Tuesday, December 17, 2013
“You Need to Stop Reading So Much!” This admonition was given to me by one of my customers and friends. He cautioned me against being too informed about the things that are being done in the government and the world. He said that I cannot do anything about them, as people are not paying attention. When I responded that this is the problem, he told me that I cannot change this and that I only cause myself trouble by reading so much.
As a Christian I do find his words to be accurate. I am deeply troubled on account of my concern for what ought to be, things that I cannot cause to be. After all, I cannot even make these things to be in my own daily life. Why should I imagine that I can make these things to be in the activities of the world.
As a Christian I continually face the paradoxical existence of both Saint and Sinner within my being. Thus, as a saint I desire the Lord’s righteousness. But as a sinner, I resist Him and His will and His ways and turn from trusting Him to seeking to do for Him what only He can do.
Yet as a saint, I do also have an inborn caring and concern for the welfare of all. Tyranny and terrorism and war and murder and abortion and child abuse and divorce and spouse abuse and GMOs and processed glutamates and processed aspartic acid and a host of other toxins added to foods and water as well as limitless evils in the world, these all concern me. I often want to speak out concerning these.
Yet how far can such efforts reach? Moreover, to what degree do such concerns fall to me?
The Lord does give directives in this regard. He directs each of us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and to trust that all other things He will see to as well.
Then He also directs each of us to fulfill the duties or responsibilities of our own vocations. Sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, pastors and teachers, farmers and ranchers, employers and employees, citizens and officials, we each have vocations that bind us to specific responsibilities that are easily perceived. Of these vocations, some are to be counted as foremost, with others being subordinated to these.
For example, fatherhood is above citizen or even pastor or government official. Mother is above teacher or employee or employer. Daughter is above student or student body president.
It seems that Christians frequently forget the proper order and turn things around. I certainly do. Sadly, I believe that my blog posts often are a reflection of this. My daily management of my time reflects this. How I serve my wife as her husband surely reflects this.
God has blessed me to be a husband. This is my primary vocation. I also am a son and a brother. I also am a son-in-law and brother-in-law. I also am a friend. I also am a pastor. I also am a businessman/arborist. Husband and head of house both bodily and spiritually is the highest earthly honor and responsibility that God has given me.
It is a great blessing and I will do well to remember this and treat it with the appropriate honor. Then the blessings attached to all things in my life will be received as the Lord has graciously ordained and godly contentment will rule my life. God grant this. Amen.
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Monday, December 16, 2013
In case this information has escaped notice, the IMF has declared that it wants governments, especially the USA’s, to begin taxing at a rate of 71%.
IMF Calls For US Income Taxes as High as 71 Percent
IMF Wants a 71 Percent Tax Rate
IMF is the initialism for the International Monetary Fund.
Hollywood took this and used it in the Mission Impossible TV series and then the Movie series. In this story line IMF stands for Impossible Mission Force, where the special mission team performs covert missions on behalf of the shadow rulers of the world. Their missions are impossible in nature and yet they heroically complete the missions, with the common folk never knowing.
Would the common folk accept this impossible imposition of taxation without the many years of covert activity of the IMF? Did the common folk elect the IMF to control the world's monetary instruments? Do the decisions of the IMF ever require approval from the common people?
What is the effect of such taxation? Even if this exorbitant tax rate is imposed only upon business owners and the so-called wealthy, does this not cause even more inflation of prices of common goods and services? If so, who then really bears the brunt of these taxes? Is it not the common laborer who already struggles to purchase goods and services at the already unaffordable prices?
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Friday, December 13, 2013
While it seems unlikely that the Councilwoman meant for this statement to reveal the actual mentality of the Council, sometimes things just come out from the heart without restraint.
Perhaps repeating the snippet five times was overdoing it a bit. However, it does demonstrate how annoying and disheartening it is to hear this from them ad nauseam. We hear this in their speeches, in their actions, and in the bills and taxes.
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In our latest bill from the City of Wichita for our water usage is this flyer: H2O-flyer-PDF
Here is the City of Wichita video presenting the deep compassion of this new program:
At 1:28 in this video the presenter says:
It is so important to me, especially after the last water bill raise.
In the opening portion of the video she says:
Over the last few years I have called to complain about the outrageous increases. With each increase was another excuse.
The last time that I called can you guess the answer that I was given?
I was told that the City is punishing us for using water.
This is UN Agenda 21 being implemented without actually acknowledging it.
Yes, this has been an ongoing problem. With one of the rate hikes we were told that it was because we had not used enough water.
Yes, the City claimed that it could not meet the Water Department’s budget because people had conserved too efficiently. So the City raised the rates to steal more money from us. If less water is used, so also less cost is demanded of the corporation called “The City of Wichita.” But they are seeking to make money, not merely to meet budgets.
Now they are spending money on a program and its propaganda, to urge citizens to give compassionately for the poor people whom the City Council has broken financially.
Surely we should be deeply moved by the compassionate approval of this program.
What fools we are. We have allowed them to raise our rates endlessly, with truly asinine excuses that change with the wind.
What has happened to all of the increased revenue? Where has it gone? Why do the City Council members not simply use these excess funds to help those whom they have broken?
Why do the people of Wichita continue to allow such frauds to hold office and to abuse the populace?
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Perhaps the more pertinent question is “Why do I continue to imagine that attempting to call people to be aware with the hope of action on their part is a worthwhile venture?”
Twice we voted down the building of an undersized arena in the downtown area. Twice they put it on the ballot and we said “NO!” Then they told us that they were building it anyway and that they would make us pay for it, putting on the ballot two choices as to how we would allow them to steal our money. Our sales tax rate was increased as a result.
They continue such abuses and they continue in office.
They raise our water usage rates because we don’t use enough water. They raise our rates because we use too much water. They raise our rates because the rates are too low. They raise our rates without justification several times. They raise our rates to help pay to pump river water into the aquifer. They raise our rates because they want to raise our rates.
Now they want us to raise our rates voluntarily!
The truly disheartening reality is that people will do it.
Even more disheartening is the realization that people will believe that this money will be used to help others.
How soon after this will the next non-voluntary water rate increase be implemented?
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Telemarketing is reaching new levels of invasive methods.
In a Time NewsFeed article, Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She’s A Robot is a report, with actual recordings, of conversations in phone calls, where a robotic telemarketing voice denies being a robot.
Be warned that the Soundcloud recordings place cookies on your computer. So if you listen, you will need to clear your browsers cookies.
I have prepared a transcript of Recording 68 for those who do not want to bother with the cookies:
This is very much like many overseas customer service encounters, where the so-called customer service representative uses a script from which he or she barely deviates whatsoever. But this is even more annoying and troubling.
The Time NewsFeed article states that their investigation of this included calling the company, Premier Health Plans Inc., and visiting the website. After speaking with several company employees, finally Martin was addressed. They reprort:
Martin also said he would inquire internally about whether Samantha West worked for the company, but would not be able to respond to the request Monday night. TIME will update the story with any additional information he provides.
They additionally report:
UPDATE: As of Dec. 11, one day after this story published, the phone number listed above was no longer answered by Samantha West. Rather, it diverted callers to a busy signal. Also the website, premierhealthagency.com, had been taken offline.
Sadly, the National Do Not Call Registry no longer seems to be enforced.
I have challenged many telemarketers regarding this law and many have not even heard of it.
The NSA and other government agencies are so prolific in their spying activities directed at US citizens, and the complications of the Affordable Care Act and the NDAA and the Patriot Act and the host of Presidential Executive orders quite effectively make any laws for the protection of the private citizens nothing more than showpieces.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Today my wife and I celebrate our survival of twenty-one years together as husband and wife.
Yesterday she was astonished to realize that she had forgotten our wedding anniversary until yesterday. She shared this with me and I was startled to realize that while I thought of it all last month and even most of last week, that it had disappeared from my thoughts that day as well.
Ouch! What a powerful reminder of our dysfunctional ways on account of our frailty as sinful humans!
On the other hand, it also serves as a powerful reminder of who has joined us as one and who it is that preserves us as one.
How I wish that I lived in full acknowledgment of the man and husband that the Lord has made me to be by His gracious decree. My life surely does not serve as a witness to His gracious gifts and promises. My faithfulness to my wife is sadly lacking. Thankfully, it is not my faithfulness that matters. Thankfully, she knows this, too.
As a concluding portion of our wedding worship service, I shared this promise and confession:
My dear bride, Stephanie,
Today I have made to you a very bold promise, to be to you a true and faithful husband. This promise I do not make in my own name, for I know that on the basis of my own name I am but a bum. But I also bear another Name, the Name of my Lord Christ, and in His Name I am a prince. And so, in the Name of my Lord Christ I will be to you your prince.
I have been true to my word. By my own name and efforts I have been a bum. I cannot even number the ways in which I have failed my bride as her husband. I certainly have not been faithful in forsaking all others besides the Lord. How many times have I put myself and my desires and my emotions above her? How many times have I selfishly enumerated her shortcomings? How many times have I counted as shortcomings her personal needs of body, heart, mind, and spirit?
Thanks be to God that she remembers the latter part of my promise. Thanks be to God that she counts me as a good and loving and faithful husband not because of what I say and do, but because of the Lord’s gracious decree.
And this is what she continually reminds me as what she counts as the reason for me being a blessing in her life. She reminds me that as her husband and also as her pastor I direct her the Lord and his grace, mercy, and peace. She does count me as a prince for His sake.
What a wonderfully refreshing reminder this serves us regarding Christ and His Church. What we observe Him doing for us is what He does for His beloved bride. In fact, what He does for us flows directly from what He does for His dear bride. This is what St. Paul blessedly proclaims in Ephesians 5:21-33.
The Lord’s goodness is displayed in everything, and especially in the one-flesh union of His Church that is reflected in our one-flesh union that we celebrate this day. Truly it is a happy and blessed anniversary!
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I wandered to a site that I rarely visit anymore and observed a video presentation entitled My Squishy Unity Jesus. In this presentation the Reverend Pastor Fisk in his usual less than reverent style speaks to the issue of the Twentieth Century Ecumenical Movement as it has progressed to the present day. He addresses the issue that the concept of unity has been redefined to mean the exact opposite of what the Scriptures teach that the unity of the Church is.
He makes valid points concerning the invalidity of this altered definition. He makes valid points concerning what unity really is and why it is necessary. He attempts to call those who profess to be Christian to embrace the unity that the Holy Spirit creates through the means of grace.
It continues to perplex me that men such as the Reverend Pastor Fisk make such a big deal out of something that they themselves do not truly believe. After all, if they truly believed the marks of the Church to be the administration of the pure means of grace and if they truly believed that unity in the doctrine and practice of these to be necessary for the existence of the true Church and for the salvific power of the Gospel to be effected, would they not actually practice in accord with this unity?
Yet they remain in a church body that teaches that true unity in doctrine and practice and mission do not exist within that church body. Even more amazingly, they pride themselves for embracing the notion that striving to achieve 85% unity is a noble goal that is achievable.
If unity in doctrine and practice concerning the pure Gospel and Sacraments is the definition of the true Church, as Fisk claims to believe, then what is he and his brethren really saying of their own church body?
Fisk continually says on his site that he believes and unconditionally subscribes with a quia subscription to the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as found in the Book of Concord. Of these Confessions or statements of belief and practice the Augsburg Confession is especially set forward. And this Confession states the definition of the Church in Article VII, saying of what the “Lutherans” teach:
It would be cause for rejoicing if this were truly what Christians believed, taught, confessed, AND practiced.
How many Churches does AC VII teach? ONE.
There are not many Churches but One Church.
This Church is holy, which means sacred or set apart by the Lord unto Himself to be perfect even as He is perfect. This perfection of the Church is not found as perfection of the individuals but in the perfection of the Lord. He gives His perfection through His means of grace. The perfect holiness of the Church is its unity of doctrine and practice, that is, in its unity as “the congregation of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered.”
How wonderful it would be if Pastor Fisk and his fellow pastors and the leaders of his church body actually believed this so as to abide by it. How wonderful it would be if they actually believed this so that they rejected the notion of 85% and actually embraced the unity in which the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the true believers in Christ.
Sadly, this is not their way. It is heart-breaking to observe what they hold high in place of this unity. It is gut wrenching to observe the thing that matters most, as this video yet again displays at the very end:
This sentiment truly is the issue at hand. St. Paul addresses this concerning his former idolatry from which the Lord converted and saved him.
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (Philippians 3:1-7)
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood. (Galatians 1:11-16)
While loyalty to Grandpa remains the defining nature of membership and participation in a church body, to whom are such devotees ultimately devoted? Whose word and way ultimately defines that church and the life and way of its members?
This is a very dangerous matter. It leads away from the true unity of the one true faith and the life that flows from that faith. It leads to the inevitable dysfunction that sin produces. If the church is Grandpa’s church, then it bears Grandpa’s image and suffers Grandpa’s imperfection and corruption.
This is not the Church confessed in the Augsburg Confession. AC VII confesses one holy Church that is united not by the traditions of men/grandpas, but united in the agreement concerning the doctrine of the Gospel and the right administration the Sacraments.
Grandpa is rotting in the grave awaiting the day of the resurrection and the judgment of mankind. That is where he should be left until the great day of the return of the Lord Jesus in His glory. Leave sinful Grandpa and draw near to the Lord of glory who comes to His Church wherever the means of grace are rightly administered. Wherever this is the way, the Church is truly united in the Lord’s holiness. No disunity remains in this Church. No dysfunction surfaces. For the unity of doctrine and practice rule this Church, as the Lord has promised.
Oh that this would be what is proclaimed in place of Grandpa and us and our church. Then all of our squishy ways would be replaced by the Rock solid foundation of the means through which God Himself solidifies His Church. His gifts are 100% pure and where they are administered in this purity the congregation is gathered into the absolute unity that belongs to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The ultimate earthly expression and confession of this is the Supper of His Holy Communion.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
In the previous post Dr. Russell Blaylock: Fluoride and Mercury, I shared a video presentation by Dr. Russell Blaylock on this subject. I also included a link to the article WHY I CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT WATER FLUORIDATION, in which the author cites seventy-three sources in his “References” footnotes. Seventy-three sources!
Yet in the comments to my post, an anonymous commentator calling himself “Christian” calls for references. In the right sidebar of my blog I also supply various links to other sites that provide a multitude of references on this matter as well as mercury poisoning and the vaccination fraud.
I cannot really say anything for certain about the motives of “Christian,” but his manner seems to give a strong indication. The fact that at his Blogger Profile he identifies himself as an atheist, leaves the reader wondering whether “Christian” is really his name or whether it may be a sarcastic attempt at mocking those who have truly been marked with this name. Certainly there are atheists who have come from families who named children as Christian, both as their given name as well as through the sacrament of Baptism. So only this person knows his motive. However, whenever a person hides behind comments given anonymously, not identifying oneself but hiding in the shadows, it limits the reader’s trust severely.
I previously refrained from responding, not desiring to engage in an argument. The facts stand. Arguing them with one who deliberately ignores what is presented is meaningless.
Dave Bachand expressed his frustration with “Christian” saying: “"Never argue with stupid people as they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience".”
However, since some readers could be dissuaded by the false arguments presented by this debater from giving serious consideration to the facts, I will make some responsive points.
Stupidity may not be the issue as much as being misled and misinformed by those who deliberately are promoting disinformation. In his original comment “Christian” said:
I think one of the most important things to realize is that flourine gas is different to flouride. Every chemist would tell you that flourine gas will kill you, but a flouride (a salt) is not always toxic.
Secondly, this Dr Blaylock is also an anti vaccer which goes against all science. Vaccines are safe and people that promote not vaccinating are killing children.
Both of these statements are false.
Regarding the first statement, one needs to consider that not all chemists are biochemists, and thus they approach chemistry from a different perspective. In fact, not all chemists pay much attention to issues of toxicity. But one also needs to understand the difference between toxic and lethal, which “Christian” demonstrates that he has completely ignored. Not all toxins are lethal at low doses. Moreover, virtually any substance can become toxic or even lethal at high enough levels.
Regarding specifically fluoride, one does not need a chemistry degree to know whether or not it is toxic. Just read the warning on any fluoride toothpaste carton. Or you could view these sources that I posted in Drink this!
I’ll post them again here for your ease of perusal.
Two items especially grab my attention:
This product may be fatal if inhaled or swallowed. Irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, and skin can result from contact with this product.
Keep away from food
Not toxic? Every chemist would tell you? Really?
These are the chemicals being added to municipal drinking water supplies. Are these warning labels hard to understand? Will every chemist really say that these are false labels and that fluoride is not toxic?
People have indeed been misinformed. But upon seeing these evidences to the contrary of what the propagandists for the globalist agenda have flooded the media, anyone who still insists that fluoride is not toxic and not a genuine concern when added to water, to toothpaste, and the many other places it is used, truly do fall into a category other than misinformed.
Regarding vaccines, “Christian” also gives one very feeble reference to the CDC. He says:
Even the CDC agrees that the minor Hg levels in vaccines are not harmful.
Perhaps this statement is merely more evidence of blind trust. But it really is also a matter of not thinking for oneself.
First of all, to accept what the globalist CDC says without further verification is dangerous. People need to remember who the CDC is and what their stated agenda is. Forced vaccination of the world’s populace is part of their stated agenda. Could that possibly be reason to question their evaluation of mercury in vaccines?
For anyone who wants an honest appraisal of this issue, I offer these links to Tips for Countering Vaccination Advocates and Influencing Others and Vaccines Uncensored.
While it seems to have been offered sarcastically, “Christian” gives this word of advice that is worthy of attention:
I also suggest that while you are staying away from vaccines, you stop eating any processed food and taking medicine.
Reading the labels on processed food from an informed perspective will certainly lead a person to agree with this advice about avoiding processed foods.
Also reading the labels on medication containers and the pages of warnings supplied by the pharmacist will lead a person to the same conclusion about medications. They should be avoided as much as is possible, for they are toxic and harmful. Sometimes such things are necessary, but should be avoided as much as is possible. A person becomes especially aware of this when one learns that in many cases there are better, more effective, and safer natural remedies than those that have so many listed side-effects.
Finally, if a person determines that ingesting fluoride and taking vaccines is desirable, then that person is free to pursue this. But it is not right or fair to impose this upon those who have seriously studied this issue and desire not to partake of these things. Moreover, it is wrong to force others to pay for these things against their will.
Read the studies. For crying out loud, READ the LABELS!
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