God in the Darkness


  images I am so wonderfully blessed to have many, many wise people around me! 

I must say the responsiveness of those with whom I share faith in Jesus Christ as not only my Lord and Savior, but as the One Who lights my path, makes my way straight, and keeps my heart and mind focused on the truth is what gets me through all my days.

Today was a little difficult, but it serves to amplify God’s call to me to cry out to Him for guidance, for a lively spirit to pray and call on other believers to pray on my family’s and my behalf.  My beloved wife and I are negotiating the sale of our home and I find it a little dispiriting to say the least.

The thing I am certain that God wants NOT to happen is for me to lose that focus on His power, His glory, and His direction of my affairs.  This writing is God’s way of keeping that focus.  As the Psalmist said, and I passionately believe:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
 He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. Psalm 91:1-4

I just want to remind you, as so many have been led by the Holy Spirit to remind me, that you are never alone. The deception, the cynicism, the negativity with which the enemy tries to derail my life so often has no effect on the life of anyone who calls on Him for protection, wisdom, and guidance.

Yet he will always continue the assault and we must be on our guard constantly. Not paranoid, but wise and filled with hope and peace.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Whatever you’re facing this coming week,  keep these verses in your mind and know the true power, and peace that He will lead you in, if you let Him and don’t deceive yourself by thinking you can handle things in your own power.

Have a wonderfully blessed week, friends!

Roe v. Wade 40 Years Hence


March For Life Marks 40th Anniversary Of Roe v. WadeI don’t know why the world calls it a “celebration”. I’m referring to the 1973 Roe v. Wade U. S. Supreme Court decision which legalized the performance of abortions of children in the United States.

The celebration in the world’s parlance refers to the “choice” a woman would be allowed to make over 55 million times in the 40 years, that’s roughly a Biblical generation, since the court made that decision.

The tragedy is apparent and need not be rehashed in this post in very much detail. Suffice it to say that what it took the Pharaohs and Herod the Great to do by decree and the sword, and the Nazis to do by heinous “medical” experimentation to hundreds of thousands of others in the name of eugenics,  modern “civilized” man accomplished with a pen stroke, a needle, and a vacuum and made it sound amazingly acceptable and reasonable to millions.

China does this as a matter of policy, mainly to girls, including living, out of the womb infants and they do so without the legal hindrances of courts. 

What the Supreme Court did with the best legal language it could concoct to justify such a horror, perhaps the greatest defilement of any nation’s relationship with the loving God who created them,  reminded me of a similar rebellion shortly after the creation of man:

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5

The Supremes might well have been the serpent in the garden that day in 1973.  Carrying the mantle of the highest standard of juris prudence for the nation that day, they may as well have been asking the same question, “Has God indeed said?”

In so doing, they opened a floodgate of wrath on this country from which we may well never recover.

Think of it:  55 million embryos, fetuses, and infants by legal means!  We as a nation threw God’s commandment to do no murder right back at Him and then told ourselves that it was good and that we could make moral decisions as a nation without Godly guidance. Our eyes will be opened and we will be like God.

There is still room for God’s glory to be done and we can still be cleansed from this greatest of all defilements, thanks to a remnant in the world who believe in the renewal, and transformation of our minds by the power of the Holy Spirit Who dwells in the heart of every believer in the First-born of those raised from the dead: JESUS!

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Inauguration Day


Eagle+5If you’ve read very many of my posts, you’ll have come to the conclusion that I’m not much of fan of what happens in the U. S. government. I don’t believe our nation’s leaders act in our interest very often and the man who is our leader is not someone I have ever agreed with on much of anything.

Be that as it may, as a Christian I have a duty to pray. Today, and often, I will pray for President Obama, our Congress, and the Supreme Court to return to the values, the Christian values, I believe we were founded upon and for which God has allowed our nation to thrive for nearly 240 years.

This requires wisdom on our part every bit as much as on those we have put in positions of authority over our nation’s affairs.

Therefore,

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

When Solomon was appointed king to replace his father David, he was rewarded handsomely for what he asked for: Wisdom. May we be so blessed to find Godly people in place the next several years, enough to lead us to the goal above and please God.

So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;
If you have found it, there is a prospect,
And your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:14

May this be our national prayer these next four years. Amen.

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Glory to the One to Come


images“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14

This declaration of the angel at the Nativity of Jesus over 2,000 years ago was not just for that moment in time, but I think it was God, our Father’s command to all mankind for all time.  It was a statement of what is occurring in heaven even as I am writing this!

Look!

 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

 “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:8-11

Notice that the words peace, glory, honor, thanks, power, and holy are the only words associated with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

It completely ignores suffering, pain, crucifixion, piercing, breaking, bleeding, and all the tortures Jesus took upon himself so we would not have to.

Here’s the source of my greatest joy and why I choose to use the word “Glory!” every time the opportunity presents itself. Neither I, nor my beloved wife and son, nor any of my closest family and friends, especially those who know the Lord and show it, are suffering in this life.

Remember dear reader,  no panacea is promised. No absence of anguish, or peace guaranteed but what is promised is that when we draw close to Him, He draws close to us and we have an advocate who stands closer than any brother.

I have posted nothing the last two weeks mainly because I have been drawing close during a major transition in my family’s life. We have sold our house and gotten through the inspections and now are preparing to move. Life is good! Our house was essentially sold at a value far higher than anything we expected in less than four days! Hallelujah!

I gladly resign my life to His control in complete submission. Just like the elders casting there crowns at the feet of our Lord, so shall I. This is how I choose to glorify Him. He will lead me into right paths as He always has. My wife and son, too.

I encourage you to commit and Glorify Him. He will repay!

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Glorious Benefits


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In my most recent post, What’s the Word for 2013?,  I announced that the word, indeed the reason I was created, was going to be “Glory!”  Since New Year’s Day, I have tried to keep this word in the forefront of my mind and what a week, albeit a short work week, it has been!

In a number of previous posts I have described the kind of work I do and the tremendously intense conditions in which I and my colleagues must operate on a daily, in fact 24/7/365 basis.  It is very , very difficult to keep focused on positives in any meaningful, realistic way when the people we supervise, their victims, the families of both these, and our superiors are often functioning in dysfunctional, crisis to crisis ways.

In my case, with 24 staff, many of them absent for the holidays, court in full swing, and the business of public safety to conduct, I found myself the lone leader of these men and women. I could have felt oppressed, sick with the “blue flu” of self doubt and worry, thrown in the towel  knowing the turmoil of completing 5 days work in 3, but instead I did this:

  • Prayed the Holy Spirit’s guidance and protection prior to entering the building
  • Thanking my God and Father for the Spirit’s anointing and the full-bodied protection of the whole armor
  • Praised my Lord Jesus for giving me the opportunity to glorify Him and not myself for any successes

Remember what I have said often in my writing and commit to do this daily-Draw close to Him and He will draw close to YOU!  There is no substitute for this relationship. No amount of earthly wealth, or property, or any other form of man-made comfort that matches this beautiful relationship.

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

This is how I glorify God. I recognize that when I do what little I’m capable of doing for Him first, then for my family, and my employer, He reaches out to me with His hand of bottomless and never-ending faith and gives even greater reasons to glorify Him!  In this I know that I am growing closer, and He likewise, and greater and greater glory comes. By doing this the following major, tangible results came to me and my family in the last 72 hours:

  • We put our house on the market Thursday and it has been shown 3 times ( a bidding war is expected).
  • With a short staff, my officers found and arrested two violent career offenders, one of whom threatened to kill hundreds at an Epiphany event on Monday and the other trying to make on Internet connection for a sexual liaison with a minor.
  • All the reports for the end of the year were completed in minutes instead of hours as often is the case.
  • And I am remembering these things to glorify Him and give you hope, when in the past I never would have cared beyond my own interests.

If you have no such relationship I urge you to start today and remember:

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:31-33

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