Monday, April 19, 2021

A Visit to Groton Last Week

 Are we proud of him?

Yes we are proud of him.

26 years of service.

And not everyone gets to save a life.

And use a state of the art nuclear fast attack submarine to do it.

His friend describes that night at this point in the video.

Later, he has a few kind words for me.

(My allergies are acting up.)

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Coronamadness Data and Distraction

  Yesterday I interviewed the former Executive VP of Compuware, Mike Lobsinger.

Mike has a long history of analyzing data and trends to make successful business decisions.
He turned his eye to the Corona virus data (and lack of).

His conclusion? We are being lied to and misled.

As if you didn't know.

Your American Heritage

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Interview with Pastor Artur Pawlowski

I interviewed Pastor Artur Pawlowski of Calgary, Alberta, who famously chased the police out of his church.  Listen to his story.

Your American Heritage

Sunday, April 4, 2021

This Is How It's Done


I am trying to contact this pastor in Calgary Canada for an interview.
I think I'm number 3,458 in line. :)

The Cross and the Result

I wanted a rabbi for a discussion of Biblical Prophecy and the Bible says that: “In those days it shall come to pass that ten men out of all the languages of the nations shall take hold, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, “We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”

So I went to Bloomfield Hills, and I found one.
My guest today is Rabbi Jerry Weinstein of Congregation Shema Israel of Bloomfield Hills, Mi.
He’s guest hosted for Bob Dutko and he was highly recommended to me as a guest.

We had an interesting discussion of Messianic beliefs and prophecies, particularly regarding the suffering Messiah.

The hour I had rabbi Jerry we mostly talked the Crucifixion.
We took some interesting calls with questions for the rabbi.

Your American Heritage with Rabbi Jerry Weinstein

Then, when my show was over, my friend Pastor Rick Deitering came in the studio and recognized Rabbi Jerry. They had gone to Bible college together!
Rick asked Jerry to stay over with us on Rick's show where we discussed the Resurrections.
I normally sit in on Rick's show after mine.

Moment of Clarity

It was God-ordained, I have no doubt.

Have a Blessed Resurrection Day!
He is risen. He is risen indeed.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Tragedy Amongst Triumph

A guest post from Mustang: 

Human history is beset with tragedy.  There is a tragedy, for example, even in God’s greatest gift, which is a two-edged sword.  He gave us the gift of free will, which allows us to determine our own ultimate destiny.  This means that some of us, perhaps even most of us, will never find our way into His presence.  To never have a relationship with the Almighty is, I believe, the definition of hell.  Heaven is not a place where there are streets of gold and magnificent feasts (a silly concept, if you ask me) — hell is our refusal to establish and maintain a close relationship with our Father.

Good Friday and Easter remind us of the greatest story ever told — which is also illuminates human tragedy.  Two tragic figures stand out, but there were than just a few.  I think of Pontius Pilate, whose role on Good Friday was pre-ordained.  Here we have a man who was raised within his society to be a good Roman.  Because of this, he could no more help who he was at middle age than any of us can help who we are ... except that most of us have been raised in an enlightened household, within which we have some understanding that ultimately, our destiny is entirely up to us.  Romans were raised to believe that their mythical gods determined their fate.
Pontius was a career Roman soldier.  To him, Good Friday may have been just another miserable day in a wretched land.  At some time during the day, he was quite unexpectedly faced with having to make a fateful decision.  Pontius, I believe, did his duty as a Roman soldier.  He didn’t know about the Old Testament prophecies — and, like most of us today, he didn’t know what he didn’t know.  Pontius didn’t know who this Jesus of Nazareth fellow was and could not have believed it even had he known.
I think Christian history treats Pontius unfairly.  From a young age, we are taught to revile this Roman officer — which is completely unfair because Pontius was unknowingly fulfilling the prophecy.  Shall we denounce a man who was doing God’s will?  I believe that while standing before Pontius Pilot, Jesus felt great compassion for this man who knew not.
We similarly revile Judas — the traitor.  But without Judas there would have been no arrest; without Judas, the prophecy could not have been fulfilled.  His treachery was foretold; it was already out of Judas’ hands.  Was this not also a great tragedy?
Pontius tried not to crucify the man called Jesus; he left it up to the Jewish leadership to decide our Lord’s fate.  In the orthodox tradition, with absolutely no record available to us suggesting that it is true, Pontius is believed to have become a Christian; he is viewed by some in the orthodox faith as a martyr for Christ.  If this is true, then it reinforces our Christian belief that there is redemption for us all.  Therefore, even at the end of these tragedies, we are offered hope.
I mention this only because — even in the greatest story ever told — whose ultimate lesson is that there will be a resurrection and an accounting for all of us, if we but love God with all our heart, and if we can find a way to forgive those who trespass against us — we find examples of the tragedy of human life.  Isn’t it strange that we Christians somehow find it possible to forgive Peter for his denial of Christ, but withhold our forgiveness from Pontius for “washing his hands of the matter?”

 I will tell you that these reminders of life’s tragedies prompt me to realize my unworthiness of God’s love.  Like Pontius, who was a dutiful man, I simply don’t know what I don’t know ... and I understand even less.

Friday, April 2, 2021

What's so Good about Good Friday?

 When they take the Son of God and put Him to death, why is that considered good?

Because when He died that horrific tortured death on Calvary, He took the punishment due us for our rebellion against God.

It was good for us. Was it good for Him?

When He arose from the dead on Easter, He proved that what He said was true. He had been predicting these moments to His followers for a couple years and they did not believe Him.

Until He did it.

The Bible says, "… who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 2:2).

So if Jesus came down from Glory, endured the cross, and went back to Glory, what was His net gain?

We were the joy set before Him.

We are the bride He travelled to a far land to obtain (like Jacob did, among other examples).
Granted we're not the finished product, yet, but if we cooperate with His plan, He sees something in us He wants to spend eternity with.
I'm good with that. That's good.

I want to share a cool thing with you.
If you're not a Christian, please read anyway, because it never hurts to have a little information about what those whackos around you believe.

A few people know that Psalm 22 is a description of the crucifixion of Jesus that was written hundreds of years before the event.
David saw it in a vision and it shakes him up so much that he starts out with:
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

Many Christians have been taught that, as He was crucified, Jesus was crying this out to His Father in heaven, because the Father could not bear to look on Jesus, our scapegoat.
That He was separated from the Father.
That Jesus was accursed (and the Father could not be in fellowship with Jesus because it would violate His holiness) because Jesus was carrying the penalty of the sins of the world.

Give me a break.

<< 1 Corinthians 12:3 >> Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed.

Jesus and the Father had this worked out since before the universe was created, and at the last minute The All-Powerful Ruler of More than the Universe flinches?
If the Father and the Son (who with the Spirit are referred to as the "Godhead" in perfect unity) ever separated, I believe the universe would crumble.

As you read the gospels, particularly John's, you see that the Pharisees (some of them, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, were good guys, by the way) were asking Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah. He continually answered them that when they saw Him lifted up, that would be their sign.
Here He is, lifted up in front of them. He's surrounded by "strong bulls" (prison slang for guards), and the crowd is taunting Him. It's the scene predicted in Psalm 22 .
Then He quotes the first verse of Psalm 22.

This is called a "Remez". It's a teaching tool Jesus had used for 3 years.

When they hear this verse, they remember the rest of the Psalm.
The Pharisees had asked Jesus for a sign.
He said that they would have it when the Son of Man was lifted up.
(Remember that joke, "Here's your sign."?)
Can you imagine the look on their face when they get it?
This death on this cross by this man was predicted hundreds of years ago.
Here was their sign.

The ramifications are huge.

Do you get it?

These people did: