Bracing for Blowback: Giving Christ’s Love to 8 Burned Iranian Children. part 1

You’ve probably heard reports about Jesus appearing in dreams to many of the Islamic faith, including Iraqi, Iranian, Saudi and Syrian clergy, and they are embracing Christianity in droves. So have I and it has me prayerfully pondering, “What is God up to here and what can I do to come into alignment with what He is doing? That is why I am compelled to share the story of 8 burned Iranian children.

First, I was reminded of the 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (King James Version) The phrase “not willing that any should perish” really resonated within me as the full meaning of its inclusiveness sunk in… meaning every human being who is/was upon the earth throughout the ages.

Wow. Very profound and gives me pause to reflect on how I should be treating others, especially those who hold different beliefs. First Corinthians 13 states “1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,a but have not love, I gain nothing. 4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;b 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (English Standard Versions)

The ministry of Jesus was guided by “doing the will of His Heavenly Father.” If Jesus is reaching out to Muslims the shouldn’t we as the Church be doing the same? So God was preparing my heart to accept a shift in perspective. That is exactly why I am bracing for blowback. Because not everyone with whom I will share this opportunity will have the same mindset. I will share more next week in Part 2.

SnTradio.com has its fair share of requests for acts of charity. But I was ready to jump in with both feet when my friend and colleague, Jacqueline Gibb approached me with the plight of 8 burned Iranian children being advocated by Internationally respected Author and Human Rights Activist, Ghazal Omid. This is such a timely opportunity to give pure Christian love to some very needy people and make a powerful statement to refute accusations hurled at us as “Islamophobic” and “deplorable.” Watch the ABC Houston News Report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhWVi3wrG7c

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The first of these 8 burned Iranian children, Mohammad Shiroyeh and his father are going to be in the USA beginning in December for 7 months while Mohammad receiving reconstructive surgery at the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Please help us promote our publicity plans to utilize his arrival to get other children in need of reconstructive surgery what they need the most for Christmas. There is a GoFundMe campaign where donations are being accepted:

www.gofundme.com/8-burned-iranian-children

Plus, my friend and SnT Records recording artist, Caspar McCloud  and I have agreed to donate $2.00 from each CD sold of Faithfulness the Caspar McCloud Anthology 1988 – 2016 to help the 8 burned Iranian children. Order copies at http://www.sntrecords.com/. These make a great gift and support an even greater cause.Album cover featuring Caspar McCloud holding a blue guitar.

Btw, the 12 Days of Keeping Christ in Christmas music starts this Monday, December 12th.

Warmest Christmas Greetings and Blessing for the New Year. Jesus is the reason for the season.

Jesus is the reason for the season.

James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus Music and Hot Dog Evangelism

Recently, I had the task to select special Jesus Music for the new Jesus Music Radio show, which will begin streaming Saturday nights on SnTRadio.com from 6 p.m. until Midnight all summer long in advance of launching 10710981_951480128202616_49497769441206796_nJesusMusicRadio.com in the of Fall 2016. Seeing classic Jesus Music album covers and hearing songs from groups like Prodigal and Fireworks caused me to remember The Harvest Rockfest which happened in June of 1982. It was held in outdoors on a Saturday in the parking lot of the Odeum in Villa Park, Il. The artists I remember being there wereProdigal, Marty McCall and Fireworks, Rick Cua, Denny Correll and DeGarmo & Key. I know there were one or two others that I forgot because I missed them when I left around Noon for Ohare Airport to pick up Denny Correll whom I had met on several other occasions and his band who flew in from Los Angeles. I was pretty psyched because I was finally going to meet a bass player from Love Song that I really admire1700317_origd, Jay Truax. He was playing with Denny Correll’s band.  Accompanying them was a drummer and lead guitarist who appeared to be LA session musicians.

The ride to the event was pretty uneventful with Denny chatting away as he caught me up on the going’s on in his life and was intrigued why a successful Christian retailer like me had left that for a risky career in Christian radio. I told him that “the Lord works in mysterious ways.” Once we arrived and unpacked, I finally had a chance to talk with Jay. The drummer pretty well kept to himself and attended to his prized drums… a snare and set of cymbals.

Midway through our conversation, the guitarist wandered over and joined in, telling us about the struggles of trying to make a living in the LA music scene. He spoke fondly of his young wife and brand new baby at home. There was a quiet desperation about him so I told Jay that I’d catch him later and concentrated on my attention on him. It was about 2 p.m. and the sun was bearing down on us so I asked if he wanted a bottle of water or something. He said, “No” but his body language told me otherwise. “It’s my treat. Have you eaten anything yet?”,  I asked. He shook his head from side-to-side. I pointed to the portable concession stand. “Come on, I’ll get you whatever you want to eat,” I said as we made our way from the side of the stage to the back of the enclosed audience area. “But you don’t know me,” he said incredulously. “I just want to share the love of Jesus with you. It is my honor to do this.”  So he ate his Chicago -style hot dog between sips of Coca-cola and he thanked me. Then we parted company as I went to visit with another friend backstage as Rick Cua was about to do his set. Together we marveled at the incredible slide guitar work of Dave Perkins.

At the end of Denny’s early evening set, as he gave an altar call, this guitarist laid down his guitar, leaped off the stage, and gave his life to the Lord in front of everyone without hesitation. I found out later that he had no money nor food for the day. The simple act of buying an obviously hungry musician something to eat was the tipping point where he had a personal experience with the Lord in the form of someone putting the gospel into action. I have never forgotten this lesson of hot dog evangelism.

The last time I spoke to Jay Truax a few years ago he reported that this man was a still a solid believer and serving the Lord in studio music industry on the West Coast. Amazing grace, indeed!

Glory to God, James

Speak Up and Be Counted.

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

So goes the Adlai Steveson adaption of an ancient Chinese proverb from an address he gave to the United Nations General Assembly in 1962. Darkness is growing and it’s time to light a candle by finding our collective voice, speak up and be counted in the national debate. But do so with love, mercy, and compassion or else risk being identified as a “hater” or even worse, as a terrorist.

Have you seen the video by Lisa Haven that reported FBI of recruiting Pastors and ministry leaders to report “suspicious behavior” in a manner like social workers and nurses do to report cases of neglect and physical abuse? Even so, it is time for Believers to rise up as one with unity and speak up for the Biblical principles and core family values that shaped moral standards in America until the 1960’s. My assessment is that it’s now or never. We can no longer remain silent because chaos will be our harvest if silence is what is sown, especially if we get more laws like the bathroom brouhaha (Can you imagine the treatment Steve Taylor could give this concept?) that is based strictly on a subjectivity that is designed to make people feel comfortable rather than objective laws designed to make people safe.  Kudos to Texas and North Carolina for speaking up.

I know it has been a while since my last blog, but some health issues and a hospital stay interrupted my life. Now we’re back on track and rarin’ help you speak up and be counted. The forced respite gave me plenty of time to think ahead and ask, “what if?” As a result, I had a major “aha” moment when I seriously pondered how to make SnTRadio.com the best Internet radio destination ever.

So we decided to give our listeners the opportunity to speak up and be counted… first in social media and eventually on-the-air.

We began by launching relevant and new pages on Facebook like VIEW FROM THE WALL with Greg Polla and adding the daily devotional MORNING MANNA to our SnTRadio.com fan page to spark conversation and provide valuable content designed to make you think. This is just the beginning. New high-touch programs are in development and will come to light in the Fall of 2016 providing for the truth to be told and hurting people to be helped.  Plus, SnT will make the act of listening, even more, fun and personal.

Thanks for allowing me to speak up and be counted. Now it’s your turn. Please share your comments below.

James Kevin Burkhardt

 

Donald Trump and Don Francisco’s Balaam

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The final verse goes, “The Lord’s the one who makes the choice of the instrument He’s using. We don’t know the reasons and the plans behind his choosing.” I think this sentiment applies perfectly to the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump.

I’ll admit that I watch the campaign process like a sports fan because I find the whole thing fascinating.  After witnessing the Fox News/Facebook debate on March 3rd descend to the level of a Jerry Springer Show, I had to speak up.  My full disclosure is: I subscribed to Marco Rubio’s email list right after he announced his candidacy for President of the United States, but I have not decided yet for whom I will vote in the Florida primary on March 15th. Consider me one of those “late deciders” so desired by all the campaigns.

Ever since Trump made his way down the escalators at Trump Towers last June 2015, I have been following his campaign very closely because last February, Kim Clement announced that God was making “Trump a trumpet.”  Others prophetic voices have characterized Donald Trump as a “wrecking ball”, “bulldozer” or a “King Cyrus” (Isaiah 45) archetype who changed Israel. Both Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Lance Wallnau  have been offering thought-provoking insights recently on Periscope and Facebook video about Donald Trump and describe him using those terms.

We are living at a time where evil is rising and we need righteousness to again become the standard. The human condition of sin is blatantly obvious. But I believe God in His mercy is about to give the Church, the United States, and the world yet one more chance to repent and turn from its wicked ways and embrace the salvation message of Jesus Christ before the end comes.

“2 Peter 3:1-18:1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. 3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

Students of Bible Prophecy know that a stage must be set for the Anti-Christ, the False Prophet, and a one-world government to take power. My belief is that God will set the stage and not a man or Satan. Just like when Jesus walked the earth, Satan and man conspired to kill him yet God had the ultimate “trump card” — Resurrection Power, which raised Jesus from the dead and defeated the enemy forever.

So now we see the battle lines being drawn like David with a slingshot standing up to the Philistine Goliath or Samson armed only with the jawbone of an ass to fight an army there is an independent change agent who is beholden to no one but the God who gave Donald Trump the ability to create massive wealth challenging and exposing the corruption of the entrenched powers of government and media. (Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.)

Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV) “12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” My thought is if Trump is actually God’s instrument for this hour then the media’s and the political establishment’s attempt to circumvent Trump’s candidacy is physical evidence of the spiritual conflict referred to above and like Daniel in a Lion’s den or Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, no harm will come to them.

There’s a long time yet before the Convention and the General Election and a lot can happen. My suspicion is that voices against will get louder and the attacks become more and more vicious. But God’s hand will protect and favor him to such an extent that no harm will befall Mr. Trump and his support will increase to the utter amazement and marvel of everyone. That will be the irrefutable proof that Trump is actually God’s instrument. Like the song says:

“That donkey’s just a donkey, but she’s still the thing God used. And that’s the point I want you all to see.

The big takeaway for me is to see how much the body of Christ has transferred their trust away from the power of God and into man-made institutions.  There is a great lack of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 being demonstrated in the public and social media forums. I see and hear a lot of anger, hate, arrogance and intolerance. (NKJV 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law)

Judgment always comes first to the House of the Lord. Big revelations are ahead and more sins will be exposed as this shaking continues.It;s time to clean up because Jesus is soon coming back for a bride without blemish.

Hear the song on YouTube

Written by James Kevin Burkhardt

 

 

Jesus Music Is Different From Today’s Christian Music

Most people today have not heard any Jesus Music because it happened long before 2000 AD.

Blame it on the desire by so many programming today’s Christian radio and churches to be perceived as “relevant” but there is an unwritten rule not to feature any songs recorded last century during worship or on the radio. Many Jesus Music pioneers who are actively performing today get very little airplay and tend to draw small concert crowds. Yet when one hears Jesus Music, it is instantly recognized as a “Christian” song compared to some of today’s Christian Music.

Last week I was chatting on Facebook with Al Cox, who has just launched a new public group “CCM & Christian Rock of the 80’s & 90’s” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1713244062229156/) when he commented that at 42 years old, he never tires of the “classics”. “Neither do I” was my response when he said something that was so profound,

“Yeah, something about the music then that isn’t there now.”

Boom! Did that get me thinking. I’ve been listening to Christian Music since the mid-1960’s. I founded SnTRadio.com in part to curate all the Christian Music that I could get my hands on since the Jesus Movement and place it into an on-going and ever expand music archive online. My intention has been to educate and inspire future generations with an accurate musical timeline, which takes listeners all the way back to the roots. You can read through the majority of the hard-to-find Jesus Music portion of the archive while listening to SnT Radio here. Then Al added;

“Some of the stuff today including rock, really lyrically you can not tell if it is Christian or not. You knew it with, Dion, Dallas Holm, Carman, Petra, and others.”

Jesus Music artist Dion on the cover of his 1981 album, Only Jesus" is a side-view of his head and upper chest.

 

I think a couple of distinctions need to be made in order to fully understand the good, the bad and the ugly concerning the current state of Christian Music. First, in my opinion, there are only two distinct forms of Christian music being produced: one is strictly for commercial purposes (profit), and the second is for worship and edification of the church. All the major Christian labels are now subsidiaries of secular record companies like Sony and Capitol.

Vague lyrics or just the mention of Jesus in a pop song doesn’t make it “Christian” per se. On the other hand, Jesus spoke in many parables to effectively communicate the Gospel and describe the Kingdom of God. He did this so a mass audience would understand His teaching. Knowing when and how much to quote the Bible is as much a matter of discernment as is reducing God’s Word to a readable bumper sticker. Overkill never works well. It normally ends badly with the exact opposite of the desired outcome. Al the added,

“I saw a recent Christian rock title called “CoConut Dracula”. I don’t even think of horror things when I think of Christ. Yeah, that’s why I don’t listen to much new stuff.”

I fully get bands like Mute Math or Stryper, (Michael Sweet) or Switchfoot saying “we’re not a Christian band, but a band comprised of musicians who happen to be Christ-followers.” Even U2, one of the biggest bands in the world for the past 25 years started out playing sets dominate with Christian message songs for Christian youth rallies in Ireland until they elected to make a change in bass players who was not a professing Christian. Yet one of the highlights of every U2 performance is the song 40 (based on Psalm 40) that ends with thousands singing the chorus acapella as single spotlight tightly focuses on Bono’s crucifix that’s dangling from a microphone stand in the darken hall or stadium. In these days where non-Christlike activity (aka sin) is saturating the media, the Internet, and every aspect of society even a little light shines brightly.

The fact that a large segment of popular Christian Music is designed for radio with sales and profit as the driving force is not at all surprising because they have dividends to pay to their stakeholders. The key distinction is the primary motive for creating the music. One is for making money and profit. The other is to worship God on earth as it is in Heaven.

Modern worship from the likes of Hillsong, Bethel Music and IHOP-KC have all shared roots in common with the seminal worship & praise bodywork of Keith Green, Andrae Crouch, The Vineyard, Integrity and Maranatha Music from the Jesus Movement of the 70’s, The Vineyard and Integrity from the 80’s afterglow.

The influence of Morningstar Ministries musicians Don Potter and Leonard Jones combined with the teaching of Ray Hughes over the three decades have been a bridge from the old “worship & praise” to the now sound that is fueling the new uncompromised and spontaneous worship cherished by so many of the millennial generation. Giving glory to God and encountering the manifest presence of God is the driving motive behind the creation of this worship music. Pure, genuine, and authentic vertical lyrics that lead listeners into an atmosphere of Heavenly worship described in Revelation 4 and 5 is the goal.The songs and psalmists that break through into this lofty realm become the modern hymns churches sing with regularity.

My response to Al’s original statement was “I believe that it is a kind of anointing by the Spirit of God that was present during the Jesus Movement.” Even though there were “Christian” record labels back in the day the music was created in most cases to glorify God as a priority and make money if possible. It appeared that God honored and blessed it. When Christian Music became more of a business, Jesus Music faded somewhere along the way until a few went back to creating music in worship to God as in Heaven. So now you have the true spirit of the Jesus Movement sweeping through and stirring up a whole new community of worshippers to benefit the body of Christ. This is a real move of God and I’m expecting a revisitation upon this generation like we saw in the late 60’s and 70’s.

Written by James Kevin Burkhardt

I Have Never Revealed This Personal Fact Before

Over the weekend, a story came out of Texas about a son and his pastor who agreed in prayer that the boy’s father would not stay dead and within 45 minutes the man’s body came back to life. That man is now walking on the earth, fully alive with no physical ailments from the heart attack and CPR. Many are hailing this a miracle.  I  agree but what stands out to me is the principle of persist, prevailing prayer of faith. That is what I believe in. Not familiar with that concept? Then google Paul Billheimer’s classic book, Destined For The Throne. Now for the big reveal.

Today is Monday, August 26, 2013. I went to bed last night praying for my wife and just meditating about how good God really is. Right now, I am in the waiting room at the hospital where my wife has a cardiologist conducting a heart cauterization to determine what can be done to improve her blood circulation. This has been her 24th hospitalization since December of 2011 and her time spent in a hospital room is approaching six months.  I arrived this morning with a strangely comfortable sense of deja vu. It’s been quite a journey. The words of a Gody man, Claud Bowers who founded The SuperChannel, a vibrant TV Ministry in Central Florida were ringing in my ears… “James, It takes great faith to found a broadcast ministry.” I can relate… Triple bypass, PE’s, blood clots, an amputation, 4 stents, and lots of tests, pills, I-V’s, rehabs, prescriptions, and constantly praying for favor and provision. It’s been quite the test of faith.

Her heart troubles began just 4 days after we launched SnTRadio.com 24/7 online on Memorial Day 2009. It was a Thursday night and she had spent most of the day resting while I worked in my ProTools studio creating music programming. At that point, I was putting in 14 to 16 hour days culling and sequencing the songs from the past 40 years that would be fit to stream over SnTRadio.com.  During the process where a .wav file is converted into an mp3 called “bouncing” when the computer does all the work, I would go visit with her and check to see how she was feeling. As the evening wore on her chest discomfort was increasing and I grew more concerned but she thought it was bronchitis and kept encouraging me to keep right on going. About Midnight, she was quite white and she said her chest pain was increasing so I said, “Get dressed, we are going to the ER.” The hospital was less than 10 minutes away. When we arrived, she insisted on walking into the ER. I announced that she was having chest pain and could someone get her a wheel chair. Within minutes she had an EKG and afterwards was resting on a bed when the ER doctor asked to speak with me outside the room.

He said, “Your wife has had a major heart attack and needs to be helicoptered to the Cardiac Lab and prepped for open heart surgery. We need to get her there within 20 minutes before her probability for survival diminish. The helicopter will be here in 7 minutes so you have just enough time to say goodbye. Then you need to drive downtown and get to the heart cauterization  lab waiting room. Our top heart specialist and surgeon is getting a team together and they will brief you once you arrive.”  

All I could think was, “I trust you, Lord. I trust you. I pray this not be her time.” Then our wedding vows came back to me, “For richer or poorer. In sickness and in health. Til death us part.” The Lord then impressed upon me that she was in His hands and that this was not her time. So as I drove the 15 miles to hospital I sang and worshiped and prayed. God’s awesome presence filled the vehicle. Unknown to me at that time was TeriLyn’s experience in the heart lab where she heard still small voice tell her calmly “Just relax and hold on, its going to be a wild ride but everything will be OK.”  Three days later, she walked out of that hospital sans open heart surgery and the doctors scratching their heads saying, “You have exceeded our expectations and we decided to treat you medically”, which is doctor speak for lots of expensive drugs.” She had  a bad heart attack and survived and here is why. 

Before I drove to the hospital in the wee hours of Friday morning, I went back home to post a prayer request on facebook, email all the church friends and SnTRadio.com listeners that I knew across the world and enlist them as prayer warriors on my wife’s behalf. At times like these, one must bombard heaven with prayer. It was something that I learned from hanging with Dr. Edwin Louis Cole at a time when my youngest son was stricken with meningitis as an infant. He was correctly diagnosed at an early stage and healed with some medical assistance. In fact, our pediatrician had been to a seminar the weekend prior which actually trained him on how to correctly identify the various strains of meningitis. and prescribe the correct course of treatment. 

Shortly, after my wife came home,  the SnT Prayer Force was formed and has been a source of strength and comfort for me as we have faced many challenges and roadblocks along the way of establishing SnTRadio.com.  Some people have come and gone but but most of the original members are still there. It is my heart’s desire to create a prayer ministry for our listeners utilizing the Prayer Force but we are still formulating the plan. I believe that prayer is so vital in these troubling days. America needs prayer. The Church needs prayer. We can only advance the Kingdom by prayer. The Lord commands us to pray for our enemies. (My favorite is to ask God to change their hearts and bless them.) I am absolutely convinced that nothing happens in the Kingdom of God until someone prays. So when faced with any situation or circumstance, I try to pray. Its not always my first action but I am trying real hard to respond with prayer before attempting anything else.

So P.U.S.H… Pray Until Something Happens! 

(It did… stent number 5 after being told for the last 10 months that her condition could only be treated medically)

Our Constitution Rocks and so does this election’s Presidential Choices: Mormon or Muslim?

It’s the Friday morning after the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. I’ve waited until now to write this blog in the American spirit of fairness to both sides. But I cannot deny my inner urging as a former talk show host at a conservative radio station in Central Florida to speak my mind and exercise my right to free speech. But within the guidelines of keeping SnT Radio.com as politically neutral as possible and trying to give equal time as was the rule when I operated stations under FCC licenses. That being said, I have something relevant to say to the followers of Jesus who are participating in this election process. First, my hope is that these past ten days serve to positively affect the level of political debate in this great land of ours. That’s right, I said ours. Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, Tea Party, Libertarian or whatever, this land is our land… and God’s because the whole earth is His anyway. So let’s express ourselves with love and not hate as the ambassadors of the Kingdom that we are.

One strong recommendation that I will make right now is before you vote in November,  get a copy of Our Constitution Rocks! written by 14 year old Juliette Turner and read it aloud with your spouse and family. It is one of the most clear renderings of the Constitution that I have ever read, even if the language is in the vernacular of today’s young adults and teens. Everyone needs to remind themselves of the “law of the land” and understand their rights as citizens of these United States of America. My hope is that after you read this book, a renewed sense of respect will enter into the nature of the current political debate. If you want to know more about Our Constitution Rocks! check out the SnT podcast interview.  Ms. Turner’s youthful exurberance will bring a smile to your face and give you hope for America’s future as you listen to her share. BTW, her mother is actress and talkshow host Janine Turner. To listen now, click on this link: http://www.sntradio.com/podcasts

Now it’s crunch time as next up will be the three Presidential Debates and seemingly endless TV and radio commercials thanks to the huge response to fundraising efforts on both sides. I expect to see a tightly coached effort by both candidates. There is just too much on the line during September and October to leave anything to chance Only Ronald Reagan was spontaneous because he knew the value of a great one-liner and hung out with some of the most creative talkers ever in Hollywood. I really don’t see that same quality in either Presidential candidate. So the choice will be made on your decision as to who will be the better leader based upon their ideas and future plans for America. Which is exactly what our Founding Fathers wanted to see happen.

Most of my life I confess to being an amateur political junkie. I absolutely loved the show, “The West Wing” in principle because while the writing espoused a certain agenda, it showed the process and the human elements of politics that many people don’t ever see. The root cause for this can be traced back to growing up in Chicago during the 1960’s. I can remember watching the Kennedy-Nixon debates as a 6 year old boy and asking a lot of questions. My Democrat leaning Mom would usually cancel out my Republican father’s vote in nearly every election I can remember. My older brother was a Political Science major in college and we had lots of animated conversations about politics. My uncle was a Humphrey Democrat who worked for the Democratic Party Cook County Illinois. So I grew up hearing both sides of the political spectrum during the Civil Rights and Viet Nam War era. Our holiday gatherings as a family were always punctuated with a vigorous exchange of ideas. Somehow, I managed to stay independent.

That leads me to say as gently and succintly as I can to my fellow followers of Jesus… my strong belief is that what is going to transpire on the earth during the next 25 to 30 years will not be affected nor avoided by this election because G-d’s plans for  America, all  the nations of the earth and all mankind are coming to a head. There will soon be a clear choice between G-d’s Son and Satan’s imposter. Are we in the beginning of the end of days? Will 2012 signal the end of times (but not be the “end of time”) ? Quite possibly because G-d’s prophetic clock is ticking very loudly and I believe we are on the verge of some unalterable and unavoidable events. These things must come upon the earth. The Book of  Daniel in Chapters 2,7,8,9, and 11  plus Revelation 13: 1 – 17 speaks about economic consolidation and  the establishment of a ten nation One World government is near. Are you aware the UN has the whole earth is divided into ten zones? Am I spouting crazy conspiracy theories, No! I am merely suggesting that God’s plan for the Ages is rapidly coming to a close and the Return of Jesus Christ as Ruler of the Earth is near. The Bible says that the time of Jacob’s Trouble must come. It’s not a pretty sight but even so, “Come Lord Jesus”. It’s all written down in the Holy Scriptures.

I believe that a man’s religious beliefs should never be a “trump card” that either qualifies or disqualifies a man to lead. America has never been a theocracy, only Israel can claim that. The Bible says the governments of the earth are ultimately established by G-D. So this year our choice ironically is between a Mormon and a Muslim. My advice is pray and ask your Heavenly Father whom you should vote for. The end of days will come but the good news is that when Jesus returns, He will be here for a thousand years. So yes, your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren do have a bright future as the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ approaches. But first comes an extreme and trying time upon the earth. Are you ready?