The National Back to Church Sunday is a blitz to get church members to invite people to come to church on September 20th. The effort emphasizes inviting friend, neighbors and loved ones to come a special Sunday Service just for them. The notion of a “special service” just for people who are invited to church seems noble on the surface but is it noble or is it ignoble?
The problem with such a notion is that it is designed to bolster attendance at Sunday services to support brick and mortar institutions rather than applying the last command that Jesus gave the church. That command was not a call to a “Come Ye” gospel but the command to spread “Go Ye’” gospel. There is one main problem with the idea of “inviting” someone to church and that is it is not obeying the last command that Jesus gave which was to share the gospel where ever the believer goes. Institutional religion has instilled in it’s members the idea that you have to bring someone to church so they can hear the gospel. “Butts in chairs” as one popular pastor in Atlanta Georgia puts it. Continue reading
I have been a Christian for more than fifty years. I grew up in the house hold of a preacher and when I was nine years old I transferred my trust to Jesus at Emmanuel Baptist church in Lake Charles Louisiana (on or near Resurrection Sunday). I was baptized (immersed) a week later. Since then I have not always walked with the Lord but I have always known that He had called me to walk with Him and follow Him. I began to study God’s Word in earnest when I was in my thirties and since that time I have come to understand just how far America has departed from God’s Word.
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld a ruling by a lower court striking down the States right to define the nature of marriage as being between one man and one woman. States voted on these laws to protect themselves from the tyranny of a federal government that has begun to cater to and promote atheistic beliefs that are contrary to the teaching of God’s Word. The people of these states wanted to take action to protect themselves from the very things that are now resulting because of the Supreme Court ruling. People are now finding that their belief in God and their trust in God’s Word is beginning to result in persecution by the very “state” that is supposed to protect their religious freedom and the practice thereof.
Who is the the Swampfox. Me of course!
Swampfox shrimp creole is one my favorite dishes. I particularly love this dish on a cold day but, hey, it’s good any time.
In my case I love to add a little extra black pepper to get some extra “pungent” heat. The recipe works best with fresh shrimp and fresh cayenne pepper but if you don’t have the real deal you may substitute jalapeno or use a milder pepper like poblano. Serve the creole over brown (my favorite) or white rice. The key is letting the dish simmer for a while before adding the final ingredients. The green onions are as much for looks as flavor and they add a colorful contrast to the dish.
The Swampfox creole is easy to make and takes about 30 minutes fridge to plate. Yum! Continue reading
In the cartoon movie Despicable Me, the Nefario Principle, a characteristic of the typical high-powered Shrink Ray, was described by Dr. Nefario to be “the duration of the shrunken state of an object is inversely proportional to the mass of the object.” Nothing could be more applicable in the case of the Hillary Clinton’s nefarious acts hitherto referenced as Clintonous-nefariosa. Yes, Clintonous-nefariosa is intended to sound like an infectious disease. Because the nefarious activities of the Clintons over the years have proven to be more like an infectious disease than a philanthropological inspiration. James McDougal, who went to jail of over Whitewater, described the Clintons as “sort of like tornadoes moving through people’s lives.” I can only imagine the magnitude of the behemoth that will emerge when the mass of the shrunken state of the nefarious deeds exceeds the characteristic duration of the Nefario Principle. Continue reading
As the current political season begins to unfold and the first republican debate is at our backs. The establishment pundits are incredulous, mostly with fear, because the comfort of their corrupt system is under threat. Their partisan potentates have fallen to the bottom of the list. Their crony candidates have been summarily rejected. The most staggering thing of all is they do not comprehend the degree to which they have been rejected.
The 2014 election was marked by some very interesting things. Joni Ernst snuck up on the establishment and took the Iowa senate seat. But she was not supposed to win. The republicans didn’t have a chance against the Democrat Tom Harkin. No attention was given to this race. But there was another race where the establishment GOP became actively involved. Mississippi! Their crony incumbent, Thad Cochran, was in big trouble. Mississippi senator Chris McDaniel was about to trounce the old GOP hack. The establishment, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, could not let that happen.
Look at the lengths to which the GOP went to insure that senate candidate Chris McDaniel did not win the primary. Thad Cochran was about to go down in flames. The establishment GOP rallied in support raising over a million dollars the last week of the campaign. But the fight was futile, Cochran was going to be crushed in a landslide. The conservative people of Mississippi were going to send the old GOP establishment crony packing.
Recently, I heard a brief talk by Dr. Benjamin Carson that caused me to sit up straight in my chair. I really could not believe my ears so I replayed the video several times to make sure I hear Dr. Carson correctly. I immediately began to do what he said and read up for myself on the issue. I was struck, in particular, by two things Dr. Carson mentioned.
- The founder of Planed Parenthood was racially biased
The two things really go hand-in-hand. Hitler was heavily into eugenics using the concept to create an Aryan super race. But did you know there was, and apparently still is, a movement in the United States to eliminate those who would burden society? This movement is nothing new. Plato suggested the idea of selective mating to produce a “guardian class”.
A Trail of Tales – Watergate
Watergate – You’re Kidding!
It was the year 1974. President Richard Milhouse Nixon was swirling in the sinkhole of the Watergate scandal. Jerry Zeifman, the general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, was struggling with not only the Watergate scandal but a member of the staff hired to work on the case. This young lawyer, age 27 at the time, was recommended by law professor Burke Marshall. But Zeifman had a problem with a staff member who submitted a brief that, as he put it, “was so fraudulent and ridiculous, she would have been disbarred if she had submitted it to a judge.” That young lawyer, Hillary Rodham Clinton (Dan Calabrese finds confirmation of Clinton’s fraud as Watergate attorney).
Thinking about the Fox News Republican Debate 1 last week I can’t help but lose a lot of respect for the Fox anchors. It was terribly sad to see them attack one candidate in particular. It appears that Fox is strongly inclined to the partisanism of the establishment rather than truly fair and balanced reporting and debate hosting to which they claim to subscribe. Someone at Fox should have scrapped many of those questions well before the debate. This is a republic where candidates are elected to support the constituents who elected them not the party to which they belong or the special interests who paid for their campaigns, among other things. Continue reading
The purpose of this post is to document how to set up an SSTP PureVPN dedicated IP connection on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) using the desktop.
First follow the instruction on “http://support.purevpn.com/sstp-configuration-guide-for-ubuntu” to install and set up the initial SSTP VPN connection. When you connect using a normal gateway this will work just fine. However, if you have a dedicated IP gateway there is another step you must add in order for the SSTP VPN to connect. You must add credentials to /etc/ppp/chap-secrets for the dedicated connection.
Without the credentials in /etc/ppp/chap-secrets it is likely you’ll receive this message“The VPN connection ‘xxxxx’ failed because there were no valid VPN secrets.”
If you receive that message simply follow the instructions below.
The format of the file is:
# Secrets for authentication using CHAP
# client server secret IP addresses
purevpn-user-id purevpn—server purevpn-password
Once this information has been entered the server needs to be restarted. The simplest way is to just “Reboot” the server.
God’s Word is Important But…
In “Section 6” we looked at distractions that slowly creep in to replace love and compassion with head-knowledge and Godly motivation with that of man-centered traditions. In the final section, The Fatal Distraction-Section 7, we will look at how we can be victorious over the things that distract believers from fulfilling the “Great Commission” that Jesus as He departed to be with the Father. The command that Jesus gave us as believers is the difference between “heaven and hell” for those who have not heard the gospel. The focus for believers must be that of Holy Spirit empowered declaration in a world that is perishing as opposed to introverted pontification in religious machination as a rebellion against the world around us!
Recipe for Success
As we walk out our life in Christ Jesus we must never forget that God desires “Compassion not sacrifice”. God’s Word tells us in Hosea 6:6 “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” and in 1 Samuel 15:22 “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” The fact that God demonstrated His steadfast and merciful love for us, as we were dead in our sin but made alive through Christ Jesus, He also wants us to demonstrate that steadfast love and mercy to those who are perishing.
In order to insure that we do not become Pharisaical toward those who do not know Jesus we must always remember that we were sinners separated from God for eternity by our sin nature. It must never leave our conscience that apart from God’s gracious gift of His Son Jesus we would be hopeless, helpless, hedonists that are displeasing to God in every way. The apostle Paul said it best in Romans 7:24:25 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”