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How Than Shall We Pray November 19, 2019

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One of my favorite sayings is, “Why worry when you can pray.”  I know that the Bible says, “Don’t worry,” more times than it says, “Don’t steal,” and we all know what stealing is.

Prayer is how we talk with God.  Notice I said talk “with” not talk “to.”  We come to God in prayer bringing our praise, our thanksgiving, and our needs.  And it should also be a time when we listen.  It’s supposed to be a two way conversation.  And since God knows everything and we don’t perhaps listening should be a bigger part of the process than most of us make it?

How than shall we pray?

This is a question Christians have been asking since Jesus walked among us.  And God’s Word doesn’t leave us to stand around scratching our head.  It gives us some clear-cut straight forward teaching.  Matthew (in The Message) puts it like this, “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.”  In The New King James we’re told, “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”

In other words there is no magic formula.  There is no surefire incantation we’re supposed to memorize and repeat like a mantra.  Instead we’re supposed to talk with God on a one-to-one personal basis and everyone’s personality and circumstances are unique.  Which brings us right back to the age-old question; How than shall we pray?

After telling us what prayer should not be Jesus told us what it should be.  The Message puts it this way, “With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:” and the New King James once again references the way heathens pray telling us, “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.  In this manner, therefore, pray:”

Notice one version tells us “Like this:” and another says, “In this manner, therefore, pray:”

Neither one tells us, “Repeat these words.”  One says “Like this,” or in this way.  And the other says, “In this manner.”  The clear meaning of this when interpreted through the admonition found in the immediately preceding passage whether the “Don’t fall for that nonsense” of The Message or the “do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do” of The New King James is that turning what follows next into a formula or a mantra is the exact opposite of what Jesus was trying to teach us about prayer.

What follows these warnings about praying repetitiously like a religious robot or a magician’s apprentice is Jesus’ teaching about how to pray not necessarily about what to pray or as it has come down to us through religious tradition, the “Lord’s Prayer.”

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

This is a model that we can analyze.  Using this analysis we can try to understand its components.  We can accept these as necessary components of prayer.

Some say that the so-called Lord’s Prayer is the meaning of the 23rd Psalm embodied within a prayer.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the till waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

There are many ways to break down the Lord’s Prayer into its essential components.  Here’s one way:

  1. A personal relationship with God— “Our Father”

 

  1. Faith                                “in heaven”

 

  1. Worship—                          “hallowed be Your name”

 

  1. Expectation—                    “Your kingdom come”

 

  1. Submission—                     “Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”

 

  1. Petition—                            “give us this day our daily bread”

 

  1. Confession—                      “and forgive us our debts”

 

  1. Compassion—                    “as we forgive our debtors”

 

  1. Dependence—                    “and lead us not into temptation, but                                             deliver us from evil”

 

  1. Acknowledgment—          “for Yours is the kingdom, and the power,                                       and the glory forever

Seeing this as a model Jesus gave us when teaching us how to pray it makes sense to see complete prayers as having these components.  However, taking the message of His teaching in the same passage of scripture to heart tells us that the idea of memorizing or repeating endlessly the same words like a mantra is the opposite of what He intended.

It’s good to remember that the shortest prayer in the Bible, “Lord, save me!” was answered immediately.  So we can see it isn’t the length or a certain sequence of words that brings an answer.

So, How than shall we pray?

We should pray from the heart with pure intentions seeking intimacy with Him not merely fulfilling an obligation or checking a box on some spiritual scorecard.  If we seek Him we’ll find Him.  If we draw near to Him He’ll draw near to us.  The most important aspect of our prayer is not what we want it’s who we want.  If we seek Him and His kingdom He assures us that all we’ll ever need is there when we need it.  He’s an on-time God.

So when we pray let’s not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.  For they think they’ll be heard for their many words instead let’s just talk with Daddy openly, intimately, and often.  And let’s give Him the space to speak to us.  We’ll do well to apply the wisdom of God not only to our conversations with others but also to our conversations with Him, let’s be swift to hear and slow to speak.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event November 15, 2019

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When:

Friday        NOV 15             4 PM – 8 PM

Saturday    NOV 16             9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday      NOV 17             9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Bridge View Center

102 Church St

Ottumwa, IA 52501

Dr. Owens has six new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All sixteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Four books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, and The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom.  Four History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), and America Won the Vietnam War! A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years, and a book designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith.   All of these books are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at Amazon

 

 

 

The Trump Bump Stumps Chumps November 12, 2019

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Here’s a sampling of some of the positive economic headlines and pull quotes after almost three years of President Trump’s effort to Make America Great Again:

Trump’s Economic Triumph: “Prosperity is increasing, and the less well-off are benefiting the most.”

Trump economy is really experiencing a middle-class boom — this data doesn’t lie: “Median household incomes under Donald Trump have soared from $61,000 to an all-time high of $66,000 in less than three years into the Trump presidency. This is tremendous news and documents substantial middle-class prosperity in Trump’s first three years in office.  The $5,003 rise in middle-class incomes is especially impressive given that incomes only rose by $1,200 in the seven years under Obama”

Trump’s Economy Is Working for Minorities: “The U.S.’s long economic expansion has been particularly beneficial for minority workers. … The unemployment gaps between both blacks and whites as well as Hispanics and whites have reached all-time lows. It’s not just that the job market has been good: For minorities, it has been historically good.”

Trump economy surges while Biden and Obama hog the credit: Middle-class incomes have grown almost three times faster under Trump than under Obama. This is like trading in a Pinto for a Porsche and as you’re flying down the highway saying it’s just a trend.  Small business and consumer confidence as well as the stock market surged in the days after the Trump election and have stayed high ever since.  Coincidence?  Hardly.

More to the point, most of Trump’s policies have been to reverse Obama policies, not to continue them. Obama raised tax rates; Trump cut them . Obama grew regulations at a record pace; Trump has been rescinding them at a record pace.  Or as the Washington Examiner expressed it, “Trump kills 16 regulations for every new one, crushing the 2-for-1 goal.”  Obama negotiated the Paris climate accord — a $100 billion tax on the American economy — and Trump smartly pulled us out.

What’s next?  Will Jimmy Carter start taking credit for the Reagan boom?”

Of course the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media work overtime filling the airwaves, headlines, and the wall-to-wall cable chatocracy with fake news telling us how lower taxes and less regulations will destroy of the American economy.

In reality, the Trump program of tax cuts for workers, deregulation, and policies that put American industries first—from farmers to manufacturers to energy producers—is finally allowing the United States to negotiate from a position of strength.

The fact is that the self-appointed experts who broke our economy have no idea how President Trump is fixing it.  The very thought that free enterprise, individual liberty, and economic opportunity might be just what’s needed to reinvigorate the over-regulated and centrally-planned nation in decline they devised doesn’t even register as a possibility.

American jobless claims fall week after week.  This means fewer of our citizens have to file for unemployment benefits in what is now a strong labor market.   Surprise – surprise – surprise the democrats who pose as reporters and their in-house economists didn’t see that coming.  Did you ever notice how every positive report is accompanied shock and bewilderment.

While the economy is surging across the board for an example of why let’s take a moment and think about the so-called trade war with China.  For years, both Democrats and Republicans promised to hold Beijing accountable for breaking the rules on trade. For instance China is responsible for 87 percent of the counterfeit goods seized entering America which costs us an estimated 600 billion per year.  Its intellectual property theft is estimated to cost U.S. employers another 600 billion each year.  Its average tariff rate on our goods entering their country is nearly three times what we charge them.

Unlike past leaders, President Trump is actually keeping his promise to make China play by the rules. The socialists don’t like that.  They’ve argued for years that upsetting the Chinese communists by calling them to account will hurt our economy.

But that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Andy Puzder the former CEO of CKE Restaurants wrote for Fox News: “Here in the U.S. – despite claims that tariffs would end the current economic recovery and increase consumer costs – our economy remains the envy of the world.  Inflation is in check, unemployment is near a half-century low, wages are surging, and economic growth is continuing to beat expectations.”

Puzder continued, “A skilled negotiator like President Trump knows that you should never rush into a deal, even if the political benefits are compelling.  As a nation, we would eventually pay the price for a deal driven by politics rather than substance.”

How is President Trump’s policy of standing up for America impacting China?  President Donald Trump’s top economic advisor Larry Kudlow said on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street. “The Chinese economy is crumbling. It’s just not the powerhouse it was 20 years ago. …  Any long chart of Chinese investment or economic metrics shows a steady downdraft.  …  Their GDP, which is probably inflated by several points, is coming in lower and lower. …  The economic burden of these tariffs is falling almost 100 percent on China.”

As highlighted above the Trump Economy is already strong, especially for the blue-collar workers who need it most.  Once the President’s America First policies persuade China to end its decades-long trade war on America, the United States’ economic future will be shining like a bright sunrise after a long dark night.

So while the left’s continually surprised self-appointed experts claim President Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing on trade or the economy the results prove they’re the ones being schooled by the reality of the Trump Bump or as my purposefully attention grabbing alliterative title puts it, “The Trump Bump Stumps Chumps.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event November 11, 2019

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When:

Friday        NOV 15             4 PM – 8 PM

Saturday    NOV 16             9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday      NOV 17             9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Bridge View Center

102 Church St

Ottumwa, IA 52501

Dr. Owens has six new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All sixteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Four books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, and The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom.  Four History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), and America Won the Vietnam War! A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years, and a book designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith.   All of these books are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event November 8, 2019

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When:

Friday        NOV 8         4 PM – 8 PM

Saturday    NOV 9          9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday      NOV 10        9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Hawkeye Downs

4400 6th St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Dr. Owens has five new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All fifteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Four books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, and Drain the Swamp.  Four History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), and America Won the Vietnam War! A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years, and a book designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith.   All of these books are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at Amazon

 

 

 

Quit Looking at the Wind November 5, 2019

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The talents we have are God’s gifts to us.  What we do with those talents is our gift to God.  Paul told us, “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.”

As believers we don’t just know about God.  We not only personally know the Master of the universe.  He’s in us.  We’re wall-to-wall Jesus filled with His Spirit.  And it’s that dynamic union that makes us who we are.  Like the energizer bunny we’re filled with power but ours doesn’t come from the copper top it comes from the Creator of everything.  What we do we do in and through Him and without Him we can do nothing.  If we attempt to build our lives without Him we’re building castles in the sand instead of a fortress on the rock.

John told us, “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.  I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.”

How do we test our lives?  How do we know whether or not we’re allowing God to work in and through us?  Are we allowing Him to guide us?  Or are we insisting on being the piolet instead of the co-pilot on our brief flight through this world?  We can easily test this by asking, “How fruitful am I?”  If we’re producing fruit we’re united with Christ.  If not what are we doing?

Are we waiting until the time is right?  Are we waiting until we’re fully prepared?  Are we waiting until we have all the provisions we need to face any eventuality?

The time is always right.  God is always ready to act, to be, to do because He is the great “I am” not the will-o-the-wisp “I’m going to be.”

We don’t need to worry about being fast enough, strong enough, or smart enough because God delights in using the ordinary to do the extraordinary.  He took a bunch of nobodies from a backwater and turned the world upside down.  Or as my favorite band Casting Crowns puts it, “I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who saved my soul.”

Our God hasn’t changed.  He still delights in using the weak to confound the strong.  Just look at the history of faith.  You don’t have to look very deep, Jacob, Joseph, David, Paul to see the obvious God deliberately “chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these nobodies to expose the hollow pretensions of the somebodies.”

Therefore being a weak and foolish nobody isn’t a disqualification.  In fact it might be why He chose us to do what He’s called us to do.  What has He called us to do?  Maybe we should ask Him?  And then allow Him the space and the time to tell us.  In prayer as in life we need to listen more than we need to speak or as James put it, “let every man be swift to hear and slow to speak.”  If we listen to Him and let Him lead us we can be assured He will show us where we should go and what we should do.

Often when I say to people, “The Lord told me to do so this or that, to go here or to stay there” they look at me as if I have two heads.  Many have looked at me that way and said, “Do you mean God talks to you?”  In such cases I always look at them the same way and ask, “Do you mean God doesn’t talk to you?”

God is always there.  He’s always guiding us.  If we don’t hear Him the odds are we aren’t listening.

Are we waiting until we have all the resources?  Do we think we need to wait until we have enough money?  Do we think we need to wait until we have enough time, or skill, or opportunity?  I can tell you when all that will occur, never.

When God called Moses from the burning bush and told him he was going to go to Pharaoh and lead the chosen people to freedom Moses protested saying he wasn’t strong enough, smart enough, and that he didn’t have a silver tongue.  Did all that fear dressed up as humility impress God?  No it made God angry. So let’s do our best not to make God angry.  Let’s leave the objections that we aren’t the ones He called to do what He has told us to do and come to the realization that where God guides God provides.  If He calls us to walk upon the water we can walk upon the water.  Let’s quit looking at the wind and the waves and step out of the boat.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event November 4, 2019

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When:

Friday        NOV 8         4 PM – 8 PM

Saturday    NOV 9          9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday      NOV 10        9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Hawkeye Downs

4400 6th St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Dr. Owens has five new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All fifteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Four books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, and Drain the Swamp.  Four History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), and America Won the Vietnam War! A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years, and a book designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith.   All of these books are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at Amazon

 

 

 

President Trump’s Pledge to American Workers October 29, 2019

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According to K1FO News President Trump’s agenda is driving an economic resurgence.  The President’s agenda is creating more and more opportunities for American workers.

  • More than 5.3 million jobs were created between President Trump’s election and his second State of the Union Address alone.
  • June 2019 marked the 16th consecutive month that America’s unemployment rate remained at 4 percent or below.
  • In early 2019, wage growth for U.S. workers hit its fastest pace in a decade.

K!FO goes on to say, “This high-energy growth environment presents both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is that companies must find more workers with specific skill sets to fill an increasing number of open jobs. The opportunity is that with more affordable, relevant training, many American workers will now have the chance to move into better jobs that deliver bigger paychecks.”

As another step in his effort to fulfill his pledge to make America great again the President’s National Council for the American Worker was established by President Trump in 2018.  This council soon launched its flagship program Pledge to America’s Workers.  This is a program designed to lead the way in inspiring American entrepreneurs and educators toward the goal of training and equipping people with the 21st Century skills they need to succeed and our economy needs to excel.

By July the program signed on more than 20 companies and business groups.  The leaders of these various enterprises committed to hire or train more than 3.8 million workers over the next five years.  By 2019, just one year later, over 300 companies and organizations have taken the pledge.  Over the next five years this will produce a total to over 12 million new training opportunities for students and workers.

What prompted the President to move in this direction is the well-known skills gap in today’s labor force.  In an America recovering its manufacturing base with a booming construction industry, and a consumer market following the stock market through the roof employers are having a hard time finding qualified people to fill their rapidly rising number of open positions.  There seems to be a “Help Wanted” sign in front of every factory and in the window of every store, restaurant, and office.  After President Obama’s “New Normal” and in the wake of the Trump Bump there are roughly 1.3 open jobs for each unemployed worker.

According to a report by the American Action Forum (AAF) his shortage of qualified workers is projected to cost our economy $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years.  And this isn’t just a problem for one sector of the economy or a select few entrepreneurs.   According to a report by the Association for Talent Development 83% of employers reported difficulty finding workers with the right skills.  This tightening labor market provided fertile ground for President Trump’s initiative.  Some of the largest corporations in America have taken the pledge including Walmart, Microsoft, FedEx, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, the National Retail Federation, and Associated Builders and Contractors.

As Tamar Jacoby, president of Opportunity America, a think tank focused on economic mobility puts it. “It’s true that there’s been a need to really kick some employers in the pants, basically, or politely get them to volunteer to do more. You can’t fix the skills gap; you can’t train workers for jobs unless you involve the people who are going to hire them.”

Reflecting on the tight labor market that has inspired so many employers to join in President Trump’s imitative Tara Sinclair, George Washington University professor of economics said, “Employers might have been reticent before to [train workers] because it’s spending money on something, and employers want to avoid that where they can.”

As reported from several sources some of America’s largest corporations have taken the pledge and have made specific promises to hire and train thousands of Americans to compete in the economy of the future.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (LMT) the aerospace giant announced it is investing $5 million in vocational and trade programs and pledged to create 8,000 new jobs for skilled workers over the next five years.

After visiting Lockheed’s facilities Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, advisor and co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board said, “Through Lockheed Martin’s Pledge to America’s Workers commitment, and the booming American space industry, we are at the forefront of the changing nature of work, from the use of artificial intelligence to advanced manufacturing.”

Walmart

Walmart operates more than 5,000 stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  A year after joining the pledge, Walmart (WMT), which pledged to provide training for 1 million people over the next five years, is ahead of schedule, having already trained 200,000 people.  Walmart spokesperson Kory Lundberg said, “If you are confident in doing your job, you’re going to be better at it. You’re going to be better able to take care of customers, it’s going to result in a better experience for the worker, it’s going to result in a better experience for the company.”

FedEx

FedEx (FDX) pledged to train 512,000 workers across the country over the next five years.  When he joined the pledge last year, FedEx CEO Frederick Smith, who is a member of the White House’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, said, “We are encouraged by the Administration’s commitment to ensuring American workers develop the appropriate skills and have access to the training needed for today’s in-demand jobs and the jobs of the future.”

Hill International Trucks

Hill International Trucks which employs more than 230 workers pledged to hire and train 50 workers over the next five years.  Hill International Trucks’ spokesperson Renee Murphy stated, “I think it’s great that the White House has this initiative, especially in our industry and it’s becoming increasingly challenging to find these skilled labor positions. So the more training and partnerships that we can have out there between businesses and schools, I think the better.”  He went on to say, “The Company is investing $95,000 per technician over the next five years.”

This is just a sampling of what’s been accomplished.  While the nation’s headlines and talking heads are consumed with the propagating a smoke screen for the on-going coup attempt President Trump and his team continue to work tirelessly to Make America Great Again.  The unprecedented accomplishments of America’s blue-collar billionaire may be buried under an avalanche of fake news but no one can hide the renaissance that’s taking place in the lives of working Americans.  And though the denizens of the swamp may think they’re making progress in the attempt to reverse the results of 2016 the landslide of 2020 should re-focus the lens of History.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

 

 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event October 25, 2019

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When:

Friday        Oct   25        4 PM – 8 PM

Saturday    Oct   26        9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday      Oct   27        9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

National Cattle Congress

Mc Elroy Auditorium

257 Ansborough Ave

Waterloo, IA 50701

Dr. Owens has five new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All fifteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Four books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, and Drain the Swamp.  Four History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), and America Won the Vietnam War! A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years, and a book designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith.   All of these books are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at Amazon

 

 

 

By Grace You Have Been Saved October 22, 2019

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When I think of my neighbor I pray for justice.  When I think of myself I pray for grace.

Grace is defined as the love and mercy given to us by God because God wants us to have it, not because of anything we’ve done to earn it.  We all need grace to be saved from the greatest sinner to the greatest saint.  Quoting the Old Testament Paul put it this way, “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.”

Extending grace, mercy, and the forgiveness it demands isn’t just a good idea.  It’s what God requires of us.  Remember we reap what we sow.  If we sow to our flesh of the flesh we’ll reap corruption.  But if we sow to the Spirit of the Spirit we’ll reap everlasting life.  Refusing to forgive is of the flesh.  Forgiveness is of the Spirit.  And we get to choose which one we’ll do.

We’re called to walk as pilgrims in this world remembering that as born-again children of God this is not our home.  We have a home in Heaven with God in Christ Jesus.  Trying to live this out day-by-day soon teaches us that it’s easier said than done prompting us to ask, “How then shall I live?”

One quick answer is we should forgive others as God in Christ Jesus forgave us.  This is nothing more or less than a natural outworking of Christ’s command that we love others as we love ourselves.  Of course loving others so completely isn’t always easy.  So often other people do things we wouldn’t do or things we think others shouldn’t do.  Not that we should turn a blind eye to sin but we should certainly open both eyes to the idea that there’re many ways to please God and He’s well able to lead each of us into the best way for us to do it.

It all comes down to love.  We need to ask ourselves, “How does God love us?”  Did He wait until we were perfect?  Did He wait until we quit making mistakes?  Did He wait until we were sin free?

If we won’t forgive others we aren’t dealing with them from love.  Instead we’re judging them.  Jesus is the judge and we should leave that job to him since we never get it right anyway.  It’s easy to say we love God.  But how can we say that we love God when we won’t love our brother?  How can we love our God who we can’t see when we don’t love our brothers who we can see?

If we’re really filled and motivated by God’s Spirit we’ll have His nature.  We’ll reflect Him much as a mirror reflects our own image.  We can reflect that nature not just in our personal circle of friends but also into the wider world.  Imagine how much greater the leadership of our nation, our organizations, and our churches would be if instead of constantly criticizing those whose thoughts and beliefs differ from ours instead we devoted that time and energy to praying for them?  If we as the born-again Church of Christ turned our criticism into intercession we would see the most effective changes possible shining like a bright light after a dark night.

It comes down to this: by grace we have been saved so we should extend grace to those around us.  To love as we have been loved.  And to forgive as we have been forgiven.  We are one in Him so let’s go forth and be one with each other.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

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