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Mothers a Gift or Not a Gift?

by Rev. Austin Miles

Working as a chaplain I have spoken to many young and older people about their mothers.  Some were in a violent world they had created for themselves, while some  were in prison or in juvenile detention.  Others were executives with families who were well respected in their communities. Asking each one what brought them to this point in their lives, all of them said basically the same thing. That their mother’s influence was the reason they were where they were.

Thinking back on my own life I could see how that could be true. Shortly after I was born, my father split. He wanted nothing (like me) to stand in the way of his being a ‘ladies man.’ My mother, Mevel Shanks Keeney, crushed by my fathers action, packed us into her car and drove from Texas to the Midwest where we had relatives in Kentucky. We settled in nearby Evansville, Indiana where she quickly got a job at the Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company as a secretary.

Women made less than men at the same jobs so it was a stretch to live on her paycheck but we did. And she had to take money from her modest paycheck to put me into day care while she worked. We had rented a walk-up 2nd floor apartment on Governor Street. She made that into a home with furnishings, inexpensive, but tasteful.

Even as a three year old, I noticed her impeccable manners, honesty and morals. Even though her clothes were inexpensive she looked like a model.

In those days, stores had ‘charge accounts’ where one would pay for merchandise by making payments each week, which she did without fail.  A department store she had an account with, Straus and Brothers, suddenly caught on fire during the night. Everything in the business office was destroyed.  The next Monday she went to the store. A few people were there trying to put things back in order. My mother spoke to a woman and said she was there to make a payment on her bill.

‘Oh my,’ the woman said, everything in the office was burned up. We have no idea how much you owe.’  “Well I know how much I owe,” she said, “so let’s go where I can pay you.” The woman walked to an open area, my mother said, “Here is my payment”, the woman took it, marked it on my mother’s receipt. Mom continued to go back every week while they put the store back together, never missing a payment until the bill was paid in full.

One night she said to me, “Would you believe that there are people who took advantage of that fire by not paying their bills?” Even at three years of age that made a lasting impression upon me. Even though we had so little money to live on, this made me feel that we were better than those people who used the fire as an excuse not to pay their bills.

When Christmas came, my mother did all she could do to make a good Christmas for me. She managed to get a scrawny Christmas tree, and some lights which she strung on the tree.  In those days the bulbs were big, not like the little twinkling bulbs they have today. And to this day I still want those big lights on the Christmas tree.  ‘Silent Night’ was playing on her radio.  It was Christmas Eve. She knew that she had paid all her bills but there was nothing left for a Christmas dinner.  She looked into the bare cupboards. Yes, they were empty.

She went to the living room, sat down on our sofa, and began to cry.  It was the first time I had seen my mother cry. I walked over silently, put my little hand in hers and sat quietly at her side. Suddenly my mother stopped crying, wiped the tears from her face, and said, “What’s the matter with me? God has been good to me. He’s kept us together, He’s kept a roof over our heads….Oh Lord, forgive me for my unfaithfulness. C’mon Son. You can help me.”

She got out a fancy table cloth that her grandmother had made and given her, put it on the table, then placed the best dishes she had along with silverware, and then found a candle and holder which she put it in the middle of the table.  One would have thought we were about to sit down to the finest Christmas dinner in town.

She lit the candle, we sat down, she took my hand in hers, and prayed over that empty table, thanking the Lord for His goodness. As she was praying, there was a knock at the door. She continued praying as the knock became more persistent. She closed her prayer, then got up to answer the door.  Standing on the other side of the door was a messenger with an envelope in his hand which he gave to my mother.

Puzzled, she took the envelope, thanked the messenger, came in and opened the envelope. There was a note from her boss which said; “Becky (that was the name my mother was known by), I didn’t have a chance to buy your son a Christmas present. Here is $7.50. Would you please buy a present for me to him?

That was a lot of money in those days. My mother grabbed me by the hand, “C’mon Son” she said. We dashed down the stairs, into her car and she drove to Hasselbach’s Grocery Store, going in just as the store was getting ready to close for the night. She filled up a basket with food, paid for it, and had money left over, we came home, and we did have the finest Christmas dinner of anyone in town. This is when I began to really know God, and to inherit the integrity of my mother.

I have never cheated any man, nor would I ever. My young adult life started in show business, traveling road shows, doing some movies and was successful.  However, I could never get that scene at the empty table out of my mind. I left show business to enter the ministry which has been blessed.

When my mother died, not too long after my ordination, I did her funeral. “How can you do your own mother’s funeral?” her best friend Margaret asked. “I can do it because I loved my mother and I knew her better than anyone.” The funeral home was packed. I used as my text, Nehemiah 8:10–“For the Joy of the Lord is my strength. I feel that joy this morning and extra strength knowing that my mother went in great victory to be with The Lord.”

I told how my mother had actually died in the hospital, I had asked God for two more years with her before He takes her home as we had things to work out. She came back and the first thing she said was, “Son I saw Him. I saw Jesus! When it is my time I am ready to go. I KNOW He’s there.”  And the next two years were the greatest we had ever known.

Four people gave their hearts to God at that service and a married couple with children who had divorced got back together at that service and remarried.

It was a blessing to have the Mother I had. To all mothers out there, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. And for those who had a substitute mother, do wish them a Happy Mother’s Day and maybe even take a single rose to them. They no doubt played an important role in your lives.

Rev. Austin Miles’ popular book, God and Animals-What The Bible says about Animals and Heaven has just been published.

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I have tried to withdraw from the politics that are sucking the life from America.  Yes CG, I truly have.  Sideline sitting is difficult and leaving unsaid what needs to be said is even more trying.  When you catch a glimpse of what Americans are hearing every day, it is disheartening and distasteful.  Even when turning to the local news you are bombarded with the “national” segment extolling the virtues of one and the evilness of the other.  But mostly the evilness of the other.  Unfounded or not.  This is certainly not an election where the candidates are appealing to the intellectual side of the electorate.  Nor is it one where the media reports and compares policy positions.  Maybe it is time we had a fight at this level so America can take a deeper look into her mirror.  Maybe learn about our true deep divide.  The real one that exists not between colors of Americans but between the political and media elitists and the everyman.  It is the makings of a “French Revolution.”  Pray it never comes to that.

Thinking through the self-inflicted political and cultural mess in which we find ourselves and writing about it is therapeutic.  So allow me this indulgence.

Freedom once was, along with the quixotic “truth, justice and the American way”, the heartbeat of our country, but now it is politics.  The absence of truth and justice is the new American way.  Everything is politicized and idealized. There is no place to where one might retreat to escape it.  Withdrawal into a cocoon is an option – a self-imposed safe zone.  But, tuning out our shared reality so as to calm our troubled souls and shield our feelings is dereliction of our civic duty.

In our country, a war is on.  It is political, ideological and cultural.  It is a battle of Biblical proportions being fought for the soul of a nation and for the souls of her people.  One world globalist vultures are aligned to pick clean the American carcass and consolidate her wealth amongst them.   Open the borders and the millions who rush into the Promised Land will find naught but misery and slavery to their new global masters.  Their hope ending right back in the ghettos, slums, poverty, and crime that drove them away from their lands to begin with.  They will find the hope they placed in fallible utopians offering grandiose promises has also departed.   Promises they held no intention of fulfilling. Could not possibly fulfill.  Utopia is not for the masses.  It is only for those shielded by wealth and power from the daily difficulties of the everyman – no matter where he resides.  Geographically, there will be an America, but the shining beacon of freedom to the unfree world will be gone however, replaced by darkness.  In the darkness, evil thrives.  With the promised fundamental transformation completed, gone will be the uniquely American ideal of individual liberty and freedom first Exceptionalism – likely never to know a peaceful rebirth.  Shockingly, some likely view that as success.  After all, have we not been told that America is no more exceptional than any other nation?

These days, ideology preempts facts.  Honest debate is stifled by mockery, name calling, gutter crawling and character assassination.  Movements are built on falsehood, towns are burned, people are dead, police officers are vilified, attacked and murdered, the military is gutted and slighted, and the everyman is left standing without much hope amidst all of that and run down and dilapidated cities that were once great manufacturing centers and the envy of the world.

The people charged as the guardians of one of our most precious and important freedoms – speech and the press – have forfeited that freedom by selling their souls to political ideology and totally abandoning any semblance of objective journalism or news reporting.  It is an ideology wholly antithetical to the principles on which our nation was founded.  Along with corrupt politicians and their donors they are steering the rest of us toward destruction while not realizing that it is also their end toward which they are speeding.  The type of ruling government their ideology perpetuates cannot withstand a free press.

Our children, the future, are ignorant of our history.  Worse than that, they have been conditioned to believe that Western civilization and specifically America is to the blame for the world’s problems.  More dangerous is their ignorance of the darkness of communism and socialism and the aims of Sharia even when displayed right before their eyes.  This is the great failure of our education system, or the great success depending on your worldview.  It may as well have been free for what it was worth.

Common decency and respect were thrown out the window long ago.  The golden rule?  Pull anyone with an opposing view down into the gutter and make it about that.  The people?  They remain largely ignorant of things important because they are too focused on media created soap operas and massive misinformation.  It is a media that prefers to be owned rather than remain truthful, free and independent.  With a corrupt media, corrupt Congress, corrupt administrative agencies and a corrupt Department of Justice including the full gamut of federal investigative agencies what possible chance is there for fairness for the everyman? Nil.  Despots observing from around the world must marvel at how easy it was to corrupt the most perfect representative republic on the face of the earth and then turn it on the people that it was supposed to serve and protect.

Did you ever ponder how we got here?

© 2016 J. D. Pendry

The Soldier’s Interview With God

The soldier stood and faced God,
which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

‘Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?’

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

‘Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.’

Author Unknown~

Don’t Break This – Without Apology

Thinking of all the soldiers of the free world, and praying for their protection.


It’s the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It’s the Military, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It’s the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

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Air Force general who spoke of God should be court-martialed, group says

My comments:  Although I find this article of interest, it needs a disclaimer since the National Day of Prayer is run by Doug Coe of the secretive “The Family,” or “The Fellowship.”  The mere fact that Dobson’s are involved tells another story as well as Jim Dobson is a charter member of the secretive Council for National Policy and obviously is aligned with Doug Coe as well.  You can read more about “The Family” here and here.

REPOSTED FROM FOX NEWS

An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying.

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In a speech at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson credits God for his accomplishments in the military, and refers to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ.”

The Air Force Times reports that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has taken issue with Olson’s remarks, is calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions.”

The group authored a letter to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Walsh, arguing that Olson’s speech violates rules within the Air Force, which prohibits airmen from endorsing a particular faith or belief.

The letter, posted on the group’s website, begins, “This demand letter is sent to you on behalf of countless members of the United States Air Force who are utterly disgusted and shocked by the brazenly illicit and wholly unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian proselytizing recently perpetrated, on international television (“GOD TV”), and streaming all over the Internet and in full military uniform, by USAF Major General Craig S. Olson on Thursday, May 7, 2015 during a VERY public speech for a private Christian organization (The “National Day of Prayer Task Force”: NDPTF) headed up by Focus on the Family founder, Dr. James Dobson’s, wife Shirley Dobson. “

“. . . disgusted and shocked by the brazenly illicit and wholly unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian proselytizing . . .”

– letter from Military Religious Freedom Foundation

The group, which believes that the American flag and the U.S. Constitution are the only religious symbol and scripture, respectively, for those who serve in the military, also wants other service members who helped Olson to be investigated and punished “to the full extent of military law.”

During Olson’s 23-minute talk, the Air Force Times reports, Olson spoke of “flying complex aircraft; doing complex nuclear missions — I have no ability to do that. God enabled me to do that.”

“He put me in charge of failing programs worth billions of dollars,” Olson said. “I have no ability to do that, no training to do that. God did that. He sent me to Iraq to negotiate foreign military sales deals through an Arabic interpreter. I have no ability to do that. I was not trained to do that. God did all of that.”

At the end of his speech, Olson asked those in attendance to pray for Defense Department leaders and troops preparing to be deployed.

Olson is the program executive officer at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, where he is responsible for more than 2,200 personnel, according to the U.S. Air Force website. He was commissioned in 1982 following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy and has extensive operational, flight test and acquisition experience.

 

Famous Actor Matthew McConaughey Takes a Bold Stand for Biblical Marriage – Awesome!

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Famous actor Matthew McConaughey is well-known for his Southern charm and incredible acting skills in True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club. He’s been married to his lovely wife Camila Alves since 2012, and they have 3 children together – Levi, Vida, and Livingston. (And he’s also a serious Washington Redskins fan.)

From his recent interview in GQ, it is obvious McConaughey hasn’t accepted the secular progressive worldview of Hollywood elites. He takes the sacred institution of marriage very seriously. Just look at how much he went on about marrying his wife:

We did a lot of reading and talked to a lot of people that had been divorced, a lot of people that had been happily married. We talked to our pastor. In the end, our understanding was, ‘Let’s go make a covenant, with you, me, and God.’

Clearly, they were determined to enter into a life-long commitment to each other:

I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do. I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together. So I spent a lot of time with her. We talked about it spiritually.

In this day in age, it is rare to find such outspokenness about the vital role God and faith plays in our daily lives. Traditional marriage is an institution worth defending, and it’s nice to see Matthew and his wife are pro-marriage and faithful to the Bible.

Read more: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/famous-actor-matthew-mcconaughey-takes-bold-stand/#ixzz3ZZXtygou