The Imperial Media – Draining the Swamp

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

Media Consolidation

The Presidency of Mr. Nixon was ended when the media successfully ended his career via numerous insider reports about his conduct. The end of the Imperial Presidency led to the rise of a new Imperial power – the media. Now, we are seeing members of President Trump’s administration becoming the victims of the Imperial media as they leave office amidst supposed but not confirmed scandals. It may be time to drain the swamp of the Imperial media.

The media has become painfully aware that their support of Mr. Trump in the Republican Primaries has led to the defeat of their favored candidate for President, Hillary Clinton. Not having the symbiosis customary with elected officials, free advertisements (earned media) in exchange of corporate welfare (news maker interviews), the media supported one candidate in hopes of getting benefits from another. Their attempt to manipulate the election (more than any supposed action by Russia) has put them on the outside of the halls of power.

The media is familiar with the halls of power. Not only do the media connect with the political officials of government in office, they have their own facility within a government complex. The White House briefing room, used for press conferences, is situated within a small building that once housed a swimming pool for President Roosevelt. President Nixon ordered it to be drained and boarded over the swimming pool to turn it into a resource for the media. However, his good intentions were not rewarded by the media.

The Press and President Nixon had a combative relationship even after he built a special room for them at the White House. CBS’s Dan Rather made his name during the Watergate scandal by directly confronting the President during a press conference (Houston, Texas; 1974). Insider leaks to the media led to the end of Nixon’s term in the White House. The Nixon Presidency, once called the Imperial Presidency has since been replaced by the reign of the Imperial Media. Recently, Dan Rather threatened President Elect Trump (11 Jan 17) saying what happened to Nixon could happen to him. And we’re seeing this daily by the Imperial Media.

The White House press briefing room has undergone many improvements and renovations since the days of President Nixon. Theater seats were added by the order of President Reagan. And in honor of his former press secretary, James Brady, the briefing room has since been called the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. As it sits above an empty swimming pool today, it has become a swamp where the Press continually press their attacks against the Presidency and more particularly against the administration of Donald Trump.

The recent resignation by retired Gen. Michael Flynn as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser was precipitated by media scandal. The insider reports came from classified documents leaked to the media. While dealing with the apparent wrong doing by Gen. Flynn who miscommunicated with Vice President Pence, the media is guilty of actual violations of the law.

The fact that the media prosecutes their political objectives is clear. Edward R Murrow did this in the 1950s and today’s press cherish the Edward R Murrow Awards given to them. Most people know about the liberal media bias but few recognize the belligerent media bias that reporters have when they prosecute cases like they are prosecuting attorneys against some criminal or corporation. The media is out of bounds when they try cases in the public without giving due process to the people they prosecute.

The media often hire lawyers who pretend to be reporters who then prosecute the people they interview to make news. A highlight of the media or a reporter’s career is getting people in trouble with the law, not because they have broken the law, but because they represent their political opposition. Recall when Al Capone went to jail for violations of tax law. This was not so he would pay his back taxes; it was a foil to punish him for his other criminal violations. The media uses the law as a political tool in this fashion.

The Courts as well respond to the pseudo-legal activity of the media. The information gathered by the media without due process is often used in a case against individuals. When the media interview people and ask questions as though they were deposing that individual, the information is recorded and later used against them in a court of law. When the media have no authority to press their questions upon individuals they try to impress people with their ability to sway those in authority to action against them. The media is not working for the American people but for their own interests.

Not only is the media involved in pseudo legal activity for political advantage, they are involved in many corporate mergers for monetary gain. In 1983, during the Reagan era, 50 companies owned 90% of the media in America. In 2011, during the Obama era, 6 companies: CBS, Disney, GE, News Corp, Time Warner, and Viacom, owned more 90% of the media in America. The press briefings in the White House and other news maker interviews amount to nothing more than corporate welfare. It is time to drain this swamp.

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Swimming in profits from multiple mergers, media corporations rake in more money during political campaigns. A key feature of all political campaigns are the political ads that are sold in numerous media outlets. The obvious beneficiary of these ad sales is the media. Yet these same media outlets complain bitterly about the high cost of political campaigns that spend money on their very expensive advertising. Hypocritically, the media is not interested in reducing the cost of campaigns by reducing the cost of their ads. The only time the media will give a discount for advertisement is when they give candidates free advertisement via earned media in hopes of getting news maker interviews if/when the candidates get elected. This swamp is crawling with reptiles and needs to be drained.

Corporate welfare is what we see daily when reporters in the Brady briefing room hammer the new President’s administration. There is nothing in the Constitution that requires the President to furnish the media with free news in the form of news maker interviews or daily briefigs. It is only a tradition that compels any elected official to cooperate with the Press. The idea to facilitate a free and informed electorate with a free and independent press is a good idea. But the media not interested in keeping the people informed when they pursue their own political agenda and profit margins.

The value that the media suppose they bring to the American people is the preservation of our Republic. It is often said that without a free and independent press, our Republic will fail. However, the media fails to do its job to preserve our Republic, which calls for a reform of the media. Instead of preserving our Republic, they undermine professional journalism with their tabloid journalism. And although the media believes they add value to our society, they oppose traditional American values with the constant abuse of basic moral values (espousing abortion, gay rights, recreational drug use, etc.). And as they dismiss the literal interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and undermine the value of morality to define the rule of law, the media fails to preserve our Republic. It is time to drain the swamp.

Perhaps it is time to renovate the White House (Brady) press briefing room by removing those plush chairs and turning it into an internet-television studio for the President to use instead of the media. The President is fond of non-traditional media, has a background in television, and is interested in reaching out to the hearts and minds of Americans. Maybe it is time to ‘fire’ the media and hire personnel who can broadcast news and information to the American people directly over the internet from a new ‘Brady Studio?’

Along with a White House press advisor, why not create a White House press team to investigate the Executive Branch of the federal government? Interviewing personnel of various bureaucracies that dominate our nation’s government will help expose their good and bad deeds for all Americans to see. Investigative journalists who are paid by the White House to do their own brand of investigative journalism inside the government could expose waste, fraud and abuse, highlight what works in government, and give the American people an insider’s look at what their government is up to. Recall the idea of the government of, by, and for the People? How about a press core reporting directly to the People from the White House?

Instead of providing for the voracious appetites of the media who slanders and abuse the President and his administration daily, perhaps it is time to compete with the media by doing their job better than they do themselves. Competition will draw more people to the White House via the internet and erode the abuse of power by corporate media. This competition can include news maker interviews that are done by the White House press team as various officials come to the White House for both an interview for internet TV and a visit with the President.

Foreign officials can come and give an interview for presentation online highlighting the value that two countries have to work together for their common good. History can be presented in this studio as various agencies and their actions over the years are presented. Commentary can also come from the President whose fire side chats can come from a chromakeyed fire place. The possibilities for the President to reach the average American are endless.

The traditional media are losing their grasp of American minds and of their own sanity when they oppose Christian values and Conservative perspectives of government. Having a truly alternate means of communicating with the average person on the internet will help those who do not want to be inundated with the liberal media bias. Americans are fed-up with business as usual and want Mr. Trump to keep his campaign promise to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. Removing the Imperial Media from the Press room, not required by law or the Constitution, is a good way to start draining that swamp.

Homosexuals Are Sinners Too

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A sad fact of the homosexual community is that they believe they can practice sin without consequences. Many in the LGBT promote a Christ-less Christianity. Claiming to share the Love of God by accepting sinful behavior, they deny the real Love of God which forgives sinful behavior. The truth of the gospel is clear, unless one is a sinner, they cannot receive the Love of God.

Recall that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. And know that before he paid for sin’s penalty, he declared sin to be sin. The sovereign Son of God gave the verdict to sin that it is sin. Not just for those who agree with Him but also for those who disagree with Him. The judgement of God is final, sin is sinful. And, sinners can be forgiven of their sin by faith in Jesus.

Human compassion is not the same as God’s Love. Human compassion may accept things that are unacceptable to God. The Love of God is not in conflict with God’s Holiness. God’s Love is Holy. But often the love of man is not. When people replace the Love of God with the compassion of man, one is doing more harm than insulting the person of God – Jesus.

The Love of God has no meaning apart from the person of God – Jesus. Jesus is the definition of God’s Love in that He paid for the penalty of sin for us. The Love of God that does not mention the person of Jesus is a false presentation of God’s Love. Yet we see in America and elsewhere the Christ-less love of people who do not share God’s Love for the forgiveness of sin.

Sodomy is sin. Homosexuals (and some heterosexuals) practice this sin. Homosexuals by definition practice this sin and are often approved of by heterosexuals who practice it as well. Both are practicing sin but homosexuals are defined by their practice of the sin of sodomy. The definition of homosexuality, therefore, is one who practices sin. In other words, homosexuals are sinners too.

This is important because a person cannot receive the Love of God without first being a sinner. That is because only a sinner can be forgiven of sin by God by faith in Christ Jesus. The Love of God gave the person of Jesus for the forgiveness of sin so we can live a life apart from sin. If someone is not a sinner, they cannot receive the Love of God for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, if the LGBT community decides to lie to one another about their sin calling it ‘love,’ they are self-deceived and have rejected the Love of God.

There is nothing wrong with same sex relationships; we call them friendships. What is wrong with homosexuals is that they couple the natural sex drive with their same sex friends to practice the unnatural sin of sodomy. Friendships are not a sin. However, homosexual behavior is a sin. Homosexuals are sinners who need the Love of God as Jesus wants to be their friend.

Many Christians hate to tell the truth about the Love of God. Instead, they prefer to share the love of man and pacify their homosexual friends instead of rebuking their sin. Preaching a Christ-less love, these lukewarm Christians tell people that they are loved but never share with them the forgiveness of sin in Christ Jesus. Telling someone they are loved without sharing the Love of God with them is like getting married and divorced in the same day.

The false love of man that pacifies the sinner instead of rebuking their sin has everlasting consequences. If they never receive the Love of God for the forgiveness of sin, the homosexual who is told they are loved will be tortured forever in eternal blazes. What kind of love is it that someone would share with the sinner that does not offer them God’s forgiveness of sin? It is the selfish kind of love that does not challenge someone to repent of their sin because they want to avoid conflict. The Bible tells us that an open rebuke is better than hidden love.

The false love of man also has temporal consequences for the sinner. Instead of relieving the sinner from their bondage and pain as they live in sin, man’s false love only pacifies the soul. The sinner is led into deeper and deeper despair from the consequences of their sin because the relief God has for them is dismissed. The love of man in place of the Love of God is torture to the tormented soul who could otherwise learn of God’s sincere selfless Love in Jesus. Accepting the forgiveness of sin given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ is the beginning of relief for the tormented sinner.

Sin has consequences and denying the sinner the Love of God is certainly not God’s will for mankind. Receiving the Love of God means asking God to forgive the sins one has committed based upon the work of Jesus on the Cross. The Cross is where our sins were forgiven by God when Jesus died on the Cross for our sins. And as He rose from the dead, we have redemption from our sin to live a life apart from sin. Sin no longer has us as slaves; we are freed from sin when we truly accept the Love of God in Christ Jesus.

To receive the forgiveness of sin, please pray this prayer:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you, God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!

The Boy Scouts’ Super Hero Ethos

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The traditions of the Boy Scouts of America are under continual attack. Ever since these boys and men stood up against the homosexual lawsuits of the recent past and won, the attacks from without have continued from within under the mis-leadership of Robert Gates and Randall Stephenson. Gays and now transgendered boys are allowed in the ranks of the Boy Scouts. The recent changes are a reflection of the problems of a contemporary society, which is also reflected in the changes of our popular super heroes.

A little background. Two years of the Scouts began in England (1907/1909), an American publisher, William Boyce, lost his way in the fog of London. A young Boy Scout who saw Mr. Boyce helped him find his way to his destination but refused to receive a tip for his good deed. As he departed he explained that Scouts do not accept payment for doing a good deed. The popular ethos of heroic Scouts who come to the rescue and then leave before they can receive anything from it began. The following year Boyce organized the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, following the ethos of this memorable deed.

This tradition became an ethos of Scouting nationwide. It was so powerful that when DC and Marvel Comics produced their comic book heroes, they included this ethos into their characters. After serving people with some acts of heroism, the superhero, like the scout, would refuse offers of a reward and vanish from view. As the Boy Scouts are under attack by the LGBT community, this tradition and ethos of the Boy Scouts is also under attack in the modern era in which we live.

DC Comics’ Super Man and Batman, Marvel Comics’ Captain America, and the TV shows of superheroes like Batman and the Lone Ranger are all characterized the Boy Scout ethos. Not only did these superheroes serve America with their heroic deeds, they served children with their moral fiber and clean living. A look back into the past shows these superheroes reflecting the norms of society at large that was generally moral. They fought injustice, wars, and the occasional supervillain. Today, each of these superheroes have been recast with a dark spirit at one time or another. With the remake of Batman as the Dark Night, there is little difference between the hero and the villain.

Modern American pop culture has dismissed the values of the past leading to the corruption of a once solid institution of our nation, the Boy Scouts of America. The twisted ideas of sexual perversion that were once opposed by them are now being championed by a corrupt leadership within the Scouts. Sadly, none dare call the LGBT influence on children child abuse or contributing to the delinquency of minors. Certainly, minor children who claim to be gay or transgender are subject to influences beyond their control as they are led to believe the lies of the LGBT community and possibly practice their deviant sexual behavior.

The Scout Oath has no meaning in the context of the decision to include gays and transgendered children in the Boy Scouts. The original oath reads:

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The ideas of LGBT society are far from being morally straight. It is time for the superheroes of Scouting to understand their mission, which is to redeem those children who claim to be gay or transgendered and lead them into morally straight lifestyle. Even though Scouts are ordered by their leadership to open the doors to these people, it doesn’t mean that they have to throw away their minds (mentally awake) and their morals in responding to these orders.

The Boy Scouts can be a point of rescue for these boys as they’re led away from such immoral and mentally ill influences and behavior. Once again it is time for the Scouts to do good deeds for those who have lost their way in the fog. The superhero ethos that began the Scouting tradition in America can come to the rescue once again with the superheroes of the American Boy Scouts!

For those children captured in the snare of lies, deceit, and sin, please pray this prayer:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!

The Psyche Without a Soul

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Psychology is a word that means the study (logy) of the soul (psyche). However, psychology today does not believe that mankind has a soul. So, psychology studies the soul without believing there is a soul. That leaves psychology soulless.

Psychology began with the idea of evolution. And as Darwin was a theology student and graduate, evolution began from the ideas of theology and philosophy. Psychology, therefore, carries the theology and philosophy of evolution. And as evolution has a theological foundation of materialism that came from evolution, the philosophies of psychology follow this viewpoint to the point of denying the spirit and the soul in mankind.

The problem with a soulless psychology is that the philosophy, or religion, of psychology denies the problem of sin in mankind. Jesus taught us that the number one problem of mankind is sin. That is why he died on the Cross, to pay for the penalty of sin and to redeem us from sin.

Paul also taught us about the psychology of sin. He said,

14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,

15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

[Roman 2:14-15]

Humanity has a conscience; can psychology say that? Our conscience witnesses to our minds moral truths; psychology doesn’t seem to echo this truth. When we sin against God we rationalize our behavior to excuse bad behavior; does psychology focus on this? Instead of a sin problem, psychology focuses on the material aspect of our lives – our bodies.

Instead of the sin of drunkenness, psychology focuses on the so-called disease of alcoholism. When homosexuals are stuck in the bondage of sodomy, psychologists say they are born to it. However, psychology simply abandoned them in the 1970s. Instead of offering relief from sin by faith in the Son of God, psychology is atheistic and denies the remedy God gave to us in Jesus Christ. The hope of mankind in the forgiveness of sin is dismissed as psychology has become an excuse for sin and its continued practice. Although they offer temporary relief to the conscience of man for the practice of sin, mankind is led to bondage and slavery in their sin with the advice of modern psychology. These are just two examples.

Christian psychology is an oddity to be sure. Instead of treating depression as an extreme focus on ‘self’ instead of focusing on ‘God,’ Christian psychology applies secular ideas to a spiritual need. Christian psychology even substitutes generic ideas of morality for true Christian spirituality. Using fallen man’s answers to solve the problems faced by redeemed man is contrary to true Christian growth.

Christian growth means recognizing our need for God to lead us by his Spirit beyond what the natural abilities of religion and philosophy can teach. Christian psychology only has strength when one is led to learn more of God by His Word and led into a new life by His Spirit. Works religion based upon the empty philosophy of psychology is a formula for failure.

Typical of psychology and the materialist perspective of this religious philosophy is the idea of brain chemistry. When one is depressed, psychology says it is because the levels of proper chemistry in the brain are low. To boost these levels one is given anti-depressants. And as the body is adjusting to the new chemistry, a series of dos and don’ts are applied as a moral philosophy to help people life a better life. These new rules of life are supposed to help one develop their own brain chemistry naturally. These rules, and they can be many, amount to nothing more than a religion of philosophy that apply generic notions of morality to one’s life without being real morals.

A review of the number of people who have followed this religion of philosophy (do this; don’t do that) shows how facile it is. Psychology applies the anti-depressant drugs to people to boost the chemistry of their brain until the religion of philosophy is successful in relieving the deficit. At some point, so goes the thesis, one can be rid of the medicine and live a normal natural life. But the number of people who continue to use these drugs throughout their life prove the emptiness of this religion of philosophy. Instead of dealing with life’s true problems, psychology becomes a crutch for a heart and mind tormented by sin sickness. Anti-depressants are no solution to mankind’s troubled soul.

In the end psychology is not a science but a philosophy of science tending towards a religion. The dos and don’ts are not born of materialism but of a philosophy that seeks to excuse immoral behavior by rationalizations. There is nothing wrong with people in psychology who want to help people but the days of snake oil salesmen are long gone; except for the snake oil philosophy of secular religion. Psychology denies the existence of God, His moral principles for a good life, and the salvation of mankind from the disease of sin.

It remains for professionals to detoxify those who have grown dependent upon anti-depressants. Like the drug addict, the release of a chemical addiction has to be done under qualified medical supervision. This release should also be conducted with qualified spiritual supervision. Doctors should be involved in dismissing the practice of administering anti-depressants. And the care of the soul should be left to those who minster the grace of God by simple faith in Christ Jesus. How horrible it is to have the Band-Aid of psychology put on the soul that needs the salvation of God.

For those seeking God’s blessing in their lives, please pray this prayer:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you, God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!

Land for Peace or Just a Piece of Land – Eretz Israel

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The people of Israel have been under attack by their neighbors since they became a nation in 1948. Jews were under attack by their neighbors in Nazified Europe and Communist Russia, which in part prepared them for the continued abuse they would have to suffer within their own nation. The pursuit of peace with their neighbors today has been elusive yet the Israelis are growing and prospering amidst the conflicts they suffer day by day.

The partition of the state of Israel began with the UN mandate in 1947. The partition gave land for a Jewish nation and an Arab nation in the same region. However, the Arab states of the middle east vowed to attack Israel if this occurred, which it did. The nation of Israel was born in a day on 14 May 1948 and the attack against Israel followed.

The neighbors of the Israelis in country, the Palestinians, were told to flee their homes so the Arab nations could drive the Jews into the sea. Instead, the Jews defended their new nation and the Palestinians in the Arab partition no longer held legitimate claims to their homes. Now, the Palestinians are complaining to the international community about their loss of homeland, a loss that began when they abandoned their homes in war.

The Palestinians never had their own nation either under the Ottoman empire or the British mandate that followed. Yet they claim the Israelis removed them from their ancient homeland. These false claims have been echoed throughout the middle east and renewed attacks against Israel occurred in the 6 day war 1967. Once again, Arab nations attacked the people of Eretz Israel (the land of Israel) resulting in further loss of Palestinian land.

As war against the Jews has continually left the Palestinians with less and less territory to call their own, a new war of peace has ensued to gain that land back. Internationally brokered peace treaties since the 1967 conflict have required the concession of land from Israel to be given to the Palestinians. Returning land taken in the 1967 war was the beginning of the idea of ‘land for peace.’ This idea of land for peace has continued many times without any prospect of peace being realized.

Today, new calls for the withdrawal of Israelis from the West Bank requires land from the Israelis to broker peace with the Palestinians. Yet peace has never occurred no matter how much land is brokered for peace. The Arab nations themselves do not want Palestinians in their own country because they are trouble makers who cannot be at peace without stirring up strife against Israel. Yet it is because of the Arab nations, not Israel, that the Palestinians are suffering.

Instead of giving up more land from Israel to the Palestinians, why don’t the Arab nations, who told the Palestinians to leave their homes in 1948, make concessions of land themselves to the Palestinians? Let the Arab nations give land to the Palestinians for peace so they can build their own country outside of Israel next to it. Jordon can give a section of the East Bank to the Palestinians for peace relieving the political pressure felt by both sides. Land for peace is not just a deal brokered for Israel, the Arab nations should also participate with concessions of their own.

Further, the Israelis understand that the supposed nation of Palestine is without proper government. Instead of providing for the needs of their people, the Palestinians government pays the terrorists that attack the Israeli people. With concessions of land adjacent to the Gaza strip, a test case has been provided for the ‘land for peace’ deal showing it to be a miserable failure as new terrorist attacks have been launched from this land against the Israelis. Israel has every right to move into this area and govern it until the day the Palestinians provide for a peaceful government.

Lebanon likewise is a country without a government that may not meet the needs of their people. Hezbollah has invaded this country and their government and will make it a terrorist state under the control and influence of Iran. Iran is deeply devoted to the destruction of Israel and there is no peace with Iran or Lebanon as long as Iran is in control of it. Israel has every right to insist that the government of Lebanon reject terrorism that terrorizes both the people within and without its own state. If the Israelis take control of Lebanon in place of Iran, they have a right to do so for their own national security and that of the people of Lebanon.

The idea of land for peace is not brokered honestly. The claims of the Palestinians are stretched beyond the truth. And the burden put upon the Israelis is stretched beyond all reason. The idea of ‘land for peace’ in Israel is more of a tactic of a ‘piece of land’ from Israel. I know that there are more sanguine people in Israel than me who can project a proper path forward in this region. As such, I pray they will follow the wisdom of God before they follow my own.

Psalms 122 tells us to, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” In Hebrew this is read, “Shaalu Shalom Yerusalayim.” The word for Jerusalem contains the idea of peace in “salayim.” The root word, “leShalem” is translated “to pay.” This refers to a payment made in a transaction for goods that restores peace between two parties. The root word, “Yeru” is translated “to see”, which may refer to God who will see to it that peace is restored in Jerusalem. For those of us who believe in Jesus, he made the payment of our sins on the Cross for our restoration with God and peace with him. Therefore, God has already provided land for peace in Eretz Israel.

Reviewing the South China Sea Dispute

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Developing new land mass for runways and hotels on atolls does not constitute new territorial land in the South China Sea. Nations in the Far East claiming the South China Sea beyond their own territorial waters are using them to increase the utility of these waters. But this is more than a political economic claim made by China and others in the region. It is another instance of the vision in the East that Asia should only be for Asians.

Recall the Vietnam War. It was more than a conflict between capitalism and communism and world domination. It was a conflict of Eastern nationalism and ethnic purity verses the influence and control of the West. During the Vietnam War, the nations that make up the Far East were among those nations who did not want the West (French, Americans, British, etc.) in their lands or their waters. The entire conflict in the 1960s and 1970s was more of a purge of Western influence than it was of acceptance of communist rule. Communism was more a means to an end.

Today, the nations of Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, China, and Taiwan all lay claim to the resources of the South China Sea. This group of nations qualify as the Far East. The Latin term for the ‘east’ is ‘orior’ meaning ‘rising.’ As the sun rises in the east, the word ‘orient’ simply means the eastern part of Asia where the sun rises. This is the origin of the term Orient and Oriental.

The Orient, according to people in these nations, should only be for Orientals. The resources that are available in the South China Sea, accordingly, should only be for those who live there. The conflict over this vast resource continues to carry the xenophobia of the Orientals. And any attempt to spoil this resource by the West will be considered a hostile act reminiscent of the past.

The British, the French, and later the Americans, all tried to colonize and exploit the resources of the Orient. Although the days of colonization are over, the Orient is still a pearl in the eyes of the West they seek to capitalize on. The West continues to seek treaties with the East to profit therefrom, but no treaty can expect to dominate the natural resources needed by the people who live in and around the region of the South China Sea. All treaties will have to contend with the Asian first rule.

A lasting beneficial influence of the West upon the East is the idea of the rule of law. With international law and treaties, it would be better for countries vying for the resources of the South China Sea to come to an agreement where regional nations exploit this resource for the benefit of the people first, with limited or marginal use by nations outside this region.

How the United States fare without the resources available off of our 4 coasts (Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Arctic coasts)? The United States is a continental nation and we make continued use of these territorial waters for the benefit our people. We also have laws that limit the exploitation of these waters so they can be a renewable resource for generations. We would certainly have a problem with other nations invading our waters to exploit them and leave us ‘high and dry’ without them for our own use.

The U.S. is unlike most other nations on the planet. Our shoreline spans 12,383 miles (from the World Factbook or TWF). With the international standard of territorial waters being 13.8 miles from the coast line, that amounts to 170,885.4 square miles of territorial waters (see table below). That is nearly the same as that of China’s total territorial waters.

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Given the U.S. population of 324,118,787 (UN report of July 2015), we have a population density of territorial waters of 1896.7 (population/area of territorial waters). However, the population of China is well over a billion people and that makes their population density of territorial waters of 6908.2.

The population of China vs the U.S. is more than 4:1. However, the population density of the U.S. territorial waters compared to China’s is almost 1:4. Unlike the United States, China is constrained in its ability to utilize its territorial waters for the benefit of its people. Their need to expand into the South China Sea is obvious.

When looking at the combined area of the territorial waters of all Far East nations bordering the South China Sea, we find that it is nearly the same number as the total area of the South China Sea itself (3,510,000 square miles). However, when we look at the population density of these nations with respect to the total area of the South China Sea, we find that China dominates this metric.

If China were to dominate the South China Sea (without respecting the claims of other Oriental nations), they would reduce their population density of territorial waters from 6908.2 to 1023.2 with the South China Sea. That is an improvement of nearly 7 times. They can easily reduce their claims to respect those of the other nations in the region and still meet the needs of their people. And given the fact that more than 25% of the world’s population lives in this region, it is obvious that the claims of the international community outside of this region will have to be marginalized.

The idea of the Orient for Orientals should not a problem for Western nations. It was a problem for the East during the days of colonialism when the West gave little concern to the needs of the people of the East. It’s time the international community regard the resources of the East for those who live there and establish a treaty respecting their needs first. Following an argument of merit and metrics should help resolve this international problem.

The Hack with Russia

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Did Russia hack the DNC server? This is not the critical question. It is important to know if one state was trying to steer the outcome of an election for another state. But the bigger question is why the media is so persistent blaming the Russians for trying to steer the election when they have so much to answer of their activity to steer the outcome of the recent Presidential election.

Consider the media’s activity itself. They trumpeted Mr. Trump’s campaign against all other conservatives during the Republican Primary. The media used Trump to undermine conservative candidates in the Republican Primary. Seeking to give one candidate the advantage in a primary election against others with earned media is an obvious attempt at steering the outcome of an election.

The symbiotic relationship between the media and candidates (who one day will become office holders) is one of earned media for candidates and news maker interviews for reporters. Candidates gain free advertisement for their campaigns while the media get continued interviews that they can profit from later when they enter office (a form of corporate welfare). This symbiosis was further perverted by the media during the Republican Presidential campaign.

When the media produced many reports of Donald Trump’s ranting and ravings they put him forward to an audience who was more interested in his willingness to thwart the establishment than his intention to follow the rules of the establishment. In short, while Trump dismissed the media, even indicating his unwillingness to participate with the symbiosis previously described, the media gave him free advertisement through their perpetual reports of his activities. Again, this was due in large part to Trump’s willingness to diminish the Republican brand and the media’s enjoyment of the Republican spectacle.

Further disregard of Mr. Trump by the media can be seen in their conviction that if he became the Republican nominee for President, he would be easily defeated by the more professional Democrat candidate – Hillary Clinton. In fact, the media’s larger purpose in giving Mr. Trump so much earned media was their willingness to support Mrs. Clinton and the obvious reward of news maker interviews they would earn from her.

To either the credit of the media, or their discredit, Donald Trump won the election. Now, they have to face the reality that while they tried to steer the election to their favor, they did just the reverse. How can such a power-hungry institution, whose sole resource for power is the manipulation of the public will, reconcile with such a reversal? Much less have fewer news maker interviews? Finding blame with others may be one way to do this.

The many repeated reports and insistence that the Russian intelligence community tried to steer the presidential election, contrary to the will of the media, is in part an indication of the media’s irreconcilable ability to accept their own responsibility and failure to steer the election themselves.

The fact that Trump used and continues to use non-traditional media forms to communicate with ‘The People’ has the media enraged. The fact that Mr. Podesta’s emails (which are an irrefutable fact) were used against the Clinton campaign (another irrefutable fact) has the media further enraged. The problem isn’t that the Russian’s (or wikileaks) exposed the information, it was that this information was not controlled by the media. No matter who was responsible for the revelation of the Clinton email trail with the DNC, the fact of these emails was never in question. This is more of a problem of how well the media can be depended upon to steer the outcome of elections without interference.

Mr. Trump was briefed today on the intelligence reports about the possible Russian connection with the recent Presidential election. However, he was never briefed about the Democrat primary voters who crossed Party lines to vote for him in the Republican Primary. I’m sure he’s convinced that he brought in millions of new Republicans into the Party during the Primaries. But more certainly, he profited from millions of crossover voters in the Primaries who wanted to steer the outcome of the election themselves. Democrat voters voting Republican. Here once again, those who tried to manipulate the outcome of an election can take credit or blame for President Elect Trump’s victory.

Is it asking too much that candidates not try to gain an advantage with Party officials to steer the outcome of an election? Is it asking too much that voters for one Party not try to steer the outcome of the election by voting in another Party’s Primary? Is it asking too much to have the media present news and information to educate the voters without distorting it to steer the outcome of an election? It appears that it isn’t asking too much to tell the Russians (who in particular?) that they shouldn’t try to steer the outcome of an election. But this is nothing more than media hypocrisy.

Whoever hacked the DNC server and found the incriminating email against the Clinton campaign did as much when Clinton’s own email server was exposed presenting further incriminating evidence against her. The Clinton’s sabotaged their own political interests long before they were exposed. While no credit can be given to anyone who hacked these servers (obvious attempts at steering the outcome of the election), the real problem is more about how the media and others in our country tried to steer the outcome of our election without any involvement from the ‘Russians’. There is more than enough blame to go around when condemning those who have tried to manipulate the recent Presidential elections. The hack with the Russians.

How Not To Lose Weight

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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First let’s ask the question, ‘Why do you want to lose weight?’ Is it to impress your girlfriend, wife, or co-workers? Bad idea. You should not be trying to impress others as that matters little. If you want to lose weight it should be to get back in shape and be healthy. Therefore, why the rush? The best plan to lose weight will take time – a life time. Don’t be in a hurry.

My mother was a Weight Watchers counsellor for 33 years. She helped people lose weight slowly. Her motto was ‘The word diet has the word ‘die’ in it. Don’t kill yourself with your diet. Make it a part of your ‘life-style.’ Living means more than body size and shape. It means eating healthy and in moderation.

Face it. We are an opulent nation. We are fat because we eat too much. We wouldn’t have this problem if we lived on a farm and worked our tails off to put food on the table. We have a weight problem because we underwork and overeat. Nothing more is needed to understand the problem. But artificial diets and workout programs are not the solution. A healthy diet and genuine work activity are.

If you want to lose weight, do not eat isolated food groups to the exclusion of others. Veggie only, carbs only, protein only diets are not healthy. Every single meal you eat should include all the food groups so you have all the nutrition you need. My mother would say, ‘Make sure you eat a balanced diet and keep the portions small.’

My mother also said, ‘It isn’t what you eat that matters. It’s how much of it you eat and how often you eat that much that matters.’ Portion control is a lot of what Weight Watchers is all about. Granted, I don’t have time to weigh my food our count calories. I try to put small portions on my plate and then if I’m still hungry, I’ll have half the portions on my second helping. Be sure to limit the portions and spread out the items that make you fat over a week instead of eating them daily. Portion control is a key element to losing and keeping your weight off.

Fat people often eat fat portions and skinny people will often eat skinny portions. Fat people can eat skinny portions and skinny people can eat fat portions. You cannot tell by the size of the individual how well their diet is today. You can assume that it wasn’t good yesterday. But you still cannot judge a book by its cover. Skinny people can become fat tomorrow, and fat people can become skinny tomorrow. It’s all about portion control.

And you have to enjoy what you eat. How stupid it is for people to eat what they don’t like only to reject the diet they’re on when they lose some weight. They want temporary relief and then find they had no long-term plan to keep the weight off. You must enjoy your meals, get full, and be satisfied with what you eat or you won’t stay on the plan. Again, it must be a part of your lifestyle if you are to succeed.

Another thing you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to lose weight is over do an exercise program. Instead of going to the gym, where you pay them to workout (we’re supposed to get paid to do work), you should be working in some way that is more natural. Gardening, painting or fixing your house on the weekends, going for walks with loved ones; these are ways to exercise that are less artificial and more rewarding.

I’m not kicking gyms. I even have my own gym in my house. Granted, I spend money to buy equipment when I think I need to lose weight, only to watch that equipment sit more than it should. But I feel better if I buy something that says I’m exercising. And like eating, you need to enjoy your exercise routine if you are going to make it a part of your lifestyle.

Philosophically, if you gain or lose weight you are practicing disequilibrium in your weight management. Most people who lose weight fast gain it back fast because through it all they never practiced equilibrium in their diet. Maintaining your weight should be your first goal in losing weight. Be sure you practice staying at one weight on the scale for months before you try losing weight. Taking small steps to lose weight is a must if you want to keep it off.

Again, if you only practice disequilibrium in your diet to lose weight, once you achieve your target goal you will have no experience to practice equilibrium. Most people who rapidly lose weight, gain it back quickly; and they gain more than before because they only practiced disequilibrium. It is a must that you practice equilibrium. If you are not concerned with how people see you and a healthy body and diet is your goal, practice equilibrium for more time than you practice disequilibrium. That way you can keep the weight off once you achieve your target goal.

A simpler way of saying this is that you should work on your lifestyle by focusing more on weight management, keeping your weight where it is, than trying to lose weight. You should spend 5 months maintaining your weight and only 1 month losing weight. And then, you should only try to lose 5 pounds in that month at the most. Then, each year you can work on losing and maintaining your weight with 10 pounds less than when you began.

Once again, it is not about what people see about you that matters. It’s all about your health. A healthy diet that includes moderate exercise should be your goal. This is not a program for the beauty conscious or buff minded. This is a genuine program for the 99% of us who are in it for the long haul. Your diet and exercise should be a part of your lifestyle, not a fad or a religion-of-self. You should only make small changes and not big ones. Little changes have the longest lasting affect in your life.

Finally, why are you trying to lose weight? Be sure you know that we are weak in our natural man but in Christ we are strong in our spirit man. If you seek to maintain your weight in the ‘flesh’ (natural ability) you are guaranteed to fail. Pray and ask God for the leadership of His Holy Spirit and the strength He gives to make right decisions. In the end, we should not be living to ourselves but to God. And God is not so concerned about your appearance as you are. Your soul is much more important. God is concerned about your health. Be sure to add prayer to your daily diet for your spiritual health. You’ll be surprised with what God can do.

The Mystery of Iniquity

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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Our generation is witnessing the overthrow of righteousness by the power of darkness. Light is now dark and right is now wrong. Although one may try and stop this by religious, political, or other means, it is the mystery of iniquity prophesied nearly 2,000 years ago in the Bible.

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

[2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 KJV]

The mystery of iniquity is the work of sin in mankind. The work of Jesus Christ on the Cross was the forgiveness of mankind’s sin. We receive forgiveness of our sins by faith in Jesus. The forgiveness of our sins comes from the revelation of the mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One must first received the love of the truth to receive the forgiveness of sin.

Many of us who see the spiritually dark clouds forming and covering the earth try with everything we have to stop it. Homosexuals are coming out of the closet, false science (evolution, global warming, etc.) is teaching students to take over the earth, moral truths and discipline are being considered child abuse, and preaching an unaltered gospel of sin’s depravity and God’s forgiveness of sin is likely to get people thrown into jail. This is the work of iniquity that began 6,000 years ago, in the Garden of Eden.

The serpent in the Garden beguiled Eve asking, ‘hath God said?’ [Genesis 3:1] Dismissing the Word of God is the beginning of iniquity and work of spiritual darkness. We find this in the history of the Church and in the world at large. Increasingly, people are falling away from the truth who have no love for the truth, they prefer the darkness to cover their love of sin instead of receiving the forgiveness of sin, which reveals their sin to be sin.

Not only did God say to Adam, do not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and of evil, he gave a prophesy of the coming Messiah who would redeem mankind from their sin.

15 And I will put enmity between thee [serpent] and the woman [Eve], and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

[Genesis 3:15 KJV]

The ‘seed of the woman’ was Jesus Christ. The mystery of iniquity began several millennia ago in the Garden of Eden with the lie of the serpent; so too the mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ began then as well. It was Jesus who would redeem mankind from its sin and the mystery of the Gospel of God was revealed. But now the mystery of iniquity has yet to reveal that ‘Wicked One’ we call the anti-christ. Only after the Church is removed from the earth will he be revealed.

The prophesy of 2 Thessalonians also says, “only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” We who believe in Jesus Christ, who stand for moral values in society, who are persecuted in various ways for holding fast to the biblical moral truths are commanded to continue standing for the truth regardless of the consequences here on earth. We are to obey the truth in all things. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Until we are taken out of the way by God, removed from the earth, our job is to share the truth of God’s Word. You never know who is listening and who will respond.

The mystery of iniquity will not only be revealed when the Church is removed, it also begins when the Church is killed by terrorist regimes.

The Russian Revolution of 100 years ago, began by killing anyone who opposed them. First on the list of people to kill in a communist takeover of a country were the Christians. As followers of the truth, Christians see the lies of darkness and expose them for what they are. The worst terrorism of the 20th century came from global communism. As an atheist attack on society worldwide, they killed millions more than all the religious wars combined.

Islamic terrorism now dominates the 21st century as the servants of Allah do things like they were serving the devil. Allah was once the moon god of Mohammed who was worshipped before then as the god Sin and the god Baal. Their service to these false gods lead to the works of darkness, sin, and satan. Islamic terrorism fights the light and does the works of darkness as they murder the innocent in the name of Allah. Jesus said you will know them by their fruit.

The work of sin can also be seen in the Church. The pure Gospel of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sin is no longer taught in many churches as they seek to cover over the sin of abortion, sodomy, etc. with a false gospel of love. God’s love is the forgiveness of sin, not the exoneration of sin calling it love. This is a falling away from the true Gospel of God replacing the love of man for the love of God.

There are so many institutions that promote sin in our culture. Rock and roll music honors sin, rebellion, sex, drunkenness, and illegal drug use. The media opposes anything Christian in politics or government. Academia has embraced the godlessness of atheism. The Democrat Party has even debated whether or not they should kick God out of their Party platform; Republicans are not too far behind. The Holy institution of marriage is under an assault, the freedom to do what is right is being attacked, and chaplains in the military are no longer allowed to tell the truth according to the Bible – God’s Word.

It has long been my stance that we only need to study more and do better than we are doing now to bring our country back from the brink of darkness. As we dig deeper to get to the truth I believe we can overcome the darkness that covers our nation. And who knows, that may still be possible. However, the mystery of iniquity will be hidden until the righteous in Christ are removed. Then the wicked will truly be revealed when there is nothing left to restrain their wicked impulses.

My point is simple. It is our duty in Christ to serve God and fight the good fight. We must do what is right to achieve what is right. We must not grow faint or weary in well doing. And we can only win this fight by sharing the truth of God’s Word and His Gospel. Jesus died on the Cross for our sins and if we ask God, He will forgive us of our sins. This is the Love of God.

Please pray this prayer:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you, God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!

The New Year in View – 2017

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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At this time of year, when the media looks back to review the events that dominated the news, I want to look forward at the new year and view a few anniversaries that are ahead.

1962 – 1975        50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

1917 – 2017        100th Anniversary of WWI

1917 – 2017        100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

1517 – 2017        500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The upcoming year will witness the continued commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War that began in 1962 and ended in 1975. The commemoration began on Memorial Day 2012, this will continue for a 13-year period until November 11, 2025. We salute the American patriots who served in this conflict and were as loyal to our country as anyone before them.

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However, these service men and women were scorned by the liberal political and academic communities 50 years ago and are still scorned today. When the Vietnam Veterans returned to the U.S. they were spit upon by the liberals and lampooned as baby killers. Many of these spiting liberals became pro-choice supporters of abortion that has killed more than 50 million babies in America alone. They are the real baby killers.

I have met many Vietnam Veterans since I was in school. I met and talked with many of my heroes who served their country, in country overseas. They told me many stories about their service under combat and afterwards. I know that they faced a relentless enemy abroad and then again at home. They were not only fighting an enemy at arms, they were fighting the larger enemy of global communism. Many liberal politicians undermined their efforts to win the war and it is only because of them that they lost.

When we have a new President in less than a month, I recommend a tradition honoring our Vietnam Veterans begins. An annual salute to these veterans on the White House lawn would help begin to heal the wounds of a generation of warfighters who never received their proper honor for a job well done. Let’s invite all who served their country during the War join the President on the White House lawn.

50 years before the Vietnam War, the U.S. was called into the European conflict called the First World War (WWI). A century is too much for most of us to remember back to but next year will the 100th anniversary of the WWI that began for America in 1917. My great uncle was drafted to serve in that conflict.

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He served with many veterans on the Western Front through many campaigns. Finally, the 100-day offensive broke the back of the Germans who surrendered on 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. My uncle served then and also served in the occupation of Germany thereafter.

Sadly, the Allies put too much of a burden on the defeated German people with the Armistice. It took another world war and occupation before the German nation could rebuild on a solid foundation of freedom instead of oppression. Learning the lessons of nation building, a defeated nation needs to experience the blessings of liberty and justice if they are to proper in new generations.

The Russian Revolution of 1917 began (March 8, 1917) just before the U.S. went to war in Europe (April 6, 1917). Russia’s attempt to take over Czarist Russia 100 years ago led to an attempt of world domination by Communism as well.

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Russia and the Soviet Union suffered under totalitarian domination for 70 years; the communist regime of Russia finally ended in the Reagan/Bush era. It was communism that led to the Vietnam War and so many other wars. The Russian occupation of East Germany gives us a picture of how little value there was to communism compared to the capitalist structure within West Germany. The twin occupation of the German nation after WWII showed that communism was not advantageous to the people of Germany whereas capitalism was.

Communism is an atheist vision of government that didn’t care how many people died in wars to establish it worldwide. As an atheist vision of society and government, communism killed more people (94 million) than all the religious wars put together (16 – 31 million). The killing of millions around the world was nothing more than international terrorism.

Under communist rule, religious freedom was removed to prevent the people from realizing true peace with God and Christ. Today, Russia’s renewed oppression of religious freedom, outlawing the promotion of the Gospel outside Christian Churches, represents a new wave of communist style terrorism. Religious freedom is an essential freedom for any people in any country, along with the freedom of economics and political association. The people of Russia need to guard against the slow erosion of their freedoms and demand a return of religious freedom.

Religious freedom was on the mind of one reformer 500 years ago. Martin Luther began the European Reformation on October 31, 1517, as an attempt to return the Church to the authority of the Word of God. Luther nailed 95 theses to the Wittenberg Church door of Germany that refuted many traditions of the Church that were not supported by the Word of God in the Bible.

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Translating the Bible into the native language of the German people, Luther attempted to bring God’s Word to the average person. This, however, was perceived as an act of aggression against the Roman authorities where were more interested in religious and political power than the spiritual well-being of the people.

The Reformed Church is now 500 years old and in need of a new reformation. Traditional Churches need to review their traditions and focus once again on a Bible centered Gospel message. While there is nothing wrong with tradition, let’s celebrate the Word of God and put God’s Word first. With so many traditional Churches following liberal theology, its time a new reformation took back these Churches to teach and preach the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. This will lead to renewed liberty for all people.

From one generation to another there has always been some conflict for war or for peace. America has seen its fair share of war since the Independence of our nation. Freedom has always been the call of this nation and we seek to share the blessings of liberty and justice with others around the world.

Next year will open new doors of opportunity for Americans to recall the burdens of war we have endured. Our prayer should be that God will open new doors of liberty and peace for all people around the world. A liberty established by law & justice and a peace established by religious freedom.