Tuesday, May 26, 2015

An Old Geezer at an Old Geyser -- Pray for Truth Road Trip --Part 9

An old geezer at an old geyser
Solomon wrote in the Proverbs, "Old people are distinguished by grandchildren."  This is surely true.  This old man is not, however, distinguished by his dress.

I titled this image from our Pray for Truth Road Trip "An old geezer in front of an old geyzer."

Solomon concluded the Proverb, "children take pride in their parents."

While my untucked shirt distinguishes me as an old geezer, and probably embarrasses my children, I pray that my faithfulness to God will be a source of pride for them.  I hope our commitment to Jesus "distinguishes" Paulie and me as we mature.

The geyser is called faithful.  It was given that name because it spouts off every hour or so.  It faithfully presents the same show every hour year after year.  Old faithful doesn't swing wildly between extremes.

The brilliant British 20th century writer G.K. Chesterton observed, "The whole curse of the last century has been what is called the Swing of the Pendulum; that is, the idea that Man must go alternately from one extreme to the other. It is a shameful and even shocking fancy; it is the denial of the whole dignity of mankind. When Man is alive he stands still. It is only when he is dead that he swings."

Many people believe that America is swinging to an extreme right now, and that it will swing back from practices like sodomy and abortion.  In truth this thinking is evidence that we are slipping the hangman's noose around our neck.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Shouting from the Rooftops: Exposing Chicago's Perversion Shrine -- Pray for Truth Road Trip -- Part 8

Innocent neighborhood children walking past
Leather Archive on Friday morning
On Friday morning, May 22, Peter LaBarbera and an assistant distributed 1000 flyers in the neighborhood surrounding the Leather Archive and Museum in Chicago, Illinois.  A 10:30 press conference followed the 4:00 a.m. flyer distribution.  I spoke at the press conference.

The "museum" celebrates vile sexual practices.  They are so bad that I'm not going to describe them here.  The building that houses the "collections" features a large sign on the front with tall letters spelling out "LA&M."

We were able to park in a grocery store parking lot just across the street.  It was a sunny spring morning.  A day care is located 100 feet from the front door.  Three times as we waited for the start of the event young children were paraded past the building on the sidewalk.

Resting quietly on the Sabbath: Pray for Truth Road Trip -- Part 7

A thought at the end of Luke 23 drew my attention a couple morning's ago.  One reason is that Paulie mentioned the importance of sabbath rest to me as we were talking on the phone earlier.  The verse says, "They rested quietly on the sabbath, as commanded."

My 25 year old son, Jared, and I are listening through the New Testament while we drive from Maine to Washington state. We finished the gospels that same day.

The verse above brings closure to Luke's account of the crucifixion.  I like the idea that on the day following this emotional and profoundly violent event God's order delivered peace and rest.  Sunday is our culture's sabbath.  The Bible says that our heavenly Father rested from his work of creation on the seventh day.  We are called to follow His example.
Jared looking at Old Faithful today.
God is Faithful.

We are an impulsive, emotional and frantic people.  This characteristic of our society worsens the further we stray from God's design for the flow of our days, weeks and months.

Women rested on the day Luke mentions. They had just witnessed the gruesome murder of Jesus the day before.  Yet, the scripture reports that they "rested quietly ... as commanded."

It is most important, perhaps, to follow God's design for the use of our time when we feel we can least afford it.  I'm sure that the women mentioned by Luke felt pressed and emotional.  Activity would have been tempting.

They didn't give into their weakness.  They followed God's direction.

And so should we.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Salt of the Earth: Pray for Truth Road Trip -- Part 6

Jared doing the driving
We're nearly through Luke.  Jared and I are going through the New Testament between America's coasts in the next seven days.  We left our friends Matthew and Mark back in Massachusetts.  Doctor Luke is giving us his consultation as we make our way across New York.  Next comes one of my favorites, John.

Jesus sat down with a crowd one day.  He taught them about His kingdom.  He told them that they needed to think of themselves as salt.  He said, "Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth."

When you put salt on a wound there is pain.  America is badly wounded.  When Christians speak and live the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is pain.  We should expect difficulty.

Jesus said previously to this same group, "You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world."

We cannot begin to develop saltiness unless we choose to put our heart and mind right.

Dr. Wilson Hickam at home
Paul discusses this in Romans, "So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."

My mentor, Dr. Wilson Hickam, has worked at this for a lifetime.  Two days ago, when I was talking with him in the wee hours of the morning in his livingroom, I snapped an image of him that I will treasure.  The image shows him thinking, not fitting in.  We mused together about not fitting in.

Jesus concluded, "If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?"

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Militia? Pray for Truth Road Trip -- Part 5

Dan McGonicle
Last night, as we started our Pray for Truth Road Trip, Jared and I stopped at the Dyer Library in Saco,  Daniel McGonicle made a presentation on the constitutional militia.  He has written a book on the subject.  He bases his work on that of the constitutional scholar Edwin Viera.

I became interested in the idea of a militia when I visited with family in Switzerland over thirty years ago.  The father of the family was issued a rifle as a young man.  And he will remain obligated to protect his nation most of his adult years.

God is a Father.  As the Father of humanity He protects innocence and truth.  And His judgment, discipline and wrath are an essential theme in the Bible and Christianity.

All good fathers since the beginning of time have taken these duties seriously.

Dr. Wilson & Nita Hickam with Me
It was a delight to observe Mr. McGonicle devote great energy to these themes.  His argument on the need for a militia is based on America's constitution and law.  He believes that the federal standing army and national guard are a poor (and unlawful) substitute for the constitutional militia.

Jared and I went on from this informative time to visit with long-time friends.  Dr. Wilson Hickam and his wife Nita have influenced Paulie and I more than almost anyone else we've known.  Wilson presided at our wedding, and he ordained me.