Remembering Boundless Grace

Hidden Treasure

This morning, I started Matthew 23, and the first few verses stuck out to me like a sore thumb. In the previous chapter, the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees had taken turns asking questions to Jesus that were meant to stump him. These questions were asked with ill-intent: not to learn, but to boost their own pride. Time after time, Jesus answers their questions to the fullest, or he even asks them a question to invalidate the question that they asked. They are all going back and forth, playing a game of wit. The religious folks had one problem: they had knowledge, and no wisdom, but they were up against the author of wisdom.

In Matthew 23:2-4, Jesus says, “The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but they do not practice. They tie…

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Being a New Gun Owner- what I wish I knew when I started

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These are strange times. Few of us thought we’d ever be here. This year, 8 million new gun owners joined the more than a hundred million existing firearms owners. We’ve all been that new guy at one time or another. Fortunately, there is a place for everyone in the gun culture. Here are some of the things I wish I knew when I chose a firearm and started learning self-defense.

Some of these steps are optional and some are mandatory. Rather than trying to tell you what to do and how to do it, I want to sketch out a broad map so you can find what you’re looking for.

If I had one suggestion for new gun owners, it would be to not rush. Take it step at a time. Go slowly and learn great habits from the beginning. You don’t need to know everything perfectly at each step…

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Wake Up, O Sleeper

Hidden Treasure

117th Congress on Sunday, January 3, 2021

For the most part, I try to stay away from talking about politics on this page, but this is no longer about politics. It isn’t about democrats and republicans. It isn’t about conservatives and liberals. This is about sheep and wolves.

God is not a “monotheistic God known by many names and by different things.” Our God is called Eloah, which means that He is strong and mighty. He is El Shaddai, which means that He is all powerful. He is Yahweh, a personal God who goes by this personal name. He is Yahweh-Rapha, the mighty healer of body and soul. He is Yahweh-M’Kaddesh, the one who sanctifies the believer. He is Yahweh-Shalom, who is our peace. He is Yahweh-Rohi, who is our Shepherd. He is El-Elyon, the Most High. He is El-Olam, the Everlasting.

He is not whatever we want Him to…

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It is Easy to Steal an Election, but Impossible to Hide the Theft

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Suppose you want to insert fraudulent votes so your favorite candidate wins an election. You can overcount your candidate’s votes. You can delete your opponent’s votes. You can shift votes from your opponent to your candidate. Each of these acts leaves a telltale mark. The fraudsters thought they were safe because we wouldn’t look. They thought the election was over when the mainstream media announced that Biden won. They were wrong. We looked at the strange election results, and there was plenty to find.

You can force election observers to leave the counting area and then you can run your candidate’s votes through the counting machine several times. We think that happened in Fulton County, Georgia. That fraud is easy to discover.

We’re supposed to believe that the voters in one precinct somehow acted very differently from their neighbors who live in an adjacent county. We can correct the expected…

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To the Citizens of 2020

Hidden Treasure

This year has obviously been one to remember for every single person who has been alive during these last twelve months. In the first few days of the year, we were seriously worried about a potential war. Later on, all of America mourned the death of Kobe Bryant, which was so shocking and seemed so unreal. Only a little while after that, Australia experienced extreme wildfires. At the end of February, I remember my friends and I wondering what could possibly come next (since 2020 already seemed like the worst), and then Covid-19 shut down our world. This created so many obstacles for every single person with breath in his lungs.

Last night, I scrolled through Instagram, seeing post after post of people expressing how glad they were that 2020 was over. People see 2021 as a newer start than any other new year in this lifetime. For the most…

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Joe Biden’s Actions Tell Me the 2020 Election was Stolen

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You might have been uncertain at first. You thought you saw the election stolen in the early hours on Wednesday morning after the election. Given what you’ve seen since, now you’re pretty sure the election was decided through fraud. Even Joe Biden thinks the election was stolen based on the way he is acting today. This is what we saw. 

We saw president Trump get 11 million more votes than any sitting president. Trump received at least one-and-a-half million more votes than President Obama received in his first term. Trump won more counties than Obama. While black support for Biden fell below 90 percent, Trump increased the number of votes he received from black voters by 50 percent compared to Trump’s election of 2016. In addition, Trump won a record 35 percent of the Hispanic vote. Trump had a record number of small campaign contributors. While each of those factors…

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A Corrupt Election.. and They Knew It

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This is a sad day. We saw President Donald Trump receive more votes than any other president.. ever. Somehow, in the middle of the night when vote counting had been mysteriously stopped, Vice President Biden took the lead because of mail-in votes that mysteriously appeared from backroom briefcases. The election was stolen. That was the swamp’s plan all along. The sad thing is how far the corruption extends. Perhaps half of us lost an election, but all of us lost our trust in our institutions.

The mainstream media and social media hid stories of corruption in the Biden family. No longer are they ‘the most trusted names in news.’

If there was significant voter fraud in several swing states, then wouldn’t the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Election Commission know about vote tampering? Yes, they would, and they did. They knew, and they did nothing. We’ve seen voter…

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Undeserving Grace

Hidden Treasure

It is 11:36, November 21, 2020. I am sitting at my desk in a small dorm with a worship playlist on shuffle, and I can’t help but to look back at this first semester of college with a grateful heart.

This semester, I have made friends who will last a lifetime – friends who love the Lord with their souls, and they are unashamed of it. These friends fall to their knees to pray for me. These friends laugh with me, about the dumbest things. These friends encourage me to walk in the Lord’s will for my life. These friends love me more than I deserve.

This semester, I have also been given some really big opportunities to walk in service. God has blessed me to be on a team of cyber evangelists (which is not a super easy job). I have had the blessing of forming friendships with a…

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The Hardest Thing

Austins Autism

(This blog was originally written in December 0f 2019. Since I wrote it, we have dealt with another episode of elopement where Austin slipped under a gap in a fence and was gone for 20 minutes before being found by law enforcement)

It feels like one of the least understood, least discussed behaviors in autism is elopement.  

Elopement is defined as wandering, or leaving a facility or environment by a person with cognitive challenges or special needs.

Choosing to write about this has been a struggle for me. I don’t want to come across as if I’m looking for sympathy. I’m definitely not. 

I also am hesitant to  put details of what we’ve experienced out there for others to judge and maybe assume we’re negligent parents. We beat ourselves up enough as it is. 

But because I want to bring some awareness to this behavior, and because  I know it helps others…

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Feeling the Weight of the Gun

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I recently took a handgun class. I was there to renew my concealed carry license, but the rest of my classmates were applying for their carry license for the first time. Several of them had only shot a gun a few times. You could see it in their eyes. They were there to learn how to handle a handgun, a lethal tool. There is a lot to learn. 

This is a time of unprecedented demand for firearms. Given the limited selection in most gun shops, it is harder than ever to find the gun that is right for you. Before you buy it, you want to handle it, load it, and shoot it to see how it feels. After the classroom lecture in the concealed carry class, the instructor let students handle their unloaded firearms which were arrayed on a table. This was the first chance for some students to…

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