Wednesday, March 15, 2017

RePost: The Latter-day Heretics or The Point Group

"For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  
         -- The KING    (Matthew 12.37)

One fine Lordsday, a few years ago, when my family and I were on our merry way to worship, we passed by our friendly, neighborhood as we always did going to worship.  This time though, my oldest daughter Esther (who was six at the time) inquired as to why and what all those folks were doing milling around the mentioned building on the Lordsday.  I responded lamely (with a coy little grin aimed at my wife), "Well, Esther, they're a group of people that have a fine little club and they like to meet on this day."  Silence.  Then Esther responded, "Dad, it kinda looks like a church building but what's that big point on top of their building for?  Are they a point group?" 

      "Yes, exactly.", I thought  They are just a  point group and are unequivocally not a church in any fashion or form and -- it must be said -- never have been.  And ever since that enlightened day we in the Corey Ankeny family have fondly referred to the LDS as the Point Group, and we haven't taken our hands off that moniker-plow and looked back ever since.   

Monday, March 13, 2017

Civil Government Religious School Postcard

Well, our State religion has stooped to a new low. Got this postcard in the US mail a few weeks ago.  Taking our money to advertise as though "they/we" are some kind of quasi-private business. Ugh.  This apple has rolled far away from the original tree. 

Also, they/we -- Nampa School District -- has taken out advertising space on billboards throughout Canyon County.  This is a disgrace.  They aren't in competition with other options.  They are merely there for the public to access and use if we desire.  If we don't...they go away.  Unless you live in a creeping communistic society, which, we do.  

So, just shrug your shoulders and let's not do anything about it.  Right?  Hopefully not.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Some News is just Too Wonderful

Messiah's kindness knows no bounds.

The era of overpriced, cheesy, "christian" kitsch is over!

It appears the King was through being represented to millions of people in these united States by superfical, commercialized garbage.

Yes, that's correct.  Christian Family Stores is CLOSING all 240 of it's stores forever.

Hallelujah and amen, Lord.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs

My father showed me this the other day, and I found it very helpful in
understanding immigration into the USA.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Movie: Is Genesis History?

This looks excellent.  Showing in theaters around the country February 23rd.

Check out the site and where it's playing HERE.

Saturday, February 4, 2017's Time to be Just That. MEN.

The people of these united (lower case u) States need true, masculine, courageous men to lead.  

Right NOW.

So-called men of the King have been unwilling to take their creational place of leading, protecting and serving -- which, like our Lord, almost always leads to our almost certain detriment and death -- their wives, children and women-in-general for some time now.  Sure, heading off to war "counts" but that is relatively easy in contrast to intentional, daily declaring and leading and standing firm to, and for, your wife, kids and the feminist goons (both women and men) dressed as men in the workplace. 

To do so is a courage and love of a whole different kind, and a whole different HIGHER order.

To get a mind that is set for this battle, read a courageous article by Tim Bayly

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Independence Day! (Not a Misprint)

Are you aware of what was the official, legal event that marked the beginning of the 13 Colonies being independent from Britain?

Contrary to US public school propaganda (i.e. Humanist religion doctrine) and popular drivel, it was NOT some "revolt" or rebellion by some peeved, we'll-do-it-our-own-damn-way American colonists, or even our Declaration of Independence document.


It actually was the Prohibitory Act proposed by King George III and passed by British Parliament on December 22, 1775.  It severed all ties of loyalty and friendship between Britain and the 13 colonies, and revoked the charters King George had signed and promised to uphold.  It further stated that the Colonies were considered foreign enemies and were no longer under British protection. And soon after Parliament passed the Prohibitory Act, King George hired 30,000 Hessians (German province) mercenaries, along with thousands of commissioned Redcoats, and sent them all across the Atlantic to wage war against the colonies.

That changes your view doesn't it?

In other words, December 22nd is the TRUE Independence Day of the united States!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Let's take the "Mass" out of Christ-mass

"Do not judge by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment."
     -- Jesus, Good News of John 7.24

There’s always a lot of grumbling among Christ's followers around this time of year about the unbelieving, lost world manipulating or disregarding Advent season and the feast of Jesus' birth.  One biggy is that they -- the unbelievers -- are taking "Christ" out of the celebration both literally (Xmas) or metaphorically through crass commercialism or laws stopping religious, public displays of Christians.  All true.  But remember, they're blind, and only responding to the whip of their master, the one who's been lying since the Beginning, that is, Satan.

How 'bout this though...since it is Christ's Congregation's holy-day, why don't we back the bus up, and we all get out somewhere at the beginning of this holy-day observance and reach up and tear the "mas" (i.e. the Roman church "mass") out of the name Christ-mas?  It would seem appropriate that true, regenerate disciples of Messiah should be more peeved about that than a bunch of dead-in-sin unbelievers messing with our holy-day.  They don't know any better!  They are spiritually dead, lost, blind. In fact, we should have pity on them, and continue to be long-suffering, applying the healing balm of the Gospel where-ever possible.  We are the Light and the Salt; not the Bat and they're the Ball.

On the other hand, we've let a high holy-day be labeled and stamped with the Roman church idolatry for centuries!  Centuries!!  Christ-MASS? What the flibbity-jibbits has been going on??  Is it that we are so uncreative we can't think of some other name for this holy-day?  Or, is it fear of man that perhaps the World won't know what we're talking about and, Oh! No! we'll be embarrassed?  We shouldn’t be concerned, correct?  He's the King (now) over all other sub-kings (not later, see Revelation 1:5), and He's the one we honor and are concerned about what He thinks of us not the blind leading the blind.

Now, it needs to be said that the feast of Christ-mass did not always have the Roman church's idolatrous, re-sacrificing connections (transubstantiation) that it has had since around the 12th century. Before that time the word "mass" was "misse" which is the Latin word for "sending".  So, our word "mass" is the Anglicized rendering of that word.  To make a long history short, it eventually became the short way of referring to a Christian worship gathering because often the Latin phrase "Ite misse est" meaning "Go you are dismissed" was the final words spoken at the end of the gathering by an elder-shepherd. (See Jeffery Meyer’s fine article “Is Christmas Christian?” for more info on that idea. You'll see I do not agree with the heart of the author's argument but it still is an excellent article.)

The stubborn fact remains, though, that the Mass of Rome now does have that meaning of re-sacrificing and not the general ancient one of "worship time" and -- let's be bold here -- it's high time we deal with it.  Let's think this through ... we Protestants don't currently call our worship gatherings "mass" even if it started out as a generally accepted term long ago, do we?  No. Why not? Because it's referring to idolatrous worship!  The word has changed meaning and means something entirely different than a 1000 years ago.  Just like the word "gay" today.  Let me ask you, are you going to keep on using that term “gay” now just because it meant "merry and jovial" in Webster's 1828 dictionary? No way. In the same way we Protestants aren't using the word mass for our fellowship gatherings.  It is unacceptable, but unfortunately it is tacked on the end of the word Christ-mass like a leech that is unwilling to release.

So, here's what I propose: Let's actually reform our language, and seek precision and clarity not vague notions and ambiguity.  Loose, subjective language allows compromise with the world on multiple levels of life.  Just look at what the World does during and with Christmas and Easter.  In other words, brethren, it's OUR fault, the Church's that is.  Look at Easter.  No one even knows what that word means!  It literally is a foreign language, lost to our culture and irrelevant. How 'bout renaming it Resurrection Day instead, hmm?  That's pretty precise and clear.  And, as for a name change for Christ-mass, I propose my wife's suggestion which is INCARNATION.   

All reform starts small.  But, let's change the language and reform ourselves first.

"For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" 

1 Peter 4.17  

Reposted from 12/2014

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Sacred Ordinariness of Sharing Meals

"It's good to be reminded that the table is a very ordinary place, a place so routine and everyday it's easily overlooked as a place of ministry.  And this business of hospitality that lies at the heart of Christian mission, it's a very ordinary thing; it's not rocket science nor is it terribly glamorous.  Yet it is the very ordinariness of the table and of the ministry we exercise there that renders these elements of Christian life so important to the mission of the Church...
       Most of what you do as a community of hospitality will go unnoticed and unrecognized.  At base, hospitality is about providing a space for God's Spirit to move.  Setting a table, cooking a meal, washing the dishes is the ministry of facilitation: providing a context in which people feel loved and welcomed and where God's Spirit can be at work in their lives.  Hospitality is a very ordinary business, but in its ordinariness is its real worth."

Simon Holt, quoted in A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hospitality is #1 with the Rock

As to living fervent love toward the brethren, the apostle Peter lists hospitality as his first practical, every-day suggestion after his exhortation "Above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”  Be hospitable to one another without grumbling."  1st Peter 4.8

"Hospitality will lead to "collateral damage".  Food will be spilled on your carpet.  You'll be left with cleaning up.  Your pantry may be decimated.  But remember that God is welcoming you into His home through the blood of His own Son.  The hospitality of God embodied in the table fellowship of Jesus is a celebration and sign of His grace and generosity.  And we're to imitate that generosity."
        - Tim Chester, from his book A Meal with Jesus

Monday, December 5, 2016

Silence by Shusaku Endo

Silence by Shusaku Endo is one of my favorite all-time works of fiction, and inconceivably, it's making it onto the silver screen.  I'd heard about this coming last year sometime, and it's coming out December 23rd.  Here's the trailer.  Got to say, I'm quite excited about this!  It looks great.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Narrow Gate Slips and Trips

Jesus said,  "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."  Matthew 7.13-14

I often hear folks refer to the Christian life as the "straight and narrow" or the narrow path, narrow way, etc.  For some reason or another we speak as though even after we enter the narrow gate to Life that the "path" -- following Jesus -- is still narrow and difficult. Certainly, life in our fallen "flesh" can be miserable and true suffering and dying to ourselves can, and will, be taking place if we are genuinely regenerate and born-again.  That is being a disciple; that is picking up your cross; that is being a living sacrifice.

BUT, within that struggle, that suffering and repentance is a clear, free, and joyful "place" we occupy every moment of every day as we deeply know and dwell in the agape-love of our triune God.  We are in Messiah and have already entered through the narrow gate, and that puts our feet on new ground.  No longer is our way dark and difficult but wide, smooth and bright.

Here's a little sampling below of what I think is a more accurate, Biblical view to hold concerning our "path" as we follow the King with our cross firmly on our back.   Check it out:

"You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me; So my feet did not slip." 2 Samuel 22.36-37

"They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.  He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me."  Psalm 18.18-19

"I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place."  Psalm 31.7-8

"Teach me Your way, O Yahweh, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies." Psalm 27.11

"The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day." Proverbs 4.18

Or to state it succinctly:  Cruciform Mirth  😉

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Abused Widow's Mite Passage

Mark 12:38-44

I doubt what I'm about to write will sit well with many "preachers" out there in box-church land because this passage has been a goldmine for those pastors out there needing to keep their American bank accounts plump and their soft "members" in the pews comfortable and passive.  But that there "widow mite" passage isn't about Jesus saying "Hey, if you're poor and don't have much, just step out in faith and give all the money you have to your local church, and I'll bless you so much you'll be begging me to stop!"

I imagine this is going to shock most of you, but when we read the passage in context and we don't just parachute in on the widow dropping her coins in the box, a very different picture emerges. What we see is that Jesus isn't praising the action of the widow, rather He's justifying His prior condemnation of the vultures of the established institution in leadership (which would be in our day!...[drum roll]...pastors!, "preachers"!, and seminary/college leaders!).  

How do we know this?  Well, after He talks with the crowd of people about the scribes and many of the despicable things they do, He pulls His disciples aside, and as usual explains what He just talked about more specifically to them.  And this time it is a visual lesson: a life stage before them displaying and proving to them what He just told the crowd concerning the blood-sucking scribes.

"Then He [Jesus] said to them [the crowd of people] in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes...who devour widows’ houses...these will receive greater condemnation. 
     Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much.  Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.  So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole LIVELIHOOD [i.e. everything she had, or her whole "house"].

The widow isn't doing it because she thinks she'll be blessed, she's doing it because she's being "devoured" by the legalism of pharisaical code and fabricated man-laws of the lawyers and pharisees (see Matthew 23:1-36).  In other words, she's being shamed and bullied into doing it through fear by the very ones who should be shepherding and protecting women like her!  

This, of course, flips the whole interpretation on it's traditional box-church head.  The lesson Jesus is showing is really about being aware of life-sucking, mammon-minded, egoist leaders within the Congregation of Messiah, and not about giving money to your local congregation/pastor "in faith".

Just passing it on. Hope is helps.  It did for me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ease & Mammon 16: Getting Out of the House

#13 --  Don't join the military:   With women "warriors", transgender everything, and none of the folks know what or why they're training and fighting, ah, well that's the ol' recipe for disaster. The military is policing the world and 99% of us don't know why.  A standing army is just plain tyrannical!  Why should our young men dedicate precious time to such a wicked establishment? Why?!?!... for free college on the backs of taxpayers?  For early retirement?  

I think there's more for a young, baptized man than that worldly nonsense.

(Please reference Ease & Mammon 3 to get the full background as to why I'm suggesting this measure.)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ease & Mammon 15: Getting Out of the House

#12 --  Have a distinction between how you and your wife dress (and your girls and boys)  If you and your spouse look almost identical except one of you has earrings, may want to meditate on some of the Bible's clear teachings on men and women's apparel.  And if you don't have any idea what those are or where to find them I'm guessing this topic is making you really angry right now (cause this topic makes most folks just lose their minds!).

Email me after you've calmed down, and I can point you to some Scripture to help.

(Please reference Ease & Mammon 3 to get the full background as to why I'm suggesting this measure.)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Ease & Mammon 14: Getting Out of the House

#11 --  Have lots of kids:  Go "old school" Protestant and get back into the swing of having a serious family.

(Please reference Ease & Mammon 3 to get the full background as to why I'm suggesting this measure.)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ease & Mammon 13: Getting Out of the House

#10 --  Put a stop to supporting, funding or shopping at a business that is anti-Christ:  If a business or company is openly and publicly against the Savior we must stop financing it/them.  JUST STOP.  No matter how convenient or how "nice" they are, or how low their prices are, JUST STOP.
      Now, many stores and businesses we have no idea what or who they support, but many we know for certain that they are not with the King (i.e. Pepsi, Target, Starbucks).  If you continue to patronize that business with the knowledge of the truth you are guilty of aiding the Enemy.  You just are, period.  Should I go on?  Too straight forward?

(Please reference Ease & Mammon 3 to get the full background as to why I'm suggesting this measure.)