Saturday, February 16, 2008

Nanny Emailism

I didn't get lots of people's emails over the last couple weeks.  Upon further review I discovered that ATT Yahoo decided out of the goodness of their heart to "Upgrade" my system to a much more aggressive filter the net result of which when I got it figured out I had 84 email messages that were lost but are now found.
Please, Mr ATT Yahoo, don't do me any more favors.   People thought I was mad at the, I thought people were mad at me.
Nobody was mad at anybody except ATT Yahoo.
Nannystate email.

Liberal Nutcases Confirmed - I kinda feel sorry for them

It's bad enough that Golberg says they are fascists, but this guy confirms that liberalism is a mental disorder. I'm starting to feel sorry for liberals.

Top psychiatrist concludes liberals are nuts!
Makes case ideology is mental disorder

Posted: February 15, 2008
3:40 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

WASHINGTON – Just when liberals thought it was safe to start identifying themselves as such, an acclaimed, veteran psychiatrist is making the case that the ideology motivating them is actually a mental disorder.

"Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded," says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness." "Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave."

While political activists on the other side of the spectrum have made similar observations, Rossiter boasts professional credentials and a life virtually free of activism and links to "the vast right-wing conspiracy."

For more than 35 years he has diagnosed and treated more than 1,500 patients as a board-certified clinical psychiatrist and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases as a board-certified forensic psychiatrist. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago.

Rossiter says the kind of liberalism being displayed by the two major candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination can only be understood as a psychological disorder.

"A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity – as liberals do," he says. "A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population – as liberals do. And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which over-regulates and over-taxes the nation's citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state – as liberals do."

Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:

  • creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;
  • satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;
  • augmenting primitive feelings of envy;
  • rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.

"The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious."

Friday, February 15, 2008

Becoming Comfortable Doing the Uncomfortable

A long time back a mentor of mine, Loehle Gast used to tell me that successful people are those who do the things failures don't like to do.
In a way, it's uncomfortable to do the right and courageous things.  Leaders become comfortable doing the courageous uncomfortable.  Easy comfortable desirable methods lead to uneasy uncomfortable undesirable results. 
I must be really successful because I find myself more and more in situations that I am really out of my realm on.  Why I don't know.  I do know that I know that I know I am supposed to be right here in the middle of the deep water.  I feel like the man led into deep water in Ezekiel 47:  
1 In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. 2 The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway.

 3 Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. 4 He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. 5 Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through.

I'm swimming in the will of God.

Some time ago I began to get a vision for an answer to Islam by the Testimony of Jesus.  That vision is becoming reality.  Before my very eyes.  It's changing.  It's morphing into what God wants it to be.
So, I will do what he calls me to do. 
I reflected on this when I heard about the shootings in Dekalb yesterday.  I saw on TV student prayer going on outside the halls.  I know there is a significant Christian presence there.  I know some of them.  I was glad BUT---
I reflected on that crisis like all the others how shows of faith in the heat seem right.  But are they?  Faith isn't faith when that's the only response left.  Courage isn't courage when there is no other option.  When a man escapes from a burning building risking pain that's not courage.  That takes nothing away from the scared kids that crept from the room on their bellies.  But to call them courageous is not accurate.  Survival is what it was. 
I'm not a pastor, I'm a prophet.  My thoughts during last nights news cast watching the horror of the situation and people's response I reflected on 9-11 and the aftermath spiritually.
The weeks right after 9-11 the churches were full.   Within a couple months people went back to worrying about Paris Hilton's antics.
The churches emptied out.  WHY?  They didn't get what they really needed from the churches at that time.  What they needed was not comfort, but a warning of the need for repentance and salvation.  A harsh warning.  A strong warning.  That's why Pastors sometimes aren't best to lead the church at those times.  Sometimes a strong word is what is needed.  Pastors want to comfort when a strong word is needed.
Because they didn't get that word they wandered back  to the world and the opportunity was lost.  They are twice as worse hardened to the gospel next time.  We as Christians did them no good.
I won't offer consolation for those who are in pain over this situation other than the consolation of Jesus. 
In the Bible His disciples asked him about a disaster that happened near them.  They were asking the questions that people in Dekalb are asking right now.  WHY.
Here's what happened.
Luke 13: 1-9
Repent or Perish
 1Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

 6Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'

 8" 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "

I'm midrashing that if Jesus were here bodily and his disciples came to him for comfort about the killings at NIU in DeKalb he would say the same thing.

If our pastors in our churches on Sunday in our area would say the same thing to the sheep in their care instead of trying to salve the wounds perhaps the impact that crisis should have, bringing people to repentance wouldn't be wasted. 

We wasted 9-11 as an opportunity to reach people, let's not waste this.

She says what I wish I had said if I had said it

Friends of mine have questioned why an otherwise sane (more or less) man would continue to hope against hope that Mike Huckabee would be our next POTUS.

You would have to understand that my "Blindness"' results from trust in a man who believes what I believe. Not politically, but spiritually. There is a hair's breadth distance between how Mike Huckabee sees God in Jesus and how I see him.

For that reason, conviction, core values and a compass that always points north no matter which way the wind blows causes me to hope. I know the statistical impossibility. I also know God.

This woman in this story says it exactly as I would say it:

PEWAUKEE, WISC. -- Most didn’t care; others, resolutely defiant. When told that Mike Huckabee didn’t have much of a shot at winning the nomination, supporters said they were voting for him anyway.

"If God wants him in, he'll win,” said Lissa Eske, of Oconomowoc. “And even if he can't, I'll vote for what's right." She had driven 20 minutes to see him. A caregiver at a nursing home, Eske said she was “concerned” about McCain’s “liberal leanings” and that he was “overly focused on the war.” More importantly, she liked Huckabee and trusted him. When she casts her vote next week, Eske said it was a vote for Huckabee, not against McCain.

To the vibrant crowd of more than 500 people, Huckabee said, “People ask me, why am I staying in this race? Well, first of all, I got in it to win and I’m staying in it to win.” The audience cheered. “If nobody gets 1,191 delegates before the convention, then we’ll settle it at the convention like it used to be done in the old days and I’ll take my chances there like anybody else.”

Kent Moore, of Waukesha, has been following Huckabee for a while now. He wants Huckabee to stay in the race, protesting the notion McCain would win the nomination without having a contest of ideas. He said he would vote for Huckabee as a way to keep “McCain going to the right” and not “off the reservation.”

It was an argument Huckabee acknowledged in his speech.

“In many ways, the discussion over the next several weeks is not just about the next election, it is about the next generation,” he said. “It’s not just about the politics of the Republican party, it’s about the principles of the Republican party. It’s not just about winning and losing an election, it’s about winning and losing a culture. It’s about whether or not we will stand for something or whether we will fall for anything just so that we can beat the other guys.”

He continued, “Ladies and gentlemen, if it doesn’t matter anymore what we believe, then most of us probably wouldn’t have gotten involved in politics anyway. Because most of us didn’t get involved because of the game of it. We got involved because of the goal of it – which is to preserve, protect, and pass on a culture and a country for our kids.”

What surprised Kelly Smith, a journalist living outside a town named Heartland, was the age range and makeup of the audience. He noted people in the crowd were in their late 30s and early 40s, bringing entire families of toddlers and pre-teens to the event. He also noted that, in an area with a sizeable evangelical community, it was surprising to him that “not a single Republican official had showed up.”

Perhaps, Smith speculated, it was an indication that young families were seeking a new kind of leadership. With a vibrant talk radio environment in Wisconsin, where many conservative talk show hosts “hate McCain Feingold,” he said it’s hard to come to conclusions about who would win next week given the state’s fierce independence.

"Wisconsin is kind of like Iowa,” said Smith. “It’s a state of mind.”

Pride goeth before a fall.

Limbaugh: Do Not Try to Win Me Over, McCain

Radio talker Rush Limbaugh has been sharply critical of John McCain for being too liberal for conservatives’ taste, but Rush says any shift now by the Republican front-runner would be seen as “pandering.”

In an interview with Jay Carney of Time magazine, Limbaugh was asked if there is anything McCain could do to persuade Rush that he’s acceptable.

Rush responded: “I don't think he should even try. He's got to be who he is. I don't think he needs to reach out. His job is not to be acceptable to a single person. I'm not sitting here demanding that. I don't have that kind of sense of power or existence…

“I don't think Senator McCain ought to do anything but be who he is and let the chips fall. Because that's his strength. And if he starts doing anything that appears to be pandering to people, then he's going to lose, I think some — I don't know, respect — but some people are going to question it.

“Because he's never pandered. At least his image is that he's never pandered. He's a maverick. He's out there on his own and he's going to ride the trail wherever it takes him, in the direction he wants to go.”

Rush said that with the general election likely pitting McCain against Barack Obama, “I don’t have to tout McCain, but I certainly will be critical of Obama.”

He added that he would probably continue to hold McCain’s feet to the fire, but said “it’s not personal.”

Limbaugh warned that it would be a mistake for the GOP to rely on liberal Democrats to put maverick McCain in the White House.

“Liberalism to me, based on its history, portends disastrous things for the future of the country,” Rush told Carney.

“I think liberals in a political sense need to be defeated, not accommodated, not reached across the aisle and hugged, not walked across the aisle…

“And I certainly don't want the Republican Party to be redefined by becoming victorious on the basis of a bunch of liberal Democrats being attracted to the party … I'd love to have them if they are converted to our side. But we're missing genuine conservative leadership, so that's not going to happen.”

He also said about his role as the No. 1 talk radio host: “In terms of the content, I just come here and I try to have fun every day. And I'm honest. I don't say outrageous things I don't believe just to get people in a tizzy.”

Thursday, February 14, 2008

LIberal = Fascists = Liberals (repeat)

From this article by Thomas Sowell:

Those who put a high value on words may recoil at the title of Jonah Goldberg’s new book, Liberal Fascism. As a result, they may refuse to read it, which will be their loss — and a major loss.

Those who value substance over words, however, will find in this book a wealth of challenging insights, backed up by thorough research and brilliant analysis.

This is the sort of book that challenges the fundamental assumptions of its time — and which, for that reason, is likely to be shunned rather than criticized.


The Fascists were completely against individualism in general and especially against individualism in a free-market economy. Their agenda included minimum-wage laws, government restrictions on profit-making, progressive taxation of capital, and “rigidly secular” schools.

Unlike the Communists, the Fascists did not seek government ownership of the means of production. They just wanted the government to call the shots as to how businesses would be run.

They were for “industrial policy,” long before liberals coined that phrase in the United States.

Indeed, the whole Fascist economic agenda bears a remarkable resemblance to what liberals would later advocate.

I know this has lead balloon status in liberal land's flight plans, but, it's true.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Standing around like all the other doofuses on the night before Valentines Day

Tomorrow is Valentines Day.  It is required as the male of the species to invest a few bucks in a Card or candy or flowers for your significant female other on this day.  It's in the rules.

So, tonight at 5:30PM I trotted off to the Hallmark Store.  Men of all shapes and sizes were there.  We all took the mark of the beast which in this case is the shape of a heart, and stood in front of a well picked over card rack to find that "Just Right" card as the clock ticked to 6. 

I say the mark of the beast because biblically no man can buy or sell lest he have the mark of the beast, and none of us were there under our own power.  We were marked with love, marked with guilt and marked me destined to buy adequate stuff for the sweet one in our life.

These men were typical of those I see every year about this time.  I think we are brothers of the late heart.

No real hurry you understand.  So, I looked around, guys with plumbers shirt and Mike as a name, guys who worked construction, a guy about my age who was in deep weeds, guys who were distinctively out of their element.

I recall a few years ago when Grimms was the hallmark store too.  We all descended at the appointed time to pay our $3.95 voluntary oblation and go home.  It was nearly 6.  The rack had like 8 cards left on them.  4 were inappropriately "Funny".  One gushy beyond the pale.  And 3 weren't horribly offensive.

Those of us left stood and looked at these cards, they were by then well shop worn.  Many formerly grease stained hands had examined and rejected them during the day.

To say beggars can't be choosers applies here is understatement.

I bought one, as did all the others.  The owner of the shop was finding stock as fast as he could.  I swear he was scratching out "Happy Birthday" and writing in some cursive Valentines Day.

Fortunately my dear wife loves me.  If I brought home a used lottery ticket with happy valentines day scribbled on the back she wouldn't love me less.

I get to pretend I'm this great romantic because I have such a wonderful wife.  Why she puts up with me, I'll never know, but I do know, for that I am very happy.




Ann Coulter, Over the Top and Really Funny

I don't agree much with miss Ann. In fact hardly at all.

But she is funny, and not bad looking, not that I ever noticed you understand.

This is from her latest Column:
Hillary is, shockingly enough, the most conservative candidate among the top three presidential candidates.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell once remarked that his people would rather vote for Beelzebub than Hillary Clinton.

He didn't mention John McCain.

Pat Buchanan says if McCain is the nominee, the Republican Party will lose its soul. I'm more worried about the Republican Party losing its mind.

Republicans are doing what the Democrats tried in 2004 with John Kerry. In a state of despair, Democrats dumped the legitimate leader of their party, Howard Dean, for a candidate they deemed "electable." Kerry served in Vietnam! Republicans: Conniving has never been our strong suit. Honor is our strong suit.

Sen. John McCain's claim to being a Republican comes down to two factors:

(1) He was a POW -- I know that because he mentions it more often than John Kerry told us that he served in Vietnam.

And (2) he has a relatively conservative voting record compared to, say, Maxine Waters.
Read the whole thing.

The Big Lie

Hitler nearly conquered Europe with a country he misled with the big lie.

The big lie of our age is the whole human caused global warming conspiracy.

When is the truth of this going to come out? How soon before the manipulators in politics who have bought into this and who use it for global control, how soon before they are exposed for what they are.

Snake Oil Salesmen.

It's colder than a cobra's butt in India. The Snake Oil Drummers are saying it's cold because of Global Warming.

Right. They believe we are really stupid. Sadly, some are.

Goodbye to a Good Man

I didn't know John Gimenez personally, I knew many of his people and relatives.  I know several of his pastors. Tim Campbell, his nephew, planted the Church in Geneva, New Life Christian Fellowship.  I worked with him in that venture.  John was probably most famous for a gathering in Washington DC called Washington for Jesus
I first met John in 1983 when Tim and John flew into a cold Fargo ND to First Assembly.  He led the evening service.  I was impressed and it changed some things for me.   I even remember his sermon, "The Precious Fruit".   I could rehearse it today.  We used to watch Rock Church on CBN and learn their worship choruses to use at First Assembly.  Pam was part of the Worship team then.  Little did I know that years later I would pioneer a work with Tim and Pam and that Pam would lead worship in Geneva. 
Well, Brother John has gone on to heaven.  Anne, who I saw a year ago in Dallas will stay on.  Rock Church, which is a big church in Virginia Beach will continue under her leadership.
It was a wild ride John, we all look backward and forward  in life.  In death we just look forward to the Lamb upon the Throne.
Well Done John.

Bush Resigns (the speech in his top drawer)

If Bush Resigned Today, This is What His Speech Would Be Like:

Normally, I start these things out by saying 'My Fellow Americans. Not doing it this time.

I don't know who more than half of you are anymore. I do know something terrible has happened, and that you're really not fellow Americans any longer.

I'll cut right to the chase here: I quit.

Now before anyone gets all in a lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or something, let me assure you: There's been no breaking of laws or impeachable offenses in this office.

The reason I'm quitting is simple. I'm fed up with you people. I'm fed up because you have no understanding of what's really going on in the world. Or of what's going on in this once-great nation of ours. And the majority of you are too lazy to do your homework and figure it out.

Let's start local. You've been sold a bill of goods by politicians and the news media. Polls show that the majority of you think the economy is in the tank. And that's despite record numbers of homeowners, including record numbers of MINORITY homeowners.

And while we're mentioning minorities, I'll point out that minority business ownership is at an all-time high. Our unemployment rate is as low as it ever was during the Clinton administration.

I've mentioned all those things before, but it doesn't seem to have sunk in.

Despite the shock to our economy of 9/11, the stock market has rebounded to record levels and more Americans than ever are participating in these markets. Meanwhile, all you can do is whine about gas prices, and most of you are too stupid to realize that gas prices are high because there's increased demand in other parts of the world, and because a small handful of noisy idiots are more worried about polar bears and beachfront property than your economic security.

We face real threats in the world.

Don't give me this 'blood for oil' thing. If I were trading blood for oil I would've already seized Iraq's oil fields and let the rest of the country go to hell.

And don't give me this 'Bush Lied; People Died' crap either. If I were the liar you morons take me for, I could've easily had chemical weapons planted in Iraq so they could be 'discovered.' Instead, I owned up to the fact that the intelligence was faulty.

Let me remind you that the rest of the world thought Saddam had the goods, same as me. Let me also remind you that regime change in Iraq was official US policy before I came into office. Some guy named 'Clinton' established that policy. Bet you didn't know that, did you?

Well why don't ya just ask that Phony in a Pant Suit that you all are so so thrilled with. I'd bet she won't tell y'all anything about what ya want to know.

You idiots need to understand that we face a unique enemy. Back during the cold war, there were two major competing political and economic models squaring off. We won that war, but we did so because fundamentally, the Communists wanted to survive, just as we do. We were simply able to out spend and out-tech them

That's not the case this time. The soldiers of our new enemy don't care if they survive. In fact, they want to die.

That'd be fine, as long as they weren't also committed to taking as many of you with them as they can. But they are. They want to kill you, and they are all over the globe.

You should be grateful that they haven't gotten any more of us here in the United States since September 11. But you're not. That's because you've got no idea how hard a small number of intelligence, military, law enforcement, and homeland security people have worked to make sure of that.

Talking bout 9 11, lets talk about Bubba for just a sec.

  • Nobody went ballistic when Bill Clinton committed mass murder as a "wag the dog" distraction
  • Nobody went ballistic when Bill Clinton did nothing after the USS Cole was hit.
  • Nobody went ballistic when Bill Clinton did nothing after the embassy bombings. Clinton knew all about Ben Laden and where to find him after Bin Laden blew up the US Embassy in East Africa in 1998,
  • And Nobody went ballistic when Bill Clinton did nothing after Clinton had the chance to nab Ossama Ben Laden but passed on it.

When this whole mess started, I warned you that this would be a long and difficult fight. I'm disappointed how many of you people think a long and difficult fight amounts to a single season of 'Survivor.'

Instead, you've grown impatient. You're incapable of seeing things through the long lens of history, the way our enemies do. You think that wars should last a few months, a few years, tops.

Making matters worse, you actively support those who help the enemy. Every time you buy the New York Times, every time you send a donation to a cut-and-run Democrat's political campaign, well, dang it, you might just as well FedEx a grenade launcher to a Jihadist. It amounts to the same thing

In this day and age, it's easy enough to find the truth. It's all over the Internet. It just isn't on the pages of the New York Times or on NBC News. But even if it were, I doubt you'd be any smarter. Most of you would rather watch American Idol.

I do not understand how people can let the media spoon feed you propaganda and you just eat it up and beg for more. Try reading once in a while, try watchin Fox news and Rush Limbaugh. They are not the only sources of information. And one more thing, why are all republicans scared to death of Hillary? Don’t just take the word of CBS and CNN, and the NY Times as the gospel. Remember what happened to your old friend Dan Rather for feeding y'all that bull crap. Y’all have very short memories don’t cha?

I could say more about your expectations that the government will always be there to bail you out, even if you're too stupid to leave a city that's below sea level and has a hurricane approaching.

I could say more about your insane belief that government, not your own wallet, is where the money comes from. But I've come to the conclusion that were I to do so, it would sail right over your heads.

So I quit. I'm going back to Crawford. I've got an energy-efficient house down there (Al Gore could only dream) and the capability to be fully self-sufficient.

No one ever heard of Crawford before I got elected, and as soon as I'm done here pretty much no one will ever hear of it again. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to die of old age before the last pillars of America fall.

Oh, and by the way, Cheney's quitting too.

That means Pelosi is your new President. You asked for it. Watch what she does carefully. Nancy Pelosi would make Cindy Sheehan Secretary of Defense.

I still have a glimmer of hope that there are just enough of you remaining who are smart enough to turn this thing around in 2008.

Do you really want the Co-Clinton’s back in the White House? Just because of a catch phrase "Change"

Neither Hillary or Obama are wise choices for the Presidency . Change is not always best, especially when its just change for the sake of change. You need the right "Change" or its no good.

So that's it. God bless what's left of America. Some of you know what I mean. The rest of you, kiss my Texas born and bred rear end.

God Bless America.

From Our World as we See it

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Global Warming from Minnesota

If you watch nothing else all day, you have to watch this.

21st Century Sin as old as the hills

I am casting these stones in spite of the fact that I am not without sin myself.  I see pervasive in the Body of Christ two major sins that are very troubling.  Because it needs to be said,  I'm hoping someone will hear and see.
Sin One.
Having all the answers.  Knowing it all.  Unteachability.  Pride in position.  Unwilling to hear.
Example:  I have a ministry that asked my opinion on some outreach efforts.  No one from that ministry reads this so I am certain no toes are being stepped upon.  They were very solicitous of my advice.  They wanted to hear.  So, I explained some of what I believed to be true.  The guy in charge of the changes needed dug in his heels. He really didn't want advice as much as reinforcement.  I told him that he could do what he wanted but that the direction he was headed was a dead end.  That was in August.  He gave me one of those, What do you know, responses.  Unteachable.  Know it all. I'm the guy in charge.  He ignored me.  Now they have hit the wall.  Hard.  Really hard.  They may not survive.  Now, it's back to Gene.  Sorry, I don't do as well fixing as I do directing.  He sinned against what was Godly Counsel.  He sinned in pride.  He sinned in a Know it all attitude.  That's what the Pharisees did.  Sinned in a prideful know it all positional unteachablility.  Jesus would have none of that.  Called them snakes.  They are still with us.  They are in ministry.  They are unwilling to hear.  God has a cure for this.  It's called failure.  Sometimes he needs to keep taking people around and around Sinai until they learn.  Unfortunately some of those people die in the desert and the dream they had dies with them.  It's a crime.  Don't ask for counsel that you plan to reject. 
Sin Two
Spiritual and emotional thin skinnedness.  Taking offense easily.  Being angry with everyone.  Thinking everyone is out to get you or is against you.  Always feeling like it wasn't your fault, you are the victim, you are innocent of your failure.
Jesus said that a sign of the end would be the spirit of offense.  That people would be so angry and frustrated with one another that they would even turn in their own children or parents.  I see that more and more.  It has become such in the Body of Christ that we walk on more eggshells than any politically correctness policeman ever would require in the outside world.  There is a telling the truth in love.  IN LOVE I SAID.  That' doesn't mean correction.  That does mean that if I am aware of a pothole in your life you are about to step in to I would do you a favor by letting you know it's there.
Sometimes that comes in hard sayings.  It doesn't have to but it seems like it if you are thin skinned.  What is so interesting about really thin skinned easily offended people is they seem externally to be so loving and giving.  In fact, one such who's name obviously will go unspoken said to me in person once, "I'm the most loving and generous person I know".  She wasn't kidding.  She really believed it.  And if you knew her she is the most selfish and mean person you would ever meet.  When a person is overly gushy to me I automatically look for the reason.  It is nearly always a thin skinned person behind the gush. 
Jesus ran into this demon too.  The Pharisees were constantly angry with him for calling them sons of the Devil.  They were self righteous and attacked Jesus for saying such a thing.  "We are Children of Abraham" they said.
People who are that thin skinned should never be in ministry and should never be in leadership until they are delivered from the spirit of man pleasing and offense.  They hurt too many people along the way.
I say this all the time, I'll say it again, if you see yourself in either of these sins, cut it out.  Get over yourself.  Get some help.  God wants to use you for his kingdom and you are stopping him by your emotional and spiritual weaknesses.  Time to get some help.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Welcome to the Party (updated)

I don't get the brouhaha over the large number of Exorcisms being done by the Catholic Church. I'm glad, It's a good thing. But, why are they just now getting on board. How did it fall into disuse?

Since I was filled with the Holy Ghost almost 30 years ago I have witnessed, been part of and conducted several casting out of demons. Exorcisms. We didn't call them that, Jesus didn't. He called it bringing release to those oppressed of the Devil. Acts 10:38. We just saw people oppressed of the Devil and cast him out of them. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

I won't give you war stories here but someday I might write an account of several of these. They aren't pretty, some are graphic but nothing to fear. I wonder why this is extraordinary?

Didn't Jesus instruct us to do this in Mark 16? Didn't the Disciples being sent out 2 by 2 do this? Didn't the early Church do this on a routine basis? Didn't Jesus? Didn't he say we should do this too and even greater works? So what's up with all the fanfare? Shouldn't be about the fathers business, cast out demons, heal the sick, step on the things that try to hurt you and be a victor, not a victim. Mark 16. That's the Biblical thing, the Jesus thing to do.

I wish the Non Catholic Church would start doing the things Jesus told them to do. We have denominational churches in America where a Demon has NEVER been cast out in. That's not true in the rest of the world.

It's routine that after a person gets saved in Africa, South America and China that the first thing the leaders of the Church do is cast the demons out of them. If you were oppressed of a devil (unsaved) you have demons, influence or possession. People need deliverance like Mary of Magdla did. Some REALLY need it.

Why isn't casting out demons a regular part of the Church of Jesus in America?

But, to my Catholic brothers, welcome to the party, I know you guys did this a long time ago, I'm glad you picked it back up. There's more demons today than there ever were. Just look at the TV. They need casting out.

Let's get busy.

Because of this post
(and some other information) a man contacted me. He has a troubled child. He lives in town a long way from here, a town I'm quite familiar with. He believes this child, almost a teenager, needs deliverance. Hearing his story, so do I.

If I were close I would go do it myself. I'm hundreds of miles away. If it were in Rockford, Janesville, Lincoln or any of a hundred other towns I would know where to send them. But, most of the Churches in his town are not fulfilling the commission of Jesus and I am frustrated. I know of a man there who walks in authority. I'll make the connection. This morning it occurred to me that once upon a time recommending a person to do deliverance would have been easy. In our western church today it's not. Time for a change folks. It's time to be about the Fathers business.

Frustrated with stupid software from Microsoft

Germans have a word when something outsmarts itself. Dumbschmardt. Microsoft is Dumbschmardt. They have some of the most convoluted software on the planet. Office 2007 is a nightmare.

It's the worst stuff in the world except for everything else.

I'm tired and cranky and tired of fighting this battle. I have fought at the keyboard and mouse the whole day and have darn little to show for it.

Sometimes I hate the computer. I surely hate the programmers at Redmond. They make life miserable in every way. If I had the guts or the smarts I would go Microsoft free. Linux to start.

But, I'm oppressed of the Microsoft and have no exorcist to help me or heal me of my oppression.

Demons may flee at the sound of the name of Jesus but we still have Microsoft.

I don't get it.

A Weekend of Breakthrough

In the last 4 days I have seen several great breakthroughs that have been held off for a long time.

At Lord of Life we had a great participation in a difficult situation regarding our worship team. Clumsy and real seems to work OK. Thursday at practice it was terrifying. I had little confidence in our ability to pull this off. I'm not equipped to do this. But we did.

At Faith Center the worship leader last night didn't get the cue for a turn back to the second ending of a song. He launched off into a new direction and the rest of the band went somewhere else. It only lasted a few seconds. Smiles were all around on the platform, and in the end no worship was injured in the whole venture. It was organic and real. I laughed and whispered to Peggy, sounds like we did this morning. I think we are going to make it in worship at LOL.

Men's retreat is coming together but It's still a bit off yet. I'm nervous but not (yet) panicky. I'm praying hard for 17 more men to rise up.

At the house of Prayer Friday night I had a sense that we entered the throne room in a way I had never sensed before. There was a holy terror (fear of God) and great Joy combined in the atmosphere. I had a sense that if anyone violated what the Spirit of God was doing right then it would be an Ananias and Saphirah moment. I had never really had that sense before. We don't treasure it as we should when the Lord Kisses us like that. It was a new realm that I don't know anyone else caught. I did. That was a breakthrough.

Then, coming home from Faith Center last night, I got a call from Pastor Aaron at the E-4 church in Berwyn. They had several (6 or 7) people baptized in the Holy Ghost yesterday. Attendance is way up. God put them in a place they needed to be to do what has happened.

This is a miracle and a sign and a wonder. I'm really excited by this breakthrough. When people in a congregation get the Holy Spirit and begin moving in the gifts (starting with Tongues) a church becomes a new place. This is so exciting and so worth the battle. I know Aaron and Esther have fought this battle a long time, but this is really God.

So, this past weekend has been a real breakthrough. I'm encouraged.

One other thing. On a personal level, I spent an hour in prophetic exchange with one of the prophets at FAITH CENTER after service. He opened some of the mind of God I had not had before. It's always hard to explain what this means. He didn't teach me, he didn't instruct me, he took pieces of scripture and applied it to a situation I am facing. He did it in a way that can only be two edged sword. I don't know many like him.

It's been a weekend of breakthrough.