Tag: Murder

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.

Why Wouldn’t God Judge America?

 
I kind of wonder what’s going to happen in November. Specifically, November 8th. 

I sure don’t like being pessimistic, and really, I’m not. Because what’s pessimistic about God’s will? 

You see, I’m not convinced this land we call the United States of America will ever be “great” again. I’d like it to be. But I’m not optimistic. No matter who is living in the White House, or how many “conservatives”, “liberals”, or “progressives” caucus in Congress, nothing will change.

Not when those voting are confused about the basics. In this land where anything that points to accountability with the Creator God is abhorred, righteousness is not only pooh-poohed as passé, but voted out of society, while evil is proclaimed as the law of the land. 

Life used to be precious, and all lives mattered. At least to the majority of Americans. 

But today there are so many voices arguing against common sense and natural law. The same people who cry and campaign for human rights, are leading the charge against sanity. 

The unwanted, unprotected unborn child is human. It moves, eats, hears, and feels pain; from the warm and safe place of its mother’s womb. But to many voters, the ones who elect this nation’s lawmakers, a woman’s choice to murder is more important than her baby’s right to live.

That’s worse than sad; it’s criminal.

But that is the condition of our “progressive” society.

While I’m talking about human rights, what about an elderly person without a bank account, or a veteran without a home? Do their lives matter, even though they may have no “societal value”?

Diversity and tolerance is propagated throughout every phase of society. Schools, federal and state governments, the postal service, and probably every non-government job including Walmart, Target, and Dollar Tree. 

Which I believe is wonderful! Because EVERYONE is valuable and deserves to be treated with respect. 

Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has a belief system. But in today’s society, everyone is tolerated except the Christian who dares to stand up and say, “Sin is a reproach to any society!

We have Supreme Court justices deciding on issues as though they were God. We have lawyers and politicians acting like they’re smarter than God. And a lot of the population votes like they think the government is God.

So why wouldn’t God judge America?

Throughout history, nations have been judged by God. He typically doesn’t use fire and brimstone, or hailstones (though He has); no, He usually allows an ungodly nation, or people group, to first discipline the nation in hopes it will repent and turn to Him, and if that doesn’t work, to totally wipe out the nation from the face of the earth.

Ask Israel how many times they have been judged. Or just read some history books.

No matter how strong militarily a nation might be, they cannot fight their way out of the judgment that comes by the hand of God. 

However intelligent a nation’s academia is, they cannot match wits with Almighty God. 

And even though the nation may gather together as one voice to build a society without God, they will build in vain. God always has the last word. 

Ask Nimrod.

There are basically two main reasons why nations are judged-what they are doing with the truth they’ve received, and how they are treating Abraham’s family. 

Like it or not, accept it or not, believe it or not; history reveals the role faith in God had in the establishing of this nation. And even though there are some who are trying to change the history books, God’s laws are indelibly written on the walls of every human heart.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all know murder, as well as stealing, is wrong. And just because enough people join together and vote wrongdoing into law, doesn’t make it somehow become right. 

We, the voters of this great land, seemed to have taken it upon ourselves to douse whatever remaining light there may be; to eliminate any and every mention of the God Who judges the nations.

Maybe we’ll become like Sodom and Gomorrah, where everything was progressive. If you think it, if it feels good, and you can mock God at the same time, then do it! That WAS their societal belief. 

Or maybe we’ll go the way of Babylon. Multiple gods, multiple beliefs, worship of stars, moons, planets, trees, people…

We’re partway there already. 

“Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.” (Romans 1:22-23 NLT)

And how are we, as a nation, treating the family of Abraham? Shaky ground, folks. Like it or not, believe it or not, Israel is STILL important to God. 

Because He made a covenant with Abraham, and his seed. Which, by the way, includes the church, (Galatians 3:29) but that’s for another time.

Someone with a lot more intelligence than myself once said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (Sir Winston Churchill) 

History records, over and over, the horrible destruction of nations whose leaders mocked the God Who established them in the first place. 

And woe to the nation who ignores the history lessons involving the little piece of land known as Israel. 

But God’s given us all a choice. So it isn’t pessimistic to say I’m not expecting much this November. 

I believe God and His word. I’ve read the history of some of the once great nations; the nations which are now the subject of archaeological excavations. 

And, like it or not, whatever a man, or nation, sows, that shall he/they also reap. 

God, please have mercy on this nation; and may we turn to You with a humble spirit. May You provide the way to, once again, be that city on a hill.

What’s With All The Shootings?


I find it very disturbing, all these shootings taking place in my hometown. What’s going on, anyway?

Maybe there are too many guns on the streets of this fair city.

Maybe.

Perhaps there aren’t enough police officers on patrol.

Maybe.

And I suppose it’s possible that all these shootings are the President’s fault. After all, he is the man in charge. 

Maybe not.

It could Clinton’s fault. Or Branstad, Cownie, and maybe even Wingert, Des Moines’ Chief of Police.

It could be the pawn shops, the NRA, ammunition makers, drug dealers, computer hackers, or high school dropouts.

Maybe those doing the shootings are illegal immigrants.

If given much thought, I suppose a case could be made for blame to be pinned on the church. If they were doing their job, none of this would be happening. 

While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and blame God.

We’ve just got to find someone to blame!

But really…what IS going on? While writing this post I received a notification on my phone of yet another shooting, where 2 were found shot to death in their home.

What’s with all the shootings?

Could it possibly have anything to do with the condition of a person’s heart?

Perhaps if we take a look at what’s happening in society, yes, even in Des Moines’ relatively tame environment, we may come to the same conclusion the word of God gives.

Perhaps.

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4 NKJV)

No, I’m not saying (necessarily or absolutely) that these are the “last days”. I AM saying these are stressful, hard to deal with times, where the pressures of life can build up inside a person until they feel like exploding.

And sometimes they do.

That’s when we read about it online, or see the police and ambulance next door.

What’s with all the shootings?

There’s no regulation or law that can stop someone from killing another, if that’s what they have determined in their mind to do. Take away the guns, they’ll use a knife. Ban all knives, and someone will use a wet pillow. 

Banning pillows isn’t the answer, either.

And I hate to sound like a pessimist, but until the heart is changed, the problem is going to keep getting worse.

History repeats itself if we won’t learn from it. Years and years ago mankind was determined to keep God out of their lives. That didn’t work at all. Ask Noah.

Nowadays mankind has become so smart, so bloated with pride, they’ve raised their collective finger to God and said, “Leave us alone!”

Society has been sold a bill of goods that looks something like this:

1. Life doesn’t really matter.

2. My desires are more important than yours.

3. As long as I don’t hurt anyone, it doesn’t matter what I do.

4. God is dead, or at least he should be.

Yet God’s Word says…

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1 NKJV)

“They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind…” (Hosea 8:7 NKJV)

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 NKJV)

We, society as a whole, are reaping what we’ve sown. And it is impossible to have a law abiding society without the God of Life and Justice at the very center of that society.

“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God.” (Isaiah 59:1-2 NKJV)

There’s an answer for all these shootings.

“Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7 NKJV)

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)

Society may not change overnight, but it CAN change; one person at a time.

The Point Of No Return 

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Are you aware that today someone will do something they never thought they’d do?
If you’d asked them a year earlier, “Do you ever see yourself doing thus and so?”, like stealing, raping, cheating on their spouse, or even murdering, they would’ve undoubtedly answered, “No way!”
But today they’ll do it. 

Brand new sexual addictions will begin today. New addictions to drugs and/or alcohol will wrap their hellish chains around some poor soul as well.

Today.

And someone will take a step toward new levels of violence; even to the point of murder.

Today.

Not planned. It just happens.

Or does it?

There are things which I have done that I would have sworn I’d never do.

But I did them. 

How about you?

Think of people you’ve read about in the history books; Hitler, Stalin, and others. Adolph began life as an innocent child, but ended as an evil, demon possessed maniac.

Ted Bundy wasn’t born a murderer. He BECAME one, one bad choice at a time.

Again, how about you?

Are you aware that every living soul is capable of committing atrocities even more heinous than those of Hitler or Bundy?

I realize it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT)

(Hint: ask God)

Wickedness grows to uncontrollable proportions when we allow little compromises to pass unchecked. When our mind excuses wrong behavior because it doesn’t seem “that” bad, or it has become sociably acceptable, we don’t realize just how close we are to the point of no return.

“That sure sounds ominous…”

Welcome to the macabre.

Imagine a stick of dynamite. Let it represent the evil you believe you are incapable of doing.

Light the fuse, but just for a moment. Now quickly extinguish it. Whew! Great, no evil done.

Now, let it be lit again, and again, and again…

No problem! Each time it is extinguished before anything really bad happens.

Until one day…

KKKKAAAABBBBOOOOOOOOMMMM!

You’ve just reached the point of no return.

And that’s how the progression goes for those have had their lives and eternities destroyed.

That’s the point in a life that Paul talked about in Romans, chapter one:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. THEREFORE GOD GAVE THEM OVER in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

“For this reason GOD GAVE THEM OVER to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, GOD GAVE THEM OVER to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:18-32 NASB)

God gave them over…

Though He never intended for His creation to be subjected to His wrath, they reached the point of no return; one action, one thought, one compromise at a time.

What are you doing about your own life?

How many times do you think you can light the fuse and get away with it?

Don’t bet on it.

What Do You Have Against Jesus?

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“What do you have against Jesus?”

“So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” (John 18:29-30 ESV)

The evening prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, Jewish leaders brought Jesus to Pilate. Treating him worse than a common criminal, they demanded attention from Pilate. As Pilate observed the abuse, he asked them a simple question.

“What did he do?”

They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.”

What an answer! Pilate thought so as well. He told them, “Look, take him out of here and give him the punishment he deserves. But leave me alone.”

“But we want him dead!” That got Pilate’s attention.

Pilate had never met anyone who claimed to be God. But that’s why the religious leaders were so much against their prisoner; his claims were blasphemous, they said, and he deserved to die.

However, God vindicated Jesus by raising him from the dead. Case closed.

Well, not exactly.

Nowdays, for some strange reason, people all over the world have an issue with Jesus. People who have never met him talk as though they have personally witnessed his crimes against humanity. They act like he’s some kind of war criminal, or a person who’s bilked millions out of their life savings.

People will discuss religion, God, their church, their youth group, and even the amount of money they donate to charity. But mention, even briefly, the Name of Jesus…and some of those same people become red faced, their hands begin shaking, and you just know they’re about to call 911 and have you arrested.

Why? What does the world have against Jesus?

Has he ever been on the FBI’s most wanted list? Did he ever rob a store?

He’s been misunderstood, that’s for sure.

But did he ever make a promise he didn’t keep? Did he ever violate even just one of the Ten Commandments?

Did he ever speak ugly about labor unions or endorse Walmart?

As far as I can tell, his record’s clean. If my memory serves me correctly, all he ever did was love and help people.

Well, on second thought, he has been known to associate with some pretty shady characters. Rumor has it, he even had a prostitute as a friend. He took a little boy’s lunch one day, and acted like it was his own.

Once he interrupted a funeral. He actually had the audacity to open the coffin and raise the young man from the dead. Such inconsideration! No wonder people don’t like him.

Yeah, and there’s another time he ruined a perfectly good fishing net of Peter’s. Those things aren’t cheap at all. I heard that’s why he gave Peter a position in his organization; to keep him quiet.

He let his temper get away from him one day, and in the Temple of all places!

Also, shortly after he had John baptize him in the Jordan River, he was seen walking into the desert with the devil right behind him. He seemed to hang out with seedy looking characters, that’s for sure.

He had a couple of his associates steal a donkey one time. And (this is huge) he told his body guards to buy a sword; in spite of all of the sword control laws!

Sure, a lot of people say they were helped by him, those many years ago. But what has he done for people lately?

Is there anyone who will stand up and testify on his behalf?

Reader, I ask you: “What do YOU have against Jesus? What has he done to you or your family?”

Do you care to respond?

If Jesus was on trial today, would you be a witness for the prosecution?

Or, would you rather testify for the defense?

Please comment. I’d really like to know why you either despise Jesus, or love Jesus.

Thank you.

Monsters, Inc.

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Just suppose it’s Monday morning. You get out of bed, eat breakfast, walk the dog, and finish getting ready for work.

Once inside your car, you back out of the garage, press the garage door closer, and head for the freeway.

All of a sudden, something strikes you as odd; actually, eerie. You haven’t seen a single person out and about. Not one.

No one walking their dog, no children waiting for the school bus, not a single vehicle on the road except yours. What’s going on?

You turn on the radio, hoping to catch something on the news that would explain things. Nothing but dead air.

Arriving at work, you get the pick of parking spaces; you’re the only one there!

No one in the building, no one standing outside in the designated smoking area. No one at all.

You try calling several local friends, but no answer.

Returning to your car, you head north. Ankeny. I should find someone in Ankeny, you mumble to yourself. But not a soul can be found.

Turning east and south, you discover the same thing in Altoona. No one. Not in a car, walking on the sidewalk; even HyVee is completely vacant.

Pleasant Hill shows no sign of life, either. Des Moines and West Des Moines, the same. You spend 3 hours driving the streets, looking for someone, anyone; but the city is deserted. Crazy, isn’t it.

Actually, this sort of thing is happening every year.

Except the city isn’t deserted; it is aborted.

In 2012, according to the Planned Parenthood Annual Report for 2012-2013, there were 327,166 babies murdered by PP. That equals the population of the four cities mentioned.

In one year.

I find the name “Planned Parenthood” to be a bit deceptive. Isn’t parenthood the state of being a father or a mother? Why would the abortion industry use the “parent” word, when it’s apparent they really don’t care for babies?

Maybe that’s a little harsh. I’m sorry. I’ll try it again.

I’m sure the people who operate PP care about babies. After all, they were babies once.

But it’s too bad people who have the wherewithal to operate a billion dollar business can’t tell the difference between a baby and a blob of tissue.

A baby in the womb can be seen with ultrasound. It’s heart beat can be heard. It’s a living, developing baby, safely wrapped inside its mother’s womb. Well, it is supposed to be.

In the Planned Parenthood Annual Report 2012-2013, You can read some very interesting things. Here is a link to that report:

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/AR-FY13_111213_vF_rev3_ISSUU.pdf

Here’s a wild statistic. Planned Parenthood receives 45% of their budget from tax payers.

“I thought the government gave them the money!” The government doesn’t have any money. They use OUR money. Our money goes to murder babies!

I know God loves the people who work at Planned Parenthood. He loves them as much as He loves His Son, Jesus! After all, He gave His Son to pay the price for their sin, the same as the rest of the world.

However, killing babies is wrong, and calling it “pro-choice” doesn’t make the babies less dead. Calling the “pro-lifer’s” “anti-abortionists” makes them sound like people who don’t care, and are out to ruin women any way they can. But propaganda, political spin, and out right lies cannot ease the conscience of the baby’s mother. And it doesn’t make the “procedure” less murderous.

Back in Nazi Germany, where so many people were killed, or exterminated as was the case, the “doctors” who performed the experiments and caused the deaths of millions were brought to trial and sentenced to die for their unconscionable acts.

They were referred to as “monsters”.

Is there really any difference between the Nazi “doctors” and the “doctors” who perform abortion procedures?

I’d say “monster” fits them well!

I try and imagine what the babies would have been like. Each one known by God, and given gifts and a purpose, by God. Fearfully and wonderfully made, by God.

But brutally murdered as an “abortion procedure”, in the name of “choice”, which is best spelled M-O-N-E-Y.

Maybe Planned Parenthood should change the name of their business to “Murder, Inc.”

Or, better yet; “Monsters, Inc.”

Will We Let Him Gather Our Children?

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How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me (Matthew 23:37 NLT)

Those were Jesus’ words to the city of Jerusalem. You know what? I think He could be saying the same thing to our cities. But will we listen?

Ever since Cain slew his brother Abel, The Lord has grieved over each and every person slain. As He did with Cain, so He does today. You see, whether or not we can tell if someone is about to “break”, God knows. He knew Cain was at that point and tried to get him to yield his hurt, anger, jealousy; all the inner things that were driving him to kill his brother, to the Lord. Cain wouldn’t listen and killed his brother.

There comes a time after people continually reject the promptings and warnings of God, that they become powerless against the spirit of death and murder, the devil. He is the thief who only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And he has “caused” many people to rise up and murder many innocent children down through the years.

I am convinced The Lord tried to keep this horrifying scene from happening. He’s been trying for years to touch America’s children with the life that only comes from Him. But America seems to keep turning a deaf ear to His voice, rejecting Jesus on every turn. So our children are kept from being “gathered” by The Lord and they grow up without a real moral bearing. They know nothing of hearing God’s voice or even see the value of life. Yes, they grow up and can only hear one voice clearly; the voice of death and destruction. (Paid any attention to the video games out these days? Rated “T” for Teen and “M” for Mature)

My heart breaks for the parents, siblings, and loved ones of the victims in today’s massacre. But there is a heart breaking beyond our comprehension. The heart of Jesus.

I believe He is still trying to gather our children. He is still desiring to reveal His love to this generation.

Maybe we ought to “let Him”?

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