Just the Facts

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:32

We are living in a rumor and social media bubble of deception every day. Unless we use our God-given brain to stop and question what is thrown in our way as to what is factual and what is not. We tend to follow along with the crowd.

One of my favorite police shows when I was growing up was Dragnet. The star of the show, Jack Webb played the detective, Joe Friday had a deadpan expression and appeared to be unfriendly and unapproachable. Yet, when it came to finding out the truth, he was a determine detective out to prove he was above reproach.

Whenever Webb and his partner would interview a victim or assailant, he would advise them in a low-key way by telling them, “All we want are the facts, ma’am.”

Yet, for many years, Webb has been contributed to using the handle, “Just the facts…” But unfortunately, just like any long going unfounded urban legend, he never spoke those three words.

The truth of the matter is that we have become complicit in being complacent.

One thing we all need to be cautious about is turning our minds over to people, organizations or authorities that don’t have our best interest at hand.

There is too much happening every day for people to surrender unto a false narrative, whether from technology, science or the government.

Just the facts are a nice catchphrase.

But, if we really want to know the truth, we need to look in the Bible. If anyone knows about truth. It is Jesus.

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2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Good Friday but Sad News

 

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

As I prepare to attend two special services today for Good Friday, I had to stop and reflect on this special day that we Christians recognize as a holy sacrifice for mankind.

Good Friday seems to be quite an unfortunate label to give to the One who we know is the Son of God and died for our sins. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for mankind but there are many today who conceive Christianity as just a fable.

Nevertheless, I will not deny Jesus and that He died for the sins of mankind. That is the good news.

But the sad news is that some Christians today see Jesus’s sacrifice as merely a holiday to take off and enjoy family and friends.

For some Christians, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday is no more than part-two of a Christmas holiday filled with Easter bunnies, chocolate candy, new clothing, a feast and let’s go to church today.

Many will read this post and say that God doesn’t have a problem of people getting dressed up in their finery and going out to celebrate His Son’s death. After all, they are still remembering Jesus as they slice that pineapple covered ham and dip into that bowl of potato salad and break-off a section of the hot cross buns.

No. I’m not writing to judge any of these activities.

But what I do worry about is how adults who are Christians continue to peddle outward pleasures to their children and grandchildren.

They push the Easter Bunny and dress to impress on their young ones who don’t understand the whole meaning of why Christ sacrifice His life for us.

I can speak firsthand about this matter because I once lived in darkness about the purpose of Christ dying for me. I used to believe in all the false images about Christianity until God open my eyes to see beyond darkness.

Yes, today is Good Friday but sad news for believers who continue to peddle another gospel.

Go out and share the good news of the gospel…someone is waiting to hear it.

Love in Christ!

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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It’s Friday…But Sunday is Coming!

 

For the Love of Evil

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.  Psalm 10:2

If you will search the bible for yourself, oftentimes, you will find scripture that takes one to learn and understand that nothing is new under the sun. Nothing!

Sin never ended and neither do the wicked and evil in the world. We are not an advance society or have a superior nature than our forefathers.

If only man would heed and obey the Word of God.

Human strength, power of the flesh, wealth, intimidation and manipulation can only come to an ultimate destruction. And those who follow blindly behind men who condone and scheme evil in their heart will one day pay for their sin against God.

For the love of evil is ever-present before us.

You may doubt God’s existence. But there are far more who do not.

How can this be you may ask, seeing that evil leaders seem to be flourishing all around us.

What we have is hope in Christ Jesus.

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The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Psalm 10King James Version (KJV)

10 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

News for the Body, Mind and Soul

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”    Isaiah 52:7

If you have been like me, fixated on the current national news and the trump administration, then, I can honestly say, that we have been missing out on some very important news taking place around the world.

Daily Newspaper

So today, I decided to post links to what I believe will be worthwhile websites to your reading pleasure.

News for the Body, Mind and Soul.

Enjoy the rest of your week and take the time to pray and give thanks to the Lord.

Vice News – Variety of latest news stories from around the world

Good Black News   -News about black people doing good things

Futurism  – Stories of the future –health, medicine, energy, technology, science, games, etc.

Black Listed News – Independent critical coverage of world news and beyond

Breaking Christian News  =Current news from around the world and here at home

Global Christian News  -Is a digital news service for the worldwide Church aiming to inform and feed the work of the Church.

Project Censored  -Expose and oppose news censorship. Promotes independent investigative journalism, media literacy and critical thinking

Eater  -Authority of dining and food

Racked Daily shopping resource for the real shopper and also fashion and trending news for millenniums

Heard about fake news of late? Well, if not you must have had your head under the cover. Fake news are constantly being bombarded on social media in the attempt to mislead and cause confusion, even among the most rational of people.

So, to help us be a little more aware of fake news and who is producing it, here are a few links to blogs and sites that will give you a list of fake news websites to be aware of and provide ways to avoid being duped. My suggestion is to bookmark for future reference.

Benzinga.com

ThoughtCo.com

The Daily Dot

Snopes/tag/fake news

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Shame In the Headlines

Matthew 6:19-21 – Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Earlier this week local, regional and national news kept the Tom Brady shirt-gate going on as if this football jersey was the alleged Shroud of Turin.

The state of Texas even had the Texas Rangers on the case. Enter also, the FBI.

Now, the 5 times all-star, Super Bowl winner’s jersey was found and the alleged thief is in hiding.

The newscasters were ecstatic and declaring that this worn and sweaty football jersey was worth close to a million dollars. It also turned out that another of Brady’s jerseys was also found in the possession of the alleged thief.

With this entire clamor over a stolen football jersey and it making headlines, I could not help to shake my head in disgust because there is more dire human news taking place in the world and a football jersey should never be one of them.

Right now, one of the most horrific tragedies of the making of mankind is that which is happening in South Sudan. A civil war has been going on and the results of this war has brought famine among six million people.

Is Tom Brady responsible for the shirt-gate headlines? No he is not. He is merely a victim of a crime and some news executives are only looking at how they can boost their ratings and increase their earnings.

Shame in the headlines has more to do with the lack of empathy from some news organizations.

America’s mainstream news over the past several years has become nothing more than the dumbing down of Americans.

We have to look within ourselves to determine where our priorities lie when it comes to what we are doing to bring on this detachment from human suffering.

Is a stolen, used and sweaty jersey worn by a wealthy football player more newsworthy than people dying?

To me that is a resounding no. Life is more precious than material things and sports.

Of course, everyone will not agree with me on this matter and that is fine.

But, while the shirt-gate has come to a conclusion the people starving in South Sudan has not ended.

Finally, let us continue to pray for the people in London and to the families who lost loved ones and the injured in yet another senseless terrorist attack.

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The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

The Choice of Health

As promised. I am quiet happy to introduce to you someone I have known for years as a friend and fellow thespian. Kat Robertson.

Kat is a gifted artist and author. But for years, Kat has made healthy living one of her missions to educate others not only about preventative measures to maintain good health but also being involve in keeping the environment safe for the future. Kat loves the Lord and  I look forward to many other contributions from Kat to the Counterfeit Christian blog,

I Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

The Choice of Health
by Kat Robertson

The most valuable thing we each have is our heath. Those who suffer from poor health truly understand the blessing of excellent health in the light of life that has to be fought for. We must decide to make consciously healthy life choices because life is a gift that we cannot afford to take for granite. Poor health resulting from dire life choices only exacerbates the devastating conclusion that no amount of money can replace health once it is lost.

If you didn’t know that there is a conspiracy to take away your health one choice at a time, then it’s time to accept the fact. We represent dollar signs in the eyes of multiple corporations that can and will sell us anything. They encourage addictions to their products and like insects in a spider’s web, we get caught in the lie that we want/need/must have “something”.  Fast food, Bluetooth, wireless technology throughout our homes, etc. are all things we are taught that we cannot live without; serving the purpose of making our lives easier and more convenient. Yet very little is mentioned of the downside, the harmful effects that such addictive conveniences can have on our heath.

The phrase “profits before people” is not only a train of thought reflecting how little life is valued in our society, but it also suggests a larger purpose, that of decreasing the human population on earth.  Only the extremely wealthy could possibly benefit from this. In this scenario we become pawns blindly following the recommendations of our medical professionals and their diagnosis that lead to a dependency on prescription drugs and ultimately evasive medical treatments in an effort to “help” us regain our health.  As we suffer a decrease in our health; these corporations continue to increase their bottom line. Since prescription drugs often carry side effects that are worse than the purpose for taking the drug, one does begin to wonder just how much of this theory is a conspiracy and how much is based upon truth.  Far too many people are actually experiencing a decrease in the quality and longevity of their lives.

I am not suggesting that medicine is evil or doctors are only interested in experimenting and making money from you. To the contrary, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with doctors who were very diligent in their care with me. Obviously there are times when medical attention is crucial. However, the purpose of this series is to encourage you to take responsibility for your own health. You should know more about your health than any medical professional because you live with you. You are aware of the intricacies of your day-to-day routines and the effect they have on your well-being. It’s time to make a decision not to poison your body with anything in excess and minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals and technology. Choose not to have to fight your way back from a devastating cancer diagnosis and instead elect to go for health conscious alternatives.

I will share my stories along with those of others who have learned through experience how to maintain their own optimal health. There is a wealth of information available to us and the internet puts it at our fingertips. Our bodies are to be the temple in which the indwelling Spirit of God can live. It is up to us to be the caretakers we were created to be.

Abundant Health!

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Today Is A Day Without A Woman

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18

Today, we are recognizing  A Day Without A Woman and International Women’s Day.

No matter where you may stand on this particular day, for or against it, we have got to give credit to God for showing Adam that he needed a help meet.

When I awoke this morning, I didn’t put too much emphasis on this day because it was just, so I was thinking, just another day. My plans were pretty much already set for the “things I have to do” and the “class I plan to attend,” later today.

But, when I turned on my laptop and went to check my email and view the national headlines, there it was. The headlines, A Day Without A Woman rallies will be taking place across America.

This year, so far, has indeed become an exciting time for women who never thought to protest and spearhead groups of vibrant women of all ages, ethnicities and races, to make their voices be heard with their elected officials.

There is a spirit of like-mindedness and unity that is putting some of the most unlikely of women, together. And that is a good thing.

Although, it would be great to see all women taking the day off, it cannot happen for those women who are taking care of their families, working to maintain their household and those women who are making a difference in the lives of those in need of their help (doctors, nurses, missionaries, volunteers, etc).

And although a number of women cannot be out in the streets rallying for a particular cause, today, A Day Without A Woman is still making an impact for our young girls.

Sure, A Day Without A Woman might have seen far-fetch when it was first presented.

But it can’t be ignore…nor should it be.

Regardless of how many women show-up or don’t show-up to their jobs.

A Day Without A Woman is affecting this world and thank God it’s for the good of mankind.

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

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2017 The Year of Our Lord

Woman. I am.

We Are All Refugees

Leviticus 19 33 ‘And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. 34 The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

A little boy asked his mother why the man standing next to them was calling them nasty names.

The mother pretended not to hear the boy.

Yet, the little boy was very insistent on wanting to know why this stranger was calling them names and making despicable gestures with his finger.

As I watched as this scene played out. I slowly approached the woman and her son and asked if I could be of any help to them.

The woman shook her head and grabbed her son’s hand and walked away.

When I turned to face this ignorant man who was about ready to follow the woman and her son, I stepped in front of him.

“Just what is your problem, sir? Why are you harassing that woman and her child?” I asked in a soft, non-threatening voice.

“She’s a terrorist! And you need to mind your own damn business!” retorted this man to me in a loud voice.

Right away, people nearby heard this man’s reply to me.

“Miss, is this man bothering you?” a gentleman asked across from me.

“He’s crazy” another woman yelled over to us. “He’s always bothering people.”

“Why don’t all of you kiss my…” the man shouted and then rushed out of the store.

A few moments later, the mother and her son showed back up.

“Thank you Miss,” the mother said to me in a heavy accent. “I don’t want any trouble. I just want peace.”

I looked at the woman and reached out to hug her. But she backed away.

“No. Not necessary,” the woman told me. “I know you care. Thank you.”

The woman and her young son exited the store where there was a gentleman waiting near a white van filled with people. As the van slowly drove out of the parking lot, it was evident, she was probably a newly place refugee from a war-torn nation.

Now, imagine how you would feel if America found itself at war and our land was devastated and our way of life was turn upside down. Could anyone of us grapple with the truth that this is a real possibility?

War, disaster and death can happen at any time and in any nation.

That’s why I am dumbfounded that some Americans have taken to outward hate and intolerance without first thinking, “yet but for the grace of God, go I.”

One thing we all need to keep in our thoughts…we are all refugees.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video)

Loving Your LGBT Children

Ephesians 4:31 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

This is a conversation over heard in a restaurant by two gentlemen in their early fifties.

“What time do we have to get back?”

“We got enough time to drink our coffee. So, man…what’s up with you? Still dealing with that son of yours?”

“I am so ashamed. I just don’t know what to say or to do about it.”

“What do you have to be ashamed about? This doesn’t have anything to do with you…right?”

“Well. Yes. It does.”

“Anyway, I wouldn’t put too much into it. These kids nowadays do it all.”

“But, I didn’t see this coming. My son has a good head on his shoulders and just got hired at a large accounting firm…I just can’t figure out why he now wants to tell people that he is gay. It makes no sense to me….none whatsoever.”

“Look at it this way, Josh. Thank God he’s grown…you don’t have to deal with it. Besides, he will eventually get it together.”

“I don’t think so. He and I had a terrible argument last evening and his mother had to pull us apart.”

“Well, maybe you should leave him alone for right now. Sounds like the two of you need some space.”

“I thought about that…but you know…I just love my son so much….and I don’t want to see him get hurt…you know what I mean?”

His friend nodded his head and the two men sat across from each other in total silence.

No matter how much a parent may desire for their child to be perfect, it will not happen. No one is perfect.

So what does a parent do when their children declares they have chosen to live their life that goes against the Word of God?

One thing to be sure is that you don’t stop loving your LGBT children.

You have to love your children. Unconditionally love your child. Pray for your children.

But one thing you must never do is to compromise your belief, nor allow the devil to deter you from doing what the Lord requires us to do.

Finally, for all those Christians who believe that creating and establishing laws and regulations to force someone to be “straight” it is useless.

Loving your LGBT children is the love that a child needs.

Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Homosexuality: A Christian View – Christian Parents with Gay Children

No Mexicans, No Minorities, No Muslims

Acts 17:26 – And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

In the year 2000, there was a play titled, No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs. This American work of penmanship was written by playwright John Henry Redwood.

Then in 2014, playwright Tom O’Brien wrote the two-act play, No Blacks, No Dogs, No Poles.

I bring up these two plays because of the racial and social divide that is taking place right here in America in 2017.

As we start off this new week, I am constantly reminded that I am a child of God and that no weapon form against me shall prosper.

Yet, in my heart, I am sadden when I witness crowds of adoring Trump followers bask in his ignorant rants and speeches about building walls, seizing illegal immigrants and deporting them and denying entrance to Muslims because of where they live.

And all his speeches are what can be considered, “dog whistles,” to his voting base.

He has also continually gone after the press by questioning their credibility and labeling certain news outlets as being fake news.

But the greatest of his offenses is that this man is a blatant liar and these are the lies (which he tells continually) that he consistently throws out to the public that all Muslims are terrorists, all Mexicans are bad people and are illegally living here and all Minorities are poor, uneducated, living in urban areas and are dangerous.

To be honest, I have had my filled of Donald Trump and his divisive antics. He has put more toxicity in the atmosphere that it has polluted the hearts and minds of people living outside of America.

But Trump can’t take total responsibility for his irresponsible behavior. His followers are just as guilty for supporting and pushing his agenda…and I might say, with much glee.

A good friend who passed away a few years ago had a saying that resonates today.

“When you point one finger at someone…four fingers are pointing back at you.”

Americans who bear hate and discord will eventually pay a heavy price. I just pray that they abandon their over joy of demeaning and trying to destroy their fellow human-beings before it is too late.

We got to face the truth that hate is the cornerstone of sin.

Will Trump followers abandon this man of lies?

I doubt it. Even when the facts are in front of them they would prefer to believe his lies.

So for those who are not fooled by Donald Trump, I ask you to take time to pray.

And after praying, just think on this title for a few more moments.

No Mexicans, No Minorities, No Muslims.

It will just be a matter of time when the title will change to other races, ethnic groups, genders or those of different religions.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord