Friday, June 7, 2024

June 7, 2024 Posted thoughts on burned bridges

 So, what would you do if someone burned every bridge with you on every level and then comes back seeking to make fake amends with you? It is because the person needs you for some reason and if you give support you know the person will turn on you on a dime. Throw you under the bus, run you over, and then back up just to make sure you are left utterly destroyed? Would it matter if it were your spouse? Or your boss? Or a friend? How do you handle people use you, hurt you, or only call when they need something? These are hard to deal with people as you have to open yourself up knowing the outcome will leave your soul a little empty. It affects your compassion, understanding, empathy, and just the outlook on the goodness we have for others in this world. 


Instead of damaging you or me, I have to remind myself of the Apostle Paul’s words:


“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).


“So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5: 9-10).


“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the lights becomes visible and everything that is illuminated becomes a light” (Ephesians 5: 8-14).


Open your eyes to what is in front of your eyes in this world, but remember that just because you are in the world you are not of the world. Let your soul shine on those dark souls. 


“Be very careful, then how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5: 15-17)


The pastor said one thing this week that stuck with me which was “Israel is the pulse of the end times.”


God promises Abraham that he will make Israel a great nation and bless those who bless them.

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12: 2-3).


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June 11th is fast approaching, so get out and vote to your conscience, morals, and faith. Local elections matter to our schools, neighborhoods, city and our state. 


-don’t know who to vote for-do your research 

-vote for those who match your conscience, morals, and faith

-look at your neighborhood, schools, and city

-take the time to make your voice be heard-get out and vote

One Vote: Make Your Voice Heard 


Time to be a “City On Our Knees” by TobyMac


A city on our knees

Oh, oh, oh

If we gotta start somewhere, why not here?

If we gotta start sometime, why not now?


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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Ever Heard of Cloward & Piven Strategy? The How-To Manual to Destroy America

Ever Heard of Cloward & Piven Strategy? The How-To Manual to Destroy America    

History:

-1960’s strategy developed by Richard Cloward and Francis Fox Piven

-plan outlined monumental changes in America to the point of destruction

-originally published as “The Weight of the Poor: Strategy to End Poverty”

-the primary objective of the strategy is to create chaos with hopes of destroying America’s capitalist economy and replacing it with a socialist system that includes guaranteed incomes

“A massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls”

-Cloward and Piven are not altruists (unselfish concern for other people)

-Cloward and Piven are anarchists

-they want a surge of welfare claims to enroll so that it takes the United States into an economic crisis

-this schemes is the oldest in humanity’s existence: Feudalism

-the ancient structure is being developed in America today


Strategy:

-they specifically mention targeting America’s large cities for their welfare drives

-this would impel action on a new federal program to distribute income

-they assert that conditions on benefits, such as work increments, are “violations of civil liberties throughout the nation, and in a pervasive oppression of the poor”

-Ballooning the welfare system is just one strategy

***The best way to achieve their socialist goals is to create a new voting block out of the rapidly increasing number of welfare recipients

“If organizers can deliver millions of dollars in cash benefits to the ghetto masses, it seems reasonable to expect that the masses will deliver their loyalty to their benefactors.”


American Feudalism:

-this ancient structure is being developed in America today

-allow record levels of illegal immigration

-through complicity in the border crisis, the left is aiming to develop an army of loyal serfs

-serfs willing to work to destroy America if they know it or not

-this immigration crisis has been replicated numerous times throughout history

-importing non-citizens who are ultimately used against the best interests of the domestic population


Intentional destruction:

-to destroy America an economic crisis compels the federal government to develop a communist universal basic income program

“If this strategy were implemented, a political crisis would result that could lead to legislation for a guaranteed annual income” (Cloward & Piven).

“The ultimate aim of this strategy is a new program for direct income distribution” (Cloward & Piven).

-use the mainstream media to play a critical role in their organized attack against America


“As the crisis develops, it will be important to use the mass media to inform the broader liberal community about the inefficiencies and injustices of welfare” (Cloward & Piven).


Ex. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the “squad” have been commended by Piven

“What people like AOC are doing, what the Squad is doing, is really very important” (Piven).

***Piven is both an active member and honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America


Exploiting Crisis:

Ex. 2008: Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, infamously proclaimed, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

-Radical Democrats like AOC have adhered to this notion

-to advance the “Green New Deal” agenda, AOC alleged that the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change

-she was not the first to be a climate alarmist, in 2006, Democrat Al Gore predicted that within 10 years the would will reach a point of no return

Ex. COVID-19 crisis

-Democrats utilized the existence of COVID-19 to strategically enact illicit election rules and procedures

-mail in ballots and no ID required has allowed the left to obtain increased political power in 2020

-leftists have maliciously created or exploited a crisis is seemingly endless


Education:

-Cloward-Piven strategy is being implemented into the minds of children 

-American high school curriculums praise the Cloward-Piven strategy while criticizing the American Revolution

Ex. University of Northern Colorado professor, “The Cloward-Piven strategy is a political gambit designed to overwhelm the American government by placing so many demands on the bureaucratic structure that it collapses…It my be messy, but it does hearken back to a fundamental ideology of the American republic: If it ain’t fixed, break it.”


Cloward and Piven’s America:

-every day, the U.S. is infiltrated by a growing number of illegal immigrants

-200,000 individuals illegally enter the United States on average a month

-63% of non-citizens are actively accessing one or more forms of taxpayer-funded welfare

-compared to 35% of U.S. households receive some form of welfare

-a consistent influx of welfare recipients is exactly what Cloward & Piven proposed to ambush America

-large cities are already expanding beyond simply bloated welfare rolls and towards a communist system that includes universal basic incomes


****Universal Basic Income Programs Exist Today****

-the aforementioned program is directly funded by Biden’s radical “American Rescue Plan”

-mainstream media is actively executing their role by colluding with progressives to advance narratives that are favorable to themselves

-Biden’s leadership is the existential threat the United States is currently facing

-America’s immigration crisis were plotted more than 5 decades ago by Cloward & Piven

-in the 1960’s their plan didn’t work because it lacked enough resources

-today, the political powers are executing the Cloward-Piven strategy so they are not letting any crisis which they have artificially created go to waste


Economy, Politics, and Education

-Francis Fox Piven and Richard A Cloward: militant uprising using activism to develop disruption, create crisis, collapse institutions, and excite riots as legitimate and necessary to transform society.

-build entitled welfare by creating major societal crisis: financial and political (goal is to recruit the poor)

***Piven quoted “social movements thrive on conflict”

-Piven and Cloward goal is to erode established electoral allegiances and coalitions to get rid of electoral politics by raising divisive issues

***Form and activate a violent mob, create societal fissures, attack racial and economic distinctions, undermine civic life and social associations====collective defiance

-Classrooms breeds grounds for resistance, rebellion, and revolution against American society

-build receptors to Marxist indoctrination and propaganda

-Marxism is not about free speech and debate, but domination repression, indoctrination, conformity, and compliance

***Destroy society and culture by removing intellectually, spiritually, and economically (trail of mass death, enslavement, and impoverishment)


Monday, May 13, 2024

May 13, 2024 Posted thoughts on truth and lies

 My dad had a saying 

“These kids are like mushrooms. They have been kept in the dark and fed bullshit.” I can’t argue with that when we see what is happening in society today. What we see happening on college campuses. The “no consequences” to bad behavior in our city schools. The silence from our pastors to speak with urgency on all the ways America is being pulled apart. It is sad to watch and my hope is that more people wake up and actually see the destruction attacking every aspect of Americans lives. Dad's wisdom given so many years ago rings true today. I know as a Marine, he would not be okay in the rewriting of history or the removal of the love and patriotism we all cherished in the freest country in the world. There are days I wish I could just chat with him about what we are witnessing today. I am sure he would send me to revisit the Book of Revelation and the end has already been written. 


So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8: 31-32).


My mom heals through music

With my mom still here, I spent some time honoring her on Mother’s day. We talked about memories, past haunts, and her future voice being recorded so that her life story can be written. Her wounds are deep and people have a tendency to try to pull her back into a past she doesn’t want to keep revisiting. We listened to one of her favorite songs. As sang parts of the song, she pointed out the parts that spoke to her the most. I can understand as I know you can that the healing comes when parts of our past we just do not need to see anymore. The truth of our past mistakes are there but the prayer is that God, help us to let go of the past and not let us see so we don’t stay in that shame or unforgiveness. Read through these words. The man who wrote and sang this song fell from grace in his life/ministry. But, if we believe in Jesus we know we are redeemed and the truth is that we are saved by grace. 


Lord don't let me see the way I used to be

Remove the scars that follow the pain

Wounds of my shame, bind them up in Your great name

Cast them all in your forgetting sea

Take away all the strife that followed a wasted life

Tried to build on the dust of a foolish dream

Just an empty space of time

Somewhere in the corner of my mind

If all the world should recall, don't let me see


Truth matters in both what my mom and dad had to teach us throughout our lives. In my study this week I was listening to a speaker and she was talking about truth and lies in today’s society. She then spoke about some interesting points about truth and lies in the Bible. I like learning new things so I had to look up for myself what was the true importance of the words truth and lie in Hebrew. Here is what I learned:


Hebrew words for truth and falsehood/lie

-truth-3 letters in Hebrew-see the feet standing firm or strong base firmly on the ground

-falsehood/lie-3 letters in Hebrew-see no feet to stand on wobbly so cannot stay upright so not standing on firm ground 


Hebrew word for truth:

The Hebrew word for truth, Emet (אמת), contains the first, middle and last letter of the alphabet. Indicating that truth encompasses all things, and endures from the beginning to the end.

Truth, certainty, honesty, faithfulness, sooth

אֶמֶת

Hebrew word for lie:

The Hebrew word for lie,  שֶׁקֶר • (shéker), carries multiple related meanings - lie, false, null, nothing, for nothing, vain etc.

Lie, lying, false, falsehood, falsity, untruth

שֶׁקֶר

To help us see the critical nature of truth, Paul describes truth as the belt of the armor. The belt was critical for the warrior to be prepared to engage in battle. The belt is what held the tunic up and cinched everything into place. Truth performs this critical function.


For example, in the King James Version (KJV), the word "truth" is mentioned 224 times. In the New International Version (NIV), it is mentioned 233 times. And in the New Living Translation (NLT), it is mentioned 275 times.


Commandment 10: Don’t Bear False Witness

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).


God hates lying

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him” haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community” (Proverbs 6: 16-19).


The bottom line is that there are times to hold to truth and do not fear to speak in truth. We desperately need truth right now in our government, schools, communities, and in our own families. But, also there needs to be a balance that it may be true that you have been wronged by someone but grace means you do not keep dragging that person back down into pain and shame. Just as we need grace, so do those around you. 


It is very difficult to give grace this year. I feel abused by this school year. It has been tough to stay in the midst of grace. It has been tough to be on the receiving end of someone’s rage that was not provoked by me. Then I am requested to reach out again and again. I still have to stay in truth, but soften the brutally honest part (I really want you to know I understand it's not easy by any means).


As we get closer to summer elections, my prayer is you are paying attention and getting involved as the future of our country is on a tipping point. Stay honest but be kind when you can. Keep the past in the past. See yourself through the eyes of Jesus who sees you as redeemed, loved, and an heir to His kingdom. 


God Bless you,

dreamsdontfade.com


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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Worldview: Learning to Think and Live Biblically by Greg Laurie: The Prayer Chapter

Worldview: The Prayer Chapter:


The Lord’s Prayer

-He is my mighty awesome God

-God is worthy of my respect and submission

-aligns ourselves with His will and purposes

-Jesus is the greatest example of prayer warrior

-Jesus provides a template and pattern so we pray like Jesus

-we should want to understand what prayer really is 

-ask for His will in every area in our lives

-ask for HIs provision for our daily needs

-admit our sins and turn from them asking for forgiveness

-determine our minds to to forgive all those who have offended us


“God will allow hardship, challenges, needs, and sometimes even tragedy to enter our lives so He can reveal Himself to us in fresh ways and put His power and glory on display.”


Why pray?

-we need to pray because we are weak

-prayer shouldn’t be the last resort, but the first resort

-when I am weak I am strong

-thankfulness when life is going well

-because you have faith

-to stand in the gap for others

-go to God with your needs

-talk to Him about what is on your heart

-He loves to talk to you and hear your voice


“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).


“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5: 13-14).


-the Lord’s prayer is really the people’s prayer

-the Lord’s prayer should be called “the disciples prayer”

-the Lord’s prayer is a model, or pattern for the sort of prayers we should offer every day


Here is the Lord’s Prayer spoken by Jesus


Our Father who art in heaven

Hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom come 

Your will be done

On earth a sit is in heaven

Give us day by day our daily bread

And forgive us our sins

For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us

And do not lead us into temptation

But deliver us from the evil one

(Luke 11:2-4)


The Lord’s prayer is divided into two sections

-the first deals with the glory of God

-the second concentrates on in this chapter


Three Petitions


1. Our Daily Needs

“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).


-bread was a staple for the first-century Jew and a part of every meal

-Satan himself brought bread into the conversation when he challenged Jesus to turn stones into bread in the wilderness to curb his physical hunger

-the Bible is not speaking of physical bread as food

**it is speaking of food in general

-when we pray “give us this day our daily bread”

-we are asking for the Lord to provide me with my human needs that I need to live (ex. Food, clothing, shelter, etc…)

-so we ask God to provide for our needs 

-God wants us to come to Him in prayer to make our requests

“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2).

-ask for His provision over your life and the lives of your family, friends, and community

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11: 11-12).

**Make note that Jesus said pray for needs and not greeds

**The Bible doesn’t promise that God will meet our every desire so he may overrule you

**God willingly provides but we should not just sit around, be inactive, or neglect to work

(don’t be a lazy bum saying the Lord will provide)

“For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10).


When you pray

-acknowledge that everything we have comes from God for all days

-speak to Him about this provision “our daily bread” on a daily basis

-keeps you connected with Him as our Father and Provider

-to be a good steward of what He does provide for me

-faithfully give back to Him and invest in the work of the kingdom of God

“But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi”, says the Lord Almighty. “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people. Because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law” (Malachi 2: 8-11).


2. Forgiving and Being Forgiven

“Forgive our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).


--we need to pray for the forgiveness of our sins

-we are always in the process receiving forgiveness and forgiving others

-the term “debts” is not referring to credit cards

-the team “debts” is translated as “sins”

-to forgive our trespasses means our shortcomings or our resentments or what we owe to You for the wrong we have done

-we need to pray that God opens our eyes to how we have sinned against others

-to remove the stain called pride

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).

-thoughts that go through you mind can leave a stain

-attitudes of the mind can leave a stain

-we all fall short of the standard of God

**As we receive that forgiveness, we should extend it to others

**Forgiven people ought to be forgiving people


Embittered people are unwilling to forgive:

-our culture esteems vengeance and payback

-they spread bitterness 

-the bitterness grows to be more and more toxic

-society does not value forgiving and is seen as a sign of weakness

-not being forgiving brings sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit

-holding grudges or hate grieves the Holy Spirit


“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Hebrews 12:15).


“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4: 31-32).


***The Bible says we are to be forgiving and to extend this forgiveness over and over again


“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive” (C.S. Lewis).


2. “Lord, Don’t Let Me Fall!”

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6: 12).


-we all need to pray the we not fall into temptation

-pray that the Lord will not allow to be tempted above my captivity to resist

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).


-satan is like an expert who knows just the right bait or lure that will attract you most

-pray daily to the Father to keep me from falling

-pray that the Father guards me from the temptations I will encounter today

-we can be quick to condemn sin in someone else’s life

-we can easily rationalize our own sin or compromised behavior in our own life

-pray God keeps you from doing wrong and displeases the Lord


Jesus encourages us to keep praying and not give up 

-our Father wants to answer so be persistent and keep asking 

-Jesus says to ask, seek, and knock

-the word “ask” implies requesting assistance

-we realize our need and we ask God for help

-set that we are not going to stop praying for the  answer and provision from God

-intercessory prayer means you stand in the gap for someone

-interceding for someone’s life or someone’s salvation, and refuse to give up

-ignite our passion into prayers for nonbelievers

-asking should be your passion

-seeking should be your patience

-knocking should be your persistence 

-ask God to reveal any sins or attitudes that displease Him

-extend God’s forgiveness to those who have hurt or offended you


*****To Pray is a Privilege


“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59: 2).


“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is an offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139: 23-24)


 “Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[a] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11: 5-9).


June 7, 2024 Posted thoughts on burned bridges

  So, what would you do if someone burned every bridge with you on every level and then comes back seeking to make fake amends with you? It ...