KDs are designed/developed/inspired/mused/auto-suggested/indigested to make folks think; an especially uncommon experience among Democrats, Republicans, and jingoistic mainline denominationalists who continue to discourage dissent with their ever-threatening thought police.
Even today, many
Americans worship British royalty and...
Makes Him wanna
literate and spiritually sensitive know all about that.
He's never been
big on idolatries.
President Washington resisted the tempting offer.
I'm not so sure
It's nothing new.
Goes way back.
Many people have
this hallucination that kings really care about their subjects.
State" sounds good to 'em.
"Give me a
six-pack and Sunday Night Football and you can have my liberties!"
They forget God's
warnings about kings.
People to Samuel:
"Give us a king like other nations!"
Samuel to people:
"This request bothers me. You are to have but one Sovereign."
God to Samuel:
"They are not rejecting you. They are rejecting Me. Warn them
about what will happen if they get a king."
Samuel to people:
"If a king rules over you, things will be different from now on...Your
labors will be for the king...You will fight wars for the king...The king will
take your land...The king will rule over your children and you will
essentially become his slaves...You will have no privacy and no private property...The
king will live better than you at your expense...You will not be able
to protect yourselves...One day you will cry for mercy from God to save
you from the king that you have chosen for yourselves; but be assured, God will
not hear you on that day...You will get what you wanted...a king to rule over
People to Samuel:
"Give us a king like other nations!"
God to Samuel:
"Give them a king."
If you don't know
the rest of the story, start in 1 Samuel.
It's nothing new.
Many people want
Pharaoh, Saul, and their successors like...
President Washington resisted the tempting offer.
I'm not so sure
Maybe we already
I don't know.
I hope not.
I pray the
increasing numbers of dissidents and prophets and whistleblowers and...are all
Lion: "I do! I do! I do! I do!"
Why is Edward Snowden sooooooo
What does he know
that they don't
want us to know?
Why does our
government on both sides of the aisle treat me like a baby who
isn't mature enough to know what's behind their XXX adult
decisions for/against me?
Why do I feel
like a big fix is in?
Why does this
make me think of Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, and the Pentagon Papers?
Why is Woodward
without Bernstein getting upset?
Why are those
closest to...sooooooo concerned
and upset about Edward Snowden and threatening Russia, Iceland, Ecuador, and...?
Why do I think no
sane insurance company would offer any policy to him right now?
Why is you know who talking about
global warming when...?
Why don't I trust
anyone in D.C. anymore?
Why do I think we
no longer have a two party system in...?
Why do I think
Will and Ariel Durant's conclusions about a civilization's life-span has
Why don't more
Americans seem to care about all of the snooping and sniffing and...?
Many people are
flushed, rushed, and razzle-dazzled.
stress to others; or as a shrink said to our ego-satiating doctoral study group
in the late 70s, "Troubled people tend to be constipated. That's why
they dump on you."
self-destructive ways; or as Mark Hopkins wrote recently, "Last year,
across the nation, 38,364 people committed suicide...Research tells us that one
in seven of our youth report having thoughts of suicide...The question
perplexing the experts is 'Why?'...What is creating the stress that makes
suicide a better alternative for the afflicted than living?"
I heard a talking
radio head say 75% of Americans take prescribed or non-prescribed/et/illegal meds because
they are sooooooo
The diagnosis and
prescription aren't that complicated.
are not that intimate with Jesus.
People get better
when they get closer to Jesus.
"Come to Me, everyone who is weary and burdened, and I will take care of
elephants in the...are attempts to tell the truth to a world,
country, and church that have grown accustomed to lies.
comes to mind.
He told the ugly
truth through uncouth humor to self-deceiving people who prefer pretty
truth will set you free!"
marries/dates the whitest women that I've ever seen.
When it comes to
violating civil rights and ruining America, BBPBHO is GWB on steroids.
denominations have more money, property, and assets but far fewer folks in
weekly worship and soup kitchens than sideliners and emerging churches.
pastors: First year? Shut up and listen...Ordination is not a right...You
probably weren't God's first choice either...You're not good at
everything...That was a good sermon; but so what?...Be ready to discard
cherished presumptions...If you're worried about losing your job, you're in the
wrong business...Only people are sacred, never things...You better learn how to
wait...You're not in charge...Screw church quarrels - care for children
instead...There is no day off...Avoid confusing the institution with the
Church...Don't expect the grass to be greener, or purer - never found a holy
church yet..." (Bob Andrews).
Most problems in
churches go back to 'em not loving Jesus by loving like Jesus; and most
problems in churches begin to disappear when they start loving Jesus by loving
don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about
God" (Kurt Vonnegut).
pastor were the CEO of IBM, how long would he or IBM last if he truly
believed Dell, Apple, and H-P computers were all fine and IBM is not
necessarily the best?" (John Hastings).
The NSA is
crippling 911 # revenues.
Republicans who hide greed better.
Democrats when it comes to mindless party allegiance; noting both
would vote for Satan if nominated by their parties.
Obama has an impeachment-proof situation: Joe Biden" (Bob Stier).
white President chopped down a cherry tree. The first black President is
chopping down the whole country. Am I a racist for saying that? How
can you call me a racist when my taxes pay for illegal immigrants and
unemployed minorities to have welfare, health care, child care, food stamps,
and free education at every level?" (Eric Felack).
so-called progressives live in the ozone layer of reality with two feet
planted in the air; looking like they've seen a vision of God or didn't make it
to the potty in time.
so-called traditionalists/religionists hate to see anything happen for the
first time; which is why they murdered Jesus.
"1492 - The
teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by
human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full
and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year
in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them" (Kurt
will give up their liberties for a six-pack and Sunday Night Football.
States of America is now going to be called the United States of
China" (Don Greenhow).
will never know what the good
old days were like" (Eric Felack).
While it may come
as a shock to the DAR and other rednecks, all Americans started as immigrants.
"I just love
the intolerance of the tolerant" (Bob Andrews).
There is a drug problem
in America because lots of Americans like drugs and lots of the
"good" guys are making as much $ off it as the "bad" guys.
marijuana; but give exclusive rights to Wal-Mart. Hell, 90% of their
customers use it now" (Eric Felack).
Muslims who really wanna follow
their leader must murder people who don't really wanna follow their
leader to please him.
Really, he set the personal example
and exhorted his disciples to follow his example.
Christians who really wanna follow
their Leader must be willing to give up their lives not anyone else's
life to save the lives of others/everyone to please Him.
Really, He set the personal example
and exhorted His disciples to follow His example.
She came into my
study about 30 minutes after worship as I was puttin' the last book into
my briefcase and headin' for the door to get out of Dodge for some much-needed
almost 25 years ago; and my calendar hasn't been the same since.
"I need to talk to you. It's really
Even a fool like
me could see she really needed
to talk to someone; and I guessed I was the...
"Well, uh, O.K., but, uh, I've gotta, I, uh, mean, uh, I'm about to leave
for, uh, and, uh,...Yes, O.K., uh, what is it?"
"I won't take much of your time. I just need to talk to you.
It's really important."
She poured for just a few
minutes as promised.
Then we prayed.
I walked her to
the door, got into my car, and was gone for three weeks.
From start to
finish, maybe 10 minutes.
I never saw her
before and never saw her after.
But when I got
back, there was a package on my desk.
It was a small
framed poster: "No Kindness Shown No Matter How Small Is Ever
"Thank you for taking the time to listen to me. I had decided to
kill myself. I changed my mind while you prayed. Thanks
Two of my best
buddies came in to share their disappointments with me.
They asked if I'm
"Oh, maybe just two or three times every
That was last
It's been the
There are two
ways to handle 'em.
Grovel in 'em and
Ooooooor understand 'em
all in a Romans 8:28 kinda way - that nothing happens to us that is not part of
His plan in/for our lives as preface to experiencing His better than we could
have ever imagined - and live triumphantly and expectantly and even joyfully
with Psalm 37:25 kinda certainty.
It can even mean
allowing for more time to...
O.K., if you
ain't got much faith, the preceding ain't gonna make much sense to you.
Read some more of
Pray more than
Puhlease, don't tell me
that you've been doing that; 'cause if you have, you haven't been doing that enough.
Biblical/Christocentric/Pneumatic revelation says God
graces/blesses/elevates/enlightens/encourages/enables/satisfies/secures anyone who takes the time
to be with Him.
So someone is
lying if you're not...
He is the way,
the truth, and the life.
So here's the
If you're more
than momentarily - O.K., maybe a few moments longer -
depressed/disappointed/defeated/deluded/disillusioned, it means ya ain't that
close to Him.
You can't be that
close to Him and remain sealed in a stone-cold tomb.
Be honest about
it - the time being spent with Him.
If you ain't, you
If you is, you
Take that grammar
Have you noticed
how sooooooo many
people are so cranky these days?
I'm not just
talking about Bill O'Reilly and Eric Holder.
It's an epidemic.
Sooooooo many seem to be
bantering and moaning about someone or something or everyone and everything.
Sooooooo many seem
to feel entitled to comment, contend, criticize, and condemn.
"We don't know how to mind our own business; for the whole world's gotta
be just like us."
Get a tattoo!
Don't get a
disregard for the snowflake theology of Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, sooooooo many want sooooooo many to be just
the same as...
He wants us to be
free from all of that/them.
He wants us to be
to Him that we'll know His freeing truth - His best for us that never inhibits
His best for others because He's not as double-minded as we are.
All He asks is to
love Him like He loves us.
Taking the time
to pray and work for the best for everyone no matter who, what, where, when, or
why without the need or expectation for response, regard, or reward.
that I almost missed 25 years ago.
Jesus spoke, sooooooo many
wanted to kill him.
Unlike my sister
who says I look like my head is upside down or my mom who's asked if I've ever considered
trimming the only hair that I can grow apart from the crop in my nose and ears
or my wife who's been conspiring with Vicki against Karry and me about it, I
really don't think anyone has the, uh, right apart from rudeness to comment
never told anyone that I don't like their attire, coiffured style/length/color,
or even perfume/cologne when it could knock over a bull at fifty paces.
You know the, uh,
golden rule that, uh, I guess has been revised: "Stick it to 'em before
they stick it to yu'uns."
Buuuuuuut it was bound to
"I really liked today's sermon. I just don't like your beard."
"I'm gonna root for the Patriots now that they've signed Tebow. They
like him because of his intelligence, versatility, toughness, and..."
better not to take the bait.
Just ask fish.
I'm not as
mindless about hair and what I wear as some might...
Granted, can't do
much about the head.
from Grandpas Jacob and Hayden.
Monk cuts without
But when it comes
to facial hair, I've had somethin' there for over forty years.
bowling ball noggin...
Just don't like
to shave 'cause of super-sensitive skin...
People who wanna
control others with their
blandness with no faculties for distinguishing the important from the
incidental, uh, care about...
Sooooooo apart from ZZ Top
aspirations and its garlic-like effect on the kinda seducers mentioned so often
in Proverbs, facial hair has been a helpful instrument to
distinguish people majoring in the minors of insignificantly superficial
religiosity from saints who just wanna agape
as the best way to honor Him.
haven't read Fifteen Secrets
for Life and Ministry.
probably don't, don't even pretend to feel badly about that.
Sales for that
one were even worse than sales for the last one that netted $18.66 in my last
quarterly royalties check.
Buuuuuuut you can still
get a copy and read about all of the people who've been so unsuccessful, except
for Pearl (Gotta read the
book!), in trying to control me to conform me to their religion
akin to Jesus' harsh words in Matthew 15:1-9.
Really, why would
anyone trying to point people to Jesus pay any attention to people substituting
a stupidly navel-gazing religion about Him for an authentic relationship with
Him confirmed by concentrating on important stuff like saving souls, feeding
the hungry, housing the homeless, including those excluded by the country club
and other fashionable..., and other Matthew 25 kinda stuff?
Of course, many
of today's clergy do that.
what people think of 'em when shopping for a car, seeing their stylists,
choosing restaurants, hangin' out with less than pretty pewsitters/pulpiteers,
"dressing" for worship, and...
I wrote a lot
about that in that book before my latest that didn't sell well either.
Let's think this
over some more.
was presiding at a funeral for this guy's mother who introduced himself to me
like this: "I want you to know I'm not very religious."
"Then you'll really like Jesus. He wasn't very religious
either. In fact, when
religious people couldn't get him to conform to their religion, they nailed Him
Selah juxtaposed to
today's really, really, really religious churches often only coincidentally
related to the Jesus who didn't fit in with the religious people of His day.
Let me get real
personal about this.
When I did cut
off the fuzz from my face to placate Pearl - the
rest of the story is in the non-best-selling book mentioned above that just
preceded my latest non-best-selling one - an associate pastor came
to me and wept.
"If you're willing to change your identity for someone trying to control
you with no connection to anything related to Jesus and the Bible,
how can I trust you won't do that with your...?"
That's why I
don't pay much attention to anyone anymore who comments on stupid stuff like
the only hair that I'm capable of growing.
Aside from it
being none of their business, it usually exposes their lack of being about His
adjust," he said, "to changing times and still hold to unchanging
President of the United States said that during his inaugural address on
January 20, 1977 at 12:05 p.m. from a platform erected at the East Front of the
Capitol in Washington, D.C.
That was a very
important election in American history; as President Carter defeated never
elected to VP or P Gerald Ford in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.
I remember how
excited everybody was about him.
There were even
posters back then that seemed to beg, "We need J.C.!"
Looking back, it
was kinda obnoxious.
Almost like an
edition of Newsweek that
sported a picture of President Obama just after his re-election with the
heading "The Second Coming."
back to similar idolatries in the late 70s swirling around President Carter, I
was captivated by the opening sentences of his inaugural address: "As my
high school teacher...used to say, 'We must adjust to changing times and still
hold to unchanging principles'...Here before me is the Bible used in the
inauguration of our first President, in 1789, and I have just taken the oath of
office on the Bible my mother gave me just a few years ago, opened to a
timeless admonition from the ancient prophet Micah: 'He hath showed thee, O
man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly,
and love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.'...I have no new dream to set
forth today, but rather urge a fresh faith in the old dream."
At least for that
one shining moment of American history reflecting so many shining moments of
American history when American Presidents, leadership, citizenry, and churches
got it/Him, the answers to all of our dreams was God as esteemed by the
God knows I don't
know what's happened in America in the last half century; but God knows I even
know we're distancing ourselves from Him and will continue our decline if we
don't bridge that distance.
prophetic message of Micah that is absolutely consistent with the entire
Bible's message from Genesis to Revelation.
Get with God or
suffer the consequences of not getting with God.
message is the same as the message of the entire Biblical revelation of God's
He said bad
things happen when we don't get with God: "All of this is happening
because of the crimes of Jacob, the wrongdoings of the people of Israel."
He said the
government, citizenry, and America's churches are irretrievably apostate if
they/we don't get back to God: "Her wounds cannot be cured..."
He said we can
recapture national health by returning to God: "But as for me, I will look
to God...My hope is in God...God will save me...God will hear me..."
graces for those who return to God: "Is there any other God like You, who forgives...passes
over...does not hold onto His anger forever...delights in showing love and
Getting back to
President Carter's faithful inaugural address back in 1977 that needs
reincarnation before it's too late, there is no mystery about how we get back
to Him: "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord
require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with
Simply, love Him
by loving like Him as best exemplified in Jesus.
And here's where
Micah's optimism peaks: "But you, Bethlehem...From your people will come a
Ruler who will be the shepherd of My people, Israel...He will feed His
flock...They will live in safety...He will be our peace."
In other words,
those who get back with God and prove it by justice, mercy, and humility -
loving Him by loving like Him - will experience the best of His messianic
graces in Jesus.
Again, I go back
to those late 70s when expectations were so high during Jimmy Carter's run to
the White House.
Truly, if you
recall and if you read the right history books that haven't been revised to
exclude God, Jimmy Carter ran on Jesus!
He ran as a man
who wanted his country to honor Him.