Who was Saint Bernard?


knightLet me tell you about Saint Bernard. He preached to the military of his day and got them marching on the second Crusade and was connected to the Knights Templar.  Regardless of what you believe about the Crusades and Knights you have to realize that Saint Bernard understood the devotion that a military man has for God.

In On Loving God Bernard describes levels of love for God. Saint Bernard preaches a Gospel of love that puts Christian devotion in the context of God’s love for mankind even if you are training for war. Bernard explains the process and defines progress on how and why God should be loved. I will touch on a few points and recommend reading the free online book, On loving God.On loving God

Bernard defines God’s claim on mankind and what is to be gained by loving God. Is it more stuff, protection? Hold that thought.

Nothing is more reasonable and nothing is more profitable than knowing and loving God. God earned the right for us to love Him as Christ died for us while we were enemies. God gave His only Son. No greater love can be shown than to lay down your life for a friend.  God earned the right for us to love Him.

The answer to loving God and what is gained to loving God is God. God.

Man is made in the image of God and needs to embrace that. The first Commandment says to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and body but man is weak so his first experience of love is for self.  Love is what makes us different than the animals. Man loves himself first. It is because nature and his flesh require it. God does not leave man in nature but raises him up with virtue.

God made us and all of creation. We belong to Him. In spite of creation speaking of God’s virtue and how God made us in His image, the imagination of man is prone to do evil. Man chooses to love himself instead of God but God chooses to love us with His whole being.   We should respond back and lean our mind, feelings and imagination into the love of God and meditate on love.  Leaning into his arms in prayer, meditation, willful obedience and study of the Holy Bible helps define God as altogether lovely and will help us love each other.

Man loves himself according to nature.  In order to fully love a neighbor man needs to fully love God.  Learning to rely on God’s love will help man realize that in God man can do all things. This degree of love is to love God because of who God is. This requires true intentions to know and be loved by God.

The Lord rewards those who seek Him and seek Him. The Lord likes us to seek Him so He can be found as the object of our desire. Man seeks God and God is found to be loving and merciful.

Choosing to let God’s love flow through you can be life changing. God can show His ability to love through us when we make ourselves available.

Prayer and meditation should never be avoided because of self-judgment. It is God who qualifies us for love and not our self.

True intentions are important. Deciding to experience love and to share love can be enhanced simple by choosing to love. Examples  of love in action can be found in the New Testament Gospels. What ever you see Jesus doing is what God would have done for you. What ever you hear Jesus saying is what God would say to you today.  By reading the words of Jesus we can better understand God’s love and compare that to our actions. We will see His goodness. In spite of our weakness and inability we can choose to let God’s love work through us and when we do we act like children of love.

You need a Chaplain.

Chaplain, Joseph A.


Communion is for my Generation.


moonGot this from Doc.Sanford

What was the first liquid and food consumed on the moon

I ’ m betting that most are unaware of this story.

Forty-five years ago, two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But, what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. I ’ m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.

The background to the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life; and, knowing that he would soon be doing something unprecedented in human history, he felt that he should mark the occasion somehow . He asked his minister to help him .And so the minister consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth’s orbit and onto the surface of the moon. He and Armstrong had only been on the lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement:

“ This is the LM pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way. ” He then ended radio communication, and there, on the silent surface of the moon, 250,000 miles from home, he read a verse from the Gospel of John, and he took communion.

Here is his own account of what happened: “In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup.Then I read the scripture ”

‘I am the vine, you are the branches.

Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit . ..

Apart from me you can do nothing.’

“I had intended to read my communion passage back to Earth, but at the last minute [they] had requested that I not do this. NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O’Hare, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew ’ s reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas. I agreed reluctantly.”

“I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon and the very first food eaten there were the communion elements.”

“And, of course, it’s interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, who made the Earth and the moon – and who, in the immortal words of Dante, is Himself the “Love that moves the Sun and other stars.”

I for one, do not remember the news covering this story.communion1


Chaplain Joseph A. Nosak

I am Dirty, like you

Dad on GMC

As a group of sailors stood in formation at a Navy Base, the Drill instructor said, “All right! All you idiots fall out.”
As the rest of the squad wandered away, one sailor remained at attention.
The Drill instructor walked over until he was eyeball-to-eyeball with him, and then raised a single eyebrow. The sailor smiled and said, “Sure was a lot of ’em, sir?”

I offer this simple discourse.

I have three points, maybe four. Dirt, true intentions, and the human body.

Humans are like dirt. For instance, some of the elements found in dirt are also found in the 59 elements of the human body. Maybe that is why it is fun to play in the dirt, grow stuff in the dirt and if you eat a little dirt it probably won’t hurt you. Human behavior is less shocking when you realize we are all just dirt. Apart from the obvious chemical connection with dirt, we often find ourselves treating others literally like dirt. Many problems arise when one speck of dirt thinks it is cleaner than another speck of dirt. In contrast to dirty dirt verses clean dirt men have the ability to treat others wonderfully and do incredible things. I’ve found that inside every man lays a dirt field that has the ability to produce what is planted on it. In a quick sociological observation good things can be seen growing in the worst of people and bad things growing in the best of people. One could make the argument that all the horrifying or great accomplishments of mankind came out of dirt. Out of the dust we came and to the dust we will return. Both creationist and evolutionist believe man came out of dirt. We are all just dirt. Some sing about us being dust in the wind.

True intentions are the deciding factor to what you get out of life. I have found that if I go out on a job and intend to do some work on it I will piddle around, socialize and take several breaks. If I go to the same job with the intention of finishing so I can get paid then I will focus my efforts and do everything necessary to get that check. If you intend to try something you will find a way to try it. If you intend to put it in practice and see results you will find a way to do what you truly intend. If you believe you can do it, you are right. If you believe you cannot do it, you are right. Beliefs energize our thoughts. Henry Ford put it this way. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” A diligent man finds ways to make a project work while a lazy man finds excuses. There are no lazy people here so let us look at our intentions.

True intentions are powerful. So powerful that a plant may be able to pick up on them. When the man working for the C.I.A. who was developing the lie detector machine got a little bored he hooked it up to a plant. The meter did nothing. He dumped water on the plant and tried to drown it but nothing happened, no movement on the meter. The meter was not doing anything significant until he said he was going to burn the plant. He did not burn the plant but only stated his intention, of burning the plant. His intention of burning the plant caused the meter to start moving even though he had no matches.

He forwarded his material to a friend and asked him to repeat the experiment. It all went the same until the point where the words were spoken about burning the plant. Nothing happened in the second experiment so the inventor did it again and watched the meter. As soon as he stated his intention of burning the plant the meter moved again. It was finally realized that the plant recognized the visual image and true intentions of the person with fire. The first guy visualized and said emphatically he was going to burn the plant. The second guy just mouthed the words and nothing happened. According to this experiment a plant can detect our true intentions. If this is true then maybe we should pay a little more attention to them. If you are involved in a project with a team listen to what your group is saying about intentions. It will give you an idea of what needs to be changed or reinforced.

There is power in positive and negative thinking. Not many books are written about how to be a negative thinker. Things left alone with nature will tend toward chaos so without energy infused in a process it will decay.  Murphy’s Law states, “anything that can go wrong will.” Murphy forgot to stress, his law works best when people talk bad things into existence. Murphy’s Law is correct because of entropy.  Nature and humanity constantly interact and things go wrong. Nature and people collide at times and it tends toward chaos so it is important to prepare for anything that could go wrong. There is a distinction to be made. Preparing for disaster is called making a plan. Expecting disaster and focusing on it, has a tendency to help bring about Murphy’s Law. We need to be aware of Murphy’s Law and do preventative work but not to the point that only disaster is expected. We need to focus on the good things that we stand for and the possibilities for good to happen. It is far better to say “any good thing that can happen will happen;” instead of “if it wasn’t for bad luck I would have no luck at all.” The perception of good will raise expectations. When you plant a garden, you focus on a good outcome of the dirt.

If you believe that men who volunteer to serve are basically good, willing and have initiative and you treat them accordingly you will see behavior that confirms that belief. On the other hand a belief that men are twisted, dishonest and lazy will show up as self-fulfilled prophesies also. When you believe that someone contains honesty, you’ll often find they are honest. Believe men are honest, expect them to act honestly but stay in touch with the facts and check the standards. It is my experience with working with Navy Quality control that men like to meet and exceed standards when they know someone is checking. If there are standards to reach then check to make sure the standards are met. Donald Trump said. “hire good people and then watch them like a hawk.”

When a building is being built there are measurable standards and at any stage it is possible to tell if the building is meeting those standards. Yes believe the best and expect high standards and then get down in the mud and check for yourself at every stage of construction. If something is 7 inches out of square and 8 inches out of level everyone involved needs to know so they can make changes. When no one is applying a standard is when important benchmarks are missed.  Believe the best and apply standards. Honorable men love to exceed standards when given the chance. It proves to the world that they are honest.

My third point is about the human body. It has many parts. The many parts make up one body. It is the same way in the any organization. It takes many people with many different skills to make a company, school, clinic function. This necessity for different people is similar to how the body needs different parts to produce the different functions it needs to survive.  Suppose the clinic contained all the same skillsets like a body with all arms. There would be no feet or eyes to have direction. All parts of the body are needed and each part has to be where it needs to be so the body can function correctly. As the hand cannot do the job of the foot likewise the athletic director does not do the job of the facilities manager.  Now do you think one manager would ever say to another manager, “I don’t need you?” Well do you think your back would ever say to your hand, “I don’t need you,” Or your hand to the back “I don’t need you.” Well they do say it but both need each other. The back needs the hand to scratch it and the hand needs the strength of the back. Furthermore, some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are often the most necessary. All men and women together make up the organization you are connected to, and each one is a separate and necessary part of it.
Remember this the next time you are tempted to speak ill of a part of your body because you are connected to it so you are talking about yourself. You are connected to other dirt that is capable of producing great things. Lets us focus on those great things and expect good things to come out of the dirt.       Are you with me?   Choose.    Alright here is the fourth point. Identity with an organization is powerful. The next time someone praises your organization see if you take it as a personal compliment. Check and see if you are insulted if someone criticizes. If you are in the news check and see how you respond to the news story. This is a simple test and you should find your identity is connected to your organization.

The following definition from the social sciences provides this information and is considered as common knowledge. It is paraphrased. When men understand who they are there is less destructive behavior within the group. Also men derive their sense of self, in part, from knowing that a group they value regards them as respected members. And this big one, cooperative behavior is linked to the role that organizations play in defining and maintaining people’s social identities. This is a good observation so let me break it down to a workable form. In other words, men will define their self-worth through the eyes of another person especially if they outrank them. When a guy receives positive identity relevant affirmations from their peers and managers they willingly cooperate with the organization. Furthermore, this will snowball because men who develop a favorable identity based on the respect that is shown from their chain of command will voluntary engage in cooperative behaviors without anyone watching. Some call this, “working as unto the Lord.”

Today is a time for great expectations. Let us move into today with the intention of going over, instead of going under. The plants will know and so will the community. There are brothers and sisters who are serving that are in need of respect, your positive affirmations and camaraderie. As one piece of dirt to another I say, “Let’s give it to them.” Let us speak well of our members because we are all connected. Let us lift each other up to a higher level and finally let us be in our place of service so the body can function.  Turn skills into gifts.

Let us close with a word of prayer.  Our Gracious Heavenly Father. Thank You for the Gift of Jesus, Your only Son. Help us to recognize our dependency on Him. Help us to follow along the path of compassion and goodness that we are founded upon, the compassion and goodness that comes from heaven. Father, place Your strength in us and give us Your Grace to fulfill our purpose as men and women who share forgiveness, kindness and love with the people we are connected to. Help us Gracious Lord and Friend. In the name or the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we pray. Amen. Chaplain, Joseph A. Nosak


Why should I forgive.

I am  a Chaplain to Veteran’s. I am not interested in your church or care what you think about me.  SOOO Maybe i am more like a Pirate Chaplain. AAAARRR I will offer guidelines and suggest the best path but not make you walk the plank unless you insist. Some people really are stupid and only learn when a squid is stuck on their face. The wise person, I now know that is you, because you are still reading, learns from instruction and not a beating.

We had a veteran do some stupid stuff. As a result some people got hurt. I can not define the intention of any of the people involved but realize that sometime people do things out of personal pain or insecurity.

Back to the people who got hurt. I shared a message publicly that you will benefit from. It involves a young G.I. I will add some additional thoughts after I share about the young G.I.

While deployed I shared this message with my Seabees several times.Some idiots were beating them up on a regular basis and i did my best to protect them. Choosing forgiveness was important.
A young sailor was walking on the beach, wearing cowboy boots
and gym shorts. (Don’t laugh; I actually saw this part. I think he must
have been from the Oklahoma.) He was enjoying the sun, the wind, and
the salty sea breeze, without a care in the world, kicking up sand into
the top of his boots and enjoying the surf. He surely never expected a
seagull to take a dump right above his head! With aerial precision, the
poop landed right on his nose.
The sailor was shocked and began shouting at the seagull. He was
convinced the seagull had targeted him, so he raised his voice even
louder. He demanded the seagull clean up the poop. He vowed never
to clean it up himself, because it was the seagull’s responsibility, and he
needed to teach the seagull a lesson.
The seagull continued flying and caught the next air current, acting
as if it had never heard the young sailor yelling on the beach. The beach
was no fun anymore, so the sailor headed back to the barracks. People
began to avoid him and talked behind his back about his stinky attitude.
He went through that for several days and then happened to take a long,
hard look in the mirror—the poop had dried on his face, and it looked
like it might be a problem to remove it. He finally changed his mind
about holding a grudge and realized the seagull wasn’t coming back to
fix the mess; it probably wasn’t even aware of what it had done to him.
With a wet rag, he cleaned the poop off his own face and forgave the
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Immediately, the world looked and smelled better. People began to
respond differently to him, and soon he was back on the beach, wearing
his cowboy boots and enjoying life. I shared this because I was in a public meeting and could look around the room and see poop on faces. I am happy to report that good choices were made involving forgiveness and the place smells better too. That might have been a real plumbing problem.

Here are some additional thoughts in case you think you need to teach the seagull a lesson.

It is equally important to not be
the seagull.If you are stop the random dumping.

But if you did get dumped on…
Let’s look at this subjectively.  You have resentment or unforgiveness
toward someone so you keep that person in a little cage in your mind.
Every feeling and thought passes through the cage. Your thoughts are
now filtered by the person you despise. Now you have this person who
does things you despise monitoring your thoughts and feelings. This
may sound like a stupid idea, but it gets worse; at some point, you make
a hologram out of that person and imagine him or her in a paralyzing
ray, suspended in the air in front of you. While in the paralyzing ray,
you abuse the person in the same manner he or she abused you. It makes
sense to you to punish the person, and for that reason, you keep him or
her in the cage in your mind. You beat the person up and tell him or her
all the things that “set the record straight.” You then shrink the person
down and put him or her back in the cage for future beatings.
The problem is that by filtering all your thoughts and feelings
through the cage, the person you despise is gradually becoming you.
Soon he or she will control you to the point that you’ll be doing to others
the very thing that person did to you. Some would say these holograms,
when mixed with emotion; have a way of changing our cellular makeup.
We can see people with twisted expressions, so I have to wonder if their
facial features started with stored resentment that changed their cell
structure that shaped their face into something angry. Is D.N.A. a self writing program? Buddha say no. What a coincidence that Nero-scientist say the same thing. Jesus said, “as a man thinks so is he.” Alright rabbit trails are fun.
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Let’s be illogical, with “il” being the key syllable here. I have an enemy,
and I want to poison him. Un-forgiveness is the poison that I want to
use on him, but unfortunately, I can’t get to him. I realize that holding
a grudge will eventually mess up every aspect of my enemy’s life, and I
want it to work as soon as possible, so I drink the poison myself.
There’s often a common, misguided logic behind our judgments,
especially those we hold onto vehemently. In my effort to get back at the
person who offended me, I swallowed the poison of un-forgiveness—
only I’m the one who feels its effects. Choose to forgive and immediately
the world will be a better place. It may even smell better.Choose. Life is not random chance. It is based on the divine ability to choose.

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I did not like the migration part of globalization until I changed my perspective. I like that we can order something from another country and have it in a few days. Globalized trade is a wonderful event.  It provides information and goods instantly or overnight. I like traveling, seeing and meeting people from other cultures. Having them walk by my house every now and then was bugging me so I found reason to criticize their presence. I am happy to find Recognizing God’s hand in the migration process puts a human face on each person and each encounter is an opportunity to show love.

Learning to embrace diversity takes time and effort and the free market has paid for shipping. Globalization should say thank you to the free market because enterprise records record trillions as motivation. The motivation for globalization is often attributed to economics.  Because men are motivated to increase in wealth the road is paved to spread the gospel.  Now if the free market had a conscience some of the profits could be used to help the poor.  Migration is God’s idea for man and mandate. God told man to go subdue the earth and populate the earth right after creating man. Look it up in Genesis.

Globalization has two roots. One is rooted in that God is good and is motivated by love and the other root is that God is evil, keeps information from man and will wipe man out because of an anger problem. One root will take you to every part of the world to embrace diversity and the other recycles man back to Babel (tower of Babel)and conformity.  The conformity of Babel was that all bricks and every element of society would be the same. Total control is required for conformity, so, no, no one would be leaving the brick yard to fulfill God’s mandate. Building is never wrong but building because of Nimrods secret agenda of socialism will get your language confused as it did in Genesis 11.

Man decides to follow God’s unseen mandate after Babel and goes to different parts of the world. This first exercise in globalization also carried with it the lie that God was evil and may create a flood to kill you at whim. Today’s events and marketing still reflect the phenomenon of global migration. This clash of cultures allows Christians in the market place to present God as a good nature soul that He is, many still do not see God as good. At every point in history the church is called to embrace and speak to those caught in the tidal wave of globalization, particularly forced migration.  Interaction in the market place, helping the poor and the stranger among us as defined by Leviticus 19:34 are all positive aspects to sharing faith. (The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.) Simple acts of kindness and personal relationships are still powerful ways to share Christian love.

A negative part of Global migration is that the strangers among us may have no intention of becoming one of us but have arrived to subvert society as it is known. If that is the case then to practice hospitality as defined by Leviticus and Romans 12:13 would be a display of foolishness. (contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.)

Many fear globalization because the anti-christ may use global connectivity to control all men.  It is too soon to tell and language barriers can be assimilated so keep your eyes open.  God definitely wants to use globalization so a delegation from every tribe, tongue and nation will arrive to sing a song to the Lord saying, “Worthy is the Lamb” as defined in Rev.5:9. Revelation, Philippians, Romans and many other books refer to all peoples knowing our global God and worshiping Him.

If immigrants are here to subvert American culture then the most patriotic thing to do is share the gospel. A revival of traditional Christian values is the most effective tool to fight demoralization. Moral societies do not crumble from immigration; they give them a job and make a few bucks. Speaking about making a few bucks, click on the link and buy my book.


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