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Never forget September 10, 2001.

Never forget September 10, 2001.

On September 10, 2001, we could still greet our loved ones as they came off airplanes, we could also see them off. We were treated like humans at airports and not cattle.

We lose a little of our society’s soul as these little humanities are taken from us.

Our nation had not yet opened its borders to the flood of Islamic immigrants without thought to giving the flow time to assimilate.

Our government was forbidden to spy on Americans.

Many young men my age were still alive(before being shipped overseas to war).

Church attendance was much higher.

The divorce rate was lower.

Pornography was less mainstream.

Marriage was still between a man and a woman.

It was acceptable to stand for patriotic music and rituals.

We were less divided.

It’s not enough to cite the changes in our society, we must remember what’s been lost and teach our children that we haven’t always lived this way. We must teach them virtues and values, loyalty and honor.

Much has changed, but the important things remain the same; Faith Hope and Love, these remain.

Fire and New Birth

Fire and New Birth

Mt. Lemon on fire smells like campfire. What a powerful metaphor of our society; it seems to be on fire. But just like the heat of the fire causes the pine cones to release their seeds; finally giving birth to a brand new forest, so the trials of life and of our society can give us new ideas, new ministries, better ways, new business.

I pray God’s Providence for all friends and family.

Love of Humanity

Love of Humanity

The Lover of Humanity isn’t gone,

He’s been placed in a cave,
The Creator was slapped, spit upon,
Crucified by those He came to save.

Who has done this wicked deed?
Whom may we blame?
Those He came to free,
For love of them for which He came.

He has paid the highest cost,
The price we could not pay,
That we might be His and not lost,
In the land of the cloudless day.

The Secret of Rest

The Secret of Rest

The news and worries of the day, the loneliness and discouragement, the isolation and realities some must face can weary the mind and soul.

This isolation many are living is wearying. For some, the isolation is a reminder of bad life decisions or hurts from the past. Introspection can be very painful for some. And solitude and isolation inevitably invites introspection.

And at this time when getting out is difficult and for some getting out to work is difficult, the mind can be weary from overthinking and worry.

Here and in other places Jesus invites us to the secret place of rest. Jesus invites us to Divine rest, a place of peace. For some, just a moment of peace and rest of the mind will make all the difference.

When the cares and worries of this world weary us, there is a place of rest and a Person to meet us, it is Jesus.

Where is the place? It is really a moment; the moment of surrender. It is a moment of faith and trust and also a moment of giving up heavy burdens.

Intentionally giving our mental burdens over to Jesus is easier said than done. It is not a cop-out, it is not an excuse. It is answering His invitation rest. He is the creator, we are the creation; we were made by and for Him. It is more than natural and right to come to Him in prayer, cast our cares upon Him, and receive rest for our mind and soul.