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Like gears turning in a clock

Yesterday was a somber day for me.

Like the gears in a clock, we march towards the total annihilation of the United States. It has been decreed. It has been appointed. Unlike a clock, there are many mechanisms for sounding the chime.
The Lord, in indescribable mercy, is holding back his judgements. Those judgements are not arbitrary. They are the natural consequences of our behavior, according to laws of cause and effect that existed before this world was. Because of these laws, he can't hold back the judgements we deserve without compounding them, like flowing waters held back by a dam. There is no dam capable of holding back all water. Eventually, it will crack. When it fails, does it matter exactly where the crack first appeared on the dam?

So it is with the United States. The cracks are innumerable, and the failure of the dam is assured. The only question is which of the cracks will be the first to rupture, but in the scheme of things the answer to that question does not matte…

Dance to the music in your heart

Everyone has God's light within them, although each person is more or less aware of it. One way of describing this light is like a song. We can be in situations where there is background noise that we are unaware of. For instance, imagine if we were sitting in a kitchen talking and I pointed out the hum of the refrigerator. Until someone points it out to you, you may be unaware of what is actually a significant and constant sound.

This song is the song of your heart. If you follow its influence, it will lead you to understand more about God and act more like him, which will in turn lead you to greater joy and happiness.

The Bible contains records of several occasions where King David danced. This wasn't merely a celebration. David knew the Lord's influence within him, and he was adept at tuning his whole being into that music. One one occasion:

14 ...David danced before the Lord with all his might...
16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s …

Adultery is not just sexual

What is adultery?
To illustrate this condition, we will rely heavily on Hosea, a book that deals principally with the adultery of Israel from the Lord:

The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord. (Hosea 1:2)

We incorrectly associate our blessings to our own ingenuity instead of recognizing that God himself has cushioned us from the natural normality of earth life--wars, pestilence, famine, earthquakes, fires, lightnings, floods, etc--and that this miraculous "hedge" is given to us to allow us to worship and serve him more.

Adultery is not just about sex. It is a condition of the heart. We commit adultery from God when we turn our hearts from him: when we fail to seek him with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. We commit adultery from God when we fail to see the blessings he has given us. We commit adulte…

A day in the woods will help you get perspective

If you could step outside of your life for a moment, and look at it objectively, you could create a pie chart of how you spend your time and other resources. You could create another pie chart of what your output is. You would find that almost all of your resources are spent on things that are of very little worth.

Strong statement? Yes. Valid? Probably. Proof? Pack up your family (if you have one) and head to the woods. If you can, go to a place where there isn't an established campsite. Pack only what you can carry. You should be able to learn a lot from just a 24 hour trip.

Here are some things that you might learn:
1. You need water, and water is very hard to come by.
2. You need food, and food is very hard to come by.
3. You need shelter, and shelter is very hard to come by.
4. It takes almost all your time to secure what you need to survive.

REALITY BITES
Technology empowers us to do many things we could otherwise not do. It frees up time and provides many resources. Most of…

Ain't nobody gonna steal my joy

As I was pondering the world the other day, the Spirit called to my memory a chorus teacher I had many years ago who used to say, "ain't nobody gonna steal my joy!" She was emphatic enough to be believed. But many years have passed since then. I am confident that there have been countless times since then when the world did, in fact, steal her joy.

I googled this phrase, wondering if it had come from some old song or something, and this newer song came up: https://youtu.be/yOEviTLJOqo

It is interesting that the song is your typical "I have been forgiven of my past sins, therefore everything in my life is happy" mainstream Christian trope. That is a worldview that can only exist at an exceedingly low level of awareness.

I would wager everything I have that there are things in this life--even common things--that could steal the joy of anyone portrayed in this video.

This is an interesting passage of scripture:

2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is p…

"I wish I had a righteous spouse"

I have many friends who are married to people who believe in God less than they do. I can't help but notice in them the (sometimes secret, sometimes open) wish that they had spouses with whom they could see eye to eye.

I find this interesting. Here is a question: Of all the people who loved God in the scriptures, how many had spouses who felt the same way?

Did Abraham?
Did Isaac?
Did Jacob?
Did Lehi?
Did Abigail?
Did Job?
Did David?
Did Ruth?
Did Moses?

We could go on, but do we need to?

Why is it that those who love God tend to be married to those who love him less or not at all?

The first and obvious reason is that those who do not love God far outnumber those who do. It is a numbers game.

The second and more relevant reason is that we are on this earth to develop Christlike character and trust in God, not to receive the reward of having already done so.

Of course this does not mean that, when choosing a spouse, we ought not invest time and effort to find someone who is at least…

You marry a dad, a son, a mom, or a daughter

I've heard people say that those who are dating should consider the relationship their prospect has with their parents. There are different versions of this. For instance, I once had a girlfriend who was very interested in my relationship with my mom because she said I would treat her (the girlfriend) the same way I treat my mom. I've heard people say that women with negative relationships with their fathers will project that onto their husbands.

I think this sort of advice is overly simplistic and that these things aren't necessarily predictive.

But here is something that I have seen play out:

If you are a man, any woman you marry will either be a mom or a daughter to you. If you are a woman, any man you marry will either be a dad or a son to you.

For a perspective spouse, ask yourself: what role does this person have with their parents? What role would they have with me?

In an ideal situation, the potential husband is fulfilling the role of father, the potential wife is f…