Illegal Immigration: Death is Cost of Doing Business

This originally appeared at WND.com here.

In 2000, Wayne LaPierre told ABC News he believed President Clinton was willing to accept “a certain level of killing to further his political (gun control) agenda.”

Agree or disagree with LaPierre, it’s an indisputable fact that many on the left and right are willing to allow a certain level of killing of Americans because to stop it would impede their political and/or business agenda.

The day after the Super Bowl, the Colts’ Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe, were both run over by a drunken-driving, twice-deported illegal alien.

To say that these are needless deaths is a gross understatement. And whenever there is an epidemic of needless deaths, important people rush to microphones to express their outrage and horror at the situation.

People get upset at preventable deaths. For instance:

On the other hand, people actually do die at the hands of some (not all) people in the country illegally. What are the responses of our fearless leaders for the killing of Jackson and Monroe? Here you go:

George W. Bush: No comment on killings of Jackson or Monroe this week. But this elitist patrician who never criticized Obama, criticized his president on foreign soil. Why? Because Trump wants to stop illegal immigration. Bush said, “Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees.” Exceptionally ignorant statement. My daddy didn’t have a Kennebunkport compound, and I loved digging ditches in college when it was 105 degrees because it was honest labor and money. Oh – and cotton picking has been mechanized since the late 1960s!

Nancy Pelosi: No comment. On Kate Steinle? “We need more gun control, and we shouldn’t let George Bush … errrr … George Trump stop us! Tax bill is Armageddon for illegal, umm, crumbs – that’s what the bonuses are – crumbs. My grandson wishes he was brown like his Guatemalan friend.” She did stand for eight hours speaking not for Americans murdered by illegals, but in support of illegals.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein/Chuck Schumer/Dick Durbin: “We need a clean DACA bill. Because “dreamers” are better than Americans in Every. Possible. Way.”

John McCain: No comment on the deaths but he did introduce a bill to give DACA amnesty. In 2006 he did say, “I’ll build the God-d–ned fence if they want it.” Borders seem to make him angry.

Lindsey Graham: Nothing about the killings this week, but he said, “We’re not going to build a 1,900-mile wall.” He is very passionate about amnesty and strangely passionate about working with Durbin and Schumer.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Illegals are cheap labor, often off the books, so we oppose ever solving this problem. Deaths? We’re not a law enforcement agency or EMS. Not our problem.

If pressed, some will make a valiant attempt to explain that the problem is not illegal aliens. An illegal who kills someone while driving drunk is an “alcohol abuse” problem. An illegal who shoots someone is a “gun-control” problem (Pelosi’s real-life response to Steinle’s murder). And, of course, we hear all the time that Americans break the law with more frequency than illegals.

Two fallacies argued that cost American lives:

1) Americans drive drunk, too.

Sorry. The formula is simple: No illegal aliens would mean Jackson and Monroe would still be alive.

“But a drunk American could’ve done the same …”

Stop.

We will always have to deal with Americans who break the law. But the government’s job is to make sure our citizens don’t have to fear bad actors from other countries on U.S. soil. We fought two world wars to keep bad actors from unlawfully entering (invading) other countries.

Every murder by an illegal alien would not have happened if the federal government did its job.

2) Illegals commit fewer crimes.

False. Why would any thinking person conclude that someone who is here illegally (against the law) would have an amazing reverence for the sanctity of all of our other laws? One example: recent studies have shown in the case of Arizona, illegals commit crimes at double the rate of native-born Americans.

So illegals commit more crimes than citizens (common sense), and an illegal who isn’t here commits no crime.

The left ignores deaths at the hands of illegals because they want new Democratic Party voters. They don’t get upset about the killings; they do get upset if someone brings up the killings.

The right, big business and tech moguls (like Mark Zuckerberg, who has a six-foot wall around his Hawaii vacation home) ignore deaths at the hands of illegal immigrants because they want cheap labor.

So, these groups view the deaths of Americans as a cost of gaining power and doing business, and we are nowhere near a death toll that would alarm them.

But a death toll of one citizen murdered by an illegal per year is one too many. That’s one mother/father/son/daughter gone forever. Those people would not have died if there were no illegals.

Bottom line: Because the immeasurable cost to the families of citizens like Jackson and Monroe, we should never tolerate illegal immigration.

It’s a Hell of a Revival!

The following was originally published by  World Net Daily here, and The Christian Post here.

As long as I can remember, everyone believes in heaven, but fewer believe in hell. If they do believe, it’s only those “other” bad folks going there – Hitler, Stalin, the neighbor who leaves the trashcans out all week. And before he left Christianity, Rob Bell (called a rock star pastor by Time) wrote a book, Love Wins, arguing that nobody goes to hell, because well…love wins (the phrase was quickly adopted for gay marriage, climate change, and Kim Jong-un).

But recently it seems to me that there is a “hell” of a revival going on-or more precisely a revival of hell. If Trump’s election has done anything, it’s gotten people to think about hell a lot and specifically who MUST go there!

I guess love DOESN’T win all the time.

Consider:

  1. Pennsylvania Assistant Principal Zachary Ruff told a pro-life student, “”You and Trump can go to hell,” and “You can go to hell, where they are, too,” “they” apparently referring to aborted children. I nominate Ruff to be the new head of Planned Parenthood! His values are perfectly aligned with Cecile Richards.

2. At the University of Utah, students protested conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s appearance on campus with signs that said, Hate is not welcome here,” while they chanted (uneducated in hypocrisy), “It is right to rebel, Ben Shapiro go to hell.”

3. Rosie O’Donnell, in response to House Speaker Paul Ryan posting praise of Christmas and Jesus, said, “paul ryan – don’t talk about Jesus after what u just did to our nation – u will go straight to hell.”

4. Hamilton playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, tweeted, “You’re going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. “No long lines for you.”

5. Shia LaBeouf, who I LOVE in Even Stevens and Transformers, told a cop that he’s “going to hell” because he’s black.

6. Donna Brazile told Hillary backing critics of her book to all “go to hell.”

7. Madeline Albright said to a laughing audience, that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” Meaning any woman who doesn’t vote for Clinton. That Albright – she’s always cracking me up!

8. And lastly, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, said that the California teacher who bashed the military while teaching “ought to go to hell”.”

Whoah! It’s like Nancy Pelosi’s Armageddon! Hell is everywhere! We’ve gone from “love wins” to “who am I gonna send to hell today?” so quickly!

And you might expect that from insane Christian-in-name-only types (Westboro Baptist Church), but the vast majority of the hell talk seems to be coming from the Christianity-is-the-Taliban left.

Why all the hell talk?

Simple. Because every culture and every people have a sense that justice is real and wrongs must be righted. People may have vastly different views on what is right and is wrong. I.e., Pro-lifers: abortion bad. Most pro-abortion activists? Save the whales! Abort the baby! But all have an innate sense that justice must prevail. Why?

Because we are created in God’s image. He is a God of justice. He will right the wrongs. So even if our sense of wrong is corrupted by sin, like God, we still have that innate craving that wrongs should be righted.

All of that said, here two things you’ve gotta know about hell:

1. Hell is real. Jesus talked more about hell than He did about heaven. If you believe Jesus is divine, no getting around hell. Jesus is right; Rob Bell is wrong.

Justice demands all wrong must be punished. But it doesn’t happen on this earth! Only 61% of murders are solved. That means there are murderers who never face justice in this life. So how can justice prevail?

God is a just God. And He will punish all wrongdoing. Nobody, “get’s away with it.” And according to Jesus, hell is the place just punishment takes place.

2. God doesn’t want anyone to go there. Every religion but Christianity says the way to erase our bad is to do lots of good, and the good will outweigh the bad. But even if you could do a truly excellent thing for every sin you’ve ever committed, it wouldn’t erase the sin. So, what to do?

Jesus went to a cross and took all the sin – took our “just” punishment, so we wouldn’t have to.

Damnation used to mean punishment in hell. So to say, “Damn you!” meant, “Go to hell!”

I had a clever seminary professor, and about 30 or 40 years ago, when speaking to teens, he’d say, “Some of you love to say, ‘Damn you! (when a preacher says that it wakes everyone up). Quit that! You can’t damn anyone. So, some of you say, ‘God damn you.’ You need to quit that too. Because God doesn’t want to damn them. He wants to save them.

I’d add, “No matter what Rosie says!”

So for the Rosies and the Shias and the Lin-Manuels – I hope you do believe in hell. But be assured, you can’t send anyone there, and God doesn’t want to send anyone there, even you. That’s why He paid such a ridiculously high price to keep folks out.  Max Lucado says it best: “Jesus places ‘do not enter signs’ all over the gateway to hell, and he announces to anyone who wants to go, ‘if you go you’ve gotta go over my dead body.’”

Amen amen.

 

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Big Boys Don’t Cry.

The following was originally published by  World Net Daily here.

Big boys shouldn’t cry – with some exceptions:

  1. Cutting onions. It’s not emotional, just biology.
  2. Death of the best dog/best friend.
  3. Acting like a total wuss. You SHOULD cry over that! Disgraceful. But crying about it makes you MORE of a wuss! It’s a vicious circle so stay off the wuss train altogether!
  4. During select manly movies. Like TheChamp with Ricky Schroeder, Old Yeller, The Patriot. All Hallmark movies. Wait wut? Delete! Delete!
  5. Totaling of a cherished car or truck.
  6. If you’re God incarnate, completely infinite (John 11:35).
  7. And obviously, you get a free pass for all crying if you’ve been in military combat service. Because you’re awesome that’s why!

Bottom Line: Crying is what the guys in Twilight movies do, NEVER what Rambo would sylvester and twilight real mean don't drydo.

Someone: David, you sound like you’re promoting toxic masculinity!!
Me: Sorry – no such thing. There is masculinity. And then there is a toxic male. One possesses God-given masculinity and does good things with it. The other is a meathead.

But crying is all the rage today. In fact, everywhere we turn we are told, in the words of  George Will, “that it is healthy for us continuously to take our emotional temperature, inventory our feelings and vent them. Never mind research indicating that reticence and suppression of feelings can be healthy.”

It can actually be GOOD to suppress your feelings. Keep them stuffed deep – they’re stuffed down there for a reason!

So…. some of this (not all!) is tongue in cheek. BUT…there has been some recent male crying that is completely unacceptable and crushes all credibility the crybaby ever had. Here are two bad forms of crying:

1. Fake Tears: tears that flow, but aren’t real.

In 2016, President Trump banned travel from seven Muslim countries that breed Islamic terrorists. Immediately dubbed the “Muslim ban.”’ Which must mean it barred all Muslim countries, right?

Wrong! There are FIFTY majority Muslim countries in the world-SEVEN banned. So only an uninformed or dishonest person would call it a “Muslim ban,” right?  Of course!

But that didn’t stop Senator Chuck Schumer. He went on national TV and CRIED OVER THE TRAVEL BAN. He said it was, “mean-spirited.”

But in 2015, Schumer backed an act of Congress that actually IDENTIFIED the seven countries in Trump’s travel ban.

So Schumer was FOR a ban of folks from terrorist-havens before the ban MADE him cry.

These are fake tears with no basis in reality and used to manipulate.  And the opposite of manliness and integrity.

2. Fictitious Tears: tears that no one saw because they were made up.

Just last week, it was reported by Senator Dick Durbin that the President called some really bad countries a bad name (I don’t like the language but not sure I believe Durbin either – he’s made things up before. Others in the meeting didn’t hear what Durbin did.).

But calling a bad country a bad country is racist. So racist, that Senator Cory Booker, in a tirade against DHS Secretary, shouted that when Durbin told him what the President said, he had, “tears of rage.

Really ponder that phrase. Tears. Of. Rage. Have you EVER seen tears of rage? The only place I’ve seen them was on the face of a five-year-old laying in the middle of aisle five, screaming for Oreos!

No emotionally stable man has “tears of rage” over a comment like the one in question. I’ve never even MET a man who had, “tears of rage.”

I could only find one example of “tears of rage” in recent history. After the abduction and murder of his six-year-old son, John Walsh wrote a book called, Tears of Rage. That crime is a reason for rage and tears. And he leveraged that rage to start a nationwide movement to track down over 1,000 fugitives through his TV show. Excellent man.

But Booker hears of someone else calling a bad place a bad name, and he beats up a woman with his raging tears.

I don’t believe him – he makes up whole people. And I can’t say enough bad about his fictitious tears. But…you might think he’s being truthful – and in that case, his reaction is emotionally unstable. So fabricated or real, it’s a lose-lose for him.

So What? So Man up!

Fake and fictitious tears – so what?

We can’t control what dishonest politicians do with their tears, but we can control ourselves. So, let’s be men. Realize that after age five, you should NEVER use tears to get what you want.Instead use persuasion, logic, and the truth. And when a politician deploys phony or fictitious tears to manipulate–just recognize the integrity deficiency.

The Apostle Paul was an epic man (and as a first-century Jew-probably epic beard), took beating after beating and was still rugged to the core. And he writes in 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” Excellent word.

Our world needs fewer crybabies and more men who will act like men and be strong: strong and noble, strong and kind, strong and loving, strong and gentle, strong and honest, strong and Godly. If a man like that cries, no problem! You know it’s the right time. You know it’s for a good reason.

So man up. Be that kind of man. The world will be better for it. Amen amen.

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Can A Christian Be a Doobie Brother?

The following was originally published by  World Net Daily here.

So a CNN reporter was riding the bong bus, marveling at a stoner gas mask and offering a hit on New Year’s Eve – but should a Christian smoke weed?

 A: Obviously not, David. It’s illegal in Texas. Dude!OK. What about California? It’s legal in California now. And Colorado! So it’s OK, right? I mean, “legal” means “permissible,” so it’s OK. Right? Check out the Wordage: Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1).

SEE! SEE! “Submissive to the rulers!” Since it’s legal in PROC (People’s Republic of California), let’s be godly submitters. And don’t bogart that joint, my friend! Pass it over to me!

Now, wait just a minute. Don’t get so excited, my doobie brother. Let’s think this through a little bit.

First, a social observation:

Smoke cigarettes? Culture says (I definitely do NOT say this) you’re a demon, a devil and a deplorable, and even if you smoke in your own home, we’ll hunt you down and put you in jail! OK, not yet, but give us time! For now, we’ll just tax your smokes into oblivion – which means we really can’t outlaw it because it’s such a great source of government revenue.

And your cancer-causing second-hand smoke is killing the world! (Full disclosure: smell of cig smoke on a cold, crisp morning fills my mind with great memories of deer hunting with my dad pre-fifth grade.)

I’ve never personally seen a modern movie/TV show where the smoker was the most loveable character in the movie. Maybe the toughest (fire in his mouth, gotta be tough), but not the most loveable.

Smoke weed? You freedom lover! You’re a cool dude who talks while holding your breath! You’re funny and the darling of pop culture – famous to millions like Cheech and Chong and Spicoli! Smoking weed is the subject of humor, and the pothead in a movie is always the most likable, with his “dude” and “tubular” and “gnarly.” I’ve never personally seen a pot smoker in a movie who was deplorable.

It’s perfectly acceptable to say you smoked weed as a kid because even presidents do it (Obama and Clinton). Everyone has done it, right (just for the record, I haven’t)?

So, if smoking a cigarette is so horrendous, and the anti-smoking crowd would love to outlaw it completely, it’s completely illogical that smoking cannabis would be looked at as acceptable in any way! It’s all smoke, carcinogenic and polluting! In fact, the logical response to the legalization of marijuana anywhere would be outrage, panic and hand-wringing. But no, the popular culture largely says it’s a beautiful thing, cute thing, freedom thing … dude. Unless you’re a killjoy, fun-hating narc.

Conclusion? Our crazy world is not the “go-to” for wisdom, logic, consistency or clarity on smoking weed.

What does the Bible say about it?

  1. The Bible doesn’t mention marijuana. Or doobie. Or maryjane. It does mentions grass! Darn! Wrong kind of grass. Just the kind cows eat.
  2. The Bible doesn’t mention “getting high.” Nobody in the Bible ever said, “When I get high I see Jesus.” But I heard someone say that at some time in my life. That is some kind of crazy.
  3. The Bible does say no to drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18). The reason is simple. It robs the individual of the ability to control himself. If you’re “controlled” by drunkenness, you can’t be “controlled” by the Spirit.
  4. Unlike alcohol (you can drink and not get drunk), you can’t smoke a joint (or eat a brownie) and not get high. The whole point is to get high.
  5. Getting high impairs you like getting drunk. “That’s totally bogus man!” Really? Consider this: In Colorado it is illegal to drive while drunk OR under the influence of MJ. Why? Because you are unable to control yourself. You may kill someone.Colorado governmental authorities (and ski resorts) see drunken folks and doobie brothers (or sisters) as equally impaired. (Smoke a joint on the slopes and you’ll be escorted off the mountain.) In this case Ephesians 5:18 (God says no to drunkenness) would come into play. Don’t be controlled by anything (like marijuana or drunkenness) but be controlled by the Spirit of God.

So, besides the fact that smoking weed is:

  1. a poor witness of a person who exalts Christ as King and Lord over all of life,
  2. a stumbling block for folks (nobody ever said, “I got a scholarship to college because of marijuana”),
  3. addictive,

the Biblical principle in Ephesians 5:18 of not being controlled by anything but the Holy Spirit of God would dictate abstinence from the use of marijuana.

Can I smoke weed and be a Christian? Sure. Faith in Christ is the only thing that saves me. But looking at Scripture, I’d have to say I’m a disobedient Christian. I’d be hard-pressed to say in any way that I’m really looking out for No. 1 (Jesus) in my life.

Amen amen.

 

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What Do You Give the God Who Has Everything?


It’s Christmas! Gotta buy everyone gifts, right?  And some folks have, literally, EVERYTHING!  What do you get someone who has everything?

What can you give God that He doesn’t already have?

As a kid, I sometimes argued with a friend:
Me: I’m right.
Him: No, I’m right.
Me: I’m right times 2!
Him: I’m right times 100!
Me: I’m right infinity!

Game over.  I win. 

He can be right times 100 or 1000, but I’m infinitely right so…end of story (if you think we sound very nerdy and geeky, you’d be right).

God is infinite. That’s makes Him hard to shop for. Here’s what I mean:

Example 1: Time
I can spend my time doing things for/with my wife, and that blesses her because it’s a gift of time that she doesn’t have. My time + her time = more time for her! She loves that.

God has a ridiculous about of time. As Supreme Being, He’s completely unlimited by time and space! He’s infinite! Me giving Him time? He has all the time in the world.

Example 2: Energy
I can give my wife the gift of energy by working in the yard or cleaning the garage, and that blesses her because it’s a gift of energy that she doesn’t have.
My energy + her energy = more energy for her! As with time, she loves that.

God’s energy is infinite.  Me giving Him energy? He’s got it all!

Example 3: Stuff
I can give my wife a gift of roses and that blesses her because it’s a gift of stuff that she doesn’t have. My roses + her lack of roses = more roses for her! As with time and energy, she loves that. If it’s a gift of vacuum or a chainsaw or a fruitcake, not so much.

BUT….God owns ALL of the stuff! Everything! He created it, and it’s His! He’s infinite – infinite in resources – there is no end to God’s roses. He could bury me in roses, and He’d STILL have endless roses!

God is infinite in His resources – He has all the time and energy and resources in the universe. What does He NOT have that He WANTS?

There is one thing that God does not have. 

My sin. 

God doesn’t have ANY sin. NONE. AT. ALL.

I have mountains of sin.

Loads and loads and loads of sin. Sin to spare! If I was only 20 years old, and I only sinned 10 times a day, that means I have 73,000 sins. That’s a lot of sin.

David! That’s doesn’t seem like much if a gift!?!?

Agreed. But God can’t have you, the ultimate object of His affection, unless He first gets rid of your sin.

So God wants my sin. All of it. Every. Single. Bit.

So He sent His Son,
to collect all that sin,
put it on His back,
go to a cross,
and get rid of it forever.

As in my sin buried in the depths of the ocean, far as the east is from the west, and all that stuff.

What do you give the God who has everything? Your sin. And He, in His infinite love, gets rid of it all.

So that in His great affection He can have…you.

 

Amen and amen. And Merry Christmas!

 

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It’s Not Christians Who Are #Antiscience

The following was originally published by  World Net Daily here.

I woke up a week or so ago to the most anti-science news from the most educated class in America, and I’m shocked! And shook! Let me explain.

As long as I can remember, I’ve been labeled “anti-science” because I’m a Bible-believing Christian.

Which means I’m a flat-earth backward-thinking caveman who keeps his wife (who may or may not be his first cousin) barefoot and pregnant, clings to his guns and religion (guilty), has wooden teeth (cannot confirm or deny) and is ignorant for believing all of those fairytales in the Bible.

But the day has come where there is proof that I’m “more sciencey” (technical term) than ALL of the atheistic/pagan left.

Five examples of the anti-science popular culture:

#1. A Pew Research poll (link) revealed that 77% of Democrats with a four-year degree think sex is NOT determined at birth. 

I’ve always thought of the Republicans the “stupid party” because they get into power and then act like they’re in the minority.

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My Grandmother Ruzicka had this picture hanging in her bar. Very little education, running a country bar, yet a colossal intellect when compared to the college-educated mind of the George Jetson era!

But apparently, 77% of college-educated Democrats look at a newborn, and see the baby’s parts, and are flummoxed and dumbfounded! “Hey, Vern! I can’t tell if that’s a boy or girl! Can you?!?!”

#antiscience

#2. Bodybuilders should NOT pump themselves full of hormones. Danger Will Robinson! Danger! But it’s fabulous “science” to give hormones and hormone blockers to children who have a mental disorder known as gender dysphoria (80% of who will outgrow it), knowing full well that this treatment will change and damage their bodies forever. And all because a kid who likes hot dogs one day and pb&j’s the next “feels” like the opposite sex and says so.

#antiscience

#3. Global Cooling, Warming, or is it Changing? Not sure – just give us your money! And TRUST us! 

1970s: The Ice Age is coming! We’re all going to freeze!
1988: Oops! My bad – I meant global WARMING…not cooling. In fact, famous warming Prof. James Hansen predicts by 2018 Manhatten will be under water and the Arctic will be entirely ice-free. And today he says he’s not wrong, his timing is just a little off. Like by 50 or 100 years.
2009: Al Gore makes a boatload of coin saying the Arctic polar ice cap would melt by 2014.
Today: Oops! Wrong again! Temperatures have NOT risen as predicted. Lots of reports of manipulated data -so let’s say Climate Change! The climate – this is shocking I know – it changes (say this with a lot of drama). We need to spend money! Your money! And limit your lifestyle! Trust me because…science!

My local weatherman can’t get the weather right tomorrow, “science” has a track record in the area of climate cooling/warming/change predictions…ALL WRONG!

Climate Science Motto: Often wrong, never unsure.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me every year for 40 years? Shame on me!

#antiscience.

4. White man identifies to be Filipina woman. And is applauded by leftist Cathy Areu. She says, It’s “beautiful,” “wonderful” and this is what is great about America.

No. It’s sad and a sign of mental illness. Just as sure as if I said I’m George Washington or Jesus.

#antiscience.

5. Evolution

It’s “settled science” that species evolved into new and different species who evolved into new and different species.

Number of fossils found? Millions.
Number of fossils showing transition from one species to another?
Zero.

Millions of examples. Some estimate billions of fossils have been found. And yet not ONE example of the transition to a different species. That’s like, “I have a gold bar I’ll give you but give me a five thousand dollars first. BUT…I can’t show it to you!”

I’m not giving you money until you show me the gold brick! I’m not believing your evolutionary fairytale UNTIL YOU SHOW ME THE FOSSIL RECORD. And I’m not anti-science, and I’m not buying what you’re selling.

___________________________

Each of the items above has been declared “settled” by some “scientist.” And celebrated/promoted/legitimized by the witch doctors of the left.

Let me be clear. I’m NOT anti-science. I AM anti-ignorance. I am anti-dystopian future claims to fund Al Gore’s empire or National Geographic’s endeavors to fund itself as a pure champion of the environment and changing children’s gender (link).

Christianity requires less faith than much of what passes as science in popular culture today. It’s based on a book that names geographic locations, historic events, and historical figures…and it’s accurate. No historical document has contradicted what has been found in the pages of the Bible. And Christianity is based on the testimony of millions throughout history.

But Christianity differs from the popular “Bill-Nye-the-not-an-actual-science-guy” culture in this:

Christianity never declares itself “science” while acting antiscience.

In a world where faith and science and the cult-like following of ideas that sound scientific, grab a Bible and begin to read, and find some folks who believe it, and ask them about their lives and hearts and their relationship with their creator. It could lead you, not to settled science, but a settled heart.

Amen amen.

 

 

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A 133,000% Return on Investment

In a recent message, I said I prayed for over 7000 YEARS since about 1993.

My family pointed it out after the service. Would’ve been a good place for my daughter to yell out, “What in the world are you talking about?!?!?! That’s crazy!”

Past Life Regressions?

Some may have wondered, “What kind of church is this? Some New Age thing? Maybe he’s done some past life regressions and found he was Noah and King Tut and Moses and thinks he’s prayed for 7000 years?”

No. That would be insane.

I meant, “over 7000 hours.” And upon reflection, just to be conservative, I’d say I’ve definitely prayed for 4000 hours since 1993, maybe as many as 7000.

Why So Many Hours?

One Saturday night in or around 1993, I read a book on prayer straight through in about three hours. Then I did something I’d never done before. Ever.

I prayed for an hour straight.

15 minutes was probably my longest up to that point. Got up the next morning-did it again.

In fact, that three-hour investment changed my life. Since that time, it’s been my practice to pray for an hour a day, and I calculated that would add up to at least 4000 hours  (maybe as many as 7000) that I have spent with my Heavenly Father!  I’ve not been 100%, but it has become my personal standard, and I feel like it’s part of my calling as a pastor.

Three hours reading turned into 4000 hours with my heavenly Father is a return on investment (ROI) of:

133,233%!!!

That’s called a “home run.” 

My message was on, “Raising your standards.” Changing some “shoulds” to “musts.”

Because of a book I read in the early 90s, an hour of prayer changed from:

as a man going into ministry,  I SHOULD pray for an hour a day,” to:

as a man going into ministry, I MUST pray an hour a day.

God raised my standard. I’ve never been the same.

God raised my standard and changed me because of something I poured into my mind one evening. 

That’s why I hate to miss church! That’s why I read His Word! That’s why I listen to excellent stuff about Him! I want to pour things into this fantastic God-designed computer in my head that will allow Him to raise my standards and take me where He wants me to go.

I invested three hours reading, and my return was over 4000 hours of talking to my heavenly Father. That’s a fantastic return on my investment.

What are you pouring into your mind? 

I’ve found that to pour good things into my mind in a negative world, I’ve got be deliberatedetermined, and with all the garbage out there, discriminating. If I do that, there is no limit to what God will deliver into my life through the mind He created.

Raise your standards. Change your shoulds to musts. And watch God move you forward over the next year.

Amen amen!

 

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