The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Love People, Reward Performance

A Thousand Words!

Well done good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. ~ Matthew 25:23

I am a Calvary Baptist. I shared the wisdom of an early twentieth century pope with a good Baptist friend a week or so ago. He was dismissive since the words were from a Catholic pope, rather than from God. I respect that since I am Baptist and well aware of how differently we Baptists and Catholics practice our Christian faith. But we’re both Christian with the very same God, and the very same Devil. And if God can use bad men and Atheists for good, it only makes sense that our God may have tasked Pope Leo III with a message for all Christendom to heed. Especially if it doesn’t contradict the Word of God…as Francis has the habit of doing. I believe this is exactly why our Father has blessed us with free will and the tools of wisdom and discernment. In this spirit, if you’re with me, I share the following breadcrumbs of wisdom…

From a Catholic perspective ~ “The devil will work to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every way, working with baneful cunning to destroy the spirit of their vocation and corrupting many. Those who will thus scandalize the Christian flock will bring upon all priests the hatred of bad Christians and the enemies of (Christendom). This apparent triumph of Satan will cause enormous suffering to the good pastors of the Church…and to the (One true Pope Benedict) who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of God Our Lord, asking for light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, to whom he is King and Father.

Wormtongue & Theodin


To be delivered from the slavery of these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my Son has destined for this restoration will need great will-power, perseverance, courage, and confidence in God. To try the faith and trust of these just ones, there will be times when all will seem lost and paralyzed. It will then be the happy beginning of the complete restoration….” ~ from Barnhardt.biz

Think of the beautiful farmhouse in the country, with just the right windows in the perfect locations so as to feel one with nature while being protected from it through all seasons and the foulest of conditions…until the roof gives out…with no one to realize and remediate the breach. The “Ice House” in Dr. Zhivago would be a good visual of what has become of the house of man over time, though many of us through our own normalcy bias manage to find the livable space within what has become overall, a giant frozen ice castle…just as Yuri and Tonya were able to.

Life itself is warm and vibrant with color, beauty, form, love, passion, and most of all good humor. The self-less kind that loves the laughter and smiles of the other for the other’s sake. The slow hand of icy death replaces generous and gracious humor like a magician who makes the rabbit disappear, leaving the darker art of snark and ridicule in its place…with no one the wiser. Corruption of the physical (seen) and spiritual (unseen) world go hand-in-hand. “The spirit of their vocation” is/was the roof of our protection from the physical elements and spiritual evil.

And guess what my friends? The elements that breach the weakened roof do not discriminate. They are the rage and ruin of ALL life they come in contact with. But if we all take out, dust off, and put on our trusty old Detective Columbo hats for a moment and follow the clues…

We find that most all of the rot can be traced back to the same devil behind the breach of the one roof with the same target and the same motive. In this week alone, as the world of major league baseball joins the world of politics with its very own self-inflicted plunge into the swamp of corruption, I hear a straight-faced Charlie Gasparino say to Mark Simone and a few million listeners, “Obama wasn’t an ideologue. Obama was a pragmatist.” …a bold-faced lie, as I read the following words from my childhood friend Cathy, “I wish I had her (Nancy Pelosi) brain and education. She does her job, we don’t have to like our politicians. It’s tradition to use a separate pen (gold pens on silver platters rumored to have cost taxpayers a total of $15,000) for each signature.” I didn’t know why at the time, but I responded with this simple video as my reply to Cathy, with no explanation. Hola, me llamo Íñigo Montoya. Tu mataste a mi padre. Prepárate a morir.  in Spanish! I woke up the next morning realizing exactly…

My name is (Shutupnsing), you killed (The Patriarch of Western Civilization)!

The Church is my beloved family. Matt, Barb, and Andrew gave me the most wonderful Christmas gift; Leadership Promises for Every Day by John C. Maxwell. It’s a daily devotional which I received and began reading on January 1st, 2020. I feel like God is performing CPR on me as I read about the qualities of leadership through 19 days of understanding who David was, and how he became a King. Its all right there my friends…from boyhood to cowboy to warrior to lover to king, there are no shortcuts. Love to live, or live to love…

For the Lord gives wisdom;                                                                                                         From His mouth come knowledge and understanding…                                                               he guards the paths of justice,                                                                                                       and preserves the way of His saints.                                                                                          Then you will understand righteousness and justice,                                                              Equity and every good path. ~ Proverbs 2:6, 8-9

 

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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