Preface to the Fatherhood Essays

This is the preface to the Fatherhood essays that I am writing.

I have been a grandson, son, father, grandfather and recent great-grandfather, yet the memories of becoming a new father remain fresh in my mind. Severe chronic challenges were encountered,  yet, with God's help I was able to prevail. This collection of essays is about what was learned on that journey from a young man to a great-grand-father. Many things were learned, challenges overcome, mistakes and memories were made; a lot of growing was done by the entire family.

These essays contain the observations, experiences and challenges that were faced by up to 4 generations of fathers. The manner of writing used here may seem a bit severe, perhaps even negative at times. The motive of heart is to communicate the unvarnished truth so that, with God's help, you too can prevail as a father. These writings can serve as kind of a template of several fathers' approach to managing the challenges and issues of fatherhood. I don't think the challenges are unique, but the response to these challenges will be unique. The issues raised in these essays may help you prepare for the unexpected.

In my journey through life, there was almost no training available on how to handle or manage the challenges of life. I had to learn how to manage and how to grow while struggling to keep the family together. These essays do not contain problem solving "recipes". You, your situations, and circumstances are all unique and demand unique responses which ultimately are determined by you.

Sudden, surprising challenges can scramble your life, goals, ambitions, relationships, self-image, and feelings. You can be plunged into an unfamiliar, unpleasant, painful, and confusing world. What is disclosed here are the tools and skills that have been important to be able to navigate such a world and to endure the challenges that were encountered.

You may find these essays a bit "preachy" and be overwhelmed by all the advice that is presented. Be assured that what is presented here is not theory; I lived what is shared here. My initial experience as a father was to make mistake after mistake and almost become a complete failure. It required time to become skillful. These essays expose the reader to decades of learning in a very short amount of time. Give yourself time to absorb what is shared. It is expected that the reader may experience some very strong emotions about this information, just as I did. I was driven to find the truth, so regardless of my emotions, I worked to learn until there was a resolution and I was at peace. This requires time and patience.

Fatherhood is one of the most important jobs you will ever have. As you endure and prevail, your children can learn to endure and prevail as well.

To the Father and Mother

It requires and father and mother to produce a child. A child needs both a father and a mother to raise him or her. This is a biological, genetic requirement, not an artificial social construct based on artificial gender roles. As such, it is a godly human right for each child to have a male father and a female mother to raise that child. It is best that the father and mother fulfill their responsibilities together with unity of purpose. I raised my children with their mother but I am not qualified to write about motherhood.

To society in general

In these essays, I unapologetically use gender specific pronouns which accurately reflect reality. If the reader finds this to be offensive, then my advice is to stop reading. 

 

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The Quest for Deliverance

Knowledge, even self-knowledge is power. The knowledge presented here is to help you begin to develop skills to stand against the challenges of life that can confront your family. The quest for deliverance can be harmful, unless you understand the risks.

One of the worst, heart-rending challenges is a father's inability to protect his precious children from every merciless attack. Accidents, sickness and disease all expose this human weakness. When these challenges happen to a child, various emotions can be overwhelming to the father and the despair of helplessness can dominate. These emotions can debilitate even the strongest father. Our ignorance about how to proceed can be costly and even dangerous.

It is completely natural and understandable to be driven to find a solution, a cure, just as quickly as possible, regardless of the cost. There is the desire for healing so that life can get back to normal. The attack on the child is also an attack on our plans, schedules, finances, almost everything of critical importance that holds our life together. These could all crumble into a magnificent ruin. A cure MUST be found RIGHT NOW! It is certainly not obvious, but I have found that this is an ineffective mind-set. Panic is never advised. The desperate, singular focus on obtaining (and expecting) an immediate cure can produce additional long term anguish, pain, and suffering for the family.

All 4 generations of my family (starting with my grandfathers) have experienced chronic health related challenges. I spent years focused on and expecting a cure for the challenges in my immediate family. I observed other branches of the family in the same quest. We all ended up without the expected complete deliverance. Religion and the self-help industry provided lots of advice, but few godly results. I have seen people at this point become consumed with anger and bitterness directed at their heavenly father. My response was to return to the scriptures and research each record of healing that I could find, looking for a "healing recipe". There had to be something that all the accounts had in common, something I was missing. What was found was not what I expected.

I did not find a "healing recipe". Every single act of godly deliverance was different, tailored to the individual and their unique circumstances. There was one attribute which was common to a majority of the accounts. This one attribute is "endurance". Those in need endured, sometimes for years. My response to this discovery was to end my singular focus on deliverance. Instead, I focused on "enduring until deliverance". I had a great conflict about this change because it contradicted so much of what I (and others) had been taught. The bottom line is that what "prosperity" religion and the self-help industry adherents believe is that to change their focus on deliverance is a capitulation to the challenge. They believe it is wrong, is sinful, and is dishonoring God. There is much fear associated with this destructive, erroneous, singular focus on deliverance.  However, what I had been taught was shown to be in error, so I continued with my new focus on "enduring until deliverance". This change in focus made a dramatic difference in my life and family. Now it was OK to make incremental improvements without the attending feelings of condemnation, disappointment and failure. The stress and pressure to produce complete deliverance NOW was gone. Virtually every aspect of my family life improved. It wasn't that things got easier or the circumstances changed. I changed, and was able to become skillful in this aspect of life.

All these improvements did not happen overnight; I did not get skillful the next day. No, this required years of patient persistence. The first thing that happened was the release from the emotional stress, condemnation and disappointment produced by the singular focus on deliverance. This release provided more energy to apply to endurance; I became stronger. Notice that I had to learn to become skillful while under attack. It is another example of "on the job training" which we experience. My children who lived through these challenging times learned how to endure. They made these skills their own as they endured their own challenges as adults.

No, you won't find the deliverance you are seeking for every challenge that faces you. We all die of something. We will all be working to improve some aspect of our life when we do pass away. Growth and improvement is a never ending process in this life. I have spoken to other beloved children of God who are enduring chronic health issues. They have not allowed these challenges to stop them from serving and walking with God.

My maternal grandfather had learned to live in this practical way. When his son-in-law, my uncle, became totally blind, grandpa used his contacts to obtain a scholarship at a premier school for the blind. My uncle eventually obtained a PHD in psychology. In his career, he began pioneering research with emotionally disturbed handicapped children. By standing against these formidable challenges and enduring, he became a man, husband and father of great godly value. His family continued with the singular focus on deliverance which (I believe) took an emotional toll on them. The difficulty with their quest certainly touched my heart. In the end, none of this prevented the godly impact of his family in this life.

Things that rob your endurance and peace

When you and your family are faced with the challenges of life such as accidents and illness, there are common reactions which are not beneficial. These reactions, although understandable, actually weaken us. The challenges of life are actually processes of destruction. This process of destruction is designed to influence the victim, close family and caretakers to abandon their self-directed life. You then are bound to a life which is directed by uncontrollable circumstances and overwhelming emotion. It is accomplished through a process of stimulus and response to keep you emotionally upset, hopeless, helpless and weak. Understanding the nature of the attack and its purpose can help you resist the processes that are at work.

For years I asked the questions, "why me?", "why do I have to go through this?" "what did I do wrong?", "when will this end?". You may have asked these or other similar questions. Eventually I learned that having the answers to these questions would not help me endure. In some cases the answers could prove burdensome. It is better not to dwell on these questions. I have provided foundational answer to the question "what did I do wrong?" in my book "Godly Abundance and Prosperity". This book will also help with the obsessive religious habits of self-accusation and self-condemnation.

It is very detrimental to hide and suppress any anger you may have with God. This anger may be suppressed out of guilt. God is much bigger than our emotions and our limited view. It is better to honestly open your heart to him and share yourself with him. You are his child and he will treat you with all the love he has. Yes, I have been angry with him. It may sound silly, but for my own health I even forgave him because of my emotional perception of having been harmed. Some emotions can't be prevented!

There is nothing godly to gain by playing the "blame game". If blame is affixed to something or someone, the next step is to "make sure it never happens again", which is nothing but revenge. All this is actually part of the destructive process which challenges you. It is designed to rob your strength and peace. It does this by keeping you angry, upset, bitter and focused on how unfairly hurt you are. Ultimately you become a chronic victim, consumed and imprisoned by anger and bitterness. There is no deliverance to be had on this path of destruction.

Although it may require some time, when disaster strikes, discard the panic as quickly as possible. Manage the immediate needs but be prepared for the long-haul. Don't give yourself over to anger, bitterness or despair. Share your anger and grief with God. Keep your focus on your family and their needs. For yourself, keep your focus on enduring until deliverance is achieved!

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Your Values

How well you develop as a human, as a man and as a father depends much upon your values – your integrity, your moral and ethical values. As a father, you can be assured that your values will be sorely tested; you will discover what is really valuable to you.

These values are the ones you actually live by, not the values you may aspire to. In the past, a man's integrity provided the foundation of his reputation. Reputation was part of his identity as a man, it was a component of masculinity.

Your moral and ethical values – what you believe and do – determine your value as a person, a man and a father. Your values determine the expression of your inherent value as a human being. In this manner, you determine whether you will be worthless or priceless, whether your life matters, or not.

A valuable long term self-discovery project is to find the answer to these questions – "Why do I have these beliefs? Why do I have these values? How do I determine what is good and what is evil?"

A useful book about a man who became very valuable to our country is "the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin". See a description of his book here. As a young man, Benjamin Franklin had to determine his values and build his reputation. His book provides a record of how one man labored at this task and the results of his labor.

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An Arduous Season

This country has been through an arduous season of politics for about 17 months. This has left many of us exhausted and emotionally drained. Society is severely stressed, traumatized and fractured. There are reasons for this that are not very apparent.

We, the citizens of the United States have been collectively subjected to what can be described as a national 'psyops'. This is a term which describes a psychological attack (an assault) upon a population. You can read more about this on Wikipedia.

Whenever a widespread action such as this assault, a war, an economic or social dislocation occurs, some kind of power must be invoked in order to move the planned event and realize its impact. People can conspire and plan, but the plans will come to nothing if there is no power invoked which will energize the plans. Additionally, raw power without expert knowledge and wisdom is worthless.

The truth is, YOU have been subjected to a constant assault for some months now. This assault has been carefully planned and executed. After enduring this abuse, it is no wonder that many feel so exhausted and dissipated.

This particular psyops is unusual in its viciousness and ferocity. It appeared to be an assault from our own people, the ruling class in the government. Note that I did not write that these human agents initiated or caused this assault; the blame for that lies elsewhere.

The evil assault on our country, ourselves and our fellow citizens, has its origins in the spiritual realm. This evil did not originate with people. The purpose of any such spiritual evil is always to steal, kill and destroy. Our country was (and is) at stake; this was an assault to steal, kill and destroy our country. The term "our country" includes our hearts, minds, families, society and everything of value that exists in our country.

It requires spiritual power from the gift of holy spirit in order to have the ability to detect and discern the movement of spiritual power. This discernment allows you to perceive what is moving, whether the power is from the God and Father of Jesus Christ or if it is from the god of this world. Without spiritual discernment it is not possible to make sense of the spiritual realities of life. This discernment is readily available to any human from God through the accomplishments of Jesus Christ.

The spiritual power moved by the god of this world works in the physical realm through people who act as conduits. The manner in which this power moves is carefully hidden so that even the most expert illusionist would be deceived. Deception is key. Those who think they wield great power of rulership in the world are deceived. Those who are subject to the assaults of the human elite of this world are deceived. For the most part, neither party discerns the worldly spiritual power which is at work.

There is a deeper deception at work. This deception motivates people who are hurt to take on the role of the victim, blaming other people who seem to be the cause of the hurt. Those who take on the role of victim have difficulty to perceive the great hurt experienced by those who seem to be the victimizers. Two sisters who lived through the holocaust in Germany learned of this hurt and the great need for healing. Both the victims and the victimizers require healing. God called the surviving sister, Corrie Ten Boom to minister his healing love to those who had survived the holocaust.

Corrie endured and carried on the work that God gave her, which was not easy. Her story, in her words is readily available. The things she learned and shares is critically important for all of us who have experienced the historic psyops of this time. Those conducting the psyops have done great harm to themselves. Their need for healing wholeness is just as great as those who have been harmed by the spiritual evil which has moved on our country.

Healing, forgiveness, the power to forgive and love is available from God who loves us all. As called and enabled, Corrie Ten Boom demonstrated his will for the rest of her life. Healing, forgiveness and love can work in us as well.

Here is a link to her book "The Hiding Place"

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DEPLORABLES

An open letter to the "leadership" of the American political left

Recently, the current public figurehead of the political left verbally excoriated a major portion of the American electorate. To some, it is quite astonishing that she would be so abusive to those who have enabled the federal government and its policies. After all, the labor of these productive people is plundered by the government, year after year. It would be rational then, to expect thanks and praise would be heaped upon them! Yet, this is the political season when rationalism and reason take a vacation.

The following has been extracted from a news report:

she claimed that half of Trump’s supporters nationally—millions of people—were a “basket of deplorables” who were “irredeemable” and “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.
"Some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America

To one who was raised as a good liberal progressive and has observed the social and political behavior of this country for more than 4 decades, these remarks were not a surprise. The views and emotion expressed have been known by observation for years. I, for one, am gratified to be among those who are held in such esteem by this public figurehead.

Our form of government is a REPUBLIC. It is NOT a democracy. The people delegated some (not all) of THEIR political power to the federal government for specific goals which are limited in scope. The right and ability for the federal government to exist and operate proceeds from the people. IT IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT WHICH CONFERS RIGHTS UPON THE CITIZENS, IT IS THE PEOPLE WHO CONFER RIGHTS UPON THE GOVERNMENT. Thus, the preamble of the constitution begins with "We the people…"

It is said that we are a nation of laws or a nation governed by laws. Most of the time, these statements bring to mind laws which are over the people of the country. It is quite remarkable then to consider that the VERY FIRST laws written are laws which define and LIMIT the scope of operation of the government formed by this constitution. The basic functioning of the government established by the constitution is to "…SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY…" That is all, that is it. Everything else is outside of its scope of operation.

This constitution is what the elected officials and military personnel swear to protect and defend. However, common political practice is to ignore or attack and subvert the constitution. One of the most egregious subversions of this constitution is the effort to eliminate the borders of the United States of America. The border defines the physical area of our constitutional REPUBLIC, that area where LIBERTY dominates. Without a border, the United States and its constitution does not exist. The effort to eliminate our borders is an attack on the homes, families, and persons of the United States. It is a personal attack which all too often becomes a real physical attack with deadly concequences.

Another egregious subversion of this constitution is the armed robbery of the citizens of the United States by the federal government. This armed robbery is used for purposes which are outside of the boundaries defined by the constitution. Thus these purposes are unconstitutional.

The founding fathers of this country and the constitution knew that the GREATEST ENEMY of a people is the GOVERNMENT. The federal government has certainly justified their sentiment! Those who love liberty recognize the existence of some form of government is required in order to secure and maintain liberty. If government strays from this purpose, then it becomes a pernicious tyrant.

This federal government is an armed tyrant who is the enemy of liberty. Those who love liberty dare to actively stand for the constitution and against the abusive tyrant. Those who love the federal government and worship its power desperately hate the children of liberty.

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Terrorism

Terrorism is a surprisingly simple and frustratingly effective tool against an enemy. The terrorist aspires to become a pernicious puppet-master over an enemy. The effect of extreme emotions, the outrage of terror exposes and aggravates existing divisions and weaknesses in all levels of society. People and institutions divide, lashing out at one another, exhausting themselves fighting their own as the enemy. Any existing lack of resource or leadership is exposed, intensifying the divisive turmoil.
 
Due to the current tragic events in France we are observing these effects all over the western world, including our own society. Instead of uniting against a common foe, the divisions in our country have become deeper. As division increases, so does weakness. Rivers of emotion from the rain of terror become a flood, drowning the impact of any thoughtful, rational, responsive leadership that may exist.
 
Most of what is reported and expressed in the media (including social media), is due to the efforts of the terrorists. It is so easy to react, to surrender to emotion and the mob mentality. It is challenging to respond, reflect, and think.
 
How do we overcome the weakness of division, the lack of rational, competent leadership, and the chains of crushing debt? These are critical issues which cannot be handled by mob action and the mob mentality.
 
Regardless of what everyone else does, choose not to react. Instead, choose to respond, choose to think, choose not to be a weak puppet of terrorism.
 
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A Successful Life

So what is a successful life? If you know the answer to this, you can avoid a life of failure. The right answer will help prevent an abundance of wasted labor and effort.
Jesus was teaching:
Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
(Luke 12:15 NET)

A wise man once told me:A successful life does not consist of the ability to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. It does not consist of having what you want whenever you want it. A successful life is enjoying doing what you ought to do. When you learn to enjoy doing what you ought to do, you will have a successful life.

Think about it; what you "ought to do" is not only moral, but functional. What should you do as a man, son, brother, husband father? What about a woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother? Learn to enjoy what you were designed to do, learn to enjoy employing all the potential skills, talents and abilities as they ought to be employed.
 
At the time, poverty was a constant companion; prayer was not producing any results. The birthright of abilities and talents lay unused and neglected due to a lack of confidence produced by ignorance. Education had to happen; once I applied myself to that goal, the doors opened to some unbelievable opportunities. No, it wasn't easy, as it took about a year to get over the disappointment and anger of learning the truth which contradicted my beliefs and expectations.
 
How unfair are medical bills? Yet, medical services are provided and payment must be made. There was a growing mountain of medical bills which seemed impossible to pay. Again, prayer and inaction produced nothing. It was only after deciding that the bills ought to be paid, and paid by me (not relatives or other people), that progress was made. It was rough and took years, but the bills were finally paid. The feelings of resentment and victimization were put asside and I learned to enjoy the victory, day by day.
 
A successful life is within reach; it requires some thinking, a daily decision and some action!
 
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Obtain A Knowledge of the Scriptures

There is a question that is asked from time to time; “How does one obtain a knowledge of the scriptures?”. The question stated in this manner does not express what is really being asked, so I will restate it.
 
“How does one who is not a scholar, or an intellectual, effectively obtain a functional, accurate knowledge of the scriptures?”. I might add that the person seeking may have limited reading skills and a limited use of the English language.
 
All of us started out knowing absolutely nothing about the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, or the concepts of prayer and worship. Someone had to teach us about these things. I was blessed to be taught the Bible by my parents, starting at a very early age. As a young child I acquired some knowledge of the scriptures without any study, reading, or memorization. My parents taught me by informally telling stories, during the day or before bed time. In the years since, most of my time with the Bible could not be classified as “studying”, but reading, as one would read for enjoyment.
 
In a related note, I must state that there are men and women in the body of Christ who are quite adept at the art of storytelling. It has been my experience that these people and their calling are unappreciated; they seldom are permitted to serve. If they are permitted to serve, it is in the capacity of (almost invisible) baby-sitters. Identify these men and women and incorporate their service into the general activities of the body of Christ; the benefits will be amazing! 
 
There is basically only one prerequisite for acquiring a knowledge of the scriptures and that is a hunger to know The Truth. The hunger to know The Truth is a desire that is intense enough to be compared to physical hunger. This is a desire that is enough to motivate a person to act. If you have a ravenous hunger, you will be fed as much as you desire.
 
The first step in acquiring a knowledge of the scriptures is to make the time to become familiar with the numerous stories that are recorded in the Bible. One book my parents used to teach me the stories in the Bible was “Hurlburt's Story of the Bible”, which is available on the Internet.
 
The author of this book arranged the stories in their chronological order. Each story is expressed in simple, clear language. Each one is a complete story and can stand on its own. Yet, together these stories construct the narrative of the Bible, thus expressing “the story of the Bible”. The target audience of the book are those who do not have a Biblical background and may have a limited English vocabulary.
Artwork is included in the book to make it even more appealing. The artwork is not accurate so it can be ignored. Scriptural references are noted with each story, so it is easy to read each story from the Bible whenever you are ready.
 
Then find a version of the Bible that is easy and enjoyable for you to read. When I just want to read, I use the Revised English Bible. When I want to read in preparation for studying or for teaching, I use the English Standard Version. Once you have become familiar with the stories of the Bible, you can begin using your reading Bible. Read as if you are reading a novel. Just read for enjoyment. If you come across a section that you don't enjoy reading, such as a family tree or genealogy, skip that section. Don't attempt to retain and understand every little detail. Read to capture the narrative, the story. Memorization of individual scriptures at this point is not needed. It is much easier to remember a story than the individual scriptures that make up the story. Even young children can remember stories.
 
Once you have learned the general narrative of the Bible, you can begin to perceive the different contexts that make up that narrative. Now you can begin to read the contexts and see how they fit together. All the while you are reading for enjoyment.
 
“How much time will this take?” you might ask. It depends upon how hungry and persistent you are. Everyone grows at their own pace.
 
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Preparing For an Uncertain Future

Preparing for an uncertain future has its advantages, it is one way in which we begin to adjust to a changing world. The question is, how well will we and our families endure these changes?
 
I don't write this to cause discouragement and grief but I write for the sake of endurance and thoughtful planning. Thinking through and preparing for "the worst that can happen" can negate or reduce the tendency to be consumed with fear and worry. If one is to prevail (not just survive), one must be strong enough to endure.
 
Today, much of what is published in the media and on the Internet has the purpose of provoking a strong emotional reaction. There is hope of a magical "awakening" of the American masses that will somehow stop the destruction of our country and the elimination of our freedoms. I submit to you that this hope is a mirage, a pipe dream; if it were to actually happen, it would do little to restore our country and freedoms. One reason I state this is the national debt; our country and untold generations of our children have been sold into slavery.
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
(Proverbs 22:7 ESV)

 

 

This truth has not been experienced by the electorate in the manner which would be expected. Individually, our lives seem to continue as they always have. However, there is much discontent and anguish because we cannot gain control of our government. On critical issues the government is unresponsive to the will of the people; instead it is marching in unison towards tyranny. I submit that it is our government which is experiencing this enslavement; regardless of the desire of any individual politician, they have no choice but to ignore the will of the people and to ignore the constitution. They must obey the will of our lenders and those who continue to prop up our economy.
 
The truth of the matter is this; what used to be America is gone, only a shell remains. The constitution has become irrelevant; it is only a script for the theater and drama that is staged in Washington. The freedoms we continue to enjoy are imperiled. A tyrant is not required to control everyone all the time; a tyrant is only required to have access to any individual and control of any individual at any time. This type of tactic is what we seem to be subjected to, more and more.
 
So, if this is true, what can any individual do, how should an individual respond? I offer the following suggestions. If nothing else, don't react, but think through your own response.
 
Mourn and grieve the loss of our country. Have a funeral, put flowers on the grave if needed. Right now there is enough time to do this. Try to release the past and begin to face the future.
Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”
For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
Ecclesiastes 7:10 ESV)

 

 

Don't make any effort to attempt to reclaim or restore the "glory days" of the past. The world has changed and those days are gone. These efforts will weaken the ability to endure the challenges of the future.
 
Do some research regarding people of faith in tyrannical countries; here are a couple of books to start with:
 
 
 
If you are worried about your ability to worship and serve God in the manner in which you are accustomed to, please consider the following:
 
The time span to consider for your planning is multi-generational. Plan for the prevailing endurance of your great-grandchildren. There is an example of this kind of planning in the bible, in Jeremiah 29. We are in similar circumstances. One of the things recorded, which is good guidance for the current challenges is:
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
(Jeremiah 29:7 ESV)

 

 

Note the lack of guidance for an armed resistance or violence of any kind.
  • Think through the best long-term location for your family to live; Brazil? Argentina? Chile? Where? In the country or in the city?
  • What kind of spouse should your children look for; Chinese? Arab? Latino?
  • What kind of skills and training should your children have?
Today we are free to make some choices that may not be available tomorrow. Today there is time to prepare ourselves, mentally, emotionally and practically for the challenges, fears and shocks that are sure to occur in the near future. 
The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.
(Proverbs 22:3 ESV)

 

 

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Deliverance and Self Condemnation

Throughout the years, I have known of and accompanied many on a search for personal deliverance. We were searching for such things as healing, strength, fame, fortune and love. After great effort, sometimes for years, the only result was self condemnation, poverty and in some cases, death. Most have continued with unresolved needs, but the search for deliverance has left them scarred with the additional specter of nagging self doubt, self condemnation and sin consciousness. In some others, the search has cultivated an enduring bitterness against God.
 
"So much of the self-help industry and corporate religion is dedicated to the individual in crisis. Libraries of books have been written and centuries of sermons have been delivered describing what the individual has done wrong to bring calamity to themselves. Following the criticism is a prescription of actions to take and principles to apply which will appropriate deliverance. A majority of these teachings from the religious realm use the Bible as the source of their theories and prescriptions. The Bible is used to legitimize their theories.
 
From the corporate religious institutions we are taught how to be 'good' or 'righteous' so as to curry divine favor and to avoid divine 'wrath'.
Is this really a proper use of the Bible? Is it a book which defines the correct conduct of the individual which will bring about an abundance of prosperity? Is it a book which shows us the way to avoid the wrath of an angry god? Is it a book which imparts legitimacy to a religious institution, its officers, its policies and procedures?"
 
Self condemnation is one of the most miserable, damaging and hurtful devices which is cultivated in us. The chapter "No Condemnation" addresses this device, showing how it is NOT a godly practice; God does NOT want us to condemn ourselves at all. The chapter also shows how the Bible is misused to promote self condemnation.
 
The great man of God, Job, was subject to the same pressures and devices used in religion today, such as self condemnation. The two chapters on Job illustrate how Job was abused in the same manner as many of us have experienced. It also shows the wonderful results of his endurance which occurred, even before he was delivered.
 
A similar post was written specifically regarding the Quest for Healing:
 
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