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Car crash. Tragic.

Three blonde friends died all at the same time and found themselves standing at the pearly gates with St. Peter. He tells them that before they can enter heaven, they have to tell him what Easter is about.

The first blonde says, “Easter is a holiday where we give thanks, have a big feast and eat turkey.”

“Nooooo,” groans St. Peter. “You don’t get in.”

The second blonde says, “Easter is the holiday where we decorate a tree with pretty ornaments and give each other presents.”

“Nooooo,” groans St. Peter. “You don’t get in, either.”

The third blonde says, “Well, I know what Easter is all about. Easter is a Christian holiday which coincides with the Jewish Passover. After Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples, He was betrayed by Judas and turned over to the Romans. They crucified Him on a cross. After He died, they buried him in a tomb and put a huge boulder in front of it.”

“Very good!” says St. Peter clapping his hands.

But.

The blonde continues. “Now, every year, the Jews roll the stone away and Jesus comes out. If He sees his shadow, we have 6 more weeks of winter.”

In Matthew 16 Jesus asks an important question that every man will be required to answer. “But who do you say that I am?”

But the blonde – But who do you say that I am. Two buts separated by a common word.

Many believers wonder how America changed before our eyes, how it became what it is today. In the Matthew 16 account, Jesus made a bold statement. “The gates of hell shall not prevail.”

But.

The gates of hell have prevailed and America has become what it is because fable has been mixed with truth. We-the-People stood silent and watched One-Nation-Under God become diluted. America has not become anti-god, this nation has welcomed all manner of foreign gods to come in for several decades.

But.

America has become anti-Christ.

Ever notice that in scripture, every single demon Jesus encountered knew exactly who He was? There was no question. No doubt. No but.

The rulers of this present darkness bow before the Son of God and so will America.

Look More Than Once

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At first glance this is exactly what it seems to be, a blossom. If you look again, and study a little bit, you will see something else. That bloom will become the heart and soul of an apple.

Crisp, cool, delicious.

Now consider Proverbs 14:4. “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.”

At first glance, another boring verse that has no meaning unless you deal with livestock. But like the bloom, time and study will reveal something else entirely. “Here is what I have found,” says the Preacher, adding one thing to the other to find out the reason.” That is a concept defined in Ecclesiastes 7:27. Keep in mind that Solomon pretty much knew everything, so . . .

If we do that to Proverbs 14:4, and find definitions for the words “oxen”, “trough”, “increase”, and the phrase “strength of an ox”, we will see something else and prove the inter-connectivity of all scripture.

“Oxen” is what the High Priest sacrifices for the sin of the peoples.

“Trough” also means “manger”, as in “Oh little town of Bethlehem”. It is also a reference to a “new tomb”, the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.

“Increase” is a great word which, simply translated, is “prosperity” or “fruitfulness”.

“Strength of an ox” is a reference to the four living creatures before the throne of God in Revelation 4; specifically, the face of an ox or calf. This is the Son of God given for the remission of sin, the only sacrifice God will accept at the pearly gates.

Now, think about for a minute, put it all together in your mind, and you will see the fruit.

9-11

 

 

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I remember the day when America stood as one and wept. I remember the day when America stood as one and declared, “We will never forget.”

Fifteen years ago this coming Sunday, Muslim Terrorists hijacked two passenger aircraft and flew them into the World Trade Center Towers. Within hours of those impacts both towers collapsed into rubble taking three thousand souls down into dust. Left standing in the middle of the ruin was a single U.S. flag, torn and dirty, but still flying. Pictures of that flag ran in newspapers around the world. It was an attack on American soil and We-the-People vowed to “never forget”.

But we did forget, we did turn our backs and now, fifteen years later, America is battered and broken. The same Muslims who left that flag hanging in the dust filled air now bask in the warm glow of Political Correctness and scold American Citizens for their hurtful rhetoric.

The real tragedy is how fast it happened. The first look at apathy came just seven (7) years after “We will never forget”. At the annual ceremony to honor that surviving flag and remember those murdered on that day, the wife of our President, the First Lady of the United States, amazed by the crowd of patriots who turned out and by the amount of pomp awarded to a dusty rag was recorded saying, “All this for a damn flag?”  That is an insult and a slap in the face of every American citizen.

The insult was ignored. By that time both of the Obamas were well practiced at playing the “race card” and national media was more than happy to call it “trump” and declare them righteous. Only a brave few dared ask the woman about her words but were ignored. Now fifteen years later, American Wanna-Bees will object to using the word “Muslim” when describing the hate unleashed that day.

Fine. Let’s change it. But what shall we change it to? How about French Terrorists? Won’t work, they were Muslim.

German Terrorists? Nope, they were Muslim?

Laotian? Nope. Muslim.

Russian? Nope.

Mallard? March Hare? Angry Pet Rock?

Those Terrorists were Muslim. If the shoe fits, Mrs. Obama, wear it.

Donald Trump spoke of seeing a newscast with people cheering as the towers collapsed and was mocked and roasted by the media. All the liberal media had to do was check their own video files. I saw those newscasts of Muslims celebrating the destruction and the ones that followed, showing a Muslim Market in Syria selling tiny souvenir Trade Towers to send to friends in Europe, Turkey, Iraq, etc. commemorating their heroes who flew those planes into destruction. They still celebrate 9-11 even though we have forgotten. But they celebrate the death and the destruction.

Do you remember?

 

So Dark the Con of Man*

One of the definitions of paranoia is, “suspicion and mistrust of people or their actions without evidence or justification”. One thing that paranoia is good for is generating Conspiracy Theories. If you are given to hanging out where Farmers and Wheat Ranchers hang out, you will hear Conspiracy Theories. Conspiracy Theories get started when We-the-People want to know what is happening but are being fed the same gruel given to mushrooms and are kept in the dark. Theories usually begin with a question.

Questions like why was a deserter like Bowie Bergdahl brought home? Why is he still free? Why were five convicted terrorists – murderers – released? Why is the nuclear deal with Iran secret? If Social Security has no money for cost of living raises, where did Barak Obama get $1.3 billion in cash to pay off the Iranians? Why isn’t Lois Lerner in jail? Why hasn’t IRS Commissioner John Koskinen been impeached for crimes against We-the-People? Why hasn’t Barak Obama been impeached for attacking the US Constitution? What hasn’t Eric Holder been impeached for breaking gun laws? Why hasn’t Hillary Clinton been indicted for espionage and lying to We-the-People? Why isn’t Loretta Lynch under investigation for manipulating justice? Why does James Comey lie to We-the-People and walk away untouched? And the doozie: why are those in Obama’s Administration immune to the same laws that govern We-the-People?

Conspiracy theories are works of fiction, they are fables created out of frustration to explain mysteries like those above. The unrest sweeping America this election season proves that those theories are being whispered from sea to shining sea. Most conspiracy theories are ridiculous and obviously so after very few words, ie: Elvis shot Kennedy. But, conspiracy theories are indicative of what is on the heart and mind of We-the-People and proof of how much Americans distrust the Oval Office and the Political Establishment. Following are two of my favorites.

The Electoral Algorithm |

In my Grandfather’s day this would not have been possible. Collecting all votes from the Electoral College took hours using telegraph and telephone. That has all changed in the last two decades, and the process can be accomplished within minutes after votes are made via the use of a computer network. The aforementioned computer (somewhere) keeps track of how many votes are allocated to which states and accounted for in the final tally. A good conspiracy theory nowadays relies on internet intervention and an “unknown” henchman.

The story begins with an unknown NSA Analyst who became suspicious of the sudden increase in requests for data from the IRS, CIA, and Homeland Security. He wanted to know why, so he began digging deeper into the requests and found that they originated at the Oval Office. During the Analyst’s clandestine searching he uncovered another, more disturbing fact that linked the Oval Office to the Federal Elections Commission.

What Edward Snowden uncovered was that the Oval Office is in possession of an algorithm that literally skews every vote cast within the Federal Elections Commission digital system toward Bamacrats. The theory explains how a little known Democrat came out of nowhere to capture a senate seat in Illinois and then managed to step onto the national stage and into the Oval Office. The FEC, and thereby the Electoral College, has been rigged to produce desired outcomes. Proof offered is the aggressive attacks by Bamacrats against all States attempting to establish Voter ID Laws. Showing an ID would undermine the effectiveness of the digital virus.

Edward Snowden suddenly fled the country, accused of exposing U.S. operatives working against terrorist groups. A lie of course. The analyst was escaping an Administration that has no qualms about using drones to attack Americans and would happily have said Analyst killed to protect its little digital secret.

Now we come to 2016 and the breaking news that portions of the Federal Elections Commission have been hacked for voter information less than two months before the most important election this nation has ever held. No proof has been given to media outlets, yet Jeh Johnson, Director of Homeland Security – an Obama Puppet – has been handed the reins to secure November’s election. Bottom line? There was no hack and the fix is in, Hillary Clinton will have her coronation in February and the Obama Legacy will be safe. Thanks to the efforts of Wads like Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, the Republican Party is doomed. Even though it is holding a majority in Congress, it has been severely hampered by impotence. (Personal note from a voter: Can anyone get some duct-tape on Cruz’s mouth? Please? Soon?)

That conspiracy theory dovetails nicely into the next which involves the same obscure Senator from Illinois.

 

The Cartel President |

First. In 2008 a story broke in Illinois that the majority of signatures required to put then Senator Obama on the Presidential ballot were found to be forgeries and the product of a conspiracy to defraud America. All major news outlets except one ignored the story. What the one outlet found was that within twenty four hours the person who wrote the original story could not be found and hasn’t been seen since. Further, all documentation relating to the signatures, the petitions, and the election are now missing.

Second. A U.S. Attorney General was exposed for being in collusion with Mexican Drug Cartels in a still unexplained operation called Fast and Furious, but remained untouched because of Oval Office manipulation. At the same time ICE agents were ordered to release all illegal immigrants and stop deporting them. To date, thousands and thousands of murderers and rapists have been let loose in your neighborhoods.

Third. The Executive Branch has been exposed for operating a huge parallel immigration system outside the bounds of Congress. It uses Work Permits and Amnesty Cards to vet illegals and give them a free ride into the country. It is a ghost system run out of the back pocket of Homeland Security. In 2009, when Obama bailed out the housing-loan industry to the tune of trillions of tax payer dollars, there was money laundering scheme buried in the mountain of paper work. Thousands of false contracts were awarded and given validity by the IRS. With the stroke of a pen billions of drug dollars were washed clean inside the Administration’s books and hidden from We-the-People.

Fourth. Billboards began appearing near border towns between the U.S. and Mexico with a simple message, “Plata O Plomo”. It means silver or lead. A phrase Cartels use to remind people that a deal has been made and they will pay one way or the other. At the same time intruders began testing the security of the Secret Service. One even made it into the White House with a knife.

Now, put the four together. A bungled gun running scheme set up by the Justice Department (Fast and Furious) was actually a down payment to prove the Administration’s ability to keep a deal. The Drug Cartels provided the millions needed to buy the Oval Office and the newly elected President built a highway into America for illegals to enter with amnesty being provided on their arrival. When the immigration reform promised at the Summit of the Americas two years before was slow in coming, the reminder of silver or lead was made public. The Summit of the Americas was a ruse and prostitution scams with Secret Service Agents a misdirection to allow the President to meet with Cartel leaders away from the prying eyes of the media. The Obama Administration has been systematically using sleight of hand since day one in the Oval Office to give Green Cards and Work Visas under the table to Illegals.

There is one question that no one in the media has thought to ask. The answer to this question might explain a great deal. Why did Eric Holder slink away?

 

*Excerpt from unpublished non-fiction Two Cents: A Dirt-Clod and the State of the Union

Lincoln Almost Had It Right

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“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that [most] men are created equal. [Black lives matter more.]

Now we are engaged in [an ongoing] civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, [the police officers] who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember [too many won’t even care] what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the [Clintons, by the Clintons, for the Clintons], shall not perish from the earth.”

Historical Note: Study the first Civil War and you will find that Confederate Flag was held by Democrats and the Stars and Stripes by Republicans. Abraham Lincoln was looking forward and seeing men like Martin Luther King and Dr. Ben Carson. I wonder if he ever had nightmares of a second Civil War brought about by men like Colin Kaepernick or Barak Obama?

The Blood of the Olive

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By and large, the olive is a happy fruit. Ask a grandchild what the olive is for and they will happily show you their fingers, each digit proudly adorned with an olive. Ask an adult and they will tell you that the olive is for pizza or as a container for hors d’oeuvres. But from a scriptural viewpoint the olive is a great deal more.

The first mention of the olive in scripture is in the book of Genesis. Although to be fair, what the dove brought back to Noah in the ark was an olive leaf, but qualified as proof of life and that the fruit of restoration was already growing. Fast forward to Jesus’ day and olives are valued for their oil in both commerce and worship.

For the worth of the olive to be revealed it must first be pressed. Pressed is a dignified word that means “crush the life out of it”. It is not a happy experience for the olive.

There are three stages to pressing oil from the olive. At the first pressing, the oil that is released is called “extra-virgin” and is used as fuel in the temple lamps of the Menorah. The seven lamp-stands of Revelation Chapter One are fueled by olive oil. There is light in the olive.

What is left in the press is run through a second time, pressed until every drop of oil is released. The oil of the second pressing is often used as medicine by first century physicians. There is healing in the olive.

The third pressing of the olive takes the pasty stuff that is left and forms it into easily held cakes. This is the last function of the happy olive, to be used as soap. There is cleansing in the olive.

As an aside, I will note that the olive, like a human being, is made up of three basic parts. The skin of the olive, the exocarp, is the container that allows for easy handling. The guts of the olive, the mesocarp, is the meat where the oil is stored. Finally, the endocarp, the pit, the seed. This is the part of the olive that if planted in the earth will rise again as a new tree. Born again is a useful analogy.

So let us jump back to the first century where we find Jesus and His disciples taking an after dinner walk on the Mount of Olives. So named for the many olive gardens growing on its flanks. One such garden is named Gethsemane, which means “The Olive Press”. The Gospel of Matthew records Jesus’ words, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.” Simply put, the Most Noble Olive was having a very stressful evening. Roman executions were very public and usually performed on top of a high hill so that they could be seen from all directions. Scripture does not tell us, but I believe that because both Golgotha and the Garden of Gethsemane are high places, you can see one from the other.

What is recorded is that three times Jesus was pressed in that garden, three times He asked His Father, “If it be possible?”, and three times finished with, “Not My will but thy will.” The Gospel of Luke says that, “His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

Salvation was paid for at the cross, but it was won when the Olive was pressed at Gethsemane.