Friday, April 26, 2013
Below are some books which explain what’s happening in the world today. I have read each of them and found them a worthy source of contemporary and even historical information.
Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy Revealed by Bill Salus
Salus presents an intriguing look at a seldom recognized psalm with a prophetic impact.
Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of your Professional and Personal Life by Linda Elder and Richard Paul
Elder and Paul provide insight very much lacking in the population today. Critical thinking has been excised from the educational life of students today.
GBA 2015 by John A. Turner
Sheriff Turner gives a look at events of the present and near future in a combined fiction and non-fiction format.
How Evil Works by David Kupelian
Kupelian gives insight from a soundly Christian viewpoint into the machinations of evil in our contemporary world.
A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe by F. Michael Maloof
An electromagnetic pulse could devastate our electrical and electronic dependent society by either an air-burst nuclear explosion or a more natural solar production of sun-spot activity.
The U.S. Navy Seal Survival Handbook by Ralph Pezullo and Don Mann
Pezullo and Mann give information and reminders of methods used by our ancestors and today’s Navy Seals for surviving a societal collapse to a more primitive time.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
Franklin provides insight into the early formation of our nation and its political and societal foundations.
Petrus Romanus by Thomas Horn and Chris Putnam
Horn and Putnam present a little-known prediction of papal heritage and the arrival of the final Pope.
Spiritual Tsunami: Bible Prophecy and World Events are Converging by Dr. Fred Thompson
Thompson notes the rapidly convergence toward the final end times of both Bible prophecy and world events.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The choice is ours. We may engage in either form of thinking. Although the latter is often more a reaction generated by emotions and execrable world-view than genuine cognitive reflection.
Excerpts from Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life By Linda Elder and Richard Paul
"The mind is its own place and in itself can make a hell of heaven or a heaven of hell" —Milton, Paradise Lost
You are what you think. Whatever you are doing, whatever you feel, whatever you want—all are determined by the quality of your thinking. If you’re thinking is unrealistic, you’re thinking will lead to many disappointments. If you’re thinking is overly pessimistic, it will deny you due recognition of the many things in which you should properly rejoice.
In a similar way, if the quality of your life is not what you wish it to be, it is probably because it is tied to the way you think about your life. If you think about it positively, you will feel positive about it. If you think about it negatively, you will feel negative about it.
For most people, most of their thinking is subconscious; that is, never explicitly put into words. For example, most people who think negatively would not say of themselves, “I have chosen to think about myself and my experience in largely negative terms. I prefer to be as unhappy as I can be.”
The truth is that since few people realize the powerful role that thinking plays in their lives, few gain significant command of their thinking. And therefore, most people are in many ways “victims” of their own thinking, harmed rather than helped by it. Most people are their own worst enemy. Their thinking is a continual source of problems, preventing them from recognizing opportunities, keeping them from exerting energy where it will do the most good, poisoning relationships, and leading them down blind alleys.
A Complex World of Accelerating Change—Can we deal with incessant and accelerating change and complexity without revolutionizing our thinking? Traditionally, our thinking has been designed for routine, for habit, for automation and fixed procedure. We learned how to do our job, and then we used what we learned over and over. But the problems we now face, and will increasingly face, require a radically different form of thinking, thinking that is more complex, more adaptable, and more sensitive to divergent points of view. The world in which we now live requires that we continually relearn, that we routinely rethink our decisions, and that we regularly reevaluate the way we work and live. In short, there is a new world facing us, one in which the power of the mind to command itself, to regularly engage in self-analysis, will increasingly determine the quality of our work, the quality of our lives, and perhaps even, our very survival.
“Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies; For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you. The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up, And waste your pleasant words” (Proverbs 23:6 NKJ).
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2 NIV).
In the Psalms, many psalms written by King David have portions ending with the word Selah which basically means pause and consider this. We would be wise to have those selah moments applied to our thinking processes.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Something to consider—
“The great paradox of the human race—namely, that we’re so smart we understand just about everything, except ourselves—has never been more striking, or more troubling, than right now.
Today, we understand the physics of an expanding universe and the mysterious behavior of quarks. We know how to create vaccines and custom genes, replace body parts and build space robots. Our knowledge of life and the universe continues to grow dramatically in every field imaginable; except one.
We don’t understand evil—what it is how it works, and why it so routinely and effortlessly ruins our lives. Put another way, we don’t understand ourselves. Despite the human race’s extraordinary capacity for invention and progress, we clearly have a millennia-old blind spot in this one all-important area.”
Excerpt from How Evil Works by David Kupelian
The very core of today’s challenges lies in the nature of evil. Abject evil is the fundamental essence of the multitude of problems we face: economic, environmental, physical, emotional, moral, ethical, and spiritual. Because mankind has forsaken the knowledge of God, the Lord is allowing us to experience the reality of evil and the machinations of the devil.
Philosopher George Santayana reminds us of the value of history, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Today, we are so distracted by urgent matters that we have forgotten the lessons of the bible that teach us about God’s goodness and positive plans for us. From the “git go” evil was present and opposing God’s wonderful plans.
Just over the past two centuries, history has recorded some atrocious massacres and acts of genocide. The introduction of ideologies that encouraged departure from godly principles and faith practice has resulted in development of extremely secular approaches to society:
Communism—a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order.
National Socialism—was the ideology of the Nazi Party in Germany and related movements outside Germany. It is a variety of fascism that incorporates biological racism and anti-Semitism. Nazism developed in Germany from the influence of the far-right racist German nationalist movement and the anti-communist paramilitary culture which fought against the communists in post-World War I Germany.
Socialism—a kinder, gentler socialism that rejects centralized, elitist, or authoritarian methods of transitioning from capitalism to socialism in favor of grassroots-level movements aiming for the immediate creation of decentralized economic democracy.
The term is often used by socialists who favor either electoral transition to socialism or a spontaneous mass revolution from below to distinguish themselves from authoritarian socialists that call for a single-party state, most notably to contrast with Marxist-Leninists and Maoists.
Progressism—a general political philosophy advocating or favoring gradual social, political, and economic reform. Modern Progressivism emerged as part of a more general response to the vast social changes brought by industrialization.
All of these ideologies are present in our world and in our nation’s leadership today. We must resist them. They are the means by which the enemy of our soul wants to divert us into secondary battles so he may win the war.
We’re fighting the wrong battles
We can learn from the Chinese warrior strategist Sun Tsu. Though he was writing The Art of War circa 500 B.C., many of the principles he identified to be a successful commander are valid today. Even Barack Obama uses some of them (scrubbed through Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, of course). Obama’s implementation is shown below in [square brackets].
- All warfare is based on deception. [Tell the enemy one thing and then do another.][Lie a lot.]
- When able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
- Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. [Make the enemy think you want to “reach across the aisle” in open negotiation and then force him to do what you want.][Use Executive Orders to realize your objectives if you cannot convince the enemy otherwise to do it your way.]
- If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. [Don’t let up on the enemy even for national holidays or recessions in Congress.]
- Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. [When the enemy is prepared to fight you on one front, move to another.]
- Cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays. [Keep up the pressure and don’t let off.]
- The proximity of an army causes prices to go up; and high prices cause the people's substance to be drained away. [Use the economy to destroy the enemy’s will to fight.][Make sequesters hurt the maximum number of people in the worst possible way.]
- In order to kill the enemy, our men must be roused to anger. [The anger does not even have to make sense. Angry people do not reason well.]
- Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. [You have won when the enemy withdraws from the battlefield.]
- The rule is, not to besiege walled cities if it can possibly be avoided. [Don’t attack where the enemy is strong and protected.][Alinsky says, “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”]
- The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. [Recognize that the enemy will adhere to what he thinks is higher principles. That is a weakness you may exploit. Alinsky says, “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.].
- Security against defeat implies defensive tactics; ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive. [Keep pushing at every turn in the contest. Alinsky says, “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”]
- To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. [Obama thinks he is smarter than the average bear and is above the common man’s way of thinking.]
- The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers. [Divide and conquer!][Get the enemy fighting among themselves. Create division and disparate group identities.]
- One who is skillful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, according to which the enemy will act. [‘nuf said]
- Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted. [Control the agenda and be there first.]
- You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended.
Note with me please that most of Alinsky’s tactics are the very same that the devil uses. They are also the ones which will be used by the Antichrist of Revelation.
Satan is the father of lies. Jesus said to some Jews who opposed his message, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44 NIV).
Scripture tells us to “resist the devil and he will flee from you,” but we often fail to obey the qualifying condition, “submit yourselves to God” (James 4:7 NIV).
Since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, man has been plagued by constant strife with evil. The apostle Paul instructs believers to don armor to engage in the warfare with “rulers, authorities, principalities, powers of this dark world, and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:11-12 NIV).
We are clearly in a war with evil and so must be aware of the enemies we face.
As the time of the end draws ever nearer, believers in God Almighty must become aware of the opposition’s ways and with God’s provision for His people.
We are on the winning team and will prevail if we do not flag in our dedication and effort, trusting ever in the Lord. Our job is to arm ourselves, stand with courage and the strength God provides, and to resist the subtle temptations to yield to fear or terror. We must resist the efforts of the devil to seduce believers into compromise and apostasy.
The enemy will try to keep us confused about the location of the battle lines. God is not the author of confusion, the devil is. Stay focused, alert and vigilant.