shot while being robbed.?

 

One of the defrocked preachers moved next to her. ?I?m a ?Man of the cloth?, and what she is trying to tell you Sergeant is it was a killing; just not the kind you?re used to handling.?

 

?If anyone in this room has an urgency to witness one,? the Sergeant said. ?I know the kind of man you are and perhaps you need killing. Quiet! I?m not in the mood to deal with this nonsense,? the Sergeant announced. ?Now, for the last time, who witnessed a murder??

 

The room fell silent. No hands were raised. A blue-haired older lady shouted, ?It was a ?killing?, not a murder.?

 

?Okay, okay, if I say murder, not a single person in this room will testify. Is that right? Don?t? answer that. But, If I say a killing, all of you will testify, right?

 

All nodded. ?Before I need to be put in a ?rubber-room?, please tell me how one word is different, when they are synonymous??

 

Patsy the blond put up her hand. The Sergeant pointed to her. ?It wasn?t a murder I witnessed; but it was a killing?at least that is what Wanda told me. She turned and looked at the crowd and then at the Sergeant. Remember my ?running buddy?, Wanda? You should, you booked us many times for solicitation.?

 

The Sergeant?s eyes opened wide. She nodded her head. ?The other day Wanda appears from nowhere and she walks right up to me, and smiles and hugs me. It was Wanda, but she didn?t look anything like the ?Wanda? I knew four years ago: she didn?t have one needle mark on her arms, and her eyes were clear, not smoky-high on drugs. I swear, she was like a new person. In a few minutes, she began to talk that bible stuff; like we have heard a million times down at the mission house; but, she only talked about this Jesus and how he had changed her life. She left the old life she knew, pushing Johns, like I still do, she was married and had a good steady job; said she found a man who really loved her.?

 

?I don?t need to hear your ?Gone With The Wind? saga, just tell me about the murder?I mean the killing you witnessed,? the Sergeant growled.

 

?Okay, okay, don?t get your panties in a wad. I apologize. As Wanda told me about how Jesus had changed her; I knew I wanted what she had; so, I asked her how she changed. Believe it or not Sergeant, she said she witnessed a killing. It was the strangest killing I ever heard about. She called it a killing because she chose to die spiritually. She said she had to die if she was going to live for Christ. She added, ?it wasn?t done with a gun, knife or any other weapon of violence, but just as painful and more deadly?to her soul. She told me a man named Paul wrote a letter to some Romans and it directed believers to walk away from their old life; something about a pattern; and one couldn?t use it any longer. She said she was a new creature, a new woman.?

 

?You?re talking nonsense,? the Sergeant said. ?Are these ?killings? only about religious stuff??

 

The young Muslim man stepped forward. ?Believe me, it isn?t just about religious stuff. My uncle Hakeem certainly wouldn?t think so. Because he chose to kill himself and devote his life to following Jesus, he lost his business: none of the Muslim community would shop at his store; and I chose to steal from him rather than help him. He told me he had been crucified with Christ and he no longer lived; but Christ lives in him. He said he killed the work of the Devil: immorality, lust, rage, hatred, discord, orgies, and drunkenness; and he lives to please the Holy Spirit in him: love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness and self-control. He often quoted a passage from scripture: ?I?m the way the truth and the life, and no man comes to the father except through me.? He said this is what Jesus declared.

 

The man in the Tweed suit pressed forward close to the Sergeant?s desk. ?I had this ?friend in crime?, who just got out of the Stir, and I witnessed a killing, too. He taught me the business: he was sent to prison for stealing money from peoples? estates we managed, and when I saw him he said he was seeking ways to repay his victims, whether the law demanded it or not. He said scripture taught him he had to deny himself, pick up his cross and follow Jesus. He said if one did this he?d save his life. What good would it do him if he gained the whole world, but lost his very self?? he asked me. Sergeant, if that doesn?t count as a ?killing?: the man died to the world and he repented of his old life, then I don?t know what does?

 

A slight trickle of tears ran down the Sergeant?s cheeks. ?I suppose?I can?t say any of you are wrong.? She wiped her eyes. ?This reminds me of my dear old ?Granny?; one in heaven if anyone is. I recall as a little girl she often said: ?You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.? She said Peter announced this for the world to think about.

 

Others in the room clamored to be able to speak. ?I know, I know all of you wish to testify about a ?killing? you witnessed; but there just isn?t the time. What I suggest you do; including me, pattern your life after the models people have been talking about. The stories about how Jesus changed lives can be your life. Personally, I?ll be in church every week seeking the Good News about how God changes mankind. If we are faithful, it won?t be long and others will be telling people how they witnessed a ?killing? and they will be talking about each of us.?

 

 

 

 

 

This pleased the crowd. The elderly woman with ?blue-hair?, asked. ?Could we all pray before we leave? We came as stranger; but Christ has given us a mission to dedicate our lives so people will know there has been a ?killing?.?

 

After writing my article, I approached my Editor with trepidation because I had decided to include my name in the story about A WITNESS TO A KILLING.

 

Pilgrims, would you feel comfortable amongst that crowd?

 

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DOC CHRISTIAN’S MESSAGE TO TIM TEBOW

DOC CHRISTIAN?S MESSGAE TO TIM TEBOW

???? Young man, you don?t know me from Adam, but I thought I?d take a few minutes and write to you and post it on my blog for my many Pilgrims (registered members of the blog) to read.

 

Has any Pilgrim seen Tim Tebow? Do any of my Pilgrims have contact via any internet system with him? I can?t find him on any NFL roster! He?s like a ?White Ghost? missing in action. It seems he has gone from the ?Great White Hope? (this is the black sports media phraseology?not mine) for him when he burst upon the NFL?s horizon. How does a quarterback that captures this Nation?s ?Football-mad? fandom beyond any sane person?s imagination; and nearly is chosen for the All-Pro-Football Team his Rookie year, doing holding a mic for ESPN?

 

I can?t get the picture out of my head as he knelt on one knee giving praise to Jesus?his Lord, for helping to win that first round playoff game for Denver, before they sent him packing to the Jets?where they never used him. I?m still scratching my head to figure out how you lead a team to the playoffs and now aren?t in the NFL.

 

Isiah declared that God?s ways aren?t mans; but it makes a body wonder, doesn?t it?

 

Son, I know you have been hired by ESPN for their Football coverage; but, I?m confused about why you agreed to give up a once highly stated goal of being the ?first-string? quarterback, versus settling for a sports announcing gig. I hope you are aware of the NFL?s latest ?darling? for the league: no, it?s not Johnny Football; it?s a guy named Sam; and his ?out of the closet? drama has already sent a chill throughout the NFL which will soon silence or compromise biblical thought and its people. It won?t be long and ?The Kiss? will supplant the NFL?s most amazing moments: The Drive, The Catch, The Fumble etc. That movie star: Clooney had his ?Perfect Storm?; soon, Sodom and Gomorrah is going to have theirs in America. If you remain faithful to Jesus Christ, while on the air, you are going to make bigger noise that you did when your underwear add appeared as a mural in New York City. I predict you are going to greatly compromise your fealty to Christ and his holy word; or you are going to discover what hate feels like this side of Hell. I hear tell those football players who don?t condone Sam?s drama have already been harshly excoriated and sent to ?Sensitivity Training? I?ve got news for you: things are going to get a lot worse?and they are never going to get better until our Lord returns to earth.

 

Ever since I have followed your ?Superman? feats on the football field at the University of Florida, I?ve been positive God has a grand plan for you for the spiritual enrichment of his earthly/heavenly kingdom.

 

As an old man who has watched America go from a biblically principled Nation to a place where one seldom can find biblical principles in play?from the White House to the poor ?sharecropper?s outhouse. The bible?s prediction about a sinful people arriving at the place where evil is called good and good is called evil (Isaiah 5:20), which just about fits the description of how America has changed, signals it is time for new leadership to step forward for evangelical America.

 

 

Tim my boy, God has uniquely gifted you with talents he seldom gives to anyone he creates. I implore you to resign your gig at ESPN before their godlessness impairs your witness. If one lies down with dogs, he can?t complain about getting fleas. When media celebrate sin, it is time to get out of Dodge. It is too late to win this battle; but, you can encamp them and surround them with the truth about sin and the truth about the Love of Christ for sinners, and in time, perhaps, if God wills it, defeat them and win the war.

 

Before the enemies of God find a legal way to censor one?s ability to preach the truth about Jesus Christ and the Creator of this world, and mark my words Tim, they are lying awake at night seeking methodology to get this done, Please commence your mission: evangelize the world for Jesus Christ; and start with America. Mr. Graham is too frail and too old; and his son isn?t gifted like you. I?m positive you are a ?modern-day? Elijah. You can be the ?lightening rod that possesses the potential to strike a spiritual match that will kindle revival (like the the halcyon days of the ?Great Awakening?) when America had a great thirst for the righteousness found only in the word of God. Good honest folk traveled many miles to make camp, for weeks on end, just to hear the pure Gospel preached from tree stumps. With today?s Geek-Tech things, you can stream live anywhere in the world. I?m not proclaiming you are any type of a latter, end-time precursor of a Messiah, but God?s got a plan for you. I admit it probably doesn?t include great wealth; at least the type the world puts stock in; but, wealth beyond measure for God?s kingdom.

 

Why spend your extraordinary talents in a fishing pond where you might catch a few minnows when you can use them to be a ?Fisher of men? and each one you land will be a ?whopper?.

 

Many may write me off as some loon or misguided hack, but I?m sure about one thing: God didn?t give you great athletic skills; and a love for him so you?d squander these gifts pontificating behind a mic to entertain fanatics that worship Football rather than the Creator that made them; and would rather be in a Football Stadium than in worship on Sundays. If you are determined to address millions; please let it be behind Revival Pulpits and Church Pulpits that won?t compromise the bible?s truth.

 

Stop for a minute and ask yourself why did ESPN hire me? I don?t mean to diminish your ability to discern and dissect and provide prescient analysis for the intricate NFL offenses and defenses, for I?m sure your will be bright, articulate, and bring a ?wow? factor, but just think about the potential affect your ministry will have on ?would be Pilgrims? that are now more spiritually lost than a Conservative in the Liberal?s ?Rain-forest?? Think about the lives of children that will be changed because Mommy or Daddy ?dried out? and beat the devil out of Devil-Rum and don?t have ?tracks? on their arms; and children now have clothes to wear and food on the table instead of learning how to become a member of America?s Entitlement population. Their new Pilgrim parents will take them to Sunday School and they will learn about the love of Jesus rather than grow up to emulate some skanky entertainment or Hollywood godless woman or sing the praises of demonic music from rappers who mock the holiness of the Creator.

 

 

 

 

I realize the allure of great fame and fortune is like a sexy siren calling ?sweet nothings? and promising unfathomable pleasures, but you?ve proved your mettle when you refused to have your picture included in the smutty Playboy magazine while you were ?first-team? All America in college. Son, put down that mic and pick up that bible!

 

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JESUS, RESTRING ME

JESUS, RESTRING ME

???? I have this sister-in-law that has a natural gift for taking ?everyday? experiences and turning them into hilarious stick that has you rolling on the floor. When she calls, it doesn?t matter what the event is, she finds a way to create laughter. Once in a while, she utters something profound and it turns my creative writing juices loose as I seek scripture to teach lessons that may improve Pilgrims lives. This article is one such example.

 

Renee (that?s all I?ll tell you) is a tall woman: five feet ten or eleven, and when she?s all ?dolled-up? could pass for a model one might see in a magazine; she is a very attractive woman?especially when she isn?t wearing overalls: she?s becoming a Poultry Whisperer; she has four hen chickens that provide eggs for her family. She has one Hen (Lu Lu) she thinks she could take to her nearby Nursing Home to provide comfort for the elderly; for it loves to sit on her lap. She told us, ?If I can find the right type of Depends, I may give it a go!?

 

Unfortunately for Renee, she has had a series of health problems for many years: her neck and hands often have a numb sensation. Her feet have given her fits and she has had a number of operations to correct these foot problems; but, little has really helped. She knows she needs to exercise but her feet won?t allow it. Walking for any length of time?past a few steps to enter Pioneer Pies for their decadent foot high double dark German Chocolate pie winds her and wounds her. She has seen nearly every type of Foot Specialist known to man and she is still a few steps this-side of an invalid.

 

Last week when she called and told her sister she had been to see the doctor. She told the doctor she had a Shirley Temple doll in her doll cabinet and it was in bad need of repair. ?Her neck droops, her legs run in different directions. The very tight dress she is wearing is the only thing that holds her arms and the doll together.? She asked her sister if she knew of any good Doll Hospitals where her doll could be restrung. Then, she added: ?she told the doctor that is how she feels about her body. ?Can you restring me?? she asked. The doctor and his staff filled the air with laughter. ?They do it for dolls, for heaven?s sake, why not humans?? she added. She is a very gregarious and effervescent woman; her husband says she can talk a leg off a dead dummy; and he suggested the restringing should start with her mouth.

 

The Apostle Paul teaches all Pilgrims should no longer pattern their lives after their ?former? selves. Romans 12: 1-2

 

Pilgrims, what if Jesus turned up in your town and put out his shingle: The Great Physician?Spiritual Restringing done in one visit; would you make an appointment? Why would you make an appointment? What could he do for you that would be healed in one visit?

 

Maybe you?re like my sister-in-law and have several ailments that need mending? Like the wayward children of Israel, you may have a ?Stiff neck? about listening to God?s word concerning a plethora of spiritual issues in your life (Exodus 32:9, Proverbs 29:1). Perhaps, God has given you too many opportunities to prove your faithfulness, as all manner of sins encamp you, and though you know the moral and righteous decision, you continue to choose your ?cherished? sins (Psalm 66:18).You may have a droopy neck because your sins have found you out and your shame won?t allow you to raise your head and look at the Savior in the eyes. I?m quite sure the Great Healer could give you some biblical string (three cords at least: Ecclesiastes 4:12) that would provide your ?Stiff-neck? extra spiritual length. It would certainly allow you to bend it in awe before a holy God. If your neck is too droopy to the point one can?t really see your faithful witness in your daily life: your eyes are the window to your soul, the Great Physician can take up the slack in your restringing and just the right amount of spiritual string will have your head held high as you present a bold witness to a sinful dying world.

 

Some Pilgrims may need restringing from the ankles for your feet have too easily flopped this way and that way as they have meandered into inappropriate areas where sin has enticed and you have failed miserably to keep walking on the straight and narrow biblical paths (Matthew 7:14). With a few snippets, the Good Doctor can shorten up your too loose foot attachments so they won?t be so prone to flay wildly in forbidden territories that lead to spiritual ?Dead-ends?.

 

Perhaps, your hands need restrung as they continue to give you sin problems. Grasping and groping for things that steal your soul and eat away at your bones that keep you from enjoying spiritual health. The Great Healer might suggest he ?tighten? your fingers strings so it changes the sense of touch your adulterous lover will notice and become very uncomfortable about. It might change the way you can use your digits on the internet to abscond with ?ill-gotten?gains? as you systematically pilfer company funds or misuse clients funds (Matthew 6:19).

 

I?m not sure how the Good Doctor will restring Pilgrims that need their arms restrung so they embrace only those things that will demonstrate their spiritual strength rather than their worldly weakness for things of the world. He might make a game of it and present different curtains with unknown outcomes Pilgrims must choose from: i.e. give hugs to missions that will proclaim Jesus is Lord; or drive away with a new car, smelling new leather and hugging the lighted dashboard with every gadget known to man (I Co.1:27).

 

Since only God can see the heart, the Good Physician may suggest he do some intricate restringing of a Pilgrim?s heart to make sure it?s connected to the brain. Since the Good Doctor is very aware of all the filth and garbage Pilgrims allow to be filtered into the brain, he could suggest the restringing for it will ensure Pilgrims? have a biblical filter in place inside the brain so it can sift out the un-clean information or the deceitful lies the world continues to pack into Pilgrims? brains about a ?mythical Creator? With this ?Spiritual filter? in place, the heart, that is the abode for the Holy Spirit, will have a ?fighting-chance? to continue to grow more holy (Romans 12:1-2).

 

After the Good Doctor?s initial exam, he will surely detect the need to do something about the Pilgrim?s tongue. As the Indians used to say about the White-man, back in my home state of Oklahoma, ?White-man speak with forked tongue.? The Great Healer will recommend your tongue be restrung. If he can tighten up its loose string, he may be able to keep your tongue from being a ?lying tongue?. Who knows? He may tighten up the string where if you tell a lie or spread gossip it will emulate a giant trap for bear and violently shut your mouth (James 3:6).

 

 

I?m positive the Doctor will quickly recognize you have a malady eighty percent all Pilgrims have: too short of a string for your knees, and a missing attachment of a string that attaches from your pocket that you keep your money in to your knees. This ?special spiritual? stringing should operate thus: each time you bend your knees and fall on them in awe, reference, and gratitude to Jesus Christ for saving a worm like you, it will automatically pull your wallet out of your pocket and it will fall next to your knees. Of course, if your string is too tight and you are unable to bend your knees before a holy God, then it won?t pull your wallet out of your pocket; and, it won?t fall beside you while you are on your knees in supplication. This improper stringing I call the ?Defiant Pilgrim?. You are too proud to humble yourself by falling on your knees. You desire a spiritual relationship with the Creator where you stand as an ?equal? You are as smart as God about your charity; you can accomplish as much, if not more, with your ninety-eight percent than God can with the two-percent you give him for his Kingdom purposes. While you may protest this absurd assertion, your actions speak louder than your words each week, each day, each year (Luke 6:38).

 

Like many doctors do for their children patients, instead of giving Pilgrims a ?candy sucker? for being a good patient; he might give you a large mirror to take home with you. Like the Martinets that are wholly dependent upon strings for their ability to entertain and tell an interesting story, this will be a unique type of mirror: each time you gaze into it, you won?t see a physical appearance; you?ll see all the strings that connect your body in relationship to Jesus Christ. Isn?t it time you allowed Jesus to restring you?

 

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THE EVIDENCE DEMANDS THE VERDICT

THE EVIDENCE DEMANDS A VERDICT

???? The book, Killing Jesus, by Bill O? Reilly, has been number one on the New York Times ?Best Seller? list for months. I haven?t read it. I?m sure it is an interesting read; but my suspicions were confirmed: O?Reilly is a wonderful Historian; but he knows squat about the divinity of Christ, when I heard him associate his relationship with Christ to his spiritual sense of paying back for his good fortune?akin to one earning karma to justify his place in heaven, I knew he isn?t a student of the bible; and especially the New Testament.

 

If any Pilgrim wishes to learn what Bill doesn?t know, you can read the incredible book: The Evidence Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell. This book includes the history of the man and the divinity of Christ. Evidently, what O?Reilly doesn?t understand is that if Jesus were just a great historical figure, he wouldn?t be as renowned as Ulysses S. Grant. His place in history would still be relegated to the findings of the higher-criticism hacks associated with the Jesus Seminar. A group of religious charlatans, masquerading as theological biblical scholars, from a few decades ago: their findings: Jesus was a great man; he certainly wasn?t God or God?s son. Their conclusion soon led to the GOD IS DEAD THEOLOGY.

 

O?Reilly?s book, that doesn?t include the divinity of Jesus, can tell you all one may need to know about a man who has influenced the world with his extra ordinary philosophy concerning how mankind should treat all mankind; but, it can?t led one to a place in eternity with God?s only son: Jesus. Josh?s book will educate all its readers so they can live in Heaven because its foundation is scripture.

 

If O?Reilly is the average Catholic, he hasn?t actually read the bible. His ignorant comment about Karma in association with the divinity of Christ and the bible, gives him away. If one could earn their way to Heaven, why would Jesus need to die on a cross for our sins? The entire purpose of Christ?s sacrifice was so man might understand GOOD ENOUGH ISN?T GOOD ENOUGH Any person can choose to spend an eternity in Heaven with Jesus; but he has to choose the methods available: Law/Works or Faith/Grace. You must choose one. If you choose to ?earn? your way, all you have to do is keep the law perfectly 100 percent for your entire life; if you choose to accept God?s grace because of your faith in the work of Jesus? Christ on the cross, you can live a less than perfect life and live in Heaven.

 

Pilgrims?are you as uncomfortable as I?m when you are privy to a conversation between two people that you know are lying?by withholding the truth? A recent

segment with O? Reilly and the Fox News ?in house Catholic Priest? expert, discussed the new Pope: Francis?s honoring Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII as Saints in the Catholic Church. Evidently, a former Pope can be made a Saint if he has performed a miracle? AFTER HE IS DEAD, defined by the church polity. The conversation went something like this:

 

O?Reilly and the Catholic Father agreed that if Pope Francis wanted to honor John Paul II there was clear sailing because he was primarily responsible for Vatican II. For my Pilgrims unfamiliar with Vatican II, this changed how the church liturgy would be performed: from Latin to English, and even encouraged the parishioners to read the bible. Heretofore it was frowned on if not forbidden. My uncle, a devout Catholic, became disillusioned by the change, left the church. He said, ?How can the church change what I have been taught all my life? How can something considered a ?sin? now be a new thing that isn?t a sin? Pope John Paul II also defrocked a few saints and one of them was my uncle?s Patron Saint: St Christopher (Patron Saint of Travel). Actually, he wasn?t officially defrocked; he was removed from the Catholic Church?s official yearly Calendar since he was considered a ?lesser? Saint: his sainthood came about from public support and legend. It was before the church officially pronounced Sainthood for honored priests. All his life he had a statue of St. Christopher on his car?s dashboard as he would attend Mass before he went to work at Boeing. He bought a large statue of the saint, put in in his bedroom, and threw away his rosary. Do my Pilgrims know about the Catholic?s ?Ex Cathedra? anointing for the setting Pope? Laughingly, I?ll clue you. It means that the Pope, when sitting in his Royal seat pontificating, is incapable of sinning or making a mistake. Just think about that? A simple man is made holy by sitting is a certain seat of authority. And the present Pope is going to honor John XXIII! If you aren?t bright enough to follow the dog biscuits, he is the main Pope who remained silent, dismissed the outrage, and took part in the subterfuge for the ?cover-up? regarding the priestly homosexual/Pedophilia scandal that disgraced the entire Catholic Church?especially in America. So much for that Ex Cathedra policy huh!

 

O?Reilly did mention this little faux Pau, but just in passing. He didn?t express outrage; he was a good little Catholic boy. If he had demonstrated any real courage, he would have called for his church to open an investigation of this sinful decision; he would have demanded this Sainthood be denied. Perhaps, when one believes his place in heaven will be determined by his Karma bank, he is less likely to make waves.

 

The entire Christian Kingdom in America, with a few exceptions, shuns the Ex Cathedra thing; but, they replace its fealty with one?s Political Party. America is a godless cesspool where the Creator is mocked and Jesus has been defrocked because professing believers have decided Jesus and his bible?s instructions and commands are mere SUGGESTIONS; their political agenda is more important than one?s holiness. Like Pope Francis? winking about the grievous sins committed under Pope Jon XXIII?s watch, believers ignore the Atheists who lead the Liberal?and sometimes the Conservative parties, agendas and vote for Satan?s henchmen. Atheist theology is pouring out of every orifice of a once great biblical nation: America. The stench of its slime is just now reaching the point it stings one?s eyes so greatly it burns them?as if rancid acid has been thrown into them. Might it be the precursor of the sulfur scripture describes in the bowels of Hell?

 

 

 

O?Reilly?s book details?I have spoken with a number of people who have read the book, Jesus? history and his crucifixion by Rome, but any Pilgrim must come away from that book feeling empty. I promise you it won?t happen if you read McDowell?s book! His conclusion: one must decide whether Jesus is going to be a Pilgrim?s LIAR, LUNATIC, OR LORD.

 

Pilgrims?, in conclusion, ?killing Jesus?, is it about history or his divinity?

 

Jesus? own testimony: ?I?m the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.? John 8:12

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Jesus the travel guide: ?I?m the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.? John 14:6

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Jesus identifies his mission: ??My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place. ??You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.? John 18:36-37????

 

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