Merry Christmas!

“For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!”

Luke 2:10-11

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God. Who was born a man, lived a perfect and sinless life before dying on the cross to pay, in blood, for our sins. He made this sacrifice so that any of us who are willing to accept it and repent can be forgiven and receive eternal life in Heaven.

We celebrate this event in many ways. The Christmas traditions in the US were picked up from various cultures and even some from other religions. I pray that these traditions never take over and hide the true meaning of the holiday.

I pray that each and every one of you will experience the joy and peace of Christmas. May God bless you and keep you each and all.

Merry Christmas!

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Thanksgiving…

The turkey is in the oven and the dressing is on the stove. The house is quiet (for a little while) and I have a few minutes to reflect on all I have to be thankful for; God’s love for me, Jesus’ sacrifice to pay for my sins, a nation that is still, by comparison, a safe a prosperous place to live, an amazingly wonderful wife, kids I couldn’t be more proud of, and grandkids that bring renewed light and laughter to my world, a parent and grandparents who raised me, loved me and did their best to teach me well. We, as a nation are truly blessed and I, as an individual, am even more so.

Dear Lord, thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless.

Calls To Violence In The US (Are Coming Home To Roost)

Last week I talked about the increasing possibility of violence in the US.

Today, we (apparently) see another example of the state of affairs in this nation. Several members of the leftist leadership have received what appear to be pipe bombs. All the politicians from both sides of the aisle are in a tizzy over this (big surprise) and Trumpette made this statement today:

I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify. We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that threats or acts of political violence have no place in the United States of America.”

I have to wonder if both sides would be as worked up if the bombs had been targeted towards non-politicians? No one on the left was worked up when an Antifa mob attacked an elderly driver who just wanted to get where he was going.

With the elections underway I was already focusing on being more alert for potential threats. For the foreseeable future my little Ruger LCR will be relegated to the safe. Replaced by something with a little more capacity and quicker reloads. I also plan to review my EDC gear and see if anything in there needs to be beefed up.

It is a sad and dangerous time for America. Please pray for our nation…

Quote Of The Day

Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders

Peace is not the end. Righteousness is the end. When the Saviour saw the money-changers in the Temple he broke the peace by driving them out. At that moment peace could have been obtained readily enough by the simple process of keeping quiet in the presence of wrong. But instead of preserving peace at the expense of righteousness, the Saviour armed himself with a scourge of cords and drove the money-changers from the Temple. Righteousness is the end, and peace a means to the end, and sometimes it is not peace, but war which is the proper means to achieve the end. Righteousness should breed valor and strength. When it does breed them, it is triumphant; and when triumphant, it necessarily brings peace. But peace does not necessarily bring righteousness.

-Theodore Roosevelt

Dear Lord, make me a righteous man, a man after your own heart. A man who stands for what is good, for what is right, regardless of the cost.

Amen

Inspiration

I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

-Luke 12:8-10

Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior. I give myself to Him and will serve Him to the best of my abilities.

Amen

Living In A Fallen Nation

last week I posted that I believe our “Moral Compass” is not only broken but has been tossed overboard (link). How can we be surprised when people behave in such horrifying ways when we teach them from a young age that there is no right or wrong, that morality is fluid and all that decisions have value? How can we be surprised when individual accountability for one’s actions is removed? That the individual is not to blame for their choices and actions; it is the fault of the weapon, society, the police, or even the victims?

As a Christian, I struggle with this situation. To be honest, as I watch our nation’s moral and social decay, I want to leave. It makes me want to find a place where we can live by the values and beliefs we hold so dear. Unfortunately, no such place exits. I know there are lots of folks who are relocating to certain parts of the country and building up communities of likeminded individuals but are those locations any more immune to the decay that has set into our social fabric? The same media, the same judicial system, the same Congress still hold the same influence and power in Idaho and Montana as they do in Los Angeles and New York City. Some areas may be a little more insulated than others but it is all them same country. Should we fight and rage against the progressive machine that is crushing the moral and social values our nation was founded on? Of course, we should. However, there is a cost to such actions…

As a Christian, I (finally) decided to go to God’s word on how to live in what is rapidly becoming a modern day Babylon. From a Biblical perspective, (though I am no scholar) here is what I see:

God Will Punish The Wicked

Whether it be Adam and Eve in the Garden, Babylonia, Sodom and Gomorrah, or even Israel itself God will punish those who fall into depravity. Israel, for example, turned away from God and began to follow the ways of the Canaanites. These ways were the reason God took the land away from them and gave it to the Israelites in the first place. The sins they engaged in included the worship of other gods, ignoring the laws of Moses, sexual sins and even the sacrifice their own children to Molech. God warned the Israelites to turn away from their sin through the prophets but they did not listen. His wrath was terrible and punishment was delivered through the Babylonians who crushed Israel, destroyed Jerusalem and The Temple, and brought much of the population back to Babylon to live as captives in exile.

The Good Will Be caught Up In the Judgement Of the Wicked

Although the nation of Israel had turned away from God and to sin, there were still good and God-fearing Israelites who were caught up in His punishment. Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were good men who worshipped the lord and did not turn away from Him. Yet they were brought to Bablyon and suffered indignities at the hands of their captors. Sometimes the good will pay some of the price of the wicked.

This is not a comforting thought in a nation where over 3,000 unborn children are sacrificed at the altar of “Choice” every single day. A nation where attempting to follow the moral beliefs proscribed in The Bible can lead to loss of income, jail and being ostracized as judgmental bigots (there are some of those out there).

Hope In Wicked Times

There is comfort for those who are caught in the backwash of other’s punishment. Like metals in a fire God will use difficult times and trials to purify us and make us stronger. He will use these times to make us better people and better Christians. As Paul said in his letter to the Romans:

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

-Romans 8:28

We can also take comfort in the fact that regardless of what happens in this this world Christians are delivered from final death:

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

-John 16:33

Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction, is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

-2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We have hope in our faith and that God will use this to make us stronger. We can have hope in that He does not send us more than we can handle, although it may seem that way at the time.

I am pessimistic about changing the current course in our nation. I don’t believe we can stop this slide down the slippery slope. I am confident that through God, if it is His will, the nation can be healed. So every day I pray:

Dear Lord, I pray for our nation, that you will touch the hearts of our leaders and they will follow Your guidance. I pray that we will experience a revival and that we as a nation will turn to you and away from Godlessness and sin, that we will once again be one nation under God.

Take care and God bless.

A Sign Of The Times

My business travels took me to Baton Rouge, Louisiana last week which, to be honest, is not one of my favorite places in the state (no offense to anyone who may be a resident). We stopped in at a local restaurant for some wonderful food and as we were slowing ambling to the car (trying to work off a little of the fried shrimp) and enjoying the nice, cool day I noticed this local magazine in the rack out front:

Needless to say the cover caught my attention and I picked up a copy to read at my hotel later that evening.

The cover article actually turned out to be some sort of reader survey/poll where folks talked about the issues that concerned them. It was a pretty bland article and nothing in it couldn’t have been written about most any city in the south or west of the nation. However, I have been unable to get the cover associated with that article out of my head.

Now I know this is the print magazine version of click-bait but still. It seems like the conversation in this country has shifted. A few years ago, people would have considered you a bit of a crackpot to talk of a revolution in this nation. A few months ago, people would have considered you a crackpot to if you said the revolution was inevitable. Now it appears that the semi-mainstream, slightly left of center media consider it an foregone conclusion that it will happen…

As you consider your preparedness plans you might want to make sure you keep something like this in mind. Most importantly, if you are not already doing so pray for our nation.

God bless.