This should have been posted before Thanksgiving Day. All the same,
“Better Late than never,” and on thanksgiving week,
I heard one radio announcer say:
“Thanksgiving is not a day, it is an attitude of the heart.”
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T – THANK and PRAISE God
for all things
and BIG !
And do not forget
the precious people in your life!
H – HEALTH LIFE AND
are things we can all be thankful for
even if we are ill at a hospital
A – APPRECIATE and ADMIRE
the beauty of
around you. God’s creation
N – NAME and NUMBER
its a rewarding experience,
including the precious people in your life.
K – KINDNESS and THANKSGIVING
in the heart
are twin siblings in the same home.
S – A SMILE and a CHEER;
want to see it on the face of the deserving?
from the heart
and with a warm
G – GIVING and RECEIVING:
The one exists not without the other
I – ICTUS;
Five Greek letters for ‘
‘: fish Jesus, Christ, God, Son, Savior:
at least one reason to
V – VISION and VALUE:
“ like when you say
I see and I value what you have done”
I – INSIDE and OUTSIDE:
, expressed heart in sincere words
N – NICE and NEW:
Thanksgiving is always
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G – GOOD to GREAT:
become ‘Good Gifts’
when it is received with a heartfelt:
I believe in a reality
that is governed by observable and verifiable laws
of science operating within God’s creation.
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I believe that scientific laws and discoveries are valid
for ALL human existence
including those of the children of God(!), that is,
the laws of
gravitation, motion, thermodynamics, relativity, atomic energy, mathematics, statistics, chemistry, physics, electromagnetism, etc.
I do not accept evolution
I cannot rule out evolution by divine design.
Denying the laws and verifiable discoveries of science
on the basis of so-called ‘faith’
is a futile endeavor because
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I believe and accept the scientific advances behind modern technology
that have revolutionized human existence in the fields of
agriculture and food production,
medicine and fighting disease and illnesses,
communication and transportation,
astronomy and even (sadly and unfortunately)
GOD PUT THEM THERE (!!!)
to be discovered for human use!
I also believe and accept verifiable theories and observations of the social sciences
concerning human nature and human interactions:
the quest for power,
how and why people attain, keep and exercise
the quest for possessions including
the universal principle of scarcity,
(human desires and wants are unlimited but resources are),
the economics laws of demand and supply,
the quest for pleasure, Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, etc.
are valid because
GOD PUT THEM THERE!!!!
I believe that God is therefore the greatest scientist;
the greatest, physicist, mathematician, astronomer,
molecular biologist, surgeon, sociologist, etc.! God is above, over, and beyond all of his creation.
I also believe in the writings of the Bible
It is a revelation of an otherwise
How else can we know the God
who is the origin, and is over, above, and beyond the cosmos?
This revelation gives meaning and purpose to life.
It is ultimately the only viable answer
to the question:
“What is the meaning and purpose of life?” Think of God as the
Unlimited Energy that birthed everything
(energy appears to be one of the main constants in the entire cosmos)
but which/who is also a
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I believe God wants men to live within the natural order of creation
FOR THE MOST PART(!!),
that miracles of the dramatic kind
are rare occurrences and
designed by God to be so(!),
because he wants us to live by faith(!!)
and because he wants us to live
within the scientific (natural) laws of his creation!
GOD PUT THEM THERE!!!! Neither Abraham, nor Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, Paul, Peter, or James
discovered the aerodynamics in order to build an airplane, nor did they
discover penicillin, the microscope, electricity, the Periodic Table, DNA, X-rays, Quantum Theory, or the connection between smoking and cancer;
gun powder was discovered by the Chinese, and
Archimedes had to discover the buoyancy principle because,
THAT’S HOW GOD INTENDED IT!!!
So child of God
don’t give up on dramatic miracles, but
don’t wait for them either.
It is God’s will that you live your life in obedience to him
with or without miracles.
that you can be sure of is this: ONE MIRACLE
LEARN, UNDERSTAND, AND USE
the laws and principles
that God has put into his creation,
and seek his favor, and
YOU WILL MEET YOUR GOD GIVEN GOALS.
THAT’S HOW GOD INTENDED IT!!!!
LET’S DO THIS! YOU CAN DO THIS!!
Next post: how the perspective above helps us deal with the problem of evil and suffering!!)
“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8.32- ESV – Jesus
The Truth/Facts about @realDonaldTrump and where he is taking America
are clear but the implications are
so great, so dangerous, and so catastrophic,
that most of us (including a good number of his followers)
simply do not want to confront or accept it.
WHAT IS THE TRUTH???!!!!
TRUTH/FACT: Donald Trump is a deeply flawed man.
He is a pathological liar
He lies incessantly, impulsively and
in all things small and great.
He is a narcissist
(i.e. extremely self-centered, and selfish)
far more than the usual politician.
He is mean
He attacks and seeks to hurt people personally
and not always because he is ‘fighting back’,
he often responds to disagreements
He is amoral
He appears to have no sense or commitment
to the difference between right and wrong.
He will attack other people of wrongdoing
that he himself is guilty of
without the slightest hint of self-awareness.
All his choices and actions boil down to
what is best for him:
not his wife, not his children, not the Republican party, not his team, not his staff, not his (now ‘close’) friends, not America’s allies, not America’s interests,
just what is best for him in the moment!!!!
He appears to lack empathy
He is not (easily?) moved
by the feelings and experiences of others.
He appears unwilling to personally exert himself
(when he is not speaking before adoring crowds).
He is not a student of history.
He spends a lot of time watching TV.
He has a significant amount of ‘executive time’ each day.
He spends a lot of time golfing.
He is impulsive
He often acts without forethought and deliberation.
He may not always be tethered to reality
He appears to believe some of his own lies.
He refuses to believe facts contrary to his own narrative/interpretation.
The TRUTH: Donald Trump is not going to and will not cha nge
There will be no ‘pivot’
to a nicer or another version
He has not ‘lied’ to us about who he is
Old clips of his younger days show that
he has always thought he has the answer to every problem, and
he must always have the last word.
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time [Maya Angelou]
Truth/Fact: Every Tree Bears Fruit that is natural to it!
“Beware of the false prophets, [teachers] who come to you dressed as sheep [appearing gentle and innocent], but inwardly are ravenous wolves. [that is, by their contrived doctrine (i.e. teaching) and self-focus]. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the unhealthy tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. [as false prophets]. 20 Therefore, by their fruit you will recognize them [Matthew 7.15-20 AMP: Jesus]
TRUTH/FACT: THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD ARE THEREFORE NOT IN GOOD HANDS!!!
The US and the world economy are not in good hands
Trade wars without appropriate forethought and planning:
“trade wars are easy to win” – Donald Trump Lack of preparation for the looming downturn in the economy
Monetary policy by tweets, personal attacks, and ‘gut’ feeling.
“They’re making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.” Donald Trump (November 2018) Stock Market volatility week of August 19-23, 2019
International Peace and Stability are not in good hands.
Trump conducts extremely crucial geopolitical relationships
on the basis of his personal ‘interactions’ (relationship?)
with adversaries and allies:
Vladimir Putin, Kim Jung Un, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau etc.
North Korea is still firing missiles off
Russia and the US are entering a new nuclear arms race
Trump has dictatorial tendencies
he appears to want to skip the ‘rule of law’ if he can:
“Our great American companies for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.” are hereby ordered to immediately start looking Donald Trump 08/23/2019
America as a Beacon of Light (‘ the city on a hill‘) is not in good hands
When an organization/country changes its values,
does it continue to be the same organization/country?
Will Trump willingly leave office or be forced out if/when he looses in 2020?
Will he sow discord in society to avoid accepting defeat?
Will America welcome fleeing refugees anymore?
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
…Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” [Statue of Liberty Poem] Will the rights of a free press continue unchallenged
in the era of so called ‘fake news’ claims?
Will the body politic aspire towards a national, political, economic, and Judeo-Christian ethos characterized by
individual freedoms, integrity in public office, rule of law, ‘United’ States, fully representative democracy, or will it
devolve into moral relativism, factionalism, regionalism,
We are in for a rough ride
Walking in on young pageant contestants in their dressing rooms;
“Grab them [women] by their ….”:
More corruption of morals by a sitting President
Trump University scandal and subsequent court settlement:
More Deceit, more corruption
4 (5?) Bankruptcies:
Wreck the American Economy
Thousands of Lawsuits:
Tying up the American system of checks and balances in knots
with fights between the different branches of government, i.e.
the courts, congress, and the executive branch.
Two divorces, plus cheating on spouses:
Broken promises to the people of America
Paying off Stormy Daniels and other Scandals in order to win:
More corruption of the American Democracy like you have never seen before.
All powerful, corrupt and (perhaps evil) political leaders
have periods of ‘good results’
when the majority of people appear to love them,
when it seems they had success after success,
when it seems they survived again and again,
going from one potential disaster to another, that is,
until their eventual and certain downfall.
WE ARE IN FOR A ROUGH RIDE FOLKS!!!!
BRACE FOR IMPACT!!!
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In my last post, I argued that
the perceived benefits of the Trump presidency
from a biblical perspective,
and temporary , earthly not eternal.
Now: The continued Trump presidency
from a biblical perspective, will be
of eternal significance
for the Church, for America, and for the world.
Under the Trump Presidency
Truth/Facts/Reality and our attitudes towards them have suffered.
The Trump administration is “An Administration of Lies.”
The president is a proven, pathological, and an unrepentant liar.
His supporters repeatedly offer
to explain the administration’s actions and statements.
Getting more people to believe a ‘narrative’
(by retweets, ratings, polls, ‘likes’, ‘going viral’, soundbites, etc.)
in modern America
is now more important than the facts and
has been exacerbated by an administration
that peddles lies, obfuscation, spin and/or misdirection.
Truth is a Biblical and Christian ideal.
Truth is eternal!
Deceivers will be eternally punished.
Truth is reality and reality is truth.
Science deals in facts and objective Truth;
without truth and objective facts,
normal living is not possible;
to live in alternative reality is insanity, and
the progress of human civilization is hampered.
Justice for all depends on establishing
what is true and what are the facts (evidence!).
The Image of God
present in every human being;
(along with a sinful fallen nature) that is,
everything that is noble, pure, selfless, and admirable in man suffers.
Instead of the image of God:
humility, selflessness, love, harmony, peacefulness, self control, patience, gentleness, holiness, mercy….
Trump models the sinfulness of Man:
pride, narcissism, hate, division, quarrelsomeness, short temper, impatience, meanness, ‘fight back’, vengeance, impurity and indecency….
Trump undermines our common human dignity by
choosing to divide instead of bringing people together
in order to harness political power.
The Direction and Fate of the World May Change Forever
The Bible predicts that history is marching towards the ‘End Times.’
America is the only economic, military, and cultural superpower.
Trump has stated he acts based on his guts instincts
Trump who appears willing to take unnecessary risks
(economic, military, cultural, political)
without strategy or clear planning;
he can therefore plunge the world into an ‘end times’ scenario
This can also weaken America from within.
a moral beacon in the world,
‘the city on a hill that cannot be hid’ a clear voice for universal human rights,
model of freedom of the press, and as
a model of human dignity,
will be lost forever;
making the biblical ‘end times’ scenario that more certain.
So count me out, I will not be voting for Donald Trump in 2020!
All the benefits of my Vote for Donald Trump Appear to be
Material, Temporal, Earthly
More Conservative Judges
Inasmuch as I want a society
where conservative values are respected, this pertains mostly to America, not the Kingdom of God,
when judges are appointed
by both sides
solely for partisan control of the judiciary,
and it will ultimately corrupt justice
for everyone, forever (!);
will not prevent the ongoing moral decay of humanity
predicted in the Bible, as we move toward the end-times!
” “‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him.
That is, justice must be blind to even the closest earthly affiliations.
The Possibility of Overturning Roe vs. Wade
Inasmuch as I am
(in Church and personal life
and I will work to reduce abortion in society
in other ways other than using the force of law)
and I am also pro-choice , (as a matter of law in society) inasmuch as I will like to reduce abortions in the US,
the church will do a better job to impact society for God
by modelling selfless, holy, and cross-bearing lives as people of faith,
than to try to wield the corrupting tools of political power
to force social change; that is,
making abortion illegal
constrains action by force of law, it
does not change people and
is only a temporary fix, to the eternal problem of the
sinfulness of man, and it
does not address immorality within the Church itself;
I also have hope that God has a plan even for unborn babies
as I believe he does for infants who die early!
Matt. 18.10: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”
A friend of the (mostly white) Church in the White House
is temporary, of this earth, not the kingdom of God
if the Church cannot criticize that ‘friend’,
if the Church must always praise that ‘friend’,
if the Church must explain away, excuse, and lie (‘spin’),
when that ‘friend’ lies, divides, and is unrepentant of
deceit, meanness, pride and boastfulness, narcissism, and adultery,
and thereby abandon its basic mission to a lost world:
faithfully proclaim the truth and will of God
that we must be
true, loving, meek and lowly, selfless, and faithful to the wife of our youth, welcoming, be wronged instead of wronging others, give vengeance to God instead of always ‘fighting back.’
Faithful prophetic witness
to powerful (and sometimes corrupt) political leaders (kings)
is clear in the Bible.
It usually involves truth, rebuke, courage, and great risk: Samuel (Eli), Samuel (Saul), Nathan (David),
Elijah (Ahab, Jezebel, Ahaziah), Elisha (Ahab), Micaiah (Ahab)
Isaiah (Manasseh), Jonah (Nineveh),
Jeremiah (Zedekiah), Daniel (Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar),
John the Baptist (Herod)
Jesus (Pilate), Peter (Sanhedrin);
the Early Church (the Sanhedrin); and
as the one we see between
It is never a cozy relationship
the White House and white evangelical American leadership.
As good as that sounds,
a strong economy is of this earth, not eternal
Mark 8.36: “What does it profit a man [nation]….”
(as the signs are beginning to show, and
as Donald Trump continues to gamble
with the economy and
with the livelihood of millions of Americans,
using trade wars),
the economy takes a downturn,
as is expected every now and again?
Strong Immigration Enforcement?
This excites those
whose primary concern is America who may be driven by
lack of knowledge and compassion, fear, distaste, and/or
those who are different, who are weak, and destitute;
who have forgotten, who ignore the fact,
that the Kingdom of God is all tribes, tongues and nations
that everyone ‘came from somewhere else’,
that the Bible overwhelmingly teaches love and welcome
for the weak, the widow, the fatherless, the alien ,strangers (!)
that Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus were themselves refugees
to Egypt from political violence!
Matthew 24.44: “Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’”
Revelation 7.9 “…from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb….”
Strong Military and National Defense,
pertains to only America, not the Kingdom of God;
is material, temporary, and earthly.
“For we do not wrestle not against flesh and blood…”
Second Amendment Rights
Is only of this earth, and temporary, and
when promoted unreasonably and at all cost, it
UNDERCUTS THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS:
give instead of taking life,
“turning the other cheek”,
“Nevertheless, let your [God’s] will be done not mine” lacks any sound biblical and theological support.
Matt. 16.24: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
The choice between a gun and the cross is easy
– Next Post Why a Vote For Donald Trump has Negative Long Term/Eternal Consequences for America and the Church.
In my last post, I told you two ways your loan balance can continue to increase.
Even when you are making your minimum monthly payments,
if you miss your minimum monthly payment, and/or
whenever you are allowed to pay less than your minimum monthly payment
your loan balance may continue to increase.
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Other scenarios in which your loan balance will continue to rise:
A ‘debt relief’ program promises you can make ‘smaller payments’
than the standard/reasonable minimum monthly payments, and
used by some unscrupulous lenders to trap you
Some government and/or education loans repayment plan are also
income driven, i.e. based on
how much you earn not
how much is required to pay off the loan
in a reasonable period of time.
you owe $25,000, at 15% annual interest rate computed on the balance each month
The minimum payment is 2% or $500.
“That’s too high”, you say, “can you help me?”
“Can I pay $200 per month please?” “
Sure”, the lender says, “just for you!” What you may not realize is that
$200 does not cover your monthly interest ($314).s
The difference ($314 – $200)
is added to your loan balance
(the interest has been ‘capitalized’)
which continues to earn interest.
The Education Department Income Driven Repayment Plan (IDRP)
provides relief to people allowing them to make payments
based on how much they earn
on loan balances that earn interest each day
until the to total balance is paid off.
As above, you may be making all regular required payments
but your actual loan balance could be increasing!!
You make regular minimum payments but
if the interest rate is high and if
the loan balance is continually earning interest,
your loan balance will continue to increase; in fact
the loan balance will double approximately
every 70/(interest rate) years
according to the ‘Rule of 70’:
an amount that grows at the rate of ‘x’ per period
will double approximately every 70/x periods.
a credit card balance of $25,000 at 15% annual interest rate
will double every 70/15 = 4.7 years (4 years and 8 months)
If you make every minimum required payment of 2%,
The balance will double every 70/13 = 5 years and 5 months.
Some credit card loans will have lower/higher interest rates.
Some loans (some mortgages, car notes)
have interest calculated over the life of the loan.
Final Take Away
If possible, avoid loans
for which the interest rate is calculated frequently
on the outstanding balance.
Make sure your minimum payments at least cover your interest
Make sure your minimum payments covers some of your principal each time
If not the make additional payment to cover
paying down your principal.
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Some Basic Truths For Meaningful, Happy and Successful Life
There is a God Almighty
He will judge
He is sovereign
(owes no one any explanation, and is
free to do whatever he wills,
He is Holy but he is also
You are Special
One of a kind In a good way, despite or because of
what you did in the past
what someone did to you in the past
your DNA profile
where you were born
You have something to say, to give, to contribute, to do
in this world;
a legacy to leave behind,
a mission to accomplish, and
a dream to fulfill.
Your life has meaning!
You are of infinite value
to God who loves you and died for you
to those who love you
mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, siblings, bff etc.
You add meaning, joy and happiness to their lives.
For those who may not ‘love’ you,
They are not looking at your true value.
They are looking at something other than
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Things can and Do Change
Other opportunities will open
Closed doors may become open
New doors will open up
‘Doors’ can become walls or
ladders may be provided to scale walls!
People can change
Friends can become enemies
Bosses can become subordinates
Doubts can become trust
Opponents can become team-mates
Miracles (impossible ‘coincidences’) can happen New methods, medications, procedures, approaches will be invented
making it easier to get where you want to go in your life!
Reality, Facts, and Truth Rule in the Long Run
There are no ‘alternative facts’ Opinions, feelings, emotions, loyalties change, facts don’t
Evidence based choices are best
Respect True Scientific Discoveries
God is the ultimate scientist
They are foundation to practically all human achievements
The Other Side of Life Will Be Different
All tears will be wiped away;
No more sorrows, sickness, death, or evil,
No more scammers, swindlers, thieves, liars, sociopaths;
Those who (we) think they ‘got away with it’
will not escape the ultimate justice,
If you have invested in it!
I recommend Jesus to you, Personally!
Don’t think there will be need for ‘Faith’
Faith will become sight
It will be like the Garden of Eden all over again!
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