Saturday, June 23, 2018

Civil War

We broadcast today, the theme being the current Civil War.
Listen here.

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Civil War—Jeff Greenfield--- South Carolina Tea Party Convention Speech in January 2018.

How do civil wars happen?

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge.

That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.
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The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this.

The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn’t really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There’s a pattern here.
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What do sure odds of the Dems rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win.

It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

That’s a civil war.

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In a civil war you want to take the Capitol.
That’s what we face right now.
We took the Capitol November 8th, 2016.
The enemy is trying to take it back.

It's not draining the swamp, it's cleaning out the rebel holdovers..

It's been a multi-pronged attack on the legitimate government:
Calling all Trump supporters Nazi's, trying to delegitimalize 63 million voters.

Swamp the electorate with immigrants.
Import votes. Inflate congressional delegations via the census. 

Get the intelligence agencies to stage a "coup":
The Mueller ploy, Strzok, Page, Rosenstein, Clapper, Brennan, McCabe, Agents 1,2,3,4,5, Spygate.

Seriously, it's a war. By other means.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

North Korea Peace Treaty

So, the deal is, that to give Li'l Kim the assurance that he won't be khadaffi'd (ala Clinton/Obama/Dems) there will be an actual Treaty with North Korea, such as should have been done with Iran.

Why did Obama not go for a treaty with Iran?
He knew that the Senate would not vote for it.

It just occurred to me that Trump might have the same problem given his demonization by Schumer, et al.

What will the mid-terms look like if the dems oppose a treaty (if it is called for that quickly) or 2020 (if it isn't)?

What do you think?

Father's Day 2018

Coal miner.

WW2 infantryman. (forward observer telephone wireman)

Ford Motors autoworker.

Ford Motors stamping engineer/manager.

Husband.

Boy Scout leader.

Provider.

Part time auto mechanic.

Mr. FixIt.

Mentor.

The other Ed Bonderenka.

Father.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Pearl of Great Price

From the New King James version:

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 
46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

These are two parables that follow the parables of the Sower,  the Wheat and Tares, the Mustard Seed and the Leaven.
They are followed by the Dragnet

These last parables are obviously related to the Kingdom of Heaven.
We can assume that the Treasure and Pearl parables also are.

What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
It is the Church, the band of humans who God rules.
Kingdom citizenship.
This is important to grasp.

It is often said that the Pearl and the Treasure are metaphors for the salvation experience, the Gospel, getting right with God, Christ.
That when you find the hidden secret of Salvation, you sell everything to get it.
And you don't tell anyone else so they don't get it first.

That sounds kind of weird, doesn't it?

You cannot sell all you have and buy heaven or entry into it.
You might do that as a result of gaining the free gift of salvation, but that free gift is trumpeted loudly, it is not hidden.

So what then is the Pearl, or the Treasure?

Jesus had previously been discussing the construction of the Kingdom:
The invitation (Sower)
Some will reject, some will join and leave, and some will join and grow.
The composition and growth (Wheat and Tares, Mustard Seed, Leaven)
The citizens (wheat) will dwell among others and their numbers grow.
The leaven either refers to growth or sinners among the saved.
The birds in the tree are often thought to be sinners among the saved also.
The gathering (The Dragnet)
Sinners and saints have been occupying the same territory and are separated at the end, similar to the Wheat and Tares.

The Wheat is hidden among the Tares, the Treasure is hidden in a field, the Pearl in the market, the Good (and bad) in the sea.

Now we come to the purchase (Pearl and Treasure)
So Who purchased the Kingdom?
When you phrase it like that, it almost becomes obvious.
The sinner doesn't purchase Christ.
The Pearl is not Christ.

The Pearl is the Church. The Treasure is the Church.
Who purchased the Church?
Who gave all He had to purchase it?
"and buys that field."
He redeemed the earth to get the Treasure.

Think about that.
Jesus gave everything He had to purchase a Pearl of Great Price.
A Treasure.
"For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross."

The Guy telling the story, the One who is evaluating the purchase, is Jesus.
He sees our potential, something He wants.
He sees something in us we don't see, yet "through a glass darkly".
But we know that "we shall be like him".
I didn't write that, God did.

Me? I want to live up to that. I want to make the cut, I want to live for Him.
After all, He died for me.

What about you? Are you worth it?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

See if This Doesn't Scare You

Years ago, we were concerned about a nuclear Iraq. For years now we have been concerned about a nuclear North Korea. And we have certainly been concerned about a nuclear Iran. Who wants a bunch of crazy warriors on a jihad holding nuclear weapons? Well. What happens when our NATO partners, Germany and England, even France go majority Muslim? Will we ask them to kindly disable their nukes?

Friday, May 18, 2018