The Heart of a Dog

It is said that a dog has a sixth sense. As a result, a dog can almost read their master’s mind and can detect little tone changes in the voice.  If the dog has a sixth sense and so does man then the best way to speak to a dog is from the heart. The speech must agree with the heart and then the dog will understand.  A dog does not listen to just the words you say.  He does not understand speech. However, he pays close attention to your facial expressions, your movements and the tone of your voice. These are all expressions of your heart. A dog can read, just not literature.

If your dog is ignoring you, connect with your heart.

Dogs cannot be fooled about how someone is feeling. Feel fear and they will mess with you.

Feel sad and they will stay by your side even if you can act happy to fool others.

This is an indication of how our Heavenly Father looks at our heart. God knows the heart, the motives, and He knows what is going on in the heart. If you have not connected with your heart, yet, then keep praying, even if you don’t feel like you are getting it right. When you connect your heart to God’s heart you will instantly sense the connection.

Connecting to God from the heart defines if one has a relationship or a religion.

Relationships with God and a dog can be a wonderful spiritual experience. If you keep your relationships on a chain then this could be missed.

Dog means, an animal with a heart like yours. The ancient word “dog” comes from two words “ke (like) and Lev (heart)” like a heart.” This is defined by looking at what happened in Exodus 11:7 where the guard dogs did not bark at the escaping Israelites because the dogs listened to their heart. Dogs have historically helped men escape from slavery. It could also be said that the dogs felt the pain of the Egyptians  yet did not utter so much as a wimper against those following a path to freedom.
A dog will endear itself to your heart. This could be the reason a dog is the number one house pet. The Hebrew name for dog reminds us that the dog has a heart like man. This heart mirrors the heart of God. Could it be that God gave us a dog to teach us of His loyalty, faithfulness and unconditional love?

When one’s speech is filled with truth and faith, judgments are eliminated, and the human heart becomes just like a dog’s heart, free from judgment. This was the original condition of man and the dog reminds us it is still possible.

Dog spelled backwards is… God.

Chaplain Joe

 

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Special session on sexuality

Demoralization of our nation cannot be complete until the standards for morality have been successfully subverted. Hollywood was easy to subvert because they wanted to be demoralized, as did the education and judicial system. The church should stand against subversion of truth but it has people planted there for the subversion of core values.

Does a standard for social justice like the church want to take the same path as hollywood, a path of lawlessness paved by the spirit of iniquity?

Does the church want to be recorded in history as the weak kneed bastion that cowered to political correctness and censorship of Holy Scripture?

It will, if they don’t recognize, divide and conquer is still an effective strategy against an opposing ideology and social structure. Take it apart in pieces, while making someone a victim, so that the dismantling has just cause, making good look like evil and vice appealing.

Three things scripture is clear on, God’s favorite name is Our Father. (Luke11:2) I knew you while you were in your mother’s womb,(Jeramiah 1:5) and in the beginning God made them male and female.(Matthew 19:4) Google it, if you have never read scripture, or deny where these concepts come from.

Is scripture subject to human reasoning or do we now reinvent a translation justifying immorality. Inventing doctrine to justify weak moral convictions ends in ultimate reconciliation with the power of choice absent and grace not experienced.

When the reasoning of man is embraced over the wisdom of God it is the spirit of iniquity. The Garden of Eden is the prime example of the beginning of this process.

When anyone claims to understand God yet deny His word they are workers of iniquity. The devil is not needed when the church spreads the lies.

Look to the words of Christ. He said neither do I condemn you, but go and sin no more. Confer with the inspired scriptures that can give hope to those trapped in addictions. Calling an addiction, especially a sexual addiction normal, leaves the soul hopeless and a slave to personal pain.

A church can be demoralized if it wants to be but what kind of message of hope for transformation  does that send to those who are weak yet trying to follow? It confuses them, making them easier prey, and demoralization then wins the day.

Chaplain Joe

Baby it’s cold inside.

Why play Christmas songs that include the Savior?

In an effort to show the calculated process that has brought us political correctness we will have to start with a brief history lesson. The lesson will be brief yet not long enough for those immersed in history. The lesson is simply a foundation for why those on a politically correct crusade think their speech is holier that those who embrace the Biblical roots of the first amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Let us rewind to 1923. This is the year an influential institution was started for the study of social research.  This school of thought would teach practical methods for a philosophy that would undermine Christian societies. The Frankford institute has succeeded by formulating a practical application for socialism. The methods and social engineering they taught has succeeded in demoralizing great nations and the greatest nation in history, America.

“The members of the Institute have been credited for the development of a model of Critical Theory, a type of Marxism influenced by psychoanalysis and existentialism, and their influential aesthetic theories and critiques of capitalist culture.”[1] The Frankfurt School, also known as the Institute of Social Research and by some as the Karl Marx University is a social and political philosophical movement of thought originally located in Frankfurt, Germany.[2] It later moved to Columbia University in New York.

Social theory becomes critical theory when it gently attacks the core issues involving the innovations of a capitalist society, the definition of social emancipation and the perceived pathologies of society.[3] Critical theory provides a specific interpretation of Marxist philosophy and reinterprets some of its central economic and political notions making it a workable tool for subversion.

Critical theory is applied to a wide variety of economic, social, political and aesthetic topics. It challenges and opposes the traditional dominant order of economic, political, ideological, and theoretical roles for society.[4] It is a philosophy that criticizes the prevailing view in a society, undermines social practices.

This means that whatever a society holds dear, and what gives it identity, cohesion and uniqueness, is replaced a little at a time with something else. If a people group like singing about Jesus at Christmas the music will become more and more about jingle bells and Siberian orchestra type songs. O Holy Night is now the Christmas train. Instead of falling on our knees to find hope, direction, and comfort we look to Amazon for fulfillment and Google for direction.

Another extreme is “Baby it’s cold outside” as offensive yet fifty shades of grey is freedom of expression.

Fight back. Sing about the reason for the season, Jesus.

The subversion of our culture is calculated, orchestrated and allowed. We embrace and allow it, but it can be stopped, by warming the heart with scripture.

Read the account of Christmas in the Gospels. There are four accounts, for different audiences, yet end with one conclusion, Jesus is the reason for Christmas.

Many people hope there is a person like Santa Clause.

There is and His Name is Jesus.

Believing in His birth, life, death and resurrection will make Christmas a living experience.

[1] The European Graduate School  HERBERT MARCUSE – BIOGRAPHY 1898-1979 http://www.egs.edu/library/herbert-marcuse/biography/ Last modified 09/06/2015 Accessed Sept 5 2015
[2] “The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory,” Claudio Corradetti, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Rome,
Italy  http://www.iep.utm.edu/, Sept 5 2015.
[3] Ibid.,
[4] Human Communication in the Critical Theory Tradition Communications Studies 441:
Cultural Studies in Communications Robert M. Seiler University of Calgary http://people.ucalgary.ca/~rseiler/critical.htm  Accessed sept 6 2015

Character behind suffering

Finding a way out of pain is a great process and could lead to transformation. Transformation means becoming Christ like.  Although pain seems like the number one enemy, pain is something that we can embrace, learn from and then pass through. Choosing to find a solution for pain needs to be embraced with the knowledge that feeling pain is part of the healing process. It should never be viewed as something God sent.

It is not something God sent, it is a response built into the body and soul. Pain is something that tells us something is wrong so that we can choose to fix it and get free from pain. It is important to realize the Jesus bore the pain of humanity when He died on the cross. All pain was placed on Him, so legally, if Jesus bore our pain, there must be a way for me not to have to bear that pain.

To begin a healing experience, it is important to trust God with the end result of your healing process. In other words, even if you are in pain and you understand Jesus carried your pain on the cross, you can still put faith in action by acknowledging in your heart that God’s word is true and you are trusting God, not your eyes, feelings, good actions or your bad actions but God’s love and ability with a good final outcome. Trusting God with a good outcome implies that God did not sent the pain and is there to provide wisdom on how to walk free from pain. Some Christians have a strong doctrine about pain and feel that God allows it. Their Theodicy, what people believe about evil and suffering, is often confused because they judge God’s character as half evil.  God revealed Himself as the God who heals and not the one, who steals, kills and destroys so let’s extrapolate or walk the thoughts out about God allowing pain. If God allowed pain then maybe he sent it to fulfill some sort of higher purpose, like purge you of sin. Some people can quote scripture to back up this view but the life of Jesus says God’s character wants everyone healed and Jesus healed them all many times. If God used pain to perfect His children God would have to admit that placing pain and sin on Jesus, on the cross was a mistake. Paul would have to admit he forgot to list the gift of pain among the 1 Corinthians 12:28 gifts God set in the church to perfect the saints.

Saying God used the evil of pain would imply that God has a duel nature capable of hurting or healing the same children He sent His Son to die for. The first chapter of James says God does not tempt people with evil and anyone who has religious views on where temptation comes from should put their hand on their mouth. James explains where pain comes from.

The fourth chapter of 1 John says God is love and there is no fear in that perfect love. Saying that God used pain on anyone would mean God has a dissociated identity disorder and can have a personality shift in order to teach you something.

Believing this kind of junk about God will undermine your confidence when you come to Him. How can you come to someone for help who you think they might break your fingers if you don’t cough up ten percent?

You would have to have a whole lot of religious requirements that you would have to do before coming to a god who you fear. All the pagan gods require something so where do these religious requirements come from? Some people worship the fulfillment of religious requirements instead of the one who gives unconditional love.

You can’t come to God with confidence until you settle the fact that He is a big ball of love. He is a dad that exists to love and is thrilled when His kids confidently come to talk with Him. This love should be the driving force in every feeling, thought, belief and action involving God and man.  It is important to let go of religious views on suffering and embrace the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as the final place where suffering was dealt with. God is love and no pain comes out of total love. God is not out to get anyone but gave the best thing He had, His Son, to redeem mankind back to himself. God does not hold back anything good from the world. Men make choices contrary to God and allow evil, not love to govern their lives.

Evil men who follow lies against the character of God are largely what is behind evil and suffering in this world.

Man has authority in the earth, not Satan, so in order for Satan to work he needs the co-operation of man. The lie that God is keeping information from man goes back to the Garden of Eden where Satan claimed to have information that God was not providing.[1] Adam, who was already created in the image of God, believed the lie that he was not like God then acted on Satan’s words.

Men are still made in the likeness of God and still have authority in the earth yet they still act on Satan’s words and that brings about evil, pain and suffering. Man never surrendered authority to Satan as Genesis 3:7 says the only thing that was cursed was the ground. If man is made in the likeness of God and still has authority in the earth then maybe the real problem is when man does not see himself made in the image of God.

Man who sees himself as less than a son of God can now blame God and Satan for problems.

The reason we have pain and suffering on the earth is not because God allows it. It is because man, who does not see himself as being in authority, chooses to follow the father of lies so reaps the fruit of those lies.

Following love and choosing to see God as ultimate love will produce better fruit and should be the motivator for all good actions. God as a loving Father is the one who wants His children free from pain. It’s a character trait of love.

[1] Richards Jim Dr. Apocalypse

Certified Letter

dog-with-letterHappy thoughts are better than sad but we are deeper than thoughts and emotions.

How deep?

There are feelings and beliefs.  They are powerful yet they can be changed.

How?

Happy thoughts will not change sad feelings any more than if someone injected you with truth serum and told you to lie. It does not work.

Feelings are powerful and control more parts of our busy lives than we admit.  Moses in the Bible recorded the creation event, “and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:7) A living soul has feelings. Shortly afterwards, man allowed fear and shame in his feelings so he hid from God.

Feelings with pain embedded in them are held in place by lies. Adam actually thought God was mad, so Adam hid.

Not a good way to get your feelings changed.

Lots of people still think this.

The lie that God was mad at him caused fear and shame to stay in Adam’s feelings.

We are made the same way and have feelings too. Many even believe God is mad. Lies keep pain in our feelings.

Ok, How do we get rid of them?

Its possible to change. It is like changing your emotions by changing thoughts.

Only feelings are not emotions and are not controlled by thoughts.

Feelings can start thought processes but do not change when you change your thoughts like emotions.

Truth can change feelings when it gets to them.

Feelings are like a separate room in side you that is full of clutter. Clutter is like lies that are keeping pain in feelings.

The truth cannot get in because of the clutter.  It is like the Holy Spirit of truth has a letter to deliver to your feelings but can’t get it in so leaves it at the doorway of your mind. Your mind might not be home so the belief accepts the letter. The letter is full of truth that will handle any level of trauma.

It has 1 John 4:18 written in beautiful calligraphy. “perfect love case out all fear” yet the believing words can only be accessed by the mind and can never be experienced by the feelings because of clutter from past fear based letters.

If the letter could get into the feeling room and be opened the Holy Spirit would instantly be known as perfect love.

This is the biggest problem with confusing feelings with emotions.  We know the truth but the truth can not get in where the problem is.

BUT

Our Father knows how to heal us. He made us in His image. We collect pain that He strives to get us to release, and then define ourselves by the pain instead of His Glorious image.

Admitting you have pain in your feelings is a giant step. It is necessary to admit there is somethings that need to be changed. Denial is bad.

Choose to let pain based feelings go.

Choose to put off pain right now and put on love from the core of your being, your feelings.

Choose. It is divine.

Here is a helpful prayer,

Lord I choose to forgive myself. I give you permission to remove all negative pain based feeling out of my life. I surrender them_________________ to you and ask you to remove them. Heal me where I have wounded myself and forgive me where I have sinned. I choose to let pain go and surrender my perspective on my life to You. I recognize that You love and accept me completely so choose to allow your love in my feelings. I put off this pain and put on your love and love myself as well. Thank You for Your presence.

Chaplain Joseph