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Today begins the fundamental transformation of the country” November 2008

That sentiment was dismissed as just political rhetoric just six years ago when it was proclaimed by President Obama. Today he pardoned Cuba. Two weeks ago he granted amnesty. He ignores the constitution and rules independently. He instituted a program that is destroying the best health care system in the world. He advocates and encourages lawlessness in the streets with his silence. He placates our enemies and abandons our allies. He lies, and lies, and lies with impunity. The chorus is rising, “How does he get away with this?”He is fundamentally weakening the most powerful country in the history of the world. Why? What is the agenda? Where is the resistance? What is the end game?

May I humbly suggest he is a pawn in the global game of chess that is taking place in the spiritual world. The decadence of mankind globally is rapidly approaching the tipping point. This is not going unnoticed in the heavens. Beheading children in Pakistan and the Middle East. Torturing and killing people all over the Muslim world for failing to surrender their beliefs. Famines, pestilences, disease, strife, chaos, uncertainty. The naive claim, “there has always been evil in the world.” Has evil ever been in control of the hearts and minds of all the world leaders? America has stood in the way for centuries. For evil to succeed America’s power must be diminished or eliminated. Is Obama evil? No, he is depraved like every other human being on the planet. He is living out what he has been taught. He is moving the country to irrelevance. Evil?…not really…Naïve?….Not really. Blind? I’d say so. Blind to the truth, blind to the consequences of his ideology and blind to how he is being used. He is a pawn.

The President will move even faster now because there is no resistance. He will be making more radical changes and decisions by the day. The changes will render the country weak and defenseless against outside intervention. Wars, and weapons will be employed without resistance. Millions will die; chaos will reign worldwide as evil orchestrates its one desire…Destroy God once and for all.

These are obviously the sentiments of an alarmist, radical right-wing nut case. I’m not the one that said we need to fundamentally transform this country. Unless the nut cases that still have a sObama Fingeremblance of power in this government step up quickly and resist the power monger we will be transformed. Then it will be too late to return to what we all remember as our home.

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Happy Birthday Shoe Box Baby

88 years ago today was a typical cold wet day in Chicago, Illinois. A young couple was enjoying the day with their one two year old son making preparations for the Holidays and the arrival of their second child just after the New Year. It was a regular 1926 Saturday in the drafty north side three flat. The young couple living on the second floor while two other families lived above and below.

Without any warning, and six weeks before her due date, the young mother went into labor. Fear descended over the apartment and her husband sprinted to the doctor’s office in search of assistance. Their first child was born in the apartment without complications almost two years earlier. The house was not an issue. But this; six weeks premature was not good.

The midwife arrived and not long after a doctor arrived to assist in the delivery. The contractions intensified and after just a short time, the baby boy was delivered successfully…six weeks early and less than four pounds. The midwife and nurse took care of the immediate needs of the newborn while the doctor attended the mother.

The issues were clear. A premature baby in a cold one bedroom apartment. The baby’s respiration a critical element in his survival. Keeping the infant warm was first priority. The father came to the kitchen with a shoe box lined with a blanket. The warmest place in the apartment was near the motor on the top of the refrigerator. When the baby was clean and wrapped in new blankets the care givers helped mom attempt to get the new baby to nurse. When the doctor and all involved were satisfied that the situation was stable they encouraged the parents to keep a close eye on the boy throughout the night and to watch for any breathing difficulties. The doctor left instructions on how to be reached and headed home. The midwife wrapped the baby and carefully placed the shoe box near the refrigerator and they prayed the night would go well.

In 1926 there were no new born nurseries; new born intensive care units. No incubators or billirubin lights. No twenty four hour care or intravenous feeding tubes. This night it was a 3 pound baby in a blanket lined shoe box and a mom in the next room ready to nurse if all went well. Making it through the night…well…might need a miracle.

December 14th came and went and the little boy fought for life. Two weeks later he celebrated his first Christmas with mom and dad and older brother. A short time later grew out of the shoe box and into a small bed he shared with his older brother. As spring approached the little shoe box boy was healthy and on track with all the other children his age.

The couple made a move to a larger apartment on Higgins Ave and it would become the home for nine more children over the coming years. The family would later refer to it as the Russian Hotel. The shoe box boy and his older brother were extremely close as the years went by. The father worked long hard hours to care for the brood. Weekends were for sleep. The local bar provided repose from the grind of work and family and as the years passed, the alcohol became a stable to help manage life.

In the neighborhood lived a man with a wooden leg, (not named Smith) who would walk the neighborhood on Sundays and pick up kids and take them to Sunday School at the local church he attended. The Shoe box baby and four of his brothers and sisters attended regularly. The message of Jesus birth at Christmas, and his death Easter became familiar to the children. It became a foundation for the shoe box boy that would carry him throughout his life.

Tragically during the Second World War the older brother was killed in action. Angry and broken, the shoe box boy joined the army just as the war ended and served in Germany as a peace keeper during the restoration.

Upon returning home from the war and without an education he went to work to help care for himself and family. Not long after, he met a young lady at a gathering of the local youth group from the church he attended. That first meeting moved to romance and marriage.     He was determined like many of the families of the 1950s to provide and care for his family better than he had experienced. His work ethic was stellar. He missed only three days of work in 50 years. He purchased his own home and was blessed with two children. He committed to being a part of a local church and along with his children never missed a Sunday service for his whole life. He and his wife modeled the intent and purpose of marriage and family. Nor perfect…committed…and it provided a foundation for his children to do the same for their children and grandchildren.

Life is a journey. Death comes to all. After a courageous battle with cancer death came to the shoe box baby. A near miraculous birth. A difficult childhood. A committed family man. He lived a life of integrity and compassion. He was a life time friend to everyone he met. He filled every room with joy. He left a legacy that will live on in his children and grandchildren. He pointed all to the Savior. His faith was strong and true. He was a man, a husband, a father, a citizen, a champion. And he was my dad.

Dad would be 88 today. Were he here today he would spend some time with you and then tell you “to go straight home”. Just a few minutes with him would never leave you the same.

Happy Birthday Dad. I miss you. I look forward to being with you and smiling again.
Love you…Bill

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Evil and Truth Collide in Minnesota….Chaos

So, in Minnesota student athletes that feel that their body was miss-assigned at birth can now choose to play for the body of their choice. This is what happens when truth is ignored or denied. Carry this out a few years. What will happen when the next Michael Jordan decides that he’s really not a Michael Jordan but a Michelle Jordan and feels like he should play for the Minnesota Lynx instead of the Minnesota Timberwolves? And we are all okay with that?                                                                                                                                    Here’s what the enlightened people of Minnesota are saying: The policy defines transgender as “a person whose gender identity is different from and does not match the gender assigned at birth.” Gender identity is described as “a person’s deeply-felt internal sense of being male or female,” and gender expression as “a person’s external characteristics and behaviors that are socially defined as either masculine or feminine.”                                                              New understanding of gender, gender identity, masculine or feminine? This is what you get when you remove truth from the public square…chaos. “                                                   Sex is assigned at birth. Ish the Hebrew word for male…isha the Hebrew word for female. Those are the only two realities; been that way since it all began. Somehow in the last 20 years we have evolved to a higher understanding of human design. Millions of years of evolution have just now dawned on us that we have had it all wrong. What a day! Is this true? Can a person’s feelings change their sex?
The Hebrew word for man (gender) is zakar. The Hebrew word for woman (gender) is negabah. Hebrew and Greek cultures went further to distinguish masculinity and femininity. The word ezer is translated “helper”, and the Greek word Kenego is translated “fit or suitable” to define femininity. The Greek word arsen identifies a masculine man as someone who “lifts or carries.”
A person’s gender is influenced from the day sex is assigned by the particular milieu and experiences encountered. The sex never changes. Feelings change, instantly and throughout the day for all of life. Denying the truth based on how I feel in the moment today, is a giant leap of faith to a realm of insanity and chaos.
This is not about gender assignment or gender identity. This is about denying truth. This is about wishing the truth away. This is about disobedience. The so called enlightened people of the world can go down this road all they desire, but in the end, truth will meet them unchanged.
It’s pretty simple really. Man moves toward woman to live in a lifetime relationship that mirrors the image of his creator as a strong relational being. Woman invites man as an open being and nurtures a relationship that mirrors the image of her creator as a tender, compassionate being. Together they mirror the creator that has always lived in relationship. It works when the two become one for life. That’s the truth of the design and it will never change.
It is evil’s desire to destroy the design. It will never happen, even in Minnesota.

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We are all “Stupid”…don’t you know…

GruberJonathan Gruber shows the true colors of unbelief. I presume that Jonathan Gruber views life from a materialist perspective. Given that premise, Gruber’s desire to aggressively promulgate his ownership of the Affordable Care Act highlights the core of the materialist worldview.
The essential virtue of materialism is me. All that matters is individual success, recognition, and power so one can control personal destiny. We now know that Jonathan Gruber was the key architect of Affordable Care Act. He just couldn’t resist bragging about his involvement and influence in leading the legislation’s enactment to anyone who would listen or videotape. His grandstanding satisfies the internal desire for recognition and affirmation of success. The thought that his comments may undermine the whole legitimacy of the law never seemed to cross his mind.
The evidence is in his repeated remarks that the “American People” are generally too stupid to understand the intricate working of the legislative process. He confidently boasts that lying was the only means at our disposal to insure the law would pass and the masses were too ignorant and uniformed to recognize or understand out motives.
The individualism of materialism denies the existence of a divine being that provides meaning to all of life. Anyone who believes different is ignorant and fantasy driven. Listen to Sigmund Freud, “when a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and, even so, overlook the contradictions before them, we need not be greatly surprised at the weakness of his intellect.” Freud continues, “For the masses are lazy and unintelligent….men are not spontaneously fond of work and ….arguments are of no avail against their passions.”
Mr. Gruber is a product of the American education system and the shift in the American culture to materialism and the rejection of absolute truth. Lying, deception, the ends justify the means are the methods used to implement ideas. Anyone who disagrees or obstructs is just plain stupid.
God bless Mr. Gruber for showing his true colors. He just can’t help himself.

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“Behind Sorrow, There is always a soul”

I direct a non-profit ministry committed to addressing the silence that surrounds the epidemic of sexual abuse through awareness, training, and healing. In the years since we began we have seen the awareness piece gain momentum to where the media is covering and exposing the issue frequently. That is a welcomed development and hopefully the attitude will continue to expand.

In the world of sexual abuse those in positions of power take advantage of weaker individuals and exploit them. The victims, usually younger, are in a position of vulnerability and trust. The more powerful swoops in with promises and acceptance. The weaker welcoming the attention willfully submits to the advances. The abuser maintains control, as long as the victim cooperates and keeps silent. When the abuser is finished with the latest prey, the broken are further devastated by the betrayal and relegated to a world of silence. Occasionally a survivor musters the courage to speak out against the villain only to be refuted and further betrayed by the powerful and his or her supporters. The prevalence of this behavior goes across all of culture at epidemic proportions.

One would assume that everyone would agree that this behavior is completely unacceptable and when uncovered should be addressed or prosecuted aggressively without any questions considered. Unfortunately, that does not happen. Take this specific case. An incredibly powerful man uses his position of authority, celebrity, and power to manipulate a nineteen year old girl into engaging with him in inappropriate sexual behaviors. Never mind that he is married has an enormous reputation to maintain not only for him, but for the many he represents. His charismatic high-profile and status is irresistible to a nearly adolescent idol worshiper. When called to his office the thought of resistance never crosses her mind. This is the opportunity of a lifetime to be close to a man who has devoted genuine attention to her. Not long after the first meetings, the man in power manipulates the young girl into playful sexual talk. After monitoring closely her responses to insure safety, he moves the behavior further until he gets what he desired. From there h will go as far as he chooses and as long as he perceives safety.

Not long after, the girl in passing mentions to a friend of her encounter with the man of her dreams. The story slips out and begins to spread like wildfire finding its way to the perpetrator. Quickly, the man steps out to deny and discredit the story as the make-believe fantasies of an idol worshipping immature girl. The papers cover the story but because of the man’s power and influence it doesn’t take long for them to turn on the girl citing a lack of any evidence in her claims. Life quickly moves forward. The man and his power and influence remain intact, and his reputation remarkably grows in stature. Even after acknowledging a slight misjudgment in behavior he moves on seemingly unaffected.
In the meantime, the girl has now lost her life. She was manipulated and abused. All trust was betrayed and as time goes on every time the incident is mentioned, the betrayal feelings resurface. She attempts to present herself as unaffected and unscathed by the whole ordeal, but years later she continues to strive for value that was stripped from her by a selfish powerful man she adored and admired.

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Tragedy? A woman’s life and future stolen and broken a tragedy for sure. Worse, the man moves on without any repercussions or remorse. The powerful around him pretend it never happened and as time goes by he continues to maintain superstar celebrity status.

Monica Lewinsky spoke at the Forbes Under 30 Summit yesterday in New York. Her remarks demonstrate the power her abuser still holds over her. She said her life has been ruined, not by the man who abused her, but by the media that marked her as the villain. Read between the lines of her remarks:
“But back then, in 1995, we started an affair that lasted, on and off, for 2 years. And, at that time, it was my everything. That, I guess you could say, was the golden bubble part for me; the nice part. The nasty part was that it became public. Public with a vengeance.
Thanks to the Internet and a website that at the time, was scarcely known outside of Washington DC but a website we all know today: the Drudge Report, within 24 hours I became a public figure, not just in the United States but around the entire globe. As far as major news stories were concerned, this was the very first time that the traditional media was usurped by the Internet.
In 1998, as you can imagine, there was a media frenzy. Even though it was pre-Google, (that’s right, pre-Google). The World Wide Web (as we called it that back then) was already a big part of life.
Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one. I was Patient Zero.
She continued to talk about her experience, her embarrassment, and the bad press, urging people to have compassion for people like her who are the focus of scandals, concluding with:
Actually, what we really need is a cultural revolution. Online, we’ve got a compassion deficit – an Empathy Crisis, and something tells me that matters a lot more to most of us.
Oscar Wilde wrote: “I have said that behind sorrow there is always sorrow. It were wiser still to say that behind sorrow there is always a soul. And to mock at a soul in pain is a dreadful thing.”
My feelings, exactly.” http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/monica-lewinsky-drudge-ruined-my-life

“It were wiser still to say that behind sorrow there is always a soul. And to mock at a soul in pain is a dreadful thing” Her feelings exactly.

I have no doubt that Ms. Lewinsky suffers in pain every day. The way to begin healing from the pain is to acknowledge that she was abused by a married man. That he took advantage of her innocence with his power and prestige. She will need to transform her thinking from; the perpetrator is innocent to, he took my life. She is mourning what she lost, unfortunately in the public arena with a false narrative. One day, she may discover that if she truly wishes to heal her soul, she will have to move toward forgiving the rock star and refusing to allow him to control her life anymore. It won’t be an easy journey given the stature of the man, his media loyalists, and a culture that accepts evil as long you are on the same side.

I hope she finds the peace her soul is longing for.

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Mark Driscoll resigns…

“I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self. That is the way Jesus came to reveal God’s love. The great message that we have to carry, as ministers of God’s word and followers of Jesus, is that God loves us not because of what we do or accomplish, but because God has created us Mark Driscolland redeemed us in love and has chosen us to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life.”  Henri Nouwen

The temptation to be relevant, popular, and powerful have been with us since the garden and will haunt us until the King returns.  Stay the course…

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I know I am older….but it makes me wonder…

Coming KingWhen I was a kid, every once in a while I would hear in church from my elders that the end of the age was imminent. “Yeah, right Grandma. They have been saying that for a few thousand years now and nothing has happened.” I like all my friends dismissed that as old people just fearing the end of their lives and trying to scare us into obedience.

Well, now I am a grandpa. So, am I afraid of the end of the world? Is the end of the age imminent? Is it my desire to impose fear onto my children and grandchildren for my own peace? I don’t know about you but it sure seems like Luke 21:11 is becoming more descriptive of the times than ever before. I questioned some college kids I teach about this recently and their response was, “Yeah, we hear that a lot, but Christians have been saying that for centuries.” They perceive the advancement of technology informing more people than ever before, so it appears worse, but it is just because we now have better access to information.

Things haven’t changed much I guess. Us “older” folks sense a world of impending disaster, and the younger ones are optimistic about their present situations.

“And He answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you, for many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the Christ’ and will mislead many. And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes.”

Just an old alarmist I guess. Just showing my age I guess. I know that time is not in our hands. I know that there is no one that knows when the end of the age will come. When I was young I imagined what the world would be like in 100 years and I believed it would be  a better place. Given the last thirty years can you imagine the world being a better place in 100 years? Given the last five years…given the last three months:

Isis…Ebola…Russia…HHS… Entervirus D-68…China…Chikungunya…Iran…H5N6… 68…China…Chikungunya…Iran…H5N6…Nigeria…Fukushima Radiation…Somalia…Afganistan…HIV…Madagascar…Vibrio vulnificos…Egypt and on and on it goes.

Makes me wonder….

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