Perception!!! Is it real?

perception.jpg1What if the real problem in America is perception?

We have many problems: money, education, immigration, terrorism, and our many laws and crooked politician that control the press. These are all big problems that create lawlessness.

It does not stop there because people are educated and conditioned based on the wrong perception. .

We have poor people crying out for what they are unwilling to work for, Students with a better understanding of socialism then how to fill out a resume and preachers afraid of politicians who promise utopia type answers. Are politicians the answer? No! Perception is…

“Perception?” Yes we need to change it because,

All of these factors create the perception that we will crumble like Rome. We are doomed beyond repair and will burn to the ground, unless we get the right politician. The politicians can fix it, right? Wrong, politics are not the answer, perception is.

I am not discounting our problems or that we need civil government.

When things go wrong in society the government will then have a reason to pass more laws and restrict more freedom. After all, they have to do something to justify their existence. They often fix the problems they create by twisting perception.

The perception of doom and gloom is real and has the ability to incite fear in the hearts of men. Focusing on destruction and believing that, “anything that could go wrong will go wrong” will produce many things going wrong. Murphy’s Law does work but ask the question, are we doomed to the process of entropy (endless decay)?  Can it be stopped? We started it so…

Well what do we do, because we are in trouble? How does perception change?

Your Chaplain has done some research just for you.

The answer may be found in colonial American history and we must look at the Culpeper minutemen.

Culpeper County, Virginia had an interesting group of men.  They had the Bill of rights written on their hearts and shirts way before it was written down in Philadelphia. Because of this commitment to freedom we have freedom of thought. They were not politically correct to say the least.

Many do not realize that only 20 percent of the colonists were committed to the fight for freedom. In Culpeper County there was 100 percent commitment.

Baptist and Methodist Clergy helped with this commitment and fought alongside the Culpeper minutemen. This kind of commitment sparked and kept alive the fight against tyranny. These men pledged their lives, bled and some died for the perception that freedom, liberty was possible. Their choice for liberty or death was made because they perceived liberty possible. They did not hold an image of destruction for the future in their minds but synchronized their thoughts and prayers around a common vision for freedom.

Why is this perception important for today?

Because…

Perception has the ability to create reality.

There is one other thing to consider. We need to do what John Locke said to do, “Appeal to Heaven.” “In God we trust” is not just a token phrase making us look good.  And “God bless America” is not just a nice traditional song, it is a solemn prayer. Trusting in our Holy Scriptures and books is where colonial men found the vision and perception of freedom. Earnestly appealing to the God of Creation is in our founding documents. This is in our veins as Americans, as free Americans. Let’s be who we are.

Last poll said 63 percent of American have an understanding of faith.

What if 20 percent or more, had a vision of America becoming great beyond anything in the past? Not because a politician says it but because our appeal to heaven can make it a reality. I am not against a politician saying that. It is the ones saying we need more restrictions that concern me. What if this really could happen?  What if there were 100 million new millionaires? What would that do for the homeless and jobless?

The socialistic controlled media wants the rich person to share what they worked for with someone who has no desire to work. What if this is the wrong perception and the correct one is for more people to get wealthy so they can hire more people and spend more money? When people are successful other people believe they can be successful to.

Can we do it?

Did 20 percent of the colonist stand up against incredible odds and win because they had a perception of something different? Yes they did and the answer to America’s problems can be found simple by people joining around the banner that we can be great again. The perception that this can happen will make it happen. Some may call this faith because they would be looking at things that are not fully seen except with the eyes of the heart. 

On the other(left) hand,

The fear based perception that we can become a police state could make that happen also.

 What is your choice and perception for America?

Is it more wealthy people or everyone equally poor?

When people synchronize around a common belief and vision, it can become a reality. The truth is, we are not divided, we are not weak, and we do not hold any race back. We are led to believe that.   A person’s perception can stop progress and create self-fulfilling prophecies that are self-inflicted. When a society has a vision for collapse it makes it easier for a society to be destabilized. When a society has a vision for greatness, greater success and influence for good, the culture will rise together toward greatness. The nation is very capable of forgiveness and unity. It is necessary for communication and lots of business.20 percent led the fight for freedom. 20 percent can change the outcome so that we can become greater than ever.

 Perception of the reality of this greatness is actually, the answer for America. 1 (2)

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Is there Hope for America?

Is there hope?

Some say no. Politicians betray us, students can’t figure right from wrong, media is sold out, and mass shooting seems like, just another day.

Is there hope?

I rebel against conformity so for me there is hope. For those who conform, it is not looking good. Here is why.

People who study economics predict the future of America with Venezuelan clarity.

Those who study social scientists recognize cultural Marxism and can point to American demise with politically correct confidence.

The K.G.B. has said there work is done in the U.S. and we will now destroy ourselves from within.

A casual look down south makes it look like we are sitting ducks, to be shot, in a timely manner, with our own guns, by infiltrators, so the government controlled media can gain emotional support against criminals,… NO against guns.

Guns killing people is the same as matches burning down houses, cars causing accidents.

This defies logic so there must be a reason for collecting guns. Hitler offers insight, “to conquer a nation you must first collect the guns.”

I say rebel against hopelessness and look inward to find hope. Everyone is moved by what they see and things look hopeless so it is time to change where we look for hope. What is interesting about those who rebel against restricting social structure and tyrants is where they find hope.

This implies there is hope. Yes there is hope.

For those who identify with God there is always hope.  God’s unchanged Word is a constant source for hope.

American history shows how a combination of faith in God and love for a free land gave hope. This is patriotism. It still runs in our veins so there is hope for America. Maybe we can feed hope if we look where the founding fathers looked? It was in a book they memorized. It said on the front, “Holy Bible.”

Hope can be found among people of like mind.  As long as I have family, friends and buddies in the military who call on God there is hope. God is Love, long-suffering and answers prayers. Because men and women in America call on God is evidence that God is not finished with America.

Take Hope. Yes you will need to take hope. Take hope and stay aware of what is going on and take responsible action directed by the Holy Spirit. A Christian should recognize this as part of their lifestyle.

Without making this political, we need a president who understands we must stop immigration temporarily. We need a strong president who knows how to make money, handle debt and the importance of a strong military. Any other kind of president will create social unrest, bring in combatants to reinforce ISIS cells already pinpointed by F.B.I. and collapse the economy.

Let’s choose awareness and responsible action based on scriptural hope. Take hope. Men and women are praying for America. Let’s join them. Lift up our eyes and take hope.

1 (2) Chaplain Joseph A. Nosak

Three Shorts

A Choice:

It was hard to reach the first limb. I had to stand on my tippy toes and barely got two fingers over the curve of the branch. But I made it, after jumping, shimming up the trunk and pulling with all my strength. I finally got to the first limb and looked up at the other limbs. They were all arranged like stairs. Looking through the spiral I could see the top.

This climb would not be like the chestnut tree. It had a deep crevice in the trunk and they had to call the fire department to get my foot out of it. Why did I climb it anyway? I had never seen anyone climb the chestnut tree or any tree for that matter. The chestnuts fell by themselves and the limbs, the leaves, and the bark all tasted funny. I ran and hid when my foot fell free, didn’t even say thanks.

Sitting in the maple tree was comfortable. The little sticks tasted good and it had a place to rest your back. Mom said maple syrup came out of it, the leaves were big with veins and the seeds made whirly birds. The maple tree was my biggest challenge so I reached up and before long I was high enough to look in our second story window. No one was looking out and that was a good thing because the fire truck thing was pretty embarrassing. There was no point in staying there or waiting for permission, that I would not get, so climbed up, above and beyond the top of the house. It was wonderful and easy to climb but at the top the branches thinned out and had a lot of bend in them. I looked down from the top and could see the path I would take if I fell. I almost got afraid but decided not to fall. I decided not be afraid and all fear left.  Then I looked up and with some sort of strange abandonment for my safety swayed back and forth in the top of the tree. I bent the top of that tree to the limit going back and forth and back and forth.  The thought came, “this little stick could break and then you would fall.”  I realized that was true so climbed down. I left fear and it did not follow. I didn’t realize the tremendous power our choices have. Five year old kids don’t realize stuff like that.

A Voice:

He was a little Italian man and not much to look at. His wife had moved on and up while the children somehow drifted apart fussing over who would get the bigger property. He wasn’t even in the grave yet and they were already fighting. Brother DeAndre went somewhere in his mind when all this happened. It was painful to say the least.  He had built two churches in Italy and two in the United States and pastored them.  He worked for his dream and was a wise steward of resources. His children skipped church and many other opportunities to show kindness and follow his path so we will not remember them.

I met Brother DeAndre while building a deck for a nice Italian Attorney who rescued him from the psychiatric ward.  They still used shock treatment there.  He called to me from across the deck and I moved quickly to be face to face with him. He said, “young man, do you know what God wants from you?” Although I was standing in front of years of acquired wisdom I felt compiled to present an answer. I got out my mental flipchart of possible answers, shut it down and decided to politely say, “no brother DeAndre what does God want from me?” His finger approached my nose along with, “God wants you to obey everything He tells you.” Then Brother DeAndre told me about Noah, the Ark and how obedience meant salvation for the whole family. I knew the story and accepted it as true so went back to work while our Pastor went for an 87 year old walk up the street. Upon returning he summonsed me again, “young man, do you know what God wants from you?” I didn’t get out my flipchart but did think maybe he was losing it after all, so answered politely, “No what does God want from me?” The story was repeated and I thought it was a nice coincidence until it happened again. This time the matching questions spoke to my heart and I realized Brother DeAndre was terribly misunderstood, was in a lot of pain yet somehow remained available to bring a message to me as if from God Himself. The pointed finger asked, “Young man, do you know what God wants from you?” “Obey everything He tells you and don’t forget about Noah.” I left reasoning and let the words sink in. What did God want? He never told me anything so I guess I am ok. God does not talk to me. He talks to others, well they say He does. What does God want? I was truly challenged. My thoughts were interrupted when brother DeAndre said, “promise me one thing, and don’t ever a curse.” I said sure but did not curse anyway so what did that mean? Something inside carried the conversation forward by saying “don’t ever speak and curse the vision of completeness that is inside because of Christ.” I pondered it in my heart.

A Vision:

She was 97. This immigrant to America lived in a bootlegger’s house, out lived all her relatives, and only wanted one thing. I said, “Aunt Lilly, do you have any more dreams that you want to see come to pass?” She smiled and said in her strong Polish accent, “Honey, I want to go see Andrew.”  Andrew and Lilly were married after WWI and shortly after Lilly could see herself owning a farm. Everyone said she was crazy but somehow Lilly knew if she could see it, she could have it. Owning and operating a farm requires a lot of work and Lilly could see herself bringing in the hay, milking the cows, planting apple trees, fixing fences, making a pond, digging a well, she did it all because she could see herself working for what she could see.

She told me about coming to America, working in the silk factories till her hands ran bloody, her father dying in the coal mines and being alone in a new Country with a dream of having a farm. One day Lilly and Andrew drove by a little farm house that belonged to a bootlegger. She could see herself living there in spite of Andrews protests because of the condition of the roof. The bootlegger got in trouble and Lilly paid him cash for 400 acres, a barn and the house where we were sitting. She said “Honey, if you want something you got to work for it.” She pointed toward the apple trees and said, “Honey, do you know who planted those apple trees?” “I did” she answered, I planted the trees, I picked the apples and I baked the pie.” “Have another piece of pie honey and honey if you want something you have to work for it.” Lilly is with Andrew now but her life lessons remain, “if you can see it and are willing to work for it, you can have it.”

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Chaplain Joseph A. Nosak

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