Knight Grand Cross
Saturday, 4 July 2009
July 4, 2009 A.D.
When I was very young we did not do the fireworks thing, but as I grew I began to see what I had missed all those years.I remember one year we were going to north Georgia and we came upon a small town with bands, parades and hotdogs. It was a small town celebration and it brought tears to my eyes to see the patriotism that is so missed today.Many times I have gone to see the fireworks and watched the eyes of the little ones and seen them get frightened by the noise; it is during those times that we can be thankful that we have not seen a war here in our homeland. We have had many years of freedom yet most the world still waits to have the freedom that all men deserve.I was moved the other day when I heard of the girl in Iran who gave her life for freedom. We, too often, take for granted what we have and are not filled with awe at the price some have paid for us.Maybe this year you will buy a flag and go put it on a hero’s grave and remember that they never got to have a family or grow old; make sure that the life they have given to you will not be wasted. We should, also, never forget that our forefathers gave us a freedom to practice our faith without fear of persecution and that most people in other counties envy us and our freedom. All of this made me think about how blessed we are in the land of the free and the home of the brave.God has given us so much and so many graces that it would take a lifetime to enjoy them all, so let’s make this Fourth of July a day of celebration and remembrance.Happy Fourth of July to all!
“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” 1 Peter 2: 13
~For His Glory, KC
You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Na Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray , Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the Medi-Vac helicopters to stop coming in.
You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it...
Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come..
He's coming anyway.
And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.
And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times...... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID .......
May God rest his soul.......
I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we sure were told a whole bunch of crap about Michael Jackson.
Medal of Honor Winner
Posted by KC
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Updated: Friday, 21 August 2009 12:54 AM EDT
Friday, 28 March 2008
"The Prince and the Dragon - A Parable"
Topic: The Dragon 2008
Adapted from: Reinicke, Melinda, "Parables for Personal Growth"
© San Diego, CA: Recovery Publications, Inc., 1993), pp 5-9
As quoted in Pure Desire, by Ted Roberts.
"The Prince and the Dragon - A Parable"
There was once a great and noble King whose land was terrorized by a wicked and crafty dragon. Like a massive bird of prey, the scaly beast delighted in ravaging villages with his fiery breath. Hapless victims ran from their burning homes, only to be snatched into the dragon's jaws or talons. Those devoured instantly were deemed more fortunate than those carried back to the dragon's lair to be devoured at his leisure.
The king led his sons and knights in many valiant battles against the serpent. Riding alone in the forest, one of the King's sons heard his name purred soft and low. Lost in thoughts of restlessness and loneliness in his father's house, the young prince thought for a moment that he was hearing things. He felt a strange hesitation in his heart. Again, his name was called. In the shadows of the ferns and trees, curled among the boulders, lay the dragon.
The heavy-lidded eyes of the creature fastened ablaze on the prince, and the reptilian mouth stretched into a seductive smile. "Don't be alarmed," said the dragon, as gray wisps of smoke rose lazily from his nostrils. "I am not what your father thinks of me." "What are you, then?" demanded the prince, instinctively drawing his sword as he pulled in the reigns to keep his frightened horse from bolting. "I am more than what you've been told, my prince," said the dragon unashamedly. "I am delight; I am pleasure." The prince answered nothing.
He was at once fascinated and somehow afraid of this beautiful creature. Noticing his hesitation, the serpent cried, "Ride on my back and you will experience what few can only imagine. What no King has yet experienced! Come now...believe me, I have no harmful intentions. Truly, I seek only a friend - someone to share my flights with me. I am lonely. You understand loneliness. Have you never dreamed of flying, my prince? Never longed to soar in the clouds? Never longed to take what isn't yours?"
The prince felt intoxicated. Was it the smoke that seemed to curl its way toward him with every word? Or was it the words themselves? Visions of soaring high above the forested hills of his father's kingdom drew the prince hesitantly from his horse. And the dragon was stunning - captivatingly beautiful. The prince had never seen emerald so green as the dragon's coat. As he marveled at its strange beauty, his curiosity brought him closer. Knowingly, the dragon unfurled one great webbed wing brilliantly adorned in gemstones stolen from some kingdom past.
The dragon delighted in stolen treasure. "Come, my prince. Come ride with me." In one fateful decision, the prince sheathed his sword and placed his hands and feet on the brilliant stones, climbing atop the emerald staircase to the serpent's back. The dragon rose immediately to its feet. The prince had been deceived of its size, for now it seemed far more powerful and immense than many horses.
The creature snapped its great wings twice launching them both into the sky. The prince's apprehension melted into exhilaration as he felt the awesome rule of the wind beneath him and the fragrant breeze on his face.... From then on, he met the dragon often, but secretly, for how could he tell his father or brothers or the knights that he had befriended the kingdom's greatest enemy? The serpent taught the Prince many wicked things.
At first, he was revolted and ashamed by them. But more and more he found himself obsessed, even captivated by his newfound secret. Quickly, the prince began to feel separate - from everyone. The kingdom's concerns were no longer his. Even when he wasn't stealing away secretly to be with the dragon, he spent less time with those he loved.
More and more, he spent his time alone or with the creature. The skin on the prince's legs began to callous from gripping the dragon's ridged back. His hands grew rough and hardened. He began wearing gloves to hide the malady. After many nights of riding he discovered scales growing on the backs of his hands as well. With dread he realized his fate were he to continue, and so he resolved to return no more to the dragon.
But, after a fortnight, he again sought out the dragon, having been tortured with desire. And so, in this way, it transpired many times over. No matter what the determination, the prince eventually found himself pulled back, as if by the cords of an invisible web. The dragon's charms, so gentle in the beginning, now held the prince more tightly than he had the will to resist. Silently, patiently, the serpent waited...always waited. One cold, moonless night their excursion became a foray against a sleeping village.
Torching the thatched roofs with fiery blasts from his nostrils, the dragon roared with delight when the terrified victims fled from their burning homes. Swooping in, the serpent belched again, and flames engulfed a cluster of screaming villagers. The prince closed his eyes tightly in an attempt to shut out the horror and the carnage, but he could not.
Sometimes, he even allowed himself to feel the old thrill. Then, in bitter remorse, his heart sinking in shame, he tried to hide himself. But the flames of the burning village lighted on his face. In the predawn hours, when the prince crept back from his dragon trysts, the road outside his father's castle usually remained empty. But not tonight. Terrified refugees streamed into the protective walls of the castle.
The prince attempted to slip through the crowd to close himself in his chambers, but some of the survivors stared and pointed toward him. "He was there," one woman cried out, "I saw him on the dragon's back!" Others nodded their heads in riotous agreement. Some only stared in disbelief and growing recognition.
Horrified, the prince saw that his father, the King, was in the courtyard holding a bloodstained and seemingly dead child in his arms; his face mirrored the agony of the child's mother. He looked up at the angry cries, and his eyes found the prince's. The son fled, hoping to escape into the night, but the guards apprehended him as if he were a common thief. They brought him to the great hall where his father sat solemnly on his throne. People on every side railed against the prince.
"Banish him!" he heard one of his own brothers cry out violently. "Burn him alive!" other voices shouted. "Let him burn the way he burned our children and our homes!" As the King arose from his throne, bloodstains shone darkly on his royal robes, and the crowd fell silent in expectation of his decree. The prince, who could not bear to look into his father's face, stared down at the flagstone floor. "Take off your gloves and your tunic," the King commanded.
Was his shame not already enough? The prince had hoped for a quick death without further humiliation. Now, he resigned himself to his fate. He obeyed slowly, agonizingly, dreading to have his metamorphosis uncovered before the kingdom. Sounds of revulsion rippled through the crowd, and parents covered their children's eyes at the sight of the prince's thick, scaled skin and the ridge now growing upward along his spine. Horrible! He was...could it be? The thought was so ghastly many turned away in disgust.
But the King strode toward his son. The prince steeled himself. He fully expected a back-handed blow even though he had never been struck so by his father. Instead, his father pulled him to himself, embraced him, holding him tightly...and wept.
In shocked disbelief, the prince buried his face against his father's shoulder in a way he hadn't done for too long. Tears began to burn down his scorched cheeks. "Do you wish to be freed from the dragon, my son?" The prince answered in despair, "Father, I've wished it so many times! But there remains no hope for me." "Not alone," said the King. "You cannot win against the serpent alone."
"I am no longer your son! I am half beast," sobbed the prince bitterly. He began to convulse in such cruel remorse that even the villagers pitied him. But his father replied, "My blood still runs in your veins.
My nobility has always been stamped deep within your soul." With his face still hidden tearfully in his father's embrace, the prince heard the King instruct the crowd, "The dragon is crafty. Some fall victim to his wiles, for he is a great deceiver. Some fall to his violence for he has only wickedness in his heart. There will be mercy for all who wish to be freed! Who else among you has ridden the dragon?"
The prince lifted his head to see someone emerge from the crowd. To his amazement, he recognized an older brother, one who had been lauded throughout the kingdom for his onslaughts against the dragon in battle and for his many good deeds.
Others came. Some came still smelling of the smoke and sweat from the carnage in the village. Some came weeping. Others hung their heads in shame.
The King embraced them all. "This is our most powerful weapon against the dragon," he announced.
"Truth. No more hidden flights. Alone we cannot resist him."
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,
but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
13 The woman Folly is loud;
she is undisciplined and without knowledge.
14 She sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by,
who go straight on their way.
16 "Let all who are simple come in here!"
she says to those who lack judgment.
17 "Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is delicious!"
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of the grave.
25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
or let her captivate you with her eyes,
26 for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread,
and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
Posted by KC
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Updated: Friday, 21 August 2009 12:35 AM EDT
Tuesday, 9 January 2007
A Knight of Our Age
Topic: Scroll 2007 A.D.
Scroll January 2007 A.D.
Character Counts, Manners Matter.
A Knight of Our Age
Surely character begins at home, and in Ford's case we know for certain that it began with his mother. Dorothy Gardner Ford was a strong and resourceful woman whose own character was tested at the age of twenty. She grew up in a warm, loving family in a small town in northern Illinois where her father prospered as a businessman and served as town mayor. In college Dorothy met the brother of her roommate, and fell in love with him. Leslie King was the blond, blue-eyed, charming son of a wealthy Omaha banker who also owned a stage-coach line and a wool business. On their honeymoon she discovered that she had made a tragic mistake. Her new husband struck her, not once but repeatedly. When they reached Omaha , where they were to live with his family, she found out that King was not only brutal, but a liar and a drunk. His outward charm concealed a vicious temper... She decided to leave King, but discovered she was pregnant. With the encouragement of King's mother and father, she decided to have the baby in Omaha , and did. On July 14, 1913, the thirty-eighth President of the United States was born in the mansion of his paternal grandfather, and named Leslie King, Jr... Unaccountably, a few days later, King came into his wife's room with a butcher knife and threatened to kill mother, child and nurse. Police were called to restrain him... Divorce was rare in 1913, but an Omaha court found King guilty of extreme cruelty, granted custody of the child to the mother, and ordered King to pay alimony and child support. King refused to pay anything... By good fortune, in her son's first year, Dorothy Gardner King met a man whose character matched and complemented her own. He was a tall, dark-haired, and amiable bachelor named Gerald R. Ford. By trade, Ford was a paint salesman; in the community he was respected as honest and hardworking, kind and considerate, a man of integrity and character--everythi ng Dorothy's first husband was not. The next year she married Jerry Ford and her two-year-old son grew up as Jerry Ford, Jr., believing his stepfather was his true father. By Jerry Ford, Sr., Dorothy had three more sons, and the Fords provided a strong combination of love and discipline. Ford house rule number one was: "Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time." Mother was a strict disciplinarian. She resolved that her oldest son must learn to control the hot temper he had inherited from King. When the boy raged in anger, she would try to reason with him, or send him to his room to cool off. During one episode, she had young Jerry memorize Kipling's poem "If." After that, she would have him recite it every time he lost his temper. Ford joined the Boy Scouts and attained that program's highest rank, Eagle Scott. He always regarded this as one of his proudest accomplishments, even after attaining the White House. In subsequent years, Ford received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in May 1970 and Silver Buffalo award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is the only US president who was an Eagle Scout.
As I reflect on the passing of our President Gerald Ford I am reminded that what will be remembered is the good that he did because that was who he was. He was called good old Gerry by his friends. He pardoned as president not only Nixon but he also pardoned Tokyo Rose, and many others who just needed to be forgiven. You know what better thing can a man do in his life than forgive? A few years ago I wrote to President Ford and thanked Him for his example to us all and asked for an autograph, they told me he was too sick to sign anything anymore but they sent me a letter of thanks which I treasure.
I pray that as we begin this New Year you will work first on your Character because that is what others will remember about you mostly. (Knight Commander Terry Lee Stair) January 2007 AD
Some of this was excerpted from an essay by James Cannon:
Posted by KC
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Updated: Friday, 21 August 2009 12:27 AM EDT
Monday, 10 April 2006
Topic: Scroll 2006 A.D.
April 2006 AD Update:
Well Praise to our God, our Son in-love and Daughter gave us our second Grandson. My wife is beaming and so are the parents. I just had another Birthday and it was grand, but I don’t like this getting older thing. Our work is going about the same we still are so busy with the prison ministry, the school and the church. I am also putting together more things to help improve our Order. It keeps me going full blast, and I covet your prayers. We hope you had a great Resurrection Day!
The Cure for Adolescent Behavior
By Pastor Pete Bertolero
The point here is that it was normative for young people to be formally and officially declared adults at the onset of puberty, and that up until 90+ years ago (it is 2002 at the time of this writing), they had the maturity level of 25-30 year olds. Take for instance Laura Engles Wilder, author of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRE. Men. Laura got married and started a job in 1882 as a schoolteacher. She was only 15 years old.15 year old girls were considered women then. 14-year-old boys were considered men. Kids were groomed to begin their careers at age 12 through the process of apprenticeship, which began around the age of 8. Many times, these 12 year olds were shipped off somewhere by the business that was hiring them. Many kids started school at the age of 8 and graduated at the age of 12. Teenagers didn’t play a lot because they were already in a trade. They were groomed from a young age to take life seriously. They were brought to early maturity in this way.
The Cause of Childhood Immaturity: Low Expectations
One of the biggest obstacles in bringing our children to early maturity is our ignorance about their capabilities at each stage of development. I heard someone once state that our children can be more handicapped by our low expectations than they are by their particular stage of development. Many times we limit our expectations based off of our acceptance of what pop psychology and pediatric communities tell us about our children. Their categories are usually revised annually, are unbiblical, and have succeeded in “dumbing down” the early maturity kids used to attain to less than 100 years ago. For example, were you aware that – · John Quincy Adams served in an Ambassadorial Post in the court of Catherine the Great in Russia, at the ripe old age of 14!
· In 1813, US Naval officer James Faragate assumed command of a captured British vessel. He was only 12 years old! He began his naval career at 9.
What is more, these are not examples of exceptions to the rule, but are typical examples of young adults of their day. Toddlers and pre-schooler’s were years beyond the youth of today. Willful two year olds and rebellious teens are more the creations of our modern secular approach to child training than to anything inherent in them. I know what Proverbs says about foolishness being bound up in the heart of a child. But that same verse tells us that the remedy isn’t to just remain passive and tolerant of their behavior because “they’re just children.” The rest of the verse says “but the rod of chastisement drives it away.” Did you know that just a few generations ago, 5 year olds were holding down jobs?
When Does a Child Become an Adult?
Physiologically, our society recognizes that teens become adults at 12 years of age. Prescriptions are filled out with adult dosages beginning at 12 years, affirming that their physical makeup is entering into adulthood. Ask a buffet or restaurant if they believe 12 year olds are adults. Their menus show that the cutoff point for kids meals is at 12-13 years of age. They know if they don’t make this the cut off point, they will start losing money (the way my kids ate at 12 years of age, the restaurant lost money even though they gave them adult portions; they even put buffets into bankruptcy!). At 12 years of age, their breath starts smelling bad, they get B.O. and their socks need to be burned. Intellectually, researchers have found that their minds have reached maximum capabilities in regard to abstract thinking. Piaget documented in great detail that 12 year olds are able to think on the intellectual plane of an adult (they are capable of learning the same things adults learn). Following this model, algebra and chemistry begin in the 9th grade because the minds of 9th graders have developed to the place where it can comprehend the abstract concepts advanced by this particular math. Adolescence, as a stage of development, was not recognized or validated in world history until over 90 years ago. Art work from the 1800’s never show 12 year olds playing. Only small children were depicted as being at play. During Jesus’ day, when a young son became 12 or 13 years of age, he became a Bar Mitzvah, and a young lady a Bat Mitzvah. These terms meant that they became adults. Bar Mitzvah was a term that meant “Son of the Law.” From that period onward, the young man was looked upon as a joint partner with his father in the family business. He was brought to the front of the synagogue on the Sabbath and was called upon to read from the Torah. This was the signal to the community to expect adult behavior from the young man and for the young man to assume his rightful place a s a responsible member of the community. This is not so today. Because of the myth of adolescence, teens today are far below their created potential, and are affirmed in their prolonged immaturity by the secular fields of psychological, sociological and cultural theories. The west lacks the contributing factors of a century ago that brought about early maturity in the youth of that day. The transitional period advanced by the myth of adolescence is largely responsible for creating a culture that has lowered its expectations concerning the maturity levels of children and youth. As a result, children and youth are living below their potential and maturity level. The Apostle Paul did not recognize the transitional period of adolescence. In 1 Corinthians 13:11 he addressed only two stages of development: childhood and adulthood. “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” Notice that Paul does not address any supposed intermediary period in this scripture. He saw the maturity process traveling along a continuum from childhood to adulthood. He also saw that the three areas of difference between childhood and adulthood: speech, thinking, and reasoning. This agrees with some recent findings along the lines of child researchers. 150 years ago there were contributing factors in society that supported the early maturity of children to adulthood. They were considered to be adults, were treated as adults, and expected to behave like adults. As a result, they rose to the level of these expectations in behavior and maturity. If a twelve year old was seen acting like a child, they were rebuked for acting childishly. This is proved true in almost every possible area of life, even today. Most people have a tendency to rise to the level of expectations of those over them. Performance improves when one is surrounded by people who believe in them and their capacity to rise to the next level of maturity or skill. Kids a century ago were better equipped to face life and be successful in navigating through the difficulties of life. They were taught from an early age that life was about work, not play. Play was not an expectation, nor was entertainment. A child was taught to be productive. Only a very small fragment of time was spent in play, because there wasn’t a lot of time left over after their chores and other responsibilities were done. Children learned about suffering and how to suffer. Most cultures, even today, are very limited in terms of the luxuries we Americans enjoy. It was like that a hundred years ago. Children understood what it was like to be hungry, in discomfort, and in pain. They were taught that life was hard. They expected hardship, and they were equipped to deal with it much more successfully than the youth (and some adults) are today. Children and youth today have an extremely low tolerance for frustration and inconvenience. This another by-product of the myth of adolescence, which has so pandered to the needs of 12-17 year old “children” that our whole culture is influenced by and imitates adolescent behavior, tastes, styles, and yes maturity levels. Too many of the men I know in the 30-40-age bracket exhibit the maturity level of a 15-year-old boy (according to today’s standards).
A Word about the Holy Order of Godly Men
The Holy Order of Godly Men was influenced by the early Christian revival amongst the Irish in the 4th and 5th centuries. These Christians desired an intensely holy relationship with Jesus, and were extremely repulsed by worldliness and compromise. More than anything they desired to live simple lives of faith and dependency on God. Many of these Christians separated themselves from the worldly influences around them by sojourning into the wilderness, which on the Emerald Isle, is mostly filled with greenery. Hence the name “Green Martyrs.” Like the Order of White Martyr (self-denial & pilgrimage) that eventually replaced it, the ordeal of the green martyrdom basically defined a lifestyle of self imposed isolation, spiritual discipline, and solitude. It was not the kind of martyrdom that shed a person’s blood (red martyrdom), but, nevertheless, was a renouncing of all worldly and material things, in order to live simple, slower paced lives. Soon missionaries were sent out from the Order of the Green Martyrs, and even the way they did missions spoke to their unwillingness to do anything outside a militant dependency on the leading of the Holy Spirit. They would get into a small boat, and after a word of prayer for God to guide them where He wanted them to go, they would shove off with out the benefit of paddles or rudder. Wherever the boat ended up, there they would engage in ministry to the people there assuming it was God’s will they do so. In this way Christianity spread amongst the Celtic peoples of Ireland and Britain.
The values of the green martyrs – spiritual discipline, pilgrimage, living separated and simple lives, solitude, quietude, and dependency on God, trial by ordeal, among other things, are the things that have gone into the forming of The Holy Order of Godly Men. The other colors of red and white in the knightly array also convey a symbolic representation of the other forms of martyrdom as well. These have been chosen as an antitheses and antidote for the worldly philosophies around us. They represent the directional process by which an entirely different kind of young Christian man and young Christian woman are shaped and formed amongst us than what we have seen in the last 50 years. Green martyrdom, like the white and red martyrdom, serves as a good example of what things need to be accomplished during each stage of life celebrated and marked by a rite of passage. Green martyrdom, symbolized by the Green cross, points to our sons and daughters need to be purified from the noise making, chasing after the wind culture they are being raised in. A young person needs to be led to make a break with the noisiness of the chaotic world around them so they can hear those things that are the makings of true wisdom. Set times for meditating on God’s word, and listening to God’s voice as they spend time in prayer out in the rough, alone, provide the necessary preparation for a young person to begin learning about who they are in Christ, what God’s will is for their life, who their people are and where their home really is.
Sons of thunder and daughters of lightning need to go through a series of transitional experiences in which they are tested and tried by hardship and ordeal to see where their limits are, and to see if they can break those limitations. They need to be stretched and stretch out for something beyond their accepted limitations. That means that we, as parents must allow them to suffer the “ordeal” in order for them to grow, and in order for the heroic to be summoned out of them. They must be prepared for life, and life will hand them many ordeals for which they need to be prepared to face. This is how character is developed. Life is an engraving tool in the hand of God, who will use whatever is thrown at us to etch character deeply within our nature. Green martyrdom shuns the superficiality of our persona driven culture. May God, who is rich in mercy, give us wisdom and vision as we implement the imagery of knighthood and use it to provide directional process amongst our families, and may it bear fruit in the years ahead.
You are in our prayers and we ask you to keep us in yours.
Posted by KC
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Updated: Friday, 21 August 2009 12:14 AM EDT
Tuesday, 10 January 2006
Star Status Dads
Topic: Scroll 2006 A.D.
January 2006 AD
Adapted from “Star Status Dads” by Pete Bertolero
Proverbs 17:6, 20:7,
General Lee took his 8-year old son, Custis, out for a walk on a snowy day. Custis soon got behind because the snow was so deep. Lee looked back to see how his son was doing and found Custis struggling to keep up but doing a pretty good job for such a small boy. What caught Lee’s attention was that Custis was imitating his every move, placing his little feet in every one of his dad’s footprints in the snow. Lee later wrote about it: “When I saw this, I said to myself, it behooves me to walk very straight when this fellow is already following in my tracks.”
Almost every father and man starts out with an awesome advantage: natural admiration from children. Wise fathers, like General Lee, recognize their privileged position and build upon it by modeling pious character. They are intentional about making clear impressions in the snow for admiring youth to follow.
Our Creator instills in children a natural ability to know right from wrong. And because they’re encouraged to do right, children swiftly recognize what’s wrong! A child’s greatest disappointment may come when he or she discovers that a role model’s integrity has been compromised by sin: lying, stealing, immorality. The depth of such wounds may be bottomless. Proverbs says that injuries from a role model’s broken trust “go down into [a child’s] innermost parts.” If his moral compass isn’t pointing heavenward, the shining role model, be he father or father figure, becomes a fallen star. When it comes to influencing the younger generation, there is no substitute for personal integrity, honor and character! Through our integrity, our children -- in fact all youth who are secretly watching our lives -- gain advantage, empowerment and inspiration. Instead of curses, we pass generational blessings! All Christian men must maintain our witness and Christian values, despite the culture of moral poverty in which we live for the sake of the generation that will step into our footprints.
Beliefs vs. Behaviors
Consider our society. There is very little correlation between its beliefs and its behaviors. Patrick Morley in Man in the Mirror answers the question of why society has fallen into such a steep moral decline, despite so many “Christian” men.
He writes –
The sad reality is that claims of religious commitment run high, but impact is at an all time low. At the very point when Christians have ‘come out of the closet’ our culture has sunk into a moral sewer. The unfortunate result of this religious popularity is that since the mid-seventies a(n) impoverished value has evolved: cultural Christianity. Cultural Christianity means to pursue the God we want instead of the God who is …, wanting Him to be more of a grandfather-type who … lets us have our own way. It is wanting the God we have underlined in our Bibles without wanting the rest of Him, too.
Morely goes on to say –
Cultural Christianity (has) little or no impact on the values and beliefs of our society. [It} requires God to grant us personal peace and affluence to prove He loves us. Like the transformer toys …, we often want God to be adjustable – to adapt to our whims instead of us adapting to Him.
In a word, we want to remake Yahweh in our own image. We want Him to be adaptable, conformable, inconsistent, negotiable. The qualities we want in a god are the exact qualities that erode others’ confidence in our stability.
But listen to this: in an extensive two-year study, nearly 80% of students listed parents as their biggest moral influences. No one else even came close. Therefore, the re-creation of manhood as a vital social role is our most urgent domestic challenge. On the parish level, wouldn’t each man do well to intentionally make greater strides toward the godly role model our children and young adults crave and need? Man, your word, your interaction, sometimes even your look, has a significant influence upon those young people who look at you. And they are looking.
NBC Nightly News did a story on the brain of Jeffrey Dahmer, who was convicted in 1992 of unspeakable crimes. He was serving a 957-year sentence when he was murdered. Dahmer’s mother wanted Jeffrey’s brain studied to find a biological predisposed to violence. His father wanted it buried with the rest of the body. This man had been searching his soul since the discovery of his son’s crimes. In his book, A Father’s Story, Lionel Dahmer chose only to include innocent pictures of Jeffrey’s childhood: photos of the toe-headed little boy doing child-like activities appears every 30 pages or so. Jeffrey was a handsome boy with a charming smile and shy demeanor, like thousands of others.
What went wrong? What emerges in A Father’s Story is neglect and divorce; a wife and mother who struggled with loneliness and depression; a father consumed with work – too busy to notice, let alone spend quality time with his son. With no physical affection or verbal affirmation, Jeffrey began to drift away. Lionel Dahmer writes –
I wasn’t there to see him as he began to sink into himself. I wasn’t there to sense, even if I could have sensed it, that he might be drifting toward that unimaginable realm of fantasy and isolation that would take almost thirty years to recognize.
Hear those haunting words again: “I wasn’t there,” “He began to sink into himself,” “He might be drifting.” Lionel Dahmer identified the process known already by psychologists around the world: When a passive father neglects to nurture and mold his children, they begin to sink into themselves. Children who have been dismissed by their male role models begin to drift like ships without a guiding star.
Robert Lewis wrote that the typical grandparent is a sentimental, fawning, ingratiating mass of elderly protoplasm! Ooh, that hurts. Victor Hugo wrote that though some fathers have no honor or affection, “there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandchildren.” Proverbs 17:6 reflects this truth: “Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons are their fathers.” I believe this applies to all the elder men in the church – you and I are ‘church fathers.’ The Bible here offers us two sparkling words: “crown” and “glory.” Our leaders don’t wear crowns anymore, but the idea still holds great significance. Older men feel a sense of honor and achievement in the godly behavior of the children they care for: they are crowned with honor!
The other word, “glory,” shines with beauty, value and significance. It could also be translated as “boasting.” We men, especially fathers, should be living reasons for our young people to boast. Shouldn’t we be bragged upon? Sure! Young people find significance in learning that they are derived from good, noble, honorable stock, both physically and spiritually. When this is not so, the damage may be so complete that, even if they do fulfill their life’s goals, young people still experience a deep sense of purposelessness.
As evidence, consider the testimony of the Bo Jackson,
“My father never seen me play professional baseball or football…I tried to have a relationship with him, gave him my number, said, ‘Dad, call me. I’ll fly you in.’ Can you imagine? I’m Bo Jackson, one of the so-called premier athletes in the country, and I’m sitting in the locker room and envying every one of my teammates whose Dad would come in and talk to them after the game. I never experienced that.”
Actress Sophia Loren felt the same way. The subject of her late father came up in an interview and this is what she said:
"He shaped me as a person more than any other man. It was the dream of my life to have a father. And that is why I sought him everywhere. I spent most of my life looking for substitutes for him. I still wonder what he was thinking as he saw me up there on the movie screen. With all the grandiose gifts I have received in my life, my most treasured possession is the only toy my father ever gave me—a little blue car with my name on it." (Miss Loren only saw her father 6 times in her life.)
A godly man will deposit a fund of consistency and care that young people will reference their entire lives. All men and women look to be approved by their male elders, even if these men are dead. In fact, there’s a great deal of dependence upon the father-image even if that person was never even known.
Consider this true story and you’ll understand what I mean:
“My father was killed in WWII when I was three years old. I knew in my heart that he loved me; my mother told me that. But I always longed to hear it from him. When my mother and stepfather retired, I came to help them pack. Mom took an old army photograph of my father off of her dresser and gave it to me. She said, ‘Here, this is for you. I know your father would have wanted you to have it.’ It was the same photograph I had seen for many years. As I took the picture from her, I dropped it; the cheap metal frame hit the floor and broke, shattering the glass.
Sick at heart, I reached down to salvage what was left. Behind the photograph I found a letter long since forgotten. It was from my father to his three-year old son, the last letter he had written before he died. In it he said he loved me and that he longed to come home and be with me. I had heard the words I needed from a father who was long since dead.”
Why did this older adult yearn to hear his father say, “I love you”? And why was he so excited to share his discovery? Because, as the wise father of the Proverbs wrote, “The glory of sons is their fathers.” Why does an unkind word from dad pierce a young person’s heart? Because “The glory of sons is their fathers.” Why does a three-year-old run joyfully into father’s arms at the end of the day as if the king had come? Because “The glory of sons is their fathers.” Why does even the famous ache for the affection of a father figure? Because “The glory of sons is their fathers.”
How to Recapture the Glory of Sons
If you’ve lost them, I’ve got good news for you. Men, it’s not too late to recapture your crown and glory. Although some damage may never be undone, it’s not too late to start afresh and get it right. Paul of the Bible was never a biological father, but he was the father figure to many adults throughout Asia. He writes to his “spiritual children” regarding his fatherly nurture.
Men, here is a first lesson in starting over:
1 Thessalonians 2: You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
He says that, as a father figure, he has been a blameless caregiver of integrity. He has encouraged and comforted, urging his “children” to live lives worthy of the Almighty Father in Heaven. He reminds them of their calling into Yahshua’s Kingdom and persuades them to seek Yahweh’s glory rather than their own. He admonishes them to follow his godly example. I’m sure that he would agree; that:
Each one of us men may begin anew with those who are watching us, young or old. Men, we start with ourselves. We choose godliness over worldliness. We choose peace instead of conflict. We choose encouragement rather than detraction. We choose to pray and praise rather than criticize. We choose to take more time for others even if it means less for ourselves. We choose to see the young people who intersect our lives through the eyes of Yahshua rather than through the eyes of the past. We write them. We talk to them. We correct them in love when needed. Even if, as adults, they let us down time after time, we choose to see them again in the light of their highest potential, just as when they were children.
Urge the young people in your sphere of influence onward to the same worthiness and godliness to which you aspire. Sometimes that means abandoning the role of a “sentimental, fawning, ingratiating mass of elderly protoplasm” and being tough in our love. Our loved ones will come to respect the changes in us, though it may take time, consistency, and effort.
Make a New Start
Change your image with the others in your world; make a new start if need be. Yahweh will forgive your sins against the children and, since he is the Almighty Father and cares for you, will rewrite history entirely to set all things aright. If you will forgive, you will be forgiven. That’s the Bible promise. The poet Goethe writes, “The happiest man is he who is able to integrate the end of his life with it’s beginning.” Through the Almighty Father, a human father figure can reconcile the faults of his youth with whatever age or stage he finds himself in today. In committing to reconciliation, he will regain integrity and become an object of emulation and respect rather than disdain. Your effort will certainly pay off, even if payment is received after you are but a fond memory.
Men, fathers, grandfathers: May each one of you acquire godliness and receive accolades.
For our fathers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them respect and love, we pray to you, Heavenly Father…
For fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends console them, we pray to you, Heavenly Father…
For men, though without children of their own, who like fathers have nurtured and cared for us, we pray to you, Heavenly Father…
For fathers, who have been unable to be a source of strength, who have not responded to their children and have not sustained their families, we pray to you, Heavenly Father…
Yahweh our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Jesus our Savior. Amen.
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Thursday, 10 November 2005
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Topic: Scroll 2005 A.D.
November 2005 AD
This year is almost gone. Thanks to all of you who have prayed for us, we have felt your prayers. It has been a busy year. In April Heather, and Andrew were married and it was a wonderful wedding. God made it possible for us to have a medieval wedding in a Gothic style church the bride was beautiful, I must say. This year we have been working to build the Kingdom and the people of our ministry. In September our first grandson was born. He came one month early but the Lord was with his mother and all of us and everything went well. He is doing well just growing and blessing us all. In October it was announced that Heather will have our second grand next year (pray for her time of carrying the child and that she will have a blessed and safe delivery).
On October 29th I married my oldest son Terry Lee to his bride Crystal and it was a wonderful wedding. Pray for Joel that God will send him a Godly wife. Deb and I went to convention and heard Dr. Jack Hayford one our favorite speakers and than we took some time off. Now we come down to the stretch, the beginning of the holiday seasons and the end of the year. We wish you the best Holidays and a great New Year. Please pray for us and If you have a need send the request to us so that we can join with you in prayer. Take care and we all here at the ministry wish you the best and hope to hear from you soon!
You're all familiar with the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
The songs gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of the faith. The "true love" mentioned in the song doesn't refer to an earthly suitor, it refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to every baptized person. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge which feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, much in memory of the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered thee under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but thou wouldst not have it so..."
The other symbols mean the following:
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed
C.S. Lewis’ timeless adventure "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings -- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter -- in World War II England, who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of hide-and-seek in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch’s powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle to free Narnia from Jadis’ icy spell forever.
Chivalry on the Titanic
With the motion picture "Titanic" keeping the image of the giant ship in the public's eye, a small organization of men, The Men's Titanic Society, remembers and honors those men who stepped aside on April 15, 1912 so that women and children could fill the ship's few lifeboats. Since 1980, The Society has quietly gathered an hour before 2:20 A.M. on the anniversary of the ship's sinking (April 15) to honor the spirit of Chivalry on the Titanic. The group has about 20 members and gathers at the Watergate Hotel to toast and honor the men who gave up their seats, as well as the women who stayed by their husbands rather than abandon them.
Are you a thankful person?
The truth is that far too many Christians suffer from bitterness and ingratitude. They are discontent. They are not thankful to God for their heritage, for their nation, or for the provision of a sovereign and merciful God. The result is lack of perspective, hopelessness, fear, and even despair (Psalm 78).Grateful people are victorious people. I am convinced that gratitude is a key to personal, familial, and national blessing — gratitude for our parents, gratitude for our spiritual fathers, and eternal gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ for the redemption of our souls. National ingratitude leads to slavery, but a thankful people are a blessed people (Psalm 78).
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Thursday, 10 February 2005
Father of the Constitution
Topic: Scroll 2005 A.D.
Holy Order of Godly Men
February 2005 AD
“Father of the Constitution”
Helped frame the Bill of Rights
President Jefferson's Secretary of State
"What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary."
At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison proposed the plan to divide the central government into three branches. He discovered this model of government from the Perfect Governor, as he read
“For the LORD is our judge, [judicial]
the LORD is our lawgiver, [legislative]
the LORD is our king; [executive]
He will save us.”
Madison claimed Isaiah 33:22 as the source of division of power in government.
• In 1812, President Madison signed a federal bill which economically aided the Bible Society of Philadelphia in its goal of the mass distribution of the Bible.
Who did President Madison thank and trust during his First Inaugural Address?
"...we have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates the destiny of nations, whose blessings have been so conspicuously dispensed to this rising Republic, and to whom we are bound to address our devout gratitude for the past, as well as our fervent supplications and best hopes for the future."
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” [1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia]
After the close of his second term in 1817, Mr. Madison retired to his estate at Montpelier, where he spent nearly twenty happy years with books and friends. This sweet and tranquil old age he had well earned by services to his fellow-creatures such as it is given to but few men to render. Among the founders of our nation, his place is beside that of Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Marshall; but his part was peculiar. He was preeminently the scholar, the profound, constructive thinker, and his limitations were such as belong to that character. He was modest, quiet, and reserved in manner, small in stature, neat and refined, courteous and amiable.
What is a Man?
A real man is one who rejects Passivity, because we as men have to react to situations that affect our lives as well as our families’ lives. He accepts responsibly for his family, friends, self, and society because of the obligations that he has to meet in order to function. How else can one live-up to the meaning of a man without taking and also teaching responsibility. The other inclination is to lead courageously for a man is a good follower first, and then he becomes one who leads. Whenever he leads he has to have authority or else they would run all over him. For this cause one must lead courageously. The last and most important of them all is the one who expects the greater reward… God’s reward. The one who seeks the kingdom of God and his righteousness for all these things shall be added unto you. A man knows we are nothing but dust but his soul lives forever and he expects to get rewarded from heaven not on earth where it can deteriorate. This is the definition of man.
The Way of Life as a Knight
Many people may see Knights as fearless warriors who went out fighting for their Lords King. These Knights were courageous and brave in battle in what ever their conquest was. They did it with pride. All these things are all true of what people today may see as a Knight. As for me it is a struggle to be a Knight of Honor. The reason I say this is because it is a daily self sacrifice I must go though in order to be the Knight I should be, to God, myself, my family, and to others. It’s never easy, but it’s always worth it! One must humble oneself to become a Knight. Kind of what Jesus said, “We must deny ourselves and pick our cross daily to follow him.” Becoming a Knight is no different. It is a journey I had to go through with trails and tribulations to become a Knight. But at the end of my journey, I will see a Knight, standing as one who loves one woman, who rejects passivity, seeking not my own reward, but God’s reward, one who leads courageously and takes responsibility. There is much training to become a Knight, it has never been easy for me, but I know the rewards will be great at the end.
The Way of Life as a Knight
The life of a Knight is one that is an honor but yet humbling. Full of meekness which is power under control, A Knights life is a life full of dignity, respect, and honor, a protector of those who can not protect themselves. A Knight is started out at a young age being taught the importance of having correct morals and values, respecting elders and those that are different. Many will recognize this as being a Page that would be left with a Knight so he can learn to be a servant, but yet: a leader and protector of the King and his kingdom. Not only are we Knights, we are servant of the King above all Kings (Jesus Christ), who has placed us in a position to not only be protector of HIS kingdom (the Church), but also give direction to the weak in a spirit of love and compassion. We are held to a higher accountability to God, our families and our country to be the examples of what a modern day Knight ordained of God and led by his spirit is supposed to be. We lead courageously, accept responsibility, reject passivity, and expect the greater reward: God’s reward. Durmont once said, “A Knight should be bold, fair, courteous and well-mannered, generous and loyal, not foolish or rash, and should speak fairly without discourtesy. A knight should be all this and also proud and fierce to his enemies, and kind to his friend.” A Knight is this and more, this should be a position desired by all Godly men. One may not see a full fledge Knight is shinning armor, but in this world that seems disrespectful and decaying, the code of chivalry remains and stands bold and powerful when it is used with honor and humility by this modern day Knight.
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Friday, 27 August 2004
Topic: Scroll 2004 A.D.
Holy Order of Godly Men
August 27, 2004 A.D.
William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
Standing in Hull, Yorkshire is a house, which serves as a museum to a man whose efforts affected great masses of those who never saw him. In this house l, William Wilberforce was born in 1759 to a family of wealth and social standing. When eight years old his father died and William was sent to live in Wimbledon with his aunt who was a stanch Methodist. In this home he came into contact with such men as George Whitefield, the great evangelist, and John Newton, converted from a life of evil as a slave trader.
His mother, fearing that William might be influenced by "religious enthusiasm," removed him from his aunt's home and sent him to a private school. He gradually forgot the spiritual influence of his aunt and was caught up in the social whirl of his mother's lifestyle. He attended St John's College at Cambridge, but largely wasted his time while there. However, upon reaching maturity he won a prominent seat in Parliament, even becoming a close friend and advisor to William Pitt, who was Prime Minister.
While taking a holiday on the continent he began reading a book, "The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul." From this book he began his spiritual journey with an intellectual assent to the Bible, followed by a deep inner conviction. He knew that his new commitment might cost him friends and influence but he was determined to stand for what he now believed.
His old friend, John Newton, persuaded him that his political life could be used for the service of God. He began to be concerned to reform the morals of the socially elite. He wrote a book calling on the upper classes to regain true Christian values in their lives. The book sold widely for over forty years.
His greatest political efforts were for those caught in the vice of slavery. British ships were carrying black slaves from Africa to the West Indies as goods to be bought and sold. Wilberforce began his campaign to abolish the slave trade in 1798. Through his efforts, along with members of the "Clapham Sect," the slave trade was abolished after eighteen years of hard work.
Following this victory, Wilberforce began to work for the abolition of slavery itself.
He introduced his first anti-slavery motion in the House of Commons in 1788, in a three-and-a-half hour oration that concluded: "Sir, when we think of eternity and the future consequence of all human conduct, what is there in this life that shall make any man contradict the dictates of his conscience, the principles of justice and the law of God!" The motion was defeated. Wilberforce brought it up again every year for eighteen years, until the slave trade was finally abolished on 25 March 1806. He continued the campaign against slavery itself, and the bill for the abolition of all slavery in British territories passed its crucial vote just four days before his death on 29 July 1833. A year later, on 31 July 1834, 800,000 slaves, chiefly in the British West Indies, were set free.
Three days before he died in 1833, he heard that the House of Commons had passed the law which emancipated all the slaves in Britain's colonies. Later, through the influence of his crusade against slavery in England, America would also free her slaves.
Wilberforce was concerned not only for the abolition of slavery, but worked for "the relief of boy chimney sweeps," was instrumental in opening up India to Christian missionaries and worked in founding the British and Foreign Bible Society.
Wilberforce, at his death, was honored by the nation in being buried at Westminster Abbey and having a statue erected in his memory.
- Son of a Hull merchant
- In 1776 went to Cambridge where he met Pitt the Younger
- Between 1780 and 1784 served as MP for Hull and then for Yorks
- In 1785 became an Evangelical Christian
- Involved with the Foreign Bible Society and the London Missionary Society
- Became a leading light of the Clapham Sect of Evangelicals
- From 1788, joined with Thomas Clarkson to campaign for abolition of slavery
- Buried in Westminster Abbey
QUIT YE LIKE MEN
By: Rusty Lee Thomas
"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit ye like men, be strong." (1Cor.16:13)
To the modern ear, the phrase, ‘Quit ye like men," may sound somewhat foreign. In fact, this statement, apart from its Biblical revelation, may inadvertently confuse the reader. You may relate this expression as one that aptly portrays the tragic plight of the contemporary American male. A manhood that simply quits, runs from responsibilities, and seeks self-gratification as the ultimate meaning in life. It appears, at first, maybe to inspire men with an appealing call to our basest nature, "Be a man and just quit." But I assure you, Biblically, that is not the case at all. The truth is, this maxim uttered by the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost calls for the complete opposite. It is a direct challenge by Almighty God for men to rise up and act like men. It is defined, not by this world system, the Feminist Movement, nor hedonistic males, but is defined by the Creator of the Universe. It is a heavenly mandate for men to be strong and to act courageously.
The Lord, according to this Scripture, presupposes strength to be a male virtue. He also declares that women are the weaker vessel. (1 Peter 3:7) It is important, especially in today’s feminized culture to distinguish what God means by weaker. He is not advocating the idea that women are inferior, less intelligent, not capable, or second class citizens in His Kingdom. He is, however, stating there is a distinct difference between the make-up of a man as compared to women. Unfortunately, we live in a time where the "Powers that Be" are trying to remove all distinctions between the sexes to create a gender-blender society. This lunacy is the fall-out of modern liberalism. It is a failed attempt to equalize outcome by government decree. Thus lowering, or in some cases, even removing the Biblical standards by which we ought to live. The other travesty of liberalism is radical individualism, where selfishness, greed, and pride are magically transformed, again by government decree, from vice to virtue. This is, at its very roots, the attempt by rebellious man to cast off God’s defining roles that He has established for men and women.
The consequences of these humanistic doctrines are far-reaching. Men have lost their masculine identity. They have either become filled with rage and abuse or have fallen prey to homosexuality. Women who appear to have won the battle for their rights, have tragically lost the war as they now face life alone as single moms. Of course, the ones who have suffered the most are our children. They have become a prey to evil, because men are missing in action, thereby setting adrift our children on a sea of violence and perversion.
Biblically, there is a solution to the battle of the sexes that will repair the breach and restore the building block of our society, the God-ordained family. According to God’s word, in Christ, there is no male nor female. (Gal. 3:28) In other words, when it comes to value, God loves us all the same. In salvation, God removes the barriers between men and women that the Enemy exploits to divide us and makes us one in Him. On the other hand, God also reveals the concept of function. It is in function, that God makes a major distinction between men and women. The Scriptures teach that the man is to be the head over the woman, in marriage specifically, and generally, women are not allowed by God to usurp authority over men. (1 Cor. 11:3 & 1 Tim. 2:12) God’s purpose in this is not to elevate the man over the woman as superior in value. In fact, the opposite is true. God values women as unique, so He ordains men to use their strength to provide, protect, and defend women and children. The problem is, we have thrown the baby out with the bath water. Primarily because of the inherent weaknesses contained within us. First, men who are responsible before God to exercise proper leadership, either abandon that role and become irresponsible or take the role as a dictator, thereby using their strength to abuse women and children to satisfy their own selfish whims. The weakness within women is to try and manipulate the man to dominate him. The combination of weak men and dominate females is the predominant curse upon our culture. One that has unleashed an enemy that is savaging our children.
The Biblical revelation of men being strong in order to serve God, their wives, and children is what gave birth to the whole notion of Chivalry. It is a model of leadership based upon Patriarchy, which simply means "the family ruler." Without this understanding, there is nothing to reclaim the masculine identity that will effectively turn men from being predators to protectors and providers. The bottom line is, men will eventually embrace one of two models of masculinity that will define their manhood and capability to lead. The first model is what we inherited from the first Adam (earthly man) and the second model is what has been made available to men by the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ (the heavenly man). The first Adam represents manhood separated from God. It is a manhood that is primarily concerned with self-preservation, self-gratification, and pleasure-seeking. It is a failed manhood that naturally gravitates towards irresponsibility. It seeks to please self at the expense of others and is manhood devoid of transcendent meaning. In other words, this kind of manhood doesn’t perceive an objective truth beyond the dictates of his own carnal whims, passions and desires. To those whose manhood is governed by these factors, there is nothing really worth living for except self, because there is nothing worth dying for.
Thankfully, the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, rejected that cowardly notion and laid down His life for a wicked world that He still loves. He settled that issue two thousand years ago by enduring the agonizing torture upon a cruel cross for the sins of mankind. According to Jesus’ example, there is something worth living for and worth dying for, beyond our own personal considerations. By contrast, to the first Adam, the second Adam (Christ) represents life in union with God. His manhood was influenced by spiritual direction, destiny, and based on faith, not carnal selfish whims. His manhood was elevated masculinity that was defined by a life-giving spirit instead of a life-taking legacy we inherited from the first Adam.
FOUR MANHOOD PRINCIPLES
I’m convinced, if America is to be restored and find the remedy that will heal our land, then men must return to the God-ordained role and inclination to direct, protect, and provide for the family. The following four principles are absolutely essential to reclaiming the masculine identity and to restore men to authentic Biblical manhood.
1) Real men reject passivity: Boys and men possess a natural inclination to be aggressive, to initiate, explore, and achieve. But the sad truth is, men, especially today, seem to become passive where it matters the most. In our homes, amongst our families, and in our communities men are generally passive towards righteousness and aggressive towards evil. This is part of the curse men have inherited from Adam. What God imparted to Adam, authentic Biblical manhood, Adam squandered by being passive while Eve was committing moral and spiritual suicide. As naturally aggressive as Adam was, when the moment of authentic manhood arrived, when he called upon to act responsibly, to take charge spiritually, and to protect his woman, Adam just stood there. Unfortunately, men have been just standing there ever since while this same enemy kills, steals, and destroys our marriages, wives and children. Passivity must end and men who are naturally angry, must get angry for the right reasons. It must be holy anger and a righteous indignation against evil in all forms and not an anger that erupts because someone interrupts our selfish pursuits and irresponsibilities.
2) Real men accept responsibility: Adam was entrusted with four main responsibilities: A battle to fight, ("subdue and take dominion") a work to do, ("cultivate the garden") a will to obey, ("don’t eat the tree of the knowledge of good and evil") and a woman to love (Eve). These are the primary responsibilities entrusted to men. Where the first Adam failed, the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, triumphed. In Christ, men can embrace and fulfill these four primary responsibilities as we follow His example. Jesus said, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to accomplish His work." (John 4:34)
3) A real man leads courageously: Authentic men were designed by God to lead, not follow. Adam forfeited his ability to lead when he refused to step forward with God’s word and lead his wife. This inaction is precisely the curse plaguing men today. We have a bunch of neutered, feminized men who passively submit to evil, tyranny, and injustice, instead of aggressively leading their homes and communities with God’s truth. The results have been devastating and has wrought chaos in our nation. In Matthew 4:1-10, when Jesus was tempted to passively submit to Satan and his schemes, Jesus cried out, "BEGONE SATAN!" This is the essence of the commanding cry needed in manly leadership today. Manly leadership demands men to have courage to master their passions and bridle themselves with the principles of God’s truth. Only then can men effectively lead courageously.
4) A real man expects the greater reward: Though authentic manhood is challenging, sacrificial, and burdensome at times, it is also quite fulfilling and deeply rewarding. The example of Jesus in Heb. 12:1,2 reveals that He endured the cross because of the joy that was set before Him. In other words, Jesus was empowered to endure the agony of the cross by the sheer joy of knowing His sacrifice was going to be rewarded by rescuing mankind from sin, death, hell, and the grave. One wonders what might be reclaimed, restored, and rescued in this generation, if men today had this same godly perspective?
We see this same powerful insight in the life of Moses. In Hebrews 11:24-26, "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward." How about you, O man of God? Are we going to give in to the dictates of the Spirit of the Age, our carnal desires and a natural inclination towards irresponsibility for temporal self-gratification, or will we repent and return to authentic Biblical manhood and receive the eternal reward? I believe our God, our nation, our wives and our children await an answer.
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Monday, 12 January 2004
Topic: Scroll 2004 A.D.
Holy Order of Godly Men
January 12, 2004 A.D.
With fractured families and alternative family forms increasing, and the traditional family in the minority. I love that term. Guys stick out their chest when we use the word noble. We still live in a time of dumbed-down masculinity. Nobody knows what it means to be a man, or if it's okay to be a man. I think men want to step up and be men, in the way that knights were men. Knights grew out of a dark age, a time when there were no noble men. The knights were called to stand above the age, and to stand for something. I knew these were values I wanted to teach my sons. They are our four foundation stones for authentic manhood. A real man is one who rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously, and expects the greater reward, God's reward. This all outlined in the book by Robert Lewis raising a modern day Knight. Many ask about my dad well he was my hero, but he fell when he divorced my mother. You see he did not hang in there, he did not deny himself but like most of us he choose the easy way. I still have fond memories of my dad (I also honor him as having a part in leading me to Christ.) and I have strong faith because of him but he is no longer an example to me of a real man. I have also failed in my life too. I could have done more to be there for my children. I have in the last few years made a lot of corrections and I hope you will take some good advice and take time for the family because our Lord made the family FIRST. Bless you and always conduct yourself with noble manhood in mind, because others are watching.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
Jonathan Edwards, considered by many to be one of the greatest preachers and churchmen in American history, was born in East Windsor, Connecticut into a family with a long tradition of ministry. Entering Yale as one of its earliest students at the age of thirteen, Edwards graduated at the head of his class four years later and began a two-year course of theological study in New Haven. Having completed his education in 1722, he took up a pastorate in a Presbyterian church in New York, but left there to take a position as tutor at Yale in 1724, a position that he held for two years.From 1725 he served as an assistant to his maternal grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, who was the Congregationalist pastor of Northampton, Massachusetts. Upon Stoddard's death in 1729, Edwards succeeded to the pulpit. His preaching during this period was received with mixed results. On the positive side, the power of his message is credited with bringing about the first Great Awakening of American history, beginning in 1734, when six sudden conversions in Edwards' parish turned into a flood of thirty per week, drawing people from up to a hundred miles away. Despite this success, however, Edwards alienated many in his congregation by insisting on more stringent membership requirements than were customary at the time. His first inclination was to insist on visible evidence of conversion and regeneration, but he eventually settled for a public profession of faith. His move to exclude from the Communion those who did not meet these standards led to a two-year battle within the congregation. In 1750, Edwards was dismissed from his pastorate.The ensuing years were difficult for the family as they struggled with debt and loss of income. Edwards settled Stockbridge, Massachusetts, then a frontier settlement, where he ministered to a small congregation and served as missionary to the Indians. It was here that he completed his fine work, The Freedom of the Will. After several years on the frontier, Edwards yielded to considerable pressure and assumed the presidency of Princeton in the fall of 1757. He held the position for less than a year, dying in March 1758 of a fever in reaction to a smallpox inoculation.More than two centuries after his death, Edwards is remembered as a fine preacher and an adamant defender of Calvinist theology.
Knights, have you thought about your legacy lately? In case you haven’t, let’s start with the basics: Webster’s Dictionary says a legacy is “something handed down from one who has gone before.” Fathers, we will eventually be that “one who has gone before” – the leaver of the legacy. How we live will influence our children and descendents for generations. Let me share two stories with you that demonstrate the powerful legacy (both good and bad) that fathers create.Jonathan Edwards was born in 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut. He attended Yale University at age 13 and later went on to serve as president of the college of New Jersey (now Princeton). When he was just 20 years old he wrote a list of personal resolutions. Among them was “ask myself, at the end of every day… wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done better.”In no area was Edwards’ resolve stronger than in his role as a father. Edwards and his wife Sarah had eleven children. Despite a rigorous work schedule that included rising as early as 4:30 a.m. to read and write in his library, extensive travels, and endless administrative meetings, he always made time for his children. Indeed, he committed to spending at least one hour a day with them. And what if he missed a day because he was traveling? He diligently made up the hour when he returned.Numerous books have been written about Edwards’ life, his work, and influence on American history and his powerful professional legacy. But the legacy that Edwards would probably be most proud of is his legacy as a father.The scholar Benjamin B. Warfield of Princeton has charted the 1,394 known descendents of Edwards. What he found was an incredible testament to Jonathan Edwards. Of his known descendents there were 13 college presidents, 65 college professors, 30 judges, 100 lawyers, 60 physicians, 75 army and navy officers, 100 pastors, 60 authors of prominence, 3 United States senators, 80 public servants in other capacities including governors and ministers to foreign countries, and one vice-president of the United States. The story of Jonathan Edwards is an example of what some sociologists call the “five-generation rule.” How a parent raises their child – the love they give, the values they teach, the emotional environment they offer, the education they provide – influences not only their child but the four generations to follow. What fathers do, in other words, will reach through the next five generations. The example of Jonathan Edwards shows just how rich that legacy can be. But the five-generation rule works both ways. If we fail to work at being good fathers, our neglect can plague generations. Consider the case of Max Jukes, a contemporary of Edwards. As an adult, Jukes had a drinking problem that kept him from holding a steady job. It also kept him from showing much concern for his wife and children. He would disappear sometimes for days and return drunk. He made little time for loving and instructing his children. Benjamin Warfield has also charted Jukes’ descendents. What he found further supports the five-generation rule. Warfield was able to trace 540 of Jukes’ ancestors. They offer a stunning contrast to the Edwards’ legacy. Of Jukes’ known descendents, 310 died as paupers, at least 150 were criminals (including 7 murderers), more than 100 were drunkards and half of his female descendents ended up as prostitutes.Of course this doesn’t mean that people are simply a product of their parenting and that who they are is determined entirely by their ancestry. There have been many who descended from men like Jukes and overcame great obstacles to succeed. Others have come from loving homes like Edwards’ only to descend into a troubled adulthood. But these are the exceptions, not the rule.The stories of Jonathan Edwards and Max Jukes offer powerful lessons about the legacy we will leave as fathers. Five generations from now, it is likely that our professional accomplishments will be forgotten. In fact, our descendents may know little about us or our lives. But the way we parent today will directly affect not only our children, but also our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren and the generations that follow.Knights, we will leave a legacy. What will yours be?
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Tuesday, 29 October 2002
Topic: Scroll 2002 A.D.
The Holy Order of Godly Men
Second Inaugural Address
Saturday, March 4, 1865
AT this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, urgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war—seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
Abraham Lincoln was under fire, especially during the Civil War. He new he would make errors in office, but he resolved never to compromise his integrity. His resolve was so strong that he declared, “I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, if I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” Albert Schweitzer
This past year I have knighted twenty men. We are all on the Quest of our life and we will only make it if we have the right tools. I do not feel worthy to Knight anyone but I do desire to call men to a Noble Masculinity. We have been called to a holy calling, of living above the ordinary, walking by a standard of faith and seeking to please our Lord and Master.
I know that it is hard to grow into the men we are to be. It is hard for me. But the one thing I have learned is that in becoming a man we will all have to face the issue of our fathers. We can kill them in our eyes (by having nothing to do with them because of the wounds they have caused) or we can become men and walk with them. We will never become our fathers but if we are not careful by focusing so hard on not becoming like them we tend to repeat the very same mistakes they did, sometime worse. To walk with them we need to forgive them, honor them, and try if possible to spend time with them. See the real man if they will let us. If not understand that they are real hurting men just like us even if they act strong. In closing I pray that you will seek God and live his word and thereby become all that he wants you to be.
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