The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Return of the Patriarch

The Face of Hate

“Donald Trump is teaching the Republican Party how to fight and win.” ~ Michael Goodwin

The face of Nancy Pelosi at the SOTU is the face of the effeminacy-pushing, white-toxic-masculine-man-be-damned, radical Democratic-Socialist Left, realizing their party is literally over. They needed and actually thought they could re-create the image of Western Man into their prescribed image…They re-fashioned our American House without the Father, and our society has suffered the horrible consequences on every level ever since.

Trump is doing more than “teaching Republicans how to fight”, he is teaching men how to act like men again. God is restoring the Western Patriarch to power in the person of Donald J. Trump. You and I are witnessing the sequel to The Prodigal Son. We are witnessing the return of the Prodigal Father…to a very divided home. Faithful Americans are the original younger son, humbled in contrition having returned from the dead on one side, hated and despised by the older brother, void of “love and graciousness” and embodiment of the modern-day Pharisees on the other. You know who you are.

Read, know, and allow this to sink in: The culture that demonizes our President, is the very same culture that praises and rewards this man… “Spewer of Subliterate Drivel”

And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes, I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon…

God has returned the father figure through President Trump and restored the Patriarch to a nearly defeated Western Civilization…in the very nick of time. The Liberal-Democrats are foiled by their own projections. They campaigned against Friends’ Joey-The King of Queens-Seinfeld-Everybody Loves Raymond, and were destroyed by Braveheart, totally out-fought, out-flanked, and out-classed by the greater man…a REAL man!

Another very successful man whom I admire greatly made a very interesting “I like Trump, but” comment to me on the day before the Memo release. He said that the one thing about Trump’s behavior that concerned him the most was “his attacking our American Institutions is very dangerous.”

Nobody I talk to seems to consider the Tsunami Ripple’s reach from the FISA Memo Earthquake that struck Washington on February 2, 2018. Think of our world as the house the Prodigal Father returned to. The institutions my friend was concerned about are the rooms of the house. With the Father gone, the children literally turned the house upside down. The Church, previously located in the light-filled upper room, was locked away in the basement while the all-giving State was moved to the very top. The best rooms in the house went to the Hollywood Elites, the Oprah’s, Jay-Z’s & Beyonce’s, De Niro’s & Streep’s, Stewart’s & Colbert’s. The next best went to the CBS’s, NBC’s, MSNBC’s, ESPN’s and the CNN’s. Life became ONE BIG PARTY…until Dad came home.

Before we move on, we have to ask ourselves how and why this happened. Who would want to remove, neutralize, and emasculate the essential and vital patriarchal force from Western Civilization…Nancy? Even Evolutionists understand that’s a bad move in a “survival of the fittest” world. Those of us who believe in God as the creator of heaven and earth understand He created man in His own image to have dominion over all the other creatures of the earth. God the Father in heaven created man to be the father on earth. As Gregory Koukl writes, “we bear the mark of God.” To remove us, is an attack on God and a denial of His dominion over us. Think about what is happening at the very cortex of our human society right now. A Memo has been released that reveals the most powerful men in the world to have considered themselves above the law.

“Love of the Law and obedience to it is love of God and obedience to Him.” Ann Barnhardt: Must Read!

Emasculation of the Father is the removal of honor, courage, integrity, and love in man…leaving the most crucial void. The Memo bread crumbs will lead straight to the character of the former President as the head of State who stepped in to fill the void they engineered and created. We can see for ourselves what has slipped into the Papal robes to become the anti-Father of the Church, giving aid and comfort to pedophiles while bowing to the Oppressor.

It’s impossible for us to calculate the total sum of misery, death, and destruction brought by those behind what can only be described as an attempted coup…for the sake of their own greed and lust for power. It is not impossible for the God who has numbered the hairs on our head, to know every detail of the crime and those responsible when all is said and done. Unfortunately for all of us, we have quite a ways to go to get to the said and done part. Those of us who’ve battled the beast as long as we have know it is not going quietly, and it is not going without one hell of a fight. But I have some great news my Huckleberry Friend…



Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ “For the Faithful”

Who will you stand with?

“Arguers against obeying the call of God will arise in the shape of country and kindred…”  ~ Oswald Chambers, Faithful to God’s Call

When I think of where we are today relative to the lighter and brighter days of the eighties when the Grateful Dead released a live album entitled For the Faithful, the vision of God as the serious Father morphs into an image of comic genius. I mean, the idea of being faithful to drugs, sex, and rock & roll vs. He who took our sins as His sins and died the worst death imaginable for us, has to be a joke right? Sure…until we realize the former was the exact idea of Cultural Marxism, and that Senator Joe McCarthy, demonized by the same Fake News that deceives us to this today, was in truth a courageous Churchillian hero who fought for the America he loved.

From the  “20/20 in the Rearview File”: The social movements of the 1960s—black power, feminism, gay rights, sexual liberation—gave Marcuse a unique vehicle to release cultural Marxist ideas into the mainstream. Railing against all things “establishment,” The Frankfurt School’s ideals caught on like wildfire across American universities.

As I write these words, the deadly seed planted by the Frankfurt School has grown into the massive and multi-tentacled beast we know as “Globalism”. It owns the media, controls the pop-culture, sports, education and entertainment industries, and of course…the DC Swamp. As I write these words, the Beast is preparing to meet with the one man in Washington it does not own or control, in Davos. As I write these words, the truth about the FBI “Secret Society” formed by the Beast to destroy our President is coming to light. We are witnessing, in the words of Matt Bracken, the modern day “Operation Valkyrie”.

In Gregory Koukl’s The Story of Reality he writes, “The Story is not so much about God’s plan for your life as it is about your life for God’s plan.”  I grew up with the generation of Gerry’s Faithful and I’m here to tell you that not only are we a generation of lost souls, but that the Beast was able to get its hooks so deeply into us because we stopped living our lives for God’s plan. Before the Frankfurt school, the American View was 1) There is a God 2) Our Rights come from Him (Law and Rights are part of His Creation) 3) The purpose of civil government is to protect God-given Rights. A far greater number of the “Greatest Generation” lived their lives for God’s plan because they held the American View. Foolish are the children who’ve forgotten the Father of their freedoms, but evil are the ones who’ve hidden Him away. If you haven’t watched this great video by Michael Peroutka, I encourage you to do so. Rule of Law vs. Pretended Legislation

When one really stops to think about it (which far too many of us seldom do), the “Pretended Legislation” that is designed to destroy and enslave the once great society built on the American View, has two evil twins that have infiltrated our churches and schools with Pretended Religion and Education in order to replace the American View with a Global Social Justice View. They have successfully transformed the us living for Him into a writhing angry mass of bitter and resentful victims.

Five or six years ago I got together with a group of my oldest childhood buddies. Many of us hadn’t seen each other in thirty plus years. The seven of us met for dinner and drinks on a Friday evening at a steakhouse in Manhattan. We were shocked when our one friend (married with children) showed up with hooker in tow. Now, as I’ve confessed on this very site, I am not without my own sinful past. But to be so completely void of any sense of shame and moral decency…to serve up a plate so utterly distasteful to your closest friends on such an occasion was well beyond shocking…it was heartbreaking. If only I could believe this to be a remote exception to who we’ve become. The truth of the matter, as we know by today’s headlines, is that sadly we have become the generation faithful only to ourselves, our wants, and our own desires.

Stepping back to focus on the arguers from the opening quote above for a moment, we need to understand who they are and why they need to turn us away from God. First, as we’ve already established, I think it’s safe to say that people who’ve stopped living their lives for God’s plan are basically faithless…which means the arguers probably don’t have to argue very hard to convince people to stop obeying a God they’ve no faith in. Since we’ve already identified the beast of Globalism as the #1 enemy of the American View, I think we can safely call the Arguers and Globalists one and the same. This is where the Beast steps in. People living for God’s plan are impossible to control. Political Correctness, the spider’s venom, ONLY works on a faithless population. The end result: The children of the faithless are force-fed a fake god to submit to. Children of the Middle School in Chatham NJ are forced to watch this propaganda video and taught to pray “May God help us all find the true faith, Islam. Ameen.” 

When I sent the Chatham story to a NJ friend who lives minutes away from the schools where this has occurred she responded “So where do we run?” I myself posted the article on FB with the advice to my Jersey friends to sell while they can and move…especially now that they’ve elected a Sharia-compliant governor. But, as my friend said, “Where do we run to?” It has to come back to living our lives for Him, no? Does His plan require my running, or rolling over and submitting to the fake god of a child-raping prophet? My response to her was “stand and fight with words now, or bullets later.” Why don’t the faithless stand and fight? Because they may lose their job in this faithless culture. For the Faithful, there is no better story of Faith than the Book of Job. Job lost everything BUT his faith. Now would be a good time to read it again.

As long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. ~ Job 27: 3-4

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Word of God

The Story of Reality

A man’s attitude to our Lord determines his attitude to the Bible. The “sayings” of God to a man not born from above are of no moment; to him the Bible is simply a remarkable compilation of literature—“that it is, and nothing more.” All the confusion arises from not recognizing this. But to the soul born from above, the Bible is the universe of God’s revealed will. The word of God to me is ever according to my spiritual character; it makes clear my responsibility to God as well as my individuality apart from Him.

When a soul is born from above and lifted to the atmosphere of the domain where our Lord lives, the Bible becomes its native air, its words become the storehouse of omnipotence, its commands and prophesies become alive, its limitless horizons brace the heart and mind to a new consciousness, its comforts in Psalms and prayers and exhortations delight the whole man. And better than all, the Lord Jesus Christ becomes the altogether Lovely One, it is in His light that we see light, it is in Him that we become new creatures. He who is the word of God unfolds to us the revelation of God until we say in sacred rapture, “I hold in my hands the Thought of God.” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Bible As Our Native Air

How was your week? I would love to get your thoughts and comments on what I have to share with you about mine. As part of my baptism ceremony last year, I was asked to share my personal testimony of faith in Jesus Christ, the heart of which was and is my life-long search for truth. We are all, in my humble opinion, living the very same polaroid of reality (Costner’s “No Way Out” thriller)…developing in slow-motion…incrementally faster with each passing week (which is why I’d be particularly interested in your take). To borrow from Mike Tyson, truth is only subjective until you get punched in the face by reality. I formally ended a relationship on Friday because my Christian heart could not abide the Progressive lie…or more accurately, the Progressive “co-existence” and “inclusive” lie could not accept my Christian heart. I believe we are all in different stages of coming to our own moments of truth.

In this very same week, I was invited to a meeting with a lower Hudson Valley NY sheriff to get clarification on an illegal act by a Progressive governor requiring conceal-carry permit holders to re-certify by January 31, or have their permits revoked and their handguns confiscated. To our delight, this particular sheriff made it crystal clear as the “supreme law” in his county, he will not be a party to Cuomo’s unconstitutional folly. The sheriff is a principled man of truth. Our governor is not.

On the way to and from this meeting I had the pleasure of traveling with a man who has become a brother to me. We talked about the developing polaroid, how our world has been splintered by confusing and even burying objective truth by covering it up with countless subjective imposters. This led to an impasse over whether or not the Bible was, as I believe it to be, the word of God. The Chambers quote above just happened to be my daily read the very next morning. Coincidence or Holy Spirit?

My week began with a wonderful video sent to me by the very same individual who invited me to our meeting with the sheriff. Michael Peroutka began his talk at the end, “When a Peace Officer refuses to enforce an unconstitutional act, the Peace Officer is not breaking the law, but upholding the law.” ~ Michael Peroutka, Rule of Law vs. Pretended Legislation


The American View:

  • There is a God.
  • Our Rights come from Him. (Law and Rights are part of His Creation.)
  • The Purpose of Civil Government is to protect God-given Rights.

The American View has become faded from view. We have become so separated from truth we’ve grown to see it as foreign, if we see it at all…while the lie has become comfortably familiar. I have a friend who I consider to be your average down the middle American. Family man, president of a healthcare company, leans Right. He lives on the same planet as I do, witnessed Benghazi, Fast & Furious, NSA Revelations, IRS Scandal, Hillary e-mail, Comey exonerating before investigating, Lynch-Clinton Tarmac Meeting, Uranium One, Las Vegas Massacre, Russian Dossier, Fusion GPS, Fake News just as I have…and yet, when I suggested the Hawaiian false missile alert was a Deep State attempt to embarrass the President, he called me a conspiracy theorist. When lies become truth, truth becomes conspiracy theory.

The UN-SOLVED Las Vegas Massacre has been credibly linked to Islamic Terror infiltration at our southern border. Do you ever wonder how it is that the peaceful fundamental/orthodox Christian is demonized as an extremist, while the fundamental/orthodox Muslim savage is released from the line-up…for not really being a Muslim?

Back in 1962 when Ken Kesey created Randall J. McMurphy’s Liberal character, transforming Jack Nicholson from actor to god, by channeling every American’s love for freedom watching McMurphy storm the sterile, tyrannical-establishment Cuckoo Nest to free America from the real crazies…we were so much closer to truth in our everyday lives. Today, as Andrew Klavan brilliantly points out, “Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth.”  Donald J. Trump IS Randall J. McMurphy flying over the Liberal-Democrat-Globalist-Establishment Cuckoo Nest! Only in this version it is Hillary (Nurse Ratched) who has been medically lobotomized by doctors who attempted in vain to make her appear healthy. Your MUST READ of the week!

This story of the FISA memo could actually be the final pixels of the ultimate incriminating polaroid. The implications are literally earth-shattering. The entire House of Representatives now knows what the American People are about to learn. The question of the day becomes, will the American People be able to handle the truth? Another Nicholson character didn’t think so. And if he’s right then it will, as it always has, come down to (in the American View) a few good men…and the Word of God. 

 “It’s OK to be wrong. Its unforgivable to stay wrong.” ~ Martin Zweig


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Redemption Resolution, Part 2

The Story of Reality

Create in me a clean heart, O God.                                                                          Renew a loyal spirit within me.                                                                                      Do not banish me from your presence,                                                                      and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.                                                                        ~ From King David’s prayer of repentance Psalm 51:10-11

A man after God’s own heart…

There is no better place to go than the story of David to understand the relationship between man and God. As one of the greatest heroes of the Old Testament, David the youngest son of Jesse was anointed by God through Samuel, not because of his stature or political talents, but on the basis of his heart.

While David acknowledged in this Psalm (51) that he was sinful from the moment of his conception, he doesn’t blame anyone else for his sins like King Saul did (see 1 Samuel 15:24 and TLSB note). Instead, King David, by the grace of God, acknowledged his sin as his sin and cast himself on God’s promised mercy and forgiveness (which was immediately proclaimed to King David by his pastor, Nathan. 2 Sm 12:13). What good news it is that, because of Jesus’ payment for our sins through His death and resurrection, we are assured by God that “a broken and contrite heart [He] will not despise”, instead, He will “create in [us] a new heart…and renew a right spirit within [us]”! ~ Pr. Kurt A. Van Fossan, The Path of Redemption

After a great deal of experience, and the study thereof, I have reached the conclusion that the grist essence of this Play of Life is found in 3 Primary Characters (God, Self, Satan) in 3 Acts (The Garden, The Offer, The Close). Everything else is noise and distraction my friend.

Like David, I grew up in the Garden of knowing, loving, and wanting to please the Father. My natural default was no different when I was younger than it is today. Love, Honor, Courage, Integrity, and Obedience have always been the bearings I’ve tried to chart my course by. When I veered, and I veered often enough, I was aware of the something holding me back…trying to correct. While we are separated by thousands of years from the original Garden, the characters remain the same. Whether the garden of our youth is a warzone in Kirkuk, or the pasture of privilege in Bellaire; it is only God, Self, and Satan. Everything else is prop and scenery.

If we’re lucky, we grow up in a garden knowing that God is the foundation as the creator of heaven and earth. Sadly, my generation and those before it were far luckier than the present one and those who will inhabit the future we’ve designed for them. In the Garden of “We Three”, if it is “in His light that we see light” and His light is taken from me, then where shall I (Self) turn…but to the dark?

As we move from the Garden to the Offer, I’m reminded of a book I’m in the middle of called, The Story of Reality by Gregory Koukl. He breaks down the same play into 4 acts; Creation, The Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. To my mind, there would be no Fall without the Offer. Without the Fall, no need for Redemption…and so on. For Eve in the original Fall, it was the apple (knowledge). For David and myself….

Our faith was strong but we needed proof                                                                                    We saw her bathing on the roof                                                                                                     Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew us…Hallelujah

I know what your thinking. You know people who haven’t taken the Fall. To that I say, we ALL pay one Piper or another…and there are only two. Some of us were late bloomers, and some of us are late Fallers. Vince Foster and James Comey were honorable men well into adulthood…until they found themselves in the Clintonian Orbit…which brings us to the Close. David and I were extremely fortunate in that we both had a Nathan in our lives at just the right moment to guide us to Close and seal the deal through the door of redemption. The ONLY hope for restoration. For David it was the story of the rich man, poor man, and a goat. For me it was understanding how to love through the heart of God and the forging fires of moral courage…instead of my own wanting heart.

It is demoralizing to look out on a world where so many fall and never get up. Satan would appear to have it all locked up…if it were a numbers game. But it ain’t over ‘til the Fat Self sings. And remember, we can have revival without reformation but there can be no reformation without revival of the Self. In your heart you’ve always known. Pray, fast, and tune out the noise.

For a number of years, I’ve been waiting for you to come back home to Me… Hold Me now in your own light, forget the night, it’ll be alright, this is your destiny.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Redemption Resolution, Part 1

When the going gets tough…

I probably should have penned this one before New Years Eve, but I only saw this tragic article “Millennial Deaths Surge As Opioid Crisis Deepens” on Friday. So many of them (our children) are dying, they’ve shifted the overall life expectancy rates lower…for the past two consecutive years.

The ancients rejected God and sacrificed their own children to the pagan gods Baal and Molech. How could a parent be so cruel? Look in the mirror America…at the monster you’ve become. Your abortion industry alone, makes Auschwitz seem like a child’s lemonade stand. 60,000,000 since Roe v. Wade in 1973. How is the modern-day mother who has cast aside her obedience to God for faith in the flag of Feminism and its own pagan feel-good parade of shaman charlatans from Sister Moonbeam to Dawn Eagle Woman, any different from the ancient pagan-worshipping mothers…all feeding God’s greatest gift to the very same fire?

Its not the opioids killing our children , any more than it is the inanimate guns murdering our children in Chicago and Baltimore. They are literally dying to escape the world we have made for them by our own sinful nature, and failure to turn to God and keep his commands. Think about what this is saying to us! The aborted child has no choice. Your grown child cannot bear the madness and insanity you (we) have created for them…in numbers so great they are reducing overall life expectancy! “While we (baby boomers) are playing BINGO”? How is this not hell on earth? The Germans were able to dismiss the smoke of burning flesh carried on the winds from Auschwitz. The hurricane of the coming holocaust will sweep away the sum total of unrepentant humanity…as it did once before.

What is the worst crime, sin, wrong you have ever done in your life? When I was a younger man, God placed me on the exact same rooftop as David looking down on my own Bathsheba below. I followed in David’s sinful footsteps except for the murder part. I did not send my friend to the front line to have him killed, but I hurt him more than any man or woman has ever hurt me. How in the world I could have ever thought that my actions would amount to anything other than the greatest mistake of my life, is a credit to the true king of this world…the devil himself.

To be continued…


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Moral Courage

Moral Courage

In combat terms, to draw fire means to take action that draws the enemy focus and fire-power in your direction and away from those you wish to protect or provide with the opportunity to change their positions for strategic purpose. I love and listen to Ann Barnhardt for this reason. There is no person I know who has taken on more enemy fire for our benefit than this woman. I’ve added her Latin Rosary Against Modernism to my prayer and fasting routine. One of the “five fruits” is Fortitudo Moralis (Moral Fortitude)…or moral courage…the quality I admire most in people…and the quality sorely lacking in us on the whole.

In last week’s SMTU, I wrote that we are at the doorstep of a major event in human history. I believe it will be the reformation of all reformations. On Friday night we learned in “America’s Godly Heritage” ~ Session 10, that there is no reformation without individual revival (the rebirth, re-constitution, re-awakening to the heart of God). And I realized that there can be no individual revival without moral courage. And thinking further on something I had written the day before; When you hide Truth long enough, it becomes unrecognizable…I thought back on my Christmas Eve dinner with good friends, and my Christmas dinner at home the next afternoon. In a friendly debate on Christmas Eve over the Left’s war on natural law, I was asked to cite an example of natural law. I ended the debate before it started simply by responding with marriage as the exclusive covenant between man and woman as husband and wife. The lie, carried by the Left and endorsed by a corrupt court, has made the truth unrecognizable. Nadia had invited her friends Marty and Henriette, a lovely Liberal Jewish couple from the city, to join us all for Christmas dinner. They had just seen the movie “The Darkest Hour” the night before. Henriette, a staunch anti-Trumper, quite literally fawned over what great moral courage Winston Churchill possessed to stand all alone against the Establishment powers of Windsor and Parliament, heed the voice of the Common Man, and wage war with a foe no one else seemed to recognize…without realizing she was describing her own President Trump to a T. Because the Lie has made the Truth unrecognizable.

Hitler was evil in its infancy. Our hour is darkened by a monster fully grown; more masterful in diabolical deception and the art of corrupting the will of man than Hitler ever dreamed of. And the hour is much later than we think because we have stopped our own critical thinking. It is in our homes, our churches, and our schools because we have fallen fast asleep…where vigilance mattered most. Before Paul David Hewson became the cultural elitist we know as Bono, he was a singer in a Christian band called Shalom. Now he’s a shill for the Devil. It’s not about how bad Paul David Hewson is. Its about how good the Devil is at what it does.

Think of the influence Bono has on hearts and minds. Now think of the influence 50 major corporate CEO’s have had on how we think and operate in the world. The rock star and the corporate titans prayed for Hillary and got Trump. Now suddenly, the rock star is compelled to speak up while the 50 are forced to “step down”. In Trump’s own “We shall fight on the beaches” moment, he issues an Executive Order I believe will come to be regarded as the equivalent of D-Day in the war against the Deep State/Globalist (Devil). The EO targets the assets of those connected to human rights violations (sex-trafficking/pedophilia).

On the other side of what we see my friend, are the things we don’t. In this hour of resolutions, I have one for us all. Think about the question of moral courage in your life. How much courage did it take for a billionaire named Bono to bash our President in Rolling Stone Magazine? How much courage does it take for a man to risk his billion(s) by taking on the Deep State/Globalist (Devil)…for US?

Repeat after me:

I (state your name) hereby resolve with all my heart to go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the (British Fleet), would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. ~ 1 Corinthians 16:13

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ “Friend, go up higher…”

The Pinnacle Parade

“An elevated mood can only come out of an elevated habit of personal character. If in the externals of your life you live up to the highest you know, God will continually say— ‘Friend, go up higher…’ When the Devil puts you into an elevated place, he makes you screw your idea of holiness beyond what flesh and blood could ever bear, it is a spiritual acrobatic performance, you are just poised and dare not move; but when God elevates you by His grace into heavenly places, instead of finding a pinnacle to cling to, you find a great tableland where it is easy to move.” ~ Oswald Chambers, Vision by Personal Character

My life-long best friend and I are at different stages of our own spiritual awakenings. We had a serious conversation about a personal relationship with God after a mutual friend tragically died several years ago, while chasing his daughter’s dog they’d been dog-sitting, after it had escaped the house. I sensed a wanting to go up higher, as well as something holding him back. In the same Chambers passage I quoted from above, he goes on to say—“Compare this week in your spiritual history with the same week last year and see how God has called you up higher. We have all been brought to see from a higher standpoint.” I have seen my friend go up higher since our conversation. I have seen God work miracles in his life. From this tableland I know it was God who lifted me out of North Yarmouth in the late sixties after being ejected from private school for accepting Sly Stone’s classic “I wanna take you higher” offer, and placed me on that tree stump in Austin in 1974 to break up what would have been a deadly fight between Hell’s Angels and a rival biker gang…with an autobiographical poem I wrote about a lowly pirate. And how He has lifted me from the darkness of a Louisiana swamp a year or so later, with a gun at my head, knowing that the finger on the trigger belonged to a man who had killed for Al Capone, and was in fact his final body guard. Such is the school of human nature…

Dennis Prager made an interesting point on his radio show this past Wednesday. Commenting on the abundance of wisdom throughout the bible, he observed how many wise men and women he knew who had read the bible, and how he couldn’t think of anyone he knew with real wisdom who hadn’t. I love Chambers’ use of the term “personal character” in his first sentence of the quote up top. Show me a man or woman of great personal character without wisdom, and I’ll show you a gecko with feathers.

Wisdom…from a person I trust more than the person I’ve known for thirty years and was actually married to, after I made the comment that “we (Oath Keepers) have been lucky in Orange County, but I’m waiting for the next leg.” Her response: “when the time is right the Lord will put it there; you know that…I’ve seen too many things in my life to worry about rushing anything, as it always seems to happen just at the right time it’s Him, I know it is…He knows who His workers are, and puts the stuff needed there at the right time, place & with the right people…it’s amazing.”

Here’s some sage Advent wisdom for my readers to pass around the Christmas table tomorrow. We, the entire human race, are at the doorstep of an event that in many ways will be as significant and life-changing as the birth of our Lord & Savior we gather to celebrate tomorrow. From our vantage point, resting securely on the mesa of the “great tableland”, His birth is the greatest gift ever given and received…by ALL mankind, including those and especially those who try to kill Him to this very day. So, my friends, ponder this; The ONLY difference between those of us on the tableland and those scurrying after bitcoin and scandal in the valleys below…is our approach. They approach Him on the basis of their actions…what they’ve done and haven’t done for Him. We approach Him on the basis of what He has already done for us. We are all the same fallen, wretched creatures. Who was guilty of more wretched sins than David? The only difference between David and the faces of the fallen men in the photo above is approach, personal character, and…redemption.

The world has become a much darker and more dangerous place because of the paling of personal character. And personal character has paled because wisdom and discernment have been engineered out of us by the same top-down evil that pops its ugly head up every few generations or so…all the way back to ancient Israel. The world has become a much darker and more dangerous place because we have accommodated the “House of Lies” (Netanyahu’s name for the UN) in the “Shining City” (which is exactly what men with pale and frail personal character do)…until now, that is. Now, God has blessed the Shining City with a Mayor whose wisdom rivals that of King Solomon. Only, King Solomon didn’t have a Twitter account!

Dark and dangerous hate wisdom and discernment. If you watch Nikki Haley’s address to the House of Lies General Assembly, you can actually feel dark and dangerous squirming…after eight years of having their way with a hollow and duplicitous chameleon. In fairness, the House of Lies has poisoned more than we know for much longer than many of us realize. Hitler fooled an awful lot of people (save one), until he didn’t need to any longer. The miraculous events of the past year have cast a very powerful light on some very, very dark places…revealing a “pinnacle” parade quite a bit larger than anyone could have possibly imagined. Thanks to the “personal character” of some very courageous men and women in the rank and file, there is much more to be revealed…so much more.

This much is certain. On this eve of all eves, they were sent by Herod to find Him so he could have Him killed…



Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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