Here’s another painting by Jon McNaughton… entitled: The Forgotten Man!!!

The Forgotten Man – by Jon McNaughton

In this painting Jon McNaughton shows many of our past and modern Presidents, as being virtually oblivious to anything other than themselves; as such is certainly the case today  in modern politics, as hidden agendas, greed and self-serving ambitions seems to be the only driving force in Washington DC, among many of our politicians, including this current President; and as you will note in the picture, see how Obama is in fact stepping on our U.S.Constitution.

The truth is, our nation today is in deep trouble, and on the verge of collapse; and if we are looking to our present leadership in Washington DC, who have allowed this to happen in the first place, to have the answers, then we are not long to exist as a free people for very much longer!

As Americans we need to learn that regardless of race, color, or creed, or even political affiliation, on this one issue of keeping our nation free and restoring our Constitutional Republic, we had better ALL learn the importance of standing together as one!

What has President Obama done?

Against the background of a darkening sky, all of the past Presidents of the United States gather before the White House, as if to commemorate some great event. In the left hand corner of the painting sits a man. That man, with his head bowed appears distraught and hopeless as he contemplates his future.Some of the past Presidents try to console him while looking in the direction of the modern Presidents as if to say, “What have you done?”
Many of these modern Presidents, are seemingly oblivious to anything other than themselves, as they appear to be congratulating each other on their great accomplishments.

In front of the man, paper trash is blowing in the wind. Crumpled dollar bills, legislative documents, and, like a whisper—the U.S. Constitution beneath the foot of Barack Obama.

[Click here to listen to an interview with Jon McNaughton over WJR—Detroit]

http://www.mcnaughtonart.com

Whereas Obama has announced to the world that we are no longer a Christian Nation, it was certainly as a Christian nation that our nation was formed; and just look today at how far we have fallen, from where we first began…

America’s Godly Heritage

David Barton

Revised & Condensed by Annette Nay

The Founding Fathers and Christianity

Our founding fathers were brought up in schools in which their primers taught bible scriptures, morals and its teachings.

They were taught the Ten Commandments and were thoroughly versed on each one and their meaning.

As adults, the founding fathers continued to read and learn from the bible. Many of them were evangelical preachers.

Many of them started the American Tract Society and wrote many of their tracts. They started the American Bible Society, The Philadelphia Bible Society, and the Christian Constitutional Society, all of which still exist today. It was no wonder then that they used the bible to frame the Constitution.

Patrick Henry – “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!”

From 1690 to 1900 American’s youth learned their ABC’s with a bible scripture associated with each letter. First graders talked about the Ten Commandments, in class, and learned what they meant.

The founding fathers wanted government and Christianity to be in an insoluble bond.

John Quincy Adams stated, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this… it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

John Jay the Chief Justice and the most influential writer of the constitution stated, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. ” We need to elect Christians to office if we want to have righteous men making good laws to rule our country.

In summation from George Washington’s farewell speech, speaking to the citizens of The United States, he touched on these points: Do not let anyone claim to be a true American if they attempt to remove religion from American politics. If they do they are not true Americans.

Our American government has lasted over 200 years. Having a government, in any form, lasting this long is unheard of. For example, in the last 200 years France has had seven forms of government and Italy has had forty-eight.

Our Constitution and Its Basis

Where did the founding fathers get their ideas for our constitution that has caused it to last so long? Some would have you believe that it was because of the Age of Enlightenment in Britain which brought to light ideas such as:

  • Government should be formed to protect people’s natural rights.
  • Government should have limited power.
  • The type of government should be accepted by all citizens.
  • Government has an obligation to those it governs.
  • Man is born free.
  • Controls by a freely formed government are good.
  • When government is by the consent of the governed the people, they retain their rights.
  • People have the right to challenged old ways of thinking.
  • They questioned divine-right of rule.

They taught that people should be able to gain material well-being, social justice, and happiness in this life – not just the next (Ellis, Esler, Beers, & Hart, 1999).

These ideas spread to American and found place in Thomas Paine’s pamphlet called Common Sense. Some would have you think that it was Paine’s pamphlet which swayed the founding father’s minds to their incorporation in the Constitution (Ellis, Esler, Beers, & Hart, 1999). The fact is that there were many heated debates on the constitutional legislature’s floor over these ideas. Such ideas were not espoused by the founding fathers until they could find a precedence in the bible for them. Then, it was only by unanimously consent spurred on by spiritual confirmation, that they accept these ideas into the constitution (Barton, 1999).

The Bible was important to our founding fathers. Out of fifteen thousand samples of their writings that University of Houston professors collected, they found 3154 of those had a significant impact on our constitution. Of those writings, they found that the bible was quoted sixteen times more than any other source. 94% of the quotes were based on the bible, 34% came directly out of the bible, and 60% used the bible to arrive at their conclusion.

The House and the Senate would discuss what the bible said and use its ideas to make law. The idea of three branches of government originated with John Locke in his article called Two Treaties of Government. The founding fathers substantiated the idea for separation of powers from Jeremiah 17:32. They found mention of the three branches of government in Isaiah 33:22. They found the idea of tax exemption for churches in Ezra 7:24. These men were students of the Bible and brought their expertise into the legislature to help them to know that to do.

Court Rulings that lead to Religion Leaving Government

The Way It Used to Be

1892 – Trinity vs. the US: The Supreme Court stated, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It’s impossible that it should be otherwise; and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.”  This case gave 87 historical precedences to prove this statement. It further stated that there were more, but 78 should suffice to prove the government must be based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

1844 – Vidal vs. Girard’s: “The purest principles of morality are to be taught. Where are they found? Whosoever searches for them must go to the source for which the Christian man derives his faith… the bible.”  A Philadelphia school’s premise was that they could teach morality with out teaching the bible. The court ruled that they couldn’t have a school that didn’t teach the bible’s morality, as it was the source of morality.

1811 – People vs. Ruggles: “Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government.” In this case a man became profane about Jesus Christ and the bible both written and spoken. The courts said it was blasphemy and the man was fined $500.00 and jailed for 3 months. The court said if you’ve attacked Jesus Christ you have attacked Christianity. If you attack Christianity, you have attacked the foundation of the US. Therefore, it is an attack on the US.

How Amoral Laws Came to Being

The founding fathers never wanted separation of church and state, yet 67% of US citizens today believe that that very idea is contained in the constitution, even though those words never appear in the constitution.

The Constitution of the United States’ first amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Pre-drafts of this statement clarifies the founding fathers constitutional statement. There were twelve variations, they all mirrored the sentiments found in this one, “Congress will pass no laws making one denomination of Christians higher than another denomination.”

Their intent was that they did not want in America what they had in Great Britain where one denomination was running the nation. They wanted God’s principles, but did not want one designated church running the nation.

1796 – Funckle vs Winemiller – The Danbury Baptists who wanted a state church designated. The courts stated: “In our form of government the Christian religion is the established religion and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing.”

1802 – Thomas Jefferson addressed those Danbury Baptist. He said that the first amendment has erected a wall between church and state, but that wall is a one directional wall. It keeps the government from running the church and Christian principles will always stay in government. The First National Church never happened and Jefferson’s writing was put away until 1853. Today, we only hear half of this statement, that is: the separation of church and state.

A small number of people petitioned to separate Christian principles from government. Studies were done to see if it could be done. The findings of the House Judiciary committee were announced March 27, 1854. They said that if the people, during the Revolution, or had they any suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity that revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect.

The Founders of the Constitution were Christians and they expected it would be so for their descendents. They stated, “The great vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrine and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

1947 – Everson vs. the Board of Education – Only nineteen words of Jefferson’s speech were used, those being, “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state.” That wall must be kept high and impregnable.” It was because these words were taken out of context that the Founding father’s intent was reversed. Jefferson meant, not state from church, but church from state.

Dr. William James –the Father of Modern Psychology influenced the court. He wanted church out of state. Dr. James stated, “There is nothing so absurd but if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” The courts began used this tactic through the years.

1958 – Bear vs. Colmore – One of the judges got tired of hearing the statement, “separation of church and state.” He said, “If this court doesn’t stop talking about separation of church and state, someone will think it is part of the constitution.” The court continued to talk about it.

June 25, 1962 – Engle vs. Vitale – This was the first time there was a separation of religious principles from public education. The courts rules that there should not be prayers in school. It was the first time we had a separation of church and state. It was the first time that NO precedence (where previous legal cases were cited) or historical incidents were quoted.

1962-65 – The courts removed church from state through rulings on these cases:

1- Engle vs. Vital – Removal of prayer from school. The prayer before the court only mentioned God once. The Constitution mentions God four times. Does this make it unconstitutional?

2- Murray vs. Curlett – Removal of bible reading in school. Bible study used to be required to graduate from High School.

3- June 17, 1965 –Abington vs. Schempp – Removal of religious instruction from school. The courts stated, “If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could be, and have been psychologically harmful to the child.”

In this case the courts said that only 3% of the nation professed no belief in religion or God. That prayer was consistent with 97% of the nation, but the courts ruled for the minority. Now, the philosophy of the 3% rules the 97%.

Our courts used to use biblical guidelines to rule on the areas of the citizens, families, schools, and the nation. Not anymore! Before 1962, the courts said, “We only allow divorce for six reasons. They are the six reasons God allows as written in the bible. God made the family (Adam’s and Noah’s) and so we have to use God’s precepts/rules to govern the family.” After 1965 the courts said we were not to do so any more, because it causes psychological damage to children. George Washington stated, “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religions principle.”

1965 – Reid vs. Vanhovan – It is unconstitutional for a student to pray aloud in school.

1967 – Decab vs. Dispain – The courts took a four-line nursery rhyme used in pre-kindergarten and ruled it unconstitutional. The courts said, “The rhyme is unconstitutional since it might cause someone to think of God.”

1980 – Stone vs. Graham – The Ten Commandments were posted in a school’s hall bulletin board. The court ruled: “If the posted copies of the Ten commandments are to have any effect at all it will be induce the school children to read, meditate upon them, and perhaps to venerate and obey the commandment; this is not a permissible objective.”

When the courts say something is unconstitutional, what they are saying is that this thing is something our founding fathers would have been opposed to and would not have allowed it! The court’s findings do not reflect this.

James Madison, the Chief Architect of the Constitution, said, “We have stated the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Our Country’s Downfall

Since 1963, when prayer was taken out of school, unwed birth rates of 15-19 year-olds doubled. Pregnancies for girls 10-14 went up 553% since prayer was disallowed in school. (The separation of church and state.)

Divorce rates from 1963 to 1983 were up 117%. For fifteen years prior 1963, divorce had been declining.

Since 1963, single families were up 140%, single families with children with children were up 160%, and unmarried couples living together went up 353%.

From 1965, there was a sharp incline of gonorrhea in students in ages 15-19. It incline became since the removal of religious principles from school. Student STD’s went up 228%.

When a people throw away their values, they reap the consequences Some of those consequences are crime, divorce, STD’s, unwed mothers, and unmarried couples living together. There are more!

SAT scores approximate average was 970 points from 1952 to 1963. From 1963 to 1980 scores declined for eighteen consecutive years to drop to a low average of 890 points in 1980.

In 1974-75 the sharp decline in SAT scores slowed with the advent of private religious schools, which allowed religion in the curriculum. During this time, there were 32 thousand U.S. schools, which accounted for 8.5 million students.

Some say that the better scores of these students were because private schools had more money available for a better education for these students. This statement was investigated. It was found that private schools had, on average, $110.00 per student, whereas public schools had $370.52 per student.

SAT scores showed that students from the Christian private schools, on average, got 100 points higher, than the Non-Christian schooled students. That put the Christian schooled students back on the par where students were prior to 1963 and the separation of church and state. It was as if no change had occurred. Whereas public schooled student scores continued to declined!

In 1988 – the number of Academic High Achievers were as follows :

60.8 were from public schools

39.2 were from private schools – This group was 3 times larger than those from the public schools. Remember too, that private religious schools had 1/3 less money per person and used the same curriculum as the public schools, except the private schools added religion.

Violent crimes went up 544% since religious principles were removed from schools in 1963. Thomas Jefferson said that religion is the friend to government because it teaches morals of the heart. This means we are not dealing with murder, instead we deal with the religious morals which say do not hate. When we eliminate hate there is no murder. The commandment to not lust, stops adultery or rape.

Our Citizen’s need Internal Values

John Adams stated that there was no government big enough, to make you do what’s right. If you don’t do what’s right out of your heart, the gun has already been fired; the damage has already been done. He further stated, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is whole inadequate to the government of any other.”

Our people need internal constraints governed by God to keep our constitution working well. The greater number of our people are not and as a result, the constitution is not working!

Our country is now number one in:

  • Violent crime
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Illegal drug use
  • Divorce
  • Abortion
  • Illiteracy (in all the industrial world) – In 1997, seven hundred thousand students graduated from high school, who couldn’t read their diplomas.

Jeremiah 6:16 says to go back to the old paths if you want things to be back the way it should be. Many state constitutions require people, who hold office, to believe in God, the scriptures, and understand them.

Nations are accountable to God. The founding fathers said, “As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be punished in this. By an inevitable chain of cause and effect, providence punishes national sins by national calamities.” When a nation leaves God, God deals with them immediately. Hence, moral decay brings violent crimes, teen pregnancies, divorce, abortions, and etc. When wicked men rule, the nation suffers.

Ben Franklin and the Constitutional Convention stated, “We need God to be our friend not our enemy. We need Him to be our allay not our adversary. We need to make sure we keep God’s concurring aid. If a sparrow cannot fall without God’s notice, how can our nation rise without His aid?” He further called for regular daily prayer to keep Him close to us.

Thomas Jefferson, upon leaving the office of president, said, “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot not sleep forever.”

We Need Good People in High Places

1774 – Ben Franklin stated, “Introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity and it will change the face of the world.”

Charles Finnay said, ” The church must take right ground in regard to politics. Politics are part of religion in a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. He will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”

If God’s people do not make it into office God’s principles do not make it into office. That is why Christians must be in office. Our government has been taken over by ungodly men. God-fearing Christians must take it back. We must get involved! Do something where you can affect people’s principles.

Proverbs 18:1 “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desires; he rages against all wise judgment.”

The separation of church and state allows Christians to be a light to the world, but only in the confines of the church. We know that the Lord wants us to be a light unto the government too.

We have lost our heritage. We must get Christianity back into government, our schools, and in our society!

Reference

Barton, David (1993). Video: America’s Godly Heritage. WallBuilder Press, Aledo, Texas.

Ellis, Elisabeth; Esler, Anthony; Beers, Burton; & Hart, Diane (1999), World History –

Connections to Today – The Modern Era, Prentice Hall: New Jersey.

America it is past time that we stop listening to self-serving career politicians and a media that is nothing more than a mouthpiece for those who would undermine our U.S. Constitution in favor of a “New World Order;” and as Americans it is for us, We the People, to take back our country, and restore our Constitutional Republic.

That’s not going to happen by our just electing another Republican administration either, as we had for eight years under former President Bush, who only started the ball rolling towards Martial Law, through all the Excutive Orders that he signed into law, which Obama is today and will tomorrow be taking advantage of.

No, unless we actually restore our Constructional Republic, as our founding fathers originally intended, it will just be a continuation of business as usual in Washington DC, as it has been for the last 139 years!

No, the American people must be told the truth, in how our Congress first betrayed our Constitution, and ALL Americans back in 1871, which is the year that marked the beginning of the decline of our Constitutional Republic.

As we examine what happened that year, we can begin to piece together and understand why our country is in such a mess today, for it was in the year 1871 that the cracks first began to appear in the foundation of our Republic, and things have only worsen from that time, until today, as our nation is now tittering on the precipus of a total collapse, both morally and economically.

Let’s take a little review of history:

The date is February 21, 1871 and the Forty-First Congress is in session. I refer you to the Acts of the Forty-First Congress,”
Section 34, Session III, chapters 61 and 62.

On this date in the history of our nation, Congress passed an Act entitled: “An Act To Provide A Government for the District of Columbia.”

This is also known as the “Act of 1871.”

So what did all this mean? It means that Congress, under no constitutional authority to do so, created a separate form of government for the District of Columbia, which is a ten mile square parcel of land, which we now call “Washington DC.”

To explain how this all came about, let’s look at the circumstances of those days.

The Act of 1871 was passed at a vulnerable time in American history. Our nation was essentially bankrupt — weakened and financially depleted in the aftermath of the Civil War.

In fact, the Civil War itself was nothing more than a calculated “front” for some pretty fancy footwork by corporate backroom players. It was a strategic maneuver by European interests (the international bankers) who were intent upon gaining a stranglehold on the neck (and the coffers) of America.

The Congress realized our country was in dire financial straits, so they cut a deal with the international bankers — (in those days, the Rothschilds of London were dipping their fingers into everyone’s pie), thereby incurring a DEBT to said bankers.

If we think about banks, we know they do not just lend us money out of the goodness of their hearts. A bank will not do anything for you unless it is entirely in their best interest to do so.

There has to be some sort of collateral or some string attached which puts you and me (the borrower) into a subservient position.

This was true back in 1871 as well. The conniving international bankers were not about to lend our floundering nation any money without some serious stipulations. So, they devised a brilliant way of getting their foot in the door of the United States (a prize they had coveted for some time, but had been unable to grasp thanks to our Founding Fathers, who despised them and held them in check), and thus, the Act of 1871 was passed.

In essence, this Act formed the corporation known as THE UNITED STATES. Note the capitalization, because it is important.

This corporation is wholly owned by foreign interests, as they moved right in and shoved the original “organic” version of our Constitution into a dusty corner.

With the “Act of 1871,” our Constitution was defaced in the sense that the title was block-capitalized and the word “for” was changed to the word “of” in the title.

The original Constitution drafted by the Founding Fathers, was written in this manner: The Constitution for the united states of America“.

The altered version reads: “THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” The latter is a corporate constitution; and it is NOT the same document you might think it is.

The corporate constitution operates in an economic capacity and has been used to fool the People into thinking it is the same parchment that governs the Republic; but it absolutely is not!

Isn’t Capitalization an insignificant change?

It most certainly is when one is referring to the context of a legal document.

Such minor alterations have had major impacts on each subsequent generation born in this country.

What the Congress did with the passage of the Act of 1871 was create an entirely new document, a constitution for the government of the District of Columbia.

The kind of government THEY created was a corporation; and the newly, altered Constitution serves as the constitution of the corporation, and not that of America. Think about that for a moment.

Incidentally, this corporate constitution does not benefit the Republic at all; but only serves to benefit the corporation—in other words, the International Bankers!

As such It does nothing good for either you or me — and it operates outside of the original constraints of our original U.S. Constitution.

So now Instead of our having absolute rights guaranteed under the “organic” Constitution, we now have “relative” rights or privileges.

One example of this is the Sovereign’s right to travel, which has been transformed under corporate government policy into a “privilege” which we must be licensed to engage in. This alone operates outside of our original Constitution.

So, Congress committed high TREASON against the People, who were considered Sovereign under the Declaration of Independence and the organic Constitution.

When we consider the word “Sovereign,” we must think about what the word means.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, “sovereign” is defined as:

1. Chief or highest; supreme.

2. Supreme in power, superior in position to all others.

3. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other, possessing or entitled to, original and independent authority or jurisdiction.

In other words, our government was created by and for “sovereigns” — the free citizens who were deemed the highest authority.

Only the People can be sovereign — remember that. Government cannot be sovereign.

We can also look to the Declaration of Independence, where we read: “government is subject to the consent of the governed” — that’s supposed to be us, the sovereigns.

When you hear some individuals say that the Constitution is null and void, think about how our government has transformed over time from a municipal or service-oriented entity to a corporate or profit-oriented entity.

We are living under the myth that this is lawful, but it is not. Instead, we are being ruled by a “de facto,” or unlawful, form of government — the corporate body of the death-mongers —called “The Controllers.”

With the passage of the Act of 1871, a series of subtle and overt deceptions were set in motion — all in conjunction and collusion with the Congress, who knowingly and deliberately sold the People down the river.

Did they tell you this in government school? I doubt it. They were too busy drumming the fictional version of history into your brain — and mine.

By failing to disclose what THEY did to the American People, the people became ignorant of what was happening; and over time, the Republic took it on the chin to the point of a knockdown.

With the surrender of their gold in 1933, the People essentially surrendered their law.

I don’t suppose you were taught THAT in school either.

That’s because our REAL history is hidden from us. This is the way Roman Civil Law works — and our form of governance today is based upon Roman Civil Law and Admiralty/Maritime Law — better known as the “Divine Right of Kings” and “Law of the Seas”, respectively. This explains a lot. Roman Civil Law was fully established in the original colonies even before our nation began and is also known as private international law.

The government which was created for the District of Columbia via the Act of 1871 operates under Private International Law, and not Common Law, which was the law of the Constitutional Republic.

This is very important to note since it impacts all Americans in concrete ways. You must recognize that private international law is only applicable within the District of Columbia and NOT in the other states of the Union.

The various arms of the corporation are known as “departments” such as the Judiciary, Justice and Treasury.

You recognize those names? Yes, you do! But they are not what you assume them to be.

These “departments” all belong to the corporation known as THE UNITED STATES. They do NOT belong to you and me under the corporate constitution and its various amendments that operate outside of the Constitutional Republic.

I refer you to the UNITED STATES CODE (note the capitalization, indicating the corporation, not the Republic) Title 28 3002 (15) (A) (B) (C). It is stated unequivocally that the UNITED STATES is a corporation.

Realize, too, that the corporation is not a separate and distinct entity from the government. It IS the government… YOUR government.

This is extremely important. I refer to this as the “corporate empire of the UNITED STATES,” which operates under Roman Civil Law outside of the Constitution. How do you like being ruled by a cheesy, sleazy corporation?

Congress is fully aware of this deception. You must be made aware that the members of Congress do NOT work for you and me.

Rather, they work for the Corporation known as THE UNITED STATES. Is this really any surprise to you?

This is why we can’t get them to do anything on our behalf or to answer to us — as in the case with the illegal income tax — among many other things.

Contrary to popular belief, they are NOT our civil servants. They do NOT work for us. They are the servants of the corporate government and carry out its bidding. Period!!!

The great number of committees and sub-committees that the Congress has created all work together like a multi-headed monster to oversee the various corporate “departments;” and, you should know that every single one of these “departments” operating outside the District of Columbia is in violation of the law.

The corporate government of the UNITED STATES has no jurisdiction or authority in ANY state of the Republic beyond the District of Columbia. Let this sink into your brain for a minute.

Ask yourself, “Could this deception REALLY have occurred without the full knowledge and complicity of the Congress?”

Do you think it happened by accident? You are deceiving yourself if you do. There are no accidents or coincidences. It is time to confront the truth and awaken from ignorance.

Your legislators will not apprise you of this information. You are presumed to know the law.

THEY know you don’t know the law, nor your history for that matter, because this information has not been taught to you; and no concerted effort has been made to inform you.

As a Sovereign, you are entitled to full disclosure of the facts.

As a slave, you are entitled to nothing other than what the corporation decides to “give” you — at a price.

Be wary of accepting so-called “benefits” of the corporation of the UNITED STATES.

As I said (above) you are presumed to know the law. Yet in still, it matters not if you don’t in the eyes of the corporation.

Ignorance of the law is not considered an excuse. It is your responsibility and your obligation as an American to learn about the law and how it applies to you.

The Globalist Bankers are counting on the fact that most people are too uninterested or distracted or lazy to do so.

Most of the People have been mentally conditioned to allow the alleged government to do their thinking for them.

Folks, we need to turn that around if we are to save our Republic before it is too late.

The UNITED STATES government is basically a corporate instrument of the international bankers.

This means YOU are owned by the corporation from birth to death.

The corporate UNITED STATES also holds ownership of all your assets, your property, and even your children.

Does this sound untrue? Think long and hard about all those bills you pay, all those various taxes and fines and licenses you must pay for.

Yes, they’ve got you by the pockets. Actually, they’ve had you by the ass for as long as you’ve been alive.

In your heart, you know it’s true. Don’t believe any of this? Read up on the 14th Amendment. Check out how “free” you really are.

With the Act of 1871 and subsequent legislation such as the purportedly ratified 14th Amendment, our once-great nation of Sovereigns has been subverted from a Republic to a democracy.

As is the case under Roman Civil Law, our ignorance of the facts has led to our silence.

Our silence has been construed as our consent to become beneficiaries of a debt we did not incur.

The Sovereign People have been deceived for hundreds of years into thinking they remain free and independent, when in actuality we continue to be slaves and servants of the corporation.

Treason was committed against the People in 1871 by the Congress. This could have been corrected through the decades by some honest men (assuming there were some), but it was not, mainly due to lust for money and power.

Nothing new there. Are we to forgive and justify this crime against the People?

You have lost more freedom than you may realize due to corporate infiltration of the so-called government; and we will lose much more unless we turn away from a democracy that is the direct road to disaster — and restore our Constitutional Republic! (http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/us_corporation.htm)

It has been said if a lie is repeated long enough, that the people will eventually grow to the point they will accept the lie as truth; and the bigger the lie, the better this works!

Well that is exactly the case that we are facing today, where most Americans are completely oblivious to the history that brought us to this point, that our country is in today; and a free people cannot change anything unless they first know the truth!

Either we wake up and reestablish our U.S. Constitution as the highest law of the land and the sole authority by which our government operates, or we continue down this present road that can only end one way, and that is the ultimate collapse of our economy, and the defaulting of our U.S. Dollar, at which time the Globalist International Bankers will have a solution of a One World Government and monetary system, which they have termed the “New World Order!”

Wake up America, and we who are Christians, it falls to us to first humble ourselves and pray; that we ask for God’s forgiveness; turn from our wicked ways; and seek after His face (meaning intimate relationship), and then God’s promise is to heal our land!

Shalom,

Skip Barland



Preparing for the battle necessitates our overcoming our fears, doubts, and unbelief… and that we learn to live by FAITH!!!

Overcoming FEAR, DOUBT, and UNBELIEF…

Gideon was delivered from fear, as the Lord found him first cowering and hiding from the enemy, and then God made him into a mighty warrior. Note also that in Hebrew Gideon’s name means “Destroyer,” “Mighty warrior,” or “Feller (of trees)!”

Judges 6:7-12

7 When they cried out to the Lord because of Midian, 8 the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt. 9 I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land. 10 I told you, ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live.’ But you have not listened to me.”

11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!

As we examine the story of Gideon in the Bible, we can see that there is a part of human nature that we see evident in him that is common to all of us.

Fear is a natural part of life, and sometimes it is even very useful and necessary.

As an example, a man working on High Tension Power Lines (which typically carry anywhere from 110,000 volts and above) would do well to have a certain amount of fear, because a little carelessness and the slightest mistake on his part would fast turn him into a crispy critter.

Along this same line, there is a quote that I often use that comes from a line in an old John Wayne movie that says: “Wars are filled with brave men who are scared, and who would rather be somewhere us!

The point is, in life when confronted with FEAR, DOUBT, and UNBELIEF; we must learn first to resist the urge to run away, and we mustn’t allow these emotions to paralyze us; but instead after having faced our trials and tribulations in the past, hopefully we have gained confidence in God, and have learned to hang our bodies and our circumstances upon the promises of His Word… which is what FAITH is!

When the Bible talks about the Fear of the Lord, for instance, it really is talking about our having reverential awe and respect for the One who is called “All Powerful,” in the Bible (and is infinitely more powerful than 110,000 volts), who also happens to be our Abba Father and our Creator!

To lose that awe and respect is a very dangerous place for any individual and even nation to be in.

And yet this is the primary problem we have today, as there are many in our nation today, even among some who would call themselves “Christian,” who have lost this reverential fear of God, and have relegated Him to the ranks of a mere mythological character; or the creation of man’s mind.

God today, at least for many people, is whatever they want him to be, in whatever particular philosophy or belief that tickles their fancy, that they feel drawn to; and I am sure if they look, especially here in California, they will eventually find something to their liking; but to follow such a path, according to what seems right to them in their mind, that has no foundation in the Holy Writ of Scripture, is pure folly; and unless they repent and change, it will ultimately lead them into an eternity of separation from the One true God… the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

For those who find themselves caught in this rut, worshipping something the Bible calls a false idol; it is mostly because they have yet to have an encounter with the “Living God!”

Then enters on the stage of history this man called Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha’Mashiach—meaning Saviour, the Messiah or anointed One, in Hebrew), of whom the Bible says that He was sent by the Father to earth, in order to demonstrate God’s desire to be reconciled with His estranged Children; and to demonstrate the awesome love which He bears for all of His Children, who are created in His image and after His likeness, and who are the descendants of Adam; in order that He might show us the way of forgiveness and reconciliation back into God’s family, through FAITH; even as the Bible teaches us, and this has always been God’s plan, even from the Garden of Eden, that man should live by faith!

“The Just Shall Live By Faith”

Habakkuk 2:4

There is something called The Law of First Mention,” which is a hermeneutic method of determining what is meant by a particular word or phrase that is found in the Bible; in that as we study the circumstances and the history behind where that word or phrase is first mentioned, in the context of what was going on at the time, we then can glean some insight and learn the meaning of what God was trying to convey in the use of that particular word or phrase.

Here is the lesson and the message behind Habakkuk 2:4, which God was conveying for our benefit:

The situation which Habakkuk faced is the imminent invasion of the southern kingdom of Judah by the Chaldeans (who are the same as the Babylonians). This invasion eventually happened at the end of the sixth century B.C. and Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C.

The Lord revealed to Habakkuk beforehand that Judah was going to be punished for her sin by the Chaldeans. Unlike Joel and Zephaniah and Amos, Habakkuk does not even mention the possibility that destruction could be averted.

He does not call for national repentance. It is too late. Instead, he predicts the destruction of Judah and beyond that the doom of the Chaldeans themselves. And he promises that the only way to preserve your life through the judgment is by faith.

So even though destruction is decreed for the nation, there is hope for individuals who hold fast their confidence in God.

The full-blown doctrine of justification by faith as Paul taught it in Romans and Galatians is not yet here. But the seed is here. So as we survey the content of this prophetic book, and as we focus on its main point, in how the story unfolds, we are taught a great gospel truth of how justification comes by faith.
(John Piper, Pastor)

This quality was found also in Father Abraham, of whom the Bible calls the father of faith, in that he illustrated this quality in his life, by his relationship and his absolute reliance and trust in God.

This quality was made obvious in Genesis 22:1-14, which is a story in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on Mount Moriah.

According to the Biblical account, Abraham sets out to obey God’s command without questioning; and then after Isaac is bound to an altar, the angel of God stops Abraham at the last minute, at which point Abraham discovers a ram caught in some nearby bushes.

Abraham then sacrifices the ram in Isaac’s stead.

As a side note, while it is often imagined that Isaac was a small child upon their arrival at the setting of the altar, some traditional sources claim he was an adult, even as Jews are actually considered adults at age 13.

Even though the Book of Genesis does not tell the age of Isaac at the time; the Talmudic sages teach that Isaac was thirty-seven, which is likely based on the next biblical story, which is of Sarah’s death at 127 (she was ninety when Isaac was born).

Another example of Abraham’s faith is mentioned in Romans 4, when Abraham believed God’s promise that his aged wife, Sarah, would bear him a son in her old age, in spite of the physical impossibility of such a thing happening, in the natural… and thus may we also learn from Abraham’s example, illustrated here, in the things that we are facing today:

Romans 4:13-25

Abraham Justified by Faith

13 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. 14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. 15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)

16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s.

For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.

22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25

He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. Selah

So then we can learn from these lessons of Scripture, that are written for our example, that the way to overcome fear, unbelief, and doubt, is through FAITH, which the Bible says without which we CANNOT please God (Heb 11:6)!

This said FAITH is only evident in the life of a Believer as he or she begins to hang their bodies, their trials, and the total of their circumstances, upon the promises of God’s Word; which by the way, necessitates us having taken the time to meditate upon His Word first, in order that we may learn what those promises are… for as the Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).

Also there is another important scripture that we must also make note of as well, because this battle cannot be won in the flesh, solely by our abilities and strengths:

2 Corinthians 10:4-6

4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

Before I close, here is a prophetic word of encouragement that I think will help:

Eileen Fisher:

It is Not the Season of Stripping – But Equipping

The Station of Waiting is a Holy Time

The following corporate prophetic word was given by Eileen Fisher on August 31, 2010 during her weekly Prophetic School of the Holy Spirit meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

As we were singing “Holy, holy,” the Lord kept giving me this word over and over again. And He said, “I have a people who have been in waiting. They have watched trains, buses, airplanes come in and take off and they find themselves still in that station of waiting.”

He said, “That station of waiting is a holy time. It’s a time of downloading. It’s a time of receiving. It’s a time of being still and knowing that He is God. It is a time of knowing that when everything else is changing, God does not change.

“For I am about to do new things – new things in a multitude of ways. You will hear repeatedly over and over again, ‘I have never heard of that before.’ That will become a phrase that will be repeated throughout your nation. Over and over and over, they will say it once again and shake their heads in dismay and in confusion. And they will say once again, ‘I have never heard of that before.’

It is Not the Season of Stripping But Equipping

You will know that it is Me Who has downloaded. For I am about to download over your nation, I am about to download within your homes, I am about to download over My people.” And He said, “I have called people aside, and yet they have found themselves lonely. They have found themselves in a lone spot; they have found themselves in isolation. And the enemy comes in to make them feel forgotten and forsaken.

“No!” He said, “It is not that season. It is not the season of abandonment. It is not the season of stripping My people. It is a season of equipping and pouring out and imparting to My people, so I can pull out of them what I have placed in them.

“For,” He said, “I say unto you. Be still to be downloaded into. Be still and allow Me to whisper to you. Be still and allow Me to give you visions and dreams and purpose. For in stillness not only will you come to know that I am God, but you will come to know Me in a way you have never been able to know Me before,” says the Lord your God.

Also in the devotion below, David Wilkerson develops this thought a little further.

Let us use these lessons to help us chart our paths, and fight our battles that we are having to face today; which are becoming more and more intense as we near the time of our Lord’s return!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

DEAL WITH YOUR FEARS AND UNBELIEF

Israel had fallen into idolatry. But their root sin was still unbelief, resulting in all kinds of fears! And God sent them a prophet to expose their root sin.

The prophet told them in so many words, “Look at you—a bunch of wimps, hiding out, afraid to stand up and fight.

You’ve already given up. But you have a history of God’s deliverance!

He gave your fathers great victories when they trusted him. And he has promised to deliver you too—yet you don’t believe him!” (See Judges 6:7–10)

Many Christians are terrified the devil is going to destroy them. They’re afraid they’ll make a mistake or go back to their sin, and the devil will have his way. But that’s a lie from the pit of hell!

The Bible says you don’t have to be terrified as you walk through this life!

When you hold on to fear, it becomes contagious. Everybody around you catches it!

When Gideon gathered his army, God told him to send home every fearful soldier: “Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart…. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand” (Judges 7:3).

God is speaking the same word to his church today. He is asking, “Why do you fear? Why do you sin by not trusting me to bring victory to your life?

I have promised to defeat every demonic power that comes against you!”

Gideon’s father, Joash, had erected statues of Baal and the goddess Asherah, made from huge stones. His reasoning was, “Baal has given Midian power over us, so maybe if we worship their god, he’ll give us power.”

People came from miles around to worship there, including Midianites and Moabites; it was a powerful, demonic stronghold in Israel!

God told Gideon, “I’m not going to deliver Israel until you get rid of this idol that stands between us.

Lay it aside—cut it down!” So in the middle of the night Gideon “took ten men of his servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him” (Judges 6:27). He took an ox and used ropes to pull down Baal and Asherah!

God is giving his church today the same message he gave Gideon: “I want to help you—but I can’t when you don’t trust me.

You’re full of fear. And before I bring deliverance, you’re going to have to pull down this stronghold, this besetting sin!” “Lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset [you]” (Hebrews 12:1).

We are to pull down all strongholds of fear and sin!

Gideon pulled down demonic strongholds using a strong ox. But we have been given weapons far more powerful than Gideon’s (see 2 Corinthians 10:4–5).

Victory comes by praying in faith. This doesn’t mean cold, empty prayer but prayer in the Spirit, prayer that believes God to answer: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18).
http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/10009

Nostalgic memories of a bygone era when patriotism was still politically correct…

Memories from a bygone era!!!

These WW II posters are a reminder for all of us that this Freedom that so many take for granted today, is not at all free; but it came at a very high cost!!!

Times have sure changed between then and now!

On 9/11 our nation was the target of a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda, on that infamous morning of September 11, 2001.

It was on that morning that 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners.

The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings.

Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others besides.

The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

The fourth plane crashed into a field, near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C.

There were no survivors from any of those other two flights.

So on 9/11 our country suffered the loss of nearly 3,000 victims, not including the 19 hijackers who died.

According to the New York State Health Department, there were 836 responders, including firefighters and police personnel, who were killed, or have since died as of June 2009, as a result of the attack.

Among the 2,752 victims who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, there were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City, and also from the Port Authority.

There were 184 people who were killed in the attacks on the Pentagon; and the overwhelming majority of casualties were mostly civilians, including nationals from over 70 other countries.

In addition, there was at least one secondary death – as there was one person who was ruled by a medical examiner to have died from lung disease due to exposure to dust from the World Trade Center’s collapse.

So I think it is fair to say that our losses on 9/11 where even greater than the losses we suffered at Pearl Harbor.

On that infamous day in June 7th, 1941 there were four U.S. Navy battleships that were sunk (two of which were raised and returned to service later in the war); and all of the four other battleships present were damaged.

The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and one minelayer.

There were 188 U.S. aircraft that were destroyed; 2,402 personnel were killed and 1,282 were wounded.

The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked.

Japanese losses were relatively light, with only 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost; and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. And one Japanese sailor was captured.

This attack on Pearl Harbor was a major engagement in World War II and it came as a profound shock to the American people.

Domestic support for isolationism, which had been strong prior to the attack, disappeared completely after the attack.

Germany’s ill-considered declaration of war on the U.S., which was not required by any treaty commitment, moved the U.S. from clandestine support of Britain (for example the Neutrality Patrol) into active alliance and full participation in the European Theater.

Despite numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action, the lack of any formal warning by Japan, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led to President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaiming December 7th a date which will live in infamy.”

Compared to what we see happening today, during WW II most of America united, and our citizens even rallied behind one common cause; and unlike today most of Hollywood was strongly behind the war, and there were many actors who enlisted or were drafted.

There weren’t any anti-war protests because America then realized that a great evil was threatening to invade our country and rob us of our Liberty and our future.

Well folks, we find ourselves facing a very similar situation today, and it’s the same Devil and same evil that threatened us then, who is again threatening us today, only worst; and if we are to take into account the warnings of Scripture, we can know for sure that what we are about to face is a far worse crisis, than anything we experienced in WW II; and that is according to what Jesus said, when He called this a time of “Great Sorrows, ” that would be the worst time this world has ever known, or ever will know again!

So where is America so far in this pending crisis… well most are completely oblivious to the dangers that threaten us, and are fast asleep, or worse they have their heads in the sad, either too afraid or too self absorbed fighting their own battles, to offer any resistance; and to make matters even worse, the most dangerous enemy we face today to both our sovereignty and our liberty, is not from any enemy from without, but our greatest threat is from within, among our own government, and among our own elected officials!

May God help us to wake up; and may Christians and even citizens who are unbelievers, may we all united together behind our common cause, which is to save our country; and restore our Constitutional Republic!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Hopefully people are finally beginning to wise up… Obama’s chickens are now coming home to roost, as even his own supporters are now complaining!!!

But wait, it gets even worse… get a load of the next two articles, regarding all the hidden taxes that this administration wants us to pay!

Hidden Real Estate Sales tax in Health care bill – Surprise!

By
Dr. Laurie Roth

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hidden Real Estate Sales tax in Health care bill – Surprise!

There are already at least 20 hidden taxes in the Obama Health care plan coming down upon us the next few years.

So, along with rationed care for seniors and forced health insurance,  we now find there is a Real Estate Tax snuck into the Health care plan.

You may ask,  what in God’s green earth does health care have to do with Real Estate taxes???

Absolutely nothing,  that is precisely why one got snuck in there.


There has never been any rhyme or reason to this administration other than redistribution of wealth, socialism and inserting cradle-to-grave control.

Using Health care as an excuse for seizing control of accounts and businesses is just one strategy.

Obama has also planned all along to use the ‘environment’  i.e.  Cap and Trade to take even more.

This will do more than take.  It will flatten American business and destroy our sick economy.

Who cares what the American people think and what the constitution says!

We are just in the way…..take,  take, take.

I was forwarded this latest tax scheme by Van Hipp, President of American Defense International and the former Deputy Secretary of the Army under Bush senior and Ronald Reagan.

He recommended the well known accountant and expert witness on tax matters,  Paul Guppy who wrote a commentary on the various hidden taxes in the Spokesman Review paper,  “Health Law’s Heavy impact.”

Starting in 2013, not only will you pay the closing costs and real estate fee when you sell your house but now you will pay a 3.8% Sales Tax.

So, if you sell your home for $400,000, perhaps wanting to down size if you are a senior you will pay $15,200 in Tax.

Here we have another assault on our seniors again.  Many downsize their homes as retirement comes closer, so along with long lines and rationed care that is substandard, seniors and anyone will have to pay more tax on the home they just sold.

Penalties for individuals:  We will pay 2.5% of our annual income as a fine/penalty if we don’t purchase the government approved health care plan.

Penalties on families:  Parents will pay a yearly $347 per kid if they don’t purchase a government approved health care plan.

Penalties on employers:  If you are a business with 50 or more employers you will get fined at least $2,000 per employee if you don’t provide, once again the ‘government approved health care plan.

Other special taxes and fees:

Investment income:  Anyone making $200,000 or over gets to pay 3.8% of their annual investment income.  Start adding up them apples, folks.

If you have a fancy health care plan and pay as an individual, $10,200 or $27,800 for a family, you get to pay a 40% annual tax on those health care plans.

Medical aid devices have gotten hit hard as well.  They will see a 2.9% tax hike.  Sorry if you have an artificial limb….you are screwed.

Medicare gets more money because if you earn $200,000 or more you pay a special Medicare tax of 3.9%.

Then there is the 10% tax on tanning….on and on.  Perhaps you should consider an ‘Albino’  beauty treatment.

This Health care bill is nothing but an orgy of controls, tax schemes and rationed care.

Now add Real Estate tax to the ridiculous list.

As the new congress comes in this fall, we must immediately put a Bill through to defund this unconstitutional and unaffordable Health care mess!

As soon as we have the votes in the House and the Senate to overcome a Veto by Obama, we should repeal it, gut it and bury it clear to China.

While we are at it we should put Bush’s tax cuts back in, destroy any vestiges of Cap and Trade and push toward impeachment of Obama.

Get the wrecking crew and clean up team ready.  Things are getting pretty smelly.

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/27634

And it doesn’t even end there… check this out:

Obama, Pelosi and Reid DREAM UP A NEW TAX – BEWARE!

Submitted by: Tony Caputo

President Obama’s finance team and Nancy Pelosi are recommending a 1% transaction tax on all financial transactions.

His plan is to sneak it in after the November election to keep it under the radar.

See what Nancy has to say about this wonderful idea!

http://tinyurl.com/24dn5ud

It’s only 1%!

This is a 1% tax on all transactions to or from any financial institution i.e.. Banks, Credit Unions, Mutual funds, Brokers, etc.

Any deposit you make will have a 1% tax charged.

Any withdrawal you make, 1% tax.

Any transfer within your account, a transfer to or from savings and checking, will have a 1% tax charged.

Any ATM transaction, withdrawal or deposit, 1% tax.

If your pay check or your Social Security is direct deposited, 1% tax.

If you carry a check to your bank to deposit, 1% tax.

If you take cash in to deposit, 1% tax.

If you receive any income from a bond or a dividend from stock, 1% tax.

Any Real Estate Transaction, 1% tax. (This is on top of the 3.8% they just slid in on you) total nearly 5%, commission + tax 11%, some states “Excise Tax is an additional 1+% 12% OR MORE)

Pay for your insurance (health)… 1%

Consider 1% on the buyer of coming in, and 1% on the seller going out 2% of all transactions… unreal.

Some areas in California are over 9%, add two more 11%, who are they kidding???

and for What??? for Juan, Pablo and the anchor babies?

When will the pain wake America up to this non-sense.

This administration is about YOUR MONEY, and they will take it from you however they can.

This is from the man who promised that if you make under $250,000 per year, you will not see one penny of new tax!

Remember, he is completely honest and trustworthy.

You would think they would do something about the out of control SPENDING, and Entitlements… too much, too out of control. They have to be Stopped!!!

Keep your eyes and ears open.

http://www.desertconservative.com/2010/09/01/obama-pelosi-and-reid-dream-up-a-new-tax-beware/

The Truth will set you free! Here is a video and also an interview with Walid Shoebat, from Melbourne, Australia…

Yes the Truth will set us free…

and how can we expect to turn our nation around on anything less?

History is repeating itself:

Common sense should tell us that any effort to combat the serious problems of our world, and those of our nation today with anything less than the absolute Truth, without all the hidden agendas and endless stream of lies from dishonest and corrupt politicians, and a media, whose only purpose today it would seem is to spin the news, in order to shape and manipulate public opinion, rather than report it honestly, is only going to fail… and it can do no other!!! We have to wake up because with all the different problems and forces that are coming against our nation today, that are threatening to dismantle our U.S. Constitution and rob us and our children of our liberty, unless we act soon, and take back our country, we are not going to last very much longer, as a free people, much beyond this point in our history. Our time to bring about change is running out.Listen to Walid Shoebat, as he separates truth from fiction, fact from lies, as it relates to the Islamic problem, that is confronting not only the U.S., but the entire world. This is an interviewed on the Martin King Show on MTR, which is a local radio show from the city of Melbourne, Australia; also included are some comments from listeners who phone in after Walid goes off the air.


(To listen to the program click above link)

Born in Bethlehem of Judea, Walid’s grandfather was the Muslim Mukhtar (chieftain) of Beit Sahour-Bethlehem (The Shepherd’s Fields) and a friend of Haj-Ameen Al-Husseni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and notorious friend of Adolf Hitler.
Walid’s great grandfather, Abdullah Ali Awad-Allah, was also a fighter and close associate of both Abdul Qader and Haj Amin Al-Husseini, who led the Palestinians against Israel. Walid lived through and witnessed Israel’s Six Day War while living in Jericho.
As a young man, he became a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and participated in acts of terror and violence against Israel, and was later imprisoned in the Russian Compound, Jerusalem’s central prison for incitement and violence against Israel.
After his release, he continued his life of violence and rioting in Bethlehem and the Temple Mount. After entering the U.S, he worked as a counselor for the Arab Student Organization at Loop College in Chicago and continued his anti-Israel activities.
In 1993, Walid studied the Tanach (Jewish Bible) in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam. Six months later, after intense study, Walid realized that everything he had been taught about Jews was a lie. Convinced he was on the side of evil, he became an advocate for his former enemy.
Driven by a deep passion to heal his own soul, and to bring the truth about the Jews and Israel to the world, Walid shed his former life and his work as a software engineer and set out to tirelessly bring the cause of Israel to tens of thousands of people throughout the world: churches and synagogues, civic groups, government leaders and media.
Walid has written several online books including “Dear Muslim, Let Me Tell You Why I Believed” and “Israel, And The World’s Mock Trial”, where he exposes anti-Semitism and the hatred of Jews in both the Islamic Christian and secular worlds.
Walid is an American citizen and lives in the USA with his wife and children, under this assumed name.

So what is ultimate Truth?

Jesus said:

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

Judgment must begin at the household of God…

Judgment must begin at the household of God…

1 Pet 4:17

For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God

Below is an article from WorldNetDaily, entitled: It’s time to impeach Obama for high crimes against U.S!

This is a serious problem, in our country today, that was originally founded by mostly Christian men and women; where we have long since strayed from our path, and have removed the moral boundaries, and requirements set forth by God, that have been set by our founding father’s covenant which they made with God.

However, for those who have yet to even have a relationship with God, in our present culture, any message that references the necessity of our modeling our lives and conforming and reprogramming our minds, through reflection and meditation upon the Holy Bible, as the inerrant Word of God (meaning without error, as written in the original tongues), any talk of this kind is but a fallacious argument; and to those people who have yet to be Born-again through the Holy Spirit, any such talk seems as foolishness to them!

Hence we have a man sitting in the White House today who has openly ridiculed portions of the Bible; and has even mocked the Sermon on the Mount, and yet he calls himself a Christian! I don’t think so.

While at the same time he has referenced the Koran many times publically as the “Holy Koran!” While at the same time in most every speech he continues to speak more as a Muslim; and certainly he seems to champion their cause, even at the risk of exposing the duplicity of his supposed Christian faith.

Well the Bible says that we can’t serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the god of this world; and nor can we serve a demon god called Allah either!!!

The message of the Bible is very clear, in Romans 3:23: For all have sinned (and have missed the mark of God’s requirements for salvation)!

All roads and all religions DO NOT lead to salvation and reconciliation with God, as both Obama and Bush have publicly confessed!

To believe such a thing even contradicts the words of Jesus, who is the Creator of ALL things, where He said He was the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, and the ONLY source of life!!!

God is sovereign and as members of His Creation we need a road map and instructions as to what He requires of us… and we find that in the covenant or contract, which He left for us, and that is the Bible!

However for the skeptical person, of all those who would doubt that to be true, God has provided ample proof, in the many prophecies that are contained in Bible, which are without error; and also there any number of other things; but all of these things require that we take the time to read it, in order to discover them.

One message that we find there is that as members of the human race, of those who are of the seed of Adam, we have nowhere from which to boast, because unless we make our peace with God through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, there is NO avenue for reconciliation with God; and that is not an opinion, but it is the message of the Gospel and of the Kingdom of Heaven, which Jesus came to earth to preach, to all mankind!

The Bible also says: For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Pet 4:17)

Our government was originally set up as a Constitutional Republic, that was modeled after the Holy Bible.

This was done at a time when the Great Awakening happened (between 1730-60), and that revival had a definite affect on the formation of our government!

Since that time Christians have abdicated any major positions in government and have allowed people who have no relationship or experience with the God of the Bible, who don’t even respect the Christian faith, nor the Bible, to come in and set up shop!

The results are everything you see all around you today; in that we have our country positioned on a slippery slope, as our morals and everything else are spiraling down the drain of history!

Well the road home, according to God’s operations manual, the Bible, starts as Christians take the ball and begin, and take responsibity by humbling ourselves and praying; as we turn from OUR wicked ways and repent (and in the Greek repent means literally to change the way we think); and then as we begin to seek after God’s face (meaning seeking relationship before anything else); then and only then can we expect God to heal our land!

In the mean time, as would happen in any family, when you have outsiders calling the shots, and making laws and are governing what goes on inside your household, which for the purpose of this analogy is our government, then the Bible calls that an “unequally yoked” situation; and such is the case with not only this Obama Administration; but it has been true of many other Administrations of the past as well… in both Democratic and Republican!

The point is we cannot rebuild our nation without we first start at the foundation, and rebuild on a foundation of Truth, and true repentance!

Folks it is impossible for us to do that as long as we remain in an unequally yoked situation, as we are today!

So whereas judgment of necessity must begin in our house, in the household of God, as we repent and see to our individual relationship with God; we cannot just stop there and expect a pagan unbelieving government is going to do any different than they have always done.

If we are going to turn our nation around, then we, as citizens of this great nation, must demand accountability from our government officials; because it falls to us, “We the People,” to do so and to hold our politicians (who are not our masters, by the way, as some think they are; but they are our employees).

For that to happen, however, it is our responsibility to hold them accountable before our Constitution, and also a court of law; for all their self-serving, corrupt, and illegal behavior (where they have exceeded their powers; and have taken to themselves powers not granted to them by the Constitution; and have therefore violated an oath which they all took before taking office, to preserve, protect, and to defend our U.S. Constitution!

If we don’t do this, folks, then pray tell who else will?

Our country today is in a serious crisis, where our very future is in question; and we have no where to look but to ourselves, as citizens of this nation, as to who is the blame; because we still have a vote, and it is we who elected these people into office… so the buck stops with us!

And so does the road home… which starts on our knees, in repentance!

Shalom,

Skip Barland



Friday, September 17, 2010




TAKING AMERICA BACK 2010

‘It’s time to impeach Obama for high crimes against U.S.’

President blasted as a Christianity-hating tyrant ‘working that anvil right now forging our chains’


Posted: September 16, 2010
6:50 pm Eastern

MIAMI – An urgent plea to impeach a “Christianity-hating” President Obama for alleged “high crimes and misdemeanors” was issued today at the start of WND’s “Taking America Back Conference” in South Florida.

The call was announced by Floyd Brown, president of the Western Center for Journalism, who asserted in strong terms the commander in chief is deliberately trying to destroy the principles on which the U.S. was founded.

“The Obama presidency is a disease,” said Brown. “Article 2, Section 4 (the impeachment clause of the Constitution) is the cure. And it’s Obama’s hatred of America that makes it absolutely imperative that we take action now.”

“Barack Hussein Obama is not some do-gooder that has had his plans go astray,” Brown added. “He is not a person of good will just trying his best to make America go the right direction. He is not. Barack Hussein Obama is a liar that absolutely knows what he’s doing to the United States of America. He has a plan. He has an agenda. This man knows exactly where he’s taking us.”

A political innovator, writer and speaker, Brown is now running an online campaign to impeach the president.

“Barack Obama is a very dangerous man,” said Brown. “Over the last two years, we have been watching the slow progression of what I call a bloodless coup.”

Read all about the grounds for impeachment.

“For the international socialist movement of which Barack Obama is a card-carrying member,” he added, “the U.S. must be brought to its knees, and I guarantee you that Barack Hussein Obama is doing everything he can to bring the country to its knees. He wants to bring it to its knees.”

Brown warned that a counterculture has risen up, dividing America.

“They don’t have the same respect for you as an individual and personal property, and these traditional ideas in the Constitution. That’s why they’re at war with the Constitution. Everything our forefathers fought and died for to them is just trash to be thrown out on Monday morning.”

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Brown responded to a common question about what specifically the president has done that rises to the level of impeachment by recalling President Gerald Ford in the 1970s, who indicated an impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at any given moment in history.

The U.S. Constitution states a president can be impeached for treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Brown said the phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” essentially means “bad behavior.”


Floyd Brown

He went through a list of what he considered bad behavior, saying Obama has “nationalized the banks. He nationalized GM and Chrysler. He’s attacked the 2nd Amendment. He’s taken over health care. He wants cap and trade legislation, so he literally taxes the air that you breathe. We breathe out CO2. He appointed czars to control your life without congressional oversight. He apologizes for us abroad. I find it personally offensive that he would apologize for this great land.”

Brown said the president has committed actual crimes, including offering jobs in exchange for political favors; firing Inspector General Gerald Walpin who was investigating Obama friend Kevin Johnson for allegedly misusing funds; and is now actively trying to bankrupt America, adding more to the national deficit in nine months than in the first 200 years of U.S. history.

He noted the Congressional Budget Office has warned that unless Obama can control his appetite for deficit spending, accumulated debt could spark a U.S. fiscal crisis similar to recent ones in Greece and Ireland.

Brown then turned to matters of faith, and blasted Obama’s contention that he’s a Christian.

“Obama hates Christianity,” Brown declared. “He is a Muslim. Others will say he’s just a godless atheist. The bottom line is that this man hates Christianity.”

He said at Georgetown University, Obama forced the school to cover the name of Jesus on the podium, and he paraphrased the president’s comments suggesting the U.S. was no longer a Christian nation, but could now be considered a Muslim nation.

“Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of non-believers,” Obama stated.

“He said it!” exclaimed Brown. “Have you read about it in the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the Wall Street Journal? There is a conspiracy of silence in the mainstream media to cover up this man’s hatred of Christianity.”

He quoted American leaders of the past, including President Andrew Jackson, who called the Bible “the rock upon which our republic rests,” and Patrick Henry, who said, “It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.”

“Obama is that tyrant and he’s working that anvil right now of forging our chains,” said Brown.

Brown admitted that there would have to be a change in the leadership of Congress in the upcoming November elections to make impeachment a reality, but said the issue was pressing.

“Do we wait until he’s totally ripped our country apart?” Brown asked.

He closed by invoking President Ronald Reagan, who was noted for saying, “If not us, then who? If not now, when?”

The “Taking America Back Conference” is a three-day event taking place at the Doral Resort in Miami, and includes dozens of speakers including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former presidential candidates Alan Keyes and Tom Tancredo, and authors Jerome Corsi, Aaron Klein and David Kupelian.

Other speakers include scientist and Bible teacher Chuck Missler; talk-show host Rusty Humphries, Michael Farris of Home School Legal Defense Association; Robert Knight and Jerry Newcombe of Coral Ridge Ministries; William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition and son of notorious atheist Madeline Murray O’Hair; RC Sproul, Jr., author of “Biblical Economics”; “Saturday Night Live” alum Victoria Jackson, author-columnist Erik Rush and author Judith Reisman.

BEING ABOUT OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS…

These are Jesus’ last words to his disciples, while on earth, before He ascended into heaven!

Matthew 28:16-20 (The Message Bible)
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.

Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge:

God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

Heidi and Rolland Baker and Iris Ministries are one ministry that is about the Father’s business 24/7; and not only are they living miracles themselves, but they are also experiencing the supernatural every day in and through their ministry outreach. And when I say miracles, I’m talking miracles like we read in the Bible, such as raising the dead, healing the sick, opening blind eyes and deaf ears, and even the multiplication of food. So I recommend if you are currently looking for a missionary organization to support that’s doing God’s business God’s way, then I highly recommend your prayers and support for Iris Ministries.

Below is their latest Newsletter, along with contact information:


PHOTO GALLERY

A kaleidoscope of photos presenting more views of our life and work in Africa: our Iris global team meetings; colorful African worshipers clothed with humility, hunger and joy; secure and happy children; bush conferences in the dirt; healing prayer; the beauty of our natural environment; birthday parties at the beach; riot damage; our recently crashed Cessna aircraft (story below!)…

Previous news and galleries at <http://www.irismin.org>; temporary admin at <http://www.irismin.com>; new web site this coming week.


Iris global leadership meetings in Pemba

It was an unlikely spot for a leadership conference aiming for global revival! Hidden away in our cozy little African prayer hut on the beach, with stiff ocean breezes whipping our crude canvas walls, we gathered together to represent our worldwide Iris family. Far out of town on a rough, sandy road under clear, brilliant African sky by day and under a starry southern array with a bright moon by night, we met with God and melted together in His Presence. The natural ambience felt wild, raw and peaceful; the spiritual ambience was a milestone in our Iris history.

For the first time we convened our key Iris leaders from bases around the world to pray, soak, worship, dream and find unity together. Well over one hundred missionaries and nationals from dozens of countries descended on little Pemba in our remote corner of Africa. For days we ate and drank, wept, laughed and celebrated together as we built each other up with faith-building encouragement and testimonies. We were so honored to have Bill Johnson as our guest speaker, and he brought such an atmosphere of depth and holy presence. We were awed as we began to grasp the extent of what God has been doing among us, and the strength of our family bonding. We as a missions-oriented body are in fact enjoying God and our life of service to Him to a degree Heidi and I never anticipated thirty years ago when we first headed for the mission field.

The meetings were also a chance for us as leaders to articulate like never before what it is that makes Iris “Iris.” The word is Greek and also Portuguese for “rainbow,” as Heidi and I began as a Christian dance-drama ministry called “Rainbow Productions.” We saw our different creative talents as colors of a rainbow that the “Son” shines through, giving a beautiful result.

We “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), and have never tried to emphasize anything that is new, unique, clever or different. We try not to be controversial, and share with all Christian streams what no born-again believer can argue with: the glory of the basic Gospel, repentance and faith in Jesus, the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ, avoiding anything that would empty the Cross of its power, knowing nothing but Christ and Him crucified when backed against a wall, seeking righteousness that comes from faith, transformation through adoption by our Heavenly Father, and understanding faith working through love as the only thing that counts (Gal. 5:6), with the hope of attaining to the resurrection from the dead (Phil 3:11).

As we changed course from an itinerant evangelistic ministry to stopping for the poor, we became more and more holistic in our approach to missions. We had no choice. When people are thirsty and starving, the holiest thing we can do is offer a cold drink of water and fresh bread. But we’re not just social workers; we have fresh bread that comes down out of heaven, Jesus Himself! And so our ministry is not finished. We go on to “proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ” (Col. 1:28).

In the process we find that we cannot just be an orphanage, or a church, or a Bible school, or a humanitarian aid organization. We can’t just hold bush conferences, plant farms and engineer micro-investment. We can’t just specialize in education and technical assistance. We as a broadly-based international family must embrace all of the above, and more… All the while we share with Paul his attitude in Acts 20:24: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

But we have discovered that some key elements of our lives and ministry in Jesus are controversial, although absolutely necessary. We think they should all be normal in the Christian life and in Christian ministries everywhere, not special and unusual. Heidi and I began naively in these areas, but now realize we must prize, protect and nurture these values in our hearts, and impart them to others. If we lose any one of these values, Iris would not function and be what it is today. When they all come together, it’s as though we have a spiritual chain reaction, generating life and heat in the Spirit!

The following five values are not the only critical ones to us, but the Holy Spirit brought them to the forefront of our minds at our leadership meetings.

1) We understand that we can find God, and can experience intimacy, communication and companionship with Him in His Presence, if we share His love for righteousness.

Missions have often been taught as unromantic; it is disciplined obedience to the Great Commission. Prayer is hard work, feelings are irrelevant, and getting the job done is what counts. We don’t need spiritual experience to proclaim the Gospel. We can’t expect immediacy and intimacy to be normal. We can function without His manifest Presence.

We feel the opposite. We’ve gone through enough fire and hardship to know that without actually finding God, in fulfillment of Jer. 29:13, we cannot do what we do. We cannot love with supernatural, unstoppable love unless we actually experience the love of the Father for us first. As the radiance and exact image of the invisible God, Jesus is a spiritual lover, our perfect and ultimate companion. Our first value is to know Him in a passionate relationship with a love that is stronger than death (Song 8:6). We major first of all not on mission strategy, methods, projects and fundraising, but having the life that the world needs and craves.

But neither are we attracted to mindless, impersonal mysticism, experience without content and relationship. We pursue passion and truth, not just eastern balance and serenity with no actual basis for happiness. We relate to God with our minds and hearts both; we engage with Him, and find life and joy in our interaction. When we find Him, we find and gain everything… Without Him, we can do nothing of real value.

2) We are totally dependent on Him for everything, and we need and expect miracles of all kinds to sustain us and confirm the Gospel in our ministry.

When facing great human need with our human frailties, we rapidly reach the limits of our resources, wisdom and love. We face overwhelming poverty, sickness, demonic attacks and every kind of evil. But with excitement and joy we aim beyond what we can imagine doing in our own strength. We run into the darkness looking for bad news because it is the power of God that gives the world hope. We don’t apologize for seeking and valuing power, because without it love is incomplete and ineffectual.

Heidi and I began our life of missions with the dream of living out the Sermon on the Mount, taking Jesus at His word that we did not have to worry about tomorrow. We imagined addressing extreme human need by example, living without anxiety, free to bless always with pure motives, looking to God alone for what our hearts and bodies need. We turn neither to the left nor to the right to gain support. At every obstacle our only confidence is in the Cross of Christ, and the conviction that God is thrilled to be trusted for miracles all along our way.

We believe we experience miracles because we value them and ask for them, understanding that He will give them to us only if they will not take us further from Him. For His sake we will lose our lives daily, knowing that by His power we cannot lose, but will be sustained and become more than conquerors.

The engine behind the growth of Iris in Mozambique has been a marriage of love and power; we do not have to choose between them, but can look forward to doing even greater works than Jesus, while remaining in His love.

3) We look for revival among the broken, humble and lowly, and start at the bottom with ministry to the poor. God chooses the weak and despised things of the world to shame the proud, demonstrating His own strength and wisdom. Our direction is lower still…

We are not experts. We haven’t learned how to do church and revival; we only know to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Pet. 5:6). We gravitate to the low things of the world. Competition and comparison with others don’t suit our DNA. We feel no pressure to succeed and excel, but we exult in doing things well by the power of the Spirit.

God’s ways are the reverse of the worlds. We waste our time on the uninfluential and the few, stopping for the one. We show where God cares when no one else does. We go to the neglected, the forgotten, and the lonely. We will go anywhere, if possible, to minister to the meek and desperate, the poor in spirit, who truly understand their need of God.

4) We understand the value of suffering in the Christian life. Learning to love requires willingness to suffer for the sake of righteousness. Discipline and testing make saints out of us, and produce in us the holiness without which we will not see His face and share His glory. With Paul we rejoice in our weaknesses, for when we are weak we are strong. Under great pressure we learn to rely on God, who raises the dead (2 Cor. 1:9).

Jesus was rewarded for enduring evil opposition without sin. Our reward in heaven will be for the same — doing the will of God. We resist sin, to the point of shedding blood, if necessary, by considering His example (Heb. 12:3). Jesus is glorified now not because He exerted His power against His enemies, but because He overcame them with love. That kind of love entails suffering, the willingness to turn the other cheek, go the second mile, deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow Him. He showed us the only way to be counted worthy, and the angels sing of him, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing” (Rev. 5:12). There is no shortcut to our heavenly inheritance. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Rom. 8:17).

5) The joy of the Lord is not optional, and it far outweighs our suffering! In Jesus it becomes our motivation, reward and spiritual weapon. In His Presence is fullness of joy and with Paul we testify that in all our troubles our joy knows no bounds (2 Cor. 7:4). It is our strength and energy, without which we die.

The supernatural joy of the Lord may be the most controversial of our core values! But our aim is to impart so much of the Holy Spirit that people cannot stop bubbling over with love and joy! We pass through conviction and brokenness, even daily, but we are not left there. The Kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17), in that order. And in His joy we are all the more capable of compassion for others, unfettered by our own sorrows.

Heidi and I could never have endured this long without a river of life and joy flowing out of our innermost beings. We are not cynical and downcast about the world and the church, but are thrilled with our perfect Savior, who is able to finish what He began in us. We gain nothing by being negative, but we overcome the world with faith that we can cast our cares on Him. Joy, laughter and a light heart are not disrespectful of God and incongruous in this world, but are evidence of the life of heaven. We are not referring to cheap and foolish levity that ends in grief, but exultation in the truth and reality of our salvation, a powerful work of the Spirit.

We in these days identify with the captives of Israel who were brought back to Zion:

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him” (Ps. 126:2-6).

Riots in the streets of Mozambique

Early this month riots broke out on the streets of Mozambique’s capital of Maputo, protesting greatly increasing hardship because of rising prices. Bus transportation doubled in price, bread rose by 30%, and a 50 kg bag of rice climbed to half a month’s salary for the average Mozambican with a job (14% employment!). On top of that, the country’s currency was greatly devalued, very difficult for a nation that has to import so much to survive.

People disrupted life in the city by blocking traffic with bricks, stones, pipes and trees; upturning and burning buses; burning cars, tires and gas stations; throwing rocks at cars; smashing windshields; and attacking any who tried to break the blockade by carrying passengers.

Police moved in against stubborn crowds with tear gas, and began to shoot with both rubber bullets and live ammunition. Ten people were killed and 300 injured. Schools — including our own, businesses and the airport were closed down. The violence threatened to spread to other cities around the country.

Things have calmed down now, but this keeps us aware that Mozambique, now the world’s 6th poorest country, is still a land of desperate poverty for most. We have seen a huge number of people come to the Lord, and great blessing come to many, but we must press on until the Gospel covers the land. Join us in faith, and pray for peace, safety, godliness and prosperity in the face of tremendous challenges and demonic opposition. For fifteen years we have seen increasing revival in Mozambique; we will not stop now! Jesus, finish what you have begun, and make Mozambique a model for Africa in fulfillment of your promises… In the Kingdom of God, the best is always in the future!…

Losing one airplane, gaining a better one

For ten years I have written stories about how revival spread all over Mozambique in part because we had a Cessna 206 six-place light aircraft donated to us that allowed us to hold frequent bush conferences and do relief work at great distances from our home base. Mozambique is huge; its coastline would stretch from Mexico to the panhandle of Alaska. Roads are few, and most are very rough and nearly impassable much of the year, even with four-wheel-drive vehicles. Time and wear-and-tear on vehicles were issues that would have kept us from most of our ministry without the plane. We used it heavily, and I enjoyed flying it as my personal prayer cathedral in the glorious skies of east Africa!

But the devil tries hard to resist all that we do, and on the night of September 3, N4744F, my gift and hug from God, met its end. I was out of Mozambique, and our plane was being ferried by an American commercial pilot, Andrew Herbert, from Pemba to South Africa for service. Near the end of one leg of the trip, while beginning a descent from 8,000 feet in the dark into the city of Beira, the propeller broke off from the engine and the plane went nearly out of control. Diving at 2,000 feet per minute and struggling to keep the plane level, Andrew faced a forced landing in the pitch black night. Even with the landing light on, Andrew could see nothing, and plowed into trees in the bush. The plane was completely destroyed (see photo gallery), but Andrew miraculously survived with nothing more than a bad cut on his chin.

The crash happened around 7 pm, and then a couple friends from Beira searched for the wreckage for hours and hours, driving over rivers and swamps and getting stuck over and over, asking villagers along the way if they had heard or seen anything. Finally they were directed to the site and found Andrew at 2 am, alive, thrilled and so grateful to God for sparing his life.

The prop failure, which occurred after recently being maintained and signed off, is being investigated by aviation authorities. This again is a reminder that we are in serious spiritual warfare, and we need and value your prayer and intercession in every way. Our hearts and attention are now turned to the promise of taking delivery of a brand-new airplane by early next year, a Quest Kodiak. This is a high-performance ten-place turboprop specially designed for missionary bush applications. Its speed, payload, ruggedness, utility and short-field performance are just what we need now. We thank all of you who are praying and contributing toward this dream which we have had for so long!

Current projects

Our completely redesigned web site will be online in a week or so, and we will keep developing it indefinitely. It promises to be much more inviting and informative for all who want to know us better and work with us. We have a huge vision for taking care of many more children, and so we are initiating a child sponsorship program that will allow people to easily help us who want to be part of our vision. After many technical and government delays, our well drilling program is moving ahead rapidly now, making a tremendous difference in the life of village after village. We just bought a 150-acre, fully-operational farm at a great price, which will provide enough vegetables to feed all our children at our main Pemba base. We continue to feed over a thousand children and staff in Pemba, and thousands of children through church-based orphan care around the country. Please email me if you are interested in working with us on these projects.

Spiritual state, challenges

Our greatest gratification comes from seeing the Holy Spirit fill so many spiritually hungry hearts with love and joy all over Mozambique, and at new and spreading Iris bases around the world. We understand that such great fruit also comes with the reality of disappointments, attacks, personnel struggles and tragic failures. These will not keep us from being overjoyed with all that God has done among us. We live to experience His Presence, and to see Him bring about what only He can accomplish.

Specifically, our churches in our local province of Cabo Delgado around Pemba now number over 1,800, after eight years of ministry among the Makua, a people group of four million that were formerly considered almost unreachable by missiologists.

But we are also thrilled by the way God is using Iris missionaries and national leaders at many other Iris bases, and we want to make their stories and testimonies freely available to you as well through our new web site, http://www.irismin.org.

Our thanks

Again we want to offer our extreme gratitude to so many of you who support us amazingly, even in the middle of world-wide recession. We understand the hardships some of you face, and we owe you such a debt of love. We are trusting Jesus for our support, knowing that He can touch anyone at any time to help us, and so we are secure, whether we have much or little. But our desire is to bless not only the poor of Africa, but also our supporters. With Paul we have always been able to say that we are not looking for a gift, but are looking for what may be credited to your account (Phil. 4:17)! God’s way of blessing both you and us is perfect! We love you for caring with supernatural generosity…

Apply to missions school, short- and long-term missions

We need so much more help. We welcome applications from any who know us for any kind of involvement in our work. It’s hard to imagine any skill or calling that would not be useful in our environment. May our Father have His perfect way with us all!

Our spiritual warfare — intense!

We are engaged in a great struggle for souls in Africa, knowing that our warfare here, as everywhere, is not against flesh-and-blood, but against spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places (Eph. 6:12). Our battle has been indescribably intense in recent months, but at the same time we rest in our perfect Savior, who sustains us through the prayers of so many. We thank you for your rich participation with us in the work of the Lord!

Much, much love in Jesus,

Rolland and Heidi

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You can email me at rolland@irismin.org with your inquiries, and I’ll either answer you myself or route you to appropriate people on our staff.

Contact Information:

US office and support address:
Iris Ministries
PO Box 493995

Redding, CA 96049-3995, USA

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Phone: 1-530-255-2077

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UNITED KINGDOM

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Iris Ministries South Africa
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SOUTH AFRICA

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Contact: Peter Wheeler

Iris Ministries Canada
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CANADA

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Contact: Janis Chevreau, Director

Boxes of supplies may be sent to:
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Pemba, Mozambique