Tuesday, July 17, 2018

On My Mind: Suffer The Little Children

There is something seriously wrong in the
State of California these days.

It seems the once Golden State has become a tarnished sinkhole
of legalized murder and perversion, mirroring the ancient cities
of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible. 

According to an e-mail I received this morning,
 Robert Ritchie, Director of ANF, or America Needs Fatima,  
 claims the new "California Healthy Youth Act" will promote the
forced teaching of infanticide and sexual perversion 
 to children in the state's public school system.

Here are the specifics of this legislation:

Fact 1:  A new law is taking effect in California-the California Healthy Youth Act-
which forces children to attend pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, 
and pro-transgender sex education classes.

Fact 2: Government imposed teaching materials include a Kindergarten 
 to 5th grade study guide for "I Am Jazz" a pro-transgender book written
 by a boy who calls himself a girl.

Fact 3: The "sexual health tool kit" is another approved part of the program.
In addition to recommending Planned Parenthood, the offensive "tool kit"
offers explicit instructions on how to commit sins against nature-
INCLUDING-the use of sex toys and worse.

Fact 4: Furthermore, the pro-transgender law mandates, "Instruction
and materials shall teach pupils about gender, gender expression, gender identity,
and explore the harm of gender stereotypes." (Section 51933).

 Furthermore, parents and guardians will be prevented from
 allowing their children to opt-out of these state-mandated classes.
This law is in direct violation of both the parents and the children's right 
 to freedom of speech and expression under the First Amendment of
the United States Constitution.  The State of California has 
absolutely no right to enforce this indoctrination of perversion
on students in their public school system.

This evil which has infiltrated the minds
 of state lawmakers in California is a prime example 
of how Satan attacks the womb through the heinous act of abortion.
 He has convinced far too many people 
that it is their "right" or "choice" to murder
their unborn child because in doing so he knows they are killing 
the very likeness and image of God Himself.

Another major deception of the enemy is the destruction of the traditional family:
Father/Husband, Mother/Wife, Children/Son/Daughter. Marriage as a
covenant relationship between one man and one woman as sanctioned by God
 is now considered part of"the harm of gender stereotypes" in  California.
This is a violation of the natural order of God's law, and
the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The focus of my daily Bible study this morning was Romans Chapter 13.

Romans 13:1 attests: "Let every person be loyally subject to
the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except
from God, by His permission, His sanction, and those that 
exist do so by God's appointment."

While I know there are many Christians living in different areas of California 
 who are opposing this new legislation, unfortunately, they are the minority. 
  It seems that a large cross-section of the population, especially in the wealthy 
and liberal elitist enclaves of  Los Angeles, Hollywood, and San Francisco
  dictate policy for the rest of the state. Perhaps this is the reason why
 many in California are seriously considering to divide 
their state into three different sections.

Looking at this situation through the biblical context, whenever
the nation and people of Israel sought to follow after one of the 
pagan cultures that surrounded them, turning away from God to
worship idols and revel in debauchery, God allowed them to do it,
simply because He has given all human beings the gift of a free will,
or the ability to make up their minds for themselves.

However, when His own chosen people and nation turned their
backs on Him, God withdrew from the land and with Him went
His divine providence and protection, leaving Israel to fend for
herself, which always ended with disastrous consequences,
 the Jews eventually being enslaved by the debased cultures 
 they had chosen to replace God's love and mercy.

Every election year for many years now, a majority of Californians
have voted the same pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality politicians
 back into office, both in their state and as their representatives
in the national government in Washington DC.  Again, God has
allowed this majority rule of the people because He does not
interfere with the free will choices of human beings. 

"He who sows iniquity will reap calamity and futility,
and the rod of his wrath with which he smites others will fail."
Proverbs 22:8

While I believe God will never leave or forsake His children living in
the Golden State, Christians in California need to pray for His wisdom
and guidance in these perilous times.  Furthermore, we need courageous
educators and legislators, parents and guardians, to willingly teach
their students and sons and daughters about their rights under the
United States Constitution, and to defend those rights as they were
originally written, in order to counter assaults on their freedom of speech
and expression, as well as keep their religious convictions intact.
Remember, our Constitution is the only written document in
the entire world which begins with three simple words,
"We The People".

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Farmer's Calendar July 2018

"Happy Holiday"
 An illustration from the Ladybird Book series,
"Peter and Jane"

We've been visiting this shoreline for more than 40 summers
and now, for the first time, there are egrets around the offshore rocks.
Those rocks were once the exclusive province of double-crested cormorants.
You can still see a few cormorants there, spreading their wings to dry,
but nowhere near as many in the past.

This little piece of waterfront also used to be the haunt of
long-established families who came back every summer to relax and play
with their cousins in the other houses. There were softball games
and Sunday evening hymn sings.

Four Sporting Boys
Norman Rockwell

That's changing too.  As children and grandchildren multiply, it's
harder to share the old houses and pay the steep property taxes.
So old families cash in and sell the Victorian-era "cottages"
to high-tech millionaires, some of whom immediately tear them
down and build new palaces on the beach. It's a succession
as natural as that of the birds.

Cormorant Rising From Summer Wave
Maggi Hambling

But something is lost.

There are fewer softball games, and when it's time to haul
the big swimming raft in or out of the bay, there are fewer strong
young bodies to do the hard work. And the Sunday evening
hymn sings are disappearing, like the cormorants.

"The Farmer's Calendar"
 The Old Farmer's Almanac

"Some bright morning when this life is over
I'll fly away.
To that home on God's celestial shore
I'll fly away.
I'll fly away, oh glory,
I'll fly away in the morning
When I die Hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away....

"I'll Fly Away"
Ransomed Bluegrass

"I'll Fly Away"
Written by Albert Brumley

July Poetry Corner: Home Sweet Home


Bedtime Kisses
Mark Keathly

'Mid pleasures and palaces we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home!

An exile from home, splendor dazzles in vain;
Oh, give me my lowly thatched cottage again!
The birds singing gayly, that came at my call-
Give me them-and the peace of mind, dearer than all!
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home!

I gaze on the moon as I tread the drear wild,
And feel that my mother now thinks of her child,
As she looks on that moon from our own cottage door
Thro' the woodbine, whose fragrance shall cheer me no more.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home!

How sweet 'tis to sit 'neath the fond father's smile,
And the caress of a mother to soothe and beguile!
Let others delight 'mid new pleasure to roam,
But give me, oh give me, the pleasures of home,
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home!

To thee I'll return, overburdened with care;
The heart's dearest solace will smile on me there;
No more from that cottage again will I roam;
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home!

Night Life
Abraham Hunter

"Home Sweet Home"
John Howard Payne
American actor,
 poet, and playwright

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Third Sunday Meditation: What Eye Has Not Seen And Ear Has Not Heard

"For from of old no one has heard or perceived
by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who works and shows Himself active on behalf
of him who earnestly waits for Him."
Isaiah 64:4

"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth.
And the former things shall not be remembered or
come into mind."
Isaiah 65:17

"For as the new heavens and the new earth which I make
shall remain before Me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring
and your name remain."
Isaiah 66:22


A message as relevant for the Church today
as when it was first written in A.D. 55, during the
Apostle Paul's extended ministry in Ephesus.

Located on the Mediterranean Sea, the city of Corinth
enjoyed a trade monopoly that made it a wealthy trading center.
In Paul's day it was a Roman colony, attracting a cosmopolitan
population of Romans, Greeks, and Jews from various points of
the Mediterranean world.  This changing population created
moral conditions that were regarded as inferior even by
pagan standards. In a setting like this it is no wonder that
the Corinthian church was plagued by numerous problems.
Paul sent this letter in response to information he had
received about the conditions of the church there.
Through his appeal Paul brings to bear the implications
of the Gospel for everyday experiences of life in a pagan society.
--The Amplified Bible

"As for myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come
proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery and secret
of God concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation
of men in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom;

For I resolved to know nothing, to be acquainted with nothing, to make
a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing
among you except Jesus Christ the Messiah and Him crucified.

And I was in a state of weakness and fear and great trembling
after I had come among you.

And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive
words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the Holy Spirit 
and power, a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me
and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions
and thus persuading them.

So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men, human
philosophy, but in the power of God.

Yet when we are among the full grown Christians who are ripe
in understanding, we do impart higher wisdom, the knowledge of the
divine plan previously hidden; but it is indeed not a wisdom of this
present age or of this world nor of the leaders and rulers of this age,
who are being brought to nothing and are doomed to pass away.

But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden
from the human understanding and now revealed to us by God, that
wisdom which God devised and decreed before the ages for our
glorification to lift us into the glory of His presence.

None of the rulers of this age or world perceived and recognized
and understood this, for if they had, they would never have
crucified the Lord of glory.

But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen
and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, all
that God has prepared, made and keeps ready, for those who love Him,
who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him,
and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed.

Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His
Spirit, for the Holy Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining
everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God,
the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man's scrutiny.

For what person perceives, knows and understands, what passes
through a man's thoughts except the man's own spirit within him?
Just so no one discerns, comes to know and comprehend, the thoughts
of God except the Spirit of God.

Now we have not received the spirit that belongs to the world,
but the Holy Spirit Who is from God, given to us that we might realize
and comprehend and appreciate the gifts of divine favor and blessings
so freely and lavishly bestowed on us by God.

And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human
wisdom but taught by the Holy Spirit, combining and interpreting
spiritual truths with spiritual language to those who
possess the Holy Spirit.

But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or
admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the
Spirit of God, for they are folly, meaningless nonsense to him;
and he is incapable of knowing them, of progressively recognizing,
understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them,
because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.

But the spiritual man tries all things, he examines, investigates,
inquires into, questions, and discerns all things, yet is himself to be
put on trial and judged by no one, he can read the meaning of 
everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or
even get an insight into him.

For who has known or understood the mind, the counsels and
purposes of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him
knowledge?  But we have the mind of Christ, the Messiah, and do
hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes, of His heart.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

On My Mind: Why Standing Behind Our President Is Important

(1984 Political Slogan For President Ronald Reagan)

President Ronald Reagan greets future President Donald Trump
at a ceremony in the White House.

Is it really morning in America once again?

On election night in 2016, the prayers of many Americans, myself included,
were answered in a most astonishing, miraculous turn-of-events, as Republican
candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump won the White House in
a political landslide against Democratic opponent, former First Lady and
Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Clinton.

His critics will not even acknowledge the words, "political landslide". 

And although the media was quick to counter President Trump's victory
with the news that Senator Clinton won the "popular vote"  even in the Blue 
or Democrat-controlled states which went to Clinton, like my own state of New Jersey, 
 there were large enclaves of the population, particularly in the southern half,
who stood in lines outside polling places for hours on Election Day 
in order to cast their votes for Donald Trump.

 Yet, almost two years later, the news media and the political Left are still
debating if Donald Trump won the presidency legally. They have produced scandal 
 after scandal to prove their claim while doing everything in their power
to try to discredit and destroy his presidency.

I know in my heart that it could have only been Almighty God who allowed
Donald Trump to win the White House that night.  In less than 24 hours,
many distraught American citizens saw their mourning change to dancing,
their sorrow over what seemed lost forever into a joyous celebration of hope.
For many people across this nation, the dawn of the day after Election Night
 heralded the first real morning in America again in a long, long, time.

Furthermore, while I realize that President Trump is no President Reagan,
and I am sure our candid Commander-In-Chief would be the first person to
admit as much,  President Trump has certain qualities like his predecessor.
First and foremost, he is not afraid to mention the name of God during
his speeches.  Throughout his eight years in the White House, President
Reagan often alluded to the fact that God has certainly blessed the
nation which became the United States of America. I believe when
he said, "God bless America" he truly mean't it.
I believe the same about President Trump.

Another Reagan-like quality Mr. Trump imbues is strong leadership,
echoing The Gipper's "peace through strength" initiative. Our president
is not intimidated by the media and the political Left and he is working
in the best interests of the American people, both here and abroad.
Remember, many of our so-called allies in the world did not like
President Reagan either.  And why didn't they?  The simple reason
is that he, and now President Trump, believe that which benefits
the American people should be first on the list in regards to
international political affairs. He also believes in providing
a strong military for the defense and security of our nation.

As for Trump's tough stance on the subject of immigration,
 let's critically examine the European Union's policy to open
 national borders to unchecked immigration.  For almost 20
years now, the continent has been besieged by waves of refugees
primarily from war-torn areas of Africa and the Middle East.
These refugees are mostly poor and ignorant and have come to
Europe seeking a better life.  However, there are also many who have
come from Islamic countries, bringing with them a religious mandate to 
suppress and conquer their host nations, "In the name of Allah".

While going into all the details on this issue would undoubtedly double the
length of this post, I would like to recommend two enlightening books on
the subject of the unchecked Islamic immigration in Europe
 which were written by the late Italian  journalist Oriana Fallaci.

 "The Rage and The Pride" (2001)  and "The Force of Reason" (2004)
were considered best-sellers across Europe at the time of their
initial release, however, Ms. Fallaci was later ostracized by
politically correct leaders and the media in her native Italy.

Her remaining years  were spent living in New York City due to
the controversy her books caused, but that is only because
Oriana was not afraid to tell the truth!  Furthermore,
everything she warned her fellow Italians and others about
in her books has become a tragic reality in most of Europe today.

Sermon To The West
Oriana Fallaci

Meanwhile, in America, the laws regarding immigration have been
so misused over the years that we now have a refugee crisis on our borders.
President Trump had to get tough and put a stop to people illegally
penetrating our borders by having those who do arrested and their
children taken away from them.  Although the media and the
political Left have had a field day demonizing our president as
a big bad bully, he was merely enforcing what has been the 
standard policy on immigration for many, many years now.

President Trump does not agree with the plans of the Democratic
Party to copy what has been going on in Europe and open our
nations' borders to just anyone seeking to come here
 and live without being required to become American citizens.
While most of the immigrants who have come here in the past
fifty years or so come primarily from Mexico and points south
and have been coming to look for work and to seek a better
life for themselves and their families, there are also those
coming here who are known criminals and terrorists 
 seeking to harm our people and destroy our nation.

This is what President Trump is determine to stop.

I think it is a tragedy that the Democrats, at least the
more prominent members of that party, are refusing to
cooperate with our president to resolve this issue. The
Dems had no problem setting a deadline for the American
people to register for healthcare or end up being fined by
the IRS during the Obama Administration.

  Why couldn't a similar type of law be enacted
for illegal aliens seeking asylum here?  Why can't there
be a time limit for them to register to become citizens
and, if they miss the set deadline, then they will face 
deportation back to their country of origin, or, will
face jail time if they remain openly defiant of the law?

I believe the American people, like myself, who believe in
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness need to
stand behind our president's efforts to keep us safe and to
protect our freedom from those who want to take it away from us.

And I'm not just talking about illegal immigrants with criminal
records and terrorists committed to a satanically-inspired ideology.
The greatest enemies of the American people are a lot closer to home.

So let us stand behind President Trump and in doing so,
we will be taking a stand to protect our cherished freedom,
and to preserve the freedom of generations of Americans yet to come.

"And proclaim liberty throughout the land
to all its inhabitants."
Leviticus 25:10

The Liberty Bell
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Creative Chemistry Of Life

It is hot in the kitchen these days cooking for the men in the
hay harvest fields. But perhaps we are making ourselves more warm
and tired than necessary by fretting and thinking how tired and warm we are.
We would be much cooler and less tired if, instead of thinking of the
weather and our weariness, we would try to remember the bird's songs
we heard in the early morning or notice the view of the woods and hills
or of the valley and stream. It would help us to think of the cooling breeze
on the porch where we rest in the evening's lengthening shadows
when the long, hot day is over.

The kitchen at Rocky Ridge Farm

There are pleasant things to think about and beauty to be found
everywhere, and they grow by dwelling on them. If we would but open
our eyes to the beauty of our surroundings, we would be much happier
and more comfortable. The kingdom of home, as well as the Kingdom
of Heaven, is within us. It is pleasant and happy or the opposite
according as our minds and hearts attune themselves to the
beauty and joy around us or vibrate to thoughts
of ugliness and discomfort.

Which leads me to conclude that our lives are like coal tar.
This sounds rather unpleasant, but I'm sure I'll be pardoned for
using the simile when it is clearly understood that I have no intention
of blackening anyone's character. Coal tar is not altogether what it
appears to be. A great many things can be taken from it.
That's like life, isn't it-everybody's life?

Until recently I always thought of coal tar as a black, sticky,
unpleasant substance, fit only for use as a roofing paint. But it is
a wonderful combination of elements out of which may be made
what one wills. The most beautiful colors, delightful perfumes, and
delicious flavors are contained within its blackness and may be
taken from it. It also contains valuable food elements and the most
dreadful poisons. From it also are made munitions of war, and the
precious medicines that cure the wounds made by those same munitions.

And so our lives are similar in that we may make of them or get out of
them what we choose-beauty and fragrance and usefulness or those things
that are ugly and harmful.  It is necessary to understand chemistry to extract
from coal tar its valuable properties, and we must practice the 
"creative chemistry" of life to get true values from life.

Just as the chemist in his laboratory today is carrying on the work of
the old-time alchemist, so we may practice magic arts. We may change
unloveliness into beauty and, from the darkness of life, evolve all the
beautiful colors of the rainbow of promise by developing the bright rays
of purity and love, the golden glow of constancy, the true-blue of steadfastness,
and the ever-green home of immortality.

"Consider the lilies of the field.."
Matthew 6:28

The beauty of the Glade
Missouri Wildflowers

"The Creative Chemistry Of Life"
(July 1921)
 By Laura Ingalls Wilder

From the book, "Little House In The Ozarks"
A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler
The Rediscovered Writings
Edited by Stephen W. Hines
Guidepost Edition