THE FORTRESS OF OUR SOULS

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FOOTPRINTS OF DISCIPLESHIP

All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.

JOHN 13:35

Watch a small boy follow his dad through the snow. He stretches to step where his dad stepped. Not an easy task. His small legs extend as far as they can so his feet can fall in his father’s prints.

The father, seeing what the son is doing, smiles and begins taking shorter steps, so the son can follow.

It’s a picture of discipleship.

In our faith we follow in someone’s steps. A parent, a teacher, a hero—none of us are the first to walk the trail. All of us have someone we follow.

In our faith we leave footprints to guide others. A child, a friend, a recent convert. None should be left to walk the trail alone.

It’s the principle of discipleship.

The Inspirational Study Bible

Can we honestly answer the question whether or not we are leaving the footprints of Christ for others in our daily walk?

Are we just letting our love be in words and speech (platitudes and Christian euphemisms: Reasons for using euphemisms vary by context and intent. Commonly, euphemisms are used to avoid directly addressing subjects that might be deemed negative or embarrassing. Euphemisms are also used to downplay the gravity of large-scale injustices, war crimes, or other events that warrant a pattern of avoidance in official statements or documents. For instance, one reason for the comparative scarcity of written evidence documenting the exterminations at Auschwitz, relative to their sheer number, is “directives for the extermination process obscured in bureaucratic euphemisms”).

My previous post is part and parcel of the the directive to believe that God is our fortress.

If we believe, are we showing that our faith and love is a matter of practice in our daily lives, and extending it to those around us despite the cost?

Did not the Good Shepherd leave the 99 and climb down the hillside to rescue that one that was lost?

Is He not the healer, the Good Samaritan, tending to the wounds of that lost sheep before He released it back into the fold?

Does He ever stop watching that little sheep to make sure that it continues to fare well, and is He not willing to re-rescue that sheep if it should once again astray?

Remember that Jesus did not just speak words, but His words were always followed with actions.

Finally, He went to “any length”, even the Cross, to save those of us who were once ungrateful, implacable, obstinate, arrogant, insolent, self-indulgent, and spiritually diseased human beings.

If He is not Lord of the Fortress in our souls, the Keeper of the many mansions and closets in our minds and hearts, the Purifying fire, and our total delight, “we (or you) have a problem Houston”.

Mother Teresa’s Take on Abortion

For those who believe in the evolutionary theory of slime plus time, humanity has regressed backward, not forward; like Adam and Eve, we, as a nation believed in taking short cuts to our own comforts, and have recreated the monsters of Hitler, Goering, Mousillini, Stalin, and Mao and wrapped them all into one tidy idol that is a merciless murdering, killing machine, and we have helped other nations like Iran, to become what we once hated, white washed sepulchers full of evil and rapacity, falling into our own evil devices and traps that we have laid out for the innocent and the Godly. Judgement Day has just begun, and you can run but you can’t hide. Not matter what color, race, sexual deviant choice, or creed, the fire from Heaven will destroy the guilty- those who pretend not to see, not to hear, not to know, not to speak will see, hear, and know the doom they are about to experience; those who support the evil, whether privately or publicly have no excuse. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India, who died in 1994, warned President Bill Clinton about the consequences of our abortion policies- here is the linked: http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles4/MotherTeresaAbortion.php

Miopically Boring Libs

It’s not because the libs support a socialist lib agenda, it’s because they are so poorly educated and so successfully brain-washed they have become little mechanical droids with a chip-set of 64 megs- just enough to allow them to say yes and no, pee, eat, take a dump, smoke pot, and screw all night. They have a disease called “myopically BORING”… another group about to inherent another level of Dante’s Inferno.

That is a perfect example of what happens when people miss the whole concept of patriotism, love of country and respect for those who sacrificed everything for it. Yes, Jaxon, you have the right to say everything you posted, but try to think about the price paid to establish and maintain that right before gracing us with your insights. I would bet that your perspective would be diametrically opposite had you stepped up to the call to serve. If you had actually served, then your departure from the military was a benefit to us all. If you are physically unable to serve, then talk to someone who was removed from service because they received their disability while defending your right to slam the “magical colored cloth”.

Nationalism isn’t the disease you should fear; ignorance and ingratitude inflict worse damage to society.

Limits, or How to Avoid the Precipice Between Courage and Humility

Courage and Humility: Knowing and accepting our possibilities and limitations is wisdom of a supernatural kind given to us to save us from our naivete. Great story- riveted every second to the end.

Longreads

I need to tell you about the Cirque of the Unclimbables. Ever since I went there, I’ve tried to describe it to friends and family, tried to explain its power and its perfection. It is, I tell people, the best natural campsite I have ever visited. It’s also among the most beautiful eyefuls of landscape I’ve ever seen — its rock walls more overpowering than Zion’s, in Utah, its evening light more perfect than Hawaii’s, its peaks more menacing than Denali, and its stillness more complete than the deep rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula. It’s a place that forces me to reach for comparisons from fiction: It’s “Lord of the Rings,” I tell people. It’s Mordor crossed with the Shire.

Their friend had died while climbing, they said, and now here they were: climbing. They weren’t here because of his death, and they weren’t here despite it. They would continue…

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Wimp or Warrior

(EBD) There are frequent references in Scripture to the duties of watchmen who were appointed to give notice of the approach of an enemy (2 Sam 18:24 -27; 2 Kings 9:17-20; Isa 21:5 9). They were sometimes placed for this purpose on watch-towers (2 Kings 17 Isa 17:9 18:8). Ministers or teachers are also spoken of under this title (Jer 6:17; Ezek 33:2 9; Heb 13:17).
Jer. 6:16-30 is an exhortation for the Israelites to set “watchmen” on the towers- they said they would not- the consequences follow.
The following article raises two big questions that most people don’t want to even consider discussing- What are the meanings of treason and traitor (collaborator with the enemy)? and has PC tied us up in knots, or do we, like the Israelites in Jer 6, not care anymore? Jesus was not a pacifist! are you?
Obama’s Policies to Empower ISIS Exposed
Posted By Raymond Ibrahim On May 22, 2015 @ 12:28 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 22 Comments

obama [1]Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

For months, many Western observers have been closely following the minute-by-minute developments concerning the battle between Islamic State and coalition forces in the hopes that such data will help them discern what the future may hold.

Yet knowledge of the end game has been available for anyone viewing the Obama administration with the eyes of a hedgehog, not a fox.

In an article published over seven months ago, I anticipated the main developments to have taken place since U.S. President Obama declared war (i.e., “airstrikes”) on the Islamic State in September, 2014. Titled “Does Obama Need ‘Time to Defeat or Forget ISIS? [2]” I made the following predictions, all of which have come true, and in the same sequence:

Obama’s “it will take time” [to defeat IS] assertion prompts the following prediction: U.S. airstrikes on IS targets will continue to be just enough to pacify those calling for action against the caliphate (“we’re doing what we can”). The official [U.S. government’s] narrative will be that the Islamic State is gradually being weakened, that victory is a matter of time (remember, “It will take time”)….

[W]e will hear about the occasional victory against IS—this or that leader killed or captured…

Then, just as they “suddenly” appeared in Iraq, we will “suddenly” again hear—probably first from IS itself—that the Islamic State has made some major comeback, winning over some new piece of territory, as the caliphate continues to grow and get stronger.

Now consider how the Obama administration’s actions have fulfilled these predictions, and often in the same sequence.

The official [U.S. government’s] narrative will be that the Islamic State is gradually being weakened, that victory is a matter of time…

Last February, key Obama administration figures—including Secretary of State John Kerry and retired General John Allen, the president’s special coordinator for the coalition against the Islamic State—triumphantly asserted that, thanks to U.S. airstrikes, “half the group’s [IS] leaders in Iraq had been killed.”

Not long thereafter an investigative report demonstrated that such claims were utterly false [3] and hardly representative of reality.

[W]e will hear about the occasional victory against IS…

In April, the Pentagon announced [4] that, thanks to U.S. airstrikes and the Iraqi army, “ISIL [Islamic State] is no longer the dominant force in roughly 25 to 30% of the populated areas of Iraqi territory where it once had complete freedom of movement.” The Pentagon even released a map showing which territories the Islamic State had lost.

Soon, however, it became evident that the Pentagon’s claim and map were misleading and incomplete [5]. Among other irregularities, the map, while showing territories that IS once held and territories it had since lost, failed to indicate the new territories IS had gained since the coalition effort began—making the 25%-30% claim totally misleading.

[W]e will hear about … this or that leader killed or captured…

Nor was Obama administration grandstanding concerning the killing of “key” ISIS figures wanting. Most recently, on May 16, U.S. special forces managed to kill Abu Sayyaf. Although only a mid-ranking leader, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said his killing “represents another significant blow to Isis [6].” (Read here [7] for an idea of how many times U.S. officials have made the “significant blow” assertion whenever this or that jihadi dies, only for the jihad to spread and conquer more lands.)

Even the New York Times observed [8] that “Abu Sayyaf is a midlevel leader in the organization — one terrorism analyst compared him to Al Capone’s accountant — and likely is replaceable in fairly short order.”

Then, just as they “suddenly” appeared in Iraq, we will “suddenly” again hear—probably first from IS itself—that the Islamic State has made some major comeback, winning over some new piece of territory, as the caliphate continues to grow and get stronger.

Finally, after the Obama administration had claimed that it had killed half of IS leadership, that it had pushed IS out of 25%-30% previously held territory, that its killing of an IS midlevel leader was a “significant blow”—right on cue, the Islamic State just announced its takeover of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, one of Iraq’s most strategic provinces. According to a May 17 Reuters report [9]:

Islamic State militants said they had taken full control of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer.

It was the biggest victory for Islamic State in Iraq since security forces and Shi’ite paramilitary groups began pushing the militants back last year, aided by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition.

The U.S. Defense Department, while not confirming the fall of Ramadi, sought to play down the impact on the broader Iraq military campaign of an Islamic State seizure of the city.

To fully appreciate the significance of this latest conquest by the Islamic State, consider the words of Anbar governor Ahmed al-Dulaimi spoken [10] back in November 2014: “If we lose Anbar, that means we will lose Iraq.”

Of course, none of these developments are surprising for those among us who were able to take a step back—to transcend the distracting noise and nonsense daily grinded out by mainstream media—and look at the big picture.

For those able to read the plain writing on the wall, the end game of Obama and IS was always easy to discern [2].

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