Singing

We sang one of my favorite songs yesterday at church services. It is a song about the greatest commands of God to love God and one another.

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Though my voice is not as strong or clear as it was in my younger years, there is something so amazing and wonderful about singing and praising God and hearing others sing too, even when I miss some notes.

In Ephesians 5, Paul tells Christians how to live and specifically in verses 15-20 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In Colossians 3:15-17 Paul says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

In James 5:13 we read, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

God wants us to sing! God commands the Christian to sing! It is not a suggestion! It is a clear command seen throughout the Bible, yet more and more congregations have become silent or selected a chosen few to sing in worship for and to us. This is not good. God commands all of us to sing and praise Him. He commands us to speak to one another with songs, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.

We are to make music from our hearts always giving thanks to God the Father for everything through His Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

I know that we as Americans don’t want to be commanded to do anything and sometimes the commands we are given are the very last things we will or want to do. Like a toddler, even adults say, “You can’t make me.”

Why is that? I think the answer is three-fold — pride, fear, and selfishness. Pride says that we don’t have to do what we don’t want to do. We sometimes feel autonomous and this makes us idolatrous – putting ourselves up and in the place of God. Sometimes we fear others will be critical of our ability or lack thereof to sing. That is their problem and not ours. God calls us to make a joyful noise unto Him in Psalm 98 and to make a melody in our heart to God in Ephesians 5. No where in the Bible does it say we have to sing perfectly to sing to and praise God with song. No where does it say that if you can’t sing well, you are excused from the command. When we think this way, we are thinking more of ourselves and not about God’s good and perfect will for us. When we refuse to sing, we are selfishly refusing to encourage and admonish one another in our congregations. Sometimes a song can speak to a brother or sister where a sermon can’t. Let us not withhold the blessings of song from one another.

Faith in God and Jesus requires action on our part. It requires a change in our behavior. It is not that works saves us, but faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-26) Faith in God means doing what God commands. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commands.” To be faithful to God means following His will —whether we like it or not — whether we think we have a better idea or way or not — whether we are comfortable with the command or not — whether we want to obey or not.

Most preachers and Bible teachers today won’t touch this subject out of fear of offending or hurting someone’s feelings. I think some of our congregations are sick and less healthy than they could be because of an attitude that says participating in the song service is optional by the Christian members present.

How much of God’s will do we get to select to submit to in our lives? What parts of the Bible will we agree to go along with and submit ourselves to obey? What about if we don’t like a particular song, and we’re not talking about songs that are unbiblical or teaching error here?

What does God say? What does He want and command for us to do? What authority do we, as Christians, have to disregard God’s commands and disobey Him? To disobey God’s command is sin, and sin separates us from God. Let us not choose to sin when we know His commands.

We all struggle with pride and selfishness, but these are sins we must resist and remove so that we can fully follow our heavenly Father. He made us. He knows what is best for us, and He wants us and commands us to sing. Don’t let fear stop you from doing what God commands. It is said that one of the most common statements and perhaps it could be said commands in the Bible is to “fear not.” Let us not fear our fellow man or what he or she may think or do or say, but have the appropriate fear (reverent respect) for God first and foremost.

When singing songs, hymns and spiritual songs, we do the following things.

1. We are obeying God’s will
2. We are teaching one another.
3. We are admonishing one another. (Meaning – To counsel (another) against something to be avoided or warn (that something is dangerous)
4. We are engendering gratitude in our hearts toward God.
5. We are giving thanks and praise to God for everything through Christ.

There is nothing bad in this list. All these things are good and good for us and for those around us. So let’s put aside whatever has suppressed our ability or willingness to obey God’s command to sing. It is good for us and with practice, it will grow on us …

God wants to hear the songs of our joyful hearts. God wants and deserves our praise. Our fellow brothers and sisters need the encouragement and admonition of our singing.

Let us commit this week and every week and with every opportunity to singing out loud and with joy to God and one another. It is God’s will. It is His command. It will be a blessing for you and others.

Think on these things…

Robin House

Additional Reference:
64 Bible Verses on Singing

ILLICIT IMMIGRANTS

On a recent flight, I had the opportunity to see the fruits of our shattered immigration system in person. On board our flight from a regional airport in my home town to a major hub, we were accompanied by at least four illegal aliens. They were young males, who I’d assess to be in the 20 to 40 year old age range, with a white tow sack for luggage and a smart phone. I don’t know what was in their sacks, but it is likely that my tax dollars bought their phone and is paying for their data plan along with their “free ride” on American Airlines to wherever they wanted to go.

While I would have to prove that I’m vaccinated to go to other countries or return to my home in the USA, illegals don’t.

While I have to prove that I have a specific type of negative covid test to get in, return, or travel in some parts of the USA, illegals don’t.

While I have to show a valid ID and prove my identity to board a flight, illegals don’t.

While I have to obey the laws of the land in the country I am a citizen of, illegals don’t.

While I would be fined or jailed for certain crimes, our federal government makes sure illegals don’t have the same standards or penalties as the USA citizens. In fact, sometimes, law enforcement bodies are prevented, precluded, and subverted from expelling illegal aliens in our towns and cities.

Over 221,300 illegals (that we know) of entered our nation through the southern border in March of 2022. That is about 25,000 more people than in my hometown, which happens to be the third largest city in Louisiana. With Shreveport ranking 25th in the nation for murders in a 2022 report, we don’t need more illegal people, activities, and crime coming to town.

What is our local government doing about it? Nothing that I’ve heard of so far. Greyhound buses drop off illegals and our airports transport some of them on to additional “destinations” in our midst.

What is our state government doing about it? I’ve called the Govenor’s office and our state representatives. The answer – nothing. They say there is nothing they will or can do, and they blame the federal government.

What is our federal government doing? The Republican representatives say that they are in the minority and the majority rules, so they can do nothing. The Democratic representatives don’t seem to see any problem with open borders. The President and whoever is pulling the puppet strings of power in the executive branch has deliberately and systematically dismantled our border enforcement and security.

When this President took the oath promising that he “will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” did he not understand his pledge? Did he think enforcing the immigration laws of the land unimportant and something in which he could personally reject complying and enforcing?

How could the President not know that opening the borders to illegal aliens would bring thousands of women and children into slavery and sex trafficking?

Did you see the three year old left alone at the border this week? Did you hear about the children being used as pawns for entry and the ones raped, beaten, and sometimes executed or left to die at the southern border?

How could the powers that be not know that cartels in Mexico would literally and figuratively make a killing over transporting people and drugs into our nation?

Did you know that the biggest cause of death today in the USA for 18-45 year old citizens is a fentanyl overdose? Our young adults and young parents are dying from the fentanyl shipped from China to Mexico that then comes across our southern border.

Nancy Reagan had a program called “Just say No!” to help stop drug abuse in our communities. Our government, by not enforcing the borders, has just said yes to killing our US citizens by flooding our communities illegal drugs.

Make no mistake, there is a plan at work. A plan for evil and not good. It is a plan for less freedom and more slavery. It is a plan for more control and less civilization. It is a plan for the re-imagining of America into a socialist and communist society directed by economically and socially crippling tyrannical rule. Is this what we want? Is this what we will stand for?

Current estimates reveal that by the end of the current President’s first term, one person in five will be an illegal alien living in our nation. Did you get that? Within less than 3 years, on average, sitting in a group of 5 people, one will not be here legally. That’s 20% of the US population that will not be US citizens within 3 years or less. How do you think that will affect our country, our communities, and our elections?

With a free phone, free rides on public and private transportation (including planes, trains, and buses), free health care, free education, and as one state is proposing, free college for illegals from the federal covid money allotment, why wouldn’t people come to the United States from everywhere? Well, guess what? Reports say that illegals have been documented as coming from 106 different countries around the world, including countries who have proclaimed us their mortal enemies and who have vowed to destroy our nation. Almost two dozen caught crossing our southern border recently were on our terrorist watch lists. We have no idea how many on the terrorist lists weren’t caught.

So now you know more of the bad news, what can be done?

I can speak from experience that one lone person calling their congressman/woman, senator, and the white house to demand enforcement of our laws and the security of our nation’s borders has been ineffective. Once elected, most politicians aren’t listening anymore. HELLO! Senator Cassidy. It will take a multitude of us calling to make our voices heard. I hope you will call and email to make your voice heard. To contact the U S Congress (House of Representatives and Senate), call 202 -224-3121. To contact the executive branch at the White House, call 202-456-1111. To contact your Govenor or local officials, “google” their numbers, and get involved to stand up for the safety and security of our nation. Call. Everyone call.

Did you know that there is no provision for the removal of an elected U S Senator for not doing his job or misrepresenting the people he was sent to represent? The President can be impeached – and we saw the last one impeached twice, but many elected officials are seemingly above and beyond the laws they make. This is why character counts and morals matter. It could be that a state could recall a U S Senator, but they won’t and don’t. When those in power start making laws to keep the citizenry from having influence in their government while inviting non citizens to a free lunch at our table on our tax dollars, something is terribly wrong.

What will work is if we, as freedom-loving, law-abiding, God-fearing citizens will unite and work together to select and elect candidates that stand for what is right and truth and abhor evil, that love life and will stand up to stop the death and destruction we are seeing in our society, and that won’t be beholden to anything, but to love one another like God commands. Romans 13:8 says, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Too many in politics today owe their allegiance to a party or particular lobby group – denying what is right and best for all in the big scheme of things or are simply serving their own self-interest and not the citizens who elected them. This is wrong, and if we don’t turn this bus around – we as a nation, will go over the cliff to destruction.

We must put aside allegiances to political parties and seek to do what is right. We must not trust the politician, but verify that he is doing the good will of the people. We must fire those who don’t do their duty to those they are supposed to serve and protect. This is our duty as citizens of a government that is supposed to be of, by, and for the people it serves.

Lastly and most importantly, this nation’s governmental system was specifically and distinctly designed for a citizenry that is Christian in nature, values, and ethics. It can not work, survive, or long function if our nation is not following the God of the Bible. To that end, we must look at our own selves and families. Perhaps we have work to do to clean up our own personal messes and some fences to mend. We must be willing to look clearly and honestly at what truth is. We must stop lying. In Colossians 3:9 Paul says to the Christians there, “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,” Perhaps we, as a people, need to repent, turn away from sin, and commit to doing right.

Jesus said in Matthew 22 these two things were most important, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I think this is the answer. When we love our neighbors as we love ourselves, we will be united. There will be no cultural or racial divides we can not deal with because we will want to and will love and care for one another. We will stand for truth and righteousness and reject lies and unrighteousness.

So, how do we do it?

It takes a commitment to Christ and a transformation from the inside out.
It takes courage not to quit.
It takes caring enough to stick your neck out to do right and help others.
It takes being involved in the community of Christ’s church family and standing tightly together to help one another day by day to get through everything this evil world will throw at us.
It takes communicating the Gospel to those who don’t know it yet. In Matthew 28 Jesus commands, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

This is the answer. Jesus is the real answer for it all.

Don’t let anyone confuse you.

Don’t let the forces of evil convince you that nothing can be done.

Don’t believe that we are so different and divided from one another that we can never come together. We are each unique and special individuals – just like everyone else – specifically and intentionally designed in the very image of an Almighty God who loves us and gave His own Son to redeem us from our sin. We are only as divided as we allow ourselves to be. Don’t play the division game.

Don’t accept less than the best – God’s best – for yourself, your family, your community, and your country.

Let’s work together in love for what is good, right, and true.

Last questions — Who can we share the answer with today, and what are we waiting for?

Robin House

Friends, Foes, and Fellowship

The world, the worldly, and sometimes even fellow Christians tell us that we are not enough, not worthy, not wanted, not liked or loved, and just not a good fit to be in their fellowship and with their friends. The message is rarely overt, but none the less, the message is as crystal clear as a dinner bell. Some may not know or realize what they are saying or doing when they snub someone or are silent. Some do.

Over the past year or so, a lot of relationships have changed or even ceased among our friends and families. Social isolation drove many to social media platforms for connections and to meet our needs for value and validation. Unfortunately, social media platforms and an expanding worldly worldview among our population has spurred trends among our young people (and some of us older ones, too) for increasing cases of depression, malaise, anxiety, and even suicide.

The devil often uses our pasts, our insecurities, and our many faults to trip us up. He even uses those we call friends to intimate to us and whisper softly to others that we aren’t quite good enough and that we aren’t worthy to be in their company, to be their friend, or to share in their fellowship. Clicks and clubs among other groups and methods have been a way to exclude and reject for a long time. The cancel culture is even seen among the members of Christ’s church. There is really nothing new under the sun, but these things are still hurtful and even harmful, especially to young girls and women.

On the day after Jesus fed over 5000 men with only five barley loaves and two small fish, the crowds followed Jesus across the sea to Capernaum. As Jesus was questioned by the crowd, he questioned the crowd’s motives for following Him. Did they just want free food and a miracle or two? He taught them clearly in John 6:29, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” The crowd that followed Jesus found His teachings difficult to understand and accept. Jesus didn’t quite meet their expectations of who He was or how He should be. His mission didn’t fit in with their mindset or worldview.

In John 6:66 the writer says, “From that time on many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.” When push came to shove, Jesus, God’s own and only Son, sent with a message of love and reconciliation for all mankind was rejected by most. In this passage, Jesus seems sad and even dejected by the reaction of those precious souls He loved and came to die for.

After the crowds left from following Him, Jesus turned to the twelve and asked if they wanted to leave Him too. Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.” They understood. They listened to Him. They believed in and appreciated Him, but most didn’t.

Sometimes today, just like in Jesus’ day, who we are and what we are about doesn’t meet the standards and expectations of others. Some people just won’t get us or our mission. Not everyone will like us. We’re not their flavor, style, type, or cup of tea as a person. We are and will be rejected, deemed unacceptable or unworthy to be in their company or at their party or event. We are not invited. We are summarily disfellowshipped, and removed or isolated from their presence, often without a hearing or even knowing why. We are just excluded.

It doesn’t matter that we said something awkward, dumb, or even the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong way and didn’t realize it. It doesn’t matter that we are sorry when we have a faux pas or unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings. Cancel culture has no room for mercy or grace – much less real forgiveness. It doesn’t matter that we don’t know how to be the life of the party or even if we do. Whether too serious or too silly, we somehow don’t stack up to be selected for the group, team, meeting, event, click, or whatever.

It can be very painful from the outside looking in, knowing that friendship and fellowship are out of reach and withheld from us in our families, among some we consider our friends, and even within our congregations of Christian brothers and sisters.

The devil wants us to feel alone and isolated. He’s happy to divide and destroy relationships and reputations. He will use any and all methods, including our families and friends, to discourage and depress us. The devil wants to distract us from what is important and dissuade us from doing and following the good and perfect will of God, our Father. The devil used the same techniques on Jesus during His life and ministry here on earth. In His last moments on the cross, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!” The agony of all the sins of every person past, present, and future fell on Jesus’ shoulders on the cross that crucifixion day, and though God can not be in the presence of sin – God didn’t forsake Jesus. God, through Christ and the cross, worked out and fulfilled His wonderful and perfect plan of salvation for us.

When rejected, let’s remember what Jesus said in John 15:18 and following: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

Sometimes people will hate us without reason also. Sometimes the reason we are rejected and excluded is because we do belong to Christ, and that makes some uncomfortable. Sometimes people are just flat out mean, and mean to be hurtful. Sometimes they are simply thoughtless and careless of their words and actions.

In any case, the devil will take any and every reason and opportunity to hurt and dishearten us. That’s why we must keep in mind that our battle is not against flesh and blood. Our battle is not with the people who reject or exclude us. Our battle is with the devil and spiritual forces of evil. That’s why God tells us to put on our armor and be fully dressed for when (not if) the battles of this life come. The devil loves to hurt us and will use family, friends, and foes to do it.

The key to dealing with this issue is to keep ourselves in the Word of God and recognize the ways the devil schemes. When we hold up the shield of our faith, the Bible says that we “can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” We must keep top of mind that on our heads we wear the helmet of salvation. Our destiny and eternity with God are sure. Lastly, with the sword of the Spirit, “which is the Word of God” we can go on offense to counter the lies the devil tells us – even and at times, through those we know, love, admire, and respect.

With our armor on, we are instructed next in God’s word to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” How often do we try to solve our own problems not remembering Matthew 11 which says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Let’s lay down our yokes and burdens and take the one Jesus offers. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

God cares for us down to the hairs on our head and knows exactly what we need. Sometimes what we think we need, isn’t really what we need. Perhaps God prefers we seek His fellowship over that of those we would want as friends. In our prayers, let’s trust Him. Romans 8:26 tells us that we have an advocate in the Holy Spirit. The verse says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” For those in Christ, God is for us. In fact the Bible says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” How awesome is that?

The answer to feeling rejected, ignored, disliked, unwanted, unloved, unworthy, etc. is to get dressed with God’s protective armor, hold up our shields, rightly wield our swords, and pray at all times in the Spirit. This gives us the protection and the provision for the battles in this world with both ‘friends’ and foes.

We can not “make” others act rightly or follow the Lord or His commands. We can only and must focus on what we can do. Our focus needs to be on our relationship with Christ following and obeying our heavenly Father. Jesus said in John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” That’s how we need to respond to rejection. Jesus said in John 15, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” We need to follow Christ’s lead and act with love towards others – whether family, friend, or foe. Remember, we are only responsible for our actions, not theirs.

In conclusion, I Peter 3:8-17 says, “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”

Let’s remember these verses. Let’s look to the Lord for our identities, our value, and our relationship needs. He is able. He loves us. He wants us. He valued us more highly than His only Son. He has set a table for us – even in the presence of our enemies. He is the only One who will never let us down and always has what is for our best in mind. Trust Him. Depend on Him. He will be there for us, even when or if one else is.

I am thinking on these things…

Robin Robbins House

Happy New Year!

The past few years have brought much turmoil to and through many in our nation. Different groups war with one another and enjoy pitting people against one another.

In the coming year, let’s remember Job 12: 10 which says of God, “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

In Proverbs 16:3-4 the Bible says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The Lord works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.”

In this new year 2022, trust in the Lord and reject all who would pit one group or person against another. Man is not in control of this world. God is!

Stand for what is right. Do what is right. Let us love God and one another as He has loved us. We are all precious – valued so highly that God gave His own Son for each and every one of us. This is the Good News of the Gospel.

The world only offers us sin and death. Jesus came to offer us life – abundant life. Don’t listen to the world. Listen to Him who made the world and everything in it. He cares for us and has abundant blessings for all who will come to and serve Him.

Happy New Year, 2022!

MONDAY, MONDAY

Happy Monday! Here are some tips for today. I hope you have a great day and see all the blessings God has in store for you now and forever.

M- Meditate on God and what is good.
O- Offer to help someone.
N- Neutralize the negatives.
D- Dare to dream and do the difficult.
A- Accept love and applaud others.
Y- Yield always to God’s will for your life.

Supreme Court Arguments For and Against the Right to Life

Arguments at the Supreme Court for abortion say that 1 in 4 women in America have had an abortion. It is a big issue in our society. The argument that unplanned pregnancies should not have to be continued is one of the primary arguments for the right to abort a child and is being made.

Pregnancy is in most cases a result of a voluntary choice to engage in behavior that brings an egg and sperm together. Women do have the right (morally or not in our nation) to engage in an activity that would bring their egg in contact with a man’s sperm. But once the egg is fertilized by the sperm, a new — and completely separate from the mom — individual life with its own unique DNA begins. At that point of conception, the child exists, and he or she should, in my opinion, be afforded the right to live as the Constitution promises to all of us the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

The argument for a woman’s right to choice to end the life of her child must acknowledge that the woman’s choice ends when it infringes on the rights of life and existence of another separate individual. The conceived child is such an individual

Most often in the cases of abortion, women choose to participate in behavior that could render them with a child. To be blunt, many women want to have sexual relations without the consequences of what naturally occurs with the behavior. Some women seem to want to do the things that can result in a pregnancy without dealing with the consequence or responsibility to the other separate unique individual who has been formed by the woman and man.

The baby in the womb is treated by many as having no standing or rights as an individual. Though a child can not form itself and does not ask to be conceived, he or she is a person and entitled to the right to life, the right to choice over their bodies, and the right to live as they choose – just like the mother.

Our rights end at the point when they infringe on someone else’s rights. We can not harm or cause the death of another without consequences in the law. Why is there a difference in protections and rights for an unborn child – a child who is unable to speak up for themselves? We know that just because someone is bigger, stronger, or can exercise dominance over another person that does not mean that they should exert their will over another or that it is right to do so.

The science is clear that what is conceived in a woman’s womb is a living human being. More and more we have learned and understand the intricacy and individuality of every single person from the time they are conceived. The Bible says we are knit together by God in the womb and that He knows us and has plans for us before we are born.

I’m praying that our nation will turn back to following God. I’m praying that those with unplanned or unwanted pregnancies will choose to let the life of their children continue. I’m praying that those who do not want to keep or raise the children they conceive will give them through adoption to those who do want children and will care for and love them to help them grow.

We are all made in the image of the almighty God. I hope more will gently and lovingly discuss this topic with their children, friends, and families and teach the truth and the value of life — of every single life.

I hope you will pray with me and think on these things…

Lessons learned at the check out line

Today I was in a grocery store, and as I was checking out, the man who was sacking my groceries said, “I didn’t like that woman that came before you.” He went on to tell me how she approached the cashier and complained about how he checked out her items and was irritated when he did not get her loyalty number down right the first time. He said that she was peeved that she had to repeat her phone number. He went on to say that she was rude to him too in the way she asked for a bag for her items. I said that maybe she was having a hard day. The sacker didn’t buying my excuse for her.

As I completed my purchase, I told him that I thought I could carry everything to my car by hand, but he said no and that he wanted to go outside anyway. I told him thanks and as we walked to my car I remarked that it was sad that some people couldn’t or wouldn’t take the time to be kind and polite and be respectful of one another. He agreed.

It doesn’t take that much more time to be kind, yet I know there have been times when I have been short with someone or expressed my frustrations and exasperations. There is no room for me to point any fingers. Today was really more of a reminder for myself as I spoke to the gentleman that helped me get my groceries to my car during this hectic season of holidays about “giving.” We went on to talk about what a pretty day it was and other small talk as he helped me load the groceries in my car and parted with a have a great day to one another.

When I think about Jesus, He came as God to become a man – initially as an infant. God got down in the dirt with sinful man to live among us, serve us, and show us the way of salvation through His love for the Father and obedience to His will. Why should I complain? Why should I expect anything really? Jesus, who never sinned and lived a perfect human life, was misunderstood, mistreated, rejected, and ultimately selected to be executed in the place of a murderer.

What a Savior! What an example. Jesus said that as His disciples we shouldn’t expect to be treated any better than He was, but don’t we … When we remember who we are and whose we are, a lot of things really won’t matter or shouldn’t. The way others treat us is more of a reflection on who they are than on who we are. When we remember this and consider what God’s own Son went through, we won’t care so much that we had to deal with a long line, repeat information a second or third time, or that we need to ask for something that seems obvious to us, but is oblivious to someone else. When we remember that we, as Christians, are dead to our selves — to our will, ways, and wants – we will have the ability to focus on others and their needs. We will notice their needs, respect their efforts on our behalf, notice when they are having a difficult day, and show the common courtesy that isn’t so common anymore.

There are a lot of people weighed down with the worries of this old world today. There are many who don’t know what to do or where to turn. Life is tough for them. With a smile, kind words, a little empathy, and genuine love for our fellow man (all of whom are equally valued by God and worthy of Jesus’ sacrifice), we can show them the light, the way, the truth, and how to spend an eternity in heaven with God.

I’m talking to myself here — I pray that I can look outward to others and their needs over my own. I hope I can lift someone’s spirits and perhaps even make their day with something positive or good. Sometimes it is just the simple things, the little things, and a smile, a thank you, or an excuse me, please that can show someone that they are valued and appreciated. I’m going to work harder on remembering all of this and my experience at the grocery store today.

Lastly, I am reminded of Philippians 2. This scripture challenges me so very often. It says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” I’ll be thinking on these things… I hope I have encouraged you to think on them too.

Suspicious Science and the Sabotaging of our Personal and Societal Sovereignty

Navy Seals are elite soldiers and critical manpower in our armed forces. We have approximately 2,500 currently serving our nation. The cost to train and equip one Navy Seal is estimated at $500,000. Due to vaccine mandates forced on these brave soldiers and patriots, many have less than 90 days now to get the covid vaccine or be disciplined, placed on non deployable status, and/or potentially discharged from the military. The loss of our elite seals forces will affect military readiness and have a dramatic impact on our ability to defend our nation. Hundreds of Navy Seals are reportedly requesting exemptions (for health and religious reasons) from the vaccine. Hundreds of Navy Seals are planning not to take the vaccine at this time and numerous fighter pilots have already declined the vaccine. Military.com reports that total military deaths from covid as of September 1, 2021, has been 40. There have been three times that amount of suicides in the military over the same period. So what is the real issue? Natural immunity from having had covid provides 27 times more immunity than taking the covid vaccine. Many soldiers have already had covid, yet they are not exempt from the vaccine mandate. Why?

The federal government has mandated that foreign nationals that come to our nation must have proof of vaccination against covid or a negative covid test, yet if that same foreigner walks across the Rio Grande, there is no requirement for vaccination or negative covid test to enter our nation. What sense does this make?

To attend an LSU football game in Tiger Stadium, a fan must present a vaccine card or have an approved negative covid test result to watch a football game in person, yet foreigners can enter our nation and be flown and/or bused around our nation with covid and no identification. If one is willing to have a covid vaccine before the game, they can attend in person even though science shows and confirms that the vaccine has not yet had enough time to be effective for preventing covid. What sense does that make? Is that science? The answer is NO!

Breaking news reports September 20, 2021 indicate that the federal administration is considering vaccine mandates for all Americans to travel by airplane domestically. Of course this won’t apply to those here illegally who are put on planes by our federal authorities. American citizens have been flying safely in planes that completely filter and refresh the air every four minutes with masks on airplanes for over a year without outbreaks of covid. Why this new plan?

If those vaccinated are “safe” from getting covid, why do they need a mask? Why are they afraid of being around someone unvaccinated if they are immune to covid? Does it make scientific sense to you? Why isn’t there any accommodation for those who have natural immunity which is scientifically proven to be 27 times more effective than the vaccine for preventing covid?
Why are treatments for covid with monoclonal antibodies being restricted from “red” states and allowed in “blue” states? Are not all citizens equally valuable? What happened to equal justice under the law or even equity?

If we are following the science, would we have mandates following a political agenda oppressing our fellow American citizens and soldiers including restricting travel, while allowing who knows who with who knows what illnesses and diseases to enter our nation and move about freely among our citizens? Over 200,000 illegals came across our southern border in August alone. August is usually a “slow month” for illegal trespassing into our nation. What will a “busy month” look like? Already 2 million illegal people come into our nation.

What are we going to do? Who are we going to call? How can we hold our officials accountable to protect and provide for our American citizens over non citizens?

HOUSTON, WE HAVE PROBLEM! WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM…

Robin House ©️

Focus Forward on the Father

I’ve been asking myself lately, where is my focus? Where should my focus be? So many things are wrong in this world, and much of the news is bad. In fact, many things today are just terrible, and it seems to be getting worse. It is easy to be negative. I think it may even be our natural bent as humans.

In 1890, Briton Rivière painted an illustration I saw recently of the Biblical story of Daniel in the lions den. In Daniel in chapter six, King Darius planned to put Daniel in charge of his whole kingdom because he had distinguished himself above all others. Daniel’s opponents seemed jealous of his skill and ethical behavior. As a result, they secretly devised a plan to get rid of him. Over 120 of these leaders went before King Darius and convinced him to issue an irrevocable decree that no one could worship anyone or any thing except the king for the next thirty days. Anyone found disobeying the decree was to be thrown in the lion’s den.

Daniel’s opponents knew that Daniel got on his knees and prayed three times a day, every day, giving thanks to the Lord. They counted on his faithfulness to find fault in him before the king. After the decree, Daniel never hesitated. The Bible says that Daniel continued praying to God just as he had done in the past. Once the king was told of Daniel’s violation of the decree, he was reluctantly compelled to throw Daniel into the lion’s den.

The artist, Rivière, presents a very interesting perspective in his painting of Daniel’s situation in the lion’s den. In the painting, Daniel is not focused on or looking at the large group of hungry lions. His back is turned from the lions. Daniel, in the painting, is focused completely away from the lions and upward and on the Lord, who every day heard and answered his prayers. The painting is titled – Daniel’s Answer to the King.

I have to ask myself, what am I focused on these days. Bad news sells and in its own way, is attractive to draw us to it, BUT — God has a positive plan for all the problems in this world. He wants our focus on Him. He calls us not to fear. He has a purpose for us and calls us to shine. We must shine, not as just a ‘little light’ like the children’s song says, but brightly, clearly, and proudly, shining and showing the way to Him.

In spite of his situation and all of his problems, Daniel kept his focus on the Sovereign of all things and the Source for life both now and eternally. Daniel’s attitude is powerful and inspiring. The story of God’s provision for Daniel in the midst of the predators and problems he faced is magnificent!

The Bible says in I Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Yes, the devil – the lion of this world – the evil is all out there. But, let’s remember that the Lord is listening to his servants. He loves us and will protect and care for us.

I’m inspired to be more positive and bold by this wonderful painting and the true story of Daniel, who was an exile in a foreign land doing his best to serve God first and then his fellow man. I pray that I will keep my focus on the One who holds the world in His hands.

Romans 8: 31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Romans 14:8 says, “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

I think Daniel knew these things well. I’m still learning. I’m learning to lean on these verses. I hope in them, and I hope this story and these verses will give you hope and inspire you as well to stand, and shine, and show the way for souls who are lost without His love.

May God richly bless us all in our service to Him.

Robin House©️
09/17/2021

Disturbingly Surreal

Jen Psaki says that things happen that you don’t want to happen in a retrograde. Yes, we sure do see that!

We had the opportunity to control Kabul, and our administration declined. We had the chance to exit our citizens before our military, and the administration put the proverbial cart before the horse. We had a chance to keep our airbase and support our interests, citizens and allies, and our administration chose to leave our air base, aircraft, munitions, technology and biometric data information on American citizens and our allies in the middle of the night without informing our Afghan army partners that we left them without support and abandoned our mission to keep the Taliban terrorists from taking over.

What is a retrograde? It is a ‘fancy pants politically correct’ retreat and surrender. There is no end to the holy war of terrorism against ALL who will not bow to the muslim faith. Just because we leave Afghanistan, doesn’t mean that our enemies have ceased the war. They are still at war with us whether we want to participate in the war or not. Just because we won’t defend ourselves doesn’t mean they won’t attack us anymore. In fact, the Taliban has effectively said with a boot at our administration’s butt to get on out by tomorrow, and thank you very much for the land, hostages, and military equipment we will use against you in the United States.

How naive and inept is our administration. Blinken was on vacation as Kabul fell. I guess he believed his own words that Kabul couldn’t fall in a weekend. Congress is in recess and won’t come back to work because Nancy doesn’t want the heat or to tackle the debacle of the retrograde mission and stand up for our nation. Reporters are really more interested in what flavors of ice cream Biden and Pelosi eat each day than questioning their inept, illegal, and questionable actions to the demise of our country and Constitution.

Our nation seems less secure with each passing day of this administration. The risk of attacks on our homeland are rising. Lawmakers are acting lawlessly and with what the military would call a dereliction of duty. The administration repeatedly says that the time for discussions about what is going on in the “retrograde” is not now. If not now, while we are still in country and could get more of our citizens out, when?

A bus load of American students in sight of the airbase gates yesterday, experience Taliban gun fire over them and was not allowed to get to the gate or entrance to the airport gate to exit Afghanistan. The University administration admitted that Taliban has their names thanks to our government.

I can hear the congressional committees investigating all of this next year now. I hear in my mind replies like the one made about Benghazi by the Secretary of State who said, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” she said. “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” The difference is that those were our beloved sons and daughters.

Samuel Adams said in 1771, “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

If we lose our nation, there is no other place in the world of such liberty and rights. It is a sobering time. What will you do to defend your freedoms, your family, your property, your neighbors, and your nation from our enemies both foreign and domestic? You might want to think about it. You might want to be ready.

Robin House©️
8/30/2021