The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ “With a Little Help From My Friends”?

The 3% Remnant Friends in Christ

But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” ~ Luke 22:57

The Luke quote, we know as Christians, was Peter denying his friendship…in fact, he was denying any relationship…he was denying that he even knew his very own Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He would do so twice again. If this was so, how can any of us, no matter how much we think we love, admire, and even worship each other as friends, actually believe we are true friends. The greatest truth I’ve come to know; there is only one true friend in the entire world and universe for each and every single one of us. And He is the same friend…for each and every one of us.

This realization hit home for me this week, after listening to one of my very favorite songs from very different times, in the days of my youth. Something about the innocence and honesty in Ringo’s voice turned the Sgt. Pepper gem “With a Little Help From My Friends” into the anthem of my generation…an anthem that was magically amplified by Joe Cocker two years later at Woodstock. Ringo believed what he was singing, and Cocker threw his entire being into it on that stage in Bethel.

Today I am listening to the song as I am driving, on my way to meet my new friends pictured above, and smiling as I’m thinking about my old friends. Of one in particular, who years ago on a California beach found herself befriended by two young men. One, who called himself Light, and the other who called himself Energy. There was something about them, an appeal beyond physical, something unseen she simply knew she wanted. They would take her to “the Father” who would help her attain it…in the Beverly Hills. She would discover, soon thereafter, that the very charismatic Father was only interested in the generous curves of her physical being. This was the same old Liberal friend, still falling for charismatic fathers, who sent me the “I’m pro-mind your own damn business” message I referred to last Sunday.

The success of any cult relies on several key ingredients; What we wish and want to be true. What feels right. And the overall production of our experience…in this case, an elaborate mansion in Beverly Hills, beautiful people…mostly naked, and a very charismatic and convincingly authoritative Father. My Woodstock Generation was groomed, primed, and perfectly conditioned for another similar production on a far more elaborate, diabolical, and global level many years later. A production so vast and expansive, it is nearly impossible to comprehend. And yet, it is being exposed and revealed to us at this very moment in time.

We are all attracted to things of beauty, be it song or works of art. Sailors may fall in love with wonderful horizons, majestic sunsets, wave-riding moonbeams, but those who fail to navigate by the one North Star will remain hopelessly lost at sea. Just as the world’s greatest architects who cherish the creative freedom of shapes and dimensions, would leave us meaningless rubble without the objective truth found only in the square, level, and plumb. Natural Law…the derivation of our most sacred and cherished human rights!

My friends, pictured above, know as I know our true friend and Father. He is the very same friend and Father our Founders knew. I met them this weekend at a magnificent Annual Flag Day and Second Amendment Rally in Auburn MA.

The greatest friend and love of my life, was only so as long as I believed as she believed. So many of us have built our castles on the same shifting sands, we are too many to count or even imagine. And yet, when we love each other as and through the one who knows the numbers of hairs on each of our heads, then and only then are we to each other, as I am to the three above…

Your friend in Christ.


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Mining the Middle


Tradition sustains, revolution destroys…He who re-invents the wheel is merely spinning. The person who condemns the wheel, because it is so old and boring, is not only revolutionary but demented. ~ David Warren,  Something Old, Something New

What do the Equality Act and the SAFE Act have in common? Both sound good, compassionate, fair, desirable, necessary, and…well, very American, do they not? When Andrew Cuomo signed off on the SAFE Act and famously proclaimed all tradition-minded Conservatives are no longer welcome in New York, he revealed his true inner Machiavellian/Orwellian character. The Equality Act and SAFE Act, besides having absolutely nothing at all to do with equality or safety, are fathered by the same Orwellian devil…a devil that knows it cannot impose the former without the latter. How do you force an armed man or woman to defy their own conscience? Our Founders had very good reason to place our God-given right to keep and bear arms as our second most important right. The SAFE Act is the illegal act of domestic despots who lust for power and control over those they were supposed to serve. The Equality Act is the forced sodomization of our minds, bodies, and souls by the same. Read about it HERE.

As we honored our D-Day Veterans this past week I thought of the old friend who referred to the selfless heroes who took the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago, as “a waste of human life.” Watching it all unfold, it occurred to me that nobody I know Mines the Middle as well as this same man, threading the needle of safety, careful not to offend either side in the debate. I had only just commented the other day, “I wonder sometimes whether we would need martyrs if we had more sheepdogs?” Germany fell under the control of their own power-hungry domestic despot because of the Middle-Miners. Thank God for the Sheepdogs! There were no Middle-Miners jumping into the night skies over France, or out of those landing boats at Normandy.

If you don’t think a much darker tyrant than Hitler lurks behind the LGBT Memos from my “Director of Diversity Markets”, the Upper Montclair Drag Queen Story Hour, our friends at Family Central, the Rainbow Flag, Equality Act, and the rape, murder and sex-trafficking of our children, then you are not thinking. “The only way not to find this in any American city is simply not to look for it.” In other words, the only way not to find evil is to turn off your inner Sheepdog! Oh…I failed to connect the Abortion-Now-Infanticide dot! Apparently the Sheepdog is alive and well at the University of Alabama! Go Big Al! There is hope…

In all fairness to the Middle-Miners, the modern world has made it next to impossible to be anything but. My Liberal pro-mind your own damn business!” friend from a couple of Sundays ago doesn’t see herself as a stormtrooper of the New Reich, Orwell referred to as Thinkpol, but the top-down devils have successfully fused a passionate Sieg Heil into her soul, and many more like her. Stephen Stills had the prophetic line in the hit song, For What it’s Worth, “Step out o’ line, and they’ll come and they’ll take you away.” This is the very heart of the reason why Main Stream Media wants Trump’s head on a platter…for the very same reason Herod’s step-daughter Salome wanted John the Baptist’s head…for exposing the lie. President Trump is Van Helsing to the darkest and most vampiric evil to ever threaten our planet. And what does the beast need to seal our fate? Lost Souls and Middle-Miners.

Lost Souls are those who have no foundation or anchor to truth. They are the ones Dobie Gray sang about in his sixties hit, The “In” Crowd. For them, feelings trump truth. The Middle-Miners on the other hand, have a relationship with truth. They understand, respect, and even admire what the Lost Souls have rejected. They simply refuse to defend it. To their minds, they have much too much to lose…and on one level they are absolutely correct. The vast majority of Middle-Miners are Baby-Boomers who have grown dependent on the devil, never realizing who he was. And now he owns them via pensions, healthcare, and security, etc.

But there’s good news. Our fate is only sealed when we’ve drawn our last breath. Bob Dylan channeled truth all the way to a totally convicted Christian heart. John Lennon knew it and was reaching for it before he was murdered. Tradition sustains, revolution destroys. Watch carefully as the two sides struggle in the greatest tug-of-war for power and control the world has ever known. Defenders of truth shine. Those now forced into openly defending the lie are dying before our very eyes. Get out of the middle while you can! God is throwing us all a line in Elizabeth A. Mitchell’s WANTED: the Good Guys

I encourage you to visit , click on the video icon on the left and watch “We Are the Plan”, “Dark to Light”, and “Killing the Mockingbird”.

Let us pray…

Dear Lord, guide us from the middle where no good man can endure                            Where hope is soft and brittle, and every line a blur.                                                             Lead us to the place we cannot see around the bend,                                                              The home of love and glory; our eternal freedom in the end.                                                      ~ Amen

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Incremental Journey

Jesus, “Unwinding the Clock”

Your message on leaving our comfort zones resonates here in New Rochelle, NY. “Progs” and Globalists occupy city council and school board; zoning, planning, library board, historical society and most nonprofits and NGOs, church and temple pulpits, men’s/women’s lay organizations etc., because conservatives got lazy and assumed “that can’t happen here.” It did. Now, how to unwind the clock; the march into absurdity, faithlessness and paganism? My dear parents, gone now, would be ashamed.

The above comment by Stephen was left on last week’s SMTU, and his “how to” may very well be the most important “how to” of our lives. Every moment of my life, every choice, every act, every friend and foe, every joy and heartbreak have prepared me for the coming salvation and doing my own part in helping to deny the devil his greatest meal…just when he thought he had us all.

Lao Tzu wrote, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” The idea of our salvation seems more like a hundred-thousand-mile journey. We can feel it in Stephen’s comment. That’s because the devil is very good at what he does. When you stop and think about it, demoralizing is his entire job description in one word.

My one step was taken in September 2015 in a small church on a mountaintop in Wyoming, when Pastor Kirby lit a fire in my heart with James 4:8. It was a step that turned me 180 degrees back to where we all come from. Oswald Chambers tells us salvation means that we are brought to the place we are able to receive something from God on the authority of Jesus Christ, namely, remission of sins. Our part as workers for God is to open men’s eyes that they may turn themselves from darkness to light… “that they may receive forgiveness of sins.” By Grace, and Grace alone…Birth and Grace are the greatest bookend gifts from God blessing both ends of the life in between. Neither is deserved, and neither can be earned. Sadly, and tragically, both can be avoided. None of us have control of our own birth, but every last one of us has the power to put ourselves on the path to receive.

One of the devil’s many talents is his ability to blind us to our own power. He does this by demoralizing us first, softening us for our own fears to finish the job. Lao Tzu also knew that a demoralized enemy is an enemy defeated before the battle has even begun. I can’t begin to tell you how many friends have told me they don’t stand up and speak out anymore because we are already lost. They have been completely demoralized. Why bother? They are powerless because they’ve allowed themselves to see themselves so. And it was all so easy and effortless…

Fear is another matter. Again…I love how Oswald Chambers (a fellow Scot) puts it. Have you been bolstering up that stupid soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God? Put all “supposing” on one side and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about that thing. All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.

When I stop and think about what God has put into my life since I consciously and deliberately put Him back into mine, I am brought to tears of amazement and joy. I have brothers and sisters no parent could have given me as well as God has. I have a church family that I grow closer to and more appreciative of with each passing day. I am more in touch with the sheepdog-self God made me to be. And every blessed step of this miraculous mosaic of a journey called life has been incremental. Speaking of the sheepdog self, this is very important. I took a bite, as sheepdogs tend to do, out of a wolf in professor’s clothing the other day: Erik is Colonel Nicholson from Bridge Over the River Kwai. We don’t hate you Erik. My “mean and nasty” isn’t directed at you. I target the beast that has taken your mind and wants your soul. We’re just trying to save you from the “What have I done?” Hell.

How do we deal with the Erik’s as Christian men? This is the heart and soul of Stephen’s question, how to unwind the clock; the march into absurdity, faithlessness and paganism? Erik has been granted his authority as a university professor in Seattle by a master far meaner and nastier than I could ever dream of being, with one purpose; poison the minds of our children, embitter their hearts and minds to their true inheritance, and destroy the future of the America my generation was blessed to grow up in. Unchallenged Eriks are the reason we have “Drag Queen Hours” grooming and sexualizing our children in public libraries across America. Unchallenged Eriks are the reason our children are being taught “Allah good, Jesus bad” in public schools across America. When an old high school friend of mine responded to Sharia-creep in his New Jersey community by calling on his inner sheepdog self, I witnessed another old high school friend discouraging him from doing what his instincts as a man called him to do. What the latter was counseling the former, whether he was conscious of it or not, was to put his interests before the welfare of his community. The total opposite of our highest aspiration and purpose as Christian Americans. Just be a good sheep, in other words. Not On Our Watch!

We “unwind the clock” by showing up. We answer the “(LGBTQ Pride Parade), faithlessness and paganism” with our own “Choose Life Parade”. We can learn an awful lot about ourselves by simply observing the natural world around us. The wolves have effectively been put on notice in our community. Without ever having to actually feel the bite, they know… Join Us!

And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. ~ Matthew 8:29-32


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Time for War

“Why not try to listen and understand?”

Jesus Christ had no sin to deny, no wrong self to deny; He had only a holy Self. It was that Self He denied all the time, and it was that Self that Satan tried to make Him obey. What could be holier than the will of the holy Son of God? And yet all through He said, “not what I will, but as you will.” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Beauty of Self-Denial

God gave me the gift of song-writing, singing, and playing which Satan would no doubt have preferred I use for my glory. To be truthful, I started on that path until I realized the source and chose instead to turn the channeling gift to His glory. The key element in the Chambers passage above is sacrifice. What am I sacrificing when I use the gift for my own gain or purpose is the sister argument for what am I risking when I let others fight my battles? The argument I get most from fellow Christians who choose not to fight, is that “it is all in God’s hands.” The convenience of their argument is the proof in their own lack of sacrifice. If it is all in God’s hands, he wouldn’t have called on Nehemiah to build the wall. We may have our own calling, but He calls us all to be men. How can any of us consider ourselves His faithful servant, who would allow the snakes into our Master’s house? Oswald Chambers puts it rightly when he wrote, “There is no choice of service, only absolute loyalty to our Lord’s commission; loyalty to what you discern when you are in closest contact with God.”

A Liberal friend messages me the following post this week, “Get an abortion or don’t. Be gay. Be straight. Be transgender. Be an Atheist. I’m pro-leave people alone. I’m pro-respect people even if you disagree with them. I’m pro-supporting family and friends. I’m pro-mind your own damn business!” This same week, a mutual friend of ours who would fall more to the Right and well into the Libertarian camp referred to the 9,000 American soldiers who gave their lives on D-Day as a “waste of human life.” Both friends are the nicest people you will ever meet. But to the first I would ask how do you allow someone to kill a totally innocent and viable human being, and still consider yourself a human being? To the second I would ask, was Jesus Christ a waste of human life?

Speaking of pro-leave-people-alone, the problem is that far too many of us are doing exactly that…exactly when we shouldn’t. Conservatives and Christians are targets in this rotten culture. As a result, we stay in when we need to get out, and we get out where we need to stay in. Kind of like the old Springsteen line from the song “Growing Up” revised: When they said sit down, I sat down. A wonderful man and fellow Christian accompanied me and two other Oath Keepers as we attended a Transgender indoctrination event at our public library, promoted by the Cultural Marxists at “Family Central”. He said to me before we went in, “I don’t know why I’m here.” Maybe he doesn’t. But I know that I cannot be a faithful servant and allow the snake into my Master’s House. If the Lie is not met with Truth, the Lie wins. Silence is consent. It’s really that simple. If we were not there, the Transgender presentation would have been a completely different experience. The fact that I asked honest and truthful questions that essentially forced the presenter into an aggressive and defensive demeanor had a very powerful affect on every soul in the room, whether they realized it or not. Somewhere deep inside their otherwise totally impervious “safe-space” bubble, truth had touched them. Even though I was respectful, loving, even saluting their courage at the beginning of my remarks, they did their best to completely seal themselves off from me, once they realized I wasn’t going to indulge their fantasy. The most important thing to realize here is that truth is not just irrelevant in their “Safe Space”, it is the #1 threat to their existence, as they see it…or, should I say, as they feel it.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives just passed the Equality Act,  which would make reality subordinate to Progressive fantasy. Earlier this week, a friend of mine posted a picture of a man wearing a PTSD T-shirt (Pretty Tired of Stupid Democrats). While it is not something I would have posted, it elicited the following exchange between myself and Margo:

Margo: Just what we as a nation need… more division. Differences do happen, but why not try to listen and understand each other instead of this sort of thing.

Chip: Because the one side cheats, lies, steals, and has no connection or relationship of any sort to reality or truth. How’s that Margo?

Margo responded, “You are entitled to your opinion.” Margo, and I would guess a significant number of our Liberal friends, seem to be missing two very important points. The impetus for the T-shirt is the Democrat obsession with forcing square pegs into round holes, which everyone has the right to do with their own life, in their own home in a free society. But the Equality Act forces the square peg on all of us, and would make the opinion Margo states I’m entitled to, illegal. I’m not sure which is the better word here, draconian…or evil?

While we were engaging the lie in the East, my fellow Oath Keeper brother Keith was engaging it in the West. There will be no LGBTQ flag flying over town hall in Dublin California because 11 showed up to fight. When the modern world said sit down, they stood up! You can watch this very powerful video here if you are on Facebook.  

And there are many snakes in our Father’s House, some of them in Congress…

“I rise today to defy the horrifying attacks happening against women’s reproductive rights all across this country,” Omar began. “Religious fundamentalists are currently trying to manipulate state laws in order to impose their beliefs on an entire society, all with complete disregard for voices and the rights of American women.”

President Donald Trump is in the Whitehouse because of those who fight. Representative Omar Ilhan is in our House of Representatives because of those who don’t.  I’ll leave you all to ponder what Chambers meant by “service along other lines”…on this Memorial Day.

The call is loyalty to the ministry you received when you were in real touch with Him. This does not imply that there is a campaign of service marked out for you, but it does mean that you will have to ignore the demands for service along other lines. ~ Oswald Chambers, Joy in the Lord

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The “Itching Ears”

Itching for the Truth

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth, and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. ~ 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Its an amazingly refreshing and rejuvenating experience to gather in the company of nearly two hundred pairs of ears tuned to the truth that is found in what those gathered know to be the Word of God, as we did last Saturday in Warwick for the Choose Life Parade. Conversely, by the time these words are read in today’s SMTU, some of us will have attended a presentation at the Wisner Library in the same Village of Warwick, aimed at the “itching ear” by the “teachers to suit their own likings”, as they attempt to nourish the lost with the Greatest Myth of All. 

Last week we focused on the inside-out of fear. “The peace that Jesus gives is never engineered by circumstances on the outside.” And yet, where do we all cling? Think about what is happening in China, where the entire society is monitored and controlled by an “algorithm” developed (by Google) to provide a social behavior credit score…on every single one of 1.4 billion plus Chinese souls. Every pleasure, and every pain, every want and need, every thought and desire, inexorably linked to a consciousness outside of their own…and apart from God. Witnessing the behavior of a certain political party here at home, is there any doubt this Orwellian madness was meant for us as well? In fact, isn’t Political-Correctness (sanctioned by the same political party) a soft-tyranny version…a sort of dry-run prep for the very real chains of hard-tyranny that imprison every single soul in China?

I can tell you, as a faithful servant to one King, that the stage has been carefully set here at home for a new Exodus, an unholy Exodus, from who we are meant to be, to who they want us to be. In every social/ethnic circle…even in my own greater Christian community, I can hear it, see it, and feel it in the expressions of certain “rock star” shepherds, and their disciples here in Orange County, tempering every word and deed to appease the Progressive “itching ear” in Albany.

So yesterday I wake up to a message from one of my Christian Oath Keeper brothers in Dublin California, asking us to pray for them as they prepare to take on the LGBTQ-bought-and-paid-for town officials looking to run up the rainbow flag officially declaring the month of May Gay Pride Month…just as I am reading the latest update on the Catholic Hierarchy playing hide-the-carrot with the greatest GAY/PEDOPHILE SEX SCANDAL in history. I started the day in California. By my second cup of coffee I was in Rome. And now, just after breakfast, I am in a roomful of lesbians and transgendered children and adults, and Progressive/Liberals in the Wisner Library Community Room here in Warwick NY to watch reality, science, biology, and truth get twisted into one giant, shiny, bright, and irresistible rainbow pretzel. I attempted to ask legitimate questions at the end but was quickly shut down. My friends and I agreed that, besides truth, the energy most lacking in the room was the masculine. Zero, Zip, Nada…not the slightest trace. Just a roomful of itching ears.

The best gift the Son of God had was His Holy Manhood, and He gave that as a love-gift to God that He might use it as an Atonement for the World. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Beauty of Self-Denial

                                                   In a world without Men

Targeting the “itching ear” of adults is one thing. Preying on the “itching ear” of children is quite another. Reading the confessions of a former Texas Planned Parenthood owner/executive chilled me to the very bone marrow of my being:

Everett earned a commission for every abortion in addition to a share of the fees charged by each clinic. She says she sold abortion and made big bucks off of the “cash cow” of abortion. A new abortion clinic, she said at the annual Rose Dinner for the National March for Life in Ottawa, would make enough money to pay for itself in a single month…She says that the programs aim to teach children that talking to their parents about sex is uncomfortable and then they offer to be the people the children turn to for support. 

                                                             Calling ALL Men!

“Traditional masculinity” was recently deemed “harmful” by the American Psychological Association (APA). Among the traits it directly condemned were “emotional stoicism” and “self-reliance.” ~ What it Means to Be a Man

Many young men are puzzled these days about the meaning of manhood, perplexed by what they hear in a classroom, learn online, or see in their friends. They want to work, to love, to do good in the world, to emulate other men. Unfortunately, maps for these destinations seem in short supply. ~  Ten Guides For Turning Boys Into Men

A Being who has power to put something into a man and keep him free from panic, even in the midst of the awful terror of war. The basis of panic is always cowardice. “You must lay your account with war, with hatred, and with death.” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Basis of Panic


By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you                                                                             Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;                                                                                          If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,                                                                        But make allowance for their doubting too:                                                                                     If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,                                                                                  Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,                                                                                            Or being hated don’t give way to hating,                                                                                      And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;                                                                  If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim,                                                                      If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster                                                                                         And treat those two impostors just the same;                                                                                 If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken                                                                    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,                                                                                    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,                                                                      And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings                                                                            And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,                                                                                    And lose, and start again at your beginnings,                                                                              And never breathe a word about your loss:                                                                                      If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew                                                                            To serve your turn long after they are gone,                                                                                  And so hold on when there is nothing in you                                                                          Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,                                                                          Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,                                                                          If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,                                                                                If all men count with you, but none too much:                                                                                If you can fill the unforgiving minute                                                                                          With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,                                                                                      Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,                                                                              And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!


Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Inside-out of Fear

A Time to Fight

A Time to Fight

“Do not make my Father’s house a house of merchandise!”—the deification of commercial enterprise. Everything of the nature of wrong must go when Jesus Christ begins to cleanse His Father’s house. ~ Oswald Chambers, Passionate Zeal

When you tune in to God, you will find Him to be quite the chatterbox, I can promise you. He speaks to me about our fears this week. He speaks to me through a fearful new Christian friend who lives one of the most fearful lives I’ve ever witnessed. He sees himself living “in the Word”. I see a good man living in fear…fear of non-Christians, fear of breaking bread/eating, fear of partaking and participation, fear of animals coming in the cat door. I am pondering this new friend’s fearful nature as I am on my way to church this past Sunday morning…listening to CBS Sunday Morning. They are doing a feel-good piece using the iconic Swedish band Abba and their “cashless” museum in order to bathe the Globalists’ objective of a cashless society in the softest and sweetest most positive light imaginable. Who better than Abba?

That’s when it hit me like the proverbial ton. We’ve been programmed to fear everything but the true threats…guns, climate, measles, white men, ICE, Alex Jones, Mark Twain, historical monuments, microaggressions, hate speech, FREE SPEECH…the list is endless. While the very same programmers (Tech Giants) who developed the “Dragonfly” social-behavior algorithm for the Communist Chinese, are censoring “dangerous” Conservatives here at home, and wanting us “cashless” as the final nail in our coffin…such a nice soft and cuddly little puppy dog. The devil has turned outside-in, what God created to exist inside-out, by retuning us outside-in.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”  This was the first Catherine of Siena quote in last week’s SMTU for very good reason, because it all starts here…until it doesn’t. Yes; John, Paul, George, and Ringo picked up the sounds of Elvis and Chuck Berry transmitting across the pond, but Beatle-mania grew inside-out of the lads from Liverpool. The magic of Motown was extraordinarily inside-out. When Robert Royal writes today, “The digital revolution once looked like sheer magic, bringing the many into close contact, a kind of global unity – until we actually saw the results.”…he is on to something way darker than we imagine. And it’s why “Today’s music ain’t got the same soul.” …as Bob Seger sang how many years ago? Because it is all designed, scripted, signed, sealed, and delivered outside-in, turning Catherine of Siena’s quote into, “Be who (?) meant you to be and you will set yourself and the world on a very different kind of fire.” No wonder so many of our sons and daughters are overdosing and suiciding themselves. They are being programmed away from who they were meant to be! The ultimate post-birth abortion…death of the soul.

Tony Esolen puts it another way in describing the impact of the monument-toppling Twain-killers, “You cannot swim in a reduction of the ocean.  You have to fling out your arms against the real thing.” Read his brilliant take in No Fear Religion.

Because so many of us are living our lives outside-in, we are seeing the opposite of the passionate zeal our Lord displayed in His final days, as he harshly and physically rebuked the money-changers, turning over their tables. The money-changers have gone corporate, global, and digital, as Robert Royal laments. And Silence of the Lambs would be an apt title for today’s church leaders…God’s shepherds…just when their passionate zeal is needed most. There was an encouraging light in our public square yesterday, as my brother Clay spoke very powerfully to this softness in us, while he addressed a crowd of two hundred gathered in Warwick for the very first “Choose Life Parade”…as young Andrew Newman stepped up to deliver an amazing tribute to both his birth parents and the parents who adopted him.

There was another encouraging light I witnessed in one of my old high school class mates who lives in a New Jersey community that is slowly being Islamafied. “I’m going to have to become more involved.”, he wrote. He was responding inside-out to a cancer that has been deliberately injected into our social bloodstream outside-in. Philadelphia school children being radicalized, singing songs about beheading the unbelievers…while something much darker than money-changers would have us fear measles and… the weather!

The woman who introduced me to the inside-out when I was only a child, visited me twice this week in my morning prayer…Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I love you always…

When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. ~ Psalm 32:3


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Standing in the Light of Love

The Light

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. ~ Mark 9:2,3

This past week, one of my best friends found his only son OD’d while another high school friend’s only daughter attempted suicide. And, I was only just having a conversation with a church mom about how ill-prepared and ill-equipped our kids are. These three events triggered my recollection of an event from a couple of years earlier. I had just started attending a monthly prayer breakfast at a local diner…this was my first meeting. There was a woman in our group of twelve Christians who spoke Christian with a “Progressive” accent. She never came to another meeting. I never gave it another thought…until now. “Progressive” love cannot co-exist with Christian love, because the former is not love at all. It is the lie that stole love’s clothes…kind of like the Prince and the Pauper. I believe this truth is at the very heart of the civil war we are witnessing within the United Methodist Church at this very moment in time.

The roots of our subversion are “Progressive” and run deeper than you could possibly imagine. Our children’s struggle for truth is ten times harder than an asthma victim fighting for breath. In poor Zendrah’s case, it’s not asthma choking her lungs…it’s her teachers (Rabbis) who have cut off the vital oxygen of truth to her brain. Read the 8-yr-old’s Stop Hate Essay Contest award-winning essay here. Subversion is the powerful root poison that transforms the truthful danger of invasion into the insane response of compassion in the mind of our 8-yr-old…while causing her to see her true savior as the villain. Subversion is the powerful root poison that generates more fear of the easily curable measles that have killed (?) since 9/11, than fear of the Muslims who have slaughtered tens of hundreds of thousands…with no cure in sight! What the Composer Mahler referred to as the “sentimentalism which leads to the gas chambers” is everywhere. “We are saturated”, I wrote to a fellow TCT commenter…which made me think of the Mark 9 story of the frustrated Disciples who had been unable to cast out the demon from the boy.

So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” ~ Mark 9:29

The Liar in Love’s clothing offers aid, comfort, and absolution to the Gay/Transgender ; not for love of the Gay/Transgender, but for hate of the Cross…and those of us who dare to love and obey Him.

I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;                                                                  I am like a broken vessel.                                                                                                    For I hear the slander of many;                                                                                    Fear is on every side;                                                                                                      While they take counsel together against me,                                                        They scheme to take away my life.                                                                                But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;                                                                                  I say, “You are my God.” ~ Psalm 31:12-14

Peter, James, and John were standing in the light of the greatest Truth (Love) ever assembled in one place at one time in Jesus, Moses, and Elijah…and were told to tell no one. The devil has done his level best to hide it from everyone ever since. The deck has been stacked against us for so long now we’ve nearly forgotten what it’s like to be true. Except that we know it when we see and hear it.  Ravi Zacharias gives the best 5-minute explanation of Truth I have ever seen and heard here. You may not be able to view this video if you are not on Facebook, in which case I encourage you to Google or Youtube to find him.

I was also able to see and hear it in the Kentucky Governor’s response to “How do you reconcile your love for children with your (support of 2nd Amendment)?” Here. Could this be why certain voices are being banned from social media platforms for being “dangerous”?

Finally, the devil’s best trick was to put very smart people with lots of letters after their names on his own mountain top. I leave you with the light transcribed by the “illiterate laywoman” Catherine of Siena…as only Ann can deliver them:

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

Yes, Ma’am.

“Start being brave about everything. Drive out darkness and spread light. Don’t look at your weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ crucified you can do everything.”

Yes, Ma’am.

“You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love.”

Yes, Ma’am.

He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the Cross, and you will find yourself entirely.

Yes, Ma’am.

Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.

Yes, Ma’am.

A soul cannot live without loving. It must have something to love, for it was created to love.

Yes, Ma’am.

It is only through shadows that one comes to know the light.

Yes, Ma’am.

To the servant of God… every place is the right place, and every time is the right time.

Yes, Ma’am.

Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.

Yes, Ma’am.

We are of such value to God that He came to live among us… and to guide us home. He will go to any length to seek us, even to being lifted high upon the cross to draw us back to Himself. We can only respond by loving God for His love.

Yes, Ma’am.

We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence.

Yes, Ma’am.

Strange that so much suffering is caused because of the misunderstandings of God’s true nature. God’s heart is more gentle than the Virgin’s first kiss upon the Christ. And God’s forgiveness to all, to any thought or act, is more certain than our own being.

Yes, Ma’am.

You must believe in truth that whatever God gives or permits is for your salvation.

Yes, Ma’am.

Do not be satisfied with little things, because God wants great things!

Yes, Ma’am.

And of what should we be afraid? Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus. We have discovered what we have to do. Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them. So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross.

Yes, Ma’am.

Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God: The Father is your table, the Son is your food, and the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you.

Yes, Ma’am.

Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.

Yes, Ma’am.

The devil fears hearts on fire with love of God.

Yes, Ma’am.

Of course you are unworthy. But when do you hope to be worthy? You will be no more worthy at the end than at the beginning. God alone is worthy of Himself, He alone can make us worthy of Him.

Yes, Ma’am.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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