Our Angel

IJoree-Dad never imagined when this picture was taken, the journey we would take over the next 25 years.  Little did we know at the time how this joyful little girl would impact our lives forever.

Joree joined us as a foster child in 1991 six months after her birth.  The Department of Children and Family Services in Chicago needed a home and we volunteered for a weekend until a placement could be arranged.  The temporary placement lasted five years until on AprJoree 2-01il 22, 1996 when Joree became a permanent member of the Harbeck family.07
Joree will turn 26 this January and on December 4th she will be transitioning into a medical group home.  Jillian and I have been working on this for eighteen months.  It has been a long and photo frustrating experience.  Our age and Jillian’s health issues have necessitated that we make this move.  It has not been without a lot of prayer and consideration of all the variables involved.  We are content in the truth that this is the right time. Every Wednesday will be dinner with Joree night.
I would love to share the long list of experiences we have shared all these years with Joree.  We did the best we could when we penned a book about her life with us.  In her charming and joyful way she has taught us about dependence, about joy, and about brokenness. We all have a very personal and special bond that transcends language, which connects deep in our souls, and will forever have a deep deep place in our hearts.
Thank you for all your prayers for Joree over the years.  If she comes to your mind one day, please offer a prayer for her continued health and care.  I believe our Lord has a special place for her one day where we will run, and sing, and laugh together forever.
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There is no choice in this Election for the only issue that matters…

 

The election is a couple of weeks away. It has demonstrated to date the gulf between the two sides.  It has highlighted the vast level of uniformed citizens.  Unfortunately, the two candidates leave no choice for the electorate on the only issue that truly matters.

Yes, I am a one issue voter and have been since January 22, 1973.  That day this country made the fatal decision to ignore, reject, and deny the sanctity of life. Th18weeke National Right To life Foundation estimates that to date there have been 58,586, 256 of our fellow citizens lost to choice; almost sixty million. (1)  There is no redemption for that.  Not even sure there is grace.  The only remedy at this point is falling on our knees and praying for forgiveness. Only the mercy of God may save the country from judgment.
Yes I am a follower of the God man Jesus.  And I know that He and His father do not approve of the destruction of his sacred design.  It follows then, that there are no exceptions, no excuses; no reasoning that will ever justify the killing of unborn children.

Hillary Clinton went on public record on October 19, 2016 in front of the entire nation and worldwide audience and affirmed that she is an ardent supporter of abortion on demand. Further she provided no defense for the immoral practice of partial birth abortion.  Her staunch position allows for service providers to brutally end the life of a child up until the moment of birth.  The practice is barbaric, and evil.  There is none and can never be any justification for any abortions and this practice rises to a level of barbarismimagejpeg_2 no civilized culture should ever accept.  (2)

Donald Trump‘s position does not provide a legitimate alternative. He is against abortion with the exceptions of “rape, incest, or the life of the mother”; a popular Republican/Conservative stance designed to counter the Pro-Choice position.

There are no exceptions for destroying life conceived if one wishes to be a follower of Jesus; none.  One can take a political position and say that one candidate is at least closer to my beliefs than the other and justify a vote, but that defies logic and defies the creator of all life.

This election is in the hands of God.   Neither Hillary Clinton, nor Donald Trump will ascend the throne without the approval of the creator.  One can take sides; even vote believing a particular candidate will in some way move this country in a direction preferred.  I don’t believe there is a choice for those that believe in the Word of God.  The Pharisees approached the Master and asked to whom he and his followers should direct their allegiance.  He responded, “Give to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar, and to God, that which belongs to God.”  Government will not save us.

This nation has murdered nearly sixty million innocent, vulnerable, and precious lives without just cause.  We should not be voting, we shoDepression 3uld be begging for forgiveness and pray God grants us mercy for just a little longer.

 

 

 

(1) http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/14/58586256-abortions-in-america-since-roe-v-wade-in-1973/

(2) http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/pba/illustrations/

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This Election is about the War in the Heavens

Like you I have been observing Barack Obama the last seven years attempting to grasp his agenda.  It is clear from his childhood and educational experience that he is a devout socialist.  He sings the praises of Saul Alinsky.  Listen to rense.com’s take on Obama’s connection to Alinsky:

    “Like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama is also an Alinskyite.  Trained by Allinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation, Obama spent years teaching workshops on the Alinsky method.  In 1985 he began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project.  Later, he worked with ACORN and its offshoot Project Vote, both creations of the Alinsky network.

     Camouflage is key to Alinsky-style organizing.  While trying to build a coalition of black churches in Chicago, Obama caught flak for not attending church himself.  He became an instant churchgoer. That Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama share an Alinskyite background tells us two things.  First, they are leftists, dedicated to overthrowing our Constitutional system.  Second, they will go to any length to conceal their radicalism from the public.  That is the Alinsky method. And that is today’s Democratic Party.”  Rense.com  “Hillary, Obama, and the Cult of Alinsky.”

The lying going on now is beyond the pale.  Nearly everything out of both Obama and Clinton’s mouths are lies intent on deceiving the public. To what end?  What is the motive of these devout radicals?  What is the end game they desire for themselves and this country?

Lying continually is the platform of the Alinsky model.  Obama and Clinton don’t believe they are lying.  They are intent on delivering their ideology to the masses using whatever means necessary.  Alinsky is a god to them just below themselves. Both could articulate their true motives but they dare not knowing well they would never be elected. If you had the opportunity to question them and they were honest they would respond that their ultimate motive is to see America align with their worldview; their image.  That true greatness has not yet been achieved and they have the formula to make America greater. That just won’t fly even in a country that has moved so far away from God.        Obama 1Angel WarHillary...what does it matter

May I suggest that both Obama and Clinton have been and are being influenced by a higher being to which they are unaware? Presently, there are many nations across the globe that have expressed the desire to destroy the Nation of Israel. There is one obstacle standing in the way; one obstacle big enough to keep the wolves at bay.  It is too dangerous to make any move against Israel until the obstacle is removed; The United States of America.

Speculate with me.  Let’s suppose that behind all of the animosity, all the hatred, all the strife for Israel is a higher being determined to take down Israel and its step-child the United States once and for all; to eliminate the existence of the Jewish and Christian faith.  Let’s suppose that this higher being had the ability to manipulate leaders, nations, and people with lie after lie after lie over thousands of years.  Let’s suppose that this higher being has advanced to using religion to direct and administer the ultimate goal of destroying every reference to the God of the Jews and Christians. It follows that the two remaining obstacles in the way must be either eliminated or deliberately weakened.

Barack Obama.  In just seven short years has systematically worked to destroy the power structure of this country through internal strife and outlandish policies that eliminate and erode the very foundation.  He hasn’t accomplished this alone.  For millenniums the attack on Jews and Christians has been and is to obliterate them from the planet.  Obama is just the one on the scene today to accelerate an already crumbling world order; lies, lies, and more lies.

Look at the prospects for the next three months.  Hillary Clinton is even more radical than Obama.  Her agenda may be the final piece in the collapse of this country as we know it.  To what end?  The elimination of the United States as a viable power capable of protecting Israel, opens the door to an attempt on the part of the enemy of God to carry out the final solution. Today, I sense that this is out of anyone’s control.  Is the creator God determining who will or will not rule the countries of this world?  Let’s suppose that He is allowing his enemy the freedom to influence and control the minds of fellow liars.  Then this election takes on a deep spiritual component we may be overlooking.

I wrote earlier that I believe 1973 was the year the paradigm in this country shifted.  Roe v Wade, homosexuality granted favored status, prayer eliminated from the public arena and on the list goes.  I believe God removed his hand and slowly at first the trickle began and should Hillary be elected the flood gates will open.  Obama has set the table, Hillary will cater the dinner.  Israel will be at the mercy of all of its enemies.

I want to believe that there is no way a lying; deceitful, ego-maniacal woman could be elected to the highest office in this country.  Then again, it appears that all sanity has left the arena and she is moving into the vacuum.  It will not surprise me to see her elected in November.

Here’s some good news.  Behind the curtains of this world is the one that is pulling all the strings.  He died for this period in time.  He will never allow Israel to be destroyed.  If this election goes to the dark side it only means the King is not far away.

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How should Truth react?

This is an example of why finding and knowing truth today is so difficult.  This is a quote from President Obama this morning. “There has never been a man or a woman more qualified to be President of the United States than Hillary Clinton.  That’s the truth.”

Does he truly believe that statement?  If he does he is misguided, if he doesn’t he is lying.  It is reckless and unprofitable to make a statement of such magnitude. But, in today’s world it is not the truth, it’s about what one chooses to believe is true and how one reacts to truth.

The confusion today begins with a given statement of truth, the reaction to the statement, and the subsequent response to the reaction.  When people hold differing positions on the same issue, both cannot be right.  Truth by definition is exclusive. The rift, the argument, the isolation all comes when one side or the other dogmatically clings to their idea of truth. In the present world of morality it is getting uglier every day.

Mo believes that the world would be a better place if he could eliminate his next door neighbor Pete.  Mo’s belief system says that the truth he holds is superior to all or any other truth and in the system he follows it teaches that Mo for the sake of humanity has the right to eliminate (kill, destroy) Pete for the betterment of the human race. Disagreeing with Mo is not an option for Pete.  It’s agree with Mo or death.

Donald believes that sleeping with his new girlfriend and her boyfriend is acceptable.  He’s married and  has lost count on the number of times he has hooked up with other women and men.  Donald believes that it is his right to provide happiness for men and women he is acquainted with that are lonely and desire physical and emotional companionship.  It makes him and everyone happier people.   He has the right to experience happiness.  Disagreeing with Donald’s truth is unacceptable; to do so in Donald’s view means that  your truth is obviously out of touch with the “mainstream”.

Fred believes that the non-profit he established to address and impact human sex-trafficking does not need to report all of the contributions made to the charity because the work he is doing is so important and the benefits to the children so necessary that lying to the IRS is acceptable because of the greater cause.

Mo, Donald, or Fred would not understand how or why anyone would question their behavior.  They may respond, “What gives you the right to challenge my beliefs?”  “Where do you get off questioning my choices?” This is the truth I live by.

Here’s the rub.  Each person has the right to choose what to believe.  Every person has the right to hold to that belief with uncompromising passion.  It is when someone, anyone disagrees with another person’s truth that things get messed up, and watch out when someone chooses to disagree and or criticize unprovoked.  Civility, sanity, and common sense go out the window.

How do you respond to a person that is passionate about their beliefs with which you disagree? What is the proper approach and reaction that will allow for civility and calm at the end of the day, whether there is agreement or not?

One day a very rich young man encountered Jesus the Truth.  He asked what he would need to do in order to be a follower.  The response came in a polite, calm, matter of fact way.  Jesus responded, “If you wish to be complete, you must go and sell all of your possessions and give them to the poor…then come and follow me.”    The very rich young man was disappointed.  This response did not line up with his understanding of the truth he desired for himself. He left that day unwilling to change his thinking.

It’s the response to his decision that intrigues me though.  When the rich young man chose not to believe Truth, the man just turned and walked away.  Jesus did not berate him, did not run after him to try and convince him of his ignorance.  He didn’t gather allies around him to discredit the man. He didn’t try to isolate or ignore him. Jesus just watched him walk away.  They parted without incident, quietly.

Another day Jesus was sitting by a well when a woman came by wishing to get some water. There was immediate tension in the meeting as they were from different ethnic groups.  Jesus was well aware that the woman was living with a man that wasn’t her husband; in fact she had slept around quite a bit. He shared with her an opportunity to leave her situation and consider a new belief system.  They had a pleasant conversation.  Jesus did not condemn her behavior, he did not berate her for her choices he simply offered her an alternative to her present thinking and condition.  She left pondering all she had heard.  It was now her choice to decide what to believe. The truth didn’t change and the two left the conversation thoughtfully and kindly.

After all this time, there is still only one truth.  We cannot stop believing because there is disagreement.  We cannot stop believing because the word has gone out that the Truth/Jesus is outdated and disproven.   We cannot stop confronting lies because it may hurt someone’s feelings.  We cannot stop believing truth because our lives are threatened. We cannot stop believing because lies gain strength and numbers.

We can live truth and the power it possesses will strengthen our resolve.  We can know truth and live in peace.  We can hold onto truth and experience joy.  We can embrace truth and it will show in kindness to others. We can listen quietly and attentively to another’s view of the world and if asked we can offer truth as we believe with gentleness and kindness.  Truth will be known by how well it loves.

 

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Lying, Lying, and more Lying…

Earlier this week I wrote about truth.  How truth is always truth. How it can never be changed and will exist forever.  What I didn’t mention was the process opponents use in order to make it appear that there is an alternative reality.  Opponents of truth must lie in order to establish and maintain a perception of an altered reality. There must be a narrative that deceives and conspires.

Lying is now standard operating procedure.  It is done without any sense of guilt or remorse.  It is accepted practice in the political world.  It justifies plagiarism in schools as a necessary means to inflated assessment.  Just this week the lies in the political arena are bolder than ever.

From the beginning of time lying is the only weapon available to confront truth.  But its power is unquestioned. Lying offers the impression that darkness can change to light.  Lying produces illusions that happiness is available at all times. Lying convinces there is gold to be had when none exists. Lying is evil’s attempt to control decisions and outcomes.

Once upon a time there was great disdain for liars.  Telling the truth was the acceptable practice for people with honor and integrity.  Losing was accepted, if in fact truth prevailed.  Not so anymore.  With truth relegated to each individual’s ideas, lying is now acceptable practice and the weapon of choice for all seeking control.  In this technological age the liars are supported by all sorts of accomplices to form the chosen narrative.  Since the majority of the culture does not spend time listening or studying truth and since indoctrination of the lies is the mainstay of the education system, only a few lies are necessary to create a seemingly acceptable paradigm.

Notice that those doing the lying must also have hearts of stone. To look straight into the eyes of the parents of American heroes that gave their lives for this country and tell them that their sons deaths were the result of a totally made up story requires a cold and deceitful heart.   Not to mention the throng of accomplices that agrees to be complicit or choose not to question the lie.

For the moment, it appears that evil is winning the day.  Frustration reigns when lie after lie goes unquestioned and unpunished. It is hard to understand when those who know and proclaim to follow truth stand back, remain silent or do nothing Truth is on the ground and evil has its foot on its neck.

One day long ago, a leader with power and influence stood facing a man who was bruised, bleeding, and facing death and the man in power asked this broken man a very telling question. “What is truth?”  All that could be said had been said.  I ponder that in that moment the words He had spoken to many were going through the beaten Man’s heart and mind;  “If you abide in My word, then you will be followers of Mine and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

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Dangerous Intersection

I have just not been able to sleep the last few weeks.  I am so tired of driving to work in the morning and having to stop at red lights.  It makes me late, it makes me very angry and the rest of my day is ruined.  I snap at all my colleagues.  I even think I am beginning to develop some sort of intestinal issue over this.  So today, I am going to follow my feelings and disregard all red lights when I come upon them.  I am quite sure that when I arrive early at work, my happiness will rule the day and I will be spurred on to do good deeds for others.  Wish me luck!

When truth is redefined, or worse ignored the result may or may not be immediate, but there will be a result.  One may get through a red light or two on the way to happiness, but a time will come when an intersection will be filled with destruction or even death.  When taking a risk becomes the status quo it should not be a surprise when everything crumbles.

I am old enough now to have observed that truth accepted from the beginning of time by the majority is facing attempted elimination.  For now there is confusion.  What is accepted by a small minority of controllers  is that real truth cannot be known.  Truth is as I determine it to be. Any disagreement is unacceptable. I will honor your truth and you honor mine.  It’s called being non-judgmental.  Sounds considerate, but it’s absurd. As absurd as believing I can run red lights whenever I choose.

The culture’s minority today has a collection of things believed to be true by consensus. For example,  marriage is an unnecessary institution that limits individual freedom.  Sexual intercourse with whomever and whenever is a true way toward freedom and relational happiness.  Man’s existence after billions of years is a product of an astronomical chance mutation of a one cell organism. Every woman has the free choice to end life.  Life is a journey that ends with no promise of any life beyond. I am here to pursue and gain happiness for me.

What amazes me is these cultural ideas have only become popular in the last fifty years in this country. What frustrates me is that I believe they are still a minority. I am asked to believe that the brightest people on the planet have lived in the last two hundred years and have determined that millenniums of worldwide commonality have gone by the way and are just now  being replaced with, “most of us believe these ideas are right.”

What was once called sin is now called freedom.  Abnormal behavior is labeled progressivism and political correctness a code of ethics. With this enlightened understanding has come alarming consequences. Frequent mass shootings.  Redefinition of marriage. Explosion of sexual diseases.  Suicide at epidemic levels.  Mental illness in every community. Elimination of millions of lives. Violence and anger accelerating at warp speed.

How can this be?  Certainly with all the new found wisdom we should be the most enlightened peoples in the history of the earth. In response to criticism the call goes out, we must try even harder.  We must continue with even more determination to educate and promulgate the idea that man can control, evolve, and determine his destiny.  We will run every red light at every intersection until there is perfection.

I am grateful that I am as old as I am and I remember saw dust covering the floors at camp meetings.  I remember grandmas and grandpas, and moms and dads that prayed for me every day.  I remember songs and words that spoke of joy and happiness despite the pain around me.  I remember the common spirit of my fellow travelers that believed freedom is worth living and dying for.  I remember the truth that I heard as a little boy and I will never let it go.

Who’s the Judge?

The Judge is God,

Why is He God?

Because He determines who wins and looses not my opponent.

Who is your opponent?

He does not exist.

Why does he not exist?

Because he is merely a dissenting voice of the truth I speak.

So?

Speak the truth!

Which is.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.”

It hasn’t changed.

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1973…the pivot point

I graduated from high school in 1973. Over the last forty three years I have thought often that 1973 marked the pivot point in the shift of the American Culture. By culture I mean the 400 year history that served as the foundation of this country’s belief system with its roots in Judeo-Christian theology and values. That History is undeniable.

In the late 19th century Darwin and Naturalism changed the philosophic landscape in Europe.  Darwin’s evolutionary theory allowed for the denial and necessity  of supernatural creation.It did not take long for that thinking to travel to America.  Two of Darwin’s contemporaries, Karl Marx, and specifically Sigmund Freud also shaped opinion and advocated for social change with similar motives. They proposed that man could thrive and survive without the influence or existence of the metaphysical.As a result, science became the support system for all of the new thinking.

In 1925 Darwin’s theory was front and center in the Scopes trial. The argument shifted popular belief toward evolutionary teaching in the public domain and by 1962 creation was eliminated from textbooks and just one year later prayer to a deity was disallowed in American public education. It became clear that any reference to the traditional values based on the Judeo Christian history were no longer necessary. God was declared dead and it was time to move on.

The change in philosophy had been brewing in America since the early 1920s and in the 50s and 60s things began to boil. There are other ideas and issues one could point to but I believe strongly that just one decision initiated the shift and 1973 is the year the new paradigm  changed the direction of American culture.

January 22, 1973 was the landmark decision by the United States Supreme on the issue of abortion. It was decided simultaneously with a companion case Doe v. Bolton. The Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state’s two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting women’s health and protecting the potentiality of human life. Forty three years of history has seen the government lean strongly to the rights of the woman and not the “potentiality” of human life.

With the stroke of a pen, seven individuals shifted the culture 180 degrees. In the forty three years that have transpired since that decision, America has eliminated over 60 million lives from the public arena. The 1973 decision culminated the one hundred plus years of attempting to eliminate God from the culture. The desire to remove one creator and replace him with another. After thousands of years on one day in 1973, life was no longer considered sacred and protected in America.

In the midst of a pretty crazy election cycle I am growing ever weary of the process; the billions of dollars wasted on campaigning. For me there is only one issue that any candidate must acknowledge. No other issue matters unless and until this one is returned to its rightful position. There is never an acceptable reason for the taking of human life.

In  200 A.D. Tertulian wrote,
For us murder is once for all forbidden; so even the child in the womb, while yet the mother’s blood is still being drawn on to form the human being, it is not lawful to destroy. To forbid birth is only quicker murder. It makes no difference whether one take away the life once born or destroy it as it comes to birth. He is a man, who is to be a man, the fruit is always present in the seed.”

In 1973, a few in places of power determined to turn away from the sanctity of life. Unless or until the culture changes back and acknowledges the wrong direction the values and heart of the country will continue to spiral away from truth and civility. No other issue matters at the core, because no other issue is grounded in the heart of God and man’s design. When life is no longer sacred, nothing matters. I cannot support anyone that chooses to view life, all of life, as anything less than sacred.

      “But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of the divine being. So nobody has an excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.
     So God said, in effect, ‘If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us  Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean spirited, venomous, fork-tongued, God bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags. They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold- blooded. And it’s not as if they didn’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best.”

It is not about intolerance.  It is not about political agendas.  It is not about being right. It is not about judging others.  It is about love. The Creator loves all of His creation. He asks us to do the same.   One day He will restore everything to its original design.   For now, grace is the only choice.

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