May 2013

May 27, 2013
I had already decided earlier last week that I would show a 3-4 min. video clip from Youtube by Toby Keith re: remembering our soldiers’ sacrifices for Memorial Day in our morning service yesterday. When I found out right before the service that my beloved uncle Newton had just died – a month before he turned 91 and a day before Memorial Day, I knew I had to dedicate that song and collage of pictures to him. Uncle Newton, my dad, and my other uncle Bill all served in the military. Uncle Newton lived a decent walk or a quick bike ride from the home I grew up in all my growing up years in Knoxville. He taught me how to shoot basketball with my left hand by humiliating me on the basketball court whenever I started beating him in horse (he would just shoot only with his left hand and make me do the same). Uncle Newton was my Sunday school teacher when I was in early high school years. He loved God, loved our nation, and loved his family and clan. He will be sorely missed.

I’m afraid my generation – and certainly the next one – come to Memorial Day with convoluted emotions if not an absence of emotion altogether. Many of us (excluding some who joined the military) have not fought in any war. If we have obtained our education in public schools we most likely have not given adequate attention to the history of our nation, which would include some history of the condition of Great Britain at the time when our forefathers and mothers chose to leave it for what would eventually become the U.S.A. (One cannot really understand the underlying foundational principles that formed the bedrock of our nation’s identity unless you understand the deteriorating conditions and ideologies that caused our forefathers to leave Great Britain in the first place). Continue reading Fighting for the Soul of our Nation – Happy Memorial Day

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May 18, 2013

“On one issue, at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women.” Henry Louis Mencken – American writer, journalist of early 1900’s.

“Last night I was seriously considering whether I was a bisexual or not but I don’t think so though I’m not sure if I’d like to be and argh I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, ….” J.C.S. – contemporary female writer/artist/blogger.

Before I decided to use these two quotes, I looked at many others on the subject of sexes or gender. All confirmed why this subject has been on my mind so much this week, and that we have a real problem on our hands. Continue reading Gender – What’s the Big Deal??

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May 9, 2013

After two weeks of roaming the streets of Israel, there are a number of lasting impressions Anne and I had. One of them for sure is the abundance of children we witnessed everywhere we went. The birth rate in Israel is around 3.5, which puts it far ahead of much of the world – especially in the West where the birthrate continues to drop. It was also a great joy while there to Skype with our son and his precious wife and hear she is pregnant! Go Marina!

One of the reasons the birth rate continues to drop in the West is because of the erroneous idea that the world is being over populated and it is going to explode if we don’t exercise some restraint. On March 1st, the L.A. Times reported, “Nearly two-thirds of American voters believe that human population growth is driving other animal species to extinction and that if the situation gets worse, society has a “moral responsibility to address the problem,” according to a new national public opinion poll. Continue reading Give Us More Multiplying Mothers!

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May 8, 2013

When I was a few months away from my 20th Birthday I made a very desperate and seemingly unwise move from my beloved family and home in Knoxville, TN to San Jose, CA. I only knew one person in the western 2/3rds of our nation, but I was very desperate, and needed an overhaul in the way I thought, operated, and looked at life (including the way I perceived God). Soon after I moved there, having my social networks all removed from me, I began to seriously read the Bible from cover to cover for the first time. Because of all of the failure I had experienced in most areas of life by that point, certain verses in the Bible became very precious to me. One of those in particular is Lamentations 3:22,23 wherein Jeremiah the prophet says of life and its God, “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Continue reading Banking on God’s Covenant Faithfulness

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This was an address I gave at a regional retreat of our association of churches a few years back.

INTRODUCTION:
My journey:
– Born and raised in a So. Bapt Church – no significant mention of H.S. that I can remember for 19 + yrs
– Navs – 3 yrs.; Bible church in San Jose for 4 yrs. – – minimal emphasis
– Dallas Seminary – there for 6 yrs; Attended a Chinese non/anti charismatic church for 1st 2 yrs; Then an Evangelical Non charism. Church for the last 4 years. Minimal emphasis on positives; warning of negatives re: Holy Spirit
– Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand 3 week vacation in missionary place Continue reading Knowing God the Holy Spirit

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