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Whom Do I Seek?
Psalm 2016:5

When God comes near do I see him?
When God jogs my memory do I listen?
When he blesses my life with a glorious sunrise
Do I anticipate the following sunset?

When I touch a new baby’s skin
Do I reflect on the journey that my skin has seen?
When I savor a tasty fruit
Do I pine for the fruit of the Tree of Life?

When I revel in the melodic sounds of a great orchestra
Do my ears itch for the sounds of the heavily choir?
When I enter a crowded room
Do my eyes seek out the best looking or the most needy?

Heaven is here among us, but am I really cognizant?
The Spirit world constantly barrages me, leaning on me to choose God.
How am I to feel the Spirit’s leaning
If I am constantly seeing, listening, tasting and desiring things of the flesh?

You have promised, O Lord, to be my Guide
May I follow you in ALL things.
Seek your face in the eyes of need,
Taste your love in helping others,
Marvel at your greatness in the sunrise and sunset,
Listen to your words in the sounds of nature,
But most of all, be aware of your presence by my side,
Both by day and by night.

A Psalm of Don


The following is a description of the people of God in the days of Ezekiel. His words to them could just as well have been written to the American people of today. I would like to draw some parallals of what has been happening in our country over the last 200+ years. But first, take a minute or two to read the words of Ezekiel in their context.

Ezekiel 16:15-63

“4 And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.
 15 “‘But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by …
 20 “‘And you took your sons and daughters whom you bore to me and sacrificed them as food to the idols. Was your prostitution not enough? 21 You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols. 22 In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, kicking about in your blood.
 23 “‘Woe! Woe to you, declares the Sovereign LORD. In addition to all your other wickedness, 24 you built a mound for yourself and made a lofty shrine in every public square. 25 At every street corner you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, spreading your legs with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passed by. 26 You engaged in prostitution with the Egyptians, your neighbors with large genitals, and aroused my anger with your increasing promiscuity. 27 So I stretched out my hand against you and reduced your territory; I gave you over to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were shocked by your lewd conduct. 28 You engaged in prostitution with the Assyrians too, because you were insatiable; and even after that, you still were not satisfied. 29 Then you increased your promiscuity to include Babylonia,[c] a land of merchants, but even with this you were not satisfied.
 30 “‘I am filled with fury against you,[d] declares the Sovereign LORD, when you do all these things, acting like a brazen prostitute! 31 When you built your mounds at every street corner and made your lofty shrines in every public square, you were unlike a prostitute, because you scorned payment.
 32 “‘You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband! 33 All prostitutes receive gifts, but you give gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from everywhere for your illicit favors. 34 So in your prostitution you are the opposite of others; no one runs after you for your favors. You are the very opposite, for you give payment and none is given to you.
 35 “‘Therefore, you prostitute, hear the word of the LORD! 36 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you poured out your lust and exposed your nakedness in your promiscuity with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children’s blood, 37 therefore I am going to gather all your lovers, with whom you found pleasure, those you loved as well as those you hated. I will gather them against you from all around and will strip you in front of them, and they will see all your nakedness. 38 I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood; I will bring on you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger. 39 Then I will deliver you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your mounds and destroy your lofty shrines. They will strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry and leave you naked and bare. 40 They will bring a mob against you, who will stone you and hack you to pieces with their swords. 41 They will burn down your houses and inflict punishment on you in the sight of many women. I will put a stop to your prostitution, and you will no longer pay your lovers. 42 Then my wrath against you will subside and my jealous anger will turn away from you; I will be calm and no longer angry.
 43 “‘Because you did not remember the days of your youth but enraged me with all these things, I will surely bring down on your head what you have done, declares the Sovereign LORD. Did you not add lewdness to all your other detestable practices?
 44 “‘Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: “Like mother, like daughter.” 45 You are a true daughter of your mother, who despised her husband and her children; and you are a true sister of your sisters, who despised their husbands and their children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. 46 Your older sister was Samaria, who lived to the north of you with her daughters; and your younger sister, who lived to the south of you with her daughters, was Sodom. 47 You not only followed their ways and copied their detestable practices, but in all your ways you soon became more depraved than they. 48 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done.
 49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. 51 Samaria did not commit half the sins you did. You have done more detestable things than they, and have made your sisters seem righteous by all these things you have done. 52 Bear your disgrace, for you have furnished some justification for your sisters. Because your sins were more vile than theirs, they appear more righteous than you. So then, be ashamed and bear your disgrace, for you have made your sisters appear righteous.
 53 “‘However, I will restore the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters, and your fortunes along with them, 54 so that you may bear your disgrace and be ashamed of all you have done in giving them comfort. 55 And your sisters, Sodom with her daughters and Samaria with her daughters, will return to what they were before; and you and your daughters will return to what you were before. 56 You would not even mention your sister Sodom in the day of your pride, 57 before your wickedness was uncovered. Even so, you are now scorned by the daughters of Edom[e] and all her neighbors and the daughters of the Philistines—all those around you who despise you. 58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
 59 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will deal with you as you deserve, because you have despised my oath by breaking the covenant. ..”

Our nation started as a God-fearing group of people escaping the tyrannies of the mother-land. For more than 250 years our forefathers lived, worked and prayed for freedom in this new place.
Washington, Jefferson, Paine, Franklin and other great men heeded God’s call  to free His people and found a nation where He could love us and we could respond at will to that love.

Different bands of colonies and religious persuasions banded together to forming cliques that eventually were formed into secular states. Those first 13 states would be under the umbrella of a United States, republican democracy. The likes of which was directed by God, and unlike any other government on earth.  Every meeting was started with a prayer session for guidance. God blessed our national efforts and over the next 100 years ours became the greatest nation on earth. We were destined to spread the love of God around the world. By the mid-1800’s we had missionaries doing just that.

Our first Naval ship was built to combat the rising tide of radical Islam, in the form of pirates from the Barbary Coast of Africa. At first we tried buying their good-will, but they continued decimate our commerce as well as our national treasury to pay the bribes. That was just the beginning of our efforts.
Diplomacy ever after has taken the form of treaties with other nations that included buying their friendship and if that fails, we fight them in an effort to get what we want.

This pattern started in our own land as we tried to make friends with the native Americans. First, we tried to convert them to our notions of God. Then, we tried to buy their friendship with worthless trinkets. When that failed, we beat them into submission.

Even as our missionaries went out, our hearts at home were hardening and we were becoming more un-Godlike, although we proudly proclaimed that we were following our God-given destiny.
Throughout the 1900’s, our gods became greed, self-centeredness, and lust. Frankly, we were quickly becoming greedy Humanist, depending not on God, but our own efforts for our greatness. Like Israel of old, we wrapped ourselves in the gold and riches of the world and declared ourselves Christians.

49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.”

We have prostituted our greatness to the world in so many ways. The most obnoxious of which is our “humanitarian” aid… the “buying” of friendships when our diplomacy fails to get us what we want. Our country lends (at an interest rate, of course) money to a country for modernization, on the condition that our multi-national corporations do all the work (at inflated costs). We have, in effect, saddled them with debt and stolen the money back from them.
Is it any wonder that so many people around the world hate us on the one hand, but want to be like us… the spoiled prostitute, on the other?

“ …because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children’s blood…” (USA, through multiple wars that were based on our greed)
“38 I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood; I will bring on you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger. 39 Then I will deliver you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your mounds and destroy your lofty shrines. (Twin Towers?) They will strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry and leave you naked and bare. 40 They will bring a mob against you, who will stone you and hack you to pieces with their swords.”
The nations that surrounded ancient Israel to do her  harm are the very ones that are trying to bring down our country as well. I believe that radical Islam will be the instrument of God’s wrath in our day.

“… you will no longer pay your lovers…. I will surely bring down on your head what you have done, declares  the Sovereign LORD.”

“21 You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols. 22 In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth,”

There are a lot of similarities between what God did to and for Israel and His dealings with modern America. They called it Ba’al worship. God called it fornication and adultery. Our generation calls it fun.

The Israelites offered the resulting babies of their fornication and adultery as sacrifices to Ba’al.
We sacrifice our babies on the alters of Planned Parenthood, to the God of Lust.

In 2007 Planned Parenthood (not parenthood at all but dedicated to the prevention of parenthood) sacrificed more than 300,000 human lives from the Alter of Lust, making more than $1 billion in profits… of which $100 million came from unwitting taxpayers.
http://www.cassyfiano.com/2010/03/how-many-lives-does-planned-parenthood-take-in-one-year
by 2009 that subsidy of death had risen to $363 million.

While our economy is going down the toilet, so are our nations babies. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/02/12/effort-choke-tax-payer-funding-planned-parenthood/

53 “‘However, I will restore the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters,…54 so that you may bear your disgrace and be ashamed of all you have done in giving them comfort.

So, I see our foreign enemies gaining ground and prevailing over us, as happened to Israel of old unless we change our ways and repent.


youth of yesteryear

Some are offended by the message this photo portrays.

I’m sorry but I MUST be offensive with my comments: The present day 18 to 22 year olds were raised in a “politically correct” atmosphere where they were not allowed to vent their emotions and ideas. They haven’t learned to confront evil for fear of offending someone… mostly evildoers.
Those of 1944 were made into killing machines by those who wanted right to prevail at any cost.
However, Jesus preached “love your enemies” and “do good to those who abuse you.” He forgave those who put Him to death. He shielded the guilty from the retribution of the “righteous.”  And, he did it with words not rifles and swords or explosives. Two examples: the women caught in adultery that the priest wanted to stone to death, and the city who rejected the entry of Jesus and his boys. Peter asked if they should call down fire from heaven to consume them. He protected a “sinful” woman and a “sinful” city.
So, as Christians, do we take the route of being “killing machines” for the Lord? Do we wage holy war against evil with weapons? Or do we wage a war with words and die with the Gospel of love on our lips, like Jesus?
These are questions that I can’t answer for you. But they deserve answers from your own hearts just the same.
These “safe zones” are protecting students from a litany of words that are politically incorrect. They insist on doing it by using a reduced vocabulary of about 40 words that is such foul language it would make their grandmothers blush. They try to take middle-ground in a war between good and evil, in a world where they have been taught that there is NO evil.

My prayers are with the youth of today. You have been led astray by your parents, teachers, and yes, clergy. Some of you have caught a glimpse of Jesus and are following His lead, despite what others have said, and are carrying on the fight against evil in the correct venue …  your hearts and minds. I applaud you. All heaven applauds you.


A prayer of Don

 

Hear me, o Lord, in the middle of the night.

Give ear to the pleading of my heart.

Listen up!

I know I am not what you expect me to be,

But heart is in your favor.

 

Take my right hand in yours, Lord

Lead me in your path of Righteousness.

Care for me and protect me as one would protect

his eyeballs from the blowing sands of life.

 

My will is to do your Will, Lord,

But our enemy, the devil, is hot on my heals!

He waits with baited breath to see if I will pick up his lies,

to fall for his line, to try his latest gimmick.

 

I have purposed in my heart to follow You, to obey your Word.

I try daily to not stray onto the easy, paved paths

that lead to destruction.

But listen up, Lord, I need your left hand of guidance,

Your right hand of deliverance.

 

Yes, I need your corrections.

I cannot make this journey alone.

Give me the traction that I need

to keep from slipping off your paths

 

Through your Son, Jesus,

You have conquered the evil one,

But he still thrashes about in the throes of death

Determined to include all children of men in his destruction.

So deliver us in the battle for our minds.

We battle not with an enemy we can see, but with one

as unseen as a breeze, and as destructive as a tornado.

And for now,

I will gaze upon your righteousness.

I will trust in your deliverance.

I will believe in the transforming power that is found in Jesus.

 

And, I shall be satisfied,

when I awake from that last sleep,

with the likeness of you from my insides outward.

Forever Amen.

 

 

 


For Now, Lord

It’s been long enough, Lord!

I’ve had enough.

Enough of this burden of sin, already.

It has weighed me down beyond my alotted three-score and ten years.

Since I was a youth You have pricked my conscience and given me the desire to keep my eyes fixed on the back of your head as you lead me in the paths of righteousness.

Too soon I grow weary.

I’ve longed to see your face.

But that longing too soon fades.

I am left only with weariness.

Long enough our Enemy has looked down his nose at me with disdain.

He taunts me with my failure to keep my eyes on your back, as you lead, Lord.

He faces me, Lord, with dazzling, but empty promises.

Places within me desires that are not yours.

He scoffs when I stumble from the load of meaningless rules that he concocts from Your Word.

Soon enough I will feel your embrace.

Soon enough I will know your smile.

Soon enough I will know your plan for my life.

Soon enough I will see the burden that has been lifted from my shoulders.

Soon enough I will join with countless others who will praise your forgiving love forever.

For now I will trust your plans.

For now I will choose to follow.

For now I will trust without seeing.

For now I will praise what I cannot see.

For now I will believe what I cannot understand.

In the waiting time give me strength,

Endurance,

Wisdom,

Faith,

and Love.

Psalm 2015: 1113


The Love of Our Life

“Even if I could rap with the best and seduce anyone with my wit and wisdom, but do it without God’s love those words would be nothing more than stones rattling in a bucket.

Suppose I became the worlds greatest orator and was able to expand upon the mysteries of God, making them so plain that a child could understand. Even if my faith could raise people from the dead, but I do it without the love of God flowing from my life, it would be all for naught. For if my life of martyrdom, self-denial and gifts to the poor is not done out of love for God, all I have done is bankrupted my life in vain. So, no matter what I believe, or say, or do I am wasted without love.

Love never gives up.

Love always puts the needs of others first.

Love doesn’t try to keep up with the Jones’ or envy what others have.

Love doesn’t strut or flaunt itself.

Love doesn’t revel in the embarrassments of others.

Love is not fickle.

Love shuns a “me first “ attitude.

Love doesn’t carry a chip on the shoulder.

Love is trusting, and looks for the best in others.

Love endures to the end. I never dies.

Inspired speeches will fade into history. Praying in tongues will end. Even our understanding will soon reach its limit. Today we only know part of the truth about God and our words always fall short of real understanding. With the coming of Christ the second time, all our inadequacies will be complete.

When I was an infant I cooed and gurgled and couldn’t see past my mother’s breast. As I grew my understanding and communication skills increased and I left off those baby expressions.

Now, in my old age I see things without understanding them. It’s like I’m peering through a fog or cataracts. I long for the day of His appearing, when I shall see and know and understand, as it was God’s intensions for me in His original plan for my life.

But for now, until that time of completeness comes, we have three things that will lead us toward that consummation: A steady trust in God, unswerving hope, and extravagant love. The best of the these is Extravagant LOVE!”


What are you, Social Media and Technology, that I should be mindful of you?

My grand children have never known a time when cellphones did not exist. They have grown up watching Sesame Street and As The World Turns. They have never had to invent games for lack of something to do. They have only watched Survivor from an easy chair, never actually had to survive. If they can’t text a friend or have their meal interrupted by a text, they believe they’ll never survive.

Few know how to check the oil in their car’s motor or how much air should be in the tires, nor do they care. It would mean pocketing their phone for a few minutes. And the most scary part is, they can scarcely drive a car with talking or texting.

Have you ever watched a group of teen friends try to carry on a real conversation with their friends? It is multi-tasking at its epitome. Both hands are at work with flying thumbs. There are a few grunted replies to those around them, a beautiful picture of social interaction. I once observed a couple kissing, in a manner I thought quite passionate, until I noticed her working her phone behind his back. Whether videoing the event or texting, I couldn’t tell.

So I began to ponder this morning, “Just what did I miss out on as I grew up? Does this lack of technology in my early years account for my apparent lack of intelligence around my Smartphone?”

Here is a resume of the technology with which I grew up.

Palm Pilot: The answers to difficult classroom questions inked onto the palm of my left hand (I am right-handed).

Slimline phone: By the time I was a teen some of our more affluent neighbors had these beautiful phones that could be held in one hand and included the rotary dial between the earpiece and the mouthpiece. Many had 20’ cords so that one could escape into a nearby closet for a private conversation. However, privacy only went for your house, because we still had party-lines and anyone of five neighboring families could be listening in on your “private” conversations.

T.V. : Sorry kids. My TV life was black and white only. But we could still tell that the Lone Ranger rode a white horse called Silver.

Radio: All radios were monsterously large and ran on vacuum tubes that produced a lot of useful heat to keep your fingers warm on cold winter nights. Some were even installed in cars. When using these you had to keep the car running or risk running the batteries so low that your car would not start.

Solar powered clothes dryers: Everyone had one or more of these. They consisted of small ropes stretched between two buildings or poles to which your mom pinned your wet clothes to dry in the sun and/or wind.

Pinerest: Gawking at other people’s solar clothes dryers to see what kind of underwear was pinned thereon. We wanted to see it. What new fashionable clothes were being worn? (But mostly just checking their underwear, since sooner or later the outer clothing would be seen in church.)

GPS system: These consisted of a dash-mounted compass and a Shell or Chevron road map.

RV’s: Our first recreational vehicles were Red Flyer wagons and bicycles. Some of the more inventive guys nailed skates to one side of a 2 X 6 about four feet long to make true “skateboards.”

Camp trailer: Our first camp trailer was a tarp-covered utility trailer that we used to camp across America, Florida to Oregon in two and a half years.