Monthly Archives: July 2018

Using Isaiah 54:17 to “Beat the Devil:” Part One

Hi Friends:

Oh boy …

This is probably the most unlikely example of using this verse from Isaiah you’ll ever read, but, if one of the ideas of a “blog” is to write about personal experiences … here goes …

All I can say is that what I am sharing helped me … so I know it can help someone else …

Here’s the full verse:
 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17

That’s a good one, right there!

When was the last time you read this verse?
When was the last time you heard this verse?
When was the last time you used this verse?
When was the last time you heard someone speak this verse?
When was the last time you spoke this verse?

You just never know …

How often I’ve written that God will use “every means necessary” to speak to you, to reach you.

It is still true:
God will use every means necessary to speak to you. To reach you.

So many times, I’ve seen a billboard, a bumper sticker, a poster hanging on a wall, or “just happened” to overhear a piece of conversation, as people walked by, which was exactly what I needed to see or hear. I don’t go to the movies very often, but God has spoken to me during a movie … even while watching television …
Note that, often, God will provide a “sign” to confirm something I have been sincerely praying about (yes, often, that means, something I have been sincerely “worried” about).

The reason why is simple:
God dwells inside of me.
He speaks to me.
I speak to Him.
I need to speak to Him more.
I want to hear from Him more.

One of the reasons why God can speak to us in any given environment is because, yes, regardless of where I am, He is there, too.
Like you, I could say something like, “Man … I wish I hadn’t taken Him there …”

Remember that, yes, God is with us wherever we go. And, He is fully capable of speaking to us at any time … any place …
As Andy Rooney might say, “Why is that?”
It’s simply, because, God is with us. Yet, digging even deeper, let’s remember the reason Jesus came to where we were …

Because we could not get to where He was …

God speaks to us because He “goes to where we are.”
That’s why there is no place we can go that God can not reach.
That’s why there is no place we can go that God is not willing to go … to reach us …

Jesus meets us “where we are.”
Not where we should be.
Not where we are supposed to be.
Often, not where anyone should be.
That’s why He is so great and so awesome a Savior.
He is the Savior of the world.
Period.
We could not get to where He was.
So, He had to come to where we were.

Guess what?
His goal/purpose is to have us go back to where He is.

Jesus has goals?
Jesus has purpose?

Jesus came to “seek and to save those who are lost.”
To do that, He had to go where “the lost” were/are.
This was/is His purpose.
This is His goal.

He won’t “get to us” until He “gets to” us.
Wherever we are, that’s where He must go.

Paramount to this discussion is this:
Often, we go to where He doesn’t want us to go.
This would be the same places where He doesn’t want to go … But, He has to …
He still has to “make the trip.”
The only way to “reach us” is to reach us.
Regardless of where we are.

Goal?
Once He reaches us, we’ll never want to go there again.
That, friends, is “the goal.”

It looks like a “Part Two” is coming up.
I never did explain the title, did I?
I planned to, but this was what I had to write for now.

I hope this blesses you.

By the way, I love the book of Isaiah. When I was going through the worst period of my life, God took me to 1st and 2 Peter, and then the book of Isaiah. Even today, just turning to the book of Isaiah brings strong emotion … I read from there often, and hope you do, too.

God’s Word is so good, and I am so glad that He can reach me with it, regardless of where I am …

I’ll explain the title next time … or, at least that’s the plan …

Not up to me …
I’m so glad God gave me this.
I want to hear from Him more.

Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

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NFL (No Flag Loyalty): My Newest, Biggest Fear: “God Bless America”

Hi Friends:

Like most of you … “I never thought I’d see the day” when individuals, who make an incredible amount of money to play a game, to be allowed to “get rich and famous” by playing this game …
would not stand to honor the very Country which makes such a thing possible …
I also find it hard to believe this is still an issue …

While enjoying this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game … I got this wild idea … actually a wild thought … then a wild vision …

As I appreciated the pre-game ceremonies, in particular the honoring of the United States Medal of Honor recipients ….
And, then … when the game was halted in the seventh inning for “all to stand and honor America by the singing of ‘God Bless America’” … I got this vision …
What if?
What if:

What if … the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) decides, like Major League Baseball, to stop play (maybe at the beginning of the 4th Quarter?) for the singing of “God Bless America?”

Allow that to sink in for a moment:

What if the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) decides, like Major League Baseball, to stop play for the singing of “God Bless America.”

What would be the results?
Riots?
Networks quickly cutting away for a few more beer commercials?
Would teams just go to the locker room at the end of the 3rd Quarter, and not come out until after the song is sung?

Are we getting to the point where the “stand for the Anthem” issue would be included in part of a player’s contract?

Did I just see a news blip (across the screen of ESPN network) that the “Anthem Issue” would be part of a new player agreement? Can this be?

To repeat two points we’ve made during this entire “controversy:”
If they don’t stand for our flag … Whose flag do they stand for?
If they don’t support our Veterans and Military … who’s Veterans and Military do they stand for?
If it’s not just about them … Why do they remove their helmets as they kneel?

Remember, “In honor and respect of our country, and the men and women who bravely serve to protect our freedoms, we ask that you please stand and remove your hats for the singing of our National Anthem …”
So, if it’s not just about them … why do they remove their helmets?
Who’s Flag, Veterans, and Military do they stand for?

Last year, after the “controversy,” it was painfully obvious that the networks purposely stopped airing the playing of the Nation Anthem, which was a staple, for example, on Thursday nights …

So, if the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) stadiums start singing “God Bless America” at, say, the beginning of the 4th quarter … do they also purposely not air that?

Would a solution be, to continue the appearance that the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) supports such a bold move … to have the performance of “God Bless America” during half-time?
That way, they’d be “off the hook;” the networks would simply not show the performance … just as they do now, for The Anthem.

I don’t know … why is it ok to show the Anthem during the Super Bowl, but not other games?  

I won’t change.
I can’t.
My Father-in-law was buried with full military honors.
The flag was draped across his coffin.
My Father was buried with full military honors.
The flag was draped across his coffin.
I received the “In Honor” Pin at his funeral, which I still proudly wear.
The last Funeral Service I attended was for a dear friend, who was a 20-year Veteran.
Full military honors.
The flag draped across his casket.

I’m free.
Because of them.
And, those like them.

Yeah … I’ll stand.

Are there things I believe are “wrong” in our country?
Are there things I believe need to be changed?
Are there things I should protest against?
Sure.
I guess I’m doing that now.

I just don’t think that disrespecting our flag, our country, my Father-in-law, my Father, my good friend, and all those others who have served, and are serving now, is the way to do it.
However, I guess … if I did not respect our flag, if I did not respect our country, if I did not respect my Father-in-law, if I did not respect my Father, if I did not respect those who have served, and who serve now …
If there was another country I would stand for, if there was another military I would stand for, if there were other veterans I would stand for … then, I guess I would have to not stand, wouldn’t I?

Yes, it is a choice.
I get that.
My Father-in-Law had choices.
My Father had choices.
My close friend had a choice.
All those who have served, and still serve, also had choices.
I choose to honor their choices.

I’ll stand.
What other flag could I stand for?

I have to stand.
I’m an American.
An American citizen.

And, every day, I pray that God will bless America.
I can’t believe that I am here thinking … here in America … even thinking that I hope that someone will not … will not … suggest that the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) have a moment during a game to have a performance of “God Bless America.”
Can I really be thinking that here in America?
Land that I love?

Can you image the uproar if someone suggested such a thing?
Asking to sing, publicly at an NFL (No Flag Loyalty) game, “God Bless America?”
In the middle of a football game?
I mean … I guess it’s ok to sing this during a baseball game … but … to sing this during a football game???
Can you imagine??

Please … don’t suggest this!!!
I mean, if they feel this way about our flag … how would they react about God?
I mean, if it’s ok to disrespect our flag, our country, our military, including those who have died defending our freedom …

Well … you get the idea.

God HAS Blessed America.

Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Real Men/Real Brave: The Kind of Men Who Signed our Declaration of Independence

Real men.
Real brave.

56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.
What sort of men were these?
24 were judges and lawyers.
9 were farmers and plantation owners.
11 were merchants.
The remaining 12?
They were doctors, ministers, and politicians.

Personal note: “Politicians” were in the minority … Commonly, they are listed as the last “group.”
One, as you’ll discover, served in Congress without pay.

They were all educated … “men of means” … and, all knew that signing this document put their lives … their property … their “means” … in jeopardy …

These 56 men were willing to sacrifice everything … to insure our freedom.

Please hear the story of Thomas Nelson, Jr.
The Governor of Virginia.
He signed it.
Then, lived it.
I’m not sure when we started calling certain citizens, like politicians and judges, “honorable,” or adding “The Honorable” to their titles, but … please hear the story of Virginia Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr …
The Honorable Thomas Nelson, Jr.

At the end is a full list of all 56 signers.
56 men.
Real men.
Real brave.
Real heroes.
Real Americans.
Real statesmen.
United Statesmen.

Produced by “Clear Glass Productions.”

“I am thankful to have this time … not to look at what we’ve become … but, to look back at what we were …”
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Paul Harvey: The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

“The price for this freedom has been high … but we have never been unwilling to pay that price … We must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women …”
President Ronald Reagan

“I, Paul Harvey, do herewith bequeath unto you, something to remember.You may not be able to quote one line from the Declaration of Independence … henceforth, you’ll always be able to quote at least one line …
These men … they considered liberty more important than security … they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor … and they fulfilled their pledge … they paid the price …”