The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Postcards From The Edge

James 4:8 “The Return” of the Prodigal Son

Nothing in life can take the place of knowing your purpose. If you don’t try to discover your purpose, you’re likely to spend your life doing the wrong things. ~ John C. Maxwell, “Be On Purpose”, from Leadership Promises for Every Day

Five years ago, nearly to the day, I drove to a mountaintop in Wyoming to find God and ask him why the life I had and was sure I loved was crumbling apart around me. I got to Esterbrook late on a Saturday night, got a great night’s sleep after spending 32 hours driving and sleeping in my car, woke up the next morning to a great country breakfast, and then went to the church pictured above where God was waiting for me with the answer to my question. I was planning to be there for at least two weeks, thinking it would take at least that long to find Him and wrestle an answer out of Him. A) The God who knows the number of hairs on every head of his creation, knew I was coming, and B) He loves every last one of us so much He drops everything to prepare…for all of us at once. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? ~ Psalm 139:7 Anywhere the man who is devoted to Jesus Christ goes, Jesus Christ is there with him. (Run) ~ Oswald Chambers, The Security of Abandonment

He answered my question through Pastor Kirby’s James 4:8 message wafting gently into my eyes and ears on golden rays of sunlight passing over Laramie Peak straight into my heart. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.

Last night God spoke to me again through a friend who is going through a very hard time. He showed me the heart of his trouble is the same as mine was. The extent of his relationship to God is the exact same thirty second prayer every night at the supper table. But he showed me more. He showed me that an entire nation that owes its existence to the Father God that our very first President acknowledged in his very first address to a newborn nation, Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained, has become the Prodigal Son to the Father who created it all, and gave us the very inheritance we have so shamefully squandered, managing only a post card every now and then from the edge of our existence. Nobody describes the relationship as well as Jonathan Cahn did in Washington D.C. on Saturday September 26th! I strongly encourage you to watch, if you haven’t already: Jonathan Cahn, The Return

I woke up this Sunday morning to a Facebook post from an old friend that read, “Peace is not when everyone agrees. It is when we can respect our disagreements and still play in the sandbox together.” And I thought how my friend was like so many people I know who have set up little safe-spaces in themselves where they can retreat to when they are no longer able to face the reality of the world outside, and deal with it like the men we used to be. As Cahn explains in The Return, we have become the modern-day Israel that God sent Jeremiah to warn half a century before He had to send His own Son. We have become the exact same nation of harlotry and idolatry that Cahn so eloquently attempted to warn us about eight years ago in The Harbinger.

As he explains in The Return, we are…every single one of us…living the consequences of having expelled God from every aspect and institution of our lives. The God who gave us our free will did as we demanded…leaving a vacuum the devil happily filled. The Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the only true Prince of Peace the world has ever known. The devil in “Progressive” disguise brought fools gold in the form of 501©3, the appearance of love in the shape of passive nicety, and the illusion of peace in the form of surrender. The rest, as they say, is history.

I have been blessed to find a church that has not been infiltrated by the “Progressive” spirit. I was asked to say a prayer for the leaders and judges who preside at every level of government in our land, the day after President Trump announced his pick to replace Justice Ginsberg. Holy Spirit guided my words to express gratitude for the Fear Not Fellowship and ask for the wisdom and discernment to turn off CNN and turn on Jesus. I would only say lovingly to my sandbox friend, it’s impossible to win the battle we refuse to see we’re in. And it’s the EXACT same battle President Ronald Reagan saw November 3, 1964 fifty-six years ago when he wrote what may as well be called the Where You Are Now speech!

This is a man who said to his 19-year-old son, “There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.” This is not a man who could carelessly send other people’s sons to war. And that is the issue of this campaign that makes all the other problems I’ve discussed academic, unless we realize we’re in a war that must be won.

Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy “accommodation.” And they say if we’ll only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he’ll forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer – not an easy answer but simple: If you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based on what we know in our hearts is morally right.

We cannot buy our security, our freedom from the threat of the bomb by committing an immorality so great as saying to a billion human beings now enslaved behind the Iron Curtain, “Give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skins, we’re willing to make a deal with your slave masters.” Alexander Hamilton said, “A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.” Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace – and you can have it in the next second – surrender.

Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face, that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand, the ultimatum. And what then, when (Satan) has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of the (Culture War), and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Red than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us.

You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin – just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all.

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which they must not advance.” And this – this is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits – not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.” You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness. ~ Ronald Reagan, “A Time For Choosing” October 27, 1964

Please pray for the full, fast, and complete recovery of our President and First Lady! God Bless America!

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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5 Responses to The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Postcards From The Edge

  1. Bill Banuchi says:

    I thank God for the honor of calling you “brother ” and for the gift you are to the Body of Christ. Every experience you’ve lived has prepared you for war. Be victorious!

  2. Chip Murray says:

    And I thank Him for the honor of calling you “brother” and my “mentor”. There is only victory in Him…exactly where He is drawing us…and those wise enough to fill their lamps. Love the shofar!

  3. Chip Murray says:

    I feel like we are stepping into Elijah’s sandals on the top of Mt Carmel facing the same 450…

  4. Paul Laux says:

    An essay to save, distribute and reread often!

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