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Easter is Here Again

9 Apr

Today our pastor said Christians are not coming to church as they used to.  He is right.  We don’t come to church as we once did, but some of us do.  It is up to the “some of us” to encourage church attendance once again.  As long as you go to a church that believes Christ died and rose on the third day for our sins, it doesn’t much matter which denomination your chose.

I encourage you to read the bible daily and pray often for one another.  Our Christian religion is the only religion that matters.  The New Age “everyone will get there” is nonsense.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one goes to the father except through me.” is the only statement that will work for all of us.

By going to church and keeping Christian values at our forefront, we will win back our nation.

 

 

I didn’t vote for Trump

15 Nov

It’s not that I believed him to be a bad person although I would not have made some of the comments he made.  I just didn’t believe he could be presidential enough to navigate his promises through congress.  I pray now that I am wrong.

He is my president now and I pray for him just like I prayed for Obama.  That is what our nation was built on.   Through a lot prayer  by the founders of this great nation, which is widely unreported, this nation was formed.   Through the process the founders set out a method of transfer of power from one set of political values to another.

For over two hundred years, by practice, we, as a nation, have prayed to the Father of Jesus  we call God and for  the most part put forth the principles described in the Holy Bible.  We are in danger of losing this precious gift that  was given to our forefathers. We are dangerously close to losing the principles and values.  Anger isn’t going to help.  As a matter fact there is nothing we can do or say to solve this problem other than pray.

That sounds like just empty plea from a one Christian to the other Christians, but it  isn’t.  If you believe in God and Jesus Christ as I do, you definitely know that prayer  works.  So what should we pray for?  We should pray for the nation as we always do, but further we should ask the Father in the name of Jesus  to  convict the policy makers to pray.   Yes they can be convicted to pray for  and on every  single items that comes  before them.

This is a great nation and has effected change to many other nations.  The devil doesn’t like this at all, and keeps bringing obstacles in the way of other countries plus hammering way at our precious nation.

Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through  Me.”  If you believe that pray.

 

 

Faith in God and Country

22 May

In 1776 we declared war with England by writing and passing the Declaration of Independence with the signatures of the representatives in the First Continental Congress.  Friends, this is faith.  This country was built on faith just like Christianity was built on faith.  When the Declaration of Independence was signed the United States had nothing but land owners and the money they personally owned.  Some citizens didn’t want to separate and were English sympathizers who gave no support.  The common man and other patrons that supported our declaration with their lives eventually won our freedom.

 

A few years later we started the expansion of our country by developing more states and with the Louisiana Purchase which we signed in 1803 followed by the fulfillment the terms of the agreement.  What kept us going was debt and growth. 

 

Individually we buy cars and houses mostly on credit depending on the growth which allows us to keep up the payments we agreed to pay.

 

We start business because we have to have faith that the people will use our products or services to support our investment and cost of doing business.

 

We created the National Guard (our organized well regulated militia) and expanded our military with the assurance the growth of the nation would continue to support it.

 

When President Eisenhower pushed through the interstate highway system, it was done because he and congress had faith in the growth of the nation to build it and take care of it.  They had so much faith that they unlocked the social security lock box to begin the program.

 

We bought national parks and staffed them for the amusement, conservation, and education possibilities. 

 

We built large and small learning institutions which had to be supported by the states and tuition. 

 

We as tax payers have to support the above items and even more such as the agriculture support and inspections we need because of the chemicals they put in our food and inspect imported foods.

 

The question is who pays the taxes.  Actually commerce should pay all the taxes.  It is commerce that gets all the benefit by employing a work force and selling their products and services to the public, but about 100 years ago we determined that all should pay something by classifying a specific tax on income.  Since then many taxes have been added which were supposed to have specific targets to support, but everything is in the general fund.  Management???

 

The question is what is fair.  Previously commerce paid most of the taxes and paid the workers almost nothing.  Now the workers pay some taxes, but still are paid very little for their services, but this is only part of the problem.  We have people in this country that cannot support themselves and their families.

 

Businesses, especially big businesses, have capital reserve accounts that are simply invested for various reasons which is necessary to keep their businesses adequately financed for future growth.  However, many businesses and wealth entities invest large sums of money, either their own or contributions to contracts being held for payment for the benefit of those from whom they are receiving those dollars i.e. insurance policies, stock accounts, bank account, and etcetera, for the benefit of the institution. The large sums of money we refer to are not invested as a joint venture with the specific investor.  These funds are invested for the sole benefit of the institution.  The idea is these companies are taking the risk.  However, they are usually taking very little or no risk at all.  The are paying us 1% or even 6% to hold our money and with the consent of the government agencies earn 30, 40, or even 50% conservatively for their own benefit.

 

These institutions rent your money to lend or invest.  Whether they lend the money against an asset or invest your money directly they still increase their own investment possibilities.  My point is that when they invest money simply to gain a profit with no risk. They should either pay more for the money they are renting or pay a higher income tax percentage.

 

Money is invested in stock and the buying and selling of various other financial paper.  The tax paid on money earned should reflect the risk taken to earn that money.  Employees are taking a risk that they are working, at the pleasure of their employer, who could not run their company without the employee is a high risk, ergo high risk – low taxes.  Individuals, partnerships or corporations in business making profit selling their products and services are also taking a risk.  On that portion of their income they should enjoy lower taxes but not a low as the employees because of the extra tax benefits they receive just for being in business.  Individuals, partnerships or corporations making profit neither selling a product or service or individuals, partnerships or corporations making additional profit outside of their normal necessary business structure should have to pay a much higher percentage tax on the profits derived on that type of investing. 

 

If I make a profit on the stock market trades the taxes on that should be higher that the employee tax of the business taxes earned by selling a product or service.  While stock trading, with computer help, and the investments of buying and selling any paper the investor is making money on trading money. There is no real benefit for the country with these types of investments.  This money is leveraged usually from the money you own placed with financial corporations. The risk is your, but they get the profit.  Additionally when trading enormous amounts of money the computer digital trading is not really a gamble.  The losers are usually the small trader who cannot leverage themselves out of trouble and have to sell at a loose.

 

If those financial institutions use your money to trade and only earn 6 to 10 percent compounded monthly the investment will at least double in a calendar year.  The profits can actually be much higher.  The institutions are only allowed to invest a portion of your money, but even at that the return is tremendous.  Therefore the taxes should be a high percentage, or you should be able to share in the profits, or both.

 

The inequity here is the system.  We have created a very large country that needs money to run it.  We are not in a row boat.  We have created a very large ocean liner, and we have we have people guiding it that don’t know where we have been, how we got here, or where we should be going.

 

We are led by leaders that want to slow down the growth of the country.  Every time that happens, we lose momentum.  We have to support the mechanism we have created.  Without that support we lose growth.  When we lose growth we lose jobs and etcetera.

 

The libertarians and the republicans seem not to want to support the necessary expenses it takes to run this country.  The democrats are not much better.  They want to collect more but they also spend more.  None of the legislators seem to understand that, while they are slow to make decisions, people are financially hurting because they don’t have the extra funds to get through these tough times.  Stopping unemployment payments and food stamp payment which was ultimately caused by their negligence is no way to run the government. 

 

We have to pay taxes no matter where the money comes from if we want to continue to enjoy freedom as we know it. 

 

Jesus told a parable about the businessman who left three men in charge of his money while he was gone on other business.  The first two men earned some profit while he was gone.  But the third man buried his money and didn’t earn any profit or take any risk.  This was the only man that made the businessman angry. 

 

We have all these resources here in these United States that we are supposed to care for.  If you don’t think God gave this nation to us, I will pray for you.  If you do think God gave this nation to us, let’s take care of it.

 

If you are a legislator you know what to do.  If you are a citizen, vote.

I believe there is a God. I also believe in God.

19 May

If I say this loud enough and often enough will it be true?  That really is the question isn’t it.

 

The people of this great nation, if asked, most would say they believe in God and Jesus.  To paraphrase the bible, the devil believes the same thing.

 

  1. If I mistreat the weak, but say I believe in God; does that make me a Christian?
  2. If I do not pay my workers a fair wage, but say I believe in God; does that make me a Christian?
  3. If I cheat my fellow man as I buy and sell commodities or my labor and say I believe in God; does that make me a Christian?
  4. If I misuse the resources on earth given to us by God and say that I believe in God; does that make me a Christian?
  5. If I do anything that is unfair to others and say I believe in God; does that make me a Christian?

 

  1. If I always do what is right and always treat everyone fairly and say I believe in God; does that make me a Christian?

 

From what most of us know, the answer to question number six would be yes.  Well it could be but not necessarily.  All people that profess to be Christians are not.  It is not what they desire to project, but it is a fact. 

 

When I was nine years old I was attending vacation bible school in a Baptist church in my home town.  It was the end of the bible school and the minister was addressing the children in the school.  He evidently asked for those who believed that Jesus the Christ came to the earth in human form, was crucified, died and resurrected to save us from our sins to raise their hands?  I remember thinking ‘what fool doesn’t believe that’.  I evidently raised my hand because one of the workers came to get me and said did your raise your hand? And I must have said yes, because the next thing I knew I reconfirmed my agreement with the minister’s statement and was scheduled to be baptized the next Sunday.

 

I did believe that Jesus came and died for our sins, but I didn’t understand it.  As I was walking home some of the children asked if I felt different?  I thought I was supposed to agree, so I said yes.  The next Sunday I was baptized and was a member of my church. 

 

From that time on I learned many verses of the bible and memorized the clichés I was supposed to learn and continued to go to church regularly until I entered the Navy.  During that time I witnessed to many people on the street and in revivals I attended in several different denominational churches in the area.

 

If you asked me when I trusted God to rule my life, it could have been before the day in vacation bible school or a long time after.  I always believed what my Sunday school teachers said that God created the universe.  I surmised that if God created the universe anything else had to be easy.  Intellectually that was a no brainer.  I didn’t realize until much later that God had a plan for my life and I had to live for him.  The more I believed that I was supposed to be living for him, but more challenges I faced.  It didn’t make sense for me to now believe he had a purpose for my life, but was continuing to let bad things happen. 

 

The more I studied the word the more I began to understand that He was building my faith because of what I was to do.  It had nothing to do with what I had done.  May be this message would inspire someone more qualified than me to understand what they should do instead of me a seventy four year old man doing something that makes a difference.  However it is what it is.  I can’t control that.  I can’t even understand it.

 

May God will bless the reader of this message and help them to understand their purpose in their time on earth.  It is a short life at best, but we need guidance.  My suggestion is to pray to God to see if you are on the path, He wants you to follow and get in the word and ascertain His answer.

 

If you can’t intellectually agree that God created the Universe, I suggest you order form Amazon or some book seller my book, “God’s Agenda vs Man’s Agenda”.

How do we protect this couintry

5 May

God has been very generous to the people of the United States even though the founders decided to allow other religions to form in this great nation.  However, it seems to me that they were not addressing all other religions.  They were only referring to Christianity and the Jewish religion. 

 

In my opinion the founders should have been more specific when they decided that the US government would not establish a state religion.  It would have, in my opinion, been better to say that the government would not establish a certain method of worshiping God, the creator of heaven and earth.  Even though these men were clearly led by the influence of God in their life, they never imagined that people would opt for religions that abandoned the God that they loved enough to pattern this country after His teachings.

 

I believe what God was leading them to do was to take the earthly power influence out of the religious practices which had been the influenced by the Catholic Church and the Church of England.  Until Martin Luther and King James of England spoke out, the power was in the church and not in the Holy Spirit.  Many of the clergy were corrupt and cared little about the Christian people.

 

Winning this revolution had to be a slow process, because through the middle ages to the Martin Luther, the people were not just led but commanded how to worship by early religious power mongers. This was the reason, after all, that many people fled to the colonies in the first place.  Even in the early part of the development of religion in the colonies, the power mongers tried to reestablish the former power system they thought they should maintain just as they did in Europe.  After all this is what they knew.

 

They, as did the religious power structure before, did not understand where the power should be.  When Jesus died on the cross and arose from his tomb, he took all the power from the church, and said, “I am the way the truth and the life.  No one goes to the Father except through me.”  There is no doubt in the minds of the founders Jesus was the power.  After all there was a very heavy influence in that group of men.

 

The founders, however, seemed to tolerate the Jewish religion because it was the basis of the Christian religion.  This was a mistake.  It was not maybe a mistake, it was a mistake.  I do not doubt that the people practicing the Jewish religion believe in the same God we believe in, but this is not enough.  From their own religion it was prophesied to them that they would be a Savior born to a virgin.  While they believe in God they do not believe in the Word.  Unless one believes in the trinity you are not bound for heaven.  Throughout the Old Testament they Jewish people tried to live a good life many times and fail with every attempt.  God knew they could not achieve perfection necessary to be completely forgiven, so he predicted the birth or his Son in an earthly form to be the Savior.  He gave us salvation for the world and took our sins away. To solve this problem there is a simple solution.  The Jewish people simply need to believe in the Son as they do the Father.

 

I would like to believe that the Islamic religion is a similar problem, but it is not.  It is religion born of violence and in no way considers Jesus the Christ as the savior of the world.  While most Islamist believes they are worshiping God the Father, they reject Jesus as the Savior, but consider Him a profit.  If they believe He is a profit, then why do they not believe what he said?  These Islamist support the factions of their faith by not condemning them to the very highest degree possible.  By doing nothing they give support and credence to the groups that believe;

 

Kill all the Jews,

Kill all the Christians,

If we do this or that we will see virgins in heaven, and

We will keep the power of religion to ourselves and everyone else will comply.

 

Where is the love n that?

 

There are other religions that do not necessarily believe in a creator, but believe that all of this is an accidental creation.  Really! Over the millions of years during the creation of the world, God very carefully created a balance of nature that we ignore on a daily basis.  I said billions of years because I believe the first chapter in the bible covers 13.5 billion years. As I say in my book, “God’s Agenda vs Man’s Agenda”, my theory is that God created man somewhere between 160,000 years ago and told him the same thing he told Adam, but man was not true to God’s teachings and so God, about 5 or 6 thousand years ago, created Adam which who is the father of the race of people that would bring forth the Savior who was necessary for the salvation of man.

 

The worst religion is the worship of the devil in many forms.  This is the most dangerous because if they worship the devil, they should realize the only reason one would worship the devil is to become more powerful than God on this earth.  This is just dumb because if one believes this tripe, they acknowledge the fact of God.  

 

In the name God we should stop this freedom to worship anything you want to worship and amend the Constitution to read.  Matter what President Obama says, we are a Christian nation.  We were founded on Christian principles. We should acknowledge God as the creator of the world, as we did in the Declaration of Independence, but we neither should neither force our citizens to worship him nor should we be tell the citizens how to worship Father God.  However, we should not support or tolerate the worship of any other god as our foundation depends on the love taught by the one true God and His Son.

 

Our United States congress persons and Senators, our state congress persons and Senators, the lower court, regional courts, and the United States Supreme Court treat our Constitution of the United States as a meaningless piece of paper written for the benefit of the few.  In our Declaration of Independence the common man fought for justice, the pursuit of happiness, freedom of speech, the right to worship God, the creator, and the right to not worship at all as he was convicted.

 

My great, great, great, great grandfather fought for these principles.  I am sure he would say that he didn’t fight for the mess we have now.  Many of us have forefathers that fought and maybe died for the values written in the Declaration of Independence which produced the United States Constitution.  The only way I can honor these fine brave men and women that supported them and sometimes fought with them is to help to bring the values they fought for back to fruition.

 

You might wonder why I brought my beliefs in religion into this commentary.  The reason is simple.  Most of our politicians say they believe in God.  However, it doesn’t matter what they say.  It matters what they do about their beliefs that demonstrates their faith.  We must bring God back into our government before He takes it ways from us.

 

If you agree with me vote.  If you disagree with me vote. 

Easter Blog 2014

20 Apr

Today I simply say Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.”

 

So what about the other religions of the world?  They are false religions unless you want to count the devil as a god.

 

If I am the devil, I would want everyone to worship me, so what would I do? 

 

If there is a deity in my religion, I would try to make the religion as close as I can to Christianity with some exceptions;

 

First I would renounce the Christian God as not genuine even though my religion was organized 600 years after the Jewish religion transformed into the Christian with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. 

 

Second my religious book that controls my religion would be so obscure that different segments of my new religions could make rules as they went along to suit themselves or their own struggle for power.

 

Third I would recognize Jesus the Christ as a profit, so people would not say I was against Him.

 

Forth I would declare the Jewish and the Christian religious worshipers, infidels and spread distrust and hate throughout my religious worshiper toward the Jews and the Christian religion inside the religion while showing compassion and a spirit of working together in public society.

 

If I worshiped the same God, but did not recognize Jesus as the Christ I would take a little different approach;

 

First I would seek to establish the power I had over the worshipers that were still with me.

 

Second I would seek to have all the ones following me recognize the Old Testament as the law we will always have to use.

 

Third I would convince my worshipers that we cannot accept Jesus as the Christ.

 

Four I would convince the Christians that the Chosen people referred to in the Holy Bible are the Jews following the Jewish religious principles in the Old Testament.

 

Fifth I would try to enjoin in a coalition of other religions as being the group working together for the good of all.

 

I and many other Christians want to include all people in our journey to heaven.

 

God bless us all on this Easter.

Gay Marriage

27 Mar

The media continues to report that the majority of the public supports same sex marriage.  The Supreme Court of the United States, I am afraid, believes this judging from the questions and answers so far.  If this assumption is true another misguided decision could be forthcoming.

 

I present another scenario I believe to be true.  The majority of the public, I don’t believe has ever been poled properly. I don’t believe a majority of the public supports same sex marriages. I believe a majority of the public support same sex unions to allow the legal position of the same sex unions to have equal rights in law. There is no way that a Christian majority agrees with same sex marriages.

 

I believe if the question was put to them that would separate the difference between same sex marriage and same sex legal union, the result would come much closer to the real opinion of the public.