Sunday, December 25, 2016

Depressed Christians?

Can a mature believer experience depression?

When you recognize that depression is basically due to self loathing and guilt over an  increasingly acute sense of extreme failure, yes depression can be and often is a part of the maturing Christians experience.

And that is because we are all extreme failures (Rom 3:23. For a fuller discussion click here and here). Not necessarily in the worldly sense but in the godly sense. When we recognize we were in fact created to know God, enjoy God and show forth (glorify) God, spreading his love and greatness to our fellow image bearers as well as all creation (i.e. stewarding the planet) and the scope and significance of this, yet none of us meet the mark, not even close, we only began to see the extent of our failure.

Without the love of God moving us to show forth his glory we are all about ourselves; about self promotion; being our own god. The very same disposition that Adam and Eve bought in to and adopted. In short we are totally incapable of fulfilling our design. Only by the life of God infused in us by the Spirit of God can we bring forth true, lasting life again.  

And what was God's warning? The day you do (seek to be your own god) you will die. Die? In what sense did we die? We rejected the source of life itself, God. We "unplugged" from the life source if you will. The life of God (some would argue the very Spirit of God) immediately left us, eventually resulting in our physical death as well. And from that day until now we have been desperately seeking to replace what we lost (God) by being our own god i.e. through self effort...using created things as a means. 

However as God is diffusive (overflowing and out flowing), we were designed to be diffusive, with one key difference. God is the source of life (Jn 17:3) , we are the conduits through which his life flows. First back to him and then out to others. If we cut ourselves off from the "life source" we can not and will not diffuse his love and glory as we were created to. It's simply no longer there to be diffused. We will be takers, not the givers we were originally designed to be.

So what than happens to us, as we become more and more *aware of our total bankruptcy? We feel guilt. And not just because it's some vague sense of self imposed punishment, but because we are in fact guilty. We do not do what we were designed to do i.e. love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbors as ourselves.

*An increasing and deeper awareness of our rebellious independence from God is actually a sign of increasing maturity. 

So as maturing believers we now battle. We battle with an increasing awareness of the depth of our brokenness along with an increasing awareness of the love of God for us as his broken but redeemed, adopted and perfectly cherished children.  

The irony is our increasing awareness that we are perfectly loved because of Christ, allows us to be increasingly honest with how unlovely we truly are. We know God does not and will not reject us due to our brokenness because Christ took our deserved rejection/banishment and condemnation for us. And this work by him on our behalf  is infinitely greater in depth and width than our brokenness (Rom 5:20). 

So we struggle between a growing awareness of God's perfect and infinite love for us and our total and complete desire to operate outside of this love i.e. our rejection of it and our embracing self loving.

I propose that the awareness of our true guilt and it's subsequent depression is an opportunity and possibly even a call by God to look to Christ, forcing us to dig deeper into who Christ is, what he did and why he did it. It is an opportunity to look hard at the extent of his work on our behalf and come to rejoice in it more and more. Our depression forces is to go back time and again to drink from an infinite, never ending well of God's love and forgiveness. And thanks be to God, his is the final word and our brokenness is not.  

Who are some believers who have admitted to struggles with depression. King David, ("why are you cast down oh my soul..."),  Job, Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Paul the apostle, Martin Luther. Charles Spurgeon, Henri Nouwen, John Piper to name some better known believers. 

"For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again." 2Co 1:8-10

"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 

For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh...

...So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."  2Co 4:8-11, 16-18  



Friday, December 23, 2016

Competence – good or bad?

Is competence good or bad? It depends. If competence is the basis from which we derive our sense of value/importance/meaning it comes from a broken place. 

If it is the fruit of our knowing we are already valued/loved by God it comes from a place of wholeness i.e. it comes out of a love response to God's love for us. It's origin is God himself (he is the driving force, the "power supply" and impetus) and springs forth from his perfect love for us and is therefore good.

Most of what society considers good actually is the fruit of rebellious independence from God. It is an attempt at making life work without God; at being our own god; to generate meaning/purpose/significance by and through out independent efforts. It is operating in the flesh vs the Spirit.

Every action driven by the need to feel important/significant/valuable is an action of rebellious independence from God.

It may be valuable to society and culture but it does not bring honor to God and is therefore not of eternal/lasting value. 

Every action driven out of a sense of importance/significance/value derived from our relationship with God is an act of dependence on God. It is an act in response to God's love for us i.e. God is the source of our action. His love is what moves us to act. We are seeking and acquiring our significance from God, not apart from him. 

Acts of rebellious independence bring honor to ourselves. Therefore they only have temporary value.

Acts of dependence on God bring honor to him and are of eternal value for only he is eternal and that done for his honor.

For a discussion on the "flip side" of this click here

"For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.  If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire..." 
"Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God." 1Co 3:11-15; 4:5

"...who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness..." i.e. hidden motives.

"...The purposes of the heart…"  i.e. motives are the key to valid actions versus actions that are invalid. Things produced from a wrong purpose/motive are invalid actions and therefore "burned up."


Sunday, December 18, 2016

The fallacy of the "prosperity gospel"

What is the prosperity gospel? It is when God is not our ultimate pursuit but only a means to another goal of a healthy and wealthy life; a life where our greatest joy is in physical and material comfort/benefits, not in our relationship with him. 

Tim Keller touches on this in the following quote:

"We tend to see God as a means through which we get things to make us happy. For most of us,  He has not become our happiness." - Timothy Keller (@timkellernyc):

This is only "seeking and praising God" for what he gives us, not for who he is, therefore it is not actually seeking God in the truest sense, but created things. God is important only because he is considered the best means by which to obtain something else, i.e. health and wealth. In essence the prosperity gospel does not truly seek God or to honor God but to use him.

For these reasons the "prosperity gospel" is ultimately destructive. It draws us away from God, not to him. It draws us to temporary life in created things. It is appealing because it caters to our fallen condition i.e. to our desire to be our own god (our bent towards independent self-trust) instead of dependence on the only true God. 

The problem however is not in the prosperity gospel in itself, it is in our hearts. Our hearts, in our present broken condition (even as his children), are naturally inclined to find life apart from God. 

If our hearts were truly and fully inclined to God and not to created things there would be no prosperity gospel. It would have no appeal.

Only when we find God to be the one and only true sustainer of life, might he grant us uncommon health and wealth if (and only if) it advances his good purposes in us and the world for his glory. 

This is contingent on two things. Our gifts/calling and our heart. Not all are gifted to do well in business and only he knows our hearts well enough to know when they are after him and not wealth. We only think we know.

But we must also keep in mind, we are in a broken world and in this world we will always have tribulation (John 16:33). We will all eventually die. Our joy does not come primarily from God granting us circumstantial bliss and success but that he redeems our brokenness and the brokenness of this world in bondage, for our ultimate good and his greatest glory i.e. he has overcome this broken world...he raised to life and so will we in him. 

Once we find God to be our life, health and wealth (i.e. used only for our personal/private gain) no longer matters, for we have true life in him now and will experience it fully (i.e. circumstantially) once we are in his unobscured, unfettered presence and totally restored (glorified) in eternity with him. 

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1Cor 13:12(ESV)


"People knew God, but they did not honor him as God, and they did not thank him. 
Their ideas were all useless. There was not one good thought left in their foolish minds. They said they were wise, but they became fools. 

Instead of honoring the divine greatness of God, who lives forever, they traded it for the worship of idols—things made to look like humans, who get sick and die, or like birds, animals, and snakes. 

People wanted only to do evil. So God left them and let them go their sinful way. And so they became completely immoral and used their bodies in shameful ways with each other. 


They traded the truth of God for a lie. They bowed down and worshiped the things God made instead of worshiping the God who made those things. He is the one who should be praised forever. Amen." - Rom 1:21-25


Thursday, December 15, 2016

The perfect law of liberty

Living out the truth is more instructive than studying the truth.

It is in living it out that we learn it best.

"But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." - Jas 1:25   

For a fuller discussion on the above click here

However to properly live out "the law of liberty" we must understand the gospel of grace.

Until we fully understand the grace of God, we assume obedience is performance. We approach Gods commandments as if they are hoops to jump through to earn his approval and gain his love, instead of loving directions for us to experience fullness of life in him.

True obedience however is not to get something from God but to give something to him; the rightful honor and glory due him. 

True obedience is the fruit of God's love not the cause.

He already fully poured out his love on us in and through the life and death of Christ. There is nothing we can do to cause God to love us. It was while we were still sinners he loved us. Once we are in Christ his infinite love is "locked in" and fixed upon us.

When you fully receive and abide in this love, then and only then will you bear much fruit.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing... As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. John 15:4-5;9  


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Weakness OR power?

We must be careful not to have an "either or" mindset when is comes to weakness (humility) and power e.g. humility does not negate the importance of excellence of execution. It only addresses the disposition (motive) by which execution is carried out. Excellence in execution should always be the manner in which we seek to honor (bring glory to) God. In fact it is a significant part of how we do so.

Many Christians exercise a false humility as an excuse to not pursue excellence. As a result many things "Christian" are often of inferior quality. I know because I used to think this way. I took the attitude, "God loves me no matter what, so the quality of my work or the diligence of my effort doesn't matter." In one sense this is true. As far as God's love for us, it does not matter. His love is based on the work of Christ not on ours. But as far as our experiencing all that God has for us, all he designed us to be and bringing him the greatest glory possible, it matters completely. 

How can doing things with less than excellence honor God? 


How many times have we heard (or felt ourselves) regarding a "Christian" enterprise, such as a movie or song, that this is a "typical" production by Christians i.e. implying it's inferior (not in substance of message but in presentation or form) to what non believers produce.

This has not always been the case. Think of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach or Michelangelo or some of the earliest higher learning institutions such as Harvard and Yale. These were produced or founded by believers out of a desire to honor God through diligent use of the gifts of God to produce something excellent for his glory. 

Paul gives us an example of how we are to go about things. 


Col 1:29  For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. 

We are also told that whether we eat, drink or whatever we do, do all to the glory of God 1Co 10:31I take that to mean do it not just with the intent to point others to him but with the effort necessary to produce the best possible result for his honor. This says efforts that are driven by a desire to honor God are superior to efforts seeking to exalt self i.e. God is superior to self.

If we have to choose between operating with humility and operating with excellence the former is always our choice. No amount of excellence in itself will bring honor to God (at least not deliberately by the producer). But if we can operate with both humility (1st) and excellence as a fruit of humility, that is the preferred option and should always be our ultimate desire and intent.



Friday, December 2, 2016

Tension - a mark of maturity

Maturity is marked by a tension of an increasing awareness...

* Of the total extent of our brokenness i.e. our persistent tendency to try and be our own god; to make life work without God. 

* That we make very poor gods and can not make life work as it should without God. 

While at the same time becoming increasingly aware...

* That God's love for us has nothing to do with our brokenness (or "goodness") and has everything to do with Christ being broken for us, 

* Resulting in our increasing love for, trust in and pursuit of God.

Our awareness of this tension/contrast between our brokenness and God's complete remedy for it increases as we continue to mature. As this awareness grows so does our love for God and trust in him.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Fake News

For those only interested in the topic "Fake News" feel free to skip the following disclaimer and head right to the post below.

Disclaimer:

The below post is out of character for a blog addressing the things of God...or is it?

Why am I writing a post about fake news? Even though my blog is about God, God is also a God of truth. Not only so, but also because lies are powerful and very destructive. Lastly, it saddens me to see all the divisiveness in our nation and the world. I would suggest this possibly is being deliberately stirred up and hope this post will help explain why, at least in part.

I have been aware of media control for years (in large part due to working in the financial services industry for 11 years [holding a series 6 and 63 licence in the securities industry] and later in areas related to tax law through an estate planning business I partnered and co-directed for 14 years). In light of the recent presidential election it became clearer to a larger number than ever before that something was going on, in and through the main stream media outlets. Statistics now show only 30% to as low as 6% in America believe the news media is telling us the truth. Therefore I felt now was a good time to peek behind the curtain so to speak. I trust why will become apparent as you read the below.

This is not a typical post for this blog. While I seek only to speak the truth, this particular post is about truth of a practical, not theological kind. For my regular readers who come to see truth of the theological kind, if this kind on non theological discourse is of no interest to you, I want you to know up front this is about deception within the main stream news media, before taking any more time to read on (though I certainly encourage you to).
  
If you find this of no interest, thanks for taking the time you have so far!  

I trust you will return in the future for my usual posts on

"Thoughts about God"

Now to the topic at hand...
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Fake News

The following is an excerpt from no less then the Congressional Record of 1917 on page 2949, shown in full at the very bottom of this post.  I show two copies. The key excerpt immediately below from the Congressional record and a separate shot of the full page (so you can see it is in fact from the Congressional record) is at the end of this post. The key excerpt from the full copy is on the bottom right of that copy.

Because my copy is not the clearest I have reproduced the text of this key part immediately following this copy. If you find the following hard to read just skip to that text right below it.

I challenge you to give serious thought to what you are about to read. The ramifications effect all of us on a daily basis. So without further ado,


Here is a reproduction of the key text to the above:

"In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press of the United States. 

These 12 men worked the problem out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon: emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers; an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interest of the PURCHASERS (emphasis my own).


This contract is in existence at the present time (1917), and it accounts for the news columns of the daily press of the country." (emphasis mine)

END OF QUOTE!

Now the quote again below but with some emboldened comments interjected, preceded with >>>, and sections quoted from the Congressional Record lead by ...

"In March, 1915,

>>> 1915 is not a typo. This has been going on for a looooong time. So long that when we DO hear the truth in media we often don't even know it.  

...the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations,

>>> J.P. Morgan also happened to be a stake holder in the privately owned (often thought to be government owned) Federal Reserve bank. For more click here. There is ton's of information on this if you find the one link inadequate. Just do a YouTube or general search on "Federal Reserve Deception" or the like. You will find more than you have time to read.

...got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world

>>> Do you think this may have carried through to other forms of communications today, such as mainstream TV news, entertainment, such as movies, TV shows, music industry,  public education, sports,  the government itself...even Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. All of these are beginning to censor news that goes contrary to the main stream narrative if you haven't been following it. For more on this click here. It also happens to be that executive types from Google (who own YouTube) made more visits to the white house during the Obama administration, than any other area of business. Does this prove anything? Not necessarily but it's worth raising the question why all the visits. Especially in light of what we see going on recently with censorship of "fake news" on FB, Twitter and YouTube. To see an example of this click here

...and employed them to select the influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press of the United States (emphasis added by me).

These 12 men worked the problem out...

>>> Problem? What problem? Who's got a problem? We the people? NO, JP Morgan and "interests!"

...by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country.

>>> What does that mean... to control the general policy of the press? The rest of the report clarifies. The point I wish to make here is the media is controlled, which is not the intent of the founders and also why freedom of the press is vital i.e. they are not to be controlled by any special interests but are there simply to report facts and raise awareness of what was going on in the world and in government for the benefit and protection of the nation as a whole i.e. you and I, and not for a select group within America with private special interests (sometimes referred to as the "1%" or the "elite").

...They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon: emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers...

>>> emissaries.

1. a representative sent on a mission or errand: emissaries to negotiate a
peace.
2. an agent sent on a mission of a secret nature, as a spy (not conspiracy theory but plain old fashion conspiracy).

... an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interest of

>>> To properly supervise and edit?! For whose benefit!? NOT the citizens, not even our country BUT...

...the PURCHASERS  (i.e. J.P. Morgan and interests. My emphasis)

>>> Freedom of the press was and is totally ignored in this arrangement. It is with good reason the founders thought freedom of the press was so important. We are seeing the fruit of ignoring their wisdom today. 

...This contract is in existence at the present time (as of this report which was in 1917), and it accounts for the news columns of the daily press of the country."

END OF QUOTE!

If you wish to see another online copy of this quote click here

For a short video (just over 4 minutes) also addressing this go to CLICK HERE

The immediately above clip is older but the only difference now is new "players" have been added. If you have followed all the recent chatter there is reason to believe Twitter, Face Book and YouTube (owned by Google) are also now part of controlled media. In fact they have recently gone on a very open campaign to sensor anyone that does not go along with their desired narrative.

The above clip refers to the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations). To see the "who's who" of the CFR click here. (Particularly note media members listed. This was the list as of 2008 so it's not updated. You can go to the CFR's own site for this. Listings are in alphabetical order) To understand more of the CFR's global agenda click here.

As somewhat of a side note, but very relevant, 3 very important pieces of legislation were put in place in 1913, just two years prior to J.P. Morgan buying up control of the top 25 newspapers of the country. It just so happens that J.P. Morgan had financial interests and are part owners of the Federal Reserve Bank. Coincidence?  
  • 1. The Income Tax Act, which resulted in a direct tax on the earnings of all US Citizens for only the 2nd time in our countries history (The first was the Wilson–GormanTariff Act of 1894, which was overturned by the Supreme Court later in the Pollack Decision).
  • 2. The 16th Amendment was added which gave the appearance of authorization for this direct tax (later to be struck down by the Supreme Court only to be ignored by Congress).
  • 3. The Federal Reserve Act, which turned over our monetary system to a privately owned bank called the Federal Reserve Bank. Federal in name only.  
So what does the income tax have to do with the Banking system. Taxes according to former Fed Chairman Beardsley Ruml are used to mask "inflation" caused by the creation of money through the Federal Reserve Bank. To read the actual speech click here or here.  

What effect has the above circumvention of the free press, started over 100 years ago, have on us today?

If we are not getting straight information on "...militarism (wars), financial policies (banking, the financial markets etc), and other things of national and international (terrorism etc) nature..." could that play a part in influencing the masses to accept the policies our government could push through? Policies not truly in the interest of the people (only made to look like they were in the peoples interest), but in the "financial interests" of those who control the news? Keep in mind this means that what would drive the news is economic in nature but not for the benefit of the country but in best interest of the "Purchasers" the 1%, the elite etc.

To say it directly, we are only hearing those things that unknowingly sway us to support actions that help best line up with the agenda and the pockets of the purchasers, not what is in the best interest of you and I, the people.

And guess what makes the most money for lenders? Lending money i.e. DEBT. Especially when they collect interest on money that is being printed out of thin air. How would you like to collect interest on a 100k loan that cost you NOTHING (outside of admin costs) to make the loan. The more I lend (at only the admin costs to lend it), the more I make. 10% interest on a billion dollars is 100 million a year!!! Remember I am not coming out of pocket to make the loan, I am simply having the money printed. Pretty nice business (if you are a thief), don't you think?

Guess what is one of the main generators of debt? War! Nothing like a perpetual war on terrorism to drive demand for loans aka debt. This present war on terror began under Bush and has not just continued but increased under the Obama administration in great part by a failed policy in the middle east. In the last 8 years we have doubled what it took our entire 240 plus year history to reach (we were around 10 billion debt in 2004 and are now close to 20 billion. An estimated 5 to 6 trillion has been spent on conflicts in the middle east and the so called war on terror under the Bush and Obama administrations. Most of it under Obama).

For a powerful visual example of how much this debt is watch the 2 minute video at the top of the site here.

Here's the million dollar question? Who does our government owe close to 20 TRILLION dollars to, themselves?! If that was the case, why not simply dismiss the debt?

"Hey self! What? You know that money I owe you. I'm just going to cancel it." Self replied, "OK! Great!" (I am using an absurd conversation to make a point. It is in fact absurd). 

NO! The government doesn't owe this money to themselves. They owe it to a private banking system called the Federal Reserve Bank (owned in part by JP Morgans and interests. Remember that guy?!)

Now you may be wondering why the government would even allow this arrangement to occur or continue. Though it's involved, generally, with this arrangement the government can get all the money they want and need (not real money with actual value, mind you, but simply have the private bank print it) to do whatever they wish without getting the direct ok of the people to raise taxes i.e. it removes, or at least postpones accountability for their decisions. Decisions hidden from the public eye, because the public is never consulted in what the government borrows and the amount of debt isn't disclosed until after the fact. Decisions that are only now beginning to bear their ugly fruit.

If you wish learn more, just do a YouTube search on the Federal Reserve Scam as mentioned before. OR for a quick overview 3 minute video click here.

If you want to really dig in, there is also an excellent series called "The Hidden Secrets of Money" by Mike Mahoney. I highly recommend it for a thorough explanation. It's a 6 part series. Click here for the first episode.

Now, let's take it to the next level. What if someone started questioning the honestly of the "official" news (i.e. main stream media) and provided evidence these "official" information outlets were in collusion with government/politicians and the political decisions they make? How would the "official news" (and politicians) likely respond? Would they be happy? Might they attempt to discredit their accusers? Maybe even assert they are "Fake News?"

What if someone (such as the main stream news [I put FoxNews in this group as well btw] or other centers of influence such as entertainment, sports, the public school system, government itself etc.) had a history of lying and folks, over time, started to catch on. And some of these folks catching on (those annoying, inconvenient whistleblowers) even started to point it out and provide evidence we were being lied to? What would those "official" information outlets do then (outlets that have had a significant amount of influence/power over the ones they have lied to allowing them to maintain control over them and the policies of those who govern them)? Might those outlets start to accuse the whistleblowers of being charlatans, liars i.e. *FAKE NEWS? And might those outlets trot out others who will lie (not always, but strategically, subtly, when and where needed...called "fact checkers") to "prove" the whistleblowers are fake?

*btw one of a main whistleblowers labeled as "fake news" is the "Drudge Report." I mention them to show the absurdity of the claim. If you have ever been to Drudge, what they do is find articles from other sources and link to them. They simply scour the internet for news articles that often slip under the radar (aren't always headlines) and list them on there site. That's it! The articles than have to stand or fall on their own merits. The point is these are not articles written by the Drudge Report. Many are even articles from main stream sources, but buried on the 5th or back page. What is most interesting is Drudge has been labeled as an "alt-right" media source by the main stream media. Are you starting to get the picture yet?

(There is truth even in the main stream often, but it's usually buried never to be repeated. They know most folks are busy and won't dig so they will likely never notice these buried articles. This gives them a certain "plausible deniability" of never reporting the truth. Clue: when you see a story hammered on over and over again and on the front page, there is usually some real important news buried, sneaking under the radar, somewhere else in the back pages. Also often when a front page story is proven false, if there is ever a retraction, it's also buried in the back, if one is ever made at all. Check it if you don't believe me. I have been watching this happen for years now). 

How many reports have you read or did you read by the major news outlets (or other media) during this past election season that simply proved to be either error (sloppy reporting) or a flat out fabrication  i.e. lie (with rarely a retraction when caught). Of course if you only listen to the main stream media (and other centers of influence listed above) you won't even be aware the problem exists. How can you? You are only listening to those who are pushing the elite narrative posing as truth tellers, not those the main stream media is accusing of lying i.e. what they are calling "Fake News." You may wish to actually check into alternative media. If you never have, you may be surprised at the level of research and collaboration of facts actually given. Hint...it's usually far more than what main stream news gives us. Main stream stories (notice I didn't say reporting) is often innuendo, conjecture and anonymous sourcing with little third party collaboration. 

(I have known about the history above behind controlled media for several years and had seen their lies over time. I noticed it heavily during Ron Paul's two Presidential runs. This past election the misleading reports were so over the top it actually exposed this to the masses for the first time). 

The main stream media has several problems however as a large majority of America have figured their agenda out in the last 18 months. They are controlled and their are third party sources to verify this (not provided by the main stream news however. Surprise, surprise! Only from the so called "fake news" i.e. the whistle blowers who are actually telling us the truth). The main stream news has been caught lying repeatedly. And there is information that has inconveniently been leaked (thanks in great part to *Wikileaks) from their own mouths to verify this. The best source to collaborate any story is the perpetrator i.e. the source themselves and direct eyewitnesses. Everything else is **"hearsay" 

**hearsay:

1.
unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part 
of one's direct knowledge:
I pay no attention to hearsay.
2.
an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor:
a malicious hearsay.

*as of this date (11/28/16) the whereabouts of Julian Assange has been unknown for just over a month.  If you don't know who he is, he's the director of WikiLeaks. If you wish to see a 6 minute video addressing the oddity of his "disappearance" click here

It now appears he is alive as he gave an interview to Shawn Hannity on 12/15/16 to dispel the notion that Russian was the source of the leaked emails on Clinton. 

Status and update as of 12/24/16 click here

Latest very in depth interview of Assange dispelling much of the confusion and myths around Wikileaks as of 1/3/17 click here

LATEST: (as of 6/27/17)

The wheels of the fake news media continue to come off

CNN agenda exposed.  

3 CNN reporters resign over fake news.

For more on what exactly Wikileaks is and does click here


Bottom line. The actual fake news is coming from those who are calling the truth tellers fake i.e. the "gate keepers" main stream news, entertainment (comedy, movie, TV, sports etc) and other centers of influence and information outlets are the actual perpetrators of fake news. Accusations however are nothing more than accusations, but only hearsay. To become fact, they have to be substantiated.

The following is a list of main stream "reporters" who, by their own emails (i.e. their own words) admit they colluded with the Clinton campaign this past election. You will notice, these are the stations which have been pushing the "fake news" accusations regarding the actual truth tellers (whistle blowers). These are also the outlets that are labeling the whistleblowers as "alt-right" media. Also note CNN is listed most, with NY Times and MSNBC tied for 2nd and ABC third.




Just a tad different view than that held by the founders of this country. 



Not all conspiracies are theory

By way of an Analogy: 

I offer you the following as an analogy of our present situation regarding the "fake news" discussion.

Think of Grima, known as Wormtongue, the chief adviser to King Theoden in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Thanks to Gandalf, Wormtongue was exposed and Middle Earth eventually saved.

Here is the scene from Lord of the Rings.


As you watch it, the following is some food for thought:

Gandalf - represents the whistle blowers and truth tellers, known as the "Fake News" by the main stream media.

Grima Wormtongue - The main stream news along with other centers of influence such as music and entertainment media (comedy shows, movies etc).

King Theoden under a trance. American before it woke up.

King Theoden freed from his trance. American awakened.  
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The Matrix is another good analogy. Morpheus is the "fake news" guy (who was actually telling the truth) and Neo is someone who believed the main stream information outlets. 

Of course this is all a "great right wing conspiracy" according to the greatest "truth teller" of all time, Hillary Clinton herself.

By the way if you think all this is nuts let me know. I have personal friends who worked in government psyops that will be glad to explain it.





Sunday, November 27, 2016

Weakness or reality?

Boasting in our weakness (2 Cor 12:9,10) and called to walk in it (i.e in humility) is a paradox. As if boasting and humility are opposites; a seeming contradiction e.g. "to live you must die"... "to find your life you must lose it." Normally we boast in our strengths not our weakness. 

So what does this mean? In a sense it is a play on words.

Weakness is really nothing more than simply recognizing the reality of our dependence i.e seeing ourselves according to the truth that we are dependent creatures. It is not really weakness in the truest sense. It is operating according to the reality of who we are. This is another way of saying we are not our own god (the opposite of the lie Adam and Eve bought into). The necessary recognition of this reality is the basis for our true strength and flourishing.  


It only **looks like weakness if and when we are committed to being our "own god" ...(which in truth is not actually possible because it ultimately leads to eternal death and separation from God).

"Weakness" is only being who we were designed to be and really are; finite creatures created in God's image, totally dependent on our Creator and his love to operate fully as God intended and designed us to. 

This is not alien to who we really are (who we were created to be) but only to who we choose to be i.e. our own god. This is why we are actually strong (in God) only when we are weak (in ourselves). 

"...Whoever 
abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing... As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love..." Jesus in the upper room shortly before his betrayal and upcoming crucifixion (the completion of his own humiliation and ultimate experience of weakness on our behalf) John 15:5b and 9

It is recognizing all life, love, meaning and purpose is from God alone, not ourselves, and living accordingly. 

We were never made to be our own god; to operate independent of God and his infinite boundless love. To attempt doing so leads to death, just as God warned

To live in this way only gives the appearance of power. But it is power just for a season because it is not power rooted in the realty that from God, through him and to him are all things. It is short term power rooted in the deception that we can be our own god.  

To live according to truth, the way we were designed to live, is to live fully and truly. It is not weakness, it is fullness of life; abundant life. It is being loved with nothing less than the infinite, eternal love and joy that flows between the Father and the Son, via his Spirit; which is the very essence of the life of God.


We are only to be weak "in the flesh" i.e. in attempts to garner the approval of God and man by our efforts. 

However we are to be strong "in the Spirit" i.e. in actions driven by the Spirit. In so doing we bear much fruit for his glory. 

Joh 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they *know you (the Father) the only true God, and (I) Jesus Christ whom you have sent. - Jesus talking to his Father right before he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot.

* know: ginōskō - Thayer Definition:

1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
1a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
2a) to understand
2b) to know
3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse (i.e. intimate knowledge through first hand experience- my comment) between a man and a woman
4) to become acquainted with, to know

**looks like weakness... I would add it also feels like weakness. Whenever we are required to depend on someone this feels weak. The real issue however is it requires trust and distrust is the heart of our problem. We don't want or like to trust. We like being our own god. The is bound up in the very core of our being. However when you consider we are dependent creatures, it is in reality simply acting as we were created to act i.e. as dependent creatures
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The above was inspired by "Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb" page 13. by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Stroble. Soon to be released.


To download the intro and chapter 1 from the book click here and go to "get a free chapter" on the bottom right. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Love and Power connected

Love and power are not antithetical in God's economy. They are in fact directly connected. Love is the driving power/energy/motivation to act for the glory (loveliness/beauty) of God. God's love for us moves us to put his love on display for others to see and be drawn to it. It is the essence of the greatest commandment to love God will all our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbors as ourselves.

"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out (bring to fruition) your own salvation (the right standing which you already fully possess in Christ) with fear and trembling (in the awe, respect and amazement of that finished work Christ has completed and the suffering it took Christ to accomplish on your behalf), for it is God who works (moves) in you, both to will (desire) and to work (carry out and display Him in his greatness and love) for his good pleasure." Php 2:12,13 (ESV - English Standard Version)

" Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. Php 2:12,13 (Amplified Version)

The above was inspired by "Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb" page 11. by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Stroble. Soon to be released.




Friday, November 25, 2016

From God and for God

Only what is from God and for God is worth pursuing and participating in because it aligns us with the reality that everything already is from and for him.

What do I mean by "from God...?" 

Any actions by us that are driven by God's gracious love (vs. our independent performance to earn God's approval/love) i.e. He, by his love, is the impetus behind our actions. 

What do I mean by "for God...?"

Any actions by us that are driven to show off God (done for his honor/glory) and not to show us off.

To only carry out those things that are from and for God is simply to deliberately and intentionally participate in what is already true i.e. everything is actually from, through and to him whether we consciously participate or not i.e. regardless of our willful participation.

One day every knee will bow and acknowledge that he is Lord; that all things are from, through and to him; that he is the sovereign means and end of all things. 

If we conduct our lives as if all things are not from, through and to him we will go into eternity without him i.e. Continue on that same delusional (operating outside of reality) and destructive trajectory throughout eternity we lived while on earth. Our eternal existence will merely be an extension of our present one; an existence that refuses to recognize God is Lord of everything i.e. it will be a life absent of God (not in reality, for in  him we live move and have our being, but consciously by us) in eternity as it is presently.

"Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?" "Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?"

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen." - Rom 11:33-36


For a further discussion on our eternal state and living a life without God click here