Westminster Terror Attack (You Go British Prime Minister, Theresa May!)

Accolades to British Prime Minister Theresa May after the Westminster attack on March 22.  She is a class act with a firm resolute about how her country will respond to terror.

“We will move forward together. Never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”

And isn’t that all terror can do anyway is to divide a country? Because to divide is to conquer, at least that is how they view it. But what could happen if the countries under attack from terror come together? Not only the leaders, but the people. We are the ones who have the eyes, and the ears on the streets of our countries. We are the ones who can prepare and be aware when faced with an attack, to counter and defeat this evil! There are around 184,000 terrorists world-wide, and we have 325,838,705 Americans, 64,938,716 French, and 65,511,098 Great Britain citizens.

(If you want to view population by country…http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/)

As Christians, God has given us some strong promises concerning our enemies.  We need to know them, to pray them, and to follow God’s will. Do you not think that by standing with God, any evil can be defeated? I do.

God tells us, “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17

 

 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”               2 Timothy 1:7

If we read God words and believe God’s words, change will happen!

Another impressive statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May, which I feel is a truthful representation of the attack.

“The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our Capital City, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.   These streets of Westminster – home to the world’s oldest Parliament – are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents – democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law – command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.   That is why it is a target for those who reject those values.   But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before: any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”

Democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law are the values which America was established.  We have come too far and fight hard every day to maintain theses values, to allow a spirit of terror defeat us!

Remember fighting terrorism is first being alert of your surroundings and reporting anything which looks out-of-place.  Even if it turns out to be a goose chase, because one of those times the person or situation might be the real deal.

God Bless You!

God Bless Great Britain!

God Bless America!

Super Bowl Predictions!

Being in the Houston, Texas area, I can emphatically state that the city is alive with Super Bowl fever!  And after reading the predictions from the professionals, I deem it will be a great game to watch.  Even if my team is not playing.

I predict tonight they will have the NFL Honors Award Program and that Greg Olsen will win the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.  It is an award given to an NFL player based on their humanitarian work within the community they live.

“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” Luke 12:48

I also predict that the Falcons will beat the Patriots 31 – 27.  Gotta pull for the southern team.

But the biggest award should go to the fans.  Because it is you who actually support these teams with your attendance to the games, and the products you buy.  And in America, we can not have just a simple sporting event.  You the fans, have found a way to turn it into a charitable day too!

Super Bowl party attendees will donate food and other items, which will be given to their local food banks and shelters.  Boy Scouts will pick up bags of food left by front doors in local neighborhoods, which benefit the local food bank.  The day once known as Super Bowl has begun to be recognized as Souper Bowl!

To me that states volumes of who we are as a country.  Because we are a compassionate country.  And when Super Bowl day is over and a winner declared, Americans will find another avenue to assist their fellow-man until next year.  This is what we do and this is who we are…Americans.

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

The End is Near! But Which End?

I know I have written before about the people you see parading around with the sign “Repent for the End is Near” or “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is Near.”  And I always have to say over and over, only God knows when the end will occur!  You can not guesstimate, estimate, or consult a crystal ball.  Not even the angels who were first with God, knows when the earth will cease to exist.

But tomorrow, we will know if the end is near for our country.  Or will we?

You see, I believe God can change every situation and every person’s heart…even a politician. So, if your candidate is not elected, who says God can not step in and bring about the right changes for America. You have to believe, pray, and demonstrate with your actions that it is all under God’s control!

And I believe somewhere deep down in America there is still love and compassion for one another.  We have to stop allowing our government leaders create a divide among us.  While also, not waiting on them to make our lives better.  God gave His children mighty powers.  Unfortunately, His children have to decide to either use God’s gifts or allow them to go dormant.

What is your decision?

My decision is that no matter the outcome of the Presidential election, I will continue to write, to love others, and do the best I can each day.  And then I will get up the following day and do it all over again, if it is God’s will for me.

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

The Hated Americans

American symbolism, pieces of cloth, and our American way is hated throughout the world today.  Why would a country whose only desire was true freedom, become so loathed? It is not just hate, but an emotional anger which renders the desire of annihilation.

Now, seeing it outside of our country is not unusual. There will always be countries who want to destroy our way of life.  Usually because they do not want their citizens to get any ideas.  Control is a potent aphrodisiac.

But when we see this kind of abomination among Americans within America, it is as though Martin Luther King Jr. never walked these streets.  World War II never happened and the Revolutionary War is a distant memory concerning a bunch of subversive men and women.

America is not perfect, which translates into Americans are not perfect. But once, we were a people united together to try to bring about peace, justice, and the freedom to worship. Sadly people have found it easier to protest by sitting down, or holding signs and yelling. Another image and more noise added to the billions and billions of caustic confusion floating around the world today.

Becoming the solution is the only answer to change in America. Our forefathers became the solution, when they wanted freedom.  America became the solution when communism wanted to rule the world.  Martin Luther King Jr. became the solution when oppression of the black race could no longer be endured.

Being the solution is not about sitting, yelling, or any other type of destructive devices. It is about putting on the uniform, integrating yourself, and utilizing helpful alternatives into dying communities because of gangs and violence. Solution is doing! Laziness must be replaced with tireless, selfless service.  And then there will be real change.

The black athletes who paycheck is in the top 5% of the world could be a way for peace and change.  Think about Chicago, a city that is overwhelmed with gangs and violence.  Now let’s take 10% (a tithe) of the top five players on the Chicago Bears team yearly salary, it comes out to roughly 37 million dollars. Ten percent is 3 million 7 hundred thousand.

What would happen to those areas if three million dollars was put into them each year, helping these communities rise above the poverty.  Education, jobs, small business start-ups, and Police becoming a part of the community.  Soon the people would take back their neighborhoods and gangs, violence, and crime would have nowhere to hide!

America has freedoms which no other country in the world adheres to.  And that is why we are so hated. But if we let the hate that evil brings infiltrate Americans, America will no longer exist.

Instead we need to allow the love and peace of Jesus Christ permeate throughout our land. Evil would fade away.  And then we will stand together; and race, class status, young, old, sexual orientation, Jew, Christian, and Muslim will know no division.

If it has to start somewhere, let it be me.  What about you?

God Bless You!

God Bless American!

 

 

 

I Learned Something New!

Yesterday I joined a Christian forum and one of the individuals had posted about the Arabic Symbol which means NUN. The symbol is in the picture above.

 

It refers to the word Nazarene, which is what Christians have been called since the 7th century in the Middle Eastern countries.  The word when used, means to portray us as contemptible and disobedient.

But what I did not know is that, Isis uses the symbol to mark homes of Christians in the Middle East. Either to shame them, have them killed, or to run them out of the country. They try to use our own symbol of Jesus against us.

It will never mean contemptible or disobedient to me. For me, the symbol is a symbol of love. Because it is the symbol of my Lord, Jesus Christ! If we must wear a label in this world, instead of Michael Jordan or Ralph Lauren, Nazarene should be it!

“He will be called a Nazarene.” Matthew, end of the sentence in 2:23.

Our media should be “The Nazarene.”

Our publishers should be “Nazarene Publications.”

Our clothes should be by the designers, “Nazarene.”

Bottled water should be, “Nazarene Living Water.”

I guess I am going a little over board. But when we allow others to disgrace our true moniker, they disgrace our Christ. I am proud to be a Nazarene who follows the one, true Nazarene Jesus Christ!

Maybe if we flooded the world; its’ apparel, technology, food, and anything else which requires signage, we might perk up some curiosity. And then we can tell the world about the real Nazarene, Jesus Christ.  Conversation must start somewhere, why not with the symbol of the Nazarene?

Of course those wearing the symbol, whether representing a person or a company, must adhere to Jesus’ rules for life. Because it is through demonstration the message is accepted. You can’t wear a t-shirt with the symbol and then cuss someone out who made you mad. But you can state your point of view. Jesus did.

I am probably dreaming the impossible, I always do.

So for now, we Nazarene, must go forward and live our lives according to God’s will and Jesus’ ways. And pray for this world.

 

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

The Escape

Imagine you are sound asleep, entering those peaceful areas of your mind, where the day’s activities just fade away. Drifting around in the sweetest of dreams. Suddenly, you feel like someone has touched you or told you to wake up.  Through hazy eyes, you try to adjust to the darkness.

As you rub your eyes you say to yourself, “I must still be asleep.”

Your heart pounds harder in your chest as your eyes focus on the angel standing beside your bed. You are pretty sure it is an angel from the pure white light expanding from its form. (And the form would be male. Angels came before the creation of woman or Eve.) Yet, you feel no harm only a feeling of warmth and security. Yes, this must be an angel.

The angel speaks to your mind. You are informed to pack up your family and move to another state immediately! Your family is in extreme danger! The angel is gone and your bedroom is dark once again.

What do you do?

That is exactly what happened to Joseph in Matthew 2:13-18. The angel warned him that Herod was furious and would be hunting down baby Jesus.  Joseph was told that he had to take his family, go to Egypt and stay there until God tells him where to go next.

And that is exactly what Joseph did!

Matthew also reminds the reader of the prophecy in Hosea 11:1, being fulfilled when the Lord said “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

I am told in my study bible that this verse is referring to when God called the nation of Israel out of Egypt during Moses’s time. But that the inspiration of the Spirit revealed to Matthew it also meant Jesus.

Matthew, also quotes the prophet Jeremiah. Another indication of the fulfilling of prophecy for the coming of the Messiah. Something very important to the Jewish reader.

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”

Now, I want to return to the question, “What would you do?”

Would you really get up the next morning, wake your spouse, and pack up your family to leave? Or would there be considerations for your job, your home, your family, your kid’s schools, their friends, etc?

How many times in our lives do we listen to God’s commands for our lives when it contradicts our own plans?

I believe, as Christians, we have moved further away from listening and obeying God. Instead God is a figure-head somewhere up in the white fluffy clouds. Oh, we call Him down when we are in trouble, but basically He is not the center of our lives anymore.

Think about what we could be missing out on, by living this way.

For me, I am so grateful Joseph and Mary did not live this way!

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

The Magi and The Terrorists

Well, I choose my title after the happenings in France yesterday. I do think I should get back to Matthew and we must concentrate our efforts on loving change in this world. But I want to show that those who are evil and power-hungry terrorist have been around forever.

In, Matthew 2:1-12 , we see the Magi inquiring about the baby who is the Messiah.  They are on a journey, following the star, to give gifts to honor our Lord’s birth! Matthew makes sure to emphasize that the baby was born in Bethlehem in Judea. Once again confirming what the prophets had stated in the Old Testaments. And that the blood line came from King David. Which is very important to the Jewish community!

We are told King Herod, the people’s chief priests, and the teachers are extremely disturbed about the news.  These are our terrorists. Because to me, anyone who wants to kill my Jesus and stop the spread of His loving message is a terrorist! And that is what we are seeing in today’s world.

I am told in my study bible that Herod lived a murderous and opulent lifestyle. He murdered his family members including his own wife and children.  Later on we will see him murder the babies of Bethlehem. His insatiable desire for power, control, and greed will eventually be his downfall. As with all of those who strive to further their terrorism.

The terrorists fear the birth of the Messiah, because now the people will not indulge in assisting their lifestyles of carnage, luxury, and breaking every one of the Ten Commandments. Then the terrorists control is diminished, and the people led by God would rise to the call and vanquish them!

Ok, stepping down from my soapbox…

For now, we see Herod telling the Magi to let him know when they find the baby, so he can worship the Messiah too. What a liar!

The Magi followed the star and found Jesus with his mother.

In a study group, I attended years ago, it was explained that baby Jesus was probably months old. You have to understand that travel, whether on foot or camel, takes some time.

The Magi presented Jesus with gold, incense, and myrrh. And then returned to their country by another route. Because God stepped in to make sure evil would not alter His plan for our salvation. In a dream the Magi were warned about Herod and his evil plans.

Once again, love prevails because God has already won the war! He won it the first day of creation and His plans will not be altered. We, as Christians, should step up to win the battles in our homes, streets, communities, and nation!

God Bless You!

God Bless America!