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All That Really Matters September 14, 2020

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Back when I was an atheist and I believed this is all there is I was passionately interested in politics, economics, and current events.  I was committed to working for my side and to defeating the other guy.  Now that I’m a born-again child of God, a citizen of Heaven, and merely a pilgrim here I follow the ever-changing kaleidoscope of civic events more like a soap opera.   

Yes, I understand that within this bubble we know as the space-time continuum the ins and outs of who’s up and who’s down actually make a difference.  For example, it will have a profound impact on the United States whether we hand the government over to socialist revolutionaries or if we deliver it to capitalists.  However, in the grand scheme of things this makes about as much difference as which queen bee is laying eggs in which hive. 

I came to this level of a wokeness after years of Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with God.  Just as a caterpillar goes through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly, I believe humans go through much the same process.  Only instead of a two-stage process like a butterfly we go through three stages. 

First, we’re a fetus (in Latin fetus means little one) for approximately nine months.  Second, we’re born into this world and live here for as long as we do.  And finally, we pass from this world into eternity.  Let’s see: nine months, maybe 120 years, eternity.  Which stage do you think is the real deal?  The nine months prepare us for the 120 years and the 120 years prepare us for eternity.  Two of these stages are merely steppingstones for the main event.  Therefore, I contend that humans are in fact eternal beings who pass through two stages of development to become what we were created to be. 

All that really matters in this stage of our development is the direction we’re facing when we leave it.  Are we looking to God and putting our faith in Him?  Or are we looking to the world still grasping for all it has to offer?  Think of it this way: if when we’re a fetus inside our mother the umbilical cord is wrapped wrong or if there is a chromosomal problem we could enter life with some sort of handicap that we will spend the next 120 years dealing with.  In the same way if we enter eternity facing in the wrong direction, we will spend eternity dealing with the ramifications of that choice. 

From my personal Christian perspective here’s the 411 on how we turn from the world and face in the right direction. 

Everyone can see that this world is broken.  Evil runs rampant.  The bad are rewarded.  The good are crushed.  Sickness, poverty, and oppression are on display in every direction.  If God is good, why would He create such a horror show? 

The easy answer is He didn’t.  When He was done with creation He paused and looked around.  Surveying all that He had done and it was “Good.” 

Then man turned away from God, embraced Satan, and God cursed the world while at the same time promising that a Savior would come who would step on Satan’s head and deliver humanity from the grip of the evil we chose. 

The price was a sinless sacrifice, the good for the bad.  No human could do it because none of us has ever or could ever live a sinless life.  Therefore, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to be incarnated as a human, live a sinless life, and then offer himself up as a sacrifice for us all.  After His sacrifice Jesus descended into hell and as an eternal being suffered the punishment for every sin that had ever or would ever be committed.  Then He was born-again in the very heart of darkness, triumphed over Satan, and God raised Him from the dead.  Jesus led all those who had died waiting for this deliverance out of Satan’s grasp and emerged on the third day with the keys to death and hell. 

After spending forty days instructing His disciples on how to carry the message of the best news ever to the world He ascended into heaven.  Ten days later the Holy Spirit arrived and filled the new believers so that from then on they were no longer earth bound humans. They were instead wall-to-wall God birthed children of the Most High on a pilgrimage here with a mission to share their experience to be witnesses

There it is in a nutshell.  The word Gospel means “Good News” in old English.  So, when you get filled to overflowing with all the bad news the world vomits up every day why not turn to the good news.   

Don’t worry about what you can’t do anything about.  Do you think if you missed one news broadcast or if you stopped watching them for ever it would make any difference to what is happening on the stage of the world or would the actors just keep reading their lines and playing their parts?  The bad news impacts us more than we can ever impact it. 

It’s like a joke making the rounds: 

An English asks an Amish fellow, “Why isn’t the COVID rampaging through your communities?”  The Amish fellow says without hesitation, “Because we don’t have any TVs.” 

The TVs, radios, magazines, and papers may carry the news, but only the Bible has the Good News.  It all comes down to choices: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  In other words no matter what, we’re all going to serve somebody.  It will either be any one of the countless gods of this world or the one true God. 

How do you make that choice?  Is it by joining the right church?  Is it by attending the correct services, worshipping in a certain way, or following any of the endless rules the world invents to complicate and build a barrier between us and the God who wants us to join His family?  No!  Not only has He made it simple He has made it easy.  All we need to do is confess Jesus as the Lord of our life and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead and we will be saved.  That’s it.  Do that and we have joined God’s family.  Then we can pour ourselves into His Word so that it’s life-giving Spirit will fill us and recreate us.   

Forget about the bad news and study the Good News instead. Let’s “Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive, latch on to the affirmative, and don’t with mess mister in between.” 

Or to put it another way, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 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 

Veteran’s Benefits Aren’t Entitlements  March 10, 2020

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Federal law requires everyone who enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath.  The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States Flag.  Everyone who has ever worn the uniform has said:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

When every veteran took this oath to defend our country, our Constitution, and our way of life they presented the nation with a blank check to serve and protect We the People.  That check was written with their lives, their bodies, and their sacred honor.  They pledged to give their all.  And as the saying goes, “All gave some.  Some gave all.”

Those of us who have enjoyed generations of peace need to acknowledge our country is the home of the free because of the brave.  We live our tranquil lives unmolested by hordes lurking beyond our borders who would love to pillage the richest nation the world has ever seen.  From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Normandy from Flanders Field, Inchon, Khe Sanh, Fallujah, and ten thousand nameless battlefields in-between America’s best and brightest have fought selflessly and heroically.

Often, they’ve come home and quietly taken up their lives unrecognized by those of us who reap the benefits of their sacrifice.  Sometimes they’ve been ridiculed, belittled, and even spat upon for the debt they paid for the rest of us.  Mostly they’ve been forgotten.  The benefits promised by a government swift to call and send but slow to remember were often second-rate, slow in coming, or denied all together.  Administration after administration paid lip-service to our veterans while doling out benefits with a stingy hand.

But then came Trump.

Since his inauguration President Trump works tirelessly to provide the benefits and services our brave veterans deserve.  He seeks to keep the promises made to generations of veterans.  He’s leading the charge and winning the battle to finally give our heroes the homecoming they were promised, the one they’ve earned.

President Trump has declared, “My administration is committed to taking care of every warrior that returns home as a veteran.”  As a case in point President Trump is ensuring our veterans receive the student loan and educational benefits to which they are entitled and deserve.  He has previously noted the process by which our disabled veterans apply for Federal student loan discharges is too burdensome.  Which has led to this sad reality; only half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans qualified to have their Federal student loans discharged have received this entitled benefit.

Consequently, on August 21, 2019 the President signed a presidential memorandum ensuring our totally and permanently disabled veterans obtain the Federal student loan debt discharges they’re entitled. The memorandum directs the Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs to develop a new expedited process to help totally and permanently disabled veterans have their Federal student loan debt discharged with minimal burdens.  This combined with the Forever GI Bill which the President signed into law in 2017 allows individuals to access their veteran educational benefits at any point during their lifetime.

Turning to a more general assault on the stone wall standing for too long between our veterans and their earned benefits in June of 2017 the President signed into law the Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to fire failing VA employees and support whistle blowers.

Since the passage of this act, the VA has successfully fired more than 7,600 employees who’ve failed our veterans.  Previously the archaic rules of the bureaucratic swamp made it almost impossible to remove these roadblocks to the healthcare of veterans.   Using the new streamlined policies, the VA has instituted reforms to increase efficiency and decrease abuse.

Consequently, VA healthcare has now significantly improved since President Trump was elected and trust in VA outpatient health care has risen in all areas.

Building the foundations necessary to win the victory in his Battle for the Vets the President signed the VA MISSION Act.  This provides more healthcare options for veterans by consolidating existing programs and expanding access to care in veterans’ own communities.  Eligible Veterans can use VA health care services nationwide, including through mobile health clinics serving rural areas and via telehealth (care through a phone or computer). Under the MISSION Act, veterans have more ways to access health care.

This includes within the VA’s network and through approved non-VA medical providers in your community, called “community care providers.”  Depending on the situation for example, if a certain type of health service isn’t provided by VA the veteran may be able to go to a non-VA provider, using their VA coverage.  This is one way to break the logjam which kept so many deserving Vets waiting in line until they died.  Because of the reforms spearheaded by President Trump this is a victory for our heroes.

Stepping into a tragedy that unfolds in too many lives of those returning from service, President Trump signed a new Executive Order on a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Veteran Suicide (PREVENTS) to address veteran suicide prevention. The executive order creates a new cabinet level task force led by VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. The task force will create a comprehensive public health road map bringing together local government along with the private sector to improve the quality of life for our Veterans and turn the tide on the Veteran suicide crisis.

“It is about pulling together the resources of the federal government, our states and localities our charities non-government organizations and coming together with a road map and resources,” said Secretary Wilkie.

The President said, “Our mission is to mobilize every level of American society to save the lives of our great veterans and support our veterans in need.”  The President added, “To every veteran I want you to know that you have an entire nation of more than 300 million people behind you. You will never ever be forgotten. We are with you all the way.”

And remembering Ronald Reagan’s famous quote, “The best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work,” thanks to the roaring Trump economy since the President’s election, veteran unemployment has been reduced to the lowest level ever recorded.

The VA Secretary Wilke also said, “I’ve said many times that the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs is to remind our fellow citizens why they sleep soundly at night. They sleep soundly at night because of the sacrifices of a select number of their fellow Americans.”  This is a sentiment we would all do well to ponder.

The sum of all this adds up to one thing; Veteran’s benefits aren’t entitlements.  They’re payments for services rendered and the least a grateful nation can give to the faithful few who answered the call.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 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

 

 

The Blue State Blockade September 21, 2020

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It took just three years for President Donald Trump to lead America from the perpetually stagnant New Normal of the Clinton/Bush/Obama Trifecta of Failure back to the Morning in America of the Reagan era.  This was nothing short of an economic miracle that began the day after America’s blue-collar billionaire won the biggest upset in our political history when the stock market took off like a rocket.

In a steady assault on the Deep-State Swamp President Trump hit the delete button on more regulations in three years than every other president in our history combined.  He renegotiated the give-away trade boondoggles of the Trifecta and set off an avalanche of industrial growth and the return of prodigal corporations.  He rebuilt our military after eight years of neglect.  He re-started our space program.  He required our NATO allies to quit freeloading on the gravy train and start making meaningful contributions to their own defense.  He defeated ISIS, started negotiations to end the forever war in Afghanistan, pulled out of our incursion into Syria, and created a Trump Doctrine.  He alerted the world that under his administration America would only commit forces to defend our interests; no more nation-building, no more free mercenaries carrying the water for others.

Of course, the Deep-State Swamp creatures didn’t just sit on their hands.  The perpetually re-elected civil service protected corporately selected troika of politicians, bureaucrats, and media megaphones fought tooth and nail.  They used the politically corrupted ranks of the FBI and the national security forces to first try to undermine the Trump campaign.  When that didn’t work the Obama Administration used the waning days of their regime to set in motion an attempt to thwart and if possible overthrow the incoming Trump Administration.

For three years they beat America about the ears with their fake news of supposed evidence through illegal leaks, politically motivated highly coordinated whistleblowers, and secret hearings in the underground star chamber deep in the bowls of Congress.  Recent revelations brought to light through Freedom of Information exposures revealed that Pelosi, Schiff, Mueller, and the rest of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight knew from day one that there was no Russian conspiracy and that even the supposed hack of Democrat computers was a red hearing.  Yet the luminaries of the left were on every available outlet of the ABCCBSNBCCNNMASNBCNPRPBS Cartel indoctrinating the low information voters with their propaganda day and night.

Then came the Impeachment Hoax.  Facts now show the Democrats were plotting to impeach Trump before he was elected.  The Washington Post started calling for impeachment on the very day Trump was inaugurated.  And the disloyal opposition have also admitted they had to impeach Trump as part of their 2020 election strategy.  Talk about trying to interfere in an election!  They impeached the President for things that were not criminal, that were built on false testimony, inaccurate and made-up reporting, and purely out of spite. 

Three years of attacks such as no other politician ever has survived, and President Trump not only survived but he thrived.  Then along came COVID-19 and sat down beside him. 

Accepting the flawed models of Fauci, Birx, and other globalists the President erred on the side of caution when it came to American lives.  He gave us a textbook example of crisis management along the way.  Taking over the decrepit testing system left moldering in warehouses Mr. Trump quickly led us to the most dynamic testing regimen in history, directed manufacturers to make a surplus of the masks and respirators needed.  He left the mechanics of the economic shutdowns in the hands of the governors of the States as is proper in our federal system.

And America ground to a halt.

Unemployment skyrocketed and stimulus money flowed to who knows where out of Washington as money was created out of thin air.  The stock market cratered wiping out the savings of millions.  Now we are socially distanced into isolation.

As a natural contrarian President Trump has always gone against the grain.  He was the first world leader to shut down travel from China.  And early on he began to say, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

Instinctively knowing there may be more deaths from the ramifications of stopping the greatest economy the world has ever seen than from the Social Security Flu.  Now President Trump is the cheerleader for Making America Great Again Again. 

Certainly, there are obstacles.  The Democrats who identify as journalists are spewing their disinformation and hate wall-to-wall online, on the air, and in print every day.  The Democrat machine in Congress is threatening to impeach the President again and holding more hearings on conjured evidence heading towards preprogrammed conclusions.

All this resistance aside the country is starting to open.  The pent-up demand that follows any artificial roadblock to supply and demand will make the economy blossom.  No matter how the Progressives try to get Americans addicted to free money.  No matter how hard they try to turn the U.S. into a command economy sitting atop a submissive herd of regimented citizens the spirit of America cries out, “Let’s get back to work!”

What is the political damn the Democrats seek to build across the flood of people returning to normalcy?  I call it the Blue State Blockade.  Thirty percent of America’s economy is in California and New York.  Two States long controlled by entrenched Democrat machines.  Both these Progressive sink holes have spent themselves into the failed state zone of economics.  The Federal Government/taxpayers spent billions supporting these two Democrat fiefdoms during the COVID pandemic.  We built them hospitals they demanded and never needed, we sent them hospital ships, and military personnel to meet needs that never materialized.  And now they’re demanding we bail them out of the financial difficulties they created, and which existed long before anyone ever heard of the Social Security Flu.

Like all Progressives they don’t just ask for help.  They demand it.  They’re holding the economy hostage saying they won’t open their States until they get the money.  And it isn’t just the Big Two.  Most of the other blue States are also demanding bailouts.  These cynical power brokers believe that if they can keep the economy or at least as much of it as they control shut down long enough, they can cause a Greater Depression.  They long to cast President Trump as the 21st Century Hoover so they can wheel Old Joe out of the basement as the new FDR and usher in the Green New Deal.

Never in the History of the world has any society quarantined healthy people.  Never in the History of the world has any society voluntarily shut down its own economy.  We are in uncharted territory.  What will it be?  Will it be a return to Trump’s Morning in America or a retreat to the Trifecta’s Mourning in America?

We need to ask ourselves, “Why would any political party see the destruction of our own economy and all the resulting problems that accompany poverty as a good thing?”  Now we should ask, “How can anyone who has any respect for the dignity of people support such a cynical policy?”  Perhaps we should ask ourselves these questions the next time we get to vote?

In this lost world we see through a glass darkly.  It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.  I know what I would like to see.  Kick out the jams and let the good times roll!  Let’s get back to work and get something done.  However, I know that the fate of nations is in God’s hands.  He has given us the formula for success if we’re wise enough to take it.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Corporately that’s it.  Individually I know I can swear, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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Revelation Not Contemplation Shows Us the Way September 8, 2020

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Sometimes we try to define God’s words and actions too perfectly.  In our arrogance we think we can adequately describe exactly what God always means in all situations.  This easily can lead us into thinking our doctrines are God’s doctrines.  We act as if God is sitting on the throne studying our catechisms and judging by our standards. 

When we do this, we’re trying to put God in a box.  The biggest problem with this is that when God decides to draw outside the lines, we run the risk of misidentifying a move of God as a heresy that violates one of our rules.  

It’s good to devote our efforts to grasping the meanings of God’s Word; however, we must always be aware that it’s possible to veer from seeking understanding into believing we’ve cornered the market on that valuable commodity.  We just cannot reduce the immensity of God into formulas.   

In any equation we devise to represent God, His Word, or His actions the “X” of God is always undefined.  Eternity, infinity, and omnipresence are all terms we can define but we can never fully comprehend.  The reality of God, the only self-existent One is as far removed from our understanding as the operation of a supercomputer is from an amoeba.  The prophet Isaiah told us, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” 

We must acknowledge that we can’t think our way to or through God’s truth.  Our human minds are fundamentally incapable of encompassing such immensities.  The Word puts it like this, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 

Many unbelievers and sceptics try to cast aspersions on the Word of God by pointing out what they perceive as contradictions in the text.  When we’re reading or meditating in the Word if we encounter anything we feel is a contradiction, we don’t let it weaken our faith instead we stand on faith.  Instead of wavering do as one of the Biblical authors suggests, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” 

And don’t despair, don’t think I just can’t understand this.  Don’t think God has given us a puzzle instead of a revelation.  Just because we can never fully understand all of it doesn’t mean we can’t understand any of it.  Just because we can’t use God’s Word to develop a spiritual unifying field theory for every person everywhere every time it doesn’t mean we can’t understand enough with God’s help to have a reliable guide for life.  The man God used to write the largest portion of the New Testament tells us, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 

Don’t fall for the siren song of glorified humanity.  Don’t accept the old as sin New Age traps of believing we can come to an understanding of God by chanting a mantra or staring at our navel.  We can’t think, imagine, or guess our way into the secrets of eternity.  God has revealed all we need to know to take His hand as He reaches out to us.  He promises if we seek Him, we’ll find Him.  His revelation is in His Word.  If we’ll dive into His Word, we’ll find not only the peace we seek, the joy we desire, but also the life we need to stand before Him with no sense of guilt or shame. 

Don’t delay for we’re here today gone today.  Few have the privilege of knowing in the morning that we won’t see the evening.  We don’t know when eternity might reach up and snatch us out of this bubble of time.  The Lord comes as a thief in the night and we always need to be ready for eternity.  We may have hours to kill but we don’t have a moment to spare.  Do it today.  Don’t tell yourself you will do it tomorrow for tomorrow may never come. 

The choice is ours.  Let’s choose life

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What’s All This “In” Christ Business About?  August 31, 2020

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Sometimes we born-again believers talk in such a closed-circuit Christianese dialect that baby believers, old line denominational members, let alone your everyday garden variety sinner has no idea what we’re talking about.  We throw around words that carry massive meaning to us but sound like in-crowd jargon to those hearing them from the outside.

Propitiation, justification, and salvation are all words that trip up nonbelievers as they tiptoe around the cross.  Then there are phrases we think say it all that leave those we want to reach scratching their heads and standing off instead of kneeling down.  Phrases such as:  substitutionary death, pleading the blood, I’m born-again, I’m Filled with the Holy Ghost, and here’s one that throws them all, in Christ.

A dictionary will help with the words.  The phrases usually take a little time in fellowship with others to sort out and understand.  I can’t try to explain them all here, but I will try to address one of the most cryptic phrases to the uninitiated, in Christ.

“In Him.”  This is a major theme of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and of the whole New Testament.  It’s a central teaching and a foundational truth.  If for some reason this sounds strange to your ears or is a new concept study to show yourself approved.  We should follow the example of some early believers who upon hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”

We can’t allow our development as believers to be the responsibility of anyone else.  Yes, it’s good and advisable to have teachers and mentors; however, we can’t rely on them alone.  In his letter to the Philippians Paul told them to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” and this is advice that we should also take to heart.

This major theme echoes through the New Testament: we are “in” Christ.  Thousands of years after it was first presented to humanity it continues to ricochet through this verse into our spirit.  The born-again believer resonates like a tuning fork to this life-giving message.  The message, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” floods down the corridors of time like an avalanche of hope.

The birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ is the living parable of love for all to see.

The birth of Jesus set forth in scripture, is a graphic portrayal of prophecy fulfilled.  The Incarnation is the union of deity and humanity.  It was divine love’s invasion into the realm of human selfishness.  That which had been foretold for millennia finally arrived.  Or as the author of Hebrews tells us, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.”

This invasion wasn’t by an army of angels though it could’ve been.  It wasn’t by raising up Israel to conquer the world and imposing belief in the One True God by force though that could’ve happened.  Instead this invasion took the form of a tiny, defenseless Baby born in a manger on the poor side of town.

His parents called Him Jesus and His name has filled hearts and souls of humanity with songs and praise ever since.  The love brought by God through this one birth has given hope to the defeated, healing to the sick, liberty to those in bondage, and salvation to all who confess Him as Lord and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead.

All this is based upon the finished work of Christ.  This finished work is the ultimate revelation of divine love.  Jesus gave His life freely in place of ours.  He voluntarily became sin in our place so that we could become the very righteousness of God.

And we become that righteousness when we claim our place as a part of the body of Christ, the church so that when we stand before God He doesn’t see our sins and our shortcomings, instead He sees the absolute righteousness of His own Son.  This is how we can stand before a holy God with no sense of shame, guilt, or inadequacy.

The New Testament describes this well, “The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one-part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one-part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.  You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything.”

And this is what we mean by being “in” Christ.  We have accepted our place as a member, or part of Christ’s mystical body: the church.  It is no longer we who live but Christ lives in us and through us.  And now that we know, let’s go forth and be all that God has called us to be, let’s allow Christ to live in us as we live in Him.  Let’s allow Him to reach through us and minister to a world in need.

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Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event August 26, 2020

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Friday        Aug   28             5 PM – 9 PM

Saturday    Aug   29             9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday      Aug    30            9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Bridge View Center

102 Church St

Ottumwa, IA 52501

Dr. Owens has three 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. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles some of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term.  Five, 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), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  And two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.   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: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

 

 

 

How Can I Trust the Bible? August 24, 2020

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Sometimes we try to define God’s words and actions too perfectly.  In our arrogance we think we can adequately describe exactly what God always means in all situations.  This easily can lead us into thinking our doctrines are God’s doctrines.  We act as if God is sitting on the throne studying our catechisms and judging by our standards.

When we do this, we’re trying to put God in a box.  The biggest problem with this is that when God decides to draw outside the lines, we run the risk of misidentifying a move of God as a heresy because it violates one of our rules.

It’s good to devote our efforts to grasping the meanings of God’s Word; however, we must always be aware that it’s possible to veer from seeking understanding to believing we have cornered the market on this valuable commodity.  We just can’t reduce the immensity of God into formulas.  In any equation we devise to represent God, His Word, or His actions the “X” of God is always undefined.

Eternity, infinity, and omnipresence are all terms we can define but we can never fully comprehend.  The reality of God, the only self-existent One is as far removed from our understanding as the operation of a supercomputer is from an amoeba.  Or as one of the prophets put it, “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”

We must acknowledge that we can’t think our way to or through God’s truth.  Our human minds are fundamentally incapable of encompassing such immensities.  As the man who wrote most of the New Testament tells us, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Many unbelievers and sceptics try to cast aspersions on the Word of God by pointing out what they perceive as contradictions in the text.  When we’re reading or meditating in the Word if we encounter anything we feel is a contradiction don’t let it weaken your faith instead stand on faith. Instead of wavering do as one of the New Testament authors suggests, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

And don’t despair, don’t think I just can’t understand this.  Don’t think God has given us a puzzle instead of a revelation.  Just because we can never fully understand all of it does not mean we can’t understand any of it.  Just because we can’t use God’s Word to develop a spiritual unifying field theory for every person everywhere every time it doesn’t mean we can’t understand enough with God’s help to have a reliable guide for life.  The Bible itself addresses the ability of the born-again believer to embrace the revelation of God, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

And for those who say, “The Bible has been translated so many times by so many people how can we know it’s the true unadulterated Word of God.”  Personally I believe that if the God of all creation went to all the trouble to send prophets and apostles over thousands of years of time to write down His Word to humanity and if after thousands of years of unbelievers trying unsuccessfully to burn and destroy that Word it has not only survived, it has thrived. I can believe His Word has ended up in my hands in a pure enough form for me to hear what He’s saying.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 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

 

 

How Do I Get To Heaven? August 20, 2020

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Many people believe they can find their own way to heaven.  They think they can figure it out on their own.  That’s sort of like trying to lift yourself up by your own bootstraps.  I’ve often offered a one-hundred-dollar bill to anyone who can do that.  I still have that hundred-dollar bill.

Some people think they’ll get to heaven by being a good enough person.  Some may even fool others into thinking they’ve accomplished it.  But in our heart-of-hearts we all know who we are and where we’re lacking in this department.

Some think they’ll have the “Christ” experience and transcend from the normal to the paranormal.  I once attended a church that started preaching this as doctrine.  Instead of rising into the heavenlies they descended into blatant sin and error calling that which was bad good and good bad.

Some think that belonging to the “Right” church, following the “Right” rules and the “Right” regulations will do the trick.  Others follow philosophy, psychology, or sociology, biology or some other “ology.”  Still others think that education will enlighten them to the point of revelation or evolution will grow them into the presence of God.  We can’t think our way to God.  He’s bigger than our mind can conceive or our intelligence can comprehend.

Then again, some don’t even believe in God.  Some think they can accept or reject Christ, ignore God and still end up with God when they die.  An old saying goes, “You don’t prepare for heaven by raising hell here on earth.”  Some think someone else is going to pray them into heaven.  And then there are those who think there are many paths to heaven.  Another old saying goes, “I know there is no Heaven and I pray there is no Hell.”

Some treat Jesus as just one of many avatars along with Buddha and Muhammed.  But when they do this, they call Jesus a liar and how could a liar be a reliable spiritual guide.  Because Jesus doesn’t mince words, He claims to be the only way to heaven, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

To understand this and to appropriate its power into our lives we need to take a leap of faith.  We need to confess with our lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead.   For as the passage continues, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”   Those who reject the claims of Jesus say, “Show it to me and I’ll believe.”  However, the way it works is: believe and you will see.

These scoffers might want to check the company they keep.  When Christ hung on the cross paying the penalty for sin the Chief Priests, the Scribes, and the Pharisees laughed at him saying, “Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.”

Before we can stand on solid enough ground to take such a great leap of faith we need to arrive at certain realizations.

First, we must realize that God is a person.  By this I mean He is a personal God not just a “Force.”  Some believe that the mere idea of personhood when applied to God implies some sort of limitation and therefore should never be applied to what is supposed to be an omnipotent and omnipresent reality.

I think this belief arises because these people unknowingly agree with a statement by the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras, “Man is the measure of all things.”  This is usually interpreted to mean that the individual human being, rather than a god or an unchanging moral law, is the ultimate source of value.  This belief is taught and ingrained throughout our modern Godless education system to the point that when most people graduate from secondary school this forms part of their subconscious foundation of so-called “Common Sense.”

Based on this erroneous belief people assume since our personalities are limited therefore, personality in and of itself is limited.  This, however, is wrong.  We are a flawed example.  God is the only perfect personality, and though He is endless in all ways we are but a pale reflection.

This realization of God’s personhood is vitally important.  Without this knowledge it’s impossible to be convinced of His utter supremacy.  If God is not a person how can we sin against Him?  And if instead of sinning against a person we are merely violating the rules of some system, that sounds like something we should be able to appeal.  If there’s no sin and we’re either working with the “Force” or against the” Force” we might ask, “Is there only one Force or are there multiple “Forces” out there?”   And if there are multiple “Forces” can we chose to be ruled by one that supports our lifestyle choices, so we don’t work against it?

This type of thinking easily becomes circular and leads to philosophical tail chasing.

When we acknowledge that God is a person we’re almost assuredly convicted of our sins.  We instinctively realize that there’s no way for us to measure up to the holiness of God.  We understand intuitively that there is a barrier created by our abject unworthiness and God’s all Holy presence.  Anyone who recognizes the vastness of the gulf between our sinfulness and God’s sinlessness sees that we need to be forgiven if we stand any chance of ever entering His divine presence.

Conversely, if we deny God’s personhood it’s easy to fall prey to the spirit-of-the-age and its apparently easy going, “I’m Okay You’re Okay” attitude.  Everything is beautiful.  Who needs forgiveness if there is no personal God and there is no sin?

The true message of Christian evangelism is to the sinner: the one who is conscious of God.  If there is no acknowledgement of God as a person as an individual separate reality the word of God will fall like seeds on the street that birds quickly snatch up and take away.

As a former atheist I can personally attest to the fact that unless and until we come to an acknowledgement of God as a personal reality there’s no way that we can be open to the Gospel.  To the sinner who faces his total inability to approach a Holy God the first and foremost message of the cross is, “You’re forgiven through His sacrifice and grace.”

And that’s how we get to Heaven.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 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’ Newest Book August 17, 2020

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This book is filled with some of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first Administration.  Most of this has never been covered by the echo-chamber megaphone pretending to be an objective media.  Some of it has been covered as if through a carnival mirror, distorted and reshaped to fit the negative agenda of the Left.

Though the media elites, the perpetually re-elected, and the bureaucrats of the deep state are united in their determination to defeat Donald Trump they’ve forgotten one thing … most Americans still believe in America.  And though they’ve used the Plandemic to shut down our economy and their shock troops are burning down our cities they’ll not be able to terrorize us into staying home on election day.

And when the dust settles,

four more years may give us enough breathing space to:

Make America Great Again – Again!

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

Dr. Owens’ Newest Book August 10, 2020

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While neither the first nor the last Hippie, Backstreet was in many ways the quintessential Hippie.  Today the Hippie experience has been glamorized and sanitized by the dreaming of the young and the gleaning of the old.

Backstreet’s experiences covered the whole range of experimentation and rebellion that the Hippies came to symbolize.  From the “Summer of Love” in People’s Park and Haight Ashbury, (he helped bury the Hippie in San Francisco) through Drop City, Colorado to the Armadillo in Austin, Texas Backstreet was there.

More than the Lost Generation of the post-World War I era or the Beat Generation of the 1950’s the Hippie Generation represents the ultimate in missed opportunities, lost dreams, and eventually counterproductive goals.

This book is available at:

https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

Why Socialist Revolutionaries Will Vote for Biden  August 3, 2020

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Joe Biden is not a socialist revolutionary.  Throughout his seemingly never-ending career as a professional politician he’s been a run-of-the-mill machine democrat.  As with all the others crowding the government trough, he’s worked hard to live out the advice of Harry Hopkins a New Deal Democratic administrator who personified the ideology of the New Deal in the 1930s and President FDR’s closest personal adviser, “We shall tax and tax, and spend and spend, and elect and elect.”

Along with being wrong about every foreign policy position the former Vice President never saw a spending program he didn’t like.  He’s tried running for president twice before and never got more than 1% in any primary.  This time as the only viable alternative to Bernie Sanders, the only contender honest enough to admit they want to complete President Obama’s promise/threat to fundamentally transforming America, the democrat establishment dragged him across the finish line.

The explanation as to why the socialists are eagerly lining up to vote for Biden is best expressed by the Protestor Emeritus of the revolution, Angela Davis, a former Communist Party USA vice presidential candidate who is a former Black Panther.

To quote Professor Davis, “I don’t see this election as being about choosing a candidate who will be — who will be able to lead us in the right direction. It will be about choosing a candidate who can be most effectively pressured into allowing more space for the evolving anti-racist movement.

Biden is very problematic in many ways, not only in terms of his past and the role that he played, and pushing toward mass incarceration … but – I say but – Biden is far more likely to take mass demands seriously – far more likely than the current occupant of the White House.

This coming November, the election will ask us not so much to vote for the best candidate, but to vote for or against ourselves.  And to vote for ourselves I think means that we will have to campaign for and vote for Biden.”  (Emphasis added)

April Reign the creator of #OscarsSoWhite aptly summed up the sentiments of most by pointing out, “I don’t understand how anyone can read this, or listen to what Angela Davis has said recently, and not understand.  We’re not voting for Biden as much as we are voting for ourselves. For the ability to redefine our future w/ someone in the White House who we can pressure into change.” (Emphasis added)

And there you have it straight from the godmother of the Revolution.  A vote for Biden is a vote for “a candidate who can be most effectively pressured into allowing more space for the evolving anti-racist movement.”  A candidate who is “far more likely to take mass demands seriously.”  And a candidate who is, “far more likely than the current occupant of the White House” to cave-in to the demands of ANTIFA, BLM, and the other socialist revolutionaries rampaging in our streets.

Conversely, a vote for Trump is a vote for someone who will stand up against the revolution and fight to preserve truth, justice, and the American way.

Keep the Faith.  Keep the Peace.  We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 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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