This quote from John Ruskin is from “The Optimist’s Good Morning”:

“The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy the right things–not merely industrious, but to love industry–not merely learned, but to love knowledge–not merely pure, but to love purity–not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.”

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From a Co-op strategy to a lying strategy

I have to admit that whenever I have heard names like “Catholic Charities”, “Baptist General Convention” and “Baptist Child and Family services, I thought it was the government spreading some cash around to Catholic and Baptist organizations in an attempt to co-op them down the road through dependence upon the federal spigot. Boy, was I lied to. It turns out that it is all just another 1984 manipulation of America.

This article explains what I am talking about.

A listener, or a media person writing in general terms about what they just witnessed would probably write an article like this, or perhaps like this.   Essentially giving you an impression similar to what you would believe having just watched the speech.

The impression intended would be that President Obama just met with a bunch of religious organizational heads, perhaps priests, pastors and ministers.  Along with “faith based” advocates who are helping to deal with the immediate needs of the illegal aliens, unaccompanied minors, and the larger “border crisis”.

You would be wrong.

To avoid my calling our President of The United States a liar, I will instead say President Obama is being intentionally obtuse, perhaps even deceitful.  Here’s why.

I’ll use a faith based media source to highlight the deception:

So that’s who President Obama calls “faith leaders“.  But there’s a problem, none of them are religion based organizations.     None of them have churches.  None of them have congregations or parishioners’.

They are the heads of government funded non-profits.  Remember ACORN?  Same/Same.

They are taxpayer funded corporations who exist almost exclusively on government grants.   Despite the words “Baptist” and “Catholic”, these are NOT religious “faith based” groups.   The name Baptist and Catholic is only to give the appearance of “religion” and add a dose of “charity” to the appearances.

We recently stumbled upon Mr. Kevin Dinnin when we were looking around for the primary recipients’ of HHS Grants and we came upon the 2012 tax filings of BCFS, or more accurately BCFS EMD where Kevin Dinnin is the principal officer and CEO.  Paid at an annual salary of $477,799+

This one group alone makes ACORN seem small ball in comparison.

Two days before this meeting with President Obama, on 7/7/14 Mr. Dinnin was given a grant from Health and Human Services in the amount of $190,707,505.

Yes, that is over $190 million dollars just before he met with the President.  In 2014 alone BCFS has received almost $270 million.

Catholic Bishops so far in 2014 $27 Million is another albeit smaller example, after receiving almost $70 million in 2012.

But the most staggering figure is what HHS has spent on Unaccompanied Minor Children (under grant code 93676) since the President’s 2012 Deferred action program began:

$644,188,522.00

Border problems just become another means of increasing the tax burden to wear down the producers of the country, enrich those who are in on the game and bypass any sense of Christian charity in exchange for promoting the “hireling” mentality throughout the nation; while all the time mocking the American people who have no one in congress who will stand up to these people because the “game” has the total backing of a lying “1984″ press corps.

Just like Common Core it is difficult to stand for righteousness and self reliance in education when the big money starts getting tossed around. All of these children will become wards of the state, placed in homes of like minded liberals who will be rewarded with substantial cash for exhibiting the Christian character of caring for these kids crossing the border.

The test would be would they do it if the money wasn’t being thrown at them?

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The World and the Jews

Read this article by Ben Stein. Quote:

“There is no ‘the world’ out there waiting to dispense righteous justice,” I told Robert. “‘The world’ is a bunch of UN bureaucrats at a cocktail party thinking that the Jews had it coming. ‘The world’ is a bunch of Jew-haters in Paris also saying it’s always the Jews’ fault. ‘The world’ is the Politburo of China thinking of new weapons to sell Iran. ‘The world’ is some African kleptocrats way too busy killing, raping, and stealing to think about moral justice. ‘The world’ is a beast, to paraphrase the Iron Duke. ‘The world’ will never in a million years move a muscle to help the Jews. There is only one force in the universe that exists to help Israel, and that is the Evangelical Christians of this country. They are the only moral force on earth.”

Robert didn’t reply.

I am assuming that the “Iron Duke” is the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

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One of the Best Graduation Speeches I Ever Heard

These are Reiko Rivera’s notes from her speech to the graduating class of Sparta High School, 2014:

First off, I would like to say welcome to everyone and congratulations to the seniors. We’ve reached the end of an amazing journey and now it’s time for us to head our separate ways. I remember talking to Ms. Borger and I told her I didn’t want this to be some cliché graduation charge. You know, the “Let’s go out and change the world and be the best we can be!” kind of thing. While there’s good intention behind that statement, I feel as if it’s diluted the inspiration in all of us because, if we’re honest, how many of us really do believe we can change the ENTIRE world? How many of us have sat in this gym or any other place and listened to the same inspirational phrases spoken and thought something along the lines of “Oh, well that was nice or cool.” But you never felt truly moved by the words? We’ve been told the same thing for so long we no longer believe it. They’re just words now. They no longer hold meaning.

This realization got me thinking. Words will come and go and their power fades, but what truly sticks in our minds are those feelings caused by some outstanding action. As the late Maya Angelou once said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” You see, years from now we will not remember what Mrs. Wirth wore on the first day of school, but I will remember how she instilled in me a great love for learning and always made things fun. Months from now as we make our way through college or as we work we will not be thinking about how difficult math was with Ms. Juelfs, but we will remember how she always had faith in us even when we had none in ourselves. And down the road some of us won’t know how many times the band had to practice in that ridiculous heat, but we will know without a doubt that Mr. Jasper was and will always be an amazing teacher who taught us that anything is possible and touched the lives of those around him.

And do you want to know what the crazy thing about all of that is? These teachers weren’t trying to change the entire world. By simply being here every day and doing their jobs, by being themselves, these teachers and so many others at SHS had a profound impact on me and I know they’ve had an impact on each of you as well. Our teachers have imparted something to each of us and we have in turn imparted that into the lives of our families and friends, to the lives of all of you in attendance today.

Whether we want to admit it or not, the faculty here at SHS are a big part of the reason we are who we are today and I think we can learn one more thing from them before we leave these halls for good. That thing is this: By simply being who you are and striving to do what makes you happy, you can do something so incredibly amazing. You can touch A life. You can impact someone’s world. It’s the little, seemingly insignificant actions that leave an impression on people, that leave them feeling happy or saddened by your presence. You see, high school is ending. Life is beginning and every new start brings new opportunity or in this case, unwritten pages. In the end, yeah, we may not be able to change THE world, but we have the potential to change A world and I think that’s enough. So, congratulations Sparta High School class of 2014. We did it. I wish you the best of luck on whichever path you take and may you leave a wonderful mark on someone’s world.

 

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Sermon – Second Half

Lies of the World

Searched “biggest lie in the world”. Found #5 of 14,600,000 to be “The Biggest Lie ever told: the Christ Myth”. Excerpt: There are those who believe that we are now entering a new age, an era meant for a New World Order. Some of those who share this view preach that there are Signs in the Heavens to indicate that the time has arrived for profound spiritual and political changes on our planet. I have been familiar with this attitude for many years, in that my father was an avid astrologer. The End of the World means the End of an Era, an Age or dominant credo.

Text: Rev 12:9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

I. Just a reminder from this morning.

John 8:44-45 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.

Lies and forced obedience. This morning we looked at how the devil uses lies, sin and dominion to force us into his program of slavery. We looked at individuals, tonight I want to look at world wide lies that enlist us into his programs.

II. World Philosophies

The pattern we are looking for is the demonic pattern of lies to entice, followed by being trapped and then into forced slavery.

Darwin and evolution

Socialism and Communism

Global Warming

III. Whose world

1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world.

Conclusion

Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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Sermon: Chief Psychopath

Chief Psychopath

James Long on psychopaths: A psychopath is a person with a very nasty personality who builds a more attractive and very fake personality to cover his frauds, transgressions, and, sometimes, murders. Psychopaths are quite rational. Psychopaths’ minds work no better and no worse than yours, except that psychopaths have a big void where most people have a conscience and moral values. In a family setting, a psychopath typically abuses the spouse and children and is respected and is even well thought of by outsiders. In a working environment, psychopaths choose their victims from lower-ranking individuals and take care to act properly around higher-ranking individuals. In national and international relations, psychopaths create and exploit divisions based on ethnic, religious, national, or class differences. Psychopaths are substantially or totally devoid of human feelings: no sympathy, no empathy, no guilt, no remorse, no conscience, and no sense of humor. Psychopaths are quite predatory. Not only are psychopaths without human feelings, but they are, deep down, contemptuous of all with whom they deal: superiors, subordinates, supporters, opponents, associates, and family alike. Psychopaths genuinely think that they are better and smarter than everyone else…(think the “I will’s of Satan). The rarest of psychopathic types is the intellectual psychopath. Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky, and Cloward-Piven come to mind.   Both Marx and Alinsky displayed psychopathic traits and inspired other psychopaths to infiltrate and sometimes forcibly seize governments, followed by characteristic psychopathic inefficiency, incompetence, and corruption in the administration of the state. Psychopaths cultivate a reputation for toughness, but that does not mean that they get good results. In reality, they are just very nasty personalities who abuse subordinates and may commit crimes. Rahm Emanuel (now failing as mayor of Chicago) and Rod Blagojevich (now in prison) fall in this category. Failure – In practical terms, psychopaths always fail, and psychopathic failure creates misery for families, communities, and nations. Political psychopaths and their systems fail in the manner that the Soviet Union failed, leaving massive social and economic costs for their supporters and for their opponents. This is exactly what one might expect from the world’s most severe mental disorder. Long-running psychopathic systems such as militant Islam and Marxism typically endure periods of success alternating with failure, during which massive social and economic losses are endured by everyone, supporters and opponents alike.

Text: John 8:42-47 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

I. Number 1 Psychopath

Isa 14:12-14 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Prov 26:28 A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, And a flattering mouth works ruin.

1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

II. Satanic Recruitment: Lies and Forced Obedience

He hates you and he lies to you so that he can murder your soul.

Gen 3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

The wages of sin is death. Where do you stand on this statement matters.

Rom 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

Rom 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

Rom 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!

Rom 3:8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

Jude 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

James 1:14-15 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

Gen 4:6-7 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

III. Choosing Truth

Two tough truths that need to be reconciled with our walk with Christ: Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

The truth is that we are sinners who need a savior.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Col 1:3-8 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; 7 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

1 Thess 2:13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

1 Tim 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Tim 3:15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Conclusion

2 Cor 3:17-18 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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Amen

Amen

From Kaddish. “Amen.” The tiny Hebrew word denotes faith, hope, enthusiasm, finality, belonging, the answerability of man. In the Talmud they speak of an “orphaned amen.” An orphaned amen is an amen uttered after a blessing that you have not heard. An orphaned amen is forbidden.

Text: 1 Cor 14: 16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?

I. Amen means…

To get a scriptural answer to what “Amen” means, we go to a place where it is used not as the last word but the first word. Jesus would often start a solemn statement by saying “Verily” or “Truly”. In John’s gospel (eg John 3:3) Jesus is recorded as using the word twice in succession, “Verily, verily, I say to you…”. This is actually the word “Amen”.

When we compare an instance of this in Mark, with the same statement in Luke, we find Mark has left the word untranslated (just as αμην “Amen”), but Luke has translated it using the word αληθος “Truly”. (Mark 9:1, Luke 9:27). This shows us that the underlying meaning of the word “Amen” is truth and verity. It is a solemn affirmation. When we say, “Amen” we are saying, “Yes before God I agree with that, I believe that to be true, I want that to be so”.

II. Amen tells us about God

In the OT it is about our amens to God’s judgment.

Our amen to bless His Name.

It changes somewhat in the NT.

All four gospels end with an amen, the affirmation of what was written was true, as do the 3 parts of psalms as well as many of Paul’s letters and Revelation.

In Romans as Paul describes the everlasting blessedness of God he adds the amen asking us to read the amen in relationship to the glory of God. This was done in the OT also.

So here is a bible study for anyone to do. As I looked at the amens, it seemed liked there was so much of the gospel message included with the amens. The Jews had it down with an amen to a far away God. Our amens meet us right where we are living and seemed to cry out to us to come closer to the blessed God.

Rom 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Rom 16:23-24 Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother. 24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Rom 16:25-27 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith — 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

1 Cor 16:23-24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

2 Cor 1:20-22 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

2 Cor 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

Gal 1:3-5 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Gal 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Eph 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Eph 6:23-24 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

1 Tim 6:16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

1 Tim 6:20-21 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge — 21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

2 Tim 4:18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

Heb 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 5:10-11 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 5:14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

1 John 5:20-21 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Jude 24-25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.

Rev 1:5-6 To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Rev 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Rev 1:18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

Rev 22:20-21 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

III. Can you say amen.

It blessed me to look up and think about these verses. Can you say amen?

Do you want to be blessed? Can you say amen?

Would you give God the time to look up and think about these verses?

Can you say amen?

Conclusion

The OT and the NT. The law and grace. You can see it just with the amens. We also get this: Isa 65:16 So that he who blesses himself in the earth Shall bless himself in the God of truth (amen); And he who swears in the earth Shall swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My eyes.

Rev 3:14 ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:

 

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