Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to my Warrior Companions that have served, and are still serving around the globe today! We are grateful for your service to our country. What a thrill it is to be part of a cause greater than oneself! While the country is deeply divided on almost everything today since the election of our President, who did nothing wrong other than winning the election, many of my brothers and sisters are overseas fighting for the cause of freedom. There has been an outrage over the President deploying Soldiers to the Middle East. My recommendation is for the country to focus on coming together and solving the problems at home. I can guarantee you that Soldiers don’t lose sleep over being deployed. It’s a volunteer Army! Any person who enlists to serve in the military, knows what they are getting into. It is called the Armed forces! Soldiers don’t enlist into military service to receive benefits, and to attend college. Soldiers enlist to serve, and to die! The only way to remember Service Members is for the counry to come together, support the President, and accept accountability to God, knowing that we are all imperfect people.

Happy Memorial Day.

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Branding: A clarion call for people with shortage of ideas!

Congresswoman Omar and her likeminded colleagues have the tendency to brand anyone who calls them out for their farfetched and twisted ideologies. Omar hates this country and it is very glaring in her comments. This is a country that took her in and gave her the unprecedented privilege of being a law maker- a thing that she could never have achieved in her native land, Somalia. Instead of being grateful for America’s generosity toward her, and use the platform she has to join the fight against injustice that plagues her country of birth, she uses every opportunity she has to disparage this country. This is a country that gave her freedom and all the successes she is enjoying today.

After a well-received state of the union address by the President, Omar brands the President’s call to fix the outdated immigration laws as “Fascist idea.” The President called her out for the hate she spews on this country, the Congresswoman calls him a “Fascist.” Omar believes that the 911 was perpetrated by Americans on fellow Americans: “some people did something,” were her words. How can you have the worst instincts about America, and still live in the same country? If Omar, strongly believes that this country is as bad as she believes, I am sure that Somalia will be pleased to have her back. She should leave, and do so immediately! America is not perfect, but there is no other country like it on the planet.

The President’s remark is about ideology and patriotism not about race. I am as black as you can get, yet I don’t see America the way Omar does. Does racism exist? The answer is yes. But so do other human vices. The focus should not be on race, but a collective fight for equal plain field for all; and America is the leading country in creating equal plain field for all. We have not arrived as of yet, but significant progress has been made. The last I checked, we just had a black President. I am tired and sick of this race rhetoric.

A better part of my professional career has been on listening, analyzing other people’s speeches, reading people, and their patterns. Omar hates America! She has no business being a law maker. If Omar is the best that Minnesota can give to the congress, then they should probably consider not having representation in the Congress.

The people who chanted “send her back” (the right chant should have been “leave if you don’t like the country,” because the President does not have the authority to send a US citizens back for exercising free speech), also have the same freedom of speech as Omar. Which country on earth can you find people removing the flag of the very country and replacing it with a Mexican flag? Yet, this country, according to Omar and her three twisted friends is evil. If I hated this country as Omar and her friends do, I would leave and go back to Nigeria (that is, if Uncle Sam lets me).

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

Shalom!

I have been very slow in blogging owing to many other conflicting obligations. Special thanks to many of you, who have been contacting me about different topics. This blog is about a question that was posed to me by one of my clients. I pray the 23rd Psalm five or more times daily owing to my line of work. One day, as I was praying this Psalm in unison with a client, we got to the part that says “thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies,” the client in questions said to me: “you know, that is the part that I have never understood, what is it with preparing a table…?”  So let’s try unpack this Psalm.

The 23rd Psalm is a very popular one. It could be said by heart by almost every devout Christian, especially those of the Roman Catholic and Anglican persuasion. It describes Yahweh as the shepherd, a technical term bound with the Ancient Near Eastern culture and Israel. Yahweh is the Shepherd and Israel, His sheep. In this blog, I will try to explore the following phrases: He leads me beside the still waters; He restores my soul (looking at the Hebrew word translated as “restore”); and He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies. However, I need to know that your are interested in this subject by going to my blog page: http://www.copentecost.com and leaving a comment.

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Trump, a mirrored reflection of Americans!

Over the past year, the world has witnessed a phenomenon unparalleled in the history of the United States in the way that many Americans have insulted and continues to insult President Trump and anyone associated with him. The venom vitriol that flow out of the left and liberal wings in this country is almost palpable. And as someone, who is very slow to criticize people regardless of their character flaws, knowing fully well how sinful I am, I have been disheartened by the constant attacks on this President and his family, including his ten year old son.

 
The part that really troubles me the most is when these attacks come from those who claim to profess Christianity. I have pondered a lot of likely possibilities that could lead to such disdain and vitriol toward the President but can only theorize that the reason why many Americans hate this President is that he reminds them of themselves. It’s like viewing oneself in a mirror. Many people can’t stand seeing themselves in a mirror without makeup because the makeup hides who they truly are.

 
Trump represents what many Americans truly are. America is an indispensable nation and will continue to be the best country on the planet, but not without flaws. The election of Trump has showcased how hypocritical many American Christians are. They preach acceptance, but it has to be on their own terms and not on God’s mandate. They preach and teach forgiveness but to them, some people are irredeemable. They talk about a loving God, who loves the sinner, but to these Christians, if the sinner has the last name Trump, this person is beyond God’s love.

 
Although, I am well convinced that a careful or impartial observer could not arrive at such conclusion, yet it is believed that a perverse ingenuity might abuse certain statements and tweets from the President for what in modern coinage are termed racism, bigotry, pedophile, homophobia, white supremacy, sexism, misogyny, anti- American, etc. That any such thoughts could possibly attach to Donald Trump, someone who is true American himself, adored by many in his other life; by some of those who now despise him, is beyond the pale.

 
Just look for a moment at what is happening in the country today with sexual harassments and assaults. Those in public offices are falling like flies because of revelations of their liaison with women, in most cases nonconsensual, yet they are quick to criticize the President for his own flaws. Americans are generally good people, but not without flaws.

 
The distinction between the wise and the foolish is that the wise see themselves in a mirror and self-corrects what flaws they find. In contrast, the foolish go through the same process, but instead of self-correcting, loathe the image they see in the mirror. The left and liberal wings of this country are not worried that the policies that Trump’s administration put in place will hurt the poor or the disenfranchised. They are afraid that his policies will succeed and help those, whom they claim to fight for; thereby revealing their hypocrisy and ineptitude.

 
This post is not an endorsement of every one of Trump’s actions or tweets. Some of his actions are far from congenial, but to highlight that we are all imperfect people with weaknesses. While individual weaknesses vary, (boy I have so many of them), we sure have them. Our response, then, should be that of forgiveness and acceptance. I am self-correcting my many flaws as I see myself in the mirror of imperfect people like myself, with God helping me each day.

 
Merry Christmas!
V/R
Blessing.

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The law makes no exception but grace found me!

Few months ago I was ordered to Farrell, PA, to provide staff assistance to one of my down trace battalions. Those of you who have knowledge of how Uncle Sam does business, know that you will be scheduled to fly on the cheapest and available flight, if the mission is not time sensitive. So my flight itinerary had me going from T.F. Green airport, Providence, Rhode Island to Philadelphia, PA; from there to LaGuardia airport, New York, and from LaGuardia to Farrell, PA. My LaGuardia to Farrell, PA flight was canceled and I had to wait at the airport for six hours. A direct flight from Providence to Farrell, PA would have been less than two hours. I left home at 0800 hrs, on the day in question but didn’t get to Farrell until about 0000 hrs, the following day.

 

So what’s the point? What does my crazy schedule have to do with law and grace or you? I remember talking to my friend as I was driving to my hotel from the airport and her response was: that’s part of the training! A month or so after this experience, I listened to a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Gammon, about Fiorello LaGuardia, a former New York Mayor, whom the airport is named after, and decided to research the history behind this man. This is what I found: Somewhere in the middle of the Great Depression, LaGuardia was the mayor of New York City. This man strived to live with the people. Sometimes, he would ride with firefighters, patrol with the police or go on field trips with orphans.
History has it that on one freezing cold winter night in January 1935, LaGuardia the people’s Mayor showed up at a night court that served the poorest section of the city, dismissed the judge on duty for the evening and took over the bench himself. Within few minutes, an unkempt old woman was brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. The woman pleaded with the Mayor- turned judge, explaining that her daughter’s husband had left, her daughter was sick, and her two children were starving. However, the grocery storeowner from whom the loaf of bread was stolen, insisted on pressing charges. “It’s a real bad neighborhood, your Honor,” the fellow said to the Mayor. “She’s got to be punished to teach other people around here a lesson.”
LaGuardia sighed. Turning to the woman, he said, “I’ve got to punish you. The law makes no exceptions. Ten dollars or ten days in jail.” But as he pronounced the sentence, the Mayor was reaching into his pocket. He took out a bill and tossed it into his famous hat, saying “here is the ten dollars fine which I now remit; and further more I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. Mr. Bailiff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant.” The following day, it was reported in the City’s newspaper that $47.50 was turned over to the woman who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her grandchildren from the contributions. The owner of the grocery store himself was among those that made the contribution (I bet you a loaf bread didn’t cost 50 cents in 1935).
This woman deserved to be punished by law for stealing, regardless of her explanations as to why the crime was committed but the Mayor met the demand of the law but also showed mercy. Note that he did not discard or neglect the law. The woman was undeserving but the Mayor was gracious. We live in a culture were words are utilized without much consideration for the meaning behind those words. One of the shocker’s for me when I came to this country almost two decades ago was the way my classmates used words like awesome, terrific and the likes to describe things aesthetic in nature.

 

Well, if something is awesome, and terrific my mind goes to awe inspiring, full of awe, and terrifying, which are all characteristics of Yahweh in the OT and also is the NT. The Hebrew uses the word “chanun” (gracious) as attribute of Yahweh as in hearing the cry of the vexed debtor, and in so many other ways. This word for the most part is paired with another Hebrew word “rachum” (compassionate), Exodus 33:19; 34:6; Psalm 86:15; 103:8; 116:5, and host of other passages. It describes how underserving humankind was- deserving to be destroyed, indebted to sin and evil but God showed us grace. We were lost, but grace found us! The law makes no exception.

 

Looking at what is going on in our country today, it’s hard to see this characteristic in action. The level of hate directed against those, who disagree with our views is out of control. It is so shameful to say that this is even worst among the faithful. They delude themselves by insinuating that they are protecting the disenfranchised but they  fail to reflect the God whom they claim to fight or speak for. What a travesty!
When you get up in the morning and love those whom you feel are not worth loving, you are showing grace. When you go above and beyond your duty requirements at work for the benefit of the people to whom you provide care without complaining or doing it to be noticed or rewarded by your boss, you are being gracious. When you pray for your enemies instead of wishing them death, you are reflecting God’s attribute.

 

Remember, we were all lost and death deserving but God’s grace found us!
Shalom!  Jacobs+

 

Jacobs

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In my blog:the masterful suborning of Christians by the Evil One, I talked about how the leftist media and some christians are consumed with hate and disdain for the President, while North Korea develops weapon that is aimed at destroying the United States. I am astonished that the leftist media and liberals are surprised that North Korea test fired a missile that could hit the mainland of continental US. The outrage over this recent missile launch is laughable. We have wasted more than one year and millions of dollars on the so called Russian investigation into our election, while our service members die in large numbers as a result cuts to our defense budgets, making it difficult for the military to service it’s equipments or purchase state of the art armaments to fight and win wars. Then you have those who want the President impeached because he is not presidential (what ever that means ). It’s time for these individuals to wake up! Maybe believe in God or something other. I can’t for the life of me understand how people will wake every morning chearing the failure of another person simply because he/she doesn’t fit their mold, instead of thanking God for being alive. Some of these individuals call themselves Christians and are ready to stand in the place of God, ready unleash their wrath on the infidels……..

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What OT Laws are required of Christians of all generations?

It’s been very challenging not to respond to some teachings of my fellow ministers, who advertently or inadvertently continue to proclaim teachings that not only contradict scriptures but also mislead and disenfranchise the flock they are called to nurture and lead from error into truth. In my next blog, I plan to  look at two laws: ceremonial and morals. Stay tuned.

Shalom!

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