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A New You for a New Year December 28, 2020

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Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Have you reached the end of your rope only to find out that it’s much shorter than you imagined?  Was last year as good as you hoped it would be?  Was it as bad as you feared it would be?  Does the uncertainty of the future leave you anxious?  Has your own mortality entered like a crack in the ice in your youthful belief in personal indestructability?

But wait there’s more…

Does the randomness of good happening to bad people and bad happening to good people leave you wondering if there’s any rhyme or reason to reality?  Is looking for answers to these and many other questions like looking for needles in haystacks?  Is the quest to find meaning in life like trying to nail fog to the wall?

If you’ve rejected Christ because of Christians don’t mistake the messengers for the message.  Christ told his followers to lake His light to the world and most have spent the last 2018 years trying to build a lamp and pretending it was the light.

The message is as simple as receiving it: Confess Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and you will be saved.

That’s it. 

It’s not about joining the right club or following the right rules.  We don’t need a seminary degree or someone with one to walk us through learning the secret handshake or the Abra Kadabra password.  And there is no magic decoder ring.  We don’t have to read the Bible from cover to cover.  We don’t have to wear the right clothes, beard, or haircut.  We don’t have to vote for the right candidates.  We don’t have to take an oath to believe the same things that everyone else who confesses Christ as Lord does.

It isn’t about being good enough.  That’s one of the great miracles of God’s economy.  While we were yet sinners Jesus came and died so that we could live.

It isn’t about becoming a religious robot who says the right things at the right time to the right people in the right place.  God is the One who created us with free choice, so we’re free to choose.  It isn’t about conformity.  God is the One who created us to be an individual and He doesn’t make junk.  We are who He created us to be.  He has placed us in a certain time and place so that we can become all He designed us to be and do all that He has called us to do.  And that means what He created, placed, and called you to be will be different than what He created, placed, and called me to be.  You see it isn’t about cookie-cutter, repeat a formula, and follow the rule book club membership. 

It’s about each of us individually confessing Jesus as Lord and each of us individually believing God raised Jesus from the dead and then learning to commune with God, to hear Him speak to us as individuals and then doing what He tells us to do.

If the questions at the beginning of this article float through our minds like storm clouds in a cloudless sky obscuring what should be clear.  Let’s give up the battle to do it on our own.  Let’s surrender and find victory in allowing God to count the victory of Jesus over sin and death to our account.

It’s so easy we can do it right here right now.  We don’t need to be in a meeting, at an altar, or in a special building.  We don’t need anyone to hold our hand or even know what we’ve done.  We will know.  God will know.  And once we’re in his hand no one can snatch us out.

I confess Jesus as Lord and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the Dead.  That’s it.  All done.  The battle is over.  The war between us and God is over and we are one with Him.  Welcome to a new you for a new year.

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 Parler, Facebook, or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

What is Christmas Without Christ? December 21, 2020

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What have Frosty the Snowman, roasting chestnuts, hippos, hula hoops, and barking dogs got to do with Christmas?  

They may bring warmth to our hearts.  They may bring a smile to our lips.  Or they may make us groan.  Whatever they do to each of us what they all have in common is that they’re glued to Christmas like barnacles to the hull of the good ship lollipop.  They’re the accumulated cultural baggage that increasingly obscures the real meaning of a revolutionary blessed event under the camouflage of a socially acceptable winter break.

The ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBSNPR Cartel tells us constantly that we now live in a post-Christian America.  They exalt in proclaiming the end of Christ’s dominant influence on Western Civilization.  As a result we’ve descended from a city on a hill to a modern Sodom and Gomorrah.  Our elites call evil good and good evil.  

Ever since the nine black-robed masters of America decreed back in 1962 that God was expelled from school we’ve witnessed the steady degradation of our society.  The coarseness and vulgarity we’re deluged with on a daily basis was unknown in earlier days.  What we call prime time entertainment was once known as pornography.  What were abominations and generally accepted as perversions have become the norm while believing them to be against God’s Word is now considered some type of mental disorder.  The cabal of self-appointed paragons of pomposity that masquerade as educators, politicians, and journalists cap their war against God when they glory in the right of self-interest to sacrifice the lives of the innocent and demand that the government not only endorse it but subsidize it.

As a natural outgrowth of the city of man’s war against God that defines America’s progressive culture comes the war against Christmas.

Back in the dream time we used to go to Christmas programs at our children’s schools and listen to the little darlings sing The First Noel, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, and O Come O Come Emmanuel.  Now we listen to them sing songs in foreign languages or do beautiful arrangements of sounds that don’t even have a meaning intermixed with a few songs about winter, snow, or maybe animals.  It may all be PC but it sure doesn’t have anything to do with the reason for the season.

Just in case all the tinsel and the twinkling lights have blinded us to what that reason is let me elaborate.

Christmas is all about Jesus the Christ born as a human so that he could bear the sins of the world, die a substitutionary death in our place, rise triumphantly from the grave and ascend into heaven so that we who believe can live in and through Him.  That’s what it’s all about.  Christmas must be linked to Easter to have any meaning.  I’ve met people who never realized that the Jesus in the manger on Christmas was the same Jesus who hung on the cross on Good Friday.  I did not meet them in the jungles of some remote island but in America with a church on every corner.  This is a clear case of Santa with a coke in his hand winning the advertising debate over the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.  It may all be PC but it sure doesn’t have anything to do with the reason for the season.

What is Christmas without Christ?  It’s a worldly hedonistic overly commercialized gift giving/receiving orgasm perpetrated by humanity’s enemy to keep us from knowing that Christ came to set us free, to reconcile us to God, and to make a way for us to live as a new creation in a new creation.  

Not to be Grinch, let me wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  Let’s enjoy our family and friends.  Let’s celebrate our traditions as we remember Jesus is the reason for the season. 

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 Parler, Facebook, or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

Unmasked December 15, 2020

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The roaring voice of all the rebels, free thinkers, green warriors, and New Agers have spoken through the bullhorn of Chicago-style vote counting and the one true outsider ever elected to the presidency is replaced by the quintessential political hack and the Establishment regains control of their swamp.  And all the while the hopelessly deceived can’t see that their swallowed-whole public education indoctrination group-think mindset tells them they’ve struck a blow for freedom by empowering manipulators who will deliver the chains of authoritarianism.    

But maybe I’m being too harsh?  Just stay huddled in your home hoarding your toilet paper listening to the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media and the Tech Lords knowing they’ll tell you all you’ll ever need to know.  Don’t forget to wear your mask if you dare to go out.  And if you see too many cars in your neighbor’s driveway be sure to call the police, they might be pandemic-deniers who need some re-education. 

Look for the coming Biden Boom to decimate our economy as his family’s benefactor, the Red Emperor, leads his slave state to become the largest economy in the world.  The blessings of the Green New Deal will deliver millions of unemployed energy sector workers, four dollar a gallon gas, and rolling blackouts as a power mad bureaucracy of Gia worshipping tree huggers tell us what we can and can’t do with our own property.  The “Tear Down the Wall” chants coupled with free everything will bring an avalanche of illegals overwhelming everything.  Toss in a few new forever wars and presto-chango America First will be discarded in favor of a return to the glorious America Last policies of the Obama years. 

As the coming avalanche of shutdowns, regulations, and bowing down to China destroys the greatest economy ever known ask yourself, “If we cook our Golden Goose, do we still get the golden eggs?” 

Stand-by for coming announcements concerning those guns you thought you had a right to keep and bear.  The governmental gun grabbers will seek to impose astronomical taxes on the guns you already have, on any you try to buy, federal forms to buy ammunition, liability for all gun manufacturers for any and all victims of gun related violence, and of course we must eliminate all those hateful “Assault Rifles” which probably means anything besides a double-barreled shotgun.   

Some might say this is all a conspiracy theory but how can it be a theory when they tell us plainly what they’re planning to do

And here is the tip of the ugliest iceberg of all.  By what I am sure is just a bizarre coincidence the slogan of Placeholder Joe, “Build Back Better” is also the slogan for the Great Reset designed and promoted by the World Economic Forum.   

What is the Great Reset?  The WEF supplies the context, “The Covid-19 crisis, and the political, economic and social disruptions it has caused, is fundamentally changing the traditional context for decision-making. The inconsistencies, inadequacies and contradictions of multiple systems –from health and financial to energy and education – are more exposed than ever amidst a global context of concern for lives, livelihoods and the planet. Leaders find themselves at a historic crossroads, managing short-term pressures against medium- and long-term uncertainties.”   

Using that as a foundation they then describe the opportunity this crisis offers, “As we enter a unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery, this initiative will offer insights to help inform all those determining the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons. Drawing from the vision and vast expertise of the leaders engaged across the Forum’s communities, the Great Reset initiative has a set of dimensions to build a new social contract that honours the dignity of every human being.”  Doesn’t that make you feel so honored?  

As if to highlight the use of the Covid-19 plandemic for socio-political purposes former Chief of Staff in the Obama White House Rahm Emanuel, pontificating with fellow Democratic operative masquerading as a journalist George Stephanopoulos, on ABC’s This Week said, “Never allow a crisis to go to waste.  Start planning for the future. This has to be the last pandemic that creates an economic depression. We’re going to have more pandemics, but this has to be the last economic depression.” 

Back in the days before the return of the Ancien régime we used to call this the New World Order.  Those of us stodgy enough to be hung up on our old fashioned uniquely American values and traditions thought that was a bad thing no matter how much our rulers tried to tell us it was all for our good.  But now that the Woke have followed the orders of their programmers and helped provide enough electoral cover and support for the front men of the Deep State to steal an election we’re assured the Great Reset is for our own good.  I wonder why it doesn’t make me feel so good. 

Don’t worry all you cultural Democrats and fellow travelers on your Titanic of Blind Trust in anyone not the Donald, icebergs can’t sink this ship of state if we all pretend it’s unsinkable.  While your pretending, if you can pretend masks work, please pretend I’m wearing one. 

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 

Finding Peace Amid Chaos December 7, 2020

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Rudyard Kipling in If, which I believe is the best poem ever written begins, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,” setting the stage for a recitation for the human qualities needed to rise above circumstances.  These are the types of mature actions and reactions visible when the shifting tides of daily life don’t toss us about like a piece of driftwood in the surf.  Maturity provides stability and confidence not shaken by the ebb and flow of change marking the boundaries of life.  

Reading these traits often exposes the arrested development of those of us who may have grown up but have failed to mature. 

This poem illuminates human wisdom as brilliantly as a bright light on a dark night reveals all within its circle of radiance.  It’s a work of brilliance by a man who was more than a journeyman wordsmith, a true master of the English language.  And like other works of genius it exposes timeless truth that can change the life of anyone who assimilates its message and lives out its guidance.  Other works such as How to Win Friends and Influence Peopleby Dale Carnegie, or The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John Maxwell are examples of this wisdom that can help us mature into successful people in a world filled with more obstacles than opportunities. 

However, while wisdom, if it’s accepted and acted upon can help us succeed and prosper it cannot by itself bring us to the peace which passes all understanding.  Happiness is the world’s substitute for joy causing immature people to waste their lives tickling themselves to death for a smile.  In the same way the tranquility flowing from success and prosperity is the world’s substitute for peace.  True peace can only come from God for humanity needs peace with God to have peace within themselves. 

You see when humanity decided to follow Satan instead of God, we immediately found an unbridgeable gulf between us and God.  This left a God shaped hole in our hearts and nothing can fill it except the God who created us.  On our own we can’t think our way to God.  We can’t follow enough rules, laws, or pious regulations to reach God.  Someone had to pay the price for all the sin from Adam to eternity and no one could do it except an eternal being.   

We were guilty and in need of a mediator, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”  In the court of heaven, we needed an attorney to represent us before the throne of justice, “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”  You see He has paid the price and is ever ready to show the proof of His sacrifice since, “He solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s.” 

Jesus pointed the way to peace with God.  Telling us, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 

Salvation is easy for, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Having done that it flows from the reborn spirit with in us that we will follow Him, doing the works that He did as He leads us into all peace.  And in His living word He gives the formula for peace, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 

There is an ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”  In America today we find ourselves in the most interesting of times.  So as the endless election winds down to its inevitable conclusion, whether we face the resistance, riots, and impeachment that will greet a Trump victory or the shabby world of Progressive authoritarianism devolving from a Biden win, don’t let it steal your peace.   

As He prepared to pay the ultimate price to ransom our lives Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  And no matter how confusing, challenging, or frustrating it may become remember Jesus also said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 

Let us bear up under these interesting times knowing that our faith in Christ makes us not just followers of God but children of God, “and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”   

Don’t be discouraged, instead hang on to your faith.  Don’t forget that the blinding lights and roaring furry of this crisis is but a blink of the eye for, “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”   And, “we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” 

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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