Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Hymn, "There, Underneath Thy Wings!"

The hymn for today speaks of the progressive nature of salvation, that it is a process that progresses outward from those who have been saved to those who will repent.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Hymn, "God of All"

The hymn for today is a prayerful plea for mercy, grace, and peace.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

2 New Hymns, "By the Mercy of the Mighty King!", and "Covering Over Me!"

As I do not get Christmas Day off duty these days, I was unable to post the hymn I wrote yesterday, so I post it today, along with #TheHymnForToday. Follow the links below:

By the Mercy of the Mighty King!

Covering Over Me!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

New Hymn, "When I See the Stars Above"

The hymn for today speaks of the nature of God, in that He announces His actions before.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

New Hymn, "Heaven's Dignity!"

The hymn for today calls out the unfaithful claimers to Christ.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New Hymn, "This Victory!"

The hymn for today celebrates the victory of Believer's Baptism.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

New Hymn, "Blessed Lord on High"

The hymn for today is a, most heartfelt, prayer for God's guidance.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

St. Louis Amigan - December 2016: The Power of Prayer

They said that Trump followers would riot and destroy when their man lost the election. They vilified, slandered and mocked. All the while it was they who were making plans for riot and destruction, and not the victims of their lies.

The victims of their lies were fasting and praying and seeking God’s mercy and grace upon this once greatest of nations.
And, Oh, the power of prayer!
Nations in the Muslim world are now beginning to read the, very Christian, Isaiahic Commission blog. For many long years Christian people have been praying for revival to hit the Muslim lands, but could find no way of making headway other than battering the doors of Heaven, beseeching God through the power of prayer.
Years ago, in the American Midwest, there was a powerfully virulent Atheist and a quiet, meek, young woman. Terrified of witnessing to him, she resorted to fervent, incessant prayer. The woman was Tonia Adams; the Atheist was me.
In the arenas of the ancient Roman Empire, unarmed, facing gladiators and wild, ravenous beasts, Christians in their droves resorted to worship and to praise and to prayer. Years later, Emperor Constantine ended the Roman persecutions of the faithful and joined them in their faith.
God is moved by the power of prayer.
He is moved by it because by it believers are depending totally and completely on Him, not using it as a “just in case” measure, but as their only resort. Recognizing no power in themselves, they seek the power of God. The power of God is put on display through the power of prayer.
In early 2013, a political ad was aired by a small Christian television station in the American Midwest. They were seeking a change of regime in the City of the Arch.
From that day till this that regime has sought the destruction of the organization behind that ad. They have even declared it illegal to stop on the street in front of that Christian church and ministry, seeking to choke off the lifeblood of the donations that keep it going, and they vilify and slander and mock, falsely accusing and spreading the filth of blame while they execute wickedness themselves, seeking to leave the desperate in the wind and the snow and the ice and the rain.
God, though is more powerful than that. By God moving in the minds and hearts of those determined for justice and for truth, the head of that regime stands exposed as culpable in the cover-up of the murder of an unarmed civilian by an out of control police officer. His days of power are numbered, for God has numbered them, and his sought for outlet into the Federal regime is cut offagain, through the power of prayer.
The regime he sought to join will not be because people in their millions prayed and God responded by turning the presidential election of 2016 on its head in response to the reverberations of the din of the prayers of millions around the world praying for mercy and grace to be bestowed upon a nation.
The evil man conceives wickedness and gives birth to falsehood. He makes a pit, digging it, and falls into the pit he has made. His mischief turns, and his violence comes on his own head. i The doors which once beckoned now disappear and his prison winds up without walls.
They have bleached all dignity from their own lives, and innocence is a foreign language to the ears of their mind. But evil is not foreign to my mind, for that is what I was before God, by the prayers of the innocent, conquered my mind.
It is by the power of prayer that God does these things, and even those swept up in the violence of their own rebellion and sin can reach out their hands to him and be washed and cleansed within. I was there; now I’m here.
Even the diabolical madman can be washed and cleansed, should he turn and seek the Creator of his soul. Should he do so, it would have been through the power of prayer.
There are stories of one such who would murder and devour children. After being caught, convicted, and imprisoned for his crimes, it is said that he turned and faced his Savior and became clean, before being murdered himself in the performance of his duties while prison-bound.
People, in general, do not like hearing such stories. Those stories slam up against the public sense of justice. But the public sense of justice is based upon a population of those, the large majority of whom, have not faced their own culpability for sin.
They think themselves well though they are bound for hell, and their “justice” is based on themselves and not on God. They think themselves good when God is the source of good, and not them.
God is the source of good. He is the only source of good.
This concept is vilified, and slandered and mocked by those who think that people are the source of God, but this is a nonsense that simply cannot be, for we are not the source of all we see.
Yes, friends. All that we see has a source, and that source is not you and me.
Each of us was born. We were born out of the flesh of those preexistent to us, so we cannot be the source of all we see. All that we see has a source that came before we were caused to be. For those who seek the truth, this is easy enough to see.
Think on this (you know it to be true by your own experience and innate logic): There is not one thing that causes itself to come to be.
Not one.
It does not happen. By simple, elementary logic, it cannot happen. There is no argument against this (except from those insane with their own sense of self-godhood).
How, then, does anything happen to be?
It happens because there is One who has being, without having begun to have being; who exists without having begun to exist. We know this because it is the only logical and sensible solution to the problem of existence in general. Material existence itself does not solve this because all verifiable scientific evidence screams that material existence began to exist. Because material existence began to exist, it cannot have caused itself to be. It cannot have caused itself to begin to exist.
Because of this, that which has being without having begun to have being cannot be material in nature. It has to be immaterial. Another way of saying this is that it has to be spirit.
God is spirit, and those who worship Him, in spirit and truth must worship. ii
Coders should ask themselves this: How does one know if a system is programmed? Then, once you answer that question, take your answer and apply it to biological systems.
It is God that is the power behind Creation, and God that is the programmer behind it, and God that is the power behind prayer.
When you cry out to something (anything!) that is beyond the visible creation, are you not acknowledging that there is, in fact, someone there who is listening? When you cry out, so, for help, are you not, in fact acknowledging your own powerlessness?
Those who do so are not insane, but are simply acknowledging the elementary facts of simple logic that state that someone who can help, who can effectually answer such pleas, is, in fact out there, waiting for you to call. The effects of such calling are all around you, if you will but open your eyes to see. And it all comes about by the effectual use of the power of prayer!
iPsalm 7:14-16
iiJohn 4:24

What a Group of Days!

Although I have been unable to post about it, I have been composing daily.

My recent hymns, as always, are on MuseScore for a limited time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

3 New Hymns

Reliable Internet access has been an issue the last few days, but I have been composing, as always.

The three new hymns can be found, on MuseScore (for a limited time) here, here, and here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

New Hymn, "Heaven's Love"

The hymn for today is about being in one accord with Heaven, by His grace.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016

New Hymn, "His Calling"

The hymn for today is about trusting in God's deliverance.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

New Hymns, "To the Tree!" and "Stand and Sing"

Internet difficulties have been interfering with my access lately. I am still composing daily, though.

My two most recent works are as follows.

To the Tree! and Stand and Sing

Both are hymns of praise.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

New Hymn, "Ever Risen"

The hymn for today gives the reason for the strength of our faith.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

New Hymn, "The Faceless One"

The Hymn for Today is about how to properly treat the homeless.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Jeremiah's Sorrow

How turned around is a society when the only large, public organization that is actually fighting for truth is an outfit that most people think of as a shadow organization that really ought to be in jail? How near the precipice when news comes out of scandal on high and, rather than react in outrage, the people can barely stifle a yawn? When the people’s informers cry out in mock outrage over perceived faults of their opponents (all the while taking secret part in greater evil themselves), how long until the anvil falls? When the gavel falls there yet may be appeals, but when the anvil falls it’s over, for death hears no appeals; when you viper-strike at Jesus, your head’s crushed by His heel!

This year brings what is quite possibly the most critical Presidential election in the entire history of the United States of America. For decades the elites have ignored, mocked and ridiculed warning after warning after warning until we have, finally, arrived at the point when an aspirant to the highest human office in that God-given land, rather than repent and seek His guidance, would cut off God’s great hand, and the people keep their silence with history at hand. Is this Jeremiah’s sorrow, or dawn of a new day?

But, then you have the other, with counselors at hand, surrounding him with mercy, and grace from divine hands, the light of truth poured in him as their Lord doth command. A suckling babe, at best, is he, to follow God’s command, but truth and life march through him, ignoring Hell’s demand that says he must be silent for sin has stained his hand. But God, in His sweet mercy, has conquered Satan’s stand and washed away rebellion to stand at Heaven’s hand.

Oh, light was dimmed at Calv’ry as Hell partied that day, but gripless was his reach that day, for greed burdened his hands. Addicted to rebellion, the light slipped through death’s hands! And, Oh! The shout of triumph as demons fled away, for salvation yet liveth! The stone is cast away!

Look, now, on Heaven’s triumph and cast all doubt away! Let nothing stand between you and victory this day, for Jesus’ resurrection can pay your debt each day. It dwindles and it dwindles as greed is washed away; the lusting after power cannot His servants sway. In whitened robes they cometh, washed white from sins’ dark stains! The cure for putrefaction is Christ alive today, ensconced in Heaven’s glory and reigning there to stay.

There is but one righteous choice in this Presidential election year, and that is to get up off your collective duffs, go to the polls and vote. The one with Jesus’ wisdom will know which part to say. The woman of rebellion must not control the day.

As each new day goes by more corruption in her party is shown in light of day. When you compare the behaviors and the platforms of each of the two major political parties in the United States today there is only one that even tries to do things Heaven’s way. On the left you have a party whose leadership habitually shouts down any attempt at righteousness and takes up Satan’s way, while on the right, while you do, of course, have fallen people (as we are all that way), you also have a laundry list of Biblical aspirations to guide society’s way.

The difference has been spoken, as if it’s night and day. Cast off your foolish pride to think you know God’s way. How many would have welcomed when Saul knocked on that day? But he was Heaven’s servant, as Trump might be today.

Think, people! Get your head out from between your cheeks and think! There is one choice to make.
William F. Maddock
October 31, 2016; 9:36 pm

New Hymn, "By the Love of God!"

The hymn for today tells of the revelation of grace.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Hymn, "In the Arms of God!"

The hymn for today is about releasing your stress and falling into the arms of God.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

New Hymn, "Praise, Adoration to God"

The hymn for today is a trinitarian praise.

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In Your Own Town: St. Louis Amigan November 2016 Issue

Who is God? Have you ever considered that question? It is a pondering that the Christian should take part in, you know.
Many are those who question even the very existence of God. You see, when they do that they feel as if they have no need, then, to ponder who God is. That, though, is a failed philosophy, contradicted not just by even the very most basic evidence of science, but by the unalterable axioms of logic. Twist their minds however they might into the lurid pretzel bends of lunatic wonderland, the axioms of genuine logic, of true, clear, sober-minded thinking, still stand unaltered, mocking their claims of wisdom. They are fools who believe that their own personal preferences trump the realities all around them.
The fact that anything is demands that God is.
Skeptics can mock and laugh and ridicule and scorn all they like, but Truth stands while lies all around it collapse under the weight of their own inestimable vacuities.
God is, and that cannot be honestly denied.
Who, though, is God?
When we ask that question, we are not looking for a name—at least not in the modern sense in which names are regarded. No, if we do so, we do so in the ancient Hebrew sense; the sense in which Moses explained to God why he was asking God for His name, to which God, in so many words, graciously replied, “I am the self-existent one. Tell them ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” 1 In other words, we are looking for the content of His character. Given situation x, what will the content of His character cause Him to do. And yet, even in just considering such a question, we need to know who He is so that we can sensibly define the bounds of the term, “situation”.
A situation includes all that can be detected for which there are discernible connections to a particular event or happenstance. What, though, are the bounds? Are they defined by the level of our awareness? In other words, detectable and discernible by whom?
Taking myself as an example, when I am in a room with the door closed, concentrating on my work, I will most likely be blissfully unaware of what is happening on the other side of the door, much less further afield. Does that, though, eliminate all other connections of which I am totally unaware? Will Comet Deathfield fail to strike the heart of my city, destroying all inhabitants and habitations simply because I don’t know it’s coming?
How, then, do you account for the efficaciousness of stealth and surprise in conflict encounters? As any good soldier can attest, the enemy’s ignorance of your presence does not eliminate your presence, but rather, makes it much more effective. In the same way, your ignorance of the one you treat as an enemy does not eliminate His presence.
Perhaps you would do better by seeking to detect Him while praying that He is not actually an enemy at all, but the best friend you could ever hope to have.
The existence of God is required by logic as simple as the Law of Non-contradiction. It is also an axiom of logic that in order to create, one must first exist. In other words, that which does not exist cannot create. This is true because if it does not exist it is not there to do the deed, and cannot be the perpetrator of it, not because it was not there, but because it was not anywhere. This is where the Law of Non-contradiction comes into play regarding the existence of God. A thing cannot both be and not be at the same time and in the same sense.
It has been scientifically proven, and atheistically confirmed, that the universe began to exist. Therefore something, or someone, had to have pre-existed the universe in order to have caused it to begin to exist. Since the universe cannot be where it is not when it is not how it is not, it cannot be its own cause, since that would violate the Law of Non-contradiction.
If you do not exist, then you cannot be held responsible for that which does.
So if you have been holding to the philosophy that denies the existence of God while at the very same time consistently displaying a hatred or anger toward God, you had better get either a different culprit or a different philosophy because the two do not keep the same company, and you only make yourself out to be a fool when you try to force it on them. Far better be it to correct yourself and appear wise, than be corrected by others and proved a fool.
We see, whether narrowly or broadly, only a limited subset of that which is, while God sees all. He is omniscient, which means that He is all-knowing.
We see the circumstances which surround us, but we do not see all of them; we see only in part. Do you remember what I wrote earlier about my own level of awareness? That is not a new occurrence. It has ever been with me.
Many years ago, October 1977 to March 1988 I worked for a garment manufacturer, Barad & Co., at their main warehouse at 1520 Washington in St. Louis, Missouri. In the early years of that association I did not have a vehicle of my own, so I rode the bus. In order to catch the bus home I had to walk from 1520 Washington down to Locust St., east of 12th St., which, of course involved crossing a section of 12th St. now known as Tucker Blvd.
One day, on reaching 12th St., I decided to cross against the light. Thirty years ago, I was in my youth and easily nimble enough to do so and arrive safely at my goal, having done so many times before. This time, though, I stepped down from the curb and a hand grabbed me by my belt and pulled me back onto the curb. I wasn’t even aware that person was alive, much less cared enough about me to risk themselves on my most unworthy behalf.
Even in my atheism, God was protecting me from myself, and, this time, used a tall, scrawny débutante named Katie to do so.
Many years before, humanity had already fallen into an irretrievable state of wickedness that only God could solve. From our own limited perspective the situation was hopeless. Should we even be aware of God, the honest person knew then, and knows now, that they do not deserve anything from God, save only death—death most eternal and most foul. We deserved nothing from Him and could expect nothing from Him—unless, of course, we knew God, and knew who God is.
It is only the one honest enough to face their own purely satanic wickedness who has any chance to really know God, and to know who God is—because they have a true knowledge of themselves to serve as a stark contrast.
Apart from God we are rude, greedy, selfish, rebellious, overbearing little dictatorial hooligans forever thumbing our noses at God and all that He stands for. We are foul, wicked, filthy, perverted and perverting, pulling up stakes that are not ours to pull, seeking every trick we can muster in our obsession to lord it over the lives of others whom we should be seeing as free, valuable individuals capable of living their lives without our self-important, self-interested, self-centered, self-focused, know-it-all interference seeking to drive the undesirables away and out of our presence,2 because, after all, “if we don’t see them they’re not really there at all!”
Such is the attitude of those who deny God.
If you desire to know God you don’t have to cross oceans or national borders or climb some high, distant mountain to achieve it. Just lift the blanket on the corner and let your heart be broken as you look, lovingly, into the eyes that you uncover. Then open your own doors and let them inside!
If you will do this, then you will be acting as God has called you to act.3
The God about whom you inquire is not just distantly theological, but deeply, deeply personal, as well. He does not only expect you to know—He expects you to do; He expects you to feel. You are not only to be delivered; you are to deliver.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you4—and stop treating them like so much useless cattle to be herded about wherever your whims may please. They are not animals! They are not vermin! They are people!
God sent His Son; we call Him Jesus. But He did not send Him to the wealthy, to the elites, to the rulers who lorded it over the downtrodden. He sent Him to those very downtrodden who, to this very day, get trampled under foot by those who have no heart to care or to feel or to do or to deliver.
If you do not identify with those downtrodden then you do not identify with God and if you do not identify with God then you will not be spending eternity with Him in His glory, but in hell with all the rest who refuse to repent of all their foul, stenched perversions and wickednesses.
Who is God? God is the one who knows all and delivers all who will see and who will come and who will deliver those who are in need in your own town.

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1Exodus 3:14
2Romans 3:10-18
3Matthew 25:31-46
4Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Hymn, "The Light of Day"

The hymn for today is about the proper start to a proper day.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New Hymn, "Gazing At the Sunrise"

The hymn for today is about seeing His light, amid tribulations and trials, each day.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

New Hymn, "Seven of Seven unto Thee"

The hymn for today is about being granted rest in the Lord.

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New Audio Chat

My first audio recording in nearly eight months, having to do with the spiritual state of our society and the revival among the Native Americans:

They Will Rise Up and We Will Call Them Blessed!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

New Hymn, "Jesus Christ Embraces Our Soul!"

The hymn for today is counsel for those suffering the curse of singleness.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Hymn, "Sing Out Your Praises!"

The hymn for today, based on the divine prime, is an urging toward praise.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

New Hymn, "The Western Sea"

The hymn for today, with a bit of a western feel, is about the life of Christ.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Hymn, "Thy Grace!"

The hymn for today speaks of the wisdom of seeking Christ, not rights.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New Hymn, "When the Grace of God is Come"

The hymn for today speaks of coming to the light, and calls you to come as well.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Pagan Lapdog or a Return to Christian Principles in Government?

The last time that a Democratic President of the United States lived out his term, and a different Democrat succeeded him, that different Democrat was James Buchanan, in 1856, succeeding Franklin Pierce, 160 years ago—before Republicans came in and put an end to legalized slavery in the United States of America. Democrats did not do that; Republicans did.

How minorities can be so snookered into believing that Republicans hate them is far beyond me, because it simply is not true, and history supports my stance that it has never been true.

Americans might be weak, and fall into very bad choices repeatedly, but we’re not stupid. Democrats in the Oval Office very quickly wear out their party’s welcome (as history amply demonstrates) largely by doing things that are against the faith that started our nation.

Obama has been that in spades.

Now we have Hillary Clinton trying to succeed him, but blatant scandal is snapping at her heals, and might be about to bring her down.

Donald Trump might not be the ideal Republican candidate, but nothing could be worse than another Democrat, following on the heals of the Obama disaster. Wickedness and evil now stalk this land, and Hillary Clinton would bring more of the same. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has established an advisory council that has included, but is not limited to, such names as James Robison, Tony Suarez, Ralph Reed, James MacDonald, Richard Land, David Jeremiah, James Dobson, and Michele Bachmann.

In other words, one of the two main Presidential Candidates is seeking Christian council from those who have an intimate knowledge of the Scriptures, while the other gives no indication other than her apparent intension to wipe Christianity off the face of the land.

People have been so often deluded into claiming that this or that person “is the Anti-Christ” that, these days, even bringing up the subject is libel to get you laughed out of your forum, and even those who do bring it up suffer from this seemingly undying misapprehension of the term, as used by the Apostle who actually coined it in Holy Scripture. The only times he used it was in referring to people who had positioned themselves against Christ, perhaps even while claiming to be His follower.

Again, Obama has been that in spades.

Before you go out and vote next month, consider this: do you want his lapdog succeeding him, or would you prefer a return to Christian principles in government? As I said, one is at least trying to be for you, while the other is not.

The Founding Fathers made us the government of this land, not some pack of wild jackal elites in a far distant land. WE THE PEOPLE are the government in this land, and it is about time we started acting like it.

Stop kowtowing to the lies of the liberally listing mainstream media, who has given up all but the pretense to a balanced presentation.

There is a new media at hand, and against the onslaught of the left-wing elites that want to continue—and permanently establish—the status quo that insists upon treating the faithful like brain-damaged miscreants, they are instead bravely and forthrightly speaking truth to power. That is, to you, the WE THE PEOPLE that the Constitution of the United States has established as the true government in this land.

It is time to get up off of your milder sensibilities and into the fight, which is a fight for this nation’s very life. Your nation needs you, and it needs you now.

October 2016 Issue of the St. louis Amigan, "Gehazi’s Eyes"

Where is the light when all you see is clouds upon the sky? Where is the sun when all you see is hidden, dark, inside? When all that you would want to see in beautiful array is out of reach and ever gone, forever far away? You only have Gehazi’s eyes1 and fear doth rule your day.
Indeed, child, look with the eyes of the prophet, and fear shall flee away.
Have you been looking and hoping for something that has refused to show its face? Why are your eyes not on Jesus, the Bringer of all grace?
We strive for so many useless things that cannot bring us to Heaven! There is but that one goal, and material cannot get you there. We hope for a new job, a new car, a new home. These can help in this age, but they cannot take you into the next.
Almost 50 years ago a legendary science fiction series took us to a place that, according to the episode’s title, was known as The City on the Edge of Forever. In that place there was a gateway that could allow you to go back into time to correct a wrong that had been done. There, if you were very careful, and diligent to take infinite detail into account, then maybe—just maybe, mind you—you could correct that wrong. But there is always a cost.
Even such a place, though, cannot take you beyond that which begins to be. It cannot help you with eternal things.
No car, no job, no homeno starshipever could. They are for here, they are for now, they are for this moment; they are not for all time. They never could be, for that is not what they are designed to be.
How many of us wish to be eternally happy, eternally joyful, eternally without care of any kind! But that is not where we are meant to be.
We are not meant to be lol-about, latté-sipping, self-interested louts. We are meant to care. We are built for self-sacrifice. We are designed to see othersno matter how low, or wretched, or foul they may beas more important than ourselves.
Where are you getting that?” you may ask.
Why, from the Scriptures, of course. Indeed, let me take it from the very same source that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christand those who tested Himquoted when asked about it in that day, the Septuagint: και αγαπησεις κυριον τον θεον σου εξ ολης της καρδιας σου και εξ ολης της ψυχης σου και εξ ολης της δυναμεως σου2 and και ουκ εκδικαται σου η χειρ και ου μηνιεις τοις υιοις του λαου σου και αγαπησεις τον πλησιον σου ως σεαυτον εγω ειμι κυριος3. Note, in particular, in both passages, the operative term being αγαπησεις, the future, active, indicative, second-person singular verb form of αγαπη, self-sacrificial love.
That means you sacrifice yourself for them.
The meaning of life is not selfishness, or greed, or lusting (after power, or anything else). The true meaning of life is αγαπη. Some may ask you, “If there is a God, why is there so much evil; why are there so many poor, hurting, suffering people? If God really existed and was all-good and all-powerful then surely He would never allow such things to exist!”
Your answer, to give them, my friend, is simply this: “If He did not, then you could never know the true meaning of life.”
At this point, theylikely very derisivelywill ask, “And what is that?”
To which your simple reply is “αγαπη”.
Don’t volunteer an explanation; let them ask.
If they do not, walk away. If they do, let the lesson begin.
Be certain, though, that you also learn it yourself. I have long experience with the fact that self-interest creeps in at the most inopportune times. Be on your guard against it; be on your guard against yourself; be on your guard against your “rights”; be on your guard against anything that elevates you above the other.
Following the Broadway of self-interest will lead you far, far, far away from God. It is an easy path, and wide, traveled by many as they beat the dirt down into a foul asphalt of death and wickedness and sin and despair as they march hand in hand, inexorably, to hell.
Do not fall in with them, but you fall in with Christ. Put aside all your self-interests! Stop seeing with Gehazi’s eyes1, and see with the eyes of God!
Is it not God who knows all of your faults? Is it not God who knows your weaknesses? Is it not God who knows your sin? Is it not God who designed and built and therefore knows your heartand therefore knows your needseven down to the very final detail?
Why, then, would you cast His heart away? Why, then, would you seek a darker day? Do you not trust He knows your needs?
He supplies them every dayeven to the light of day.
The devil has a clever way to blind you to your needs each day. He shows you things your flesh desires to turn your heart away from what you need each day and, thus, leads you astray.
You say that God has promised you, and you won’t turn away from what you see as Heaven’s light, but is the darkest day.
Put all your needs away.
Put all your needs away!
Give them to Christ each day. For when the darkness circles in He is the brightest day.
Put all your needs away!
If you really trust in Him, then give to Him each pain.
Keep not a thing away.
Give all your pains away!
Your loneliness, your deep regrets, things you wish you could say.
Give all your griefs away!
No matter what you did or said He is your light each day, and all the sorrows you have caused will soon dissolve away!
Give all sorrows away!
There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins, and sinners, placed beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains!”4
All you have ever needed to do to have your fill from the fount of every blessing5 is to give yourself away.
Stop clinging to yourself and start clinging to Christ! You cannot hold on to both.
Give yourself away in order to cling to Christ!
When you stop clinging to your own hopes, wishes, and dreams, you begin to see reality, and that reality is this: You are not your own.
You have been bought with a pricean incredible, infinite price!
This is why there is no other way for the price you owe to be paid: Only infinity can match infinity.
How did you come to be in the situation of having an infinite price on your head? God is infinite.
Your sin has offended the infinite God. The price you have incurred is, therefore, also infinite. It is a price you cannot pay.
Not in 10,000 times 10,000 lifetimes could you ever hope to pay. It is an infinite price and you are not infinite. It is a price you cannot pay. Ever!
What, then, shall we say? What, then, shall you do, but give yourself away?
But there is a question, then,” you say: “How has this price been paid?”
I am so tempted to break into hymnody, now, but I must also give myself away!
The very One who commands you to give yourself away gave Himself away to wash your sins away.
The פלא, the יועץ, the אל גבור, the אביעד, the שׂר־שׁלום, has come down from Heaven to us to give Himself awayfor us6.
That is what has happened. That is how your price is paid. He of infinite worth has given Himself away to pay to save that one of no worth at all.
If you doubt me, go, and look upon the cross. Look upon the cross and see the price He paid for thee.
How, then, can you look into the eyes of those you see as worthless and not give yourself for them, when God has given Himself for you, who, in earthly eyes are of no value to Him at all?
Cast all your fears away! Look with the eyes of the Prophet and give yourself away.
What beauty can be said when you’ve touched the Sacred Head and all your sins are washed and gone away?
What part of you can hide when you have God inside and all your dark is lost and gone away?
Where are those clouded skies when you have Heaven’s eyes and all your sorrows healed and tears all dried? Think of all you’d miss if you should still insist to use Gehazi’s eyes1!
12 Kings 6:17
2Deuteronomy 6:5
3Leviticus 19:18
4William Cowper
5Robert Robinson
6Isaiah 9:6