Call Down The Right Fire

December 4, 2017

Luk 9:51  And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,
52  And sent messengers before His face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for Him.
53  And they did not receive Him, because His face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
54  And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
55  But He turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
56  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

How do you handle rejection?  There was a time during my childhood that it would not have been good for me to have “if looks could kill” be a reality in my life because they would have had to dedicate an entire state to bury those to whom I gave the look.  I suffered a great deal of rejection as a child.  It stunk, but it prepared me for ministry even though at the time I had little interest in God or ministry.  There is a lot of rejection in ministry from unbelievers and believers alike so be prepared, but serve.

The Samaritan village didn’t want to receive or welcome Jesus because they knew He was on His way to Jerusalem and they hated the Jews as much as the Jews hated Samaritans.  They missed out on great spiritual blessings and maybe some healings because they could not get past their prejudice.  I am sure that they had heard of Him and what He was preaching and doing.  Yet, because they would be a rest stop on the way to the hated people they wanted nothing to do with Him.  If they had not known and thought He was going to stay in Samaria they might have received Him gladly even though He was a Jew for His reputation’s sake.

James and John did not take the rejection lightly.  Indeed, they felt they had righteous indignation and even holy precedence to just toast the entire village.  What happened though is that they took that passage out of context.  Elias brought down fire on soldiers who came to capture him and had no respect for him or God.  These villagers had the right to be hospitable or not even if their reasons were framed by prejudice.  That is quite a bit different from Elias’ circumstance.  Much error in the Church today is because of passages being taken out of context.  This leads to wrong interpretations and applications

I wish I could have heard Jesus’ tone and volume of voice when He rebuked those lads.  The Greek indicates a very straightforward rebuke.  Was it loud and stern or more of a disappointed and lower tone yet intense?  We often think of Jesus as being soft spoken and mellow, but He may have really got in their faces over this since they have missed the whole point of His mission and were acting like most humans with power ready to abuse it according to their own passions.

Notice He spoke to their spirit rather than the poor interpretation and application.  Sometimes sincere people will mess up a verse but not because it is in their spirit to do so.  False prophets continually mess up verses because it is in their spirit to do so and are helped by the evil spirits that guide and possess them.  James and John were thinking in their fallen spirit and not in the spirit of their Teacher whom they called Lord.  Too many times we think and do as men thinking we are thinking and doing in the mind of Christ because we found that one or two verses that seems to match what we think even if we have to stretch it enough to make Silly Putty(c) jealous.

We live in a evil world that is difficult to describe and we know that it will get extremely worse before the Millennium.  We truly “ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”  That is beyond our comprehension when we have seen so much in the last 50 years and yet times what we have seen by 1000 and maybe we have a small peek of what it is going to be like at the Second Coming.  If you are saved, you will miss much of the horror at the Rapture, but we will see plenty before that happens.

While I believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still available, I am glad calling down fire is not one mentioned in the epistles.  I know too many men and women that would be like James and John and few places or people would be safe.  The Lord might come back and find one person left, the one who called down fire on all the other ones who had the gift because they had some disagreement.  I get it.  There are plenty of places that would be on my list if I thought with my carnal mind and not His thoughts.

We are not to have a vengeful spirit.  God will avenge and all things will be handled one day and that is His right, not ours.  If He toasted His people every time they chose sin over Him, in essence an act of rejection, I would not be typing this and I don’t think there would be a believer to read it if I finished before I was toasted.

We are told many times that Jesus was despised and rejected and we are not going to be greater than our Lord and if that happened to Him we can expect it to happen to us.  The Apostles were all martyred as have many Christians since the 1st Century.  Many are martyred daily in our age.  In the last days we were told even family members would turn against us.  There are those who say they are Christians and are tares.  There are carnal and immature Christians.  There are Christians with some wrong beliefs who will come after you because they do not like it that you are right.  You convict them and no one likes to be convicted.

So if you look at it, you have a greater chance of being rejected than being accepted.  Don’t call down fire of vengeance and indignation. After all, there were probably many children and others in the village that had no knowledge of the rejection.  How big was the village?  The town leaders made the call so you are going to toast everyone?  If I called down fire on an area of great evil I would take care of the evil people in town, but I might also take out some saved people as well as people who will get saved today, tomorrow, next week or next year.  Do I condemn them to Hell because of my impatience that I translated as righteous indignation?  If God calls down fire like on Sodom then He has the right and the foreknowledge to know the state of the people and if they would ever repent and be saved.  Neither you or I know that.

If you want to call down fire then call the right fire.  Call for Holy Spirit fire to fall on the person or place.  Pray for salvation of souls and revival of the saints to be about their Father’s business instead of their business.  For two thousand years when God’s people have had the fire burning within them and moving in the Spirit’s power the worst sinner, entire families and entire towns were saved.  Countries turned around as the people and leaders were saved and followed God, not men in their practices and laws.  Demons have been cast out, the sick healed and even the dead raised.  That is the fire that needs to be called down on the Church and then spread out of our control like a Texas prairie fire.  It will look out of control but will be under full control of the Holy Spirit.

There are those who will reject, but be like Christ and the disciples.  Move on to the next village as you head for the New Jerusalem taking as many with you as possible.  Be of the right Spirit and call down the right fire.  The world and you need it.  Maranatha!


Committed, Faithful, Teachers

November 19, 2017

2Ti 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

As Paul told King Agrippa, “this thing was not done in a corner” there were many witnesses still alive that had seen Christ risen from the dead. There were many witnesses of Paul’s teaching who were changed by it and those who testified that Paul was called to teach and preach and even to verify his message. Thus Timothy was not getting some esoteric or special message like some claim to have have over the centuries. He was getting the real deal vetted by many including Peter and the elders of the Jerusalem Council.

From G3844 and G5087; to place alongside, that is, present (food, truth); by implication to deposit (as a trust or for protection): – allege, commend, commit (the keeping of), put forth, set before.

Timothy was receiving this training and message from Paul because Paul knew him to be a faithful man. He committed or deposited this message Timothy with the understanding that Timothy was to do the same.

Sometimes we train men, but we do not really commit the message to them. Some pastors and missionaries do not back off and let the men they trained go out and do the work without constant micro-management. This often disheartens the men and they give up. Often they feel very inadequate because the micro-management conveys a lack of trust in their understanding of the message or their gifting. Some quench the style or methods the men use as if the mentor’s way is the only way. The message never changes, but the delivery can change. While indeed you should not lay hands on no man suddenly there comes a time when you need to cut loose and truly commit the message to those you trained.

Sometimes that means you need to back off completely. There is a story told of a famous preacher that though he retired and became “Pastor Emeritus” he still sat on the podium. This became a problem for the new pastor. He said anytime he said something that was a new concept to the people he could see them lean to the left of the podium to see the famous man’s reaction. Eventually, that pastor left because the church was not fully committed to him by the former pastor or the congregation. They only partially committed it to him. The former pastor should have sat in the back roll, the balcony or maybe even in another church to show his full commitment to the new pastor.

Thus when you commit the message to the men commit it and let God use them. Be a resource, but not a micro-manager or you may see less than optimal results of your mentoring.

From G3982; objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful: – believe (-ing, -r), faithful (-ly), sure, true.

There are various types of faithfulness. Sometimes we can find men faithful in many, many areas and we think they are excellent candidates to train to be trainers. Sometimes it does not work that way. They will attend all your classes faithfully. They will complete all assigned work in an excellent manner. They may be full of faith, but they never become trainers. They have a ton of knowledge, but they hoard it to themselves. Indeed, there are many Christians in our pews that may not have the gift of teaching as we think of it, but they really are apt or able to teach somewhere with the knowledge they have. They just do not have the zeal or confidence to do it.

I once interviewed at a church and the man on the board mentioned that there were no male teachers of any kind in the church, not even the deacons. I said I did not see how that could be since most of the men in the church were middle-aged and above having been saved for many years. Surely, they could teach in some capacity or level. Some thought they needed seminary training and yet none of their women teachers had that.

So no pastor of that church ever found faithful men that he could mentor to train others? They were faithful in many things, but not in spreading the Gospel and training others to do that. I am not sure who is at fault the previous pastors, the men or both, but the situation was very sad. That church folded, but some others restarted it years later. Last I heard they were doing well. Some faithful folks showed up, I reckon.

So picking faithful men requires they have a zeal and desire to teach, not just to learn. In the context, the passage is speaking of training pastors or evangelists, but there are many other ways to teach or mentor. After all, we are all called to give a reason of the home that lies within us so we are teachers as we journey through life if we understand our identity and why we are here. Yet, if we do not have those willing to faithfully learn and teach how will the Body learn to do what we are called to do; witness, win souls and teach all that Christ and the Apostles taught?

We must equip pastor-teachers, but we must also equip people to be able to obey the Great Commission. If we are, as someone said, the only Bible some will ever read then we need to know who we are, what we need to know, and how to teach it or we are giving people the wrong version of the Bible.

What about you? Are you someone faithful and teaching the Gospel you know and will you be willing to have more committed to you?

Greek definitions from Strong’s Concordance as distributed by E-Sword

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Verse 23 is often use to argue against legalism saying Jesus yelled at them for tithing tiny leaves. That is not completely correct. Jesus did say they got the mint, anise and cummin right. They should tithe every one in every ten leaf of these plants. What His point was that they were so good on the easy stuff, but blew it when it came to the more important or rather weightier points of the law, judgment, mercy and faith.

If there were a gnat in the wine they would strain it out, but if a camel were in it they would just swallow it. As long as you tithed the leaves you could break the law elsewhere, not give justice to someone, be unmerciful and faithless and still be a good Jew.

They were too blind to see they were doing this and yet professing themselves to be guides they do not realize their blindness until they and those who follow them end up in a ditch.
Those groups and preachers that have a dirty dozen of things you must do and cannot do often fall into this category because they major on externals; touch not, taste not, handle not things, but seldom preach on the sins of the inner man like hypocrisy, pride, greed and lust.

Often they produce disciples that are haughty and judgmental justifying or downplaying their own sins of omission and commission while eviscerating those of other people. They are sickly, sallow and shallow Christians that need to spend more time in a mirror then pointing their callous fingers at the unbelievers and struggling Christians.

Don’t be a blind guide. Ask God to open your eyes. You may have some of the externals correct, but unless you have the inner man dedicated to Christ you are not a mature and fruitful Christian, if a Christian at all. Maranatha!

What is Life

October 17, 2017

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Just as Christ had no will of His own, but lived to fulfill the will of the Father we are to have no will or life of our own but to fulfill the will of Christ since we have His mind. Having His mind we should have His mindset.

Christ is everything and everything else is ancillary. If it is not of Christ’s mind we should avoid it. If it is something that is a part of this earthly life then we must keep it in proper perspective and priority.

Christ is life which means He is above family, career or personal desires and everything else including us. Yes, we technically should be at the bottom of the list and yet so often we are number one. Sometimes we have spiritual moments when we actually move to number two or three, but honestly we are number one far more than we should be or even imagine ourselves to be.

The WWJD deal started out well, but it has become trite and cheap jewelry because often when we think we are asking WWJD we are asking what would I do and how do I coat it in Scripture so it looks like WWJD and not WWID.

What would it look like in your life if you really got a good dose of radical 1st Century faith? Would your career change? Would your church life change? Would you downsize to get out of debt so you have more time and money for Kingdom work? Would you come out of retirement and go on short or long term missions? Would your pastor have a MI because you volunteered for something? Would you really put your spiritual gift to work? Would your spouse and kids wonder who you are? Would people come to Christ and hurt sheep be healed and come back to the fold?

It is great to quote Scripture, but putting it in practice is more difficult. What is life? It is Christ and Him alone. Are you living the real Christian life or just the standard American blah form of Christianity? It is like a sack lunch sometimes. It will keep you from starving to death, but not the best meal you could desire. God has a far better steak meal for us if we will but come and partake.

We want the fire of Pentecost, but we will not provide the fuel God uses and that is our bodies as a living sacrifice. If all who live godly will suffer persecution, what has your faith cost you lately? If everything is flowing just beautifully are you really living like Christ who suffered abuse even when doing good and they eventually crucified Him? The student is not greater than the Master so where are your scars? If you are looking for life’s “sweet spot” is Christ your life or an American mythical Christian life?

For you to live is _____?


Are You A Heretic?

October 3, 2017

Titus 3:10  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 
11  Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. 

Right off the bat, I know everyone is going to say no to the title.  That is a natural because even a heretic does not think he is a heretic.  He feels he is right and others are the heretics.  Cults do not see themselves as the heretics.  Groups that have fallen into partial or complete apostasy do not see themselves as heretics.  The Pharisees and Sadducees each thought they were right and the other side were the heretics.  They saw Jesus and the Apostles as the heretics.

When thinking of heretics we normally think of those who teach false doctrine.  That is pretty much the main use of the word.  Those who deny the divinity of Christ, the resurrection, Virgin Birth and other key doctrines are heretics that teach damnable heresies because denying those doctrines will cost you your soul.  You definitely want to reject or have nothing to do with those type of heretics.

There are other doctrines that may not cause you to lose your salvation, but they may well hinder you walking in the fullness and abundant life God meant for you.  Some were born of persecution.  Being immersed during the Inquisition and similar times could cost you your life.  Thus people trying to find other ways to  fulfill the command to be baptized turned to pouring because the Spirit is poured out on us at salvation or by sprinkling since the blood was sprinkled on the doorpost.  Both practices were easier to perform and much safer, but the world baptize means to immerse so the proper mode is immersion and that is undeniable.  Wesley, Luther and Calvin taught immersion even though they taught infant baptism that is not found in Scripture.  Other modes will not send you to Hell and since there is no salvation, only obedience, in the act of baptism your soul is not in danger unless you trust the baptism for salvation.   Then it gets a bit more serious.

These and other doctrines divide the Body, which is the other definition or connotation of heresy.  A heretic or a heresy is that which causes disunion.  we are called to be one Body because we have one Spirit, one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God, one Father, one Savior and hence we should have one doctrine.  (Ephesians 4)  We are all to say the same thing and be of the same mind since we have the mind of Christ.  I am keeping the language simple so you can find the verses  that I am quoting from in this lesson.  His mind is not divided.  He is yea, yea and nay, nay not yea and nay.

Joh 16:12  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 
13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 
14  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Indeed, it would seem that all of us have not been listening to Him because if we did we would all be saying the same thing since the Holy Spirit speaks only the truth and only what He hears from Christ and the Father.  Again, they are not double-minded for Jesus and the Father are one and since we are all in His house, if we are saved, we are all under the same house rules and teachings.  We lack power because we have all gone off like the folks in Judges who did that which was right in their own eyes.

Sadly, we have learned to tolerate doctrinal heresy as well as things that have caused disunity in the Body.  We all have at least a touch of the heretic in us.  Indeed, when we split a church over something other than doctrine we are being heretics.  Too many churches have been planted by man and it shows because the seed is sickly, sallow and shallow.  We have way too many colleges because of split hairs or maybe pride because no one can teach it as well as we can and the rest have fallen by the way.  Then those colleges send out men to start churches in towns that have a good church, but not really because it is not of our tribe or they lack the wisdom and spirituality we have.  That is a spirit of heresy.

2 Cor 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 
15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 
16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 
18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Some might try to use this verse for their split, but it is talking about unbelievers, not believers.  When both the original church and the church from the split have the same doctrinal statement it does not fit this passage unless you can prove one church or the other is filled with tares.  Splitting because things did nor go your way is carnal heresy, not what this verse is saying.  True, there may be occasion to leave a church that is dead and you cannot change it because the dead are in control.  That is not the norm for splits.  It is usually over something more of a personal or carnal nature.

Beware of places, where there is one or two doctrines that lock you into that group.  If they are doctrines of men and most likely they are then they are not there to preserve unity with the whole Body, but rather to keep control of the members.  Things like saying guitars are the devil’s instrument or some ritual or slant on a doctrine that only that group holds to are examples.  Indeed, it will take a massive revival to sort out the many traditions and rituals that are of men because we have gotten so used to them that we see them as fundamentals of the faith when they have no Scriptural basis at all or come from some twist on a verse or two.

Jud 1:18  How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 
19  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

While this is obviously directed to unbelievers, there are those who will fall into Matt 7:21-25 that will have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof and create clear cults with crazy doctrines, but can also cause cults within an Evangelical/Conservative/Orthodox/Fundamental framework.  They build little kingdoms based on their need for power or control.  It may be wealth or fame.  They separate themselves by sensual means or the human baser nature because they do not have the Spirit.  They are not really separating because they are leaving the heretics or apostate though that may be the premise they use.  They cannot do that because they are not saved because they do not have the Spirit thus they cannot be led of the Spirit so they lack true discernment and wisdom.  They are religious and yet walking in the darkness of their minds.  Thus they separate themselves for their own ends, not God’s  If they gather enough people and exist long enough they can look like the norm thus generations may take on their beliefs damning generation after generation.  They indeed mock the truth while claiming to herald it.

Php 2:2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 
3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 

Even in a good church there can be a spirit of heresy or division not tied to a specific doctrine.  Note Paul’s exhortation to the church to be likeminded in love and one accord and again of one mind.  That does not mean we all have to wear suits or eat rice cakes.  It does mean that in our church life we have the same purpose and that is to glorify God, edify each other and win souls not promote our own agendas and seek our own followers.  We are to all be followers of Christ and His mind is to be ours.  His  opinion is the only one that matters and if our opinion does not match Scripture then we have a right to change our opinion or keep it, but no right to divide the Body and hamper its mission by pushing our opinion especially since it is wrong if it does not line up with God.

That does not mean you cannot challenge a teaching or even the pastor-teacher, but you better be right with the Lord and sound in your theology before you go that route.  It also needs to be done according to Matthew 18 and in a spirit of meekness seeking truth and reconciliation.

Php 4:2  I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 

Here are a couple of ladies with a bit of a conflict. I can picture Paul literally on his knees strongly pleading or exhorting these two to put their own interests aside and be focused and of the same mind in the Lord.  I have no idea what they were disputing. I am sure each felt they were right and in the will of God. They were both standing up for their rights or convictions. Neither must have been right or the issue so petty that Paul does not defend one or the other. He directs them both to a new attitude and thought pattern.

I find their names interesting. Euodias almost looks like part of a yodel or sounds like a yodel in phonetics. The name actually means fine travelling. Syntyche means an accident. Guess she was accident-prone or her parents had a little too much wine at a feast one night and she was unplanned. Indeed, if she grew up feeling unwanted she might have had a clashing personality from the bitterness she did not learn to release.

Another commentator says that Euodias means a pleasant scent and Syntyche means fortunate. Their conflict was a stink in the church and certainly a misfortune to both saved and lost that came into contact with it.  Neither were living up to their names if these are the correct meanings.  They were operating in a spirit of heresy because they were causing division and controversy in the Body.  Sadly, while women can be a pleasant scent in the Body they can also cause much trouble.  Find a church in deep trouble and you will often find it is because of strong-willed women and weak men.  It is good to be strong in the Lord, but trouble if the strong will is not controlled by the Spirit.  Strength should build not destroy; unite not divide.

1 Cor 11:18  For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 
11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. 

Even in a church where all of the gifts of the Spirit are fully operational you will find heresy of doctrine or a heretical spirit that causes divisions and usually both are intertwined.  Someone had gotten some new twist or “revelation” on a passage and the person or persons must see things change to comply with this new wisdom or the one that received it now has to be the one the church heeds in all things.  The Corinthian church is proof that the devil will always be at work when the Spirit is at work so we must pray for discernment to know when it is the Spirit speaking or the enemy through a person who seems to have a particular gift.  In humans, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in the spiritual world the enemy uses imitation as the sincerest form of deception and division.

Some might think that since Paul said that there must be heresies among us that we are tolerate them in love.  That is not what he is saying.  He says that they arise among that church so that the approved will be made manifest.  In other words, the heresies make the truth and the ones holding the truth to be revealed or in a sense shine brighter around the heretical darkness.

The Church has pretty much ceased to mark them that cause divisions be it by false doctrine or a divisive spirit in the name of tolerance or love.  There is no love without truth and we are to speak the truth in love.  You would not allow a loved one to take the wrong meds or eat brownies you found out were laced with pot or Ex-Lax so why would you allow someone you love to believe false doctrine or continue in a divisive spirit without sharing the truth in love?

Of course, part of the problem is that the average Christian just does not do their homework.  They will listen to a good jokester, motivational speaker that has charisma or maybe just down home demeanor without really checking on their doctrine.  They do not catch innuendos or that while familiar words are used the meanings are different from what they believe.  They do not study to show themselves approved and able to correctly interpret the Word.  Baptists especially take pride in being people of the Book and yet cults get more converts from Baptists than any other group.  That may be partly because there are more Baptists than many groups, but still the Book has not helped them or they would not be so easily corralled by a different shepherd.

Paul does tell us to call out, as he did, those who cause division by doctrine, pride, agenda or whatever.  We are to seek to correct them in love, but as the initial passage states after two admonitions we reject them.  We have nothing to do with them.  We do not tolerate them nor do we engage in endless debate with them on Facebook or some other forum.  That seems harsh, but it is healthy for the Church and it is best to let the Holy Spirit to work on them in isolation.  Our constant dialogue with them only tires us and emboldens them.

So, are you a heretic?  If we are honest, we have all been one at some point in our life.  I came out of a group that had many doctrines correct, but had a divisive spirit that kicked everyone into outer darkness or gave them labels that ostracized them unless you were one of them and they may kick you out if you have a dirty fifteen instead of a dirty dozen list.

While we must always be engaged in the life of the Body, we must be careful about maintaining unity.  Too often people think pew warming is a spiritual gift and though they are not involved with any ministry in the church they think the have the greatest gift of armchair quarterbacking, which is divisive if shared and harmful to the person even if they practice it in silence.  You can be as orthodox in theology as one can get, but if you become a divisive person in the Body you are as much of a heretic as any cult leader.

Php 2:2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Let’s give Paul something to rejoice over when we get there, but better yet, let’s fulfil the Lord’s joy by seeking His mind and being in His mind in all that we do in life be it while among the brethren or out in the world.

Psa 133:1  A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity
2  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 
3  As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Let’s get our oil on and be as refreshing as the morning dew as we journey from the nasty now and now to the sweet by and by.  Unite in Him!  Want to fight?  Fight Hell!  Maranatha!

There is an old story about a Sunday School teacher that asked all her students to raise their hands if they wanted to go to Heaven.  All but Johnny raised their hands.  She asked Johnny why he did not want to go to Heaven.  He replied that he wanted to go, but thought she was planning to go right now.   It is true that Christians are thrilled they are saved and going to go to Heaven, but most want to catch the last seat on the last train leaving.

There is no ideal time to die.  If we say we want to be 100 when we get to 99 we may decide 11o is a better time to die.  We want to live to see our grandchildren grow up and then when we see that we want to see their children grow up.  Most of us want to die in our sleep and wake up in Glory.  Yet, Christians are routinely tortured and killed and have been since the times of Christ, Stephen being the first martyr.  Some die in accidents, fires, home burglaries or public shootings.  Some are raped and killed or die by horrible diseases after much pain and suffering.

Because of all that suffering some weep at a birth and rejoice at a death.  Some see miscarriages and still births as a blessing to the child since it will never know the pains and sorrows of life.  That is true, but not much comfort for a parent.  When is a good time to lose a child?  No parent wants to have their child die before them.  That is unnatural in our minds, but it is not uncommon.   For centuries, many children have been stillborn or died from SIDS even before we had a name for it.  Often throughout the centuries mothers died in childbirth.  Many children did not make it to adulthood because of many diseases.

Indeed, in American history we can see people marrying very young and while a woman marrying at 15 might have 8 or more children only 2 may make it to childhood.  Average life expectancy was 36 in the 1700’s so both the man and woman marrying shortly after puberty was not strange because at 17 they were middle-aged according to the average.  When does it hurt less to lose a child; before birth, at birth, at 6, 9. 17?  No way to really measure that because each age has it particular sorrow

We bemoan when someone dies at what we call too young.  We say they had so much potential.  They had their whole life ahead of them, but what kind of life would they have lived?   Would they cure cancer?  Would they be a serial killer?  Would they develop a disease that would be painful for years?  Would they be murdered or die in a horrible accident just a few more years later than they did die?  We do no know, but God does.  We always have God questions when people die sooner than we think or in some manner we deem unacceptable.

Psalm 116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

God is present and aware of death.  After all, sin brought it into the world by Adam so He is aware of people dying.  The passage is not saying that He values death itself, but He is there for His saints.  One elderly woman who knew she was dying asked me, “What if I forget the way home?”  I told her that either Jesus Himself or an angel would be there to take her and they know the way home.  She died a couple of days later.  To see someone who you love and loves you come home is precious.  You value you that moment and I believe that is what is meant here.  God values the return of the soul He created and loved and loved Him as well.   When we are returning home to loved ones here we want the miles to shrink and the time to pass quickly, but going to our Heavenly home we want to turn a second into a year and a mile into a thousand miles.

Does God ever use an early death as a blessing?  Well, in Isaiah 38 we are told that God told Hezekiah to get his house in order because he was going to die.  Hezekiah made a very good plea by human standards.  He had been a good king that was young and had no heir.  God answered that prayer with 15 more years.  Would we want a warning like that and what was Hezekiah’s thoughts when he was in the fourteenth year?  Was God blessing him when He was going to take him home early?  I think so.  Had he died then, his legacy would have been spotless and glorious.  By living it was tarnished because of the son he had in that time turned out to be one of the worst kings Israel ever had.  Hezekiah would have done well to not trade in his ticket for another train.  Both he and the nation would have been blessed.

King David’s first son by Bathsheba died.  The Lord did it.  As a punishment to the parents?  It would seem so, but it was a blessing to the child.  He would have been hated by his half-brothers and if David would have tried to make him king the half-brothers would have killed him thinking that no child of whoredom should rule in their stead.  Indeed, they may have planned to kill him early on like Joseph’s brothers wanted to do.  It would have been a shame to the country as well so the child and the country were spared shame and turmoil.

King Jeroboam’s son was allowed to die to spare him the judgement that God was about to pour on Jeroboam’s house and Israel’s sin 1 Kings 14:13 says that the child would be buried with honor and the nation would grieve over him because God had found some good in him.  His was the last honorable death in the nation for a long time.  God blessed him.

Death is what we have in this world until the new Heaven and new earth.  Whether we die at the direct hand of God or just as the natural process we trust that a loving Father is with us as we die and is willing to comfort those behind if they will allow Him to do so instead blaming Him or denying His existence because He did not answer our prayer.  David prayed and fasted while his child was alive, but got up, bathed, ate and moved on after the child’s death.  He did not blaspheme God or turn away from Him, but acknowledged that though the child was no longer there he would one day be with the child.

Rev 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 

This was written about saints dying in the Tribulation.  Yet, can we not apply this to our death and others?  If a person is  saved and dies we know that he is absent from the body and present with the Lord as Paul told us so they are also resting from their labors.  Hence, we say RIP when we know someone dies.  Thus we should not fear to catch the next train, even the VIP seat, if we know the Lord.  Indeed, it is right to rejoice for those who catch the train before us no matter how young they were or how old or in what way they boarded it.  We are all going to board that train.  Some of us will catch a bullet train at the Rapture.

Be sure you catch the Gold train to Glory.  If you are not saved, it will be a Black train to Hell.  That seat you should fear having a ticket for and you should run and trade it in for one on the other train. Jesus paid the fare by His death and it was validated by His resurrection. so ask Him for forgiveness while you can.   Maranatha!

From Rejection to Acceptance

September 25, 2017

John_6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Many people feel rejected or fear rejection and thus live in dejection. It is true that in life you will face many situations where people will reject you because of your looks, social status or some other human contrived valuation. Indeed, if my childhood and early adulthood taught me anything it was to expect rejection.

Ben Franklin is reported as having said, “I expect the absolute worst and when it does not happen I am pleasantly surprised.” I think that is how I have learned to cope with rejection. I expect it and when it does not happen I am not only pleasantly surprised I am occasionally shocked.

Even though I have achieved some modicum of what the world deems success, I still fully expect to be rejected in any new situation or by new people who come into my life. It does minimize the pain when it happens and I have come to realize that at times it is their own self-evaluations that cause then to devalue me. Knowing that does keep my dejection level at an acceptable place though I sorrow for the lost relationship especially when I know we both could have grown stronger if it had been maintained.

Many people do not come to Jesus for fear of rejection. After all, who are that God would want anything to do with them? King David also asked why God would bother with mankind let alone him. Can not our sins be to bad or the list of sins be too long? Is there not a line that is crossed where there is no turning back?

What are sometimes called the two unpardonable sins of the the Old Testament because there was no sacrifice that could be given for murder or adultery were committed by Kind David, He wrote that if the Lord counted iniquities or sins no one can stand in the Judgment. Jesus told Peter to forgive his brother four hundred and ninety times with the implication of that being the daily number or to indicate unlimited forgiveness.

There is a line that can be crossed and that line is death, If you do not come to Jesus for the pardoning of your sins now you will have to face them at the Great White Throne where there is no plea bargain or pardon. So, if you are alive and reading this you have not yet crossed the line. Isaiah wrote that God said even if your sins are scarlet or maybe what we would call flaming red you are to come and reason with Him or discuss it and those sins could be made white as snow. Ever try to get some red stain out of a white garment? Not easy and sometimes there is a faint stain that never comes out. God said He would take all the red out with no stain remaining. No greater offer can ever be made than that.

The Father gave all who will come to Jesus and that is how you know you are one that the Father has given because you come to Christ for forgiveness and salvation. If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God sent to earth to be despised and rejected of men to pay for your sins then God is calling you to kneel at the empty tomb. Many kneel at the Cross and yes, that is where the payment was made, but the proof that His death was accepted by the Father and is valid for us is the empty tomb. Come kneel and ask Jesus, the Redeemer, to forgive you sins making you white as snow and a child of God, Come! He said He would no way cast you out or reject you. Your sins may be so heinous that they would shock and repulse most people, but the One who has seen all men’s sins before the foundation of the world and died to pay for them will not turn you away. He will reach down in compassion and embrace you in arms of love for He sees what He has done for you and will do for you. At the moment of salvation you will have a seat in Heaven and the Holy Spirit will seal you and guide you in your journey home giving you an awesome gift that you might use to serve the One who has always loved you and the One you will love because He loved you. Come!! He is willing and ready!

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

He loved the world and you and I are definitely in this world. We grieved Him by our sin, but He gave His Son to be beaten, mocked, spat on and killed for you and I and every person who ever live and shall be born, What does He ask for this? Trust. Believe what He said about man, Himself, and the record He gave of Jesus. Put you belief and trust in the Son for your forgiveness and salvation and you will not perish. You will have everlasting life. Mankind has trusted many things over the centuries and they all failed man. Only when we accept what God has given us in faith or trust does the world start to make sense and our lives transform.

Your sins are long and strong because you trusted many things that have failed you. In your search for happiness you have done it all and still been left empty. You have experienced the rejection of man and you think it is the same way God acts. He is the one who has suffered the ultimate rejection. He created man to love and His love has been rejected by so many since Adam and Eve, Yet, that rejection did not stop Him from loving man. He has put out His hand and man has bitten it even to the point of crucifying Jesus, whom they testified did many great wonders. They rejected their Savior, but little did they know that rejection would be the tool to bring men back to God. Will you stop your rejection? Will you come to the One who will never reject you? He has promised to work all things for the good of those who love Him. You think you do not have enough faith or trust? Jesus said that if we had the faith the size of a mustard seed we could mountains. That seed is very, very small. Seen anyone move a mountain lately? Neither have I. So, it must take some really small faith to be saved or no one would have ever been saved, Come like one man in the Word who said, “Lord, I believe! Help thou my unbelief!” He was afraid that he did not have enough belief, but Jesus healed his son with that small trust. He will save you with your little faith. Come out of rejection and despair into acceptance and love! Maranatha!!!

Ladies, Are You Doing Porn?

September 12, 2017

If I were at a woman’s conference and I asked the question, “Ladies, are you doing Porn?” I would probably receive an eardrum shattering no.  The truth is there would most likely be more women in that group guilty of it than they imagine and some may be married to more than one man and not know it.

Indeed, statistics show that at least 18% of all porn is viewed by women and they are especially interested in the rough stuff.  Some are starting at a very early age.  One man told me that his wife found some pretty hard-core sites on his 9 year old step-daughter’s PC.  Parade magazine said a survey showed that one-third of 9 year olds have experimented with oral sex.  9 year old boys can impregnate some 9 year old girls. So, if you think you can wait until puberty or twelve to have the talk you need to rethink that.

I was in seventh grade when my Mom used the dictionary to try and tell me about the birds and bees.  I showed her few terms she did not know.  With the advent of the Internet, it is far easier to know more about sex at six then many who did not learn until the wedding night and may still not know after being married thirty years.

Mat 5:28  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Since men generally have visual issues more so than women this verse is either just blown past by women or used as a fiery dart if they think someone is leering at them.  The reverse is also true.  I have heard many ladies talk about a man’s back side and even his manly bits if they are outlined by baggy or tight clothing.  They have discussed how they would love to have some man’s children or would enjoy the try even if he was sterile or they would not tell him if she had a hysterectomy.  Women do their share of locker talk as well.  As an IT guy they would sometimes forget I was there and say stuff I hope they would not have said if they knew I was there.

Have you watched a love scene in a movie with your favorite actor and imagined yourself as the leading lady at that moment?  Maybe it is some lad on a soap opera, which should be called a soft porn opera.  He kisses some lady and you wish it were you.  You looked at the next door neighbor’s husband and imagined him kissing and caressing you like you saw him do his wife.  You are as guilty as any man of violating this passage.

As I said, soap operas are soft porn and progressing towards hard porn.  Everyone is usually sleeping with everyone in town at some point.  Even some prime time shows show more explicit sexual activity and blunt language than years ago.  You would had to have HBO to see what you can now see and hear.  Someone said in the 1950’s you could not say the word virgin on TV and now you cannot find one.  They were right.

How about the romance novels you are reading?  They are really soft porn.  I wondered what the allure of those things were so on my breaks when I worked at a retail store I would peruse them to try and get a clue.  The amount of sex in them ranging from seduction to adultery and rape was astounding,  One had such graphic rape scenarios I reported it to the manager and she threw them out.  She told me if I found any more to let her know.  I don’t think I read anymore after that.

If you read that wonderful, romantic seduction scene and are aroused you are on shaky ground.  What are you going to do about it?  Make love to your husband while imaging that scene picturing the tall, dark, handsome man in the scenario when you husband is average height and bald?  You are committing adultery with a fantasy man and vulnerable if a man like the one in your fantasy makes a pass at you. Some watch anime thinking since it is only cartoons there is no issue.  Unfortunately, dwelling on romantic seductions or watching cartoon porn does create inordinate affections and someday you may play out the fantasies you dwell on.

I had one lady share with me that she did not have a satisfying imitate life with her husband.  There was a man she knew that she thought she would have great sex with a man like him.  That is a textbook example of what this verse is talking about and she is not the only woman that thinks it is OK to look and imagine, but not touch though if that man would make a pass at her she would catch it on one toe with both hands extended.

There is danger in fantasy.   Jesus shows that adultery starts with a look and all the man lacked was opportunity.  Had the lady he was looking at turned to him and took him my the hand to her house the fantasy would become reality.  This is how many affairs start and marriages ruined.  What if I had someone else or someone like him?

1Th 4:3  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
5  Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
6  That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

Whether we think it is or not, we are defrauding our mates or perspective mates when we fantasize about other people or unrealistic sexual relationships in novels, soaps or hard porn movies.  Our mates are the ones who should be giving us sexual pleasure and the fantasies make it so that no matter how loving they may be they cannot live up to the fantasies.

It would be better to approach sex from the perspective of Queen Victoria who unromantically advised a nervous young bride that on her wedding night to just “lie back and think of England” or reproducing citizens than to view it from the perspective of fantasy.  Everything works great in fantasy.  People can be over the top in acting.  Indeed, married ladies have been known to fake it. The reality is that if used righteously, the marriage bed can be quite fulfilling without all the silliness in writ and film.

Adam and Eve had the best in the Garden. They had perfect bodies and a perfect location with no distractions of other people.  That’s gone people.  Our bodies do not work as well as theirs and we need to focus on one mate to get the best we can in this age.  Communicate your needs and a person in love with you will seek to fulfill them as long as they can realistically do so.

Gen 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

It used to be a shame to be naked in front of anyone other than your spouse or doctor and that first visit and that wedding night were both very awkward.  Not so much today since many women including some professing Christian women flaunt their “girls’, their backside and their animal track.  If you expose yourself, you are either wanting people to look or you are saying that you do not mind if they look so why get mad if they do or ask to see more?   That’s another discussion.

We have made marriage a very complicated process today.  God says a couple leave home and bond with each other consummating that bond with sex that makes them one flesh.  There has always been plenty of sex in the world since we have gone from eight to eight billion in just a few thousand years, but not a lot of lasting bonding.  At least from man’s perspective.  God sees it as marriage once you consummate it.  Even our laws allow for an annulment, if there has been no intercourse.  Wills are challenged on that basis.  Remember the famous lady that married a rich man and his family contested the will because they said there was no consummation as she was very young and he was in his 80s?  God seals that bond for life, even if we do not.

1Cor 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Jesus said to look was to commit adultery because it was a heart issue.  What about if you actually do it?  Remember that bond thing?  Paul says that a one-night stand is the same as a marriage because of that bond thing.  So, if you look in lust you commit adultery and become bonded to that person.  Paul says the same thing and it is basically a marriage if you understand the language.

Many people from my generation who were involved in the free love movement had many husbands and wives long before they had a piece of paper from the government.  Many people who have never physically strayed from their one and only spouse have many husbands and wives due to lust in the heart.  There are many spiritual polygamists and they do not know it because they think it is OK to look and not touch.  Jesus said looking is just the same as you only lack opportunity to fulfill your lust. That is the only real difference between the person in the motel or the person looking their neighbor or porn is opportunity.  If you are single, you are a fornicator so do not think you are any better off than the married person.  You are still in deep do do.  On a spiritual level, you are married to the first one you slept with or lusted about so anyone after that is adultery even if you are a physical virgin.

Proverbs 6:32  But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

Again, men tend to be the initiators albeit in this age many women initiate sexual encounters so the reverse is also true.  Not only will a person go to Hell, if he is not saved but there are other consequences.  A saved person will not go to Hell, but his/her life will be hellish until they repent and are forgiven.

A soul can be destroyed because each person you bond with gets a piece of you soul because as you bodies merge there is a bonding of the soul even if you are just doing a one night with a stranger off of Craigslist, Facebook or the local hooker.  It is not just sex and money that exchanged,  You are exchanging bits of your soul with each other because that is how God ordained to be a bonding of body and soul.

If it is just a person you are lusting after you will lose a piece of your soul, but they may not.  If they are a lustful person dressing to arouse lust maybe God lets the interchange happen.  If the person is innocent and dressed modestly, that person may not lose a piece their soul, but you will and maybe that is even more damaging.  We are not the given the details in those cases so we can only speculate.  We only know that the Judge of all the earth will do right.

I cannot find it on the Net, but I once saw a poster for HIV prevention that showed a couple and then all the people each had slept with saying that you are not only sleeping with your partner but everyone they slept with and so on.  Indeed, I read where DNA can stay with you for even years so if you had sex with only your husband and he dies some of his DNA may be present if you remarry two years later and have sex with your new husband.

In this case, we have an example of the natural picturing the supernatural.  In your soul, you are bonded with every person you slept with or fantasized sleeping with thus dividing you soul into possibly many sections of bonds making it hard to bond with your one true love;  You are married to too many people.  James says a double-minded man can receive nothing from God.  What true relationship can a person who may be have their soul divided by hundreds of men or women?

This may be one of the leading causes of depression and even insanity that cannot be healed because no one is investigating this.  We do know that guilt can be debilitating. One lady became paralyzed after an affair while her husband was overseas.  No physical cause was found.  Finally, a Christian counselor found out about the affair and advised her to confess to God and her husband  After reconciliation with God and her husband her paralysis vanished.  A person in a catatonic state was asked about what they were guilty of and they broke down in tears and after confession they were healed mentally and spiritually walking out of that hospital.

The divided soul indeed is ill and may feel the guilt that the mind represses because it does not believe in God or sin or like many believe that looking and not touching is fine.  Unless, a person comes to Christ for forgiveness and salvation they will live a life of a destroyed soul and eventually die and go to Hell with that soul.   If a person is saved and has been dabbling in porn or unrealistic fantasies from other sources dividing their soul they need to come to Christ for forgiveness and ask Him to break all soul ties with people real or imagined they have slept with in reality or virtual reality thus healing their soul.

So Ladies, are you doing porn of any kind and in danger of living out your fantasy?  If so, something in this prayer whether you are saved on not will relate to you.  Take the idea and put it into your own words and find freedom.

Lord Jesus, I come to You as the Son of God who came to earth to pay for the sins of man with the shedding of Your blood on the Cross.  I know that payment was acceptable to God because You rose from the dead in three days and now live to bring peace between the Father and those who will come to You to confess their sins and receiving forgiveness and eternal life by putting faith or trust in what You did.  I can do nothing to save myself.  I am drowning in my sins and I look only to You for my salvation.  Please forgive my sins and at this moment I am thinking especially of my sexual sins though I know I am guilty of many more sins.  I need them all forgiven and I know You will do because You said You would.  Please break all soul ties I have with past lovers or imagined ones I have seen in porn or people in my life that I have wanted sex with but lacked opportunity. I am not a Christian, but by faith in You I am now. Please create in me a clean heart and a right spirit. Help me to find a good church that will help me learn about You and have people there who will love me and encourage me.  Thank You for Your love and salvation!  Amen.

If you are a Christian, then where it starts that I am not a Christian say, Jesus, I am a born-again Christian, but I turned from you to my lust and I ask forgiveness for the porn be it soft porn in novels, TV shows  or hard porn movies.   I am sorry that I have been unfaithful to You and my spouse or my future spouse. Please break all soul ties I have with past lovers or imagined ones I have seen in porn or people in my life that I have wanted sex with but lacked opportunity.  Please create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.  Use me to bring others out of these sins.  Use me to win souls and edify saints.  Thank You that You love me with a love that allows me to return to Your grace and fellowship.  Thank You, Jesus!  Make me whole again.  Amen@

If You Knew Your Date?

August 17, 2017

Isa 38:4 Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,
5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

What would you do if you knew when you would die? What if God told you 15 or even 5? What significant changes would you make? I had something make think about this since I am soon to be 65 and the average lifespan is 70 to 80 years. That means I have 15 at best if I make the average, but more likely 5 as I have and have had some health issues and some close calls with death from the time I was six.

With that in mind, I am going to try and develop a 5 year plan. Most jobs ask that kind of thing. “Where do you see yourself or where would you like to be in five years?” I would say, at this point, still breathing.

My desire is to be more fruitful in the next five years than I have been in the past 65, which means I have to get very close to God or it will not happen. At this point. I cannot tell you what that fruit or relationship will look like as it will take some time before I see more than a few steps down that road. If God decides to allow me a few more years than the plan will be reviewed at that time.

Not sure that fruit will include anything that will land me on TV or the best seller’s list with my biography, but fruit that lasts and is truly profitable may be something not seen that publically. It might be an undercurrent of some sort that will affect the Kingdom without any PR for me at all or not until after my death. That does help keep you humble and God rewards humility more than publicity.

I do expect to see things I have never seen before and receive things that I do not know now. I want to let God be God as He once asked me if I would do that. This may be where my long and wakeful journey begins that was prophesied over my wife and myself. Five years is a long time and if the journey ends for me then, it is well with my soul.

Anyway, prayers are requested. May I be given the wisdom I need to develop the plan and then work the plan. Pray for my wife because she will be a part of the plan and the journey. May she find great joy and peace as we go. Thank you for your friendship and prayers. May God present you with a plan and journey as well!

On average, the overall life expectancy, for someone born in 2015, fell from 78.9 years to 78.8 years. The life expectancy for the average American man fell two-tenths of a year — from 76.5 to 76.3. For women, it dropped one-tenth — from 81.3 to 81.2 years.

Deep End

August 1, 2017

You say that you are my friend
But I’ve gone off the deep end.
I was drowning in the kiddie pool
Being such a crazy blasted fool.
Fussing at and cussing out everyone
Instead of leading them to God’s Son.


I’m goin’ off the deep end!
I’m goin’ off the deep end!
Where God’s love and mercy flows!
Where my soul and spirit grows!
I’m goin’ off the deep end!
Yeah, give me the deep end!

I’m tired of judging the outside
Instead of loving the soul inside!
When we are laid in that old cold sod
We won’t be happy that we played God!
We may find that we did not make it at all
Or all our wonderful works are really straw.


I won’t lose any of my sleep
Because you say I am too deep!
I can’t stand to be shallow
Or leaving my fields fallow!
I need to lose the rocks and stones
O God give life to these dry bones


Even though I am somewhat old school
I cannot live in the kiddie pool.
I hate the old drama and silly strife
Jesus lead me into your full life!
Let the Spirit take you to His school!
Go deeper inside the holy pool!


It is time to dump the old me!
So the new man is truly free!
No more of the Pharisaical jaw
Spouting free grace but practicing the law!
Leave the old kiddie pool behind!
Come into the deep end! It’s fine!

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