The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Straight from the Cow

Got God?

Got God?

“It is not a question of right and wrong, but a question of God taking you by a way which in the meantime you do not understand, and it is only by going through the confusion that you will get at what God wants.” ~ Oswald Chambers, Pay Attention to the Fog

I wrote the following comment on the TCT Facebook page in response to David Warren’s Whose Side Are We on?:

I liken what has happened to our Church over the past 50 years, as Mr. Cush points out, to milk. 100 years ago, when there were a lot more local farms and farmers, we all drank real milk. We were arguably healthier with stronger bones. Today we’ve essentially diluted the essence of milk down to 2% and 1% versions that are more white water than milk. After a while, how many of us actually “believe” we’re drinking milk anymore? Most of the farmers I know are continuing to get theirs straight from the cow. It sure would be interesting to compare the arthritis statistics of today with those of 100 years ago. I digress. The choice Mr. Warren presents in the last paragraph of his excellent piece reminds me of the words of Ronald Reagan when he too was forced to choose as a matter of conscience, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left me.”

Do you remember when we were children playing children’s games? Remember how we separated into teams with the team captains taking turns picking from the rest of us based on who was bigger, faster and stronger. Now that we’ve put aside childish things, I value wisdom and integrity above all else…as a captain and a player. We are living in dangerous times because we are led by captains who pick their teams based on ideology, fear and greed. We are led by fools who rule over chaos by design. David Warren’s TCT article holds the Pope’s Amoris Laetitia up to the light of day for the fool’s errand it is for the very reason, as he points out, it forces us to choose between the Pope and Jesus Christ Himself! Read the TCT FB comments and you will sadly see, the Liberal mind wanders left while the Conservative wisely recognizes no choice in the matter. It is impossible to understate the danger and the tragedy here, as we watch our friends and loved ones foolishly march to the cliffs…

Why were there more Trump signs than Hillary signs in the heart of Hillary Country? Because a totally hijacked Democratic Party was put in the impossible position of defending the indefensible! NONE of my Democratic friends could or would stand up to defend “Safe Spaces” for “Snow Flakes”. They could only sit in silence, pretending they don’t exist. How pathetic is that? And far worse than that…not only does such a person “willingly” silence themselves, they lock up their own intellect. Because if it were to remain free to think, it would realize that IF everyone sat with them in silence, we would ALL lose our freedom!

And all of this because the generation that was fortunate enough to get their milk straight from the cow, passed the torch to “A generation that has never been told ‘no'”. This is WELL worth the watch! Choose wisely…


Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Today I Will Fast & Pray

What if?

What if?

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9

One of my favorite movies is “The Big Chill” (1983). It’s really hard to lose your audience when you mix good actors with great music all coming together around a very compelling plot. I don’t know if you could call it the moral of the story, but the take-away for me is pretty simple. All the success in the world can’t buy or replicate the magic and chemistry of true friendships. In fact, doesn’t it seem sometimes as though we live our lives trying to recapture what came so naturally…while moving ourselves further from “it”? Let’s go a little deeper…

I wrote of my struggles this past Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday of the year because it was always about my family, my friends, and my favorite things…not the least of which were food and football. But, as in the “Big Chill”, stuff happens, the world turns, and things change. The Big Chill’s Alex couldn’t deal with the changes, so he took what he might have thought was the easy way out (suicide)…which paved the way for a great movie centered around the reuniting of old friends. Berenger’s, Klein’s, and Goldblum’s characters all seemed to ride life’s waves successfully…while Hurt’s character hurt. The only woman in the cast who seemed happy was Alex’s girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly) who was really a child in every sense of the word. Most of us experienced the “happy ending” in the host’s kitchen as Michael (Goldblum) threatens hosts Sarah (Close) and Harold (Klein) with “We’re not leaving” while Jeramiah was a bull frog cues up the credits to the end. But how many of us got the real happy ending cleverly hidden in Hurt’s (re)connection with the Child?

So where would our Big Chillians who first met each other at the University of Michigan in the 60’s, and then again in 1983 be today I wonder. Well, who can say really? Or…can we take a good look around us and know exactly where the University of Michigan’s children of the sixties are today, as I lamented in my Thanksgiving Day Tune-up? What gets lost in the nostalgic mist of romance and Motown hits, is the 20/20 clarity of hindsight in the context of the God-forsaken mess they’ve created! Not quite with me yet? Have patience…you will be.

I came across this TCT piece by David Warren; The Silence of the Lions. The point of his message is a great big WHAT IF the lions of the Church who stood up against the tyrant in the last century were the rule rather than the scant exception? His lament in the “silence” of today’s shepherds goes more than hand-in-hand with my Thanksgiving lament of who we’ve become. And it helped me to recall the Tytler Cycle of Freedom;

Spiritual Faith>                                                                                                                         Great Courage>                                                                                           Liberty>                                                                                                                    Abundance>                                                                                                                    Selfishness>                                                                                                              Complacency>                                                                                                               Apathy>                                                                                                                               Dependency>                                                                                                                      Bondage>                                                                                                                                Spiritual Faith…

Now think of the Tytler Cycle as an overlay on the map of American History;

Spiritual Faith ~ From Columbus to James Town to the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock

Great Courage ~ The American Revolution and our military heritage

Liberty ~ Our Founding as a Sovereign Nation, and the beacon of hope to others

Abundance ~ Our Rise to power through the Industrial Revolution and into the 1950’s

Selfishness ~ The 1960’s – 1970’s

Complacency ~ The 1980’s

Apathy ~ The 1990’s

Dependency ~ Today (94 million Americans are not working…45 million are on food stamps)

Bondage ~ Tomorrow?

I have a What If for David Warren. What if we were to skip the Bondage part and go straight to Spiritual Faith?

I don’t know about you Dear Friend, but today I will fast and pray.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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A Special Thanksgiving Tune-up ~ Our Modern Day Hirō Onoda

The Mayflower's Robert Cushman

The Mayflower’s Robert Cushman

Hirō Onoda was an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II and was a Japanese holdout who did not surrender in 1945. After Onoda spent 29 years holding out in the Philippines, his former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty in 1974.

I’m struggling with Thanksgiving this year. It’s not that I am not personally thankful. It’s more that my gratitude is having a hard time keeping up with the shame and sadness I am feeling for who we have become as people. Home of the free, land of the brave? Who are you people? I don’t remember Obama supporters getting the crap beat out of them after he was elected. I don’t recall rioting and looting, or assassination threats, or exam and class cancellations after he won his election 8 years ago. A business executive who supervises a very large field force told me the other day that more than one of his “adult” sales people actually asked him to provide a “Safe Space” for them because of the election results. There are no words…

Do you know why Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan said this the other day, “I’m pulling the fire alarm right now.”? Because he knows you’ve all lost your ever-loving minds. You’ve all sold your souls for the sake of a feel good fantasy that has just blown up in your faces…and rather than stop, assess the circumstances, recalibrate your bearings, do a gut check, admit mistakes and take ownership; you double down on the madness that cost you the biggest game of your entire lives! Have any of you stopped to count the governorships or seats in Congress you’ve lost over the course of the past 8 years? The word is decimation! How in the world are you any different from Onoda?

I got up yesterday morning to read this sweet and lovely piece (Debtors and Trespassers) by Professor Randall Smith about what Thanksgiving means to him. After winding and weaving my way through his personal history of debt, and why Catholics say trespass, how Thanksgiving needs to be about forgiveness and not just gratitude, all I could feel was a sense of sadness for all the young minds he has deprived of Thanksgiving’s Truth. Now take one moment to read Maureen Mullarkey’s Thanksgiving in the Month of the Holy Souls, and you’ll see exactly what I am talking about…and why I am fast losing faith in my own countrymen.

Oh, and it gets even better. No sooner had I linked to TCT Facebook at the bottom of Smith’s column to post my review, I come across this gem from a member of the legion of lost souls, posted that same morning, making my argument for me: America’s Catholics must take responsibility for the racism and hate they’ve enabled and normalized in supporting Donald Trump, who’s named a white nationalist and champion of the “alt-right,” Stephen Bannon, as his chief white house strategist. When will the repentance begin?” ~ Matthew Satori

A visit to young Matthew’s FB profile reveals him to be a pagan-worshiping SJW. His hero is dead-as-a-doornail-junkie-stone-temple-pilot-front-man, Scott Weiland. The Matthews among us are many…thanks to the Professors for the State! They’ll worship anything that appears to free them from obedience to anything…

Once a nation ceases to believe it begins to obey… As William Penn warned: “Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.” The choice before the world is this: Truth or Power, that is, either live by God’s Truth or exist under State Power. We are coming into the days of Omnipotence where we will live under the Omnipotence of God or squirm under the Omnipotence of Power. ~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (TCT ~ How To Make America Great Again)

So here’s my Thanksgiving recipe to help nourish the floundering American Soul. Many of us will be blessed with the good Professor’s “Snowflakes” seated round our table on this Thanksgiving Day. In fact…this winter many more of us will find for the first time, “Snowflakes” inside our homes as well as on our driveways…and, they’ll be here to stay! So consider offering them this holiday deal, good parents. They can enroll in online courses from Hillsdale College to keep them busy through the spring, at which time they will explain the concept of American Exceptionalism to your satisfaction; OR, they can pay you full rent! Maybe by next Thanksgiving we’ll all believe again…

But now we are in all places strangers and pilgrims, travelers and sojourners, most properly, having no dwelling but in this earthen tabernacle; our dwelling is but a wandering, and our abiding but as a fleeting, and in a word our home is nowhere, but in the heavens. ~ Robert Cushman of the Mayflower Expedition

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Natural vs Progressive Law



Every type of superstition pretends it can rule the universe; the scientific quack proclaims he can control the weather, that he has occult powers and can take the untamable universe and tame it. God says it cannot be done. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Wild Universe

Do you know the difference between the Progressive and a small child? The small child touches the hot stove once and never again. The Progressive not only comes back for more, time and time again; they “normalize” the experience to make sure the whole world burns with them. The other notable distinction is this… Even the child doesn’t think to blame the parent for the burn. Have you seen Hillary lately? She actually appears as a person the “Wild Universe” just chewed up and spit out, after foolishly and arrogantly imagining herself above it all. And what does she do when she gets to her feet? She blames FBI Director James Comey because a rational and discerning public rejected her 2nd bid for power.

I truly miss the “Sensible Liberal”. We used to dance under the same silver moon. We used to laugh together at the same old Mash re-run episodes. We held hands in the same sand, under the same sun in Holgate. Those were the days…

And then along came the Progressive with all his charms. He whispered his sweet lies, soft and steady, into an ear that was not built to defend against them. And the rest, as they say, is history. I became the “deplorable” and “bitter clinger” to you over time, and far worse than that…you and I, WE became sadly estranged. And sadder still…divided. And the most amazing thing in all of this, as the great Progressive Lie came crashing down all around you on November 8th; you still don’t realize you (We) were poisoned!

Not only did we share the same moon, sand, and sun before the poison. We shared the same God! Until, that is, you invited His replacement:

“I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of self-importance—to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god … If truth be known, I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood … Soros, who is an atheist said he saw himself as “some kind of god, the creator of everything… he portrayed himself as someone who shared numerous attributes with “God in the Old Testament” — “[Y]ou know, like invisible. I was pretty invisible. Benevolent. I was pretty benevolent. All-seeing. I tried to be all-seeing” … Soros told his biographer Michael Kaufman that his “goal” was nothing less ambitious than “to become the conscience of the world…” ~ George Soros

In the Natural World, our friendship and faith were primary to matters of the State, and in fact fed the State with reliable character worthy of the responsibilities of stewardship. In the Progressive World, our friendship and faith became secondary and subordinate to an ideology that killed both, leaving the charming liars and thieves to lord over us.

So my friends, Trump may have won…but WE are irreconcilable. Even now, Soros and his minions gather in the shadows plotting their next move…which is to say, he NEVER wishes us to be together again. His power is our division. His greatest fear is your conversion. The Progressive black heart of Soros and his blood money are behind our undoing. From the riots in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland and Milwaukee to the “Safe Spaces” on our college campuses; he is the lying thief who stole the language of honor, courage and integrity, and replaced it with politically correct drivel. He is the Pied Piper who perverted your sons and daughters from the men and women of tomorrow, into the “Snowflakes” of today. The very same man who dispossessed his own blood as Hitler’s errand boy has pitted the world against itself…to what end?                 

                    The Natural Way

I dreamed I saw the saving light…                                                                                  this light that seemed within me moored.                                          

When all was lost to the darkest spell,                                                                         and waves of death around me roared.                                                                     What is the whisper soft yet strong,                                                                           we’ve carried with us all along…                                        

To live and love, to fight and die…                                                                                  “To what end?” The light, said He to I.                                                                           To live and love another day?                                                                                            To fight and die our lives away?                                                

“Lord, how long wilt Thou hid Thyself unto the end?”                                              …I thought I heard the seabird say.                                                                          “And, behold, I will send to you Elias…”                                                                   came back to me on ocean spray.                                                    

The Loving, the Righteous, the Holy,                                                                             the One and Only…the Natural Way.                                                                                  ~ CM 11/20/16


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Face of Godlessness

Who's the "bitter clinger" now?

Who’s the “bitter clinger” now?

The man who prays ceases to be a fool, while the man who refuses to pray nourishes a blind life within his own brain and he will find no way out on that road. Job cries out that prayer is the only way out in all these matters. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Way Out (Job 28:20, 28)

A most interesting week indeed Dear Friend…

Have you heard the one about the two women on a plane? Of course not…I only met them this past Thursday morning on my connecting flight from Atlanta to Newark. The first, I met in 1st class on my way to the mid-section of the aircraft. She happened to notice my copy of The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and praised it, generating interest in that section of the aircraft. I received an affirming chuckle from the group when I replied, “Yes…all the things they failed to teach us in school.” The second woman was seated in 17D, just in front of me. Picking up on the fact that I was a Trump supporter from the casual pre-flight conversation I was having with the gentleman seated next to me, she stood up, turned around, her face a portrait of rage, bitterness and anger, as she let out a scream from the top of her lungs for all to hear, “KEEP YOUR VOICE DOWN!” Stunned, I observed myself somewhere between Cowardly Lion and Braveheart in the face of the Great & Powerful Oz…managing to get out a resounding “This is the United States of America…I will say what’s on my mind!” My neighbor pulled me back from the ledge of escalation, and that was that.

Now, visualize the confrontation I just shared with you as you look closely at the faces in the photo at the top of the page, and place it all in the context of the Chambers quote above. How any good and decent person, knowing what we know after the last eight years, can possibly choose to make their beds in what can best be described as the most obvious above-ground-grave ever devised, is totally and completely beyond my ability to fathom! And it is heart-breaking…

Do you understand the fundamental difference between those of us who pray and those of us who refuse to pray, as we witness the horrific headlines citing violence and calls for Trump’s assassination around the country? Those of us who pray wish for the blessings of a real life for those of us who do not, while those who refuse to pray wish us dead. You can see it in the faces above as clear as day.

But there is something afoot here that concerns me now, more than ever before. There is a level of tension in the two opposing forces that has grown well beyond volcanic in nature. When I think about how my plane confrontation might have gone, juxtaposed to this brilliant shot at the growing legions of “Snowflakes” among us, my concern only deepens. While I LOVE the way the author exposes the absurdity of the “Safe-Space” construct brought to us by our Progressive friends on the far Left of sanity itself, his ending statement troubles me:

So retreat to your safe spaces, grab your adult colouring books and put on a happy face my special snow flakes because regardless of whoever/whatever you are and regardless of what nation it is you reside in, we, the deplorables, are coming for you.

It troubles me (especially the “coming after you” part) because if you imagine us standing before the group above and speaking it to them, our facial expressions would appear the same. So I guess what I am saying…my wish for us…is that we are more careful to be wise in these situations. We need to prepare our minds to discern a most critically important distinction. When the wolf is at your door, you kill it before it devours you and those you love. But when dealing with poor losers and mindless children, you keep firm in the light, speak your truth, and above all else…pray for them.

PS ~ Our fight has only just begun!

PSS ~ The best remedy EVER devised for “Snowflake” dementia;

DO not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell. ~ Proverbs 23:13, 14

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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Thoughts & Suggestions to Make America Great Again

Mr. President

Mr. President

Today has been a day of elation for some and deflation for others. Regardless of which camp you are in, the American People have spoken. I’ve been thinking a lot about where we’ve been for the past eight years, and I am praying with all my heart Donald Trump means what he says about uniting us. Here are some thoughts I have on that;

  • Replace political correctness with honest and open dialogue.
  • Replace pay to play with a system of integrity and the same rule of law for everyone.
  • Replace the scam of “social justice” with ethics and civics…or teach in another country.
  • Replace the scam of Obamacare with an ethical market-driven system that allows insurance companies to compete across state lines, where doctors are incentivized to practice good medicine.

And here are my initial suggestions for our new President:

Kellyanne Conway ~ Chief of Staff

Rudy Giuliani ~ Attorney General

Ben Carson ~ Health & Human Services Secretary

Newt Gingrich ~ Secretary of State

Gen. Mike Flynn ~ Secretary of Defense

Senator Mike Lee ~ To replace Justice Scalia

And above all, may we humble and right ourselves before God, that he may continue to bless America.

Still thinking…


Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ What Comes Next?

"What are you prepared to do?"

“What are you prepared to do?”

“With the menacing storm on the horizon, the stage is set for a great debate over where we are now, and where we need to go. At this point, our principle concern will be to understand both the nature of the storm we face and that of the harbor we seek. Only then can we chart a course for the future.” ~ John Horvat II, Return to Order (2013)

If you return to the Almighty and humble yourself, if you remove unrighteousness far from your tents, if you lay gold in the dust…and if the Almighty is your gold, and your precious silver; then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God. You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you; and you will pay your vows. You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. For God abases the proud, but he saves the lowly ~ Job 22:23-29

We are fed in this world by two kinds of people; those who love us, and those who love themselves. I was fed most recently by the former with two books. Alicia gave me the John Horvat book. And Cookie gave me Peter Marshall & David Manuel’s “The Light and the Glory” where I found the Job passage on page 46 in which the authors were describing the character of Columbus, and how he was tested during his own menacing storm. Christopher (I was not taught in school) means Christo-ferens…Christ-bearer. His purpose was to bring the Light of Christ to the New World. And he most certainly did…

Now fast forward to a more recent discovery; one that took place during an NYPD investigation of Anthony Weiner’s laptop computer. I believe the history books of tomorrow will mark the NYPD discovery as earth-shaking as the Columbus discovery. Columbus brought the Light of Christ to America in 1492, and 524 years later the NYPD uncovered the greatest evil enterprise ever conceived, on the very same American soil, threatening the entire world! Before you accuse me of exaggerating my claim, understand that the NYPD discovery includes Satanic ritual, child prostitution, pedophilia and abuse, sex-slavery and trafficking, blackmail and extortion that reaches both deep and high into the ranks of the United States Federal Government…names, evidence and video footage so horrific and damning DAYS BEFORE the most important election in US history; the Department of Justice tried to force the NYPD investigators to stand down. They courageously refused. In fact, it was this very discovery that forced James Comey to reopen the criminal investigation of Hillary Rodham Clinton, ringleader of the most diabolical enterprise to ever corrupt American soil…and the entire world along with it. By the way, I predict that an honest and thorough investigation will reveal that the dark tentacles of their evil reach deep into the body politic of both State AND Church. Let that sink in a moment…

Before we get to what comes next, I think we can agree that this changes the scope of Horvat’s “great debate” significantly. Remember, he wrote those words three years ago. I think we know where we are now. The Jim Malone-to-Elliot Ness question is “What are we prepared to do?” And because these evils have poisoned both Church and State, I believe this is a question we need to be asking ourselves spiritually as well as physically.

So think about this. The unraveling is reaching warp speed, as they scramble about the deck. They will never be able to get this genie back in the bottle…it has taken on a life of its own now. The web they’ve woven has entangled them all and has already reached the “pitting-themselves-against-one-another” stage. Weiner and Abedin have reportedly “flipped”. Think what this means. We are talking about one very big, bad, mean and cornered wolf. Tuesday is now just two days away. What comes next is anybody’s guess. But I would offer this…

God made a bet with Satan, knowing what He knew.                                                                Who are you betting on? What are you prepared to do?

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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