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Yesterday, I shared with you Pastor Max Lucado’s op-ed in this post. Pastor Lucado’s op-ed opened by saying “Anxiety is an out of control thought pattern. It settles over the mind like a severe weather system, spewing thunderclouds and casting lightning bolts. Life feels like an airplane in a tailspin. It feeds on what-ifs and worst-case scenarios. What if the coronavirus is unstoppable. What if a pandemic takes over? I’ll be quarantined for weeks! The economy is sliding into a bear market. I’ll lose my health. I’ll lose my job. I’ll lose it all. How will I survive on unemployment?

Thankfully, we don’t have to settle for panicked lives. As we learned from Pastor Lucado and especially from Brandon and Cameron Brundidge, we can opt for a better, healthier response. It’s the official response of Discovery Church, my church home. In this video, Paul Brenhaug and Pastor Art talk about how the church will adapt to President Trump’s ’15 days declaration’:

Early in the video, Paul explained how he was entering his home but decided to stop and pray for each of his neighbors. Taking that moment helped Paul pause for a moment, which doesn’t seem like a big deal initially. The first question that people might ask is this: how will pausing benefit me? The answer is simple, yet powerful. Pausing gives people the opportunity to regain perspective.

With the world seemingly spiraling out-of-control, wouldn’t a little perspective help? Imagine how much it might help if you added a simple prayer to that perspective-giving pause. It doesn’t have to be long to be effective. Try this the next time you pause for perspective and prayer: Heavenly Father, the world seems like it’s spinning out-of-control for me, my friends and my family. You are the God who gives peace and perspective. Lord, I pray that You give me, my family and my friends an additional helping of Your peace. Thank You, Lord. I pray these things in Jesus precious name. Amen.

How long did that take? Less than a minute, right? How much will it help unclutter your mind and relieve your stress? That’s up to you. It matters whether:

  1. you’re willing to take the time to pray;
  2. you’re willing to trust God;
  3. you’re willing to trust God’s solutions rather than trusting your own solutions.

It’s natural to get nervous. It’s virtuous to pause, pray and gain perspective. That’s the fastest path to sanity during these anxiety-riddled times.

People have been panicking over the COVID-19 virus for the past 2 weeks, if not longer. The stock market has frequently taken hits, too. The Trump administration has, correctly in my opinion, talked about how the fundamentals of this amazing economy are still strong. Despite those things, it’s time to learn from children. If this story doesn’t help settle you down, then you’re hopeless.

It’s a story about a brother and sister here in Minnesota. The boy’s given name is Brandon. Brandon’s sister’s name is Cameron. According to the story, Brandon’s mother Sheletta Brundidge, a comedian and mother of four said that “Brandon ‘has crippling anxiety because of his autism diagnosis. We watch the news every day and he was watching it and was taking in all the fear and panic…it just made him so scared.'”

Sheletta shared this video with Fox News:

The verse that Miss Cameron taught Brandon is found in II Timothy 1:7. It says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Far too often, people attempt to solve things on their own. If I were king for a day, I’d banish the phrase “God helps those that help themselves.”

The truth is that God helps those that trust Him. King Solomon, the wisest and richest man that ever lived, wrote a book known as Proverbs. In chapter 3 of Proverbs, Solomon wrote “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

In the past 2-3 weeks, people have tried getting by on their own. Solomon instructs us that trusting in the all-powerful God who created the universe is better than trusting in our own instincts. Miss Cameron essentially taught Brandon to trust in the Lord rather than worry about the fear that the world produces daily. In Brandon’s world, things went from chaotic to peace-filled in seconds.

It seems to me that we’re better off paying attention to Cameron’s and Brandon’s interaction than if we just buy the world’s panic. If you don’t do anything else, thank God for giving you insight into His world. Better yet, thank Him for giving you peace that surpasses human understanding just because you asked Him.

Last night, I attended our church’s annual special Christmas Eve worship service. As is always the case when Barry & Sue put this service together, it was memorable X 100. Instead of a traditional post celebrating Jesus’ birth, I’m inspired by the Holy Spirit to celebrate His birth through the inspirational hymns celebrating Jesus’ birth. Let’s start with this hymn:

Next, let’s celebrate with this hymn:

Christmas isn’t complete without O Come All Ye Faithful:

The birth of Christ was a majestic night. The King of kings and the Lord of Lords left eternity and stepped into time and space. Surely, such an event was worthy of the greatest light show God has ever put together. He didn’t disappoint. Here’s how the Gospel of Luke described that night:

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the King. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

These weren’t the Pharisees or the Sanhedrin, the supposed religious leaders. On such a regal night, God chose to bless the shepherds, men of humility and modest means, rather than the religious leaders of the time. Hint: There’s a Bible study in there somewhere.

Finally, no Christmas is complete without this hymn:

Pete Buttigieg said something that’s beyond contemptible when he said “there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath, and so even that is something that we can interpret differently.”

What a pile of BS. If Buttigieg is going to make that statement, I want him to cite which book, which chapter and which verse these verses are found in. Otherwise, I’m not buying it. Frankly, I’m highly skeptical at this point.

I’ve read through the Bible cover-to-cover multiple times. There’s no way I’ll accept that as an honest statement. However, I’ll accept it as a partisan statement that’s meant to attract attention to himself and to attempt to appeal to religious voters. That’s been Mayor Pete’s schtick throughout this campaign.

Based on his statements in this article, I think it isn’t a stretch to think that he’s fine with infanticide. For instance, he’s quoted as saying “I think, no matter what you think about the kind of cosmic question of how life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, alright, I might draw the line here, you might draw the line there, but the most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.”

It’s apparent that ‘Mayor Pete’ isn’t a trained theologian. In fact, to a real Christian, it’s apparent that he’s a crackpot attempting to use religion to gain a partisan advantage. What a sick human being.

For the record, I disagree with people who call themselves pro-choice. I think they’re wrong. That being said, I don’t get upset about pro-choice people. I simple try to change their thinking.

Pete Buttigieg doesn’t fit into that category. Buttigieg is the worst type of charlatan. Not only is he a fraud but he’s a fraud for the worst possible motive.

Icicles must be forming in hell because Ted Cruz will meet with Alyssa Milano in Sen. Cruz’s Senate office to discuss gun control and the Bible in the spirit of I Peter 4:8. For those not familiar with that verse (I wasn’t), it says “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.'” Here’s my sincere prayer that that’s the spirit that this political odd couple will meet.

This all started when Miss Milano initially tweeted “I’d love to come in and meet with you on the gun issue and many other issues that include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, @tedcruz and also, 1 Peter 4:8. I’ll be in DC next week. We can live-stream the meeting so the American people can hear your bullshit 1st hand.” Cruz then replied, saying “I’d be happy to sit down & visit next week about uniting to stop gun violence & about the Constitution. If we can have a civil & positive conversation—in the spirit of 1 Peter 4:8 as you suggest—despite our political differences, that might help resolve the discord in our Nation.”

I don’t doubt Sen. Cruz’s sincerity. He’s a solid Christian man who isn’t afraid of a debate. Since he’s said that he wants to have a conversation “in the spirit of I Peter 4:8,” then I’ll accept that as Sen. Cruz’s intent. What’s interesting is Miss Milano’s reply:

Sen. Cruz’s reply might’ve surprised Miss Milano:

There’s more to Sen. Cruz’s reply, which I’d recommend everyone read, but you get the picture. Nonetheless, Miss Milano replied thusly:

This should be interesting. I’d love it if all of the cable networks covered it live. If they did, I’m betting that they’d get monstrous ratings. I’d be surprised if each network couldn’t find a major sponsor to allow them to cover the discussion/debate without interruption.

Perhaps, this odd couple might even do something positive that would help break the partisan logjam on this and other issues.

After reading this article, there’s no doubt that Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford had a sinister motive in stepping forward and making her wild accusations. At the time, I thought that it was highly possible Dr. Blasey-Ford wasn’t telling the truth. When Dr. Ford’s best friend said that she’d never met Brett Kavanaugh, I thought it was almost certain that Dr. Blasey-Ford hadn’t told the truth.

It’s worth noting that Debra Katz, a “high-powered progressive lawyer” who represented Dr. Blasey-Ford, said “In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court. He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important.”

The assault against Kavanaugh has been exposed, especially in the fantastic new book Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, written by Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist and Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network. There will be an asterisk associated with the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings but it will be attached to the far-left activists who tried derailing Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Here’s the video proof of Katz’s statements:

What’s now known is that Dr. Ford came forward for partisan political reasons, not because she had proof that Brett Kavanaugh had done the things she’d accused him of doing. Lots of accusations were thrown at Justice Kavanaugh. The most discredited accusations were made by Julie Swetnick, then represented by Michael Avenatti, aka CPL, aka Creepy Porn Lawyer. In September, 2018, Swetnick swore out a statement under penalty of perjury, stating “I witnessed Brett Kavanaugh consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women during the early 1980s.”

In October, 2018, then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley referred both Avenatti and Swetnick for criminal prosecution to the DOJ. The Democrats’ attempt to derail the confirmation of a judge who happened to be Catholic should frighten people who think that we shouldn’t hold a person’s religious beliefs against them if they’re applying for a position within the federal government. The Constitution forbids religious tests:

but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

That text is found in Article VI, Clause 3. This is just the start. If/when Ruth Bader Ginsburg retires and President Trump still occupies the Oval Office and Republicans hold a majority in the Senate, all hell will break loose. It doesn’t take Nostradamus to figure that out. Joe Biden could even figure that out.

Democrats have insisted that Nancy Pelosi is a great politician, something that I’ve often disagreed with. Now that her congressional career is winding to a halt, Speaker Pelosi appears to want to become a biblical theologian. In reality, she’s just another Democrat politician that won’t hesitate to use the Bible for political gain. Frankly, that practice is disgusting to real Christians.

According to the article, Pelosi tweeted “It should be a sign to us that today’s Catholic Gospel reading is the Good Samaritan, where Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves and treat them with mercy. Trump’s ICE raids today tear families apart -the opposite of mercy.” While there’s no doubt that Jesus is a loving God, it’s apparent that holiness is important to the Lord, too. According to the search I did through, the word holy is used almost 600 times (576 times, to be precise) in the Bible.

I’d love hearing Pelosi explain how protecting criminal aliens is an act of holiness. Ms. Pelosi, do you really think that it’s holy to protect violent criminals from law enforcement? I’m betting that God doesn’t think that’s an act of holiness. I also searched the word justice. According to the same search engine, justice is used almost 200 times. One of those times, the word justice is used in the ‘Hebrew Hymnal’, aka the Book of Psalms, where it says “For the Lord loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.”

I’d prefer that Ms. Pelosi stick to being a politician rather than thinking of herself as a qualified theologian. It’s more than a little galling to hear Ms. Pelosi talking about morality when she’s the one who hasn’t lifted a finger legislatively to stop sex trafficking and the meth and opioid epidemics. I’m tired of Democrats like Pelosi cherry-pick their way through God’s Word, emphasizing God’s love but utterly ignoring other Godly traits like justice and loving order over chaos. The Democrats’ selective theology is a bit frustrating.

This LTE sounds authoritative without being authoritative. It focuses on the subject of xenophobia as it relates to my friend Dr. John Palmer.

The LTE opens by saying “Xenophobia is the fear of anything this is “alien” to, or different from what’s ‘normal’ for a person. What’s normal for a white German Catholic from Stearns County is likely not normal for a Muslim from Somalia. That doesn’t make one person’s ‘normal’ better or worse, just different. In the case of John Palmer and his group, what they fear isn’t brown Somali immigrants, as much as it is people who are DIFFERENT from white German Catholics.”

It’s worth noting that the man who wrote the LTE has never met Dr. Palmer, which renders the entire LTE worthless. It’s worthless because it’s based on suppositions rather than anything verifiable. The ‘foundation’ for the premise is that xenophobia is a real word that’s been around centuries. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, that isn’t true:

Xenophobia—”fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners”—has the look and feel of a word that has been in the English language for hundreds of years, borne of the tumultuous political climates of the Renaissance and the penchant that many writers back then had for fashioning fancy new words from Latin and Greek. It is not that old.

Let’s entertain another possibility. Let’s entertain the possibility that the people getting called xenophobic are simply people who disagree with a philosophy or religion. For instance, isn’t it possible that Roman Catholics (or Baptists or evangelical Christians) aren’t afraid of people who are different but rather, are highly principled people who simply disagree with people of other religious or governing beliefs?

Let’s also dig into the word phobia a little.’s definition of phobia is:

a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.

What proof does the person who wrote this LTE have that Dr. Palmer or others in C-Cubed have an irrational fear of anything? Just from a technical standpoint, how would this person determine what Dr. Palmer or others in his group think of anyone? Frankly, from a technical standpoint, this LTE sounds like a big pile of opinionizing.

That’s fine but it shouldn’t be treated like an authoritative writing. Rather, it should be seen, I’d argue, as the opinions of a mediocre (at best) researcher.

Finally, let’s ponder the possibility that Dr. Palmer’s religious beliefs are right. The presumption of the LTE appears to be that Dr. Palmer’s religious beliefs aren’t legitimate or, at minimum, the product of an irrational way of thinking. Again, where’s the proof that Dr. Palmer’s thinking is irrational or illegitimate?

Written by Rambling Rose

Do people in the USA really know what they want? What they believe? “Save the children!” Really?

Media sources applaud states, politicians, celebrities, left-wing feminists that have moved from the 1973 Roe v. Wade legalized abortion decision to legalized (or just practiced by some healthcare workers who turn their backs on a child born from a botched abortion) infanticide. I don’t need to provide the list here—you all have read the news releases and heard the cheers from the streets about women’s rights (the blob in the womb is not a person so it has no rights) to decide what happens in their body.

Incessantly, there are protests about the alleged mistreatment by the Trump administration of the children entering this country illegally; multiple times as they are “rented” to form families, then returned to Mexico to be “rented” again in a different family, not biological families, only families to break even more of the immigration laws of this land. Where is the outcry about the financial, physical, mental and psychological abuse to those children? Or, is the need greater to grow the number of illegal persons to depend upon the government and vote for those who promise much just to buy their votes of the poor to continue to live in DC, breed corruption and promote their hatred of the USA?

Yet several times a night on over-the-air TV broadcasting (I can’t write about cable broadcasts; I don’t have or want cable/direct TV/dish), the ads abound to “save the children.” The ads are for the malnourished, sick, disabled and dying, primarily in Africa. Naturally, my heart breaks as I view these young children who are only about half the size of a healthy child of the same age. Naturally, I hope that all the organizations requesting donations are honorable and in fact, making the donations of food and medical care available to those in need. I pray that ethical charities are “saving the children.”

Similarly, there are nightly pleas for donations to numerous organizations in this country to provide for the children afflicted by various cancers and the resultant agony of their families. Again, the skeptic hopes that the donations actually provide for the children and their families in the various challenges that face them. Young children should not have to fight just to live. Their families gave them life; they did not abort them and toss them into the trash. Why are not the ‘compassionate’ progressives marching for them? Organizing fundraisers to pay for their care?

Even more numerous, laughable and disgusting are the ads for financial gifts for the “humane” treatment of animals. Wait a minute. Humane implies that the four-legged creature is a human. I do not oppose pets; neither do I object if owners (not parents) choose to pamper their pets (that are not their biological offspring) as long as they also meet the needs of their children.

Why are the unborn babies killed if children in other countries are to be saved? Why are animals held in higher esteem than children who are conceived and then called “inconvenient”?

Fortunately, the children do have a Savior.

“But Jesus said, suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)

Weakened Foundation
by Ramblin’ Rose

Are we still “One nation, under God?” Could we become one again?

Abraham Lincoln showed great foresight when he stated “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will because we destroyed ourselves.”

I fear that many people stop at the end of the first sentence and breathe a sigh of relief and ignore his dire warning.

God will not be mocked…regardless of what the secularists decree and the leftists scream.

Ten years before the infamous decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the Supreme Court established an official government-run religion in this country by a vote of 8-1. Justice Potter Stewart was the lone dissenter. The Supreme Court took the Bible out of the public schools and out of the hands of our children. So began the State-run religion of secularism…and the fall of this great nation.

Yet, even today, the cry is to keep Church and State at their proper distance. However, it is only moral-based faith that is forbidden. By removing God from the classroom, our society effectively rewrote our USA history. In 1620, the first settlers called upon God multiple times in the Mayflower Compact before settling in Plymouth. Our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence in 1776 referred to the Creator who bestowed “unalienable rights.” Our currency declares that “In God We Trust.” There are numerous and frequent attempts to remove that “offensive” line from our money. Others strive to remove “…one nation, under God…” from our Pledge of Allegiance while millions of others have just removed it from our children’s classrooms while instituting Muslim prayers in the name of “diversity.”

It certainly appears that since 1963, we have moved much closer to becoming a pagan nation. Progressives prefer to use “equality” to label what God labeled “abominations” (same-sex marriage). Since 1973, they call murder “reproductive choice” (abortion). Leftists call theft from the working members of society “fairness” to the underprivileged as they redistribute economic resources (socialism). They call “ evil good and good evil,” as warned by God. [Editor’s note: Pelosi once said that unemployment checks “creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.”]

Sadly, yes, ours is a divided nation. Millions have embraced the rebellious principles of Roman 1. Hopefully, millions more are ready to fight for Right and remain faithful to the message of Romans 8. While we cannot predict the future of our country, it behooves us to continue in fervent prayer for it and all its citizens. We must fall to our knees in fear (respect and honor) of God. For at the end, each will be held to an accounting and face eternal judgment.

In the meantime, we must cling to God’s promise: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their lang.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

God bless America, I pray.