Monthly Archives: August 2012

Remembering 1939 NY World’s Fair

The 1939 NY World’s Fair and Remembering America and What it once Stood for.

Found the FaceBook site to the original website I’d bookmarked. I just posted my Dad’s photo at the 1939 NY Worlds Fair.  You know this was a big big deal back then. All the inventors, innovators, visionaries that made America were during this time after the great depression. And now? All our jobs and companies and those innovators are now overseas. Nothing in America now, stands for it as it did back then. Think about it, as this too, was an era before WWI & II broke out in Europe and when we got bombed at Pearl Harbor. 9/11 should have been declared a war. We need our capitalistic country back, and made in America /bought in America back! We need to be not as a Communist/Socialistic country as Obama and the Progressives want, but, back to raising up in schools, more engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and be independent and bring that pipeline for oil down from Canada, and drill our own. Being dependent on no one!

America led the world…We don’t anymore, for we have a President that’s an apologetic. How my mother and father would be disgusted. My father who worked his way through college. WORKED. His father dying in 1918 of the flue epidemic, his mother having to work in the textile mills, a single mother of 3, as my mother’s father. There was no Social Security then…just hard work and frugality. But, they worked, and came over from Germany too, in 1903, LEGALLY! Through Ellis Island and immigration as it is SUPPOSED to be. We need to clean up America, and throw out the crooks in Washington that illegally because they are privy, became rich on the stock market with inside trading. New Laws…and throw them all out! Time for a REAL change! Kids today are so spoiled, and have so much technology, they don’t know the meaning of work, and just want a handout like all these Commie countries that are collapsing. But, Spain now, in its new election, smartened up, and went conservative once more as Germany had. Let’s see what the US can do in 2012.

Once, when Reagan said “Tear down this wall”, America meant something in the world and was looked up to. And now, cutting the defense as Obama wants to do? Will put
600,000 MORE people in the USA out of work. Think who makes uniforms, guns, drones, ships, helicopters, all those who make things for our soldiers, would be out of work. THAT is what cutting the defense means, while we would be as a country sitting as a target at risk, for the Caliphate so the Arabs can take over all of Western civilization. Change…We would be sitting ducks, a disaster waiting to happen, thanks to Obama. So remember, our innovators, 1939, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, So Korea, and all our veterans, and those that fought, and our wounded warriors, Pearl Harbor, and most of all, 9/11. Let us start standing as Americans once more, the greatest nation on earth, to lead, help, and stand for democracy. Just my word….But I love my America and what it once stood for.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/1939-New-York-Worlds-Fair/189154101112407?sk=wall&filter=1

https://www.facebook.com/1939NYWorldsFair?ref=ts

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/architecture/4345790
http://websyte.com/alan/nywf.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8XQgHhKNHg&feature=relmfu&ytsession=BjDkf5CPTRZixWFOUVt6xFbILPcwSWMoLiO1tANy2ldDxVjcyZj8qRbOmb2bb8mc_N2FHY4XyvMnx7YBv75fVeNc0m1-hqUBpHh6AlbMmDT58ezNNj1Jw15jVmSbjLBqzhjct_dX1Y_0M3uUy0mXvQxCFIQv0_gLMzHNinTK4chvLeBkgPALuY99YXwerajGXZdxLvMQrXNi5D5we1fgm-1c3KeIS8tv5ni161IGaVuqq_iKyhFx5584LD49cgez-jxClAnHcx24TTw7PchpBKCTcRaUl-Xw6_5VOGBIdLU

My Dad, who I was so proud of,  also brought the first television to my state of New Hampshire.  Here was my photo young in a writeup in the Manchester Union Leader in 1948.

 

 

A Haunting Legacy

Fox News Opinion wrote it was pleased to present an excerpt from “Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama” by Marvin and Debra Kalb. Mr. Kalb is a Fox News contributor and Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice (Emeritus) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His daughter Deborah, is a freelance journalist and editor who has been based in Washington for two decades. Their book was published in June by Brookings Institution Press.

In time, depressing realities crowded into the Oval Office, perhaps none more depressing than the fact, now officially embroidered into NATO strategy, that the United States would be “on the offense,” engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan, through at least 2014. And the United States would be “on the offense” when the American people, according to a Pew poll, were rapidly losing confidence in the war. Released on December 7, 2010, the poll showed that only 44 percent of the American people thought U.S. troops ought to remain in Afghanistan until some sort of stability was established. Six months earlier, the number had been 53 percent, a nine-point drop. And whereas 59 percent of the American people had thought the United States would “probably” or “definitely” succeed in Afghanistan, now the number was 49 percent, a steep ten-point drop. The Afghan people were equally restless with the war, according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post and several other news organizations. In 2009, 61 percent had said they favored the American troop surge. A year later, the number was 49 percent, and falling. Finally, more than 70 percent said they favored a peace settlement with the Taliban.

If Obama were reelected in 2012, that would mean that by 2014, the new target date, he would have been a war president going on six years, explaining to a tired, reluctant, and increasingly resentful country why the United States must continue to fight in Afghanistan, especially when the Arab Middle East was in a period of unprecedented upheaval that demanded America’s attention and resources. Though he considered himself a post-Vietnam president, he was, like his predecessors, stuck with the haunting legacy of a lost war.

If the war were entirely his to manage, he would probably long ago have set the United States on a slow, steady glide path out of Afghanistan. But, never having served in the military, being young and inexperienced in matters of war and peace, he could not stand up to the Pentagon brass, even though he projected an exceptionally cool front. Shortly after his inauguration, when Gates came knocking at his Oval Office door asking for more troops, Obama yielded; and a few months later, when McChrystal came knocking, trumpeting his approach with one leak after another, again Obama yielded, though after an agonizing review. And when he replaced McChrystal with Petraeus, he effectively yielded operational control of the war to a smart, shrewd, and popular general, who, he knew, could be an overnight political sensation with only a half nod of approval and then, given the sorry state of the nation, probably win the Republican presidential nomination and the White House in 2012. Obama had rolled the dice on Petraeus; his political fortunes were in the general’s hands. Petraeus could ask for anything, and Obama would surely have to provide it, or else, as a Washington political pundit mischievously observed, the general could leave Kabul and head straight to Iowa for some presidential campaigning.

A reader of history, Obama knew that a Democratic president could not suffer another military defeat like the thoroughly humiliating American disaster in Vietnam. In 1949, when Democrat Harry Truman was in the White House and China collapsed to communism, Republicans were quick to raise the politically devastating question, “Who lost China?” It was a question they held over the heads of Democrats for decades. Were Obama to show signs of wobbling in Afghanistan or, worse, of abandoning the struggle against the Taliban and al Qaeda, “cutting and running,” as it was put, what would stop his Republican opposition, dizzy from the success of their November 2010 election victories, from raising a modern version of the China question: “Who lost Afghanistan?” Their almost certain answer: “Obama.”

Appearances in American politics are often as important as reality, and Obama knew he could be perceived as another Democrat who lost another war. To prevent that image from crystallizing in the public arena, Obama was ready to go along with another four years of war. Or maybe longer. Not happily, his aides quickly add. Even the 2014 timetable, after all, was conditions-based. Petraeus, when asked by George Stephanopoulos of ABC whether he was confident about a 2014 endgame, answered: “I think no commander ever is going to come out and say, ‘I’m confident that we can do this.’… We have to do everything we can to improve the chances of that prospect.” He added, “But again, I don’t think there are any sure things in this kind of endeavor.” On another occasion, Petraeus said: “This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.”

Obama faced the extraordinary challenges of asymmetrical warfare. Could a modern state, fielding a conventional army, prevail over an insurgency of nationalist guerrillas motivated by medieval religious fervor? In other words, could the United States prevail in Afghanistan? Former President Jimmy Carter looked into his crystal ball and concluded, no. “Anybody who has ever invaded Afghanistan,” he told an audience in Washington, D.C., “has come out a loser, and I have serious doubts that we will prevail.”

At the U.S. embassy in Kabul, senior American officials privately echo the Jones view. All the “elements of success are there,” the general said, “if we can put it all together.” Otherwise, look for a “good enough” end, good enough for Afghanistan and politically tolerable for America. Or, as an embassy official put it, “a sense that things are moving forward, not backward may be the best we can hope for.”

Vietnam was, in part, a guerrilla war, and the United States lost. Now the American experience in Vietnam seemed to be foreshadowing the eventual outcome of the Afghan War: it could well be that the United States would lose that war too.

Why?

First, because Afghanistan was a polyglot mix of tribal traditions, deep religious beliefs, experimentation with modern democracy, ancient rivalries going back to Alexander the Great, modern rivalries involving Pakistan and India, and tantalizing economic prospects appealing to various countries including China and Japan. For all these reasons and more, Afghanistan was a tough nut to crack, even for the United States. Britain had tried, the Soviet Union had tried. Neither had succeeded.

Second, unless American officials were somehow able to solve the problem of Taliban and al Qaeda sanctuaries in the northwest corner of Pakistan, they would not be able to defeat or contain the insurgency in Afghanistan. One was indissolubly linked to the other. Lose a man in Afghanistan, there would always be another in the sanctuaries.

Third, because Afghanistan was such a difficult, time-consuming challenge, the American people, their congressional representatives, and the media, which play a major role in shaping public opinion, would all have to develop the patience of Job to wait out the Taliban; to lose hundreds, possibly thousands, of additional lives and spend billions, possibly trillions, of additional dollars in pursuit of a goal that was still murky and uncertain: all at a time when there were serious doubts in Washington about the capacity of the country to resolve its mounting economic and political problems, and when even the secretary of defense, in a farewell burst of candor, was raising questions about the wisdom of large-scale American interventions in the Middle East. “In my opinion,” Gates told a West Point gathering of army officers, “any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined, as General MacArthur so delicately put it.”

Fourth, because the president, Obama or someone else, would have to have the skill and gumption to level with the American people about the cost and purpose of the war, balanced against the more urgent, demanding needs of the nation. In other words, could any president persuade America that another Vietnam-style war was worth it?
Finally, because the president, Obama or someone else, would have to be prepared to settle for a one-term presidency, so difficult would it be for any president to tell the whole truth about the U.S. effort in Afghanistan and still retain the nation’s respect, popularity, and credibility and win reelection.

Obama was stuck, not because he did not want to extricate the United States from the Afghan War but because the mix of American politics and Afghan-Pakistan realities fought him every step of the way. He fancied himself post-Vietnam, but the war that was lost so many years before he assumed office still hovered over his presidency like Banquo’s ghost—unwelcome, uninvited, but unwilling to release its grip. With Obama or any of the other presidents from Ford on, Vietnam was rarely the only reason for a presidential decision about war or peace, but it was always there whenever the question arose about the possible use of American military power.

Up until Vietnam, the United States had been a nation of unlimited vision and capacity, spreading from one ocean to another. No goal was considered beyond its reach. Even after the Tet offensive in South Vietnam in early 1968, the secretary of state, Dean Rusk, a public servant of towering integrity and dedication, pressed his right thumb down on his coffee table and, to make his point, kept pressing it down on the coffee table, until he said: “When the United States decides to do something, we do it.” Seven years later, unimaginable to Rusk and many others of his generation, the United States helicoptered its way out of South Vietnam, a deeply humiliated superpower beaten by a “ragtag” army of communist guerrillas and troops. It lost its first war. Other nations had lost wars, but never the United States, and this lost war left a long shadow over the Oval Office. Vietnam was a turning point for America, psychologically, politically, and militarily.

In the wake of that defeat, each president had his own way of dealing with the legacy of Vietnam. Ford, eager to prove that the United States still had its fighting spirit, sent massive firepower to liberate the merchant ship Mayaguez. Carter, seeking a bloodless presidency, came up short when faced with the Iranian hostage crisis and then sanctioned the creation of a bloody anti-Soviet alliance in Afghanistan. Reagan, persuaded that Americans had been “spooked” by the Vietnam War, refused to retaliate against Islamic radicals who had murdered 241 marines in Beirut, even though he enjoyed projecting a tough image. Bush I, the president perhaps most determined to battle the ghosts of Vietnam, sent a powerful force into the Persian Gulf to expel Saddam Hussein’s army from Kuwait. Clinton, facing his own Vietnam-draft-era demons, withdrew from Somalia after Black Hawk Down and then used limited force in Bosnia and Kosovo but accomplished his purpose. Bush II, ready after 9/11 to wage war against al Qaeda in Afghanistan, instead went all-out in Iraq, determined to bury the inhibiting legacy of Vietnam.

Abandoned in the rice paddies and impenetrable jungles of South Vietnam were America’s self-confidence, its idealism, and more than 58,000 young Americans who paid the ultimate price for a “mistake.” As John Kerry asked after returning from military duty in Vietnam, “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” Updated, those questions might be, Who will be the last American to die for Karzai? Who will be the last American to die in Afghanistan?

Reprinted with permission from Brookings Institution Press.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/07/01/read-excerpt-from-marvin-and-debra-kalbs-new-book-haunting-legacy-vietnam-and/#ixzz1RnXdjKJ5

Depressions

At church and home, I talk to my cousins and many seniors who are diagnosed with “depression”, although only by their family doctor or internal medical provider, and now Senior care providers, which I believe just tranquilizes and dopes seniors up, without a proper diagnosis. So, I’m writing this since my life is an open book, on here. Maybe it will help someone.

I’m a Christian. I love my Jesus, and I love my country. But, there are sometimes in our lives, when those who are depressed, and I mean in a depression, really need professional treatment. Even Billie Graham’s counseling handbook said as much. If you have depressions, or signs of a mental illness, seek “professional” help.  One that is a good psychiatrist/psychologist, who is able to diagnose. A psychiatrist though is the only one that can prescribe meds; a psychiatrist cannot. For I know only too well, what I went through with my youngest bi-polar son, his father, who had severe panic attacks, with bi-polar, and me, who suffered your at the hands of an abusive 2nd husband. Now at 72, I have my answers. Maybe I can help someone else make heads or tails out of their life.

Psychiatrist, Dr. Ivan Goldberg, in NYC’s site who helped me with my son, unfortunately, and locally, no one here did a thing! I even sent him my first book, as he was interested in all we went through to get a diagnosis and the baloney with the Juvi court system in NH which is a farce!
http://www.psycom.net/depression.central.html

This is the best psychiatric link out there, with links to all over.
My son was bi-polar and also diagnosed dysthymic disorder. For that matter so was I dysthymic in the 70’s..A short 3 year depression usually for those in the 20’s or 30’s. I was also diagnosed then with Anxiety Disorder, stemming from Post traumatic stress, from Battered Women’s Syndrome.

There are “seasonal” disorders now, this time of year also, called “Seasonal Affective Disorder” when the days shorten and we have less light and sun. Although I know of another who can’t stand the light, and get depressed in the heat of summer. Only a qualified psychiatrist (not a family care practitioner) is QUALIFIED TO DIAGNOSE…OR PRESCRIBE ANTI-DEPRESSANTS.) ALL depressions have names! A family practitioner or internal medicine physician is NOT QUALIFIED to prescribe or to diagnose. And this here woman wishes some laws would change as they OVER -prescribe to seniors who they have no right to under laws. And these Anti-depressants, can have a huge effect with other medicines you are taking.

Dysthymic Disorder:
http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis/p20-md04.html
Elderly depressions and heart:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9665350?dopt=Abstract
Anxiety Disorder:
http://anxietyreview.net/anxiety-causes.html
Anxiety Disorder for me was caused (by violence of my ex-husband in my 20’s, and now by the 2 children of his Greek family. A daughter 49 who is ALWAYS stressed, and is borderline abusive as well, and controlling). The worry or anxiety is related with at least three of the symptoms listed here:

1. You are jumpy or nervous (around holidays never knowing what to expect of this daughter). I say I feel like a yoyo.
2. You feel exhausted and have no energy (holidays only)
3. You are overly forgetful or cannot focus (me? no)
4.You are easily angered by situations or people (only this one daughter as the son has no contact.
5. You are unable to relax (On edge Thanksgiving, birthdays, Christmas.)

You are unable to fall or stay asleep, or you are experiencing a poor quality of sleep . Up ALL night…last night after the drama queen was over in a huff, and left in a huff. I didn’t go to sleep until 5:30 am, which is not good for my heart after a mini stroke either.

For me? This has nothing to do with my childhood, but my abusive 2nd marriage in my 20’s. My Dad was emotional, but,I had a wonderful childhood. It was in this marriage, when I got beaten repeatedly or a coffee table went through a window. When I had to deal with a 3rd husband at 39, who was bi-polar? I REALLY was into Anxiety as he couldn’t handle anything…and eventually deserted. But I had HIS son too at 40, who was to be bi-polar,too. Until his suicide in 1999, I was an anxiety ridden wreck, then having a mini stroke after his funeral. Whereby, I need to be separated in my elder years from my Greek daughter, and eliminate all stress in my life… (which I do and am far happier when I don’t have contact.) My daughter in VA is calm, (from my 1st marriage) and does not have that affect, and I have to remember not to get her in the middle of my daughter’s triggers, and it’s affect on me. You, too, may have family members that upset you a lot, on top of real medical problems, and sometimes you may feel that your at the end of your rope. You are not.

We have Jesus Christ, our Savior and our healer. There is also qualified psychiatric of psychological help out there, which “sometimes” Christian counselors do not have a clue to, especially mental illnesses and depressive illnesses. Get help. Get help in the supernatural, and get help in the natural. Sometimes, we get so self-consumed we fail to see what the causes are. Sometimes there is a logical problem that can be fixed medically too. We need to have the Lord give us discernment. We cannot fix another person, we can only fix ourselves.

Father God, I come before you now, and ask for prayer for all of us who have some kind of depressive problem, maybe some who have never been diagnosed with a disorder. Jesus, I ask that you help us all to recognize what is wrong and seek help if needed. For I know when I traveled this road of a depressive illness and help with my son, many Christians did not understand. For you Lord, also work with the hands of physicians as well, and have the power to guide them for the good of our lives. Sometimes too, as with my son, it is not of the devil. For the devil cannot create one thing, only destroy. Those with mental illnesses, such as bi-polar, schizophrenia, even ADHD, and Alzheimer’s are all chemical imbalances of the brain. Bi-polar I know is chromosome 18 from the father, and Alzheimer’s is chromosome 19. That being true, then God, YOU created us with these infallibility’s, since Satan cannot create. Thereby, I plead with you Lord to help those in need, recognize their problems and seek prayer and help. Thank you Lord Jesus, and please put your healing touch on all those that are suffering now. Amen

I have my PDF booklets on this site for Abuse, Bi-polar, etc. I know so many who are suffering in silence. I pray God’s hands are on each and every one hurting.  Our Lord loves you, and so do I.

Loving God As He Loves Us

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I’ve done many lessons here on loving God, and knowing that love isn’t love until it’s given away. You just can’t tell someone you love them, as a matter of fact, and yet treat them with disdain the rest of the time. Nor can you tell God how much you love Him only when your circumstances dictate and you need help. God gives us freedom to refuse His beckoned call in our lives. But, if we refuse there is a consequence. There is also a reward, if we obey.

Some people in our lives are harder to love in our families than friends. Matthew 25:42&43 says, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me no meat, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me not in: naked, and you clothed Me not. sick, and in prison, and you visited Me not.” Jesus added after, “Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me and shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal.” (To bless one who belongs to God, as another Christian, especially a family member who is homeless, hungry or down, is to bless God. ie The consequence, is we pay a consequence,we are dead to Him or else we gain a reward.) *Expositor’s Study Bible

There are now in Christianity 178 denominations within the church, and we are fractured! Islam is united totally, while we Christians, are apart, attacking one another, can’t even agree on a political candidate! Like the church at Philadelphia Paul spoke to. We are nothing if we do not have the love of God. I Peter 1:15 & 16 “Be ye Holy”..Keeping religious rules does not make you Holy. There is no happiness without Holiness. You cannot please man AND God. Romans, John 14:6, “I AM the way the truth and the light and no one comes to the Father except by Me!” Mark 16:16, Acts 2:21. At the same time, paganism is loving anything more than God! Revelations 3:8 “I know your works; behold I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it for you have little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied My Name.” (Open-door refers to the way being made for the Gospel to be sent to the entirety of the world…and these few, who truly know the Lord, I have touched the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.) It is the key of David, the ‘open-door’, no man can shut! Just as the East Gate, has never been opened in 2,000 years…as God said, any one who will open will be dead. It is spiritual warfare. I Corinthians 16:9 “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me” (Refers to spreading the Gospel),”and there are many adversaries” (those who opposed His Ministry, then and now, which have been many.) For the pushing back which we see now, with us Christians, is coming from Satan. It is Spiritual Warfare!

1.) God gives the church His best when we are obedient. “If you love me keep my commandments.” By fracturing our GOP now even in the churches and amongst Christians, is of Satan. Do we allow a Mormon in? Do we follow the Establishment GOP now as Christians? What does the Holy Spirit tell you in your spirit?
2.) You have kept my Word. Revelations 3:8 “I know your works.” But, verse 9 says, “Behold I will make them of the Synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not but do lie…(He refers to the 2nd Coming Kingdom Age.)
3.) You have not denied my name – “Because you have kept the Word of My patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them who dwell upon the earth.” The church will be Raptured out – will you?

When all this happens, death will follow next. Islands like Hawaii will disappear, Rev. 6:12, Acts 1:11, I Thes. 4: 16& 17. The Lord Himself will descend on earth. The trump ..the appearance of Royalty will come to receive us in the air! Glory! “He shall appear the second time without sin unto Salvation.” (The 2nd Coming. He will not come to atone for sin, but will bring all the results of all Salvation among His Saints throughout the World…and all that He did at the Cross. We now only have the “First fruits”. Romans 8:23, Rev. 4 We will be with Royalty.

Our joy then, will be in completion. John 14 & 15. Allow the Holy Spirit to reign in your life and change you even when He hears us ask, “help me Lord”…He answers. It is so hard to love someone that hurts you and doesn’t love you back. It is hard to see this person, who is like chalk scraping on a blackboard, in agitation, and see them as God sees them. “As I have loved YOU, so must YOU love one another. Are we walking the walk? Or just talking a false talk, coming to God only when we need something? Do we have one foot in, and one foot in the world, putting on a “front”? God sees you, and He sees your heart, after all. Do you want Royalty in Heaven with Jesus, or do you love materially, here on earth more? I pray I can reach this goal to love those in my life, as Jesus loves me, and not only forgive them, but, love them. It is not easy. We react and act as the world does, not Godly with the Holy Spirit leading us. But, I made God a promise this year I was going to try with all my heart. There are those in my life, so hard to love…for I want Royalty…I want to see His Glory, and my time is getting closer and closer, for perfection. Are you walking in love? Deny yourself!

May all the angels in Heaven write your name in the lambs book of life!

The God of Hope


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Hope in God is faith looking at the promises of the Lord, knowing with absolute assurance that what God has done in the past He can do for you today.

Some may respond to our Christian walk, by admitting they are an atheist. When you ask them why they are atheists, they usually reply because they cannot see God do anything in the lives of people. When we witness to them, what they do not understand, is we are not seeing things as they do, but, on our own faith. For we as Christians, know what God can do…even for an atheist. Atheists, agnostics, and pseudo-intellectuals oppose hope because they see it as escapism from reality. One of the most brilliant thinkers in world history wrote these words: “The world through wisdom did not know God.”

Brilliant minds may know some things yet not know the best things. Men may treasure material things, or treasure rags.

The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. Isaiah 57:20 What shall it profit a man if he is the world’s greatest investor and does not know the Pearl of Great Price?
What shall it profit a man if he is a great doctor and does not know the Great Physician? What shall it profit a man if he is the greatest farmer in the world and does not know the Lord of the Harvest?

What shall it profit a man if he is the world’s most renowned florist and does not know the Rose of Sharon or the Lily of the Valley? What shall it profit a man if he is an accomplished geologist and does not know the Rock of Ages? What shall it profit a man if he is a respected scholar and does not know the incarnate Truth? What shall it profit a man if he is the wisest man on earth and yet lives without hope?

Our hope is based on the Word of God.
Our hope is steadfast, sure, and unshakable.
Our hope gives us a song in the night.
Our hope looks at the coming storm and shouts with joy, “the anchor holds.” Hope sees the invisible, hope feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.

God gives us two ends to accomplish our divine destiny: A head with which to think and that with which to sit. Nothing will work in this life, unless we do. You should make every dime we earn for the rest of our life count for something.

Hope in God will make you laugh and sing again, and it will lift you up from the depths of despair and depression and motivate you to try again, and not quit! For our heart shall rejoice in Him Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You. Psalms 33:21-22

Hope is in things unseen, by faith. And that faith will be tested and proved by God Almighty. We are to stand in that hope for what we believe in as a child of Jesus Christ. Are you? Will you continue to push forward and not quit? May the Lord God keep watch over you who read these blogs, and may you open your heart to receive in love, what He has shown me. Thank you Lord, for your tender touch. Blessings and prayers be with you.

Israel & Biblical History

Again, some like Helen Thomas, and the Arab descendants who would like to obliterate the State of Israel, claiming they did not belong there, and relevant the previous blog on Palestine, let the history of 5,000 years set straight.

From my Smith’s Bible Dictionary, copyrighted 1966: “Israel. !. The name given (Genesis 32:28 to Jacob after the wrestling of the Angel. (not to the Philistines the other name for Palestine, but Jacob a JEW.)Hosea 12:4 at Peniel. Geenius Lexicon interprets Israel as “soldier of God.”

2. It became the national name of the twelve tribes collectively. They are so called in Exodus 3:16 and afterwards.

3. It is used in a narrower sense, excluding Judah, in 1Sam. 11:8, 2Samuel 20:1, 1Kings 12:1;6. Thenceforth it was assumed and accepted as the NAME (before Israel became a State in 1948..but 5,000 years ago!)as the name of the Northern Kingdom.

4. After the Captivity, the returned exiles resumed the name as the designation of their nation. The name ISRAEL is also said by some to denote laymen, as distinguished from priests, Levites, and other ministers (e.g., Ezra 6:16, 9:1, 10:25, Nehemiah 11:3).

Israel, kingdom of: 1. The prophet Ahijah of Shiloh, who was commissioned in the latter days of Solomon to announce the division of the Kingdom, left one tribe (Judah) to the House of David (see 1Kings 12:21), and assigned ten to Jeroboam (1Kings 11:31, 35). These were probably Joseph (=Ephraim and Manasseh), Issachar, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali, Benjamin, Dan, Simeon, Gad, and Reuben – Levi being intentionally omitte4d. Eventually the greater part of Benjamin. and probably the whole of Simeon and DAn, were included as if by common consent in the Kingdom of Judah. With respect to the conquests of David, Moab appears to have been attached to the Kingdom of Israel (2Kings 3:4); so much of SYRIA, remained SUBJECT TO SOLOMON!!! (JEWS, NOT ARABS)…(1Kings 11:24f) would probably be claimed by his successor in the Northern Kingdom; and Ammon, though connected with Rehoboam whose mother was an Ammonitess (1Kings 14:21), and though afterwards tributary to Judah (2 Chronicles 27:5), was at one time allied (2Chron. 20:1) we know not how closely or how early with Moab. The seacoast between Accho and Japho remained in the possession of Israel.

2. The population of the kingdom is not expressly stated; and in drawing any inference from the numbers of fighting men, we must bear in mind that the numbers in the Hebrew text are strongly suspected to have been subjected to corruption.

3. Sechem was the first capital of the new kingdom (1Kings 12:25), venerable for its traditions, and beautiful in its situation. Subsequently Tirzah became the royal residence, if not the capital, of Jeroboam (1Kings 14:17) and of his successors (15:33, 16:8, 17:23). Samaria, uniting in itself the qualities of beauty and fertility, and a commanding position, was chosen by Omri (1Kings 16:24), and remained the capital of the kingdom until it had given the last proof of its strength by sustaining for three years the onset of the hosts of Assyria, Jezreel was probably only a royal residence of some of the Israelite Kings.

4. The disaffection of Ephraim and the northern tribes, having grown in secret under the prosperous but burdensome reign of Solomon, broke out at the critical moment of that monarch’s death. It was just then that Ephraim, the center of the movement, found in Jeroboam an instrument prepared to give expression to the rivalry of centuries (1Kings 12).

5. The Kingdom of ISRAEL developed no new power. It was gut a portion of David’s kingdom deprived of many elements of strength. Its frontier was open and as widely extended as before; but it wanted a capital for the seat of organized power. Its territory was as fertile and as tempting to the spoiler, but its people were less united and patriotic. A corrupt religion poisoned the source of national life. These causes tended to increase the misfortunes, and to accelerate the early end of the kingdom of Israel. It lasted about 254 years, from around 975 to 721 B.C. about two thirds of the duration of its more compact neighbor Judah. But it may be doubted that the division into two kingdoms greatly shortened the independent existence of the Hebrew race, or interfered with the purposes which, it is thought, may be traced in the establishment of David’s monarchy.

6. The detailed history of the kingdom of Israel will be found under the names of its nineteen kings.”

There are many historic accurate books out there…One, I have yet to really read and only skimmed, “The Bible as History,” by Werner Keller, tells so much..from Abraham leaving Ur (Iraq) with Sarai his wife, and Lot to the land of milk and honey, Canaan, to King Solomon’s empire 965-926BC…until he took the Queen of Sheba as a wife, and drifted away from God. Later Judah was under the yoke of Assyria in 2Kings 18. All the way to the Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, and Jezebel..(South of Iraq)who Elijah fought, when her body was eaten by dogs. Israel was invaded by the Egyptians, invaded by the Romans in Caesars time….invaded 4,000 years later by Egypt in 1966 in the 6 day war. They even fought Persia back then, which is modern day Iran. Iran remember, is not Arab, but Persian, and in Isaiah 45, Cyrus was King of Persia, who at the time the Lord anointed. The had been attached by the Greeks…then as early as the 50’s after WWII, Israel was occupied by the British. When Theodore Herzel’s dream of a State to finally unite and claim their promise land was coming true, it was the Brits and their “occupation” that stood in the way…Finally they left.

Then too, the dead sea scrolls were discovered…more historical truths came to fruition, from the first finds in 1947, to numerous Biblical manuscripts, the period up to AD 132-135…the most in depth, was Isaiah. Keller continued to write, ” It is a hard task that the state of Israel has set itself. But its people are fully convinced that they and their descendants will overcome all difficulties …not leas thanks to the Bible, and that the prophecy of Ezekiel to the children of Israel will be fulfilled. “And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, this land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden.” (Ezekiel. 36:34-35)

For 5,000 years the Jew, since given that land with a covenant by God Almighty – the “land of milk and honey”…they have fought to keep their land and now State of Israel. You, liberal American Jews, do not realize the heritage and covenant that God has given you. You have turned your back on God Almighty….the covenant made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob…Solomon, King David, whose lineage trace to Jesus. For the Messiah is coming soon….No peace will come in spite of the most learned until the Messiah comes …Meanwhile America and those of us, especially that are Christian must keep Israel in prayer, and back Netanyahu and our Jewish brothers and
sisters. God keep Israel, and America safe from our enemies.

Again, some like Helen Thomas, and the Arab descendants who would like to obliterate the State of Israel, claiming they did not belong there, and relevant the previous blog on Palestine, let the history of 5,000 years be set straight.

What is Love

What is Love? Love is many things to many people. Love is defined in the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as, “Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; attraction based on sexual desire: affection and tenderness felt by lovers affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests, an assurance of love warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration, a beloved person.” For many this definition of love will do, but today I would like to explain to you the love from the language of the Bible and from society in general.
There are many ways that I could explain love to you. There is the love that God has for His Creation, the love that a parent has for a child, the love that a child has for his parents, the love that a husband and a wife have for each other, the love that brothers have for each other, and the love that sisters have for each other. As you can see there are many different types of love in our society.
Filadelfiva” transliterated from Greek means Philadelphia. We all have heard of Philadelphia before, because it is known as the city of brotherly love. The word Philadelphia means, “Love of brothers or sisters, brotherly love.” The following story is an excellent example of brotherly love: My brother and I were playing out in the park, and we decided to work on my soccer skills, for the soccer game the next day. After we finished practicing, we went over to Dairy Queen and grabbed a bite to eat. When we got home, I thanked him and gave him a hug. There is an old saying, “You pick your friends, but you don’t pick your brothers, because brothers are meant for adversity.” Brothers are meant to stick with you for life, and friends are only for a time.
“Filevw” transliterated from Greek is “Phileo” meaning, “To love, to approve of, to like, sanction, to treat affectionately or kindly, to welcome, befriend, to show signs of love, to kiss, to be fond of doing be wont, use to do.” This is the love between friends.
Friendship is an essential part of who we are. We were created to be friends. There is a hole in each of us that causes us to long to be accepted. Only “Phileo” love can fill this hole in our lives. My friends have stuck with me through some of the toughest times of my life. A good example of friendship love is found in this example: When my family was in shambles my friends were beside me giving me much comfort.  If it weren’t for them I might have given up while this turmoil was going on, but they stuck beside me and were there giving me support. These people showed me the meaning of friendship.
“Bha” transliterated from Hebrew is “‘Ahab” meaning, “Human love for another.” The following story is a great example of human love for another and comes from a Greenfield, Massachusetts church called Living Waters Assembly of God: After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church’s pastor once again slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit, and gave a very brief introduction of his childhood friend. With that, an elderly man stepped up to the pulpit to speak, “A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off the Pacific Coast,” he began, “When a fast approaching storm blocked any attempt to get back to shore. The waves were so high, that even though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat upright, and the three were swept into the ocean.” The old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers who were, for the first time since the service began, looking somewhat interested in his story. He continued, “Grabbing a rescue line, the father had to make the most excruciating decision of his life, to which boy he would throw the other end of the line. He only had seconds to make the decision. The father knew that his son was a Christian, and he also knew that his son’s friend was not. The agony of his decision could not be matched by the torrent of waves. As the father yelled out, ‘I love you, son!’ he threw the line to his son’s friend. By the time he pulled the friend back to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared beyond the raging swells into the black of night. His body was never recovered.” By this time, the two teenagers were sitting straighter in the pew, waiting for the next words to come out of the old man’s mouth. “The father,” he continued, “knew his son would step into eternity with Jesus, and he could not bear the thought of his son’s friend stepping into an eternity without Jesus. Therefore, he sacrificed his son. How great is the love of God that He should do the same for us.” With that, the old man turned and sat back down in his chair as silence filled the room. Within minutes after the service ended, the two teenagers were at the old man’s side. “That was a nice story,” politely stated one of the boys, “but I don’t think it was very realistic for a father to give up his son’s life in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian.” “Well, you’ve got a point there,” the old man replied, glancing down at his worn Bible. A big smile broadened his narrow face, and he once again looked up at the boys and said, “It sure isn’t very realistic, is it? But I’m standing here today to tell you that story gives me a glimpse of what it must have been like for God to give up His Son for me. You see. I was the son’s friend.”
The most common love in our society is “Eros.” This love is known as erotic or passionate love (husband/wife, lust, many things). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary explains “Eros” this way: “Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; attraction based on sexual desire: affection and tenderness felt by lovers, affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests, an assurance of love, warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration, a beloved person.”
The following is a good example of the prevalence of “Eros” love in our society: Recently, I went to the store to get a golf magazine. I was shocked to find nothing, but magazines with near naked woman on the cover. I thought this was ironic, because here I am writing about “Eros”, and I run into the very heart of our problem. We have let “Eros” love wander outside of its intended boundaries. Instead of keeping our lustfulness in check, we have begun to wander from that which was once great about our society, which is our morality. We have almost turned completely away from true meaning of “Eros” and have accepted a distorted meaning. Our society is crumbling not because of our greed, but because of our lust. Marriages are being broken up because of pornography. Men are turning away and giving up at an alarming rate, because they see these magazines in stores, and they see their wives as not pleasing them enough or they want a better looking lover. What we as a society really need is a change in the way we view “Eros.” The way God intended this love is in marriage, not outside of marriage as we have made it.
“Ajgapavw” transliterated from Greek means “Agapao” in English. “Agapao” is used to describe God’s perfect love. The definition from Greek is, “Of persons to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly of things; to be well pleased, to be contented at or with a thing.” The following story from the Bible is a great example of God’s Love for His People and is found in Luke 15:11-32: And he said, “A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, `Father, give me that part of your property which will be mine.’ And he made division of his goods between them. And not long after, the younger son got together everything, which was his and took a journey into a far-away country, and there all his money went in foolish living. And when everything was gone, there was no food to be had in that country, and he was in need. And he went and put himself into the hands of one of the people of that country, and he sent him into his fields to give the pigs their food. And so great was his need that he would have been glad to take the pigs’ food, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to his senses, he said, `What numbers of my father’s servants have bread enough, and more, while I am near to death here through need of food! I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, `Father, I have done wrong, against heaven and in your eyes: I am no longer good enough to be named your son: make me like one of your servants.’ And he got up and went to his father. But while he was still far away, his father saw him and was moved with pity for him and went quickly and took him in his arms and gave him a kiss. And his son said to him, `Father, I have done wrong, against heaven and in your eyes: I am no longer good enough to be named your son.’ But the father said to his servants, `Get out the first robe quickly, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet; And get the fat young ox and put it to death, and let us have a feast, and be glad. For this, my son, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away from me, and has come back.’ And they were full of joy.
Now the older son was in the field: and when he came near the house, the sounds of music and dancing came to his ears. And he sent for one of the servants, questioning him about what it might be. And he said to him, Your brother has come; and your father has had the young ox put to death because he has come back safely. But he was angry and would not go in; and his father came out and made a request to him to come in. But he made answer and said to his father, `See, all these years I have been your servant, doing your orders in everything; and you never gave me even a young goat so that I might have a feast with my friends But when this your son came, who has been wasting your property with bad women, you put to death the fat young ox for him.’ And he said to him, `Son, you are with me at all times, and all I have is yours. But it was right to be glad and to have a feast; for this your brother, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away and has come back.’ ”
God’s love is like the father’s in this story. We are all separated from God at birth, but are brought near to God by the Sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. When I was little I would run away from my father, because I was afraid of getting beat. I was like that son in the story; I ran away. I was like the father in the story as well. My dad and I went down a road, and on that road I forgave him, for all the hurt that he has caused me in my life. I was like the older jealous brother as well. I have attended church my whole life, and when I go to church I see all these happy families. Well this made me jealous, because I wanted my family to be like that, but it wasn’t to be, so my jealousy flourished towards those who had caring fathers.  God’s love is like that of the father in the story, because we have all done wrong in the Sight of God, but in His Mercy; He decided to send His One and Only Son to die for us. The Father didn’t need to send His only Son, but He did, because He loved us and wanted to give us His Best.
“Agapao” is the greatest love of all, because it costs more for the One who gave it than the one who is the receipt of it. Love to me is made up of many things. Love is self-sacrificing, not rude and boastful. It does not seek after what is good for itself, but always looks out for what is good for the other person. The love that I speak about is found in the elderly man who got up and spoke about how he had to choose his son’s friend’s life over his own son’s life. The greatest demonstration of love that you could give someone is to sacrifice everything that is the greatest to you. If you do this then you can find true happiness. Love is many things, but love to me is self-sacrificing like the Father who gave up his young ox, so that he could celebrate his son’s return.
What is Love? Love is something that cannot be grasped. Love is felt inside of everyone, something we all experience. Love cannot be defined; we cannot comprehend its depths, its widths, lengths, and heights. Love is something that you experience with your spouse. Love is something that you experience in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Love cannot be grasped by our narrow-minded minds, but we get taste of it in marriage and in communion with God. Love is something so sacred, so wonderful that I dare not define it, for fear of taking away from the true meaning of the word. Love is many things to many people, but love to me isn’t self-seeking. But, more than anything? Love is not love unless it is given away.  To the hurting, those you have neglected, family, you hate and need to make amends to.  Love to me is always looking out always aware for those around me.  Are you?   If you cannot love and forgive someone, that means you are in control, but, God will not forgive you.  What is in your heart?   Hate, anger, judgment, or true agape’ love of Jesus.