Monthly Archives: November 2012

This Christmas Season

viewerOn this Christmas season of 2012, I want to give praises to my Lord, who we Christians, celebrate his birth, dying later for the sins of all mankind.  There is dispute on our uses of the Christmas tree, history, below.  But, even though it wasn’t used in Christ’s time and he was probably born in the fall not December 25th, we still give Him our love and praises for Christmas IS about the birth of our Savior, afterall.  As you read below, it originated in Germany, with Martin Luther as well, once  miraculously transformed, left the Catholic Church after finally receiving salvation, God’s free gift to us.  Thus,  the great Reformation then begun in Christianity.

Please click link to read Billie Graham’s Advent:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2ILMrCzcnHpRWJMVXF5NW1zQm8

History of our Christmas Tree:

The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia, in 1510, according to the Chesterfield, Mo.-based National Christmas Tree Association. It was decorated with cookies, sweets, paper and fruit.

In 1531, the first Christmas tree lots began in German cities. The decorations changed to ribbon, books, food, lace and other items by the 1600s.

In 1777, the association says the tradition was brought to America by Hessian troops.

The first tree lot in the United States opened in 1851 in New York City. The White House’s first Christmas tree was in 1856.

And:

Late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope in the forthcoming spring. Our modern Christmas tree evolved from these early traditions.

Legend has it that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. One crisp Christmas Eve, about the year 1500, he was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of a group of small evergreens. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moonlight. When he got home, he set up a little fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He decorated it with candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ’s birth.

The Christmas tree tradition most likely came to the United States with Hessian troops during the American Revolution, or with German immigrants to Pennsylvania and Ohio, adds Robson.

But the custom spread slowly. The Puritans banned Christmas in New England. Even as late as 1851, a Cleveland minister nearly lost his job because he allowed a tree in his church. Schools in Boston stayed open on Christmas Day through 1870, and sometimes expelled students who stayed home.

The Christmas tree market was born in 1851 when Catskill farmer Mark Carr hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them all. By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree, and 20 years later, the custom was nearly universal.

Christmas tree farms sprang up during the depression. Nurserymen couldn’t sell their evergreens for landscaping, so they cut them for Christmas trees. Cultivated trees were preferred because they have a more symmetrical shape then wild ones.

Six species account for about 90 percent of the nation’s Christmas tree trade. Scotch pine ranks first, comprising about 40 percent of the market, followed by Douglas fir which accounts for about 35 percent. The other big sellers are noble fir, white pine, balsam fir and white spruce.

Premission was granted for Internet use by — Written by: David Robson, Extension Educator, Horticulture; Springfield Extension Center

http://www.christmastreehistory.net/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_tree

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God and GOP

The following was written by Pastor Jerry Woods of Bear Creek Baptist Church, TN.   I thought this important enough to put on this blog site. Something to ponder about.

“I’m not obligated on the pledge,” Senator Bob Corker replied. “The only thing I’m honoring is the oath I take when I serve when I’m sworn in this January.” Some will not be surprised to know that there are those who did not like his quote.

Please consider the Spiritual Cliff we are going over as a nation will make the Fiscal Cliff  irrelevant. Some are saying that the Republican Party is leaning too much to the Right-Wing Conservatives. That the GOP needs to modify its values to “get along” and “work with the Democrats on the left” who are controlling the Executive Branch and the Senate. Let me respectfully remind all of us that are a group of voters who were “Right-Wing Conservative Christians” prior to the election and as such will remain strong Bible-Believing Right-Wing Conservative Christians most likely until we see Jesus. Those values that we hold dear did not come from a politician nor a political party.

We, as our Founding Fathers, continue to hold to those values which did not originate with changing cultures of mankind or with a vote by the mob. Our values originated with the God of Nature and Nature’s God. They are values and standards that were written into the USA Constitution and have remained so for 236 years. Our Constitution stands next to the Bible in Sacredness to us. Perhaps that is why it has endured the test of time longer than any other national constitution in the world. Our Constitution reflects the wisdom of the Law of God and of Nature’s God. Scholars like Dr. Donald Lutz has described in his book Origins of American Constitutionalism that some 87% of our constitution originated from the Holy Word of God either directly or indirectly. Since those laws and truths do not come from Man, Man cannot break nor even bend those Eternal Truths. (This is also backed up on http://wallbuilders.com/ from original documents David Barton has wrote about.)

Should a man or a nation violate their covenant with God by passing laws contrary to God’s Eternal Righteous Truth, Holy God will deal with that man or nation accordingly. Ezekiel 14: 12 says so- “The word of the Lord came again to me, saying: “Son of man, when a country sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My Hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.” says the Lord”. Our nation has politicized many of God’s values by allowing man to decide the rightness and wrongness of a value, when in fact God has never amended His Laws nor His Values. Our Supreme Court has ruled it legal in this nation to kill a child an unborn child. God’s Standard glares at us from His Holy Word, “Thou shall not kill (shed innocent blood). The Divine Standard of defining the union between one man and one woman in Genesis 1; 2 has always been defined as marriage by Western Civilization. The word “marriage” has never changed in meaning since the beginning of time.

The Bible teaches that immorality as described in Romans 1 will always invite the wrath of God. Please consider that our Founding Fathers looked to the sacred Word of God for ideas and principles to put into our Constitution. Consider our three Branches of Government are described in Isaiah 33:22 – “For the Lord is our Judge, The Lord is our Lawgiver, The Lord is our King; He will save us.” Tax exemption for the churches did not begin with our Founding Fathers, but they got the idea from Ezra 7:24. Who would have thought about writing into our Constitution that the Leader of our nation should be a natural born citizen except they described the qualification in Deuteronomy 17:15. It is also interesting that a republican form of government is described in Exodus 18:21.

So when we go to church on Sunday and we study these eternal divine truths and many other principles written into the Word of God, those divine eternal truths will never change. God warned all nations about choosing the correct God when He said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” God says it is is important who is in power: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” Paul commanded us in 1 Timothy 2 to pray for our President and all leaders so there can be peace and tranquility in the land so we will be free to share the testimony of the Gospel of Jesus. For Jesus is the one you shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you Free. It was Jesus who went to the Cross to forgive our sins and set us Free from the bondage of sin. Isaiah showed us that Freedom is required to worship God in Isaiah 6. When you walk into the Presence of God there are no boundaries or restrictions. Absolute Freedom is required. Thus, those early Baptists insisted that Our Constitution have a Bill of Rights and they begin with Freedom of Religion.

Biblical truths will never change and Jesus warned us there will be consequences as to how we play “the game”. In Matthew 25:32, Jesus declares that He will gather all nations together and separate the right from the left. To the nations on His right who chose Jesus, He promises “the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”. And to those on the left have rejected Him, He will say, Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire”.
Therefore, we, the Right-Wing Conservative Christians are part of “We The People”. We simply ask all our elected officials to remain true to God’s Word and We Right-Wing Conservative Christians portion of “We The People” will be pleased. And if you have accepted God’s Son, Jesus, for His Gift of Salvation, We Right-Winger Christians who believe Righteousness is to be the rule the land will see you in Heaven ! And after all is said and done, nothing else really matters at that time, does it?”

After this Election, Now What?

9b441bf27c0317739a1f7b00a44eec17Lord I pray that every Christian conservative listens to Lt. Col. Allen West on this video, and heeds his words, and Rep. Michelle Bachman, who follows.  We have let the Establishment GOP take away from our Godly choices, in this past election, that we, the people of this great Republic, should have had the final say in.  Instead we were blindsided by the push of Romney who many that are Republicans or Independents did not want.   We cannot let this happen again in 2016.   I pray that EVERY Christian, watches this video.   Allen is absolutely correct….and a Colin Powell who turned away from his conservative party because of color, Allen is not!  He is a true patriot, who we need to listen to.

http://blip.tv/davidhorowitztv/after-the-election-what-lies-ahead-part-2-6450714?fb_action_ids=4361453988320&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582&code=AQDsWX2WineVT-Z_pESuYL6X9CW5ZlWZ3Z7P4BJAYgrJGKkbxSYMPTexH-fJ5HUUQXEtDx3l_DX_MnXoRdC21s2kIv7JcQwkVwi4ptH7AQHMMnY9BB5jI2vQs5xX7iEw9CYZv4RYVpPAO9IG_R7-I8RX3LHVi1r3DHAoBpWHlaFruz7TVCX3eMb0txq5i6l6GbtHifntK-AwUcLMkwjDkjpA#_=_

John Adams

We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands; we have a check upon two branches of the legislature . . . the power I mean of electing at stated periods [each] branch. . . . It becomes necessary to every [citizen] then, to be in some degree a statesman, and to examine and judge for himself of the tendency of political principles and measures. Let us examine, then, with a sober, a manly . . . and a Christian spirit; let us neglect all party [loyalty] and advert to facts; let us believe no man to be infallible or impeccable in government any more than in religion; take no man’s word against evidence, nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others who may be deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us.

[John Adams, The Papers of John Adams, Robert J. Taylor, ed. (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1977), Vol. 1, p. 81, from “‘U’ to the Boston Gazette” written on August 29, 1763.]

Frederick Douglass

I have one great political idea. . . . That idea is an old one. It is widely and generally assented to; nevertheless, it is very generally trampled upon and disregarded. The best expression of it, I have found in the Bible. It is in substance, “Righteousness exalteth a nation; sin is a reproach to any people” [Proverbs 14:34]. This constitutes my politics – the negative and positive of my politics, and the whole of my politics. . . . I feel it my duty to do all in my power to infuse this idea into the public mind, that it may speedily be recognized and practiced upon by our people.

[Frederick Douglass, The Frederick Douglass Papers, John Blassingame, editor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982), Vol. 2, p. 397, from a speech delivered at Ithaca, New York, October 14th, 1852.]

Allen West’s resume in Writeup
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/337352?fb_action_ids=4584941033349&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map={%224584941033349%22%3A312735188839492}&action_type_map={%224584941033349%22%3A%22og.recommends%22}&action_ref_map=[]

Allen’s wife, Dr. Angela West on the “Plight of the Black Conservative”
https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/736/

Allen talking about Jihad & the US
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgZppLvjvaE

Video with Allen taking on CAIR and quoting the Koran
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MZx38i6iYs

Answering about Jihad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYbaln3Uqfc

 

Thanksgiving Prayer

The thirsty love of God reached down
To where I knelt in prayer,
Caressing tongue and lips and soul
With love beyond compare.
And oh, that love God placed in me
Reached out in words unknown,
Embracing souls who walk apart
In desert lands alone.
I see my soul an altar for
God’s Son to intercede.
He weeps His tears through eyes of clay,
My lips are His to lead.
How sweet to know Eternal God
Has housed Himself in me.
He prays my prayers; He thinks my thoughts;
I’m one with Royalty.
And someday when the straying sheep
Are safe on streets of gold,
I shall rejoice. I’ve had a part.
I prayed them to the fold.
–by Mary Mason —

In this Thanksgiving time, when we have so much
we are worried about, and so much around the world to
be concerned with, God wants us to just stop, in HIS
quiet time, and pray in the spirit thanking HIM for all
we DO have in spite of even desperate needs. We have
those in America, suffering after the recent hurricane,
those who lost homes in the west earlier, from raging
fires. We see needs on the news every night, and violence,
murders and such. But, God already sees all the pain in
the world including Israel now. So we come under the Holy
Spirit God, and at least for one day, heal us with your
blessings, and with your peace for such a time to give
Thanks.

For Romans 8:26-27 says, ” Likewise the spirit also helps our
infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought;
but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Holy Spirit, because He makes intercession
for saints according to the will of God.”

Be therefore, filled with the Holy Spirit this Thanksgiving, and
give thanks to Him who sees all our joy, pain, and infirmities. Then we shall know the will of God, and such prayer is always victorious.
Thank you Lord Jesus, for the gifts, you provide those in need, and the peace desired throughout the world, America, and Israel. Thank you for your intercession in all our lives, and send us your total peace this season. Move on America Lord, and send your Spirit to comfort those in pain and need. Amen

 

 

Standing In Christ

Revelations 3:5 “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” God also speaks about being overcomer in 3:12 “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of  God, and he shall go no more out. ” And in verse 21 ” To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.”   So, being an overcomer, and letting God change us and our bad habits, sins, is really important in God’s eyes.

God also speaks of war.  Many do not think we as Christians should be involved in war.  But, what does the word of God say?  For Israel now in the news is being bombed and having to defend herself.   They have that sovereign right as does America or any other country.  In Ecclesiastes 3 the preacher ponders this too. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.   A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up.  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.  A time to get, and a time to lose, a time to keep, and a time to cast away.  A time to rend and a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.   A time to love, and a time to hate, a time of war, and a time of peace. ”  I think that answers it very well.

II Chron. 6:34 “If your people go out to war against their enemies by the way that You shall send them, and pray unto You toward this city which You have chosen, and the House which I have built for Your Name. 35 Then hear thou from the Heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. ” (God does maintain the cause of HIS people, as long as they live right, but when sin is committed, He Himself becomes the Judge and metes out the penalty for sin.)

Psalm 144:1 “Blessed be the Lord my strength which teaches my hands to War, and my fingers to fight: ” (the time of this writing was after the putting down of the rebellion of Absolom in II Sam. 18. The ‘fight’ we are now to fight is the ‘good fight of faith) I Tim 6:12

II Cor. 10:3 “For though we walk in the flesh” (refers to the fact that we do not yet have Glorified Bodies), “we do not war after the flesh “(after our own ability, but rather by the power of the Spirit.) ” 4. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal” (carnal weapons consist of those that are man devised) “but, mighty through God “(the Cross of Christ  I Cor 1:18) ” to the pulling down of strongholds; and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God” (all the pride of the human heart) and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” ( looking to the Cross) 6. And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience”  ( STANDING, even politically against all that is opposed to the cross; our Christian heritage in America, our beliefs, against abortion, holding on to the Constitution as our nation was founded!) “when your obedience is fulfilled.” (We must STAND; WAR against evil.  Christians should not be silent!  Speaking out against those that come against moral absolutes (terrorism, socialism and fascism, wickedness in high places [the government, evil, power and corruption.] vs freedom and democracy putting Godly values back in our country. and patriotism.)

I Tim. 1:18 “Warfare – holding faith!  (we are not to be apathetic and stay out of the politics of our country…Neither should churches not speak out!  That is exactly the censorship they want to impose on us now.  It is exactly the apathy that was prevalent in Germany before the 3rd Reich. No one spoke out against the evil one.  Even Martin Luther’s Lutheran Church was silent! And a madman was ushered in to the Holocaust.  Have we not learned from history?  From the past?   Do we tell the terrorist with a bomb strapped to him how much he is loved, when he’s going to blow Americans up?  Are we actually that naive to think “love” alone is going to change his mind?  That is ridiculous.  There is no balance.

Here is an excerpt from Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer, with a forward by Ravi Zacharias.  “The Conflict of Church and State.  The story of how Hitler crushed the church in Germany is of course, the primary focus.  He banned prayer in schools (so has America)  changed the Christian Holidays into pagan festivals ( as State after State is trying to eliminate Christmas and Easter and ban any nativity scene from being displayed), and eventually forced the church leadership to accept his outrageous demands.  His political machine (ie Obama and his Chicago thug cronies) swallowed the church whole because the church had LOST its biblical mission.  Thus the state not only interfered with religious practices but controlled them.  A powerful state has always been a threat to the existence and influence of the church.  Whether the threat be Nazism, Communism, or humanism, a state that is hostile to religion will always attempt to push the church toward forced irrelevancy.   Even without a dictatorship a state can marginalize the influence of the church’s freedoms. ”   ( We may not even be allowed soon to have prayer in our DAR meetings, not to mention that having “home fellowship’s” are now being attacked by different states, and going to court.)  ” The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, guarantees that government must stay out of our churches, yet it doesn’t.  What the ACLU does is instead of making it free for all religions, it makes it free for none.”  Still think we are not at war, and should not be Watchmen?

II Tim 2:4 “No man who wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who has chosen him to be a soldier.”  (A soldier has one thing on his mind and that is to carry out his duty;  the Christian is to have the SAME motive, the SAME spirit, and the SAME consecration; hence, the Apostle using the word “soldier) “For even after love, then salvation, the WAR  continues.  ie James 4:1  “lust that war in your members.”…As we have seen sin constantly invades our church as well as Christian politicians.   Love alone cannot accomplish the mark Paul constantly struggled with.  All of Romans are the struggles Paul showed.  Was he being too righteous with attitude?  I Peter 2:11  “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against those in high places” (the government and evil greed, power and corruption!) I Tim 1:18   Said to “War a good warfare – holding faith!” (We are not to be apathetic and stay out of the politics of our country.  Neither should churches not speak out.  The repeat of history and the 3rd Reich, could be right here on American soil.

Having salvation is not enough nor the end of the war Christians face, for the “sin nature” is STILL within us as Christians, too).   I Kings 14;19, Isa 37:8, Rom 7:23.  Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God” (because of the evil we as Christians face) “that you may be able to withstand in the evil day”, Paul said.  (Why? Opposing powers of darkness.) “and having done all, to STAND!”  (This means the believer, not giving ground,  nor a single inch!  14. “STAND therefore, having your loins girt about with TRUTH  ” (The truth of the Cross)”and having on the Breastplate of Righteousness; shield of Faith!  Wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. ” (temptations and assaults Satan hurls at us.)

God does not want us to be milquetoast Christians.  That’s why there is so much sin and apathy in Churches today.  Love isn’t enough!  If they aren’t taught, grounded in faith, preached sin, Heaven, Hell, prophesies and CONSEQUENCES,  they STILL  after salvation may not make the Rapture.  We are now an Apostate Church…And before Jesus comes we need to be purified, to meet the Bride.  And where is this purification going to begin?  THE CHURCHES…And whose responsibility is it to preach SIN…to clean us up? Pastors…Salvation too in a milquetoast church can go back to backsliding and iniquity.  Love and  salvation alone is NOT enough!  To not believe we are at war constantly against evil is a FALSE GOSPEL!  How do you fare?  Do you STAND for righteousness and speak out against evil?   There is a revolution for freedom and democracy brewing in Iran.  Meanwhile, America is losing hers.    For all the evangelism that was poured into Africa in the 80’s and 90’s….ie..Reinhardt Bonke and his massive salvation healing services. Now Africans are coming here to Evangelize America.  You can have billboards and advertise churches and Jesus in Africa. Here? It will put you in jail.  And  Christians shouldn’t STAND? Does it not say in Revelations, “I’d rather ye be hot or cold, for if you are lukewarm I will spue thee out of my mouth”…That applies to us who call ourselves Christians.  Christ wants us to stand up for HIS beliefs, in ALL areas of our lives, including politics, and against evil.

Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family  (from Hitler’s Cross pp 112) in a letter sent to his supporters, challenged his readers with a series of questions:  “At what  point will we be willing to defend what we believe?  Will parents object if their children are routinely indoctrinated in homosexual ideology or occultism in the public schools?  Will we object if the state tells pastors what they can or cannot say from the pulpit?  (In Sweden an evangelical pastor who preached on Sodom and Gomorrah was convicted of “verbal violence” against homosexuals an sentenced to a four week prison term.)  Will we object if the state assumes ownership of our children and tells us how to rear them, or else lose custody? Will we object if every church has to hire a homosexual to satisfy a quota obligation?  Whether in Nazi Germany or America today.. ” (look at Ms. CA- when this was written stood up and was persecuted for her Christian beliefs. ) Believers cannot choose to remain silent under the guise of preaching the gospel.   I had a preacher ask us once, “would you take a bullet for Jesus?” Yes, and like Yousef, the pastor arrested in Iran, refusing to denounce Jesus and turn Muslim, we all might face that persecution.  Would you stand?

When I was unsaved in my 20’s and 30’s (actually backslidden for I went to church as a child and taught Sunday School), I was a liberal, a democrat, and tried being a feminist when failed  marriages hurt me so much.  Instead of coming to God, I did what many are doing today, I rejected Him.  I was even in the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom.  Go look that one up, as it is a hard core, feminist organization with a  Marxist agenda.   Yet, I received and read these newspapers once a month.  I was bitter, I was lonely, I was resentful and God had to break me.  And break me He did.  When I got saved, I’d had my last husband desert (he was bi-polar and I never knew), my father died, and I was stuck in Probate in 2 States, FL and NH, and I had a 2 year old son, who I never knew would end up bi-polar too.   When we get saved we kill the old man.  I left all the hates, resentment, my foolish ideologues at the CROSS.   Whatever political independence and feminism included, were quickly killed and replaced by BIBLICAL principals, that did not include abortion, women ruling over men, and I finally understood God’s ways in a scriptural context.  Then Ronald Reagan came into the scene, and I have been a conservative, with CHRISTIAN values ever since.  From this? I will not move!  I will STAND!  For I’ve been on the other side, and it is not of God.  The old man in me is DEAD!  And now, I will have Rivers of flowing waters!  If God in Deut. says homosexuality is wrong, then it is WRONG!  It is a sin!  God loves the sinner but hates the ACT!   WE HAVE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IS NOT ONLY RIGHT, BUT RIGHTEOUS!   Wherefore if we vote for something like a candidate that is not a Christian and is for abortion, i believe with all my heart that God’s wrath will pour out HIS judgement on us!   I fear God, not man.  If a political candidate, does not have Godly principals, then no matter WHAT party, no Christian should vote for him….period the end!  We need to obey God’s word!

Hitler forced the church to adopt what he called “positive Christianity” …now in Congress, we have a “progressive ” movement..  Churches are already being scrutinized as radical right wing extremists. Well, they can add me to that list if they want.  As for me?  As a Christian I will put on the whole armour of God and fight the good fight and I will war against the evil besieging the America I loved.  For I want our Constitution preserved, and Judeo Christian values as our Founding Fathers intended, lest we find ourselves in a dictatorship.  I will STAND!  “God is my rock and my foundation.  I SHALL NOT BE MOVED!  ” Psalms 62:6

Still think love is enough?  We need to be Watchmen…and the Church needs to be purified! God bless America, our Republic, our Veterans…God protect our churches and convict them of your truths…and God heal our Land.  For as Israel is defending God’s Holy land, we too, may have to defend our own beliefs, and be overcomers.  I pray for peace in Israel..Thine will be done Lord, whichever comes first, the Rapture of death in the natural.   Amen

Seniors And Aging

“The trees of the Lord are full of sap, the cedars of Lebanon which He hath planted” Psalms 104:16.  For a tree to grow it must be full of sap.  Otherwise, it is certain to dry up and wither.  Trees get their sap from the moisture surrounding the roots, whereby, the roots of the Lord’s trees have a direct water supply since they are planted by rivers of living water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3

So, we are told that we should be like a tree. The phrase symbolizes progressive growth.  Over a period of time, as he meditates in the word, he grows and becomes like a tree.  Therefore this man is blessed, and continually drinks from this river.  Therefore, he can bring forth good fruit, but, also leaves.  Fruit is for meat.  And a good tree bears fruit that feeds the hungry passerby.  Then, we also see that the leaf is for medicine which speaks of healing, deliverance, therapy, remedy, curative or restorative.  A good tree has leaves that heal and restore, where the enemy has tried to devour.  I feel I am like that tree, as I have overcome so much.

A lot of you bruised and hurt peoples need my leaves.  A lot of you may have troubles of your own, may want to give up.  Don’t quit.  Apply life’s lessons here to yourselves.  Failure is refusing to get up one more time.  The medicine god speaks about is never a drying, dying, or withering ministry or word.  I may be getting old in years, but, I still have rivers of flowing waters.  I may start to shrivel in the natural with age, but, by my spirit of the living God, I am His tree next to that river.  It was awesome when I wrote my book, years ago, to see the revelation that He’s been giving me.  For even when my job is done with what I wanted in my son’s memory, and God takes me home one day, my rivers of flowing waters will still live along with my B.J. in my books and all my blogs here and other sites.

We need to have an inner healing that is of God, healed from inner hurts and wet with oil.  “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to shew that the Lord is upright. He is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”  Psalms 92:12-15.  Whereby, when older people feel they have nothing to offer and leave it to the young?  They are wrong!  They can still bring forth fruit in old age, for the more we live and learn, and grow in the Lord, the more fruit we will bear.

So you think as a senior your withered up and all done?  That’s not what I just quoted on being a tree is it?  The following bits of trivia was published in Modern Maturity, and I found it extremely interesting.

“Poet Stanley Kunitz won a National book award in 1995, at age 90, for his book of poems “Passing Through”.  Another noted poet, Mark Strand exclaimed, “One of America’s great poets, “Most people dry up at 50.  For him to be writing poems at 90 is just incredible.”  William Butler Yeats published “Last Poems ” and two plays at age 73, in the year he died.  Playwright George Bernard Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 at age 69 and was at work on a new play when he died at 94.  Maya Angelou, born in 1928, is writing at the ripe- not dried up – age of 80.” Their trees grew branches and bore fruit.

Maturity goes on to say in this article by Ben Cohen, “Why does it matter?  Because creativity, which I define as our innate capacity for growth, is empowering.  (That is why I still write at 70.  I love it!..I love my art and oil painting, and other projects.)  It is the energy that allows us to think a different thought, express ourselves in a novel way, and knows no age!  Creativity is not just for geniuses.  Wisdom can’t be taught.  It is a developmental mix of age, knowledge, and practical life experience; plus the brain function that allows us to integrate those pieces to achieve insight, which we can then apply to a variety of life’s circumstances.  Well, we’ve already been there, done that, yet sadly, many won’t take our advice.

There are many “oldies” that are a witness to what age can do.  Look at George H. W. Bush, now  who at 85, just parachuted out of another airplane again at 85! And Tony Bennett was just part of the Christmas show in NYC Times Square, still swinging at 86!

My favorite of course was Eleanor Roosevelt.  A shy shy woman that had  to adapt to public life and her marriage to FDR.  In her 60’s she emerged in a new way int3rnationally.  In losing a spouse and in her pain when he had an affair, she still remained loyal and became his “legs”.  Mrs. Roosevelt was 61 when President Truman appointed her until she was 68 and was chairman of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.  She was an impressive figure, and continued speaking engagements and writing in her 70’s.

Verdi composed his masterpiece at age 74 (Othello) and Falstaff at 80.  Sarah Bernhardt despite losing a leg in her 70’s acted until her death at age 78.  Ella Fitzgerald in spite of diabetes, kept working in her 70’s when she later lost both her legs and died.  I have a video on my jazz blog, “Tribute”, of Ella being presented an award, with Nancy Wilson and Art Jarou, and the “lady” sang in her 80’s with all that music inside her..just radiating all the gifts God gave her and that music in her soul.  Age wasn’t even a consideration, while the crowd gave her a standing ovation.  How I still remember and loved my Ella I saw 7 times live.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim Museum in NY at 91.  Dr. Seuss wrote Cat in the Hat at 53, and Your only Old Once at 82.  Beautiful Black author Toni Morrison, won her Pulitzer Prize for Beloved, at age 57, and received the Nobel prize for Literature at 62.  So who says we’re all washed up? (Politicians now in Washington…take note with your health plan!)  The list is endless.  Youth can learn from us older folks and we can learn from youth, and men can learn from women, and we can learn from races, and on it goes.  But, hatred to does not fit into this!

Black author James Baldwin, said once in “Tell me How Long the Trains Been Gone”, which I read in my 20’s, that the reason people can’t face their hates, is they can’t face their pain!”  Life isn’t necessarily fair or easy, but, we all have to face what is inside us, to keep on going productively and with a positive, loving attitude, to contribute to this life, not destroy it!  There is no limitations or restrictions on us to learn and help inspire others no matter what age we are.

I had an 85 year old neighbor who still wrote newspaper columns.  He has more degrees, and is a brilliant man who feeds his brain.  And he even has a web cam on his computer, to keep in touch with his family, which I haven’t even thought of yet.  I have 2 ladies in my DAR who are both 95.  My Elizabeth lives around the corner from me, and is STILL our treasurer, and let me tell you,  nothing gets passed her!  Plus she took a cruise in April and just came back from visiting her brother in TX.  These ladies have arthritic pain, but, they are still contributing to our town and society as many in our local Historical Society who are seniors.  We aren’t dead and buried yet!  And listen to me, Washington,  I want the same quality of life these people have.  At mid 70’s,  I have a way to go, and I want my Medicare left between me and my doctor!  Stay out of my life!  No darned bureaucrat in Washington is going to say how my doctor will treat me.. THAT IS ON THE LAWS ON THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND FEDERAL AS ELDER ABUSE!  Did anyone ever think of that?

Too many of us conjure negative impressions of the elderly.  They are no longer physically attractive, they are unproductive, they overuse health care funds, they overpopulate hospitals and are an inconvenience?!!! God, that is offensive to me!  Many that are in nursing homes never even get visits from their families. Which is a shame.  We reap what we sow, and that goes for Washington bureaucrats and Congress!

So reach out!  Try new things.  Get on the bandwagon and tell this President you still have a life to live, and want quality care, and a quality of life, and not a euthanasia pill to drop dead like they do in Russia!  (And by the way here is a thought to that…Life insurance companies do not pay on suicide usually, so how would that work?  CALL, write, email, speak out, and tell the Congress you do not want this Health Care.  You still have dreams, plans, and want a life!  Don’t let yourself be defeated. Move!  Use your life experiences to help others.  Volunteer. Go to church, most provide rides. Get out of self!  But, more than anything? Don’t give up or give in!

Will I Wake in Heaven?
I am feeling slow;
I know someday soon
will be time to go.
Tomorrow when I wake,
Will I be here on earth;
Will I still face my death
Or will I know my rebirth?
I can’t tell you now
Because nobody knows
Whether I’ll dress in my clothes
Or in heavenly robes.
All I know is I’m tired
And life’s no longer sweet,
And I’m ready to rest
Lying safe at God’s feet.
author unknown

“Death ends a life, but it struggles for a resolution that it will never find.”
author unknown.

Middle Age
How oft we reflect to our youth back in time,
Remembering the beauty we once possessed when all was sublime.
A simpler life, with so ardent admirers,
Dreams and aspirations and all He bestowed us;
Through the wearing of years and all we endured,
Complexities and tragedies a  life that prevailed.
Now we made it through menopause and middle age,
Such an appreciation for life’s frail meaning we gained.
For middle age has a lot to be desired,
We’re back to simplicity, the struggles ended unmired.
JWorthen 5/2002
Copyright 2004, “Restoration Road”

Unfairness

Life isn’t fair all the time.  Helpless children suffer for their parents’ mistakes.  Some who work hard are cut down prematurely by accident or disease.  Others who hardly work inherit the wealth of someone else’s labor.  God is no respecter of persons, and Christians get hit as much as non-christians.

Solomon, wise as he was, observed long ago that life on earth fails the test of fairness.  In his later years he wrote, “I returned and saw under the sun that …the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.”  Eccl. 9:11

For as long as possible we try to shield our children from the naked injustices of life.  We talk to them about the wisdom of hard work and good choices.  We teach our little ones that good things happen to good people and that bad things happen to bad people.  But in reflective moments, we know that the rules we teach only work for some of the people, some of the time.   I was saved, since 1982, with a small child then, (3 grown) I’d had at 40, little did I know as I gave my heart to Jesus Christ, that he would die of his own hand, in deep depression of bi-polar disease, and break my heart 9 1/2 years ago.  But, I never asked God why, and I stayed in such grief then searching scriptures in mourning, then giving thanks for this young man had been saved at 11 years old, 8/2/91.   I know where he is, with Jesus, and know one day I’ll see that grinning face again: healed, no more grief, no more depression, no more pain.

It is no wonder, that some feel that life and God is not fair.   We are not the first to have doubts about the fairness of God.  The author of Psalm 73 felt his faith crumbling under the weight of unfair circumstances.  At first he was afraid to say what he was thinking.  He was overwhelmed by injustices that shouted down his faith.  In the shadows of his mind he wondered whether his belief in God had been a waste of time and opportunity.  (v13) Then something happened.  From a window in “a sanctuary,” the songwriter saw further than he had ever seen before.   The future of those he had been envying came into focus.  A life that began like a street game took on the look of the end of a game of chess.  Suddenly the author of Psalm 73 remembered that no one out thinks God’s final moves.   Remember that!  No one out thinks God’s final moves…AND that also includes the reason, He has for allowing this election.  That realization when you think about it is a comfort..

As the songwriter wrote, “Thus my heart was grieved, and I was vexed in my mind.  I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.  Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You will guide me with You counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.”  (v21-25)  In mourning, troubled, when jobless, in a recession, ailing, in desperation, hurt over losses or loves, there is only one that can give us a reason to continue living.   For no matter what we are not to give up.

But, look at Job.  Job is one of my favorite characters in the Bible, for we can learn much from him.  The story of a man who struggled for his very sanity in the aftermath of personal loss.   But, we also see in the very first Chapter that Satan too, has access to the throne of God, and God allows us sometimes to be tested.  Along the way all his well-meaning friends turned against him.  They accused him of hiding the wrong that would explain his suffering.  In long speeches and drawn-out arguments they insisted that Job couldn’t fool them by his false claims of innocence.  Together they condemned him with the logic of their theology.  They argued by theory and practice that God is fair.  They wanted him to admit that we experience happiness or pain in proportion to our own choices.  Or, as I used to hear many many years ago, but those in church, “where is your faith? ” or ” their must be sin in your life” .  Job didn’t buy it anymore than I did way back.  He knew they were wrong.   He wasn’t hiding a secret sin that would explain why he was suffering and they weren’t.

Finally, God used a violent thunderstorm rather than the quiet of a sanctuary.  As Job argued with his friends, dark clouds moved in (Job 37). Lightning flashed.  The ground shook. And out of the storm God broke His silence (38)  Yet, when God spoke, He didn’t give Job the answ4er of Psalm 73.  He didn’t tell Job to wait for a future day of judgment.  Neither did God point to the risks of living in a fallen world.  The Lord didn’t even blame Satan for sponsoring all the terrible things that had happened to Job, his wife , and his children.

Instead, God took Job to the forest.  He took him to the ocean.  To the mountains,.  To a midnight sky.  To the flashing violence of a thunderstorm.  To the shadow of His presence in nature.  To the natural wonder of a God who uses the blackness of night to give birth to the morning.  Job saw the natural world around him as he had never seen before.  I’ve been there where Job was after I lost my son.  God gave me art talent and writing talent.  Through all my tears for 3 1/2 years, sobbing alone, even enduring a mini stroke with a broken heart, I kept on in the word, and using what He gave me.  Then one day, I found myself healed..with a calmness of spirit, a deep sweetness of the Holy Spirit surrounding me, and I felt such an overwhelming presence of God knowing I would make it through and one day be totally renewed, when I come  home to Jesus.  Like Job, God said, “Look around you, look at what I already have done.  If you can hear My voice in this powerful storm, and if you can see MY signature and fingerprints all over the world around you, (and in the beauty of what I was painting), can you trust Me to know what is best for you now?

If we could have seen Job through the eyes of his friends, (as mine also who didn’t know what to do with me) we would have seen his muscles relax.  We would have heard him say to an invisible Presence, “I know that You can do everything, and that no  purpose of Yours can be withheld from You…I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but, now    my eye sees You.  Therefore, I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”  (Job 42:2-6)

I had no idea what God was doing in my life. But , this I do know.  Sometimes, us that are besieged with so much pain and grief, alone with God, no husband or wife or child beside us, can become so close to God.  We don’t have anyone else to answer to except Him.  I talk to him all day long.  He is my husband, my  father, my friend, my comforter, my confider, my judge, my encourager, my lover, my critic, my supporter, my everything…Here with me when I get up in the morning, and when I go to sleep, when I have troubled nights, or have too much arthritic pain, or whether I am joyful at some minute thing as seeing birds out on my feeder or listening to my Edie, purr and love me.  He is here in spirit and I may be closer to Him than in all my life young, and sometimes it takes what Job went through and a tragedy, but, never doubt His love.   But, I don’t have the other distractions or the business of the world, jobs, a mate, etc. anymore.  I can just languish in His love, which casts out all the unfairness the world has ever put on me.

Some may think this election wasn’t fair either.  Some still fighting, with ballots too, that may have been compromised in different states.   But, the ultimate judgement will come from God to deal with injustices.

I pray you seek a personal relationship with Jesus, and get to know how wonderful the Holy Spirit, our comforter He left behind is.  He never leaves me..and He’ll be there to walk me through Heaven’s door when God calls.  There is only one that I love, and His name is Jesus.  There is no unfairness of the world that He can’t overcome. Thank you Jesus, for seeing me through.  I pray my friend, you’ll let Him in your heart.

(excerpts from RBC ministries May 2003)