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We Must Have The Truth

Ammon Bundy, center, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, speaks with reporters during a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, near Burns, Ore. Bundy, who was involved in a 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights, told reporters on Monday that two local ranchers who face long prison sentences for setting fire to land have been treated unfairly. The armed anti-government group took over the remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon as part of a decades-long fight over public lands in the West. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Yesterday, as I turned on my iPhone, I got a CNN notification which read something like this: “Oregon standoff leader Ammon Bundy and others arrested, and one person killed in gun battle.”

So, naturally, I tapped the link and read the articles.

And others. And yet, more articles. Some by Fox News; you know, the “We report, you decide” people.

Then, I went to the Bundy Ranch Facebook Page. Maybe I’m too naive, but there I found a completely different story.

What am I to believe? And is it important for me to know the real truth? If so, why?

What does it matter to the rest of the nation what goes on in the little Oregon town of John Day? I mean, really. With a population of less than 2,000, why would anyone care?

And why should anyone care about the struggles of the Bundy family, the Hammonds, or even Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, the man who was killed in the alleged gun battle?

Maybe for one reason.

Truth.

Truth. What REALLY happened?

Why is truth so important? 

 

Because truth is the foundation of any relationship. Relationships require trust, and trust must have truth.

 

Among the many things which have been changing over the past 20-30 years, or should I say decaying over time, the most important one is trust.

People don’t trust the government. A LOT of people don’t trust the government. Why? Because they don’t believe the government is telling them the truth. 

Pick a subject.

Now mind you, I am NOT one of your conspiracy nuts, believing the United States Government was behind the JFK assassination, or the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. I don’t think Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks either.

But I’ve seen and heard enough to make me wonder, “What’s really going on behind closed doors?”

Do you remember Ruby Ridge? How about Waco, Texas?

And, even more recently, the Fast and Furious gun running debacle. Oh, and I heard drug kingpin El Chapo, after he was recaptured just the other day, had one of the Fast and Furious 50 caliber rifles at his hideout.

Maybe it’s true, maybe not.

But it only serves to reinforce my question, “What is the truth?”

Is it too much to ask? Maybe we can’t handle the truth. If that’s the case, maybe the government of the people, by the people, and for the people needs more than just a new leader.

Maybe it needs a major overhaul.

So, please, whoever reads this post, if you have anything to do with any level of government: federal, state, or local, would you please do just one thing? 

It could be the beginning of a nationwide revival, if you would.

Would you please just simply tell the truth? Who knows, the American people may eventually begin to believe you.

(For a pretty detailed account of the Oregon occupation, check out this link)

Oregon Militia
I “think” it’s okay.

How Do People Fall Out Of Love?

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Recently my wife and I were visiting with some friends, discussing how sad it was that some of our mutual friends divorced after many years of marriage.

Christian friends. Christians in pastoral ministry. Close friends. It breaks our hearts.

As we talked, their seventeen year old daughter asked us a question; a very good question.

“How do people who once loved each other just quit loving?”

She went on to say she always thought love was supposed to last forever.

Like I said, it was a very good question.
Have YOU ever had that same question?

More specifically, have you ever found yourself no longer in love with the person you promised to honor and cherish forever? Have you brushed aside your marriage vows for a walk on the wild side?

Has someone caught your eye; someone other than your covenant partner?

How do people fall out of love?

Maybe it would be better to first discuss how people fall IN love.

No one actually loves another person the first time they meet. There’s no such thing as love at first sight. Sure, there’s the initial “wow, they’re good looking”, and possibly a desire to get to know the good looker better begins to form.

But love isn’t the same as infatuation. The eyes are not the seat of one’s affections. The eyes will send information to the heart and soul, but the heart must decide how it’s going to process that data. 

Reinforcing the eyes’ downloads, the other senses join in. Words spoken, the way they are spoken, perfumes worn, soft touches and warm embraces all can solidify the message the heart is receiving…

“It’s true love. This person will make me happy forever.”

But it’s never a feeling. It’s a decision. 

 

That’s a basic description of how a person falls in love. Info is gathered by the senses, filtered through the mind (soul), and judged (decided upon) by the heart.

 

How does a person fall OUT of love?

First, when their senses aren’t guarded – if their eyes are allowed to see things that stimulate them emotionally (or sexually), they are already running the risk of falling out of love. If someone other than my spouse stimulates me in an area reserved only for true love, I’m in danger.

Even if there’s nothing sexual happening, an emotional bond can be built through conversation alone. “They’re so great to talk with. They understand me, and we have so much in common…”

Next, the allegiance which really belongs to the spouse begins to be shifted to the other person; the one who’s more fun, listens better, looks better, etc.

It can happen slowly, or, if there are other things happening in one’s life such as sexual addiction or troubles already in the marriage, it can happen very quickly.

Then, the mind begins to convince the heart that a change is needed. It presents all the data it’s received to the heart, and like a great used car salesman, sells the idea as a necessity.

The heart becomes deceived.

Inevitably, opportunity is just around the corner for anyone who has yielded this far.

Opportunity to become a slave to an illicit affair. 

Falling out of love sounds so innocent, doesn’t it? I mean, the phrase “I just don’t love them anymore” makes it sound as though it can’t be helped.

If that’s true, then no one could ever help falling IN love. So what good would marriage vows serve?

Please examine your life. Are you enjoying the extra attention from someone other than your spouse?

You have a choice. You decide whom you’ll love.

People just don’t fall out of love.

They walk out of it.

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 ESV)

 

You Can Curse It, But Never Reverse It

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An age old debate appears to be heating up, getting hotter and hotter. A debate that carries with it eternal consequences.

Some believe it, others try to refute it.

A shackle to free thinkers and liberated lifestyles; it has released many, and is the judge of everyone .

It has always been, and forever will be; no person or group can lay exclusive claim to it.

Though multitudes attempt to guard it, defend it, explain it, and even broadcast it to the nations; it can only be found by those who seek it.

Always contemporary, never behind the times. Never hidden, though ignored by many.

Brighter than a million lights; it penetrates the darkest of souls, enlightening and renewing.

It’s weight is more than the strongest man can bear; yet it is the very thing that lifts him heavenward.

It is beyond comprehension but not beyond knowing.

Sharper than a surgeon’s knife, as tender as a nurse’s touch, keener than a scholar’s perception, yet simple enough for anyone with childlike faith to grasp.

It can be a fire in one’s bones, or refreshing as a cool drink of water.

People will curse it, but never reverse it.

Truth.

Pilate asked about it.

People turn away from it; afraid to face it, let alone embrace it.

It demands total acceptance and allegiance, or it is compromise.

Truth.

Men and women can have an insatiable desire for learning and knowledge, and still be far from it. Those who oppose it still must face it.

Everyone eventually bows before it.

Truth.

Whoever commits themselves to it finds love beyond description, and help for every situation.

Though not easy to swallow, it settles every nerve and heals every ulcer.

It can not be separated from its Author. It’s inseparably connected with godliness and righteousness.

Truth.

It stirs up controversy. It settles disputes. It divides the best of friends and separates the goats from the sheep.

It was promised to the serpent, tested in the desert, welcomed with palm branches, and nailed to a cross.

It was victorious over death, a tomb, and even hell itself.

It’s being attacked as it was in Noah’s day, mocked as in the day of Lot.

But some are believing it, as in Jonah’s day.

It will remain, though the heavens and the earth are destroyed by intense heat.

It will stand, even though challenged by the lawless one himself.

If misunderstood, it can remove all doubt. Unchangeable.

It is the foundation for life, and the one necessity in death.

To those who know it, receive it, embrace it, love it, and live it…

It is everlasting life.

Truth.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NKJV)

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17 NKJV)

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

20130523-220843.jpg“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, the 1968 Iron Butterfly song, made quite a splash back in the day. The album, which included the 17 minute title song, sold over 30 million copies. When I was 16, I was the proud owner of 2 Iron Butterfly albums: the one mentioned, and one titled “Ball”. Yep, I was one, far out dude!

“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – the 60’s psychedelic way of saying “In the garden of Eden.” Simple lyrics, cool organ, wild guitar licks, plodding bass lines, and an interesting drum solo gave the song quite the hypnotizing effect.

I believe it was the Serpent’s theme song, there in the Garden of Eden.

No, not because Rock and Roll is the devil’s music! After all, satan can use music of ANY KIND to proclaim his rebellious message; and he especially uses COUNTRY MUSIC (my humble opinion). But music itself does not enslave a single soul. True, a mind can be mesmerized, hypnotized, and even paralyzed by a certain rhythm, a particular beat. But enslavement is a matter of the heart, just as worship is from the heart.

Nor does music free a soul; even though The Lovin’ Spoonful’s song, “Do you believe in magic?”, indicated otherwise. Music isn’t spiritual, but it can be used to carry a spiritual message; good or bad. Both God and His adversary have used music to carry their message to the masses. But music, in and of itself, has no real power. The spirit BEHIND the music is where the power comes from.

Anyway, as I was trying to say, I believe the Serpent’s Garden Theme Song was the Iron Butterfly tune because it represents him so well! Picture the Serpent singing to Eve, “In the Garden of Eden, baby, don’t you know that I love you. In the Garden of Eden, honey, don’t you know that I’ll always be true. Oh, won’t you come with me and take my hand, oh, won’t you come with me and we’ll walk this land. Please take my hand…”

Yep, quite a way with words, that old serpent. He’s a master at saying one thing, but meaning something else. He’s adorable to someone who loves smooth words and quick promises. He is the cleverest at twisting the truth, and modifying it to serve his purposes. And he’ll have his arm gently on your back, encouraging and consoling, until he’s finished with you. When he’s done, you’re done.

“Eve, don’t you know I would tell you the truth, even if God wouldn’t? You can trust me. After all, I love you and only have your best interest in mind”, the serpent sang.

“But Mr. Serpent, I don’t think I should follow you”, she said, as her body began to sway in rhythm to his hypnotizing tune.

Again he sang, “Oh, please take a bite of this delicious fruit. It was created by God just for you! How could it be wrong if it feels so right?”

“But Mr. Serpent…hmmm, it does feel good deep down inside. You really know a lot, Mr. Serpent. Surely a little bite, a little walk, a little adventure couldn’t be THAT bad…”

I have this belief: the serpent didn’t “win” Adam and Eve over to his way of thinking with just one encounter. No, I believe it was a campaign. He kept repeating the song, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, honey”, and little by little the defenses wore thin until there were none left! The more Adam and Eve hung around the “jukebox”, listening to the serpent’s tune, over and over, the more they agreed with the message and received the spirit behind the song.

The campaign paid off, Eve took his advice, grabbed a bite of fruit, then handed it to her husband. He ate. Their eyes were open and began to see things, know things, God hadn’t intended them to know.

And it started with a song, the Serpent’s song. In the Garden of Eden.

Are you allowing the old serpent “air time”? Do you keep tuning him in? Have you noticed yourself starting to believe his campaign against God?

Time to step away from the “jukebox”.

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