Tis So Sweet (Reprise)

I like certainty, security, stability. I want to know what’s coming, so I can be prepared. I want to understand what’s happening, so I don’t feel confused, and I like knowing what’s real and what’s not. Sometimes I get the luxury of those things, or at least it seems that way for a while. However, now is not one of those times.

I’m looking for work, and at almost 47, I’ve become a relic, because I remember paper job applications. Everything’s online now, and though I consider myself computer savvy, the internet seems to get increasingly convoluted, and there’s no personal interaction. You just send out a signal, and hope you get one back. I’m feeling a little lost and antiquated. My wife and I are stressed, and it’s getting down to the wire.

But will any of that matter? My birthday is August 21, and the whole world seems to be waiting for it. We know for sure there’ll be a solar eclipse, followed by some interesting constellations. Youtubers are going nuts. There’s talk of the Rapture, cosmic rays of higher consciousness, emerald gate portals, and even timeline splits. Some are forecasting the demise of America and the reemergence of the Nephilim. One can blow it all off as nonsense, but the world seems to have gone haywire, and there’s a lot of strange things being discovered and invented lately.

Ancient civilizations that seem to have harnessed energy sources we’re not currently aware of, with possibly other-than-human assistance or direction. They’re perfecting the ability to successfully customize DNA, they can now 3D print human flesh, and they’ve programmed AI bots that invented their own language to communicate with each other. Again, they are customizing DNA, printing flesh, and programming consciousness. And they’re trying to combine species. Oh come on, you know they are. And it sounds alarmingly similar to how some ancient texts say the pre-flood world became corrupted beyond repair, and had to be destroyed. Jesus said it would be like the days of Noah when He returned.

But again, nothing is certain. And while my heart declares with no doubt, “I know whom I have believed”, my fickle, wandering mind sometimes struggles to account for the hard to explain.

A few months ago I was struggling to assimilate new, strange information amidst the voices of intellectual scoffers echoing in my head, and I did what I always end up doing – I ran to my Rock, my Anchor, and my Shield, and into my intellectual chaos came a melody, the hymn, Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus. With my bass and computer I laid down 3 spontaneous tracks, then combined them with no editing. The result was a musical representation of that sweet melody running through my personal chaos, my own dreamy instrumental of that beautiful hymn, which I can listen to whenever my mind wants to run amuck. His gift to me, to feed my faith, all the more so because it came from Him. I also posted the hymn lyrics and backstory, but this blog was still an experiment and I wasn’t sure how to share my music with it.

So now that I know how, and since I find myself in a similar place, I’ve decided to reprise (rather than repost) my earlier post, and share my little bass instrumental, maybe someone else will find it uplifting as well. Feel free to share it if you want.

Link to lyrics and backstory

Bless You

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.

Psalm 20: 1-5

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Kundalini vs. Holy Spirit

A lot of people these days talking about “Kundalini Awakenings”, and “connecting with the universe”. I submit that a Holy Spirit awakening is far better, and more trustworthy. One Christian I know had this experience, which I received permission to share, as it was related to me:

A Vision

The Holy Spirit brought me to my knees, telling me at first, then gently forcing me. As I knelt at the foot of my bed my mind was at first focused on the Father in heaven, then was cleared, and then attacked by my enemy. I sensed an evil spirit trying to draw me away by my weakness. I remembered that it is written, that the devil will flee from us, if we resist him, and  also submit ourselves to God.

I allowed myself to slip into the grasp of the Almighty. I then saw myself as I am in heaven, seated with Christ at the throne of God. As I sat by the throne, I pleaded with God to rescue me from my temptation. While I was pleading, I saw Christ begin to identify and empathize with me in my struggle. He watched, and grew concerned, and began to plead with the Father on my behalf. The Holy Spirit also was pleading for me, since before the worlds were made; and though there was no audible voice, I knew that He was pleading to the Father for my help, and the Father knew what the mind of the Spirit was.

Then I saw the hand of God reach out as he leaned forward on His throne. He reached out to where I was, and threw aside the demons that were attacking me, as a man swats away so many flies. He then grabbed one vicious demon which He did not allow to escape. I saw Him hold the small spirit in His hand, and He was filled with anger towards the spirit, and when He spoke, the heavens and the earth trembled.

He thundered at the demon, “You dare? You dare to come against my son, my child, to tempt him with your father’s lies?” His anger flashed, and shot out from his throne like a flame of fire. The demon, however, refused to fear, but writhed in the Father’s hand, and answered, “Yes, I do dare”, as he grit his teeth.

The Father, still holding the evil spirit, then looked at me. His face was filled with kind frustration. I think He sighed, and he said to me, “You see? Do you see how wicked they are, and the extent of their wickedness? This is what they will bring you to, if you follow them. They will cause you to have no fear of me. And there are men who are this wicked also.”

Seeing the end result of sin, I  feared the possibility of becoming so dead, that I would be incapable of surrendering to such a powerful Love. I saw Jesus looking towards me, and I ran to Him, and He smiled and embraced me like one who embraces their friend. I was filled with joy, and I have never felt safety as I felt it at that moment. I longed to stay, to remain with my Father and my Savior, but Jesus smiled and said, “Go, go now. You will be here with us all shortly.”

Then I got up from kneeling beside my bed, and wrote down my experience.

“It will happen afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; And your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions.” — Joel 2:28

What the Presence of God is like.

“I consider God my King, against whom I’ve committed all sorts of crimes. Confessing my sins to Him and asking Him to forgive me, I place myself in His hands to do whatever He pleases with me.

This King, who is full of goodness and mercy, doesn’t punish me. Rather, He embraces me lovingly and invites me to eat at His table. He serves me Himself and gives me the keys to His treasury, treating me as His favorite. He converses with me without mentioning my sins or my forgiveness. My former habits are seemingly forgotten. Although I beg Him to do whatever He pleases with me, He does nothing but caress me. This is what being in His holy presence is like.”

From The Practice of the presence of God, by brother Lawrence

copyright 1982 by Whitaker House

How Old Is The Earth? Modern Evidences

​​By the 21st century, “How Old is the Earth?” has become an increasingly difficult question for Old Earth advocates. Every year, more and more Natural Chronometers indicating a Young Earth are being identified. While the majority of scientists still presuppose an Old Earth, 80% of the observable data indicates a Young Earth. With the weight of evidence indicating a Young Earth, the ranks of Young Earth advocate groups has swelled.

With discoveries such as the following Natural Chronometers, we are at the forefront of a Young Earth revolution:

  • Our oceans contain concentrations of Aluminum, Antinomy, Barium, Bicarbonate, Bismuth, Calcium, Carbonates, Chlorine, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Gold, Iron, Lead, Lithium, Manganese, Magnesium, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Potassium, Rubidium, Silicon, Silver, Sodium, Strontium, Sulfate, Thorium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Uranium, and Zinc. The river systems add to these concentrations at fixed apparent rates. Comparing the amounts already in the oceans with the rates at which more are being dumped, indicates the earth, as well as its river systems and oceans, are fairly young.
  • Sediments are being eroded into our oceans at a fixed rate. There are only a few thousand years worth of sediments on the ocean floor.
  • The Earth’s magnetic field has been accurately measured since 1829. Since 1829, it has decayed 7%. It is decaying exponentially at a fixed rate. By graphing the curve, we see that approximately 22,000 years ago the Earth’s field would have been as strong as the Sun’s. Life would have been impossible.
  • Comets are constantly losing matter. They are losing and losing and never gaining. “Short Period Comets” (like Haley’s comet), which have predictable orbits, should deteriorate to nothing within 10,000 years. Why are there still Short Period Comets?
  • Jupiter is losing heat twice as fast as it gains it from the Sun (it is five times further from the Sun than Earth). Yet Jupiter is still hot. If it is billions of years old, shouldn’t it have cooled off by now?
  • Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, which is roughly the size of Mercury, has a strong magnetic field, a possible indication that it is still hot. Why hasn’t it cooled down?
  • Saturn’s rings are not stable. They are drifting away from Saturn. If Saturn is billions of years old, why does it still have rings?
  • The Moon is slowly drifting away from the Earth. If it is getting further, at one time it was much closer. The Inverse Square Law dictates that if the Moon were half the distance from the Earth, its gravitational pull on our tides would be quadrupled. 1/3 the distance, 9 times the pull. Everything would drown twice a day. Approximately 1.2 billion years ago, the Moon would have been touching the Earth. Drowning would be the least of our concerns!
  • Earth’s rotation is slowing down. We experience a leap second every year and a half. If the Earth is slowing down, at one time it was going much faster. Besides the problem of extremely short days and nights, the increased “Coriolis Effect” would cause impossible living conditions.
  • In 1999, the human population passed six billion. In 1985, it passed five billion. In 1962, it passed three billion. In 1800, it passed one billion. In 1 AD, the world’s population, according to the censuses taken by the governments of that time, was only 250 million. At the current human population growth rate, considering wars and famines and all such variables, it would take approximately 5,000 years to get the current population from two original people.

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Created By Love

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if the pure force of consciously self-aware potential being from which the universe rises, chose to communicate with you, and informed you that they had given rise to the universe, and you individually and specifically, they had known you before the foundation of the world, and…they loved you, so much they manifested themself in the world in a form like ours, and subjected themself to a horrible force that binds you, to free you from it, namely Death, and it was always their intention for you to exist eternally with them, sharing an actual, unending, intimately personal relationship with the pure force of consciously self-aware potential being which gives rise to the universe. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

On Conspiracy Theories

11 This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:

12 “Do not call conspiracy
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
You must recognize the authority of the Lord who commands armies.
He is the one you must respect;
he is the one you must fear.
14 He will become a sanctuary,
19 When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. 21 Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and dominion will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The intense love of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

Isaiah 8:11-9:7

I copied portions of this passage from various English versions at Biblegateway.com

If each version is valid, then so is a mishmash.

New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Common English Bible (CEB)

Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International