Tax The Air You Breathe?

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The global warming/climate change crowd continues to clamor to force their scheme to tax carbon emissions to enrich themselves. They need to be stopped! Before you know it, they will start taxing the carbon we emit when we breathe! So, there would be a tax if you want to breathe! 

The carbon tax is a tax as bogus as the sale of indulgences, which was the rage many centuries ago.  The sale of indulgences sheared the sheep by scaring them, the same way Algore et al does.  https://youtu.be/es70jPh3Wf0 

The Medieval church said that if you didn’t pay protection money, you’d go to hell.  

The carbon tax shows that this Green movement is about money. 

In Bucks County, PA, a local politician wants to cash in by joining the carbon tax bandwagon.  He called this tax “market based” and would use the money to fund building roads, bridges and for energy. http://levittownnow.com/2018/08/01/congressman-fitzpatrick-supports-rare-conservative-carbon-tax-proposal/ 

A few years back, Pope Francis championed human caused global warming.  BO (former President Barry Obummer) joined forces with the pope on this issue.  The Pope and BO are two sh**birds of a feather. 

These birds are in league with the pseudo-environmentalists, aka watermelon environmentalists (green on the outside, red on the inside).  BO has been legislating under the influence (LUI) of these elitist kooks.  The Jesuits, which Pope Francis is aligned with, historically have had a Marxist bent. 

What does this mean to us? 

BO, the UN and the radical Greens have been unsuccessful in their attempts to bring the US and the rest of the world into a binding international climate agreement.  Now that they have the blessings of the Pope, and those who don’t question his authority, they have a chance of screwing us with the Paris climate scam. 

Fortunately, President Trump put a lid on the Paris climate scam. 

BO, the UN and the radical Greens have been unsuccessful in their attempts to bring the US and the rest of the world into a binding international climate agreement.  Although they have the blessings of the Pope, and those who don’t question his authority, their schemes may very well just be a pipe dream. Just their imagination, running away… 

https://youtu.be/LT6kjQhVJ9Y 

John 8:32 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 

Little Queeny

During the early years when I started to hang out with the homeless in southern Bucks County, PA, I knew an avid panhandler who bragged “I’m the king of the panhandlers!” He asked people for money at a laundry in Levittown and other various spots and even panhandled fellow homeless people at the shared meals for the homeless and those in need. He had signs to advertise his panhandling and on at least one occasion, called attention to it to a homeless woman, pressing the sign against the window and touted the sign to her. 

Now, several years later it looks like we may have a queen of the panhandlers. At the shared meals, she begged money from Pastors and other hosts and even quests at the meals. She’s even been working in tandem with at least one of her boys. In a tag team like effort, she would hit someone up for money, and if the answer was “no”, then he’d follow up.  You may say it’s a family affair.  https://youtu.be/CNQpYz1ztx8 

There was an isolated panhandling moment by a guy at one of the meals since the King left the scene, but it looks like he may be a one hit wonder. 

Although like most of the folks who frequent the shared meals, the upcoming Panhandling Queen is struggling, but is believed to have some source of income. And like many of the people who go to the meals, she wants others to fund her wants and just not her needs. One thing that has been burning a hole in her, as well as others’ pockets, is cancer sticks. Although smoking feigns see cigarettes as a vital need, it is really no a necessity; they got addicted to this idol, which they worship at the church of Sister Nicotine (plus addictive, more toxic additives) and The Holy Smokes. 

These folks decided to ride with the outlaw and evangelist for Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes. 

Back in January of this year, I was reminded of what addictions do to people when I went to  a fast food restaurant in Bristol. As I pulled into a parking space, a young guy, who seemed to come out of nowhere, slipped behind me, and went around my car and stood about ten feet from my driver’s door. As soon I exited the car, the guy asked if I had a cigarette. I told him no – that I don’t smoke. “Can you give me ten bucks for a pack of cigarettes?”, he unabashedly asked. “No,” I unequivocally said. “When I become an old as* see if I give you anything, the punk snarled, as he walked away. “You need to change your attitude,” I replied. His ignorance grew. “**** you,” this intellectual spouted. 

The Johnny Smoke anti-smoking PSA played on TV during the 60s has been upstaged by the Opioid Crisis. The old folk song asks “Where have all the flowers gone?” I ask, where have all the anti-smoking public service announcements gone? Except for ads selling stop smoking products, there is not much of a campaign to alert people about the dangers of smoking.   

https://youtu.be/NWm6PUGpfVU 

Although the poison from legal cigarettes acts more slowly than that of illegal drugs, it is still a destructive force in society. In the early 70s, my physical education/health instructor in college told us he’d like to go down south and burn down all the tobacco fields. “Don’t tell your parents I’m really going to do this,”, he said and explained he was just trying to make a point about how dangerous smoking is to your health. Early December, 2017, I lost someone very dear to me as a result of smoking.   

Like illegal drugs, which have additives such as fentanyl and morphine, cigarettes also have toxic additives. The government evidently does not have a problem with cigarette additives, which make cancer sticks more addictive. Jesus said that the love of money is the root of evil. Allegedly to curb smoking, the government jacked up taxes on cigarettes. The tobacco industry, and its partner in crime the government, are no better than drug pushers, whom they say they want to push out. More tax money in the government coffers!  https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm 

It looks like the King of the Panhandlers has abdicated his throne. He very well may be replaced by a Queen. We may even give the Queen a theme song: https://youtu.be/uyp13Q6dQjY 

I explore these kinds of issues among the homeless, as well as their victories in: 

https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR2x3SKmaynu1NpSSlpiXlxRhJ_Rd0csXzhmoCc5UHDifcHVRLbAbpmVZok 

Selling The Snake Oil!

A carbon tax bill, called “market based” has reared its ugly head again, proposed by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and another Republican congressman to fund building roads, bridges and energy. http://levittownnow.com/2018/08/01/congressman-fitzpatrick-supports-rare-conservative-carbon-tax-proposal/ 

The bogus carbon tax bill is not based in the free market. It is based on the junk science that says that carbon dioxide is overheating the earth and that polar bears will drown as the sea gets higher.  Greenpeace co-founder and former Greenpeace president debunks this pseudo-science: https://www.breitbart.com/radio/2019/03/07/greenpeace-founder-global-warming-hoax-pushed-corrupt-scientists-hooked-government-grants/ 

Supporters of the carbon tax bill tout that it will strengthen efforts to severely reduce carbon dioxide, a gas we need to grow plants and produce more food. The only thing this bill has to do with the market is that it does business with snake oil salesmen! 

Unfounded, unproven alternative energy initiatives cripple the economy. They are underwritten by the government, using tax money to fund this pipe dream. A good example of this is Solyndra, Barry’s boondoggle: The manufacturer of advanced solar panels received a $535 million loan guarantee to build a factory outside of San Francisco. 

Solyndra went bankrupt in 2011 amid falling prices for solar panels, and has since served as the poster child for government policy gone bad. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solyndra 

Its assets were being auctioned off, and DOE is not expected to recover any meaningful amount of money. 

The executives at Solyndra, who contributed to BO’s presidential campaign, walked away with golden parachutes, while we got the shaft. 

We all suffer when the economy suffers, especially the homeless. The homeless are the canary in the mine, an early warning for an environment that can no longer sustain life. 

The government blocks energy production that works, just as Bucks County government blocks plans to create more shelter for the homeless. The free market has provided clean, affordable energy and has created legitimate jobs, not bogus energy jobs that are artificially propped up by the government. 

Taxing people for carbon emissions is counterproductive.  Why not start taxing human beings for emitting carbon dioxide? As the Beatles sang, Politicians want to tax just about everything!  https://www.bing.com/search?q=The+Beatles+Song+Taxman&FORM=EDGNCT&refig=81c122caa2b7453898edfe6c2247ab1b 

We need carbon dioxide, not snake oil from politicians and the media! 

An Alternative To Mental Health Hustling

There are not only homeless in Bucks County, PA, but there are mental health hustlers.  

The hustlers have been reaching out to recruit the homeless in Bucks County in order to get a monopoly in the mental health industry. In May, 2017, funding for the Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), a product of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania was eliminated.  According to mental health hustler Keith Smothers, coordinator for the Projects for Assistance in Transitions from Homelessness Program (PATH), defunding HOST can adversely affect his program. 

PATH is a branch of the Penndel Mental Health Center. 

Now, State Representative John Galloway (D) is trying to bring mental health hustling to the schools. http://levittownnow.com/2019/10/29/state-rep-galloway-plans-two-bills-to-increase-mental-health-resources-for-students/ 

Like Penndel Mental Health Center, it appears that legal dope is going to be pushed to deal with schools’ mental health problems. Galloway proposed to use taxpayer money to deliver “telemedicine to school children”, as well as to spot and label those with mental problems and give them rides to get mental health services from the industry.   

I got an idea from a Monty Python skit, where a psychiatrist drives around like the ice cream man and rings his bell and shouts “psychiatrist…”  Maybe Mr. Galloway can drive a truck by the school, and from loudspeakers announce “mental health services!” 

Whatever happened parents nurturing their kids and talking with them about any problems they have? Of course it’s good to have support, but parents should take the lead and not be mentored by the school, exclusively. It’s not the school’s job to raise your kids!   

My daughter went to preschool whose name started with cooperative. The parents get involved – helping in the class and going on field trips with their children. In a higher grade, the DARE program came to her school. At a meeting, the DARE officer presented a triangle, where the parents, the school, and the police work together to keep the kids on the straight and narrow. 

When I was in school, we had guidance counselors, who supplemented the parents. At one point in high school I considered quitting school.  The first thing my counselor asked me was “what would you do if someone gave you a million dollars and you could tell everyone to go to…”  I told him that’s what I would do.  He explained that schooling is more than preparing to get a job and that “man is an educated animal.”   

My Dad read me the riot act about dropping out of school. He graphically described the kids of gross jobs I would get. 

Between the guidance counselor and my Dad, I decided to stay in school and get my high school diploma. While in the Navy, where I went shortly after I graduated from high school, I had time to think. When I got out of the Nav, I went to college and got a degree. Although I’ve had to struggle to find a good job with having a liberal arts degree, I was glad I continued my education and become an educated animal. 

Back before Bible reading a prayer was taken out of the public schools, when I went to school with Fred Flintstone in the Yabba Dabba Doo School District, we didn’t have the major problems that schools have today. No school shootings, major drug problems, etc.   

People have been taking the initiative to bring God back into the schools. Many schools have See You At The Pole (SYATP), where students meet at the flagpole at schools the fourth Wednesday every September to pray and talk about God.  

Following on the heels of SYATP is the Bring Your Bible To School Day in October, sponsored by Focus On The Family. Neither of these programs were not initiated by politicians, but by grass roots citizens and private faith organizations. These are the kinds of things we need to help people. 

To learn about the silent war between the mental health hustlers and people of faith in Bucks County in regard to helping the homeless read: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR2x3SKmaynu1NpSSlpiXlxRhJ_Rd0csXzhmoCc5UHDifcHVRLbAbpmVZok

Is There Hope in A Hooverville?

Because the government got increasingly more involved in people’s lives during the 1920s and 30s, homelessness increased. We the people turned our decisions over to big government, especially during the reign of Presidents Herbert Hoover and FDR.  

In fact, homeless camps, shanty towns that started cropping up by 1930 were called “Hoovervilles”. Give credit where credit is do. Homelessness started cropping up before the Great Depression, but mushroomed during the 30s, growing during the term of President FDR.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooverville 

Government programs didn’t resolve the homeless problem. Like today, people without a home started building their own dwellings.  They used stone, wood from crates, cardboard, scraps of metal – anything they could find.  In D.C, a group of veterans whose VA benefits were delayed, created a Hooverville in 1932. They had hopped trains and came from far away. At one point the government tore the homeless camp down, where up to 15,000 people lived.   

In 1930 in St. Louis, Mo, the largest Hooverville was created through private philanthropy. This racially integrated community had an unofficial major, churches, and other social institutions. In 1936, the Works Progress Administration, an agency of FDR’s New Raw Deal, allocated funds for “slum clearance” with the idea that the government would provide housing for the homeless. 

Today in Bucks County, PA, county government thinks it would resolve the problem through assisted housing. A few years back I pitched my idea to Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia, who is running for reelection in November, that county public land be set aside to create a homeless village, similar to the St. Louis camp and the more recent Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dignity_Village 

The commissioner poo-pooed the idea. She said that this kind of thing would make the homeless too comfortable and would not want to avoid going into government assisted housing. This philosophy that creates dependency on government was the case championed decades ago, as evident in President LBJ’s alleged Great Society. In A More Perfect Union; What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, Ben Carson MD writes “…our society is still plagued by people who propose and enforce policies that encourage the descendants of the freedmen to accept a state of social dependency. People in such a state tend to be much easier to manipulate than people who are independent and well educated. Therefore, with a few perks and promises, their votes can be cultivated, creating a significant power base. Manipulative people convince them that others are responsible for their misery and that they should be grateful for the aid being provided by their saviors.” 

It’s everyday people, driven by faith in God, not career politicians, who can create a more perfect union. 

The role of government, everyday people and the church is illustrated in: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR2x3SKmaynu1NpSSlpiXlxRhJ_Rd0csXzhmoCc5UHDifcHVRLbAbpmVZok 

Preserving Our Heritage

If you are not satisfied with the way your elected leaders are doing things, realize that the power to make things right resides in you.  In his book “A More Perfect Union; What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties”, Dr. Ben Carson points out that our constitution empowers we the people, not the elitists, who rule from their Ivory Tower, to govern the land. 

Some politicians in Bucks County, PA don’t champion empowering the people to take responsibility and make their own decisions. On example: A few years back, I emailed Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia with my idea to use county public land to create housing for the homeless. I proposed building a place, like that of Dignity Village in Oregon, using homeless people and volunteers. Like Dignity Village, https://dignityvillage.org/  there would be rules. The homeless could manage the place as well as build it.  There could be responsible leaders and a liaison, maybe a Bucks County Ranger, to work with the leaders. 

In southern Bucks County, there have been unofficial leaders, who were homeless, who worked things out to make it better for the homeless and the community. There were, of course, some problems. Some homeless individuals acted irresponsibly by doing things like keeping tents up around the Veterans’ Memorial and the nearby District Justice building at the Government Service Center in Levittown. There were also individuals who were drunk, drugged and disorderly on occasion.  Some people trashed out places, and there was drug use. On at least one occasion, one or two people who overdosed had to be dragged out of the woods by the Rescue Squad. Some homeless individuals just wanted to do what they wanted to do, regardless how they affected others! 

Having an official homeless village would foster more law and order, as individual problem people will be held accountable for their behavior. If they keep causing problems, they will get kicked out!  

Commissioner Marseglia responded that creating a homeless village would be too much of a liability and that it would not be helpful to the homeless. Quote “It just creates more space for them to avoid going to Housing Link and getting the referral they need, to start getting sober/clean, on medication, in therapy, signed up for assistance or some type of work, and a solid roof over their head.” 

I agree that people need a roof over their head, but there is at least a one to two year wait to get housing through the Bucks government. What do people do in the meantime – stay in motels, which are expensive? Or camp out in the woods, in cars, and in the streets?  

My plan would create more space and they would avoid going to Housing Link? To quote President Ronald Regan, “Well there you go again.” Marseglia thinks that homeless people can’t do things themselves! The government elites have to take charge of our concerns.  

In my book, “There Are Homeless in Bucks County: A Journey with The Homeless”, I address the underlying world views that affect the homeless. https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q 

I just got an email from Tea Party Patriots Action that spoke about how the elites think they can undermine the will of the people (and the rule of law) by impeaching President Trump just because they can’t have their way. The message:  

From Clarice Feldman at American Thinker1: 

“The real issue that ought to either-or-both frighten and enrage any honest American is that the ‘Intelligence Community’ truly does now consider itself a law unto itself and has arrogated the power to actually decide who is a suitable president and who will be allowed to occupy the White House… They have, make no mistake, declared war on self-governance, unless we pick someone they approve of which is quite obviously not self-governance.” 

Writes Jenny Beth Martin, author of the email: “Ms. Feldman is exactly right. Every attempt to smear, attack, frame, and impeach President Trump is rooted in the sick arrogance of nameless, faceless bureaucrats who have determined that it is their right to rule the country.” 

In his book. Dr. Carson admonishes Americans to know their constitution and educate themselves on the issues and the people running for office. That way, we will have a better chance of having a better life for us and our posterity. We need to preserve our God blessed heritage! Preceding each chapter is a Bible verse. 

Political signs litter the landscape in southern Bucks County. Don’t be taken in by the welcome grin of slick campaign slogans, but learn what the candidates stand for, check their record and verify that their rhetoric matches what they do. In other words, do they practice what they preach! Think before you vote! Remember, we are in charge, so vote responsibly!  

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 

No Cause For Concern

This morning, a body was found in Levittown, PA near the intersection of New Falls Road where the crossroads at New Falls, South Oxford Valley Road and Levittown Parkway meet, during the morning commute. Another overdose. The report was that for people who knew about the incident there was no need for public concern.  Rather cold, huh! 

http://levittownnow.com/2019/10/15/police-investigate-death-nearby-intersection/ 

Throw a sheet over someone who died, and just continue with the morning commute. 

I have to ask, in the words of Bob Dylan, “There’s something happening here, and you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?”  

Is drug overdose becoming so commonplace that people are getting used to it? Are we just going about our business, oblivious to what’s going on around us? Are we in denial? By the way, De Nile is not just a river in Egypt. 

Most recent report from the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad: 

Updated Overdose numbers as of 9/22/19 46 more overdoses and 5 more deaths. Help is out there!! Contact the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission call 1-800-662-HELP #levittownpa #overdoseawareness #opiodcrisis #opiodepidemic #getclean #roadtorecovery #askforhelp 

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There are, however, folks who don’t deny that people are dying as a result of their voluntary slavery to drug addiction. And they want to help!  

The 7th Annual Conquering Grounds Music Fest 2019 and Relapse Prevention Walk brought together the faith community, politicians, law enforcement, and everyday people to illustrate ways to bring hope to the national drug epidemic.  

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Every night of the week, there are meetings where people get together to help one another lick the problem, which destroys lives and causes people to die. 

Yes, there is cause for concern. 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke 

Werewolves Of Bucks County

Earlier today a young lady approached me, campaigning for Republican candidates in Bucks County, PA. She asked me if I liked the way things are in Bucks County. An unequivocal “no” was my answer. 

The Republicans have something to offer over the arbitrary elitists in the county. Take the Democrats’ Davis Gang (Jim and State Representative Tina Davis), who pocketed, stole $33,000 from housing assistance designated to help their low-income (poor) tenants from a house they both rented.  The state rep wasn’t even charged, and her partner in crime was just ordered to pay the money back!  http://levittownnow.com/2018/09/28/state-representatives-husband-has-charges-dropped-repays-government/ 

This is from a party that laments that poor people are being disenfranchised by those whaskilly Republicans, and claim they have the back of these victims. Well, it’s clear that the Davis Gang victimized their tenants.  

Another example of helping the less fortunate, not, is the Bucks elitists banning the annual Stand Down for homeless and needy veterans. They gave no reason why Stand Down, which was held for three days each year, could not be held on the current site behind the Levittown library, on open space, where there is no conflict with anything else. http://levittownnow.com/2016/09/10/program-helps-veterans-need-kicks-off-last-year-current-site/ 

Private citizens who wish to provide housing for the homeless are stonewalled when they attempt to create a project to shelter the homeless. The latest is an affordable housing project where affordable apartments would wrap around the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad.  http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/24/58-unit-affordable-housing-project-proposed-for-2-7-acre-levittown-property/  In 2017, the non-profit Interfaith Housing proposed creating housing to help poor veterans and older folks, but the plan was shot down. 

There is an alternative to the Werewolves of Bucks County. Remember, if you hear them howling around your door, you better not vote them in. Some poor tenants got their funds ripped off that night. It was the Werewolves of Bucks County again!  Note, these lines are a parody of the song Werewolves of London. http://www.metrolyrics.com/werewolves-of-london-lyrics-warren-zevon.html 

To learn more about the alternative to the Demo Cats: https://www.facebook.com/BucksCountyLeadership/ 

Reports show that there is more homelessness (the canary in the mine for a healthy society) in blue, progressive states than in red, conservative states. In states ruled by progressives, homelessness is running rampant.   Late 2013, The Boston Globe reported: 

Record numbers of homeless families are overwhelming the state’s emergency shelter system, filling motel rooms at the cost to taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars a year. 

“An average of 2,100 families a night — an all-time high — were temporarily housed in motel rooms in October, just about equaling the number of families staying in emergency shelters across the state”, according to state Department of Housing and Economic Development. 

The demand for shelter is so great that the state has been temporarily shipping homeless families from Boston to motels in Western Massachusetts… 

So much for liberal Massachusetts.  In New York, as New York Magazine reports: 

“Here in New York, they found a thirteen-percent increase, for a total of 64,060 people living in shelters and on the street. And in Los Angeles, the homeless population jumped 27 percent, to 53,798.” 

The New Yorker brought up The Skinny Socialist’s, aka Barack Obama’s, promise to end chronic and veteran homelessness in America by 2015 and presented a reality check that all the homeless in NYC can’t fit into the seats at Yankee Stadium. 

By contrast, Texas, a red state where freedom, low taxes, and restrictions on government intrusion prevail, is the place where people are fleeing from blue states, an exodus like the Israelites fleeing Egypt. 

Party affiliation, in places like Levittown, PA, is assigned. Unfortunately, people think that if they are blue collar, they have to vote blue, democrat. They hear the mantra that Democrats have their best interests at heart. Truth is, they don’t. People must not think about issues and policies, but simply act like Pavlov’s Dogs.  

During the 1890s, Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov was researching salivation in dogs in response to being fed. He inserted a small test tube into the cheek of each dog to measure saliva when the dogs were fed (with a powder made from meat). 

Pavlov predicted the dogs would salivate in response to the food placed in front of them, but he noticed that his dogs would begin to salivate whenever they heard the footsteps of his assistant who was bringing them the food. 

When Pavlov discovered that any object or event which the dogs learned to associate with food (such as the lab assistant or a bell) would trigger the same response, he realized that he had made an important scientific discovery. Accordingly, he devoted the rest of his career to studying this type of learning.  https://www.simplypsychology.org/pavlov.html 

In this upcoming election ask yourself, “am I one of Pavlov’s Dogs, or do I actually think?” 

Horray For The Underdog!

Years ago, I had lost my car keys when spelunking (exploring non-commercial caves) and I waited at a car dealership for someone to bring me a copy of the keys from a Volkswagen dealer. A guy who worked at the dealership gave me a ride back to the cave. He told me I was riding in a famous person’s vehicle, author James A. Michener and added that “Jim comes here from time to time.” Other than that, the only time I actually met someone who wrote books was years before that, when I met Pastor Jay E. Adams, who authored several books, when he was a guest preacher at a church. He wasn’t there as an author. 

In November, the Bucks County Free Library will host the 2019 Local Author Expo, where you can meet and interact with local authors who live in Bucks County and buy signed copies of their books.  

Recently I received an email from the expo that said I am on the waiting list, so Yours Truly may be there. “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless” is my first book, and is based on my associations with the local homeless in Bucks County. For a season, I was homeless myself. 

Like the homeless, I am the underdog. I published the book independently, with help from a publishing consultant, Vernita (Neat) Simmons, who had commented on an article on Faithwriters.com about the homeless and asked me if I was an author. I wasn’t, but after Neat’s guidance, I am now.  I do not have the capital to invest in marketing, so I am self-promoting my book, with a little help from my friends. 

As an underdog, I have to work harder to get my book moving, as I don’t have a big-time publisher to market my book. I got a break when my book got in circulation in the Bucks County Free Library system. Two hard copies of the book are on the local authors shelf in the Grundy Library in Bristol, PA.   

Doing something worthwhile isn’t easy; it’s hard work. But it’s worth it!  I hope the book will not only educate the public who the homeless really are and show possible solutions to the problem, but show that, like myself, with hard work and dedication you can move forward in life, from being homeless to being an author. One, of course, can be both. Homelessness is just a state you are in and does not define your character.  In a sense, we are all homeless, as we are just sojourners in this world. 

“There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless” is available: 

https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q 

Music Soothes The Savage Beast

Music has charms to sooth a savage beast.  Good music has the quality to calm, settle the savage beast, which is a hidden potential in all of us. The idea is not to let the beast out, to tame it. 

Christian rock has been the subject of discussion over the years on Facebook posts. It’s also been written about on Faithwriters.com.  Back in 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr answered a correspondent on Ebony magazine who asked if his playing rock and roll was consistent with gospel music and this 17-year old’s faith.  Dr. King responded that the two were incompatible. He continued “The profound sacred and spiritual meaning of the great music of the church must never be mixed with the transitory quality of rock and roll music.” Dr. King said that gospel music lifts people up to God, whereas rock and roll degrades humanity. 

Today, based on the music I hear from sources such as K-Love, the Christian music station, much of Christian rock is tame, uplifting. Some Christian rock I’ve heard live was much too loud, wild. I left a church in the early 80s for that reason. You don’t go to church to party, but to worship and honor God. 

In any art form, form and content should match. In the case of music, the instrumentals and vocal quality should be an integral part of the message. They should not just be an add-on which stands on it’s on. Form and content should be in harmony.  My late Dad used to play classical music while he watched a football game on TV. That was quite incongruent! It didn’t interfere with him watching the game; it was just funny. But having wild, blaring, screaming guitars in worship service is no joke.  Some worshipers, I believe, can really get down and still get a Godly message, but I still think it diminishes, distracts from the message. I don’t go to church to be entertained. Recently, someone told me she plans to visit another church, because “I like the music.” 

The idea is not to call attention to the music, the performers, or the preacher. Back in 1957, Dr. King urged his fellow preachers not to engage in showy displays. “We can’t spend all of our time trying to learn how to whoop and holler,” he said.  

The focus should be on God. 

Discipline is the key. Christians are disciples of Christ; they follow Him.  

Since the 1st century, the church was challenged to stay on track, to preach and act in sync with God’s Word.  As his disciples, Christians need to be challenged to walk in God’s ways. Salvation is immediate but sanctification, which some call “progressive sanctification”, is a lifelong process. Although the charges of sin against those who profess Christ as Lord and Savior are dropped, we still need to be held accountable.  

When someone continues to engage in sin, a true church disciplines the offender, starting with gentle admonishment. Then a one-on-one meeting to try to get the offender back on track. Then meet with several witnesses. If all this fails, then the matter is brought before the church. Excommunication is a last resort when someone fails to turn from besetting sin. The Westminster Confession of Faith sees the three steps of church discipline as being “admonition”, “suspension from the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper for a season” and then finally excommunication. 

Church discipline is important. One member continuing in sin, unrepentant, contaminates the rest of the church. In today’s world where we lack absolutes, the church needs to maintain them – God’s standards. God doesn’t grade on a curve! 

An outline of church discipline: 

Ultimate authority resides in Christ, who authorizes the Church to use it as needed. (Matthew 18:17)  

Corrective discipline is for:  

  • Troublemakers and those who sow discord. (Romans 16:17) 
  • The unruly and disorderly. (1st Thessalonians 5:14) 
  • Those who disobey the great doctrines of the faith. (2nd Thessalonians 3:13-14) 
  • Those who deny the great doctrines of the faith. (1st Timothy 6:3-4) 

Procedures in discipline  

  • Arrange a private meeting with the offender. (Matthew 18:15) 
  • If a private meeting fails, meet with them and several witnesses. (Matthew 18:16) 
  • Admonish and warn them. (Titus 3:10) 
  • As a final resort, bring the matter up to the whole church. (Matthew 18:17) 
  • Remove their membership, and avoid them. (Romans 16:17) 
  • Be ready to forgive them when repentance occurs. (2nd Corinthians 2:7) 

Purpose of Discipline  

  • To maintain the standards of the church to a watching world. (Matthew 5:13-16) 
  • To keep sin from spreading throughout the church. (Joshua 7:3); (1st Corinthians 5:6-7) 
  • Help the guilty person find their way to God. (2nd Corinthians 2:6-8) 
  • To escape God’s judgment upon habitually sinning saints. (1st Corinthians 11:30) 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_discipline 

Music is one part of worship. The music, the preaching, showing Christ’s love to others and being a good example of a disciple of Jesus all work together. Christians should not conform to worldly ways, but be salt and light in the world. 

Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires”.  -Romans 6:23