Sunday, December 6, 2020

"Fear Amid CCP COVID-19 and After 11/3"

 Kopp Disclosure

(John 3:19-21)


"Fear Amid CCP COVID-19 and After 11/3"

Fear is not a Christian character trait.

Fueling fear is not Christian ministry.

Psalm 20.

1 John 4.

Increasing intimacy with Jesus decreases fear.

It's axiomatic.

More Jesus means less fear.

Increasing intimacy with Jesus is punctuated by supernatural Galatians 5:22-25 character traits.

Oswald Chambers: "It is a joy to Jesus when a disciple takes time to step more intimately with Him.  Fruit-bearing is always mentioned as the manifestation of an intimate union with Jesus Christ...When once we get intimate with Jesus, we are never lonely, we never need sympathy, we can pour out all the time without being pathetic...The only impression left by such a life is that of the strong calm sanity that our Lord gives to those who are intimate with Him."

Concisely, fear is overcome by faith.

Paralyzed people in panic betray spiritual distancing from God through Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.

Colossians 3:17.

Summarily, Jesus saves.

Blessings and Love!






Sunday, November 29, 2020

Letter to President Donald J. Trump

 Kopp Disclosure

(John 3:19-21)


Letter to President Donald J. Trump

JT aka "The Old Gray Dog" who is the most articulate, correct, and passionate truly "Reformed" theologian in my experience, reviewed the following letter to 45.  While he affirmed it, he said it probably won't get to him.  So I felt, uh, moved to make it available to folks in the prayer that someone would get this to him.  Blessings and Love!

President Donald J. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump:

While no one is pure and perfect in every way, including you and me and everybody else, and needs Jesus as personal Lord and Savior, I voted enthusiastically for you in 2016 and this year because I am convinced you are increasing your intimacy with Jesus and esteem our Constitution rooted deeply in Holy Scripture.

My relationship with Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book has never and will never allow me to vote for anyone for any office that advocates, rationalizes, and enables abortion, promotes gender idiocy, desires Islam as part of public education, and enters into unequal yoking with enemies of our Lord and Constitution.

Undershepherds to the Good Shepherd guide, provide, and protect people/sheep entrusted to them by our Lord.

Again, while no one is pure and perfect in every way, I have never doubted you have prayed and labored to be a faithful undershepherd as President of the United States of America.

If you are convinced the election was "rigged" and can provide the evidence, please do not hesitate to expose the darkness and the wolves pretending to be sheep and shepherds.

Applauding your recent pardon of General Flynn, I encourage you to pardon others that are victims of politically demonic persecution.

After considerable prayer and a recent message on 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, I urge you not to concede if you know and can prove the election results are a lie.

Our nation depends on people like you that have been born again and from above to pursue righteousness regardless of the cost.

From Genesis through Revelation, our Lord says, "Return to Me and I will restore you."

I want to thank you for your continuing efforts to return America to its roots in our Lord as attested in Holy Scripture; and I am praying your resolve will be refreshed as you increase your intimacy with Him through worship and Bible reading (especially the red letters).

Blessings and Love!





Monday, November 9, 2020

Back to the Future After November 3

   Kopp Disclosure

(John 3:19-21)


Back to the Future After November 3

Just about everybody agrees the CCP COVID-19 challenge is unprecedented, fluid, and incrementally unfolding with diametrically opposed “experts” on its magnitude and duration.

That’s what just about everybody says…before telling you that they really know what it’s all about…after watching CNN or Fox or the View or the last infomercial from JB or interview with Miley Cyrus.

Not too long ago, I was talking to a very respectable denominational person that I really like on a personal level.

I asked what she/he thinks about it.

She/he said, “I’m following the science.”

I asked, “Which one.”

“The right one” came the response.


Anyway, here are two quick truths about this moment in our lives.

First, the CCP COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon; and when we get over it, another one will be manufactured by someone somewhere because our species has a thanatos libido or it may be just another one like every flu season.

Second, and this is the really important truth about this or any challenging moment in our lives, we need Jesus to endure, survive, and overcome the CCP COVID-19 and what will come after it; for anyone that knows anything about history knows it never ends until God says it does and we always need Jesus to keep keepin’ on.

Of course, we have a choice.

We can run around like so many are in fear, depression, anxiety, stress, frustration, and other synonymous pejorative emotions that we too often transfer to others because it’s human to want others to be miserable when we are miserable.

Or we can turn to God through Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit – Father and Son’s continuing presence in our lives – to fill us with His peace that enables us to endure, survive, and overcome any challenge.

We have a choice.

We can act like Chicken Little or…a Christian.

Let’s pray together about that right now: “Father God, I know my fears, anxieties, stresses, and frustrations expose my need for more of You in my head, heart, and gut.  So I confess those negative emotions as signaling I am not as close to You as I need to be to live happily ever after.  I am sorry for ignoring You which always hurts me and causes me to hurt others.  Fill me right now with more of You!  Fill my cup, Lord!  Bread of heaven, feed me!  Thank You for forgiving my sins by grace through faith in Jesus.  Thank You for the confident living which is a by-product of You assuring my eternal life through Jesus in whose name I pray. Amen.”

My brother-in-law Larry likes to say, “We are responsible for the consequences of the choices that we make in life.”


The devil doesn’t make us do anything.

We yield to its temptations or defeat them.

Nobody makes us do anything or feel anything without our consent.

We can’t blame poor potty training or society or president or professor or parent or pastor or anyone else for our bad behaviors.

We own them.

Nobody forces us to do anything or feel anything or be anything without our consent.

The only people that quibble with that are people who don’t have the guts to admit they have made so many bad choices in their lives and want somebody to blame.

The white man, the black man, the yellow or brown or red man.

The coach, teacher, doctor, lawyer, mom, dad, president, governor, or anyone else.

I don’t think so.

As a corporate shrink for Farr Associates in Greensboro, North Carolina explained to me back in the mid 80s, “We are not responsible for anything anybody else says and does.  We are only responsible for what we say and do and how we respond to what others say and do.

So what happens now…after November 3, 2020?

A choice has been made for better or worse, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health as long as we live; or at least until 2024.

Half the nation is psyched.

Their guy won.

Half the nation is sulking.

Their guy lost.

One side thinks it’s a brave new world and the other side thinks it’s the end of the world.

I’m reminded of the pastor that was criticized because he cut the grass on Sunday afternoon.

He said, “Jesus fed the poor on the Sabbath.”

She said, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

Yeah, I know lots of people said, “I’m voting for the lesser of two evils.”

We heard that from both sides.

A quip from Mae West comes to mind: “Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”

Always remember your greener pasture was someone else’s brown field; and always remember the lesser of two evils remains evil and I don’t recall Jesus saying to vote for…evil.

Let’s cut to the quick.

The real enemy in this country isn’t a Democrat or Republican.

Back on October 11, Bev picked a hymn that sums up the challenge and solution quite neatly.

You know it well: Martin Luther’s A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

The challenge: “For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe. His craft and power are great and, armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.  Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing.”

As we like to say on the corner of Lincoln and Main, the answer to every question is Jesus: “A mighty fortress is our God…Our helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing…Our striving would be losing were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing.  Dost ask who that may be?  Christ Jesus, it is He!...He must win the battle…And though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, we will not fear for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.  The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him.  His rage we can endure for, lo, his doom is sure.  One little word shall fell him…”

Our real enemy is not a Democrat or Republican or even the CCP, BLM, KKK, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, Packers, Bears, Fox or anybody else.

Our real enemy is the force behind the spiritually oppressed even possessed people up to no good in our lives.

“Our battle,” wrote Paul in Ephesians 6:12-13, “is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil…This is why you must take up the full armor of God.”

Specifically, our battle is against the unholy trinity of satanos, Antichrist, and false prophecy with satanos being the head of the snake empowering Antichrist and false prophecy.

We will get to our battle gear to win the war in a few moments; but, for now, let’s provide some context.

The battle began in the garden with the bad choices of the Adamsons.

Adam and Eve were given paradise with just one restriction in God’s words as recorded in Genesis 2:16-17, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”

Eve understood that restriction when tempted initially by satanos, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden.  But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die’” (Genesis 3:2-3).

It doesn’t matter what satanos came up with to tempt Adam and Eve.  In this case, the promise/temptation was that eating the fruit of the forbidden tree would elevate them to divine status: “You will not die…Your eyes will be opened and you will be like God” (Genesis 3:4-5).

Don’t miss the forest for the trees.

The original sin was rebelling against God’s explicit instructions on how to live in harmony with Him.

She chose to take a bite.

Adam chose to take a bite; and before anybody pretends Eve seduced Adam like a dumb man that has a libido without a conscience, Adam just like Eve and just like you and me and everybody else own our decisions, can’t blame anybody else for our own decisions, and it’s a lie to say, “The devil made me do it.”

Adam and Eve made the choice to defy God and rebel against His will for them and suffered the consequences of that decision.  

Paradise was lost.  

There’s been nothing original about sin ever since.

Every day of creation ended with God saying, “It’s good!”

Every day since that original sin, it’s been clear that it’s in our genes/DNA to mess it all up.

It’s like a favorite limerick:

God’s plan made a hopeful beginning.

But man ruined his chances by sinning.

We trust that the story

will end in God’s glory.

But, at present, the other side’s winning.

The other side was winning until Emmanual as noted in John’s prologue: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…[and]…the Word became flesh…full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-18).

Praise God that His gracious, sacrificial, conspicuous, and limitless love never lets up, gives up, or abandons us!

That why we never tire of celebrating the gospel of Jesus in John 3:16-17.

As we approach the real enemy that will keep the world aflame and threatens to turn the United States of America into the Divided States of America as has happened to so many churches that have not remained in the Word enfleshed in Jesus and explained in Holy Scripture as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book, it’s important to know the character of this real enemy; for as every coach knows, know your opponent and never underestimate him.

The fingerprints of satanos are all over the darkness birthing lies and producing divisions to destroy marriages, families, churches, communites, and countries in time and steal souls for eternity.

It’s easy to distinguish the light of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit from the darkness of satanos, Antichrist, and false prophecy.

It’s easy to distinguish the Church’s radiance generated by increasing intimacy with God from the darkness of people that are oppressed to possessed by the evil one.

God and the Godly build bridges, relationships, friendships, and families; forgiving, reconciling, healing, helping, inviting, welcoming, including, elevating, and encouraging.

God says, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Satanos and its dark-cellar-dwellers tear down, pick apart, burn bridges, fracture families, slander, separate, segregate, distance, degrade, denigrate, devastate, dictate, and seek to destroy.

Satanos says, “You’re no good.  You’re bad.  You’re useless.  You’re hopeless.  Not even God can help you; so don’t bother waking up and looking up and getting cloer to Jesus.  You’re a lost cause.  You’re not invited, welcomed, included, or loved.

Before we go deeper into defining that darkness, let’s make something absolutely clear.

The greatest trick of satanos is to convince us that it doesn’t exist; and people that say satanos doesn’t exist are usually the most vulnerable to it and most often used by it to tear down, pick apart, burn bridges, fracture families, slander, separate, segregate, distance, degrade, denigrate, devastate, dictate, and seek to destroy.

Let’s go deeper as the war for souls increases with our real enemy.

Luther cautioned satanos is a “clever trickster” and its accomplices are sneaky, secretive, slimy, and slithering among the faithful like sleeper cells to steal souls.  

Luther said, “It/they come as angels of light.”

Jesus said, “They are wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15).

Denise Frangipane: “Satan is a master of illusions.  He plays upon our weaknesses and exaggerates our problems.”


That’s sounds familiar.

It/they come when we are most vulnerable.

Enough of it!

Let’s get to the good news!

John 1:5: “The light shines in the darkness.  Darkness cannot overcome the light.”

1 John 4:1-4: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  This is how you know the Spirit of God.  Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come int the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming; even now it is already in the world.  You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

James 4:7-8: “Therefore, submit to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”

Victory is guaranteed for people that really believe in Jesus and are intimate with Him.

Francis Frangipane: “How do we defeat the enemy?  Victory begins with the name of Jesus on our lips.  It is consummated by the nature of Jesus in our hearts.”

Paul used the metaphor of a Roman soldier preparing for battle to remind us of how to live victoriously (Ephesians 6:10-20).

Because we must enter the battle or surrender the republic and souls throughout the world, let us pray right now as we put on God’s armor that guarantees victory:

“Lord, I thank You for providing all I need to live victoriously.  You are all I need to live victoriously.

Aware of the dark influences conspiring to move my mind from You, I close the psychic door; barricading it with the cross of Christ and sealing it with His blood.  Knowing You have granted volition to me, I only open my mind for You.

I wear the helmet of salvation which is lined with the promises of Your affection and protection.  Making all thoughts captive to You and protecting my mind which is a battleground for spiritual warfare, this helmet covers my ears, eyes, and mouth so I do not hear, see, or speak in unGodly ways.  I will not entertain anyone or anything that distracts me from Your holiness.

I place the breastplate of righteousness over my heart which is the wellspring of my life.  This is not my goodness.  It is Your great graciousness that protects me.

I wear Your belt of truth.  Your truth protects me.

I wear Your gospel shoes of peace; therefore, I can stand firm, balanced, and always ready to follow You.  Firmly footed, I am awake to look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for You with salt, light, and heavenating leaven.

I take the shield of faith, my trust and confidence in You as saving Lord, to protect me from the fiery darts, deceptions, lies, assaults, accusations, and all other dark strategies.  With the hinges of this shield, I am linked to all of the saints for protection of family, home, possessions, and church.

I wield the Sword of the Spirit which is the Bible.  The Bible contains Your pure prescriptions for living victoriously.  Defensively, I can distinguish Your light from darkness because of the Bible.  Offensively, I can bring Your love, light, salt, and heavenating good leaven into the world because of the Bible.

I wrap myself in the mantle of praise because you ‘inhabit’ the praises of Your people.  As my praises go up, Your blessings come down.

I place your cross before me as a banner and guide.  I have decidec to follow You!  No turning back!  The cross before me!  The world behind me!  No turning back!  Though none go with me, yet I will follow You!  No turning back!

Thank You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for protecting and preserving me from here to eternity as I pray in Your holy, holy, holy name.  Amen.”

In short, as Luther taught us to sing victoriously, “One little word shall fell him!  Does ask who that may be?  Christ Jesus, it is He!..and He must win the battle!”

Or as I tell children when they are afraid of the dark, “When you fear anything or anyone knocking at the door of your life, just say, ‘Jesus, please get that for me. Thank You!’”

We go back to Jesus and into the future after November 3 and always.

Start with Jesus!

Stay with Jesus!

That’s how we are sustained and saved by Jesus!

Blessings & Love!





Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Revival and Reinforcement of the Remnant on the Corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois

  Kopp Disclosure

(John 3:19-21)


Revival and Reinforcement of the Remnant on the Corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois


Increasing intimacy with God by grace through faith in Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus and Holy Scripture is being confirmed by revival and reinforcement of the remnant on the corner of LIncoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois.

With a renewed for all and reborn for some passion for worship, soul-winning, nurture, and mission, our family of faith is being transformed in a Romans 12 kinda way from a local small "c" church into a regional complement to the capital "C" Church that salts, shines, leavenates, and heavenates to advance the Kingdom and honor Jesus alone in a Romans 1:16-17 kinda way.

A solid core of believers in the first in person worship service in the chapel (7:20 a.m.) complemented by a noticeably growing attendance in the second in person worship service in the sanctuary (9:50 a.m.) along with a slow, steady, and solid increase in online worshippers has prompted our undershepherd to say, "I don't know what's going on but I know Someone is going on because, like the parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13, we're experiencing the supernatural blessings of God because our worship is dominated by people from all parts of the region who are being drawn together by the Holy Spirit in a Matthew 18:20 kinda way.  I have never been a part of more meaningful and regenerating worship in my entire life and ministry since we began overcoming the CCP COVID-19 challenge in a Psalm 46 and Romans 8:28 kinda way back in March 2020.  I don't want to get in the way as we are joining together to prepare ourselves as His bride for His return!"

A new children's ministry will soon be announced that will include gospeling, tutoring, and socialization exercises.  Parents keeping their baptismal promises are returning slowly with their children while the growth of our adult educational opportunities is staggering with four classes on Sunday with over 10 in each class and a Tuesday morning Bible study led by our senior pastor Peder Carlson that is growing.

Our Compassion Closet is now distributing over 40 food boxes on Thursdays to the tune of generous support around 40K a year.  What a joyful and consistent crew of Matthew 25 servants!

We're also pleased to announce one of our more recent family members is helping us to remember our global responsibilities with "Build a Dream" that is "breaking the cycle of poverty in El Vaquero, Mexico; bringing Carey Nieuwhof to mind: "Churches that become passionate about people outside their walls will be far more effective than churches that are passionate only about keeping the few people they have inside their walls."  Take a look at Matthew 22, 25, 28, and Acts 1-2 for more context from the Lord on that.

When I asked Wayne, the ministry's visionary, to share the prompting of our Lord for beginning this ministry, he said, "People often ask me how I became involved in Build a Dream.  For me, it started at just responding to a simple request for volunteers to help build a house locally...But God had other plans that soon took me to a remote region of Mexico to build another house...and my eyes were opened to poverty that I could not walk away from.  Jesus taught me to not just love others but to help them as I am able.  Opening my heart to these good people has taught me what the true love of Jesus is about.  Dedicating my heart to Jesus means dedicating my heart and life to helping and loving these good people and their children.  And as Jesus wept, I have shed many tears alone in my comfortable accommodations over the unfairness of having so much while others have to little."

If you would like to contribute to Build a Dream - a 501(c) (3) organization - email or ask me to introduce you to Wayne or come on Sunday and talk to him after worship or after the Sunday School class now meeting in our chapel.  Remembering Wayne's love for Jesus compelling him to love like Jesus at the genesis of this ministry, you can also check out Build a Dream: El Vaquero

We are encouraging our revived and reinforced remnant to invite, welcome, include, and love like Jesus with grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness.

 We don't want you to miss out on what God does supernaturally among women and men of authentic faith in Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.

 Our highest goal, greatest ambition, and most fervent prayer is to know Father God, Savior Jesus, and Holy Spirit and make Him known.

 You are invited and will be welcomed, included, and loved for Christ's sake alone.

 Please share this good news!!!

Blessings & Love!





Friday, October 2, 2020

How Christians Will Vote on November 3

  Kopp Disclosure

(John 3:19-21)


How Christians Will Vote on November 3

Exceptions to the rules are called exceptions to the rules because they occur so infrequently that they are called exceptions to the rules; which means it’s prudent to play by the rules while acknowledging rare exceptions.

A rule for Christians is the sanctity of all human life from womb to tomb.

Because Christians want to honor Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book, Christians would never vote for anybody who doesn’t respect, protect, and advocate the sanctity of all human life.

That’s why every Sunday morning worship service on the corner of Lincoln and Main begins, “Before you were born, God knew you.  Then God made you.  He knit you together in your mother’s womb.  God loves you so much.  So He sent His Son Jesus to save you.  Now God wants you to be His.  Let us worship God!”

I don’t know how anyone who claims to love Jesus as Lord and Savior could ever vote for anybody who doesn’t respect, protect, and advocate the sanctity of all human life.

That would require a passive-aggressive pathology on steroids and shameless hypocrisy rivaling the irenic protestations of Islamofascistnutball savages.

Actually, I know how some people that pretend to be Christians do that.

Generally speaking with no evidence to the contrary, Democrats have no perceptible morality and Republicans have no practical spine.

I am convinced too many baaaaaaah-baaaaaaaahing Democrats and Republicans would vote for satanos itself if that lying, deceiving, damning and beastial murderer were their party’s nominee.

Christians have one primary identity.


Christians are followers of Lord and Savior Jesus as enfleshed in Jesus, explained in the Bible, and enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.

While the bumper sticker infuriates the unbelieving and unsaved, it’s the decision-making axiom for Christians: “God said it.  We believe it.  That  settles it.”

Getting back to why Christians could never vote for anyone advocating, enabling, and sentencing babies to death by abortion, I’ll give my three reasons why I will never vote for anyone who is anti-life as in anti-Christ.

First, foremost and always, I don’t see one WORD offered by Jesus and Holy Scripture that would advocate, enable or sentence babies to death by abortion.

God said it.

We believe it.

That settles it.

My next two reasons are very personal.

A surgeon and friend founded one of the greatest heart hospitals in America.  He let me stand in the observing physician’s spot next to the anesthetist during a few open heart procedures back In the early 80s. I was overwhelmed by the art as well as finely honed skills of the surgeon and his team.  I’ll never forget when he said, “I never thought much about abortion until one day after heart surgery on a newborn to save her life when I went down a few floors in the hospital and saw trash baskets filled with the body parts of the unborn.  It seemed tragically ironic, hypocritical and barbaric to be saving babies on one floor and slaughtering them on another.”

Then there’s my involvement with Special Olympians.  About 15 years ago when she was headed home to Jesus in a victory over death with a life cut short by cancer, I promised Muffet Flott that I would be Bill’s guardian after the rest of the family joined her in heaven.  With the support of my wife and sons, I agreed.  In the years since that covenant, I have learned so much about the rainbow-colored diversity and beauty of God from Special Olympians.  I have experienced more Christianity among Special Olympians than any other secular or religious organization.  Tragically and aggravatingly, I also know God knows you know there are people running for political offices that would have ended the lives of those predestined Special Olympians in the womb if they had the chance because they would have been considered inconvenient, require patience. cost too much money, judged burdensome or some other from-the-pit-of-hell rationalization bringing Nazis to mind.

Unless anyone can prove by the example of Jesus, explanations of Holy Scripture, or enlightenment of the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book that God doesn’t want us to respect, protect, and advocate the sanctity of all human life from womb to tomb, I don’t see how anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus could ever vote for an abortionist which is an ugly-in-itself euphemism for baby killer.

Here’s the point.

Christians are supposed to be Christians in all things at all times in all places with all people.

A person who says Jesus is their personal Lord and Savior prays and labors to act like it/Him.

“Imitate me,” Paul wrote, “as I also imitate Jesus” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

We’re supposed to enflesh the example of Jesus in our lives if we have enthroned Him in our heads, hearts and guts as personal Lord and Savior.

Paul put it this way in Peterson’s translation-paraphrase of Romans 12:2: “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it.  Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Simply, to be a Christian is to think then act Christianly.

Christians are not animals.

We don’t reflex mindlessly.

We are at the highest order of creation – imago Dei – which allows us to reflect on situations with people and things, reflect not reflex with Jesus as our focus and filter and then act accordingly.

    Paul explained, “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is…Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1-2).

    Again, I like how Peterson translates and paraphrases Paul: “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it…See things from His perspective.”

    When it comes to November 3, we must shed our idolatries, temptations and  lusts and pledge allegiance to God for the welfare of our country: “If my people, who bear My name, humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and then heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

    The message of redemption from Genesis through Revelation is clear and categorical: “Return to God and God will restore you.  If so, so.  If not, not.”

    I think of my buddy Cliff Mansley who blurted out just before a big vote on something distinguishing authentic Christians by the book from posers whose “faith” is only coincidental to Jesus by the book, “Vote for Jesus!”

    That’s the issue before Christians on November 3.

    Will we vote Christianly or will we vote like pagans?

    Let me put it another way.

    When you enter that voting booth, will you be a woman or man of God?

    A woman/man of God is someone who belongs to God and seeks to please God in all things at all times in all places with all people.

    A woman/man of God doesn’t wear those proverbially different hats for different situations as in sometimes Christian when somewhere with some people that aren’t women/men of God.

    Being a woman/man of God isn’t a part-time job.

A woman/man of God, as Paul wrote to Timothy, runs away from people that dishonor the WORD enfleshed in Jesus, explained in the Bible, and enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book and runs toward people that pray and labor to honor Him in all things at all times in all places with all people: “But you, man of God, flee – run away and reject – from unwholesome passions and ignorant disputes and false teachings/teachers and the unGodly and pursue – run toward and embrace – righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith” (Read 1-2 Timothy).

In short, think and act Christianly.

Unlike some people who leave their Christianity behind after the benediction and act like everybody else when they get back to their jobs, school, family, friends, and politics, a woman/man of God hears and heeds the apostle: “Whatever you do, in word or in deed do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17).

A woman/man of God doesn’t have one foot in the boat and one foot on the dock.  They are all in for Jesus!  They walk on water with Him!

A woman/man of God has only one Master and it’s not Caesar.

A woman/man of God prays, lives, votes, and everything else “in the name of Jesus” because, as that little phrase with eternal consequences means, Christians know they belong to Jesus and are beholden to Jesus by confession (what  they say), conduct (what they do), countenance (how they appear), checkbook (how they manage what God has entrusted to them), and chums (who they hang out with).

Again and again and again until it sinks in, Paul was emphatic about God’s expectation for a woman/man of God: “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that above, where Christ is…Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1-2).

A woman/man of God has heaven on her/his mind.

A woman/man of God is praying and laboring for their lives and family and country and all of the below to honor God and have heavenly priorities with Jesus as the Master and Bible as the manual.

Jesus was blunt: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you” (Matthew 6:33).

A woman/man of God always puts God first in themselves and family and country and all of the below.

Election day is not an exception to that rule.

The highest goal, greatest ambition, and most fervent prayer of people that think Christianly is to enthrone Jesus.

Christians by definition must seek to honor Him with our votes with Jesus by the book as the lens through which to see who gets our votes. 

If we go into that voting booth with anyone other than God on our minds, we’re as heathen and unbelieving and unsaved as too many Democrats, Republicans and the rest of those living in darkness under the spell of the unholy trinity of satanos, Antichrist and false prophecy.

William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, just wrote on September 4, “Historian Henry Adams once defined politics as the ‘systematic organization of hatreds.’…Voters are largely driven by what they’re against, rather than what they’re for.”

True for too many folks.

Not Christians.

We’re for Jesus.

For Christians – women/men of God – it’s that simple.

Are we for God or not?

So here’s how Christians will vote on November 3.

Christians will look at every candidate for every office, what they have said and done, and compare it to what Jesus says His followers should say and do.

Whoever lines up with Jesus gets our votes.

Yes, it’s that simple…if we’re voting Christianly.

If not, we can go to hell.

Yes, it’s that simple…if we’re consciously Christian.

Neither souls nor countries can be saved without Savior Jesus as Lord.

I’ve been told our votes don’t matter; especially in a state like Illinois.

Well, let’s clear up that nonsense right now.

Our votes matter to God!

The only election results that count in the end are God’s.

Cliff was right.

Christians can only vote one way, truth, and life because no one honors the Father unless they’re honoring the Son Jesus by the book as guided to vote by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.

Who you vote for isn’t your own business.

Even a 12 year old knows that: “I must be about my Father’s business” (see Luke 2:49).

Christians don’t vote for Democrats or Republicans.

Christians don’t vote fo anyone that isn’t trying to honor Jesus by the book.

Cliff was right.

Women/men of God vote for Jesus.

They vote for the person who best represents the principles and priorites of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Women/men of God will have no hesitancy to say who they voted for on November 3.

Women/men of God don’t want their ballots kept secret.

Women/men of God want everyone to know they’re voting for Jesus on November 3.

No exceptions!

So do your homework before November 3.

Go to Jesus by the book as guided by the Holy Spirit and assess all of the candidates by His standards before your spirit is polluted by people propagandizing in the spirit of Antichrist that would destroy our exceptional republic so deeply rooted in Holy Scripture.

It’s the only Christian thing to do.

Joshua 24:14-15: “Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth.  Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped and worship the Lord. Choose this day who you will worship.  As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord.”

Blessings & Love!