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Is the United States of America really a melting pot? If you are a product of the 1960 as I am you were at least told that was true. The older you get the more you experience the inaccuracy of that statement. The more you travel outside your little or large community the more you find the inaccuracy. So what is community? In simple language Common Unity. Think of it like this in a community Risk and Reward are shared by a group of people. Lets be honest because you live in the same city or town doesn’t mean the conditions are all the same. Even a city or town is divided, when I was kid growing up in a small town it was the tracks, which side were you from. That was simple and understood by all, oh! its not righteous but just a fact of life. You knew the police were going to act different on how they respond to a call. Risk and Reward it was all there. Every thing in community was based on those two questions, what’s the risk? whats the reward?

I worked for 17 years for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and my job was unique. I was a liquid’s compounder, officially you could say Apothecary. I, with my coworkers made 10,000 kilo batches of liquid medicine. Several of those meds were what were called suspensions. What is a suspension? It is simply the solids collecting on the bottom and the lighter liquid at the top and very visible to the eye. On the direction’s would state the amount of time and or energy of shaking to bring the suspension into conformity and ready for consumption. The active ingredient in most cases would be a solid so without shaking water and die would be all you drink, thus no benefit. The Unites States of America I would describe is not a melting pot BUT Compounding Container. If something comes and shakes it up from the outside it can homogenize but only for a short time. We are a nation of historical lines of division. North south Mason Dixon, East West Mississippi Valley, blue state red state, right wing left wing.

Our current political situation no matter which side of policy you stand it might seem clear there is trouble brewing. The highest levels of fear and NON-trust from all sides to the opposing views I have seen, and I have been around a while now. In that context I will shift gears to a dream I had last night. I have not been thinking about this at all, so my dream has produced my current thoughts. Here is the dream.

Congress had changed our Country’s name from The United States of America to America. It had caused a terrible state by state revolt and chaos followed. I found my self in some huge auditorium with people disillusioned by the governmental turmoil. I started to sing and to my amusement sounded good. People began to join in and a strange peace came over the crowd. We sang these three songs in order Smoke on The Water by Deep Purple, then Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd then The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot. I got up and looked up all three songs on youtube and one thing for sure all three are classic Rock songs.

I put the dream on facebook just to get a laugh but then I had a side thought the dream might have some prophetic significance.

I started to do research and found some almost weird coincidences to the context of the dream. Meaning the difference between the founding name and a political chaotic situation ending with a release of peace.  

1st song  Smoke on The Water by Deep Purple is a song from an actual event that happened in Montreux Switzerland on the 4th of December 1971 Deep Purple was in the area to record their next album. Across Lake Geneva Frank Zappa was performing in a casino theater and in the crowd a flare gun was shot off, a fire started and engulfed the Casino. The view of the fire over the lake is the real story of the smoke on the water. Several things I find interesting is Roger Glover the bass guitarist for Deep Purple woke from a dream a few nights later with the idea for the name of the song. Next thing is the location.

 Location, Geneva Lake Switzerland, where have I heard that before and does that have any thing to do with this United States of America. YES it’s very founding. The Geneva Bible, there is a load here but will keep it as short as possible. 

The Geneva Bible was carried over on the Mayflower by the Puritans and following separatists who were fleeing Europe’s religious persecution.

Found this quote from Dr. Marshall Foster Advisory Board Member, 1599 Geneva Bible Restoration Project Founder & President, The Mayflower Institute

The Geneva Bible’s Application for Today The Geneva Bible providentially was unleashed upon a dark, discouraged, downtrodden English speaking world, at a time when Christendom was in real danger of regressing to a form of Caesar-worship. A Bible appeared that created the conditions for a Christian reformation of life and culture, the likes of which the world had never seen—its hallmarks including the explosion of faith; an emphasis on integrity; a unique and vital missionary movement; creative literature, economic blessings; and political and religious freedom. By the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, just 28 years after the first printing of the Geneva Bible, it was already being said of the English that they were becoming a “people of the Book.” Almost 500 years later, our culture is once again desperate for the Truth. Many people have forgotten, abandoned, or rejected the great lessons of the Reformation and the Biblical theology that inspired the greatest accomplishments of Western Civilization. We fervently pray that the re-introduction of this powerful tool of Godly dominion, the Geneva Bible, will, with God’s favor, light the fires for another powerful reformation. As we read this sacred volume, let us remember the sacrifice of the persecuted scholars on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Bottom line Lake Geneva and Smoke on the water has tied to the founding of the United States of America!

2nd song Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd.  This song was actually written as a response song to Neil Young as a sort of name check. Neil had done 2 songs “Southern Man” and “Alabama” which called out the extreme racism of the south and Alabama in particular. Neil has always been a button pusher, pick your topic but this time there was something profound. Rock and Roll had its roots in the south, not just the south but southern blues. Let me be blunt, literally Cotton pickers so wore down from generations of slave labor they hardly live yet they sang. Could they sing? Make the hair stand up on your arms and stay there. That’s how they sang and that’s the roots of this music. Neil was a anti war folk singer with an axe to grind, and ready to take on any injustice, BUT he was a musician as was mr Lynyard as in Skynard Ronnie Van Zant. Sweet Home Alabama was picking up on who the south was, and a justification of it’s history, if you will. The song swept the country and is one of the most recognizable songs of all time. If you do not know history and who George Wallace and Richard Nixon were and what they did you will not get the song. Let me just say if this song represents anything it is America is not a melting pot and you can not clean up history, BUT WE CAN CHANGE THE PRESENT AND LOOK TO A BETTER FUTURE. Many of the members of Lynyrd SKynard went down in a plane crash in 1977. Ronnie and Neil had an appreciation for one another, Neil would sing “Sweet Home Alabama” from time to time and Ronnie, I have heard would were a Neil Young shirt, who knows. We from the beginning have lived in a divided nation only the lines have changed.

We as a Nation are divided and history warns us what coming, if we dare listen.

 

3rd song The Wreak of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot. Who was Edmund Fitzgerald? He was the Chairman of the board of Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company. When the ship was christened Edmund’s wife Elizabeth had to hit the champagne bottle three times over bow to break it. The launch was postponed for over 30 minutes because of crashing waves. During the turmoil a spectator had a heart attack. Quote from the book below saying the ship was “trying to climb right out of the water”. Schumacher, Michael (2005). Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. New York and London: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 1-58234-647-X. It was as if the Ship knew where it would be heading many years later, to the bottom of Lake Superior.  

Gordon throws in this very interesting question in the middle of His historical song.

“Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?

Could that be the question of this generation, in this very hour that we live in? Many would think America is like the Fitzgerald about to sink. For eight years republicans thought the Ship was almost sunk, and now Democrats know how it felt. Here we are as a nation with nothing in common, well maybe that’s not true. Maybe for the first time in several generations everyone knows what it feels like to be in a nation of raging seas. If the nation could figure out “our help can come from God alone, and not a man, or a political philosophy, or any type of news” then, maybe ask that question about the love of God. Could it be found here?

Psalms 107:23-31 23 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; 24 they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep. 25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; 27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 29 He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!

The United States of America is in a very unique place. Much more divided, and need of God’s intervention that most would admit. The Fitzgerald released no distress call. We have name calling, from all sides of debate.

There is one name that will be desired, because it is the only name with the answer. Jesus!

 

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I have been a stick in the mud on the banks of the river called change. What a big word CHANGE. It means nothing more than doing things differently. Differently or,  not the same as before. Well, that sounds great in the current world view, but when change starts, where does it end? When change comes can it stop? Can it slow down or does change actually speed up? Could change under the right circumstances become out of control? Change out of control would be called what?

Cancer, uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Bad Change

Metamorphosis,  Biology. A change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development after the embryonic stage. Good Change

I think it is safe to say change can be good or bad. Who determines whether the change is good or bad? The expert I would say. It takes a medical expert to know when uncontrolled growth of cells has become cancer and if  it can be stopped. 

What about nations? Germany embraced change and ended up with a cancer called Das Dritte Reich.

Here is my take on America’s new highway called change. We were tired of business as usual and honestly thought any change is better than this. History will record the outcome but at this point I have never seen such a polarized view of the change.

On one polar cap is a flag waving : We love the change with undivided heart of pleasure.

On the other is a flag : We are scared and preparing for the worst. 

America it is time to pray : meet you at the pole

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Warning: this is satire, purely satire:

Live from New York, Starbucks, Johnnie G here at the presidential round table celebration. Where the elite from both political parties have gathered to party and reflect over the greatest TV series ever witnessed. It was the first season to break out of the same old, same old, four year cycle and did so with thunder and lighting. It was just in time, as viewers have been steadily declining since live coverage of the OJ trial ended years ago. There has been an increasing view that the RTVNN Reality TV News Networks have some how lowered its standards to that of professional wrestling.

Just to catch you up, the reflections are bringing cheers and even tears to the eyes of those who have worked so long and hard. They have given the American voting viewers what they really need, ENTERTAINMENT.

The Religious right had lost it’s champion for Life “I’ll be your Hucklebee from Arkansas.” The Liberal Left had lost their “Better half to the HillBillary Dynasty” also from Arkansas.

This was not good timing with oil prices at an all time high and more people staying home to watch the series. With the starting players on the Bench radical moves had to be made to draw people back to the game. The Right, made a move that many thought was wrong, but like a snowball from Alaska, Palin rolled right into every warm and fuzy heart in America.

The Left chose the LEFT BEHIND SERIES as their motto with hope that the liberal heart strings of the over quilified would produce a great rally for the underdog. Obama was truly a SUPER HERO to millions of disgruntled college grads working in the food service industry. The L team went with controversial and trash talking back-up quarterback who has the ability to send the opponents running in all directions. The only drawback is Biden has Bitten his tongue from time to time. The loss of his tongue will forever be linked to his quote, “Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president.”

It was on a coincidence that Obama and B. C. had just come to gather, to compare other great season’s when Bill had one of those golden moments of revelation. “It’s only Television, it’s never to late put her in, yeah put Hillary back in the game.” The rest is history and they thought that would not happen until the 2012 series.

 What the American people must never forget is, great idea’s and political change doesn’t just happen. What America has been waiting on is the American championship of double A “AA” ball. “Ladies take your corners.” Thank you very much for the greatest show on earth Arkansas VS Alaska. You ask what about McCain and Obama and Biden, honestly it doesn’t matter because this season we have taken the Vice out of the Presidency.

Vice is a practice or habit that is considered immoral, depraved, and/or degrading in the associated society. In more minor usage, vice can refer to a fault, a defect, an infirmity, or merely a bad habit. Synonyms for vice include fault, depravity, sin, iniquity, wickedness and corruption. The modern Spanish term that best captures its original meaning is the word vicious, which means “full of vice.” In this sense, the word vice comes from the latin word vitium, meaning “failing or defect”. Vice is the opposite of virtue.

Vice is also a generic legal term for criminal offenses involving prostitution, lewdness, lasciviousness, and obscenity. Illegal forms of gambling are also often included as a vice in law enforcement departments that deal with gambling as a crime.

2008 for ever, it doesn’t get better than this good night from Johnnie G corresponding for RTVNN Reality TV News Networks.

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In 1981 I went to work as a mechanic for a Jewish man in Oklahoma City named Art Levine. He was very wise and told me to do my job and to visit with the customers but never talk about religion and politics. Over the years of listening to and participating in that very thing, I fully realize Art’s reasoning. They do not mix and are the most polarizing topics in the world.

Last night Lou Engle who is leading a youth movement in prayer asking that Justice would be released from heaven and over ride the lofty idea’s of man. That God would repair the moral fabric of America. Thousands gathered in Washington DC to call on God, and call America back to God. Here in Kansas City IHOP and many other cities across America, Christians gathered to watch Lou and the Kids with standing room only. My hope is that it’s not to little to late as the blood of 50 million unwanted aborted babies cry out from the ground. If you do not believe the Bible is the literal Word of God you will be very angry at those words. Here is what happened when the first murder took place in Genesis

Gen 4:8-10 8 Cain said to Abel his brother, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.

Below is a link to the washington times article on the DC meeting

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/aug/17/thecall-goes-out-redeem-america/

America is at it’s lowest moral crisis since the civil war. Justice will have it’s way or Judgment will come swiftly as natural disasters have been increasing in America for years now, the writing is on the wall but who is reading it? The Abortion issue is before us, it will not go away closed eyes and ear plugs will not fix our mess. As the prayer of repentance went up from DC something else was happening on the left coast.

Rick Warren held a forum last night with both presidential hopefuls at His ever so popular Saddleback Church.

“We believe in the separation of church and state, but we do not believe in the separation of faith and politics,” Warren said. “I don’t happen to agree with everything either of the candidates teach or believe, but they both care deeply about America. They’re both patriots and they have very different views on how our nation can be strengthened. We’ve got to learn to disagree without demonizing each other and we need to restore civility in our civil discourse and that’s the goal of the Saddleback Civil Forum.”

You can read about the Forum on the link below

http://www.standardnewswire.com/news/94273211.html

Here is the bottom line as I read it.

IT IS NOT THE TIME TO COME TOGETHER AND SEE WHAT WE CAN AGREE ON, BUT IT IS A TIME TO HUMBLE OURSELVES AND PRAY AND TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS. THEN GOD WILL HEAR, AND THE HEALING CAN START.

UPDATE 09/01/08

John McCain and Barack Obama made their Life line of demarcation at the saddleback debate.

Barack Obama : “Whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity . . . is above my pay grade.”

This comes from the man who has voted three times on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act if it is above his pay grade why vote. Just answer the question, Where does life begin?

John McCain answered clearly : “At conception

The bigger story was back with Lou Engle and a nation of young people crying out for mercy and grace for revival, resulting in a national heart change over the abortion issue. It seems new hope is now fueling the prayer movement as McCain has taken a hard line with Life and a vice presidential running mate that is not only super-pro life but with a strong moral fabric.

The moral fabric in which I speak is that of truth and transparency. Sarah Palin is not without spot or wrinkle She is real She is human and She loves God. What I like is Her drive for the life of the not yet born. Even now Her 17 year old daughter is pregnant and love will provide the way for life not death of the baby. Though it changes the future of Her daughter and Her own political fallout.

It is easy to talk about life but changing your life around to make a way for it is another, may our nation follow Her example.

Her life is set before us as a prophetic picture and many people in Alsaka and even here in Kansas City are fighting the good fight in prayer.

The right to the life of the unborn may well be the deciding factor in the election which will have a direct impact on where we are going as a nation. It ain’t over till we hear the birth cry. God has heard it, will we?

 

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, released a statement

“We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

“Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I’ve been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I’m sure the Palins have,”

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I have been a student of Church history for some time. I, like many others have noticed a parallel between natural Israel and the Church in the last 100 years. I may not be able to prove this by multiple scriptural texts however there is shown below the idea that Adam was the first natural man and the spiritual man came later, Jesus / Yeshua / יֵשׁוּעַ

  In similar fashion Israel was the natural bride of the Lord and the church being grafted in becomes the spiritual bride.

1 Cor 15:45-48 ,45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

We know that after the destruction of the temple in 70 ad that both the Jews and the church was hunted and persecuted. The dark ages took it toll on both true followers of Jesus and the Jews. After the dark ages came the reformation, and understanding of justification by faith was reintroduced to The church. Layer after layer of truth was rediscovered by the church. At the same time the idea was forming in the hearts of Jewish people to return to their homeland of Israel.

At this point I will loose you if you are a cessationist that is ““the belief that the miraculous gifts such as healing, tongues, prophetic revelation, and supernatural knowledge pertained to the apostolic era only, served a purpose that was unique to the era before the New Testament was complete, and passed from use before the canon of Scripture was closed.”

I believe the gifts are still for today and should be used in accordance with scripture. With this view in mind Theodor (Binyamin Ze’ev) Herzl  founded the Zionist political movement which 50 years later led to return of the Jews to their land Israel. At about the same time revival broke out in Wales and America with pentecostal expression which eventually became corrupt in some cases. Great endeavors to take the gospel to the ends of the earth flowed out of this movement

In 1948 Israel became a nation as Jew’s returned home after 2000 years of exile. At the same time another revival broke out in Canada and spread through out the US and abroad. This movement too became defiled after several years and many distanced themselves from it but not before great advancement was made with taking the Gospel to the four corners of the earth.

In 1967 Israel in the 6 day war expands it territory. At the same time the Jesus People Movement began in 1967  

jesus-movement.jpg Monday, Jun. 21, 1971 : Time “The Jesus Revolution” Quote ;Not so, however, for the vast majority in the Jesus movement. If any one mark clearly identifies them it is their total belief in an awesome, supernatural Jesus Christ, not just a marvelous man who lived 2,000 years ago but a living God who is both Saviour and Judge, the ruler of their destinies. Their lives revolve around the necessity for an intense personal relationship with that Jesus, and the belief that such a relationship should condition every human life. They act as if divine intervention guides their every movement and can be counted on to solve every problem.

1973 Israel in the Yom Kippur War after being attacked overcame and ended up extending her borders to all of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula. At the same time the Charismatic Movement began with Dennis Bennett in Van Nuys, California.

Here we are 2008 the 60 year anniversary of Israel is coming up in May. American President George Bush today January 10th 2008 has called for Israel to return to the pre 1967 war territory / bounderies.

In my recent blog https://riverflowsdown.wordpress.com/2008/01/09/israel-its-borders-should-not-shrink/ I have listed the scriptural evidence for Israel’s borders and warned we must not take part in changing God’s plan. The writing is on the wall, if we force Israel to go down this path, and a peace treaty is signed in May around the 60 year anniversary it will parallel what will happen in the church. We will loose ground if we don’t cry out for mercy. It seems many of the prophetic voices I have respected for years have gone silent about these issues seeing they have made a covenant with the Republican party and have closed their eyes to God’s standard.  I am a conservative republican because of the pro-life platform but the buck stops here for me. I will continue to pray for our leader’s of course, but I will not pretend wrong is right.

It is high time to to cry out for Israel and the Jewish People and that G W hears and listens to Godly counsel. There will be no lasting peace in the middle east outside of the prince of peace Jesus / Yeshua / יֵשׁוּעַ

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Iowa the place that dreams come true. Build it and they will come. Build a debate and ask the question “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?” The news media can’t pass that one up, they come running from every where. Funny how that question is actually in the heart of most conservative Christians. I know I must have been asked that question 10 times in the last several weeks referencing to the possible beliefs of republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mike Huckabee’s quote from The New York Times, on December 12, 2007 was  ‘‘Don’t Mormons,’’ he asked in an innocent voice, ‘‘believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?’’

Well, well, what have we here, I know The headlines today offer an apology from Huckabee but before we move on to fast did you see the Church’s official response.

A spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Huckabee’s question is usually raised by those who wish to smear the Mormon faith rather than clarify doctrine. “We believe, as other Christians believe and as Paul wrote, that God is the father of all,” said the spokeswoman, Kim Farah. “That means that all beings were created by God and are his spirit children. Christ, on the other hand, was the only begotten in the flesh and we worship him as the son of God and the savior of mankind. Satan is the exact opposite of who Christ is and what he stands for.”

What does exact opposite of who Christ is actually mean? Unless you understand what they really believe about begotten, that sounds right. In the mid 1980’s I had the privilege to meet Thelma “granny” Geer who was a 4th generation Mormon, and a great-granddaughter of a Mormon pioneer and polygamist John D. Lee, who was a personal bodyguard to Brigham Young. You should check out what She says on the whole matter of rlds beliefs.

Here is a site  http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=242089537

The recent TV commercials present Mormonism as just another denomination when in reality it is another Jesus they preach. What Romney believes should have nothing to do with Him being president since George Bush being a member of the secret society skull and bones evidently made no difference to Christians in the last elections. I am being facetious, I do believe it matters there is a demonic spiritual realm and if a person has even suttle ties to it then their discernment is very flawed to say the lest.

OK I know I will get some negative feedback on this but let me say just a word of my why. I have spent much time in Uganda they are a nation that has had much blood shed. They have been a nation also plagued by witchcraft. I have personally seen things that most Americans have no grid for and I would not waste my time telling you its just to far out threre. Several X-witch doctors who have become flollowers of Jesus christ, have said they would bow down to the demonic powers in the US because they operate covertly, hidden and in business suits with lots of money where in African it is in your face and fear based. In the US we don’t believe in any thing spiritual good or bad Whether its God or Lucifer they are just out there some where.

Something to Remember 2 cor 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light

We need discernment in this hour Lucifer is not a sexual bi-product of God, inquiring minds will find out what that means! Good Day

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