Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Earth's Changing Climate- part II


I like letting data speak for itself and, oh my gosh, look at the North Atlantic Sea Temperature rise!  The earth is heating up!



Oh, wait a minute... that's just the small, rising part of a 60 year cycle in ocean temperature.  Here's data since 1850 instead.



Sorry to toy with your emotions, but doesn't it feel familiar?  I'm afraid we've all been toyed with over our lifetimes.  It's tragic.  So let me jump to the happy ending. 

We are much healthier and more resilient than we've been led to believe. 


Who cares if people have chosen to show tidbits of the whole picture?  So what if nations have implemented "Carbon Taxes" and sent billions to the UN so they can save us all!  It's utter fraud.  For those of us who haven't bought it, and have sought out historical data, we can see its all been a scam. 


The earth is just fine.  We've just completed a wonderful period of global greening over the past 70 years, and we can be thankful for this historically huge amount of heat coming from the sun.  Now, and over the coming 30-60 years, we can expect not as crop-friendly solar activity, and we might consider preparing for it.


How? How about growing micro-greens in your kitchen? Or starting a greenhouse and growing hydroponic veggies to feed your family? With your new self-sufficiency, you'll feel great about yourself!


We are much healthier and more resilient than we've been led to believe.  
Happy Independence Day!




Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Earth's Changing Climate




Where is the earth's climate headed?  My view is that the single largest input of energy into the earth system is The Sun.  How have we missed including that as part of the discussion?  I think the Sun's energy output is most relevant to the question.

The chart is showing sunspot activity going back to 1700 (click on the chart to see a more readable display).  That's a very significant data set.  The number of sun spots in a given year is directly related to the amount of energy coming from the sun (measured in Watts per square meter) but it's easiest to plot sunspot count. Now, they say that one climate data point gathers the previous 30 years worth of data. So I did that, and that is the top chart.


On the 30-year average chart, each data point is the average number of sun spots over the previous 30 years.  I've added a green and blue band and some recognizable historical events to give a reference. 



Conclusions:

You can see that since 1950, we have been in an ongoing period of the highest amount of energy coming from the sun in history. This has produced a wonderful period of good crops worldwide. You could call it global greening!

You can also see that we are now heading into a period of reduced energy coming from the sun. Don't say 'ice age'.  It is more likely going to be a period with weather patterns like we saw in the 30's. Long harsh winters and reduced crop yields. We are already seeing very long and harsh winter weather conditions in the northern latitudes. Expect that to continue for the next thirty years!  


No, there's nothing you can do to change it. It's The Sun stupid!







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Friday, May 11, 2018

Martin Luther and me



I think Martin Luther was like me. 

He had the same understanding of God's personality, and the nature of the battle we're in.

His song - A Mighty Fortress -  isn't about our needing protection... 

It's about Jesus winning our battle, and that our lives are the instrument through which God's truth prevails, and how the devil will fail miserably, so stand without fear and forsake everything to live for Jesus.


So, here is my interpretation of A MIGHTY FORTRESS as a blog post:


God is the most solid, reliable protection we will ever have.  
He prevails on our behalf, against the flood of deadly assaults we face over the course of our lives. 

Assaults from whom? You ask.  
Well since that first day in the garden, until just this morning, our greatest enemy is seeking to trap us and destroy us.
He spends all day and all night, every day and night, scheming and colluding with all the powerful elements in this world, to bring all his cruel hatred to bear upon us. There is no one who compares with him in his hatred of us, or in the resources at his disposal.

Standing against him on our own, we could fight with all our strength, and we would lose - every single day.  
That is, unless we had the right man to fight for us!  A man chosen by God. Ha!

Who is that man? You ask.
It is the man Christ Jesus. Lord of the Sabbath. Steadfast, immovable, undefeated and undefeatable.
And He will win this battle!

This whole world, aligned with that great hater, threatens to take apart our faith, our dreams, and our families.
But we will not fear.  

Because this is God's will - awesome and unstoppable:
That our very lives will be the instrument through which God's truth prevails, and through which that hater is thrown down and defeated.  That's a powerful statement, right there.

That devil, he's the ugly prince of darkness. And though he threatens, we are not afraid of him.  We can stand in the midst of his raging. 

How can we stand? You ask.  
Because his future is over. His future is that he doesn't have one. 
You will see One Word spoken, and it will end for him.

What word is that? You ask.
Ha!  It is the word that abides forever.  It is the word that is above all those in earthly power, though they reject it.


Dear brethren, this is the blessedness of our lives in Christ Jesus.  
The Holy Spirit has been given to us. 
And the gifts of the Spirit have been given to us - through Christ Jesus.
So, I say, let nothing on earth keep you from Him!  Let no affection draw you away from Him!
Not your pursuits in this life, not even your family!  
Because, even if they kill you, and they will, God's truth remains forever. And His kingdom is forever.



A mighty fortress is our God, 
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle. 


And though this world, with devils filled, 
should threaten to undo us, 
we will not fear, for God hath willed 
his truth to triumph through us. 
The Prince of Darkness grim, 
we tremble not for him; 
his rage we can endure, 
for lo, his doom is sure; 
one little word shall fell him. 


That word above all earthly powers, 
no thanks to them, abideth; 
the Spirit and the gifts are ours, 
thru him who with us sideth. 
Let goods and kindred go, 
this mortal life also; 
the body they may kill; 
God's truth abideth still; 
his kingdom is forever. 



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

300 Year Plan


"Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, and the ends of the earth your possession." Ps 2:8




If Japanese companies have 300 year plans for the company's longevity and stability... and if the blue-bloods are all intermarrying by design (and there's a lot of jokes about royal family inbreeding)... then what are the people of God doing to ensure their godly heritage?  Is it not a strong heritage for children when generations before them have walked with God?  It is!



Well, the most powerful families- the Rothschilds, Medicis, Bushes and the royals... they make generational plans for building and controlling their wealth and power.  They don't teach their kids that love will lead you to your mate.  They teach them that they are part of a family with a heritage, and they will marry within a certain set of other families. Named families.  It's all about wealth and power.



So what is it about for the people of God?
It must be about representing the image of God on the earth.  Revealing and valuing the beauty and purity of the image of God.  This is what Satan hates most.  Let us know that we are part of a family with a heritage of God's own impartation of Himself on the earth.  An impartation that has an ongoing 300 year plan to grow the knowledge of God on the earth.  Let this come through our godly families.




 It is not a small thing for you to know what you are a part of. You are of the bloodline of rescued and redeemed believers in Jesus Christ, grafted into the family of God.  And if you are part of a godly family, it's no small thing to know that you have a heritage to preserve and grow and pass on and instill in your children.  



This is the identity of your family, and it is of great value.  You don't throw that away by giving your children over to this broken world's machines, or let them learn from God-hating world systems to be 'free to find themselves' (in so many unrighteous ways).  No.  You use every opportunity to expose the world's devices as the enemy's tools for defiling the image of God, and to teach how the children of God are made for godliness and for making war on the enemy's lies.

We need to talk more about growing and preserving our godly heritage, and what it is meant for.





Sunday, March 12, 2017

How to Change Society



"You will be confident, because there is hope." - Job 11:18

Society doesn't want to be changed. 

It spent a long time getting to where it is.  But it's failing to show compassion for the outcast and the orphan. How does it address it's needs?  "We have people for that..."  

That's not a society that embraces change, that's the embedded selfishness of every man's heart. And I'm afraid that is what I think makes up our society.  



But I believe change can happen. It will be when you go for the heart.  Present a shining example of a heart set free in a self-sustaining, compassionate solution for the needs in your world, and you'll win hearts, and change society.

Premise:  
Society will reject your attempt to change it.

Solution 1 - I look at Sierra Club, Greenpeace, you name the organization- they generate outrage at the offense, and try to shame established entities into doing "What is right..."  Is this producing real change?  Maybe... with a hammer... I don't agree with that approach. It's angry and is simply not God's way. It may change a behavior, but it won't change society. It's not a solution. 

Solution 2 - My premise is that as a man or woman of God you have access to heaven on subjects that are near to your heart. You may acquire the eternal solution God has been waiting for you to ask Him for.  Bring that solution to the world at your own expense and at the expense of those who have assaulted heaven with you.  Implement it and watch society love it.  Because it will be the pure heart of God.



I believe if people could see God, they would see what they have always been after.  It is for the people of God to manifest heaven.  Go to heaven, and get some of it, and bring it to earth. It will be irresistible.

Sorry to say this, but if you try to convince anyone of anything, you might be a jerk and ruin everything.  Isn't that the cry of every non-believer against Christianity- the people are jerks?  But discipline yourself for godliness, acquire heaven's solutions, and bring them to the culture that so desperately needs them, and you will watch hearts melt at the goodness of God.

Society might even change a little. Just your little part of it.  But you will have brought Heaven, and that's eternal. Where it lands and what impact it has are in God's hands.  I have a hunch He'll honor it.


Here's a kid who knows how to change the world.






"You will be confident, because there is hope." - Job 11:18






Saturday, March 4, 2017

You Are The Image of God


"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood, and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery



If we want to overcome the lies of the enemy, it is not by countering them.  They are lies in their very context.  No one will win in the argument of right and wrong. That is lesser, and to engage that argument is to agree to a lesser call.  


Instead, let's have a new discussion- the only discussion-
the discussion that God started when he made mankind.



The discussion is, "What was God doing, what IS God doing in making a new being in His own image and likeness?"  Let us have THAT discussion over and over again!  What, O God, did you make when you made mankind? For I am one of them! 



I believe God made us all vessels of honor- made to be overflowed with the abundance of God Himself! 
       His creativity, 
              His compassion, 
                     His solutions that surpass the need, 
                              His miraculous healing that changes the present and the future...  

The needs of our world are where the man of faith has the ability... the calling... to land the kingdom of God.  The resulting expression will be the destruction of lesser arguments- they can only crumble to dust and be blown away in the wind of God's surpassing answers. 



The angry question:  "Look at this injustice, this offensiveness!  What are you going to do about it?"  
Heaven's answer:  "Lift up your eyes, because you are the image of God.  The answer isn't in correcting bad behavior. It is in considering the much greater identity that we all share. Bigger than being American or Russian, man or woman, black or white, Christian, Muslim or Jew. What has been soiled and slandered is not between these lesser identities, what is being soiled and slandered is the image of God, and you are the image of God, and so are your supposed enemies. This fight is a fake."



Access Heaven, O man of God. You are the image of God on the earth. Understand that more and more, and you will overcome the lies and reveal the true nature of God. This is what you were made for. Let's have that discussion over and over again- often with each other, and more often with God- your creator- the one who is expressing Himself to the earth and to the heavens. You are His choice vessel.









Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A New Conversation - part II


"I, the LORD, have called you to demonstrate My righteousness."  Is 42:6


The world is full of partial answers to the needs of our day.  It's full of broken systems that fall short of meeting those needs. You can feel that, even without understanding it. I believe it is only the kingdom of God that has complete answers, and it is for the people of God to understand His completeness, and acquire His answers.

This is my second post on this subject- I'm addressing one topic, but I think you can see the greater subject here.  Prepare yourself to have a new hope as you read this.

I believe Jesus is taking over the conversation about providing a place in the world for those with special needs.  By going straight to a solution born in heaven, Jesus passes through the crowd of noise and despair, and brings compassion in the way it's needed.  

My part seems to be releasing these special ones from their bonus rooms and group homes, into the marketplace as producers and bread-winners.  Running a kingdom business based around their capabilities is providing fun work for them, and hope for a community.


Our only hope
When I discovered the community of families with adult children with autism and other special needs, I was discovering a community of people awash in questions with no good answers.  There is simply no place in the world for their family members, and they are searching for someone to take up their cause.  I'm sad to say that no one in the normal channels is going to have a satisfying answer for them.  But happily, there IS hope to be found in the Love of God.  Inside the Love of God is every abundance, and every answer they are so in need of. There is no limit to His Loving answers.


If I may digress for one moment... It's like Ghana. Look at how protestant missionaries understood the Love of God, and went in and taught the people to read... so they could have the word of God, and receive eternal life, and hear God's voice, and find true hope for their souls- and their families, and their nation.  Today, look at every measure of societal success in Ghana versus it's next door neighbor Burkina Faso. Night and day. Why?  The Love of God was demonstrated in Ghana a generation ago.


Today I believe it's time for this generation to demonstrate the Love of God- 
to a community of people, in our own society, who don't have a place.  Who will go?  Who will make a place for them?  Who will change the conversation for these?


Can you see it?
I see, a generation from now, a people like the people of Ghana.  Today they have no place in the world and they're looking for crumbs that fall from the table.  But the people of God will take the love of God to them and form compassionate kingdom businesses based around the capabilities of these people who are special to God's heart.  And a new economy will emerge.

And in a generation we will see flourishing communities with special needs adults filling happy places in society. A society that has become more compassionate because someone has navigated this difficult question:  


"How can we fit these into our society?"  

The answer is by changing society, and it is only the people of God who can do this. 

No one else knows the unstoppable Love of God toward these special ones.  And who else can access heaven, and out of thin air, create the new loving infrastructure that includes them?  Even the families who are looking for answers, and who care the most, will not be the ones to lead this change.  


It is for the people of God to bring His kingdom to earth.

It is for the people of God to bring His kingdom to earth.  This is not a good work, and good people cannot accomplish it. This is a move of the Holy Spirit, and spiritual people can see it. Can you see it? Because if you can see it, you are the answer. You are the one to bring it to earth.  It is something that will change the conversation because it is from the Love of God.  


Bring Heaven
Now its time for you, man of God, woman of God.  Access heaven.  Nurture your solutions in the atmosphere of God's abundant provision and Love, and bring that thing to earth.  It will arrive saturated with eternal value and significance that you never even thought of.  There isn't anyone else ordained for this work. This is how the conversation will be changed.





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Monday, February 20, 2017

A New Conversation


"God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of gifts. 
Use them well to serve one another."  - 1Peter 4:10

I'm watching something take shape that I believe is God's making, and I like the way it looks.  A lot of people do.  It has the simple power to change the conversation.  The conversation we're talking about is on the integration of adults with special needs - people who God loves dearly - into our world.  God appears to have a strong case in this conversation. 

The old conversation was about convincing businesses to hire our people - "they're not that bad" or, "we're ALL kind of quirky, really..."  It was about finding some little thing that our people could do.  It was small ball, pleading for table scraps.

I think Jesus is taking over this conversation.

The new conversation is about building profitable (ie, market-supported) businesses around the capabilities of those with special needs.  It puts our friends- God's friends- in the center of the conversation.  Its about WHICH businesses will work for our people, in various industries or crafts. 

And by 'work' I mean things like what product manufacturing can be built around the abilities of our friends.  What other kinds of businesses can we build around our friends capabilities?  From a Thrift Store, Car Wash, or Software Testing, to regaining our manufacturing sector that's been lost offshore, we now have a new conversation about viable, special-worker-centric businesses.

Am I all alone in this new industry sector?  What social entrepreneurs will join me?  Who wants to change the world?  Who wants to demonstrate God's Love?  Who wants to bring the kingdom of God to earth?


This is compassionate business.  God's special people at the center.  Or really, Christ at the center, putting generous treatment of special people at the center of the business- at the center of the conversation.  Taking those who society didn't know what to do with, and turning them into producers and bread-winners.  That sounds like the kingdom of God to me.



This sounds like the kingdom of God to me too!




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

America's Mustard Seed


The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which although it is the smallest seed in the garden, it grows into a tree. Matt 13:32


The enduring strength of America is the tree that has grown from a seed.  The seed?  It is is found in the initial declarations of the founders- the Pilgrims in the Mayflower Compact, the authors of the Declaration of Independence- these founders carried with them a powerful seed, born of the kingdom of God.  






That seed was the knowledge that mankind is loved and valued by God- that each man is given value by God.  And if that was true, then it would look like something- first of all, like freedom to worship God according to each man's conscience.  This led to freedom from the oppressive English monarchy.  And having won the freedom that was held, deeply, as having been given by God, the same men went on to define how free men, valued men, would live.   



Men valued by God would be honored individually by their government. And that government would be subject to those free men.  The governors would be subject to the consent of the governed.  The free men of the land would further be valued by having property rights, access to finances without usury, and many other fine inventions of the new world.  The Christian World.*




The seed, nurtured in the hearts of men who received the idea that human value is from their Maker, has grown into the largest tree in the garden.  What a powerful seed. Perhaps it will find fertile soil in my own heart.







Happy Thanksgiving Day America!  It's God who values you!






*This view went on to lead the world in the ending of slavery.  The seed of God - expressing His value of individuals - still leads the world into understanding His design and intention - that the destiny of all is freedom.  Slavery continues horribly today in regions where there is no seed of the kingdom of God.  Regret not that America once had slaves. Thank God for the seed He spoke into hearts- the seed of human value- that ended slavery in America and wherever God is loved.  


Monday, June 30, 2014

How to Fail Miserably and Wonderfully


So, I started a company.  One based on my Christian faith.  Wanna know how that went?  


Thought I'd give you the backstory on this ongoing startup.  

Step one was to ask this: 
What would my company look like- in its practices- if everything I did was an expression of what my faith is? 

I'd have to ask what do I actually believe about God, and man, and everything, and process through that, to come up with business practices that have a direct connection to what I believe.

This is different from living from your "heart".  It's living from an assessment of your actual faith. That's a challenging exercise in itself!  I have to tell you it was fun and enlightening to actively look at what I believe, with the purpose of making an implementation of that as a business plan.  I have a pretty high view of who God is and what he wants to do in the world, and as the Director of this company's practices.  



I can say that the result was crushing.  I immediately found that there is a massive gap between what I actually believe and what I'm capable of living out.  I've been brought to tears over this- crying, "I'm not that man!"  

This was a difficult thing to realize about myself.  But here's an amazing reality.  There is a lot in the bible about faith and perseverance together.  

The bouy to all my grief over my shortfalls was when someone said "this just proves you have something worth persevering for."  Huh?!  I can honestly say that I've never had that before!  But the business model I came up with from that assessment is nothing less than my highest aspiration and faith; and from what little I've done so far, I'm convinced this is what the world needs.  It's worth persevering for.



The fact that I fall far short of being able to deliver that is just the truth about what God made when He made man- the weakest and most dependent of all creatures he's ever made!  Of course I'm weak!   

Working through that, and delivering the goodness of God in spite of it, is the exercise of the life of faith!  I believe in demonstrating the righteousness of God on earth- His compassion, His courage, His generosity, His deliverance... Realizing the failings of myself as a man to deliver that, well that is a call of God to me to find HIS ability to make Himself known, even through my weakness... and possibly, especially in my weakness!  



Well, that's just the bible in real life!  I've come to accept my inability to be that guy, and really ask God to somehow use this mess to bring His kingdom wherever I set my feet.  It's gloriously ridiculous and laughable and wonderful!