Friday, December 20, 2019

Good Morning: An Open Heart Surgery Story: The Aftershocks

Good Morning
By Craig M. Szwed

10 Days After Open Heart Surgery: Today is finally discharge day (copyright: 2019-12-20).

4 days ago, I woke up feeling a bit like someone hit by a bus, but who was starting to shake it off.

3 days ago, I sort of felt like a dog that had been hit and started to run away from the scene, limping.

Yesterday, I was like a guy and his dog who had both gotten hit, but gotten up and were already starting to shake off the injuries,  looking to all bystanders as if the cheering should start. 

Today, I woke up like cat that you might have seen clipped hard by a fast moving taxi. (The cat gets thrown further into traffic.) After much noise, glimpses of the cat, and its ricocheting off numerous wheels in various directions, the cat flies though the air one last time, coughed up by traffic onto the city park grass.

Onlookers think the cat must be dead after seeing it pass through that intense pinball-like meatgrinder.
The cat lays there, looking the part, and even pigeons drift by to test-peck it, but they feel a detectable pulse.

Finally, the cat (eyes yet closed) realizes it is still alive and takes deepening test breaths. Its memories, like nearby traffic, rush past the cat's wakening brain, it starts to twitch, teasing the onlookers. Yet, even like waiting for an hourglass to pass its last, scarcely noticeable, few grains for the hour, the cat doesn't spring and run.

Reset after such mental resets, the cat tries to waken, to get its bearings, until finally it starts to stir.

With its reeling mind and body, finally, starting, again, to assimilate some of the thoughts and feelings of the whole incident, the cat's eyes open and it begins the long process of checking itself and its surroundings, taking slow careful stock, starting the cleaning process and reassessments preparing me for that proverbial earthly "life number 9" .

Saturday, October 12, 2019

God Defines Sexual Perversion

Leviticus 18:1-30
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.
3  After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.
4  Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.
5  Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.    
6  None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.
7  The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
8  The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.
9  The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.
10  The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.
11  The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
12  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.
13  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.
14  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.
15  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
16  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.
17  Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.
18  Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.    
19  Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.
20  Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.
21  And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
22  Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
23  Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
24  Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25  And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
26  Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:
27  (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)
28  That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
29  For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
30  Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God. 

Have you been caught up in things that God says are sexual perversion? 

Let Jesus Christ set you free from sin, to serve Him in Truth and give you an eternal and joyful home with Him.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Global Warming, Guns, & Sin

I'm asking the reader to be rational and honest; to put aside feelings, preconceptions, and prejudices. Please, be honest with yourself and God as you answer these questions.

Isn't it completely irrational for people to blame human beings for messing up the weather with their claims that humanity and our life styles are prime drivers of global warming, while we are yet emerging from a great ice age? While they blame humanity for global warming, yet many of those same people also blame inanimate objects (guns) for violence and crime? How inconsistent and illogical is that?

Who or what are those same illogical fault finders going to blame if another ice age starts to return on the same grand scale as before it began receding?

Why are people blaming people for the continued and expanding thawing of continent covering ice that started thousands of years ago, before people had any control over fossil fuels, and before there were billions of people on this Earth?

Do those same complainers and blamers want to return to the life threatening Little Ice Age of the 17th through late 18th centuries, before the great flush of modern industrial influences that they all blame today? What irrational contortions must one entertain to arrive at the modern clamor naming people as the primary cause of ongoing global warming? Their historically inaccurate view of global weather patterns and human history warrants serious reprimand.

But, since they do blame people as the main driver of global warming, instead of recognizing the inanimate natural cycles of Earth, Sun, and volcanism as the major influences on global warming, why are those same people not blaming the human sin nature for crime and violence, instead of blaming inanimate guns that have no control over themselves?

It only stands to reason that if they refuse to find that natural causes predominantly drive global warming, then they must also find that inanimate things, in and of themselves, do not maim or kill people. If they are going to insist that global warming is primarily the fault of humanity, then they must also blame human sin for crime and violence. Yet, they fail to obey their own logic in either direction. Why?

God's Word says that people love their own sin so much that they worship themselves and their own sin, and that the god of sin has blinded them. People look for all sorts of things to blame because they don't want to deal with their sin the way that God commands us to repent of sin and accept the holy blood that His Christ shed to redeem us from our sin.

God has provided only one way of salvation, and that is only in and through His Christ, Jesus. "For there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved."

Read John and Romans in the Bible, for yourself, that you should be fully convinced, for we shall all answer to God Almighty, either clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, or naked and ashamed in our sin. You s shall not be able to blame anyone for your choice for it is yours alone to make.

God bless you to repent and receive Jesus, before it's too late!

Monday, July 15, 2019

God Condemns All Murders that We Call Abortions

Exodus 1:15-21
15  And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
16  And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
17  But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
18  And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?
19  And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
20  Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
21  And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

This is a righteous condemnation of US abortion laws, whereby tens of millions of our own babes have been and continue to be pre-meditatedly murdered. It should NOT be of any surprise to Bible believers that God allows other nations, cultures, and even false religions to migrate here to replace or displace us, so long as idolatrous US citizens continue to approve and assist the murder of our own nation’s children?

Repent and be saved, before it is too late to change where you are choosing to spend eternity.

Right here and now, YOUR eternal destiny depends on YOU making the decision to repent and trust God's only Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, who suffered, bled, died, and resurrected Himself to show you, and the rest of us, the way of eternal life, God's victory over sin and death. 

Take responsibility for your life and decisions, right now, and stop blaming God or His Word for your own sinful decisions. YOU are the only one who can decide if you are going to accept or reject God's only offer of salvation to all people for all time. YOU are in charge of whether you go to Hell or Heaven, by the decision you make about whether to believe on and live in God's Christ, Jesus. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Where Does It Hurt? How Do You Deal With Your Pain?

Do your joints or muscles hurt?
Do you have migraines?
Is your heart broken over some grievous loss?
Is your mind troubled by earthly woes and cares?
Are you feeling overloaded by everything that life seems to throw at you?
Is your spirit or soul troubled by the life you live or the world around you?
Have you lost your joy?
Are you chasing happiness and fun, yet feeling life is pointless?
Have you become frustrated and angry by not getting the things you want, when you want?
Does it seem that no matter what you do, of right or wrong, that others get away with things for which you get punished, or they gain what you lose?

Every ache, pain, suffering, loss, gain, joy, sorrow, shall all be dealt with by God, both now and eternally. The ONLY way for us to effectively cope with the trials of this one life that we are given is to accept and surrender to the ONE WAY that God has provided for dealing with all things in this life. God says, "Casting all your care on Him; for He careth for you." (1 Peter 5:7). Who is that HIM upon whom we are to cast all our care, all our suffering, all our pain, all our longing? And what about what must we do to deal with the exceedingly great weight of our sin in every one of our lives?

The ONLY way for any of us to be saved and to have a positive eternal outlook can and shall survive God's scrutiny is that we MUST accept, trust, and surrender to God's biblical way of salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that the Bible did not invent God, but God gave us the Bible as THE one Owner's Manual for human existence. We are not our own, but we have been bought with the price of the blood of Christ Jesus. We deal with that by, either, choosing to reject Him and His salvation, OR we choose, in repentance and faith, to allow Him to have His way with our lives.

God's biblical way is the only open door that He offers to us; the ONLY one that God has EVER offered to humanity. IF we refuse to repent of our sin and step through that door that He offers to us, we shall have chosen to reject Him. Neglect, by default, is just another form of rejection. By neglecting and rejecting God's Christ, we snub the ONLY true friend we shall ever have for all eternity; the ONLY One who ever submitted to public torture, bloodshed, and death on our behalf.

By repenting of our sin, stepping out in faith, choosing and inviting Jesus Christ into our lives, we cross an eternal line that we shall never be required to cross again. By repentance and faith, we move our of the family of evil and sin (wherein we had attempted to deny or work toward God). By choosing Jesus Christ's salvation over all other earthly things and all other spiritual things, we shall have moved, by faith alone, into the family of God through our faith in the righteous blood, suffering, death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, who chose to take our place and our suffering on Himself, so that we could choose eternal life with Him instead of choosing eternal suffering.

Are you tired of a life of hopelessness and suffering? Let Jesus Christ bring His Life, Light, Peace, Joy, Patience, and purpose into this life that you find so distasteful.

Who is this Jesus? click here to find out
What do God the Father, Jesus Christ, and Their Holy Spirit all want from you? click here to find out
What happens to those who continue to neglect and reject God's peace offering and salvation? only lost people willing to repent will want to know about this truth

IF you still think that you are too sinful to be saved, remember that Jesus did not come here to save good people, "for there is none righteous, no not one." He hates all of our sin, but He loves us and gave Himself in our place, taking our punishment on Him, so that we can choose to have eternal life in and through Him... IF we will simply repent of our sin and accept HIM as the ONLY One who gave Himself in our place to pay for all of our sin, for He ALONE has already done that. It can never be undone. We MUST choose His offer of His salvation in this one life that He gives to us, for that offer only lasts until our earthly body dies, as He says, " it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment...." Do not continue to choose to waste your life in sin or on sin. Choose Christ Jesus and His way, that you might will to live in and with Him forever. Amen.

I want to see you with Jesus, able to enjoy His blessed company forever.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Have You Ever Noticed...?

We've almost all heard someone say, that, the older they get the faster time goes.

Have you ever noticed that the faster our technologies accelerate, and the more robotically controlled our customer services become, that, our human waiting lines and on-hold phone delays feel like they are getting longer and longer, as we lose touch with the people around us?

Do you remember the electronic guru mantra, that, "Computers are going to save paper and trees!"?

Ever notice how easy it is for anyone to make almost any computer-printer "dynamic duo" spit out volumes or tons of paper? Just like in fairy tales, once upon a time, people counted paper sheets, carefully planning their art and literary and business endeavors. What happened to true conservation and true conservatism?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Some of the People Whom God Says Hate Him and His Word

With any honest personal examination of the Bible and of ourselves, we must admit that we have exercised ourselves in at least one, if not many of the following lists of sinful things about which God warns us. That means that we are already guilty before the ONLY righteous and holy God. Therefore, we MUST repent and return unto the LORD God through and in His Christ, Jesus, before it is too late for us, for there are no second chances after this body dies; lest we die in our sin, having chosen to live in sin and in eternal damnation. Our natural inclinations are to just follow our own hearts, to "do our own thing", as the hippies used to say. 

Jesus made it clear that THAT natural inclination is the path to hell and eternal suffering, NOT the way to God or eternal peace and joy. In John, Chapter 14, verses 5 through 7, when (doubting) "Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 
6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Romans 1:17-32
17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;    
19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

Revelation 22:14-15
14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 

Don't deceive and cheat yourself out of peace with God Almighty. Get saved. Be born again of God's Word and Spirit. Don't stay lost in the world and its corruption. The choice IS yours, and ONLY YOURS. God does NOT want you to suffer eternally, but if you choose to neglect or reject His ONLY salvation that He offers to you through the Lord Jesus Christ, then YOU shall have chosen to go to eternal death and suffering in the lake of fire that burns without ceasing, for there is no relief there. Jesus, God in the flesh, also warned us about that, in Luke 16:19-31.