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The Lord is good. I continue to be amazed at His provision in my life. I see His hand on my family and the church. Now when I say that, “I see His hand…” I’m not meaning that everything is always perfect. You know the Lord allows difficulties into all of our lives to grow us and shape us and mold us into His image. Difficulties and trying circumstances are a part of life. It’s how we handle those circumstances that will determine where our hearts are as they relate to Him. But, I’m grateful for another week. It’s been hectic and busy with funerals and Sunday’s messages and I’m in revival this week at a local church. As a matter of fact, we had 649 people on Sunday for our three services. There was nothing special going on… just an ordinary Lord’s Day. That’s still mind-boggling to me! I admit it!

Interestingly, I’ve heard some say that our church is growing because it’s liberal. Can you believe that? Me, a liberal preacher? Are you serious! I laugh when I hear that. I’m probably one of the least liberal preachers around. Don’t believe me? Watch some of the sermons I’ve preached lately online at http://www.mpbc.ws.

No, the truth is, there’s all kinds of reasons that folks, (including, sadly, other Christians), will run down another church and I can promise you, (in our case), it’s not because we’re liberal. Perhaps it’s because we don’t use the “right kind of Bible.” I use the ESV, a word for word translation of the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. I heard a NT Greek Professor say one time: “To the degree that your Bible translation is faithful to the original languages of the Bible (Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic), you can be confident you hold the Word of God in your hands.” But, for some, that’s not good enough I suppose.

I believe others, perhaps, believe we’re a liberal church because we use other instruments besides a piano and organ. I guess David was wrong when he said we should praise the Lord with the cymbals, trumpets and tambourines (2 Samuel 6:5). Psalm 150:5 says: “Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!” Perhaps it’s just the fact that the Lord is blessing and moving and people are being saved, baptized and are growing in their faith and some don’t like that. Who knows. But, I do know this. It’s all of the Lord. It’s all Him and I give Him the praise and the glory! 

Yes, I’m finishing up revival tonight at Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Millers Creek. The folks there have been so kind to me. I’m honored they asked me to come and preach and I believe the Lord has been moving in hearts and lives. I’m excited about finishing up in a little while. The Lord is good!

In fact, as I’ve thought about and prayed about preaching and teaching the Gospel all week, my mind has been taken back to: “The Story of the Donuts.” It’s a powerful story. Have you ever heard of it. It truly is wonderful! I’ve copied it below and I hope it encourages you as it continues to encourage me. I promise you… if you read it…you will be blessed.

The Story of the Donuts

There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man, who taught at a small college in the western United States. Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution. Every student was required to take this course their freshman year, regardless of his or her major. Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery.

Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously. This year, Dr. Christianson had a really special, dedicated, student named Steve. He was a tremendous athlete. Steve was studying with the intent of going on to seminary for the ministry. Steve was popular, well-liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen. In other words, he was huge! He was the starting center on the university’s football team, and was the best student in the professor’s class.

One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. “How many push-ups can you do?” Steve said, “I do about 200 every night.” “200? That’s pretty good, Steve,” Dr. Christianson said. “Do you think you could do 300?” Steve replied, “I don’t know…. I’ve never done 300 at one time.” “Do you think you could?” again asked Dr. Christianson. “Well, I can try,” said Steve. “Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I have a class project in mind and I need you to do about 300 push-ups in sets of ten for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me if you can do it,” said the professor. Steve said, “Well… I think I can…yeah, I can do it.” Dr. Christianson said, “Good! I need you to do this on Friday. Let me explain what I have in mind.”

Well, Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, the professor pulled out a big box of donuts. Now, these weren’t the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind with cream centers and frosting swirls. Everyone was pretty excited it was Friday. It was the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend with a party in Dr. Christianson’s class. Woohoo!

Dr. Christianson went to the first girl sitting in the first row and asked, “Cynthia, do you want to have one of these donuts?” Cynthia said, “Yes.” Dr. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?” “Sure…” Steve jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve hopped back up and sat in his desk. Dr. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia’s desk.

Dr. Christianson then went to Joe, who was seated behind Cynthia, and asked, “Joe, do you want a donut?” Joe said, “You bet I do.” Dr. Christianson asked, “Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?” Steve did ten push-ups, and Joe got a donut. And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten push-ups for every person before they got their donut.

Walking down the second aisle, Dr. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was on the basketball team, and in as good condition as Steve. He was very popular and never lacking for female attention. When the professor asked, “Scott, do you want a donut?” Scott’s reply was, “Well, I can do my own push-ups?” Dr. Christianson said, “No, Steve has to do them anyway, whether you take the donut or not.” Then Scott said, “I don’t want one! That’s not fair!” Dr. Christianson shrugged and then turned to Steve and said, “Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn’t want?” With perfect obedience Steve started to do the ten push-ups.

Scott said with a red face, “HEY! I said I didn’t want one!” Dr. Christianson said, “Look! This is my classroom, my desks, and these are my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don’t want it. Now sit down!” And he put a donut on Scott’s desk.

Now by this time, Steve started to slow down with the push-ups. He was starting to tired. He was now just staying on the floor between sets because it took too much effort getting back into his seat. You could see the sweat beading on his forehead and sliding down his cheeks. Dr. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get more angry. Dr. Christianson asked Jenny, “Jenny, do you want a donut?” Sternly, Jenny said, “No.” Then Dr. Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten more push-ups so Jenny can have a donut she doesn’t want?” Steve did ten….Jenny got a donut.

By now, a growing sense of tenseness and unease filled the room. The students were saying “No” with greater fervor and all across the room there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks. Steve was now really putting forth a lot of effort to get the push-ups done for each donut. There began to be a pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and face were bright red because of the physical effort Steve had expended.

Now, Dr. Christianson asked Robert, who was the most vocal unbeliever in the class, to go over and watch Steve do each push up to make sure he did the full ten push-ups in a set. He told Robert, “Make sure he does them all.” Robert complied. He didn’t like Steve anyway. He thought he was a “goody-goody” and so, he watched Steve closely and Dr. Christianson started down the fourth row.

From time to time however, other students from the class across the hall would come into Dr. Christianson’s class. The professor across the hall would not allow late-comers to barge into his class, but they would be counted present if they attended Dr. Christianson’s class. About that time, 4 students walked in and sat down on the steps that ran along the back wall of the room. As they came in they said: “Mmmm… We can smell the donuts!” When Dr. Christianson realized this, he did a quick count and saw that there were now 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Steve was really having a rough time now. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set. Steve asked Dr. Christianson, “Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?” Dr. Christianson thought for a moment and then turned to Robert the atheist and said, “What do you think, Robert?” Robert looked at Steve as Steve was lying on the floor with his arms beginning to shake and Robert said, “It’s alright…he doesn’t have to touch his nose to the floor.” Steve looked up at Dr. Christianson and then to Robert and said, “I’ll do them right. Nose to the floor.” Dr. Christianson, now with tears in his eyes didn’t say a word and continued on.

Just at that moment, Jason, a notoriously late student started to walk in to the room when all the students yelled in one voice, “No Jason! Don’t come in! Stay out!” Jason didn’t know what was going on. Steve picked up his head and said, “No, let him come.” Professor Christianson said, “Steve, you realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten push-ups for him?” Steve said, “Yes, let him come in. Give him a donut” Dr. Christianson said, “Okay, Steve, I’ll let you get Jason’s out-of-the-way right now.” He asked, “Jason, do you want a donut?” Jason, new to the room of course, hardly knew what was going on and said, “Yeah! I’ll take a donut.” “Steve, will you do ten push-ups so that Jason can have a donut?” The class groaned! Steve did ten push-ups very slowly and with immense effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and he sat down and bit into his donut, while everyone glared at him.

Dr. Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on the late-comers seated in the back of the room. Steve’s arms were now shaking violently with each push-up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity. By this time, sweat was profusely pouring off of his face. There was no sound in the room except his heavy breathing and the splattering of sweat on the floor. Oh…and the muffled sobs of some of the girls as they sniffed away the tears. Even the guys were struggling to watch this display. The last two students in the room were two young ladies…very pretty and very popular.

Dr. Christianson went to Ashley and asked, “Ashley, do you want a doughnut?” Ashley said, very weakly, “No, thank you.” Professor Christianson quietly asked, “Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Ashley can have a donut she doesn’t want?” Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push-ups for Ashley. Then Dr. Christianson turned to the last girl, Courtney. “Courtney, do you want a donut?” Courtney, with tears flowing down her face could barely answer for the tears and she said, “Dr. Christianson, why can’t I help him?” Dr. Christianson, holding back his own tears said, “No, Steve has to do it alone, I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not.”

Dr. Christianson continued: “When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book. Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade. Everyone else has failed a test, skipped class, or offered me inferior work. Steve told me that in football practice when a player messes up he must do push-ups. I told Steve that none of you could eat at my party unless he paid the price by doing your push-ups. He and I made a deal for your sakes.”

“Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Courtney can have a donut?” As Steve very slowly finished his last push-up, understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him. 350 push-ups. On the last one, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor with a “thud.”

Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said. “And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, pleaded to the Father, ‘into thy hands I commend my spirit,’ with the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him. He yielded up His life. And like some of those in this room, you have chosen to leave the gift on the desk, uneaten.”

Two guys helped Steve up from the floor and to his seat. Steve was physically exhausted, but wearing a thin smile, as he wiped the sweat from his eyes. Dr. Christianson said, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” adding, “Not all sermons are preached in words.”

Turning to his class, the professor said, “My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. God spared not His only Begotten Son for you. Whether or not you choose to accept His gift, the price has been paid regardless. You see, Cain brought his offering to the Lord. It was unacceptable because it was brought with a dishonest and corrupt heart. Abel gave his best and it was received by God. What does God want? He wants you! He wants your all. He wants your faults, your failures, your fears, your struggles, your past, your present and your future. He wants to give you life in exchange for your certain death without Him. He wants your worship and He wants your love. He wants you to give from a heart that is clean and righteous before Him. He doesn’t want your effort. He doesn’t want your performance. He doesn’t want your good works. He doesn’t want your church membership and He doesn’t even want your money. He wants you! Just you!” And as the professor walked to the door of the class: “And that is the meaning of this class. Class dismissed.”

Perhaps as you read that story, it moved you. Perhaps there were tears in your eyes or a lump in your throat. Do you know what I find interesting about that possibility? It’s the fact that we can be moved by a story of a young man struggling to do push-ups, yet the Lord and Savior of the world was slaughtered on a cross and because we’ve heard the story so much, we are hardly blink an eye. Why? Because we’ve forgotten how good it is to be saved and just how blessed we are! We have little excitement or passion in us about our Lord Jesus because He’s become commonplace. Why don’t we thank Him for His precious salvation.

Thank you Jesus!!!

Kevin

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When the puritans, pilgrims, separatists, (you pick the name), came to this country, they sought the ability to freely worship. They sought to escape the oppression they were facing in the “Mother country,” England and the corrupt Church. In the process of setting up the government of this nation, along with our constitution, came a Bill of Rights and amendments to those rights. The very first amendment says this…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The “free exercise thereof” seems to be limited (as is being interpreted by the courts today) to be within our church buildings. In other words, you are free to believe what you want to believe inside the walls of your church, but NOT in the marketplace. Case in point… See below. (Note: this will take you about 5-6 minutes to read…but, it’s worth it to understand where we’re headed as a nation regarding religious liberty and the First Amendment.

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The Weekly is a rundown of news by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission highlighting the week’s top news stories from the public square and providing commentary on the big issues of our day.

Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Christian Florist in Same-Sex Marriage Case

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled against a Christian florist who refused to serve a same-sex wedding because of “her relationship with Jesus Christ.” In their unanimous decision the state court claims that, “discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The ruling is the latest legal setback for Barronelle Stutzman, the 72-year-old owner of Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts. Last year Washington State’s sued Stutzman because she refused to sell flowers to a long time customer when the arrangements were to be used for a same-sex marriage ceremony.

Although Stutzman, an active member of a Southern Baptist church, did not have any qualms about serving homosexual customers, she “didn’t want to be involved in a same-sex marriage.” Stutzman had served her friend and customer Rob Ingersoll for nearly a decade, designing custom arrangements for Valentine’s Day and other holidays. But when Ingersoll asked Stutzman to arrange flowers for their wedding, she told him that while she valued him as a friend, her faith would not allow it.

Last year a Benton County Superior Court judge ruled that the law trumped her rights of conscience. “Religious motivation does not excuse compliance with the law,” said Judge Alexander C. Ekstrom in his 60-page opinion.

At the time, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced he would accept $2,000 in penalties, $1 in fees and costs, plus an agreement not to discriminate in the future and to end further litigation. But Stutzman rejected the proposed settlement, and in a letter to the Washington state attorney general, said:

Your offer reveals that you don’t really understand me or what this conflict is all about. It’s about freedom, not money. I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honor God in doing what I do best is more important. Washington’s constitution guarantees us “freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.” I cannot sell that precious freedom. You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do.

I pray that you reconsider your position. I kindly served Rob for nearly a decade and would gladly continue to do so. I truly want the best for my friend. I’ve also employed and served many members of the LGBT community, and I will continue to do so regardless of what happens with this case. You chose to attack my faith and pursue this not simply as a matter of law, but to threaten my very means of working, eating, and having a home. If you are serious about clarifying the law, then I urge you to drop your claims against my home, business, and other assets and pursue the legal claims through the appeal process.

The attorney general continued to go after Stutzman, even though the refusal could cause her to lose her shop.

In the Washington Supreme Court ruling, the nine justices contend Stutzman discriminated against Ingersoll because of his sexual orientation. They also determined the Washington’s Defense of Marriage Act is to be “construed liberally” and that all people “regardless of sexual orientation are to have ‘’full enjoyment of any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges’ of any place of public accommodation.”

The court also contends that the Washington’s Defense of Marriage Act “contains no mandate to balance religious rights against the rights of protected class members” and that her rights to freedom of religion and speech under the U.S. Constitution were not violated.

Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization defending Stutzman in this case, says they will continue to stand with her by appealing this ruling against her to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Washington Supreme Court’s ruling shortchanges our nation’s most fundamental freedom in favor of ideological conformity,” said ERLC president Russell Moore in response to the ruling. “Barronelle Stutzman followed her genuinely held beliefs without hostility toward any, and yet finds herself the target of a government that wants to steamroll her constitutional rights. The Court held that the government can force citizens to use their creative gifts and expressive speech to participate and endorse acts they believe to be immoral. This decision is a loss not only for Barronelle Stutzman but for every American who values liberty and civility over coercion by the government. My prayer is that this ruling would be overturned and that the U.S. Supreme Court would recognize the crucial importance of religious liberty.” 

Did you notice the words: “U.S. Supreme Court” in that last sentence. That’s where it’s headed and that’s why the Trump appointment of Neil Gorsuch and his confirmation is so critical. It will at least give the court a 4-4 tie and Justice Kennedy (as usual…as the “moderate-left-leaning” justice) will be the swing vote. If Clinton had won the whitehouse, it would have been “game over.”

So, there’s been another blow to religious liberty. But, there’s also been a victory for Religious Liberty. Did you hear about this?

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Fighting Fired With Fired

February 09, 2017

Squashing a person’s religious freedom will cost you — $225,000 in fact! That’s how much the state of Georgia was forced to pay Dr. Eric Walsh for taking his family on a two-year roller coaster of Christian persecution. As some of you might remember, the Californian was hired by Georgia officials to run the state’s Department of Public Health. But shortly after accepting the job and preparing to move his family to the Peach State, his new office called and asked for copies of sermons he’d delivered on the weekends at his church as a lay pastor. The next day, to everyone’s astonishment, Walsh was fired. Why? Because he dared to preach what the Bible says on issues from sexuality to evolution.

“This has been very painful for me,” he told Fox News’s Todd Starnes at the time. “I really am a strong believer in the Constitution, but now I feel like maybe all these ideals and values that I was raised to believe — the ideals the country was founded upon — no longer exist.” Of course, Georgia’s DPH insisted it had nothing to do with his biblical beliefs, but as our friends at First Liberty Institute know, that was nothing but a vain attempt to cover their tracks for what should be an open-and-shut case of religious discrimination.

Since 2015, the case has taken some interesting twists and turns, including a Houston-esque subpoena for Walsh’s sermons, sermon notes, and even his Bible! Like far too many people, the government not only scrutinized Dr. Walsh for his Christian beliefs — but used those beliefs against him! That’s not only unconstitutional — it’s un-American! Fortunately, the state finally realized as much and decided to settle before its intolerance was made even more visible and painful as this case wound its way through the courts.

Now, months into his legal battle, Dr. Walsh can finally celebrate. “It’s been a long, difficult journey,” he said today, “but it’s worth it to have my name cleared and to ensure that all Georgia government employees know they have religious liberty.” First Liberty attorney Jeremy Dys is hopeful that this case will help send the message that religious discrimination won’t be tolerated. And 40,387 of you helped make it possible! Tens of thousands of you signed our petition and supported us when we played a part in Dr. Walsh’s press conference in Atlanta. As First Liberty says, that was all crucial in making Georgia officials feel the pressure. Hopefully, other states will think twice before trying to use Americans’ religious beliefs against them!

So, there you have it. A Win and a Loss. And this is how it’s going to be going forward. What does this mean for you and for me? It means we need to continue to pray that we can have the opportunity to share the Gospel in a free country.
  • A country that’s free to help the poor and the needy and the immigrants. (Might I encourage all of those who believe this is true to support adopting a foreign child, an immigrant. Pam and I have adopted two. You see, it’s more than just talk about immigrants on blogs and social media that really counts. It’s more than espousing idealogical profundity, it’s about putting your money where your mouth is.)
  • A country that is free to allow other religions to worship as they so choose.
  • A country where we, yes… allow a Muslim to wear a hijab to work and people to burn flags, (as awful as that seems to me). Yet, freedom is freedom in a “FREE COUNTRY,” right?
  • A country that, yes… still allows Christians to believe the Bible and to live out their faith in the marketplace. In other words, a country where it should continue to remain free for even the CHRISTIAN to express their faith and PRACTICE their religion anywhere at anytime (not just in a church building or religious center).
  • A country where Bible-believing, followers of Christ don’t have to look over their shoulders before they say the name, “Jesus” or quote scripture.
  • A country where we actually remember why we were founded in the first place, (religious freedom), by a people who actually believed in the Bible and lived by it in their daily lives.

Kevin

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I had to laugh last night. I saw where a comedian was trying to figure out how the nation could get along. He said there needed to be wall built (not along the Mexican border) but along the California border from Mexico to Canada through Washington state and Oregon. He then said that another wall needed to be built around the northeastern states from New York down through New Jersey and into Washington D.C. and then up the Atlantic coast to Maine. He said the coast on the west could be connected to the coast on the east with a tunnel that runs through the rest of the country. He said Jerry Brown could be president of the West coast nation, Bernie Sanders could be the president of the Northeast coast nation and Donald Trump could be the President of the rest of the nation (about 80% of the continental landmass of the US). I laughed out loud! Parts of it made a lot of sense to me. But, then I thought, no… That’s what the media wants. That’s what many want today… They want us to divide.

And that’s what I continue to see happening. I’ve never seen anything like it. Even within Christian circles, there seems to be much division. If you voted for Trump you are evil, if you didn’t vote for Trump you are evil. If you didn’t vote at all, you are evil. Hey folks…NEWS FLASH…we are all evil! We are all sinners! We all have to look at the hand we’ve been dealt and take it to the Lord and do what we believe He’s telling us. We take the Word of God and we read it and allow it to enlighten our lives and then act on what we believe it teaches. And you know what, some will do the exact opposite of what we believe…of what you believe. Can we still live with each other or will we demonize each other? I pray it’s the former and not the latter.

You see, the politics in America and even the world are a disaster because we’ve turned our backs on God. That’s why we had the choice between Clinton and Trump…never forget that. But, in my mind Clinton meant disaster. She meant a liberal Supreme Court pick and the continued march toward progressive liberalism that would decimate any belief system but one that summarily dismisses Christians as bigots, haters and unloving, unaccepting people. And so, we had to choose. And America chose. Trump won. Whether people like it or not, he’s the 45th president. Now what? Trash him! Castigate him because he’s a fallible man… throw him to the curb? How Christian is that?

Let me ask you… Did we trash Obama? Some did and they were wrong. Yes, in my mind he was and is more misguided than Trump in so many ways. But, did I throw him to the curb? No! I and many of you prayed for him and believe me I prayed in “Chuck Schumer tears” for him! (BTW…I’m giving Schumer the benefit of the doubt…and I hope we can do that with one another.) I prayed for Obama even in times of fasting. I prayed he would look to his Christianity and see that his policies were crumbling Christian thought. But, he never changed or backed down. The media loved him and embraced him. So did the young people. After all, kids in college today grew up through their puberty years with him as their President. It’s all they’ve ever known. But, Obama never had a Christian worldview. And can I ask you… where was the outcry from the Christians back then who are now so ashamed that Trump is the President. Where was the outcry when president Obama changed his position on marriage and abortion and religious liberty…all within just 8 years? There was no outcry. Many Christians looked the other way. But, today there are Christians who didn’t vote for Trump who who now see him in office and they (deep down) almost want to see him fail. Why? Because it will justify why they didn’t vote for such a filthy-mouthed, adulterous, immoral man. But, what does that accomplish? Nothing. He’s still president for the next four years. So, will you pray for him or just castigate him? Surely we are better than that?

You see, that’s how I felt about Obama, and I said as much. But, I didn’t attack him personally or his family, even though I was totally dismayed that a “Christian” man would do what he was doing. Can you look back now and see what 8 years of Obama and a secular, liberal administration that impacted our educational system in such profound ways has brought us?

Did you see the riots at UC-Berekely Wednesday night? Please know, this is supposed to be one of the most “liberal” campuses in the United States.In other words, they talk about how “open” and “tolerant” and “diverse” they are. They talk about welcoming ALL people. That’s the Obama talk, right?. That was the Clinton talk, right? That’s the talk about welcoming immigrants, illegal aliens and ALL people. And I’m all for welcoming all people…but, it was Obama who labeled the 7 nations that we needed to be careful about (terrorism). (More on that in a moment.) Well, we are told to be accepting of all people…gays, transgenders, immigrants, illegal aliens…EVERYONE… Except…and it’s a big “except,” those who don’t agree with them. You know what? They are hypocrites if you ask me. And it’s another reason why Donald Trump is the President of the United States. People got fed up with this kind of stuff. The speaker, who was to speak at Berkeley is a gay, Jewish man, (whom I’m not endorsing in any way), and he said this as the riot was happening:

I have been evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus after violent left-wing protestors tore down barricades, lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building. My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled. I’ll let you know more when the facts become clear. One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down. Milo Yiannopoulos. 

Get this…the man was going to speak about “political correctness” and “free speech.” One young lady wearing a Trump hat was pepper sprayed by a masked protestor. Here she is…

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Hey… Where’s the love! Those shouting for love and tolerance… Come on! Where’s the love? And so, the country continues to divide.

You can agree or disagree, but I’ll say it again…the last 8 years in this country was the most divisive I’ve ever seen. Barack Obama did more to divide this nation than anyone I’ve seen in my lifetime. And in my humble opinion, that cost the Democrats the Whitehouse and they simply can’t get over it. The media can’t get over it either. Every news article I see on CNN is about how bad Trump is. The pictures they use of him show him snarling and look almost monstrous. How did they portray Obama? Well, you know the answer. Yes, the media hates Trump. No…that’s not strong enough. They loathe him! They report how worthless he is and it’s amazing to see the mass media literally pursue the demise of a man who has only been on the job for two weeks.  Don’t they realize if Trump fails, we all fail? And that’s why I prayed for Obama! I didn’t agree with him on almost anything, but I prayed for him.

Now without question, Trump bumbled the “extreme vetting” rollout. It was a disaster in how it was presented and the misinformation about it came about because it was not well-handled or well explained. It has been twisted in the media and by the Left because it wasn’t rolled out correctly or with the appropriate people involved. It created many problems at airports and it’s been used to mischaracterize the plan, which is little more than what Obama directed (picking the 7 countries on the list). Certainly, it has been a political firestorm, but I believe Trump will learn from this. That’s my prayer. Yet, there continues to be fallout on the Democratic side.

I read an article (an op-ed) piece in the Washington Post about this young man…

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Michael J. Hout, 22, is a junior majoring in history, English and political science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. During the 2016 presidential campaign he participated in many Democratic activities as a leader in the College Democrats. But he recently quit the party. Here he explains his thinking and I want you to really concentrate on what he says. It’s so enlightening.

“The so-called party of inclusivity, that values tolerance above all else, is extremely intolerant and wildly exclusive to ways of thinking that violate its delicate myopia. I contend that diversity of opinion – both within and without parties – is healthy and integral to our system. We must not only accept it, but demand it. Thus, we must be more accepting of conservative students, and the debate that they allow us to have, just as we must accept liberal students for the same reason. No one side should be able to monopolize culture and community the way the left has been able to do on campuses. … Win with ideas, not intimidation. Be open to debate, and drop the baseless insults intended to stifle it. 

Second, putting it plainly, you do not want to be a conservative on today’s college campus. You will likely be ostracized to some extent, assuming your institution of higher learning is the norm. You will almost certainly lose friends, face bullying and need to develop thick skin. I’ve experienced this, and I only came out as an Independent. Others I’ve spoken to have horror stories worse than mine, attacked by fellow students, treated poorly by professors and administrators, accused publicly of racism, misogyny or “unintelligence.” And we have all received threats at one point or another. All things considered, perhaps I had it pretty good as a moderate Democrat. But my personal convictions prevented me from continuing to reside in the party that it has become, let alone the one that is to come.”

Interestingly, former Ivy League professor Allan Bloom has been saying the same thing. In his book, “The Closing of the American Mind,” Bloom writes that true diversity and freedom only comes when multiple points of view are freely discussed and debated:

“Freedom of the mind requires not only, or not even especially, the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts. The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside. It is not feelings or commitments that will render a man free, but thoughts, reasoned thoughts. Feelings are largely formed and informed by convention. Real differences come from difference in thought and fundamental principle.”

Amen!!! Today’s universities pride themselves on being safe spaces where diversity can bloom and grow in the next generation. But is their method of promoting diversity and freedom of thought actually the most effectual way of stamping it out? You see, I have no problem with those who want to believe marriage is between two men and abortion (up to the 9th month) is okay. They are free to believe that. They are wrong in my opinion! Desperately wrong! But, they should be allowed to think and believe what they choose. That’s the First Amendment, folks. But, what the Left wants to do is to shut down any thought…and I mean any thought that doesn’t match theirs. Translated: you are only allowed to believe what I tell you to believe. Folks, that’s totalitarianism. But, you see, there’s a great fear permeating many in America. That fear? That Trump is going to undo everything Obama did. And that scares them to death! And those fears are being exacerbated by the media and well…you have UC-Berkeley and people like Whoopi Goldberg who opine and tells everyone that the sky is falling.

For me…I want to see the misguided policies of Obama changed. I watched for 8 years at the way he governed with an iron fist and nobody said anything. With the stroke of a pen he implemented policies that have hurt Christians…but, no one cares. Why? Because we are Christians. We are the ONLY unprotected class in America. Illegal aliens have more rights than Christians. Christians are nobodies and that’s fine. Or is it? Should we be okay to just watch it all go down the drain? Should we be okay to say, “Let the persecution come!” Should we just say, “Forsake our churches and head to the basements of our homes?” Should we just quit? Should we throw it all away and give up? No! Not me! That’s not the way I operate. I’m going to contend for the faith and stand for the truth even if they lock me up or hang me. I’ll go to the Roman Coliseum of our day if need be…but, I’ll stand for the truth on the way to meet my lion…I promise you that.

So for me…the selection of Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court was such a powerful thing! And for many, many Americans…what verified with that selection was why they voted for Trump. If confirmed, that would mean the court would stay at a 4-4 tie, (split between conservative and liberal), with Justice Anthony Kennedy the lone moderate leaning to the left (liberal).  Believe me there will be a fight to confirm Gorsuch. Why? Because he’s not a good judge? Nope! Because he is a conservative thinker. You see, that’s not allowed anymore in this country. I like what Al Mohler, President of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY said this about the selection.

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According to everything I’ve read, Gorsuch is a man that is a “strict constructionist” in regards to seeing the US Constitution as a “fixed” document that does not change with time. In other words, it’s not a living, breathing document as liberals, (like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi), want it to be. I actually talked about the idea of the “fixed” document, as it relates to not only the Constitution, but to the Bible in the Two-Minute Tuesday this week.

Should the Bible change with time? Should it change as the culture changes? Could God who is the same yesterday, today and forever…could He have been wrong about what marriage is and abortion and gender? Is God dumb? Should His word be reinterpreted as society changes?

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You see, the Dems will fight hard to keep Gorsuch, a well qualified man, off the bench, because he won’t legislate progressive liberalism from the bench. And that burns them up! They want to continue the fundamental change toward progressive liberalism that Obama brought to this country.

Yesterday, President Trump went to the “National Prayer Breakfast,” and many Christian bloggers wrote how that was such a travesty. How could such an immoral man go there? I shook my head as I read and I thought, “You’ve got to be kidding me! Do you think Hillary Clinton was/is more moral than Donald Trump?” A woman who said on national TV that she had no problem with abortion up to the moment of birth? Is that moral!? I was appreciative of the fact that president Trump was gracious toward Christians; whereas, Obama always seemed to lecture Christians. Trump said this:

“This gathering is a testament to the power of faith and is one of the great customs of our nation… Our republic was formed on the basis that freedom is not a gift from government, but that freedom is a gift from God.”

May I say that I was encouraged to hear him also reference the legislation that several Republican lawmakers introduced yesterday on Capitol Hill — the Free Speech Fairness Act. You see, the government has been seeking to muzzle pastors for the last several years. Remember the mayor in Houston who told all the pastors to send copies of their sermons to her for approval? She was handily voted down. Where does this mindset come from? It comes from a liberalism that hates Christianity and it’s being taught in our schools and universities nation-wide (reminder, UC-Berkeley). Trump said: “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution. I will do that, remember. Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but it is also a right under threat all around us.”

Folks, it is a sacred right to be able to speak freely in this country. But, that right has been under attack, if you are Christian for the last 8 years, in ways that are beyond description. As far as I’m concerned the US Government can take the 501-c-3 from churches. I couldn’t care less. I don’t give my money to the work of the Lord for a tax deduction anyway. I’d still give every penny I give whether or not I can deduct it off my taxes or not. You see, I don’t answer to the government for what I say behind the pulpit…I answer to God. And that’s a sobering thought. I fear God much more than I do the US government. And during Black History Month, let us never forget that Dr. Martin Luther King, in my opinion, was one of the greatest “political pastors” of our nation’s history. He spoke forcefully from the pulpit about the issues of the day. Since this country was started, churches have been at the forefront of shaping debate and public policy and this should continue and the IRS should stay out of the business of telling churches and pastors what they can and can’t say, period.

Well, I guess I’ve said too much. But, it is my blog, right? After all, it’s Kevin Brown’s mindless musings about life and how I feel. Could I be wrong? Absolutely. Am I wrong in how I think? Perhaps. And that’s why I say to you that I continue to pray and seek the Lord to help me and guide me. You see, all I want to do is to have the opportunity to live freely in this country and tell people about Jesus. And if there are others that want to push for climate change, saving the sea turtles, gay rights, abortion, etc…well…that’s their right as well. But, for me… I just want to live in a nation where I’m not labeled a bigot, fool or pepper-sprayed because I believe what I believe. I pray as a nation we could agree to disagree and still remember that we are all Americans.

Much love to all!

Kevin

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Change Begins Tomorrow

Very few people like change. I get that. But let me tell you folks…come tomorrow…a lot and I mean A LOT is about to change in our country.

Tonight will be the last night Barack and Michelle Obama will spend in the White House. Tomorrow night it will be Donald and Melania Trump. Talk about change! Yep, it’s coming. In my mind, there could not be two more diametrically opposed leaders than Obama versus Trump. And I believe we’ll see that play out in the next four years.

Yet, many don’t like the change. I’m sure you know there are about 1/3 of the congressmen and congresswomen who are boycotting tomorrow’s inauguration of Trump. Hey, can you imagine if there had ben congressmen and congresswomen who had chosen to boycott Obama’s inauguration in 2008 or 2012? Oh my! What would they have been called?

  • Unpatriotic?
  • Cry babies?
  • Racists?
  • Or worse…

What about today? 2017?? Nope, you won’t hear the media use those names to describe the hate and vitriol being used toward Trump. No sir! Those names can’t be used. Instead it’s okay. It’s okay to boycott this President. Why? Because he’s Donald Trump. Oh…and there are so many other reasons I could give you, but I’ll hold my tongue. But, let me just say that the double-standard is striking. The liberal and tolerant media is not longer liberal and tolerant are they. Those who shout for “coming together” and inclusiveness are no longer so inclusive now are they? You tell me. Why is it acceptable to boycott Trump and not Obama? I’m telling you folks…without question there is a double-standard and people continue to drink the Kool-Aid of political correctness. Oh sure, you can detest Trump for how he tweets or how he talked during the campaign or even 15 minutes ago for that matter. Believe me…I’m praying for him diligently in many areas.

But, come on! This is America! This is the melting pot of the world! But, perhaps it’s no longer a melting pot for people we just simply don’t like. You don’t like somebody and so you are now given a pass to be disrespectful? Is that the way it works now? Folks, in my mind there could scarcely been a more concerted effort by an administration to decimate orthodox Christian thinking in America than Obama’s? His administration lit up the Whitehouse in rainbow colors, pushed for Nuns to be required to provide abortion-inducing meds in their health plan and push for transgendered bathrooms in our public schools. And this man claimed to be a Christian!! Are you serious!

Yet, I’m not going to disrespect President Obama and even though I’ve vehemently disagreed with him in almost every area, he was still my President, because I live in this country. You see, when he ran on “Hope and Change” in 2008 and was elected, I gave him a chance. I prayed for him and I continued to pray for him, (diligently…believe me), for the last 8 years. And nothing changed…except…(again…this is in my mind), that he absolutely tried to obliterate that which is orthodox regarding Christian thought about life (abortion), marriage (homosexuality) and now sexuality (transgenderism). There is nothing orthodox or Christian in any of his “social” pursuits.

Yesterday, with Obama’s  pardon of Chelsea Manning, I bowed my head and said, “Good grief.” Honestly, if Chelsea Manning had still been “Bradley” Manning (before his sex change to Chelsea), he would have never been pardoned. That’s my opinion. I’ll say it again: Chelsea gets the pardon that Bradley stays in prison. Why? Because Obama wanted to make a statement. It was one last “in your face” jab to conservative thinking people.

You see, Obama has divided this country. Why? Because of how he’s been indoctrinated. But,  I can’t complain. I’ve been indoctrinated too. So, have you. Don’t believe it…take a look…

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Yes, Barack Obama has been indoctrinated by his upbringing, liberal college education and the echo-chamber he has in the people around him. Therefore, he has not chosen to stand with law and order, but instead to side with the fringe elements of society. He has never denounced Islamic terrorism and instead he’s chosen to lecture Christians. He despises Israel and has shown that in the last 3 weeks as well. In fact, he’s almost destroyed that relationship.

Well, Mr. Obama…that “in your face,” “I’ll show you,” attitude cost your party the election. Not only because the Democrats put forth a terrible candidate that few trusted or liked, but because you, Mr. Obama, chose to thumb your nose at the “average men and women” of America. And that segment of the population rose up en masse and went to the polls because they said, “ENOUGH!” And so, there you have it…change is coming. Like it or lump it.

And you know what? I know the media will lump it. They hate Trump with a passion and their darling is leaving office. CNN is in mourning and so are MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS. So are the folks at the New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post and even Winston-Salem Journal. I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t all have on black arm bands in a display of mourning tomorrow. But, you know what? I can relate to how they felt. I truly can. I felt the same way on January 20, 2009 and January 20, 2013. But, I gave our President a chance. I prayed and I prayed and I prayed. And that’s what all Americans should be doing. But, that’s not going to happen is it? Nope. It’s a new day. If you don’t like someone, you choose to try to shut them down where they can’t even speak. And that’s how I felt. Obama was going to shut down Christian businesses and shut down orthodox Christian teaching from pulpits and free speech for “Christians” who disagreed with the progressive thinkers.

So for me tomorrow… I’ll be doing what I’ve been doing what I was doing in 2009 and 2013. I’ll be praying. I’ll be hopeful and I’ll give the President a chance.

Hey, do you think Spring has arrived to stay? Don’t bet your life on it. It will begin to turn cold again by this time next week. The pattern is going to change once again. We’re back on the roller coaster (just like we’ve been all winter). We’ll struggle to get out of the 30’s and low 40’s by the beginning of February. And I believe we’ll have another shot or two at more winter weather before we get to the end of March. Yes, even in the weather, change is coming! 🙂

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A White Christmas?

Short answer…

No. Not likely this year at all.

Not in North Carolina at least. The weather pattern will go from being bitterly cold, (as I mentioned a while back), with even a bit of frozen precipitation potentially, (early Saturday morning), to a more relaxed and warmer pattern toward the last week of the month (week of Christmas and into the first of January). This is the December 21-27 outlook:

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There will be no white Christmas with that look for sure. It’s just too warm. We’ll be in the low to mid 50’s with that look, about 5-7 degrees above normal. We will still have a wetter period, but it will be just wet, not frozen. See below.

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What’s going to be interesting is what happens after the first of the year. There is a fight in the upper atmosphere over the Arctic and into Siberia. Where is the coldest air going to lodge? Will it be over Asia or will it be over Canada? Last week and this week (coming Thursday/Friday) the coldest air has split toward North America and NOT Siberia.

But, what about the rest of winter? Will it split off and we get what’s called a “polar vortex split,” where a piece of the polar vortex rotates our way (like we will experience Thursday/Friday of this week)? Or will we have more of a zonal (west to east) flow of weather from Pacific to Atlantic. For our good winters, (if you like snow), we need a south to north (active southern jet stream) that ejects moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Our best snows come up I-85 from Atlanta. It’s too early to tell. I’d say it’s 50/50 on whether it will be a colder and more snowy winter versus warmer and drier. We’ll know a lot more in another couple of weeks and I’ll update you. 🙂

I continue to be concerned about what’s taught in our colleges. I talked about that today in my Two-Minute Tuesday. I wrote this preface on Facebook…

“Progressive Liberal Christianity-Like My Loose Treadmill” Forgive me for the length of this video…it’s 6 minutes. However it is critical. The video will describe what some are seeking to do to subvert orthodox Christianity today. To change the doctrines and orthodox meanings of the basic and foundational tenets of Scripture, (doctrine that has been accepted and practiced for centuries), to a loose theology that perverts these doctrines by watering them down or changing them altogether, is seriously and fearfully damning to many unsuspecting and very impressionable souls. What is more shameful is that this type of perverted theology is being taught under the guise of “Christianity” to our young people in many of our colleges and universities and even some churches. What is to follow is one example from the University of Southern California. Thanks for watching and spreading the word! 

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Have a great week!

Kevin

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A New Day In America

Do you feel it? It’s been one week since the election. And it’s a different feeling country. Well, actually, it will be tomorrow morning about 2:30 am that it will have “officially” been one week since we knew the results of the presidential election. It looks to be that when the final state is declared (Michigan…which looks to go to Trump) the final Electoral College count will be:

Trump 306

Clinton 232

However, Clinton will win the popular vote by around 700,000 votes out of close to 125 million cast. Bottom line: Donald J. Trump is the new President-Elect of the United States and will be inaugurated on 1.20.17 in front of the Capitol Building. I’ve shared several times that it would be either Trump or Clinton who would raise their right hand and take the Oath of Office as the 45th President of the United States. There was no denying that. However, I had considerable doubts that it would be Donald Trump. Why? Because the media was already portraying him as dead. Put a fork in him…he’s done! Perhaps this idea and this false portrayal unraveling last Tuesday night, starting around 9:30 pm when Florida went to Trump was even more interesting and intriguing to watch.

From 7:30 until almost 1:20 am, I flipped from channel to channel: FOX, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fusion, CNN, CNBC, et al, and it was amazing to watch the commentators. I thought Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams were going to break down into tears. George Stephanopoulos, Chuck Todd and Lester Holt were almost in shock. Scott Pelley and Anderson Cooper (notably calm and extremely articulate men), seemed to be tongue-tied. Even the Fox News crowd seemed befuddled. Juan Williams, of Fox, seemed to be having heart palpitations and Britt Hume was enamored by the “FiveThirtyEight” statistical blog that showed Trump with a 58% chance of winning at 9:30 pm.

And folks, that’s when you could feel it. It started to change. As the map continued to turn red, the faces of the news commentators did as well. This was unprecedented and unheard of! Who would have thunk it!!?? As the evening wore on, I felt a growing relief in my heart. Why? Because I thought to myself, “Kevin, I know Donald Trump is not going to change this country in that he is some sort of Savior…but neither was Obama, only God can do that through His Son Jesus…but, you might have more time to share the Gospel with your family now. You might actually have the ability to see this thing out in the pulpit of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and not be locked up before you hang it up in 20-25 years!”

Is that selfish thinking? Sure it is! I’m selfish! We all are! While I was ready to go to jail for Jesus, I was NOT chomping at the bit to do so. Do you think I’m crazy or something? I don’t have a death wish and I certainly wanted to watch my children and grandchildren grow up. And just 2 1/2 days later, on November 11th (Veteran’s Day), my second grandchild, Evelyn Ruth Isaacs (7 lbs 1 oz, 20 inches) was born.

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Is that precious or what? And is it okay for me to want to do my job and be free to do it in the future? Honestly, I don’t know, (unless you have walked in my shoes), that you can understand how I’ve been feeling over the last several years. You see, the Barack Obama Administration (in my humble opinion) has done more to strip Americans of religious freedom than any other administration ever. He made it very clear (early on in his Administration) that he was going to fundamentally change this country. And he tried! He tried really, really hard! And he made a lot of headway, particularly with the courts, the media and our universities and schools. But, his agenda and his legacy have now been summarily rejected. Not only did Hillary Clinton lose the election, his policies and his desire to move this country to a postmodern nation was defeated as well.

You might say, “What a minute! Clinton won the popular vote!” Yep, she sure did. But, our founding fathers were brilliant. They knew if the popular vote won the day, then there would be no need to even show up in small states that are sparsely populated. Who would have thought there would have been such campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire in the last two weeks. After all, if the popular vote wins the day, just campaign in New York, California and Florida (where all the people are) and never even go to Iowa or NH. That’s why the Electoral College is a brilliant system for a republic (and I’m honest when I say this… I would have said the same thing if Clinton had won). It’s the most fair way to give everyone in every state an equal voice in our republic.

Folks, I’m transparent with you when I say that I have lived with pain in my heart for the last several years. I’ve watched this country go down the tubes morally and if you tell me not to worry about it…and it’s all part of God’s sovereign plan…well, why was God willing to relent because Abraham prayed about Sodom and why did God change His mind from destroying His own people in the wilderness desert when they made the golden calf? Moses prayed and God answered and he relented. So, I prayed! I prayed that it wasn’t over! I prayed there would still be time for my kids and grandkids and the church I love!

Yes, I get it. Many, many Christians didn’t vote for Trump because they “morally” couldn’t do it. I get that. But, I couldn’t morally sit back and watch more babies be murdered in the womb and know that the progressive-liberal policies of the Left were going to only continue and potentially get worse. I knew the Supreme Court was up for grabs and so morally, I couldn’t sit back and say, “Well, I’m not going to vote or I can’t vote for this person or that person because they are morally corrupt.” No. At the end of the day, I looked up and I saw the score on the scoreboard. I could deny it or hope that the score would somehow change. But, at the end of the day, it was going to be Trump or Clinton and the questions for me became very, very simple: Who was going to potentially do more harm to the country? Who was going to potentially destroy religious liberties with a liberal Supreme Court Justice? You see, those decisions would “morally” impact Charlotte and Evelyn and my children for the rest of their lives and I couldn’t idly sit by and say, “Oh well…God’s will be done.” Perhaps you could and you did and that’s fine. That’s your decision and I respect you for it. We must all give each other the latitude in Christ (Romans 14) to do so. You will answer to God for how you have lived and so will I and I can tell you with 100% assurance, that my conscience is clear. I rendered to Caesar that which is Caesar’s.

For me, this election boiled down to: How is the church going to be able to share the Gospel going forward? Will we be free to do so or will it mean jail time for leaders? I wondered: Is the government going to seek to censure us? Clinton led me to believe that was likely and eventually going to be the case. She said over and over again that she was fine with Christians and how they “worship” in their buildings,  but not how they “believe” in the marketplace, and if that “belief” didn’t match up to the postmodern view of the day, then trouble was coming. I was convinced in my mind by the end of her four-year term, I would most likely end up behind bars for preaching Orthodox Biblical teaching about marriage, sexuality, gender and life (abortion).

What had I seen in the last 2 years? I saw a county clerk in KY being locked up for not signing documents that went against her conscience. I had seen bakeries shut down because they wouldn’t bake cakes and t-shirt makers fined because they wouldn’t make t-shirts for ceremonies that violated their consciences. In my own life…I was vilified because I quoted God’s Word on social media. I was told I was a closed-minded and a bigot and an unintelligent fool. And I thought, “What kind of ‘tolerant’ country were we living in!!” There was no tolerance in any of this! And at the end of the day, 81% of so-called “evangelical christians” voted for Trump, because they said: ENOUGH!!! In fact, that 81% was more than George W. Bush got in 2004 with 78%. Truly, it seems that many Christians felt like they had been marginalized and many felt like a minority. And to the polls they went en masse.

So, here we are today, one week after the election and I see the country has a lot of healing to do. The mainstream media is currently pushing the idea that Trump is going to round-up all the LGBT community and all immigrants and throw them out of the country. Yet, if you actually listen to what he is saying, that is not the case. I must say that I respect President Obama for the stance he has taken in welcoming Trump to the White House and also saying publicly that it’s time to move forward and give President-Elect Trump an opportunity. That’s what we did in 2008 and 2012 and that’s what should be done here and now in 2016.

Yes, we have much work to do as a nation and I talked about that today in my Two-Minute Tuesday. I talked about the fact that we have a lot of work to do with the millennial community. They are scared to death that the sky has fallen (mainly being fueled by social media) and yet, we can’t marginalize their feelings any more than how many Christians felt that their feelings were being marginalized over the last 8 years. We must work together to see each other’s point of view and then lovingly show the grace and mercy of Christ in how we bring calm to the hysteria that’s being promoted in many ways. We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work in carrying out our marching orders: Going and making disciples of all nations! And at least for now…I believe I might be able to continue to do that breathing free air and watching my family grow up. 🙂

Two Minute Tuesday, “Many Millennials Are Asking: Is There Any Hope For America?”

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Kevin

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I wrote the Daily Devotion below for today and I hope it will bring you encouragement on this historic day. Here’s today’s Two-Minute Tuesday.

The title is: “Good News For A Change.”

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It’s Election Day, But Remember: The Clouds Are The Dust of God’s Feet

Nahum 1:3

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
    and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
    and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Think of that… The clouds are the dust of God’s feet. As you and I think about this date: November 8, 2016, I’m convinced today will be the beginning of something that we’ve never seen before. Today is election day 2016 and it’s huge. And any way you slice it, there is going to be about 1/2 the country that’s upset with the outcome of today’s election. Half! 50%! That’s huge folks! I feel the weight of today’s outcome and so do you. I know you do. In fact, its people who read devotions who actually care. (Truly, people who don’t care about life too much seldom read devotions in my humble opinion. :))

But, think about the power of God. He is in the whirlwind (that’s a hurricane or tornado). He’s that powerful and whatever happens today will not deter His sovereign plan or His will. Now, that doesn’t excuse us from doing our part, as some have suggested. God expects us to be His salt and light in all areas of life (including politics). We don’t stick our head in the sand and cross our fingers and just hope things get better. No, we are participate in the process and we do our part.

Don’t ever forget that God controls even the hearts of kings and emperors. He can turn the heart of mankind for His will and purpose at any time. Yet, He gives mankind the opportunity to receive or reject Him.

Yesterday, someone emailed this line to me about today’s election:

“We’ll see if God has given up on America!!!”

I replied: Well, I think we might could rephrase that a bit and I would say it this way:

“It won’t be that God has given up on America…but rather…it will be that America has given up on God.”

There is a difference you know. But, even if that’s the case…that doesn’t change the fact that…

Nahum 1:3

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
    and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
    and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Remember pagan Nebuchadnezzar? He had defied God and literally spit in His face. Yet at the end of his life he said:

Daniel 4:34-35

34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;

35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
    and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
    and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
    or say to him, “What have you done?”

Yep, that’s God’s power if I’ve ever seen it. Do you understand what I’m driving at today? God is All-powerful and nothing is out of His control. “None can stay his hand.”

I like how Moses phrased things:

Deuteronomy 4:30

30 When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the Lord your God and obey his voice.

Yes, 50% of the country is not going to be happy tomorrow and many will choose to push the panic button. But, as believers and followers of Christ, I encourage us to remain calm and cheerful, no matter the outcome and realize that God is in control and He still controls the whirlwinds and no one can stay His hand. In the end, we win! Do you get that? In the end…for those of us with an eye on eternity…we win!

Indeed I will say with Nebuchadnezzar:

I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation.

Kevin

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