A soldier being betrayed by his commander and chief.

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When you read the account of Uriah the Hittite in 2nd:samuel:11 http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-samuel/11.html  you can’t help but stand in awe at his loyalty to his commander in chief even though I believe he was completely understanding of the present situation he was facing. Remember that he was a converted gentile but his heart was for Israel and he took his service to God and his king with the kind of passion that few have done through out history.

If you are trying to remember who Uriah was, he was the husband of Bathsheba, the lady who King David spied on as she was purifying herself as instructed by the law of  Israel at the time. King David was not in the place where he should have been, with his army (mistake number 1), so he is on his roof looking down on Bathsheba and “inquires” about her, (mistake number 2), and sends for her, (mistake number 3). Of course when the king summons you, you answer the summons, and King David lays with Bathsheba, (mistake number 4). Now a short time later Bathsheba informs the king that she is pregnant, this was not a mistake but a consequence of bad choices, something we will touch on a little later. (As a foot note think of what Bathsheba must of being going through, for the law said to stone an adulteress.) Now King David rather than admitting his sin tries to cover it up by using the grand plan of having Uriah sent home from the battle field and figures that naturally Uriah will lay with his wife and everyone will think that he is the father, (mistake number 5). A good commander in chief should know all about his greatest soldiers but King David did not know about the integrity of Uriah (mistake number 6) for Uriah refused to go to his own house and told the king that he could not do so as long as the ark of God was in a tent and his fellow comrades were sleeping in an open field. If you have ever served in the military you understand this, if you haven’t, trust me it exist to this day. So Uriah sleeps in the doorway of the king’s palace with the palace guards to help protect the king who was trying to trick him. ( Now here is a most amazing thing. David, years earlier, was adamant about the fact that those on a mission for the king should keep themselves from sexual intercourse. Now, years later, David is amazed that a man on a mission for the king is willing to abstain from sexual intercourse with his wife.) When informed of this the next day the king invites him to have dinner with him that night and starts to give him all the food and wine that Uriah wanted, thinking that a person who was drunk would surely go home to his beautiful wife whom he hadn’t spent any time with in many months, (mistake number 7). Uriah again sleeps with the palace guards. Uriah is sent back to the battle field and King David graduates to a grander scheme, (mistake number 8). He sends word to Joab, the same Joab that David put under a curse for sheading the innocent blood of Abner, to send Uriah to the front of the battle and then retreat leaving Uriah cut off from most of his supporting soldiers where he would surely be killed. King David has now moved up to conspiracy to commit murder, (mistake number 9.) This happens and Uriah is killed, along with some other soldiers who fought valiantly along with him, more innocent victims or consequences of sin. (Mistake number 10), King David is now guilty of premeditated murder!

 Most of you know the rest of the story, King David and Bathsheba marry and the king will raise the child and live happily ever after. I guess if there is a mistake number 11 it is that King David forgot about God in all of this, the God who was with him when he fought Goliath and who protected him from the wrath of Saul. The faithful God who is not always happy with our actions or King David’s for He sent His prophet Nathan, who told the King what he had done and that as a result the new child would die. David prays for the child but the child dies. Later after The king repents he writes the 32nd and 51st psalm. Later King Solomon is born. 

We all have sinned but when we try to cover it up is when things can get way out of control. I can think of a few people that got into more trouble trying to cover up things and I am sure you can to.

If you want to read more on this here is a good presentation on this subject.

 https://bible.org/seriespage/david-and-uriah-2-samuel-115-27  

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In Him, Mike

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WHY THE NATIONAL DEBT CANT BE PAID OFF!

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17.3 Trillion Dollars and Growing and a talent of gold.

Our national debt has become so large that it is literally impossible to pay off. Here are some interesting facts. If you started to count one number every second or 1 dollar a second , how long do you think it would take to reach 17.3 trillion? 60 seconds in a minute = 60 x 60 minutes in a hour = 360 x 24 hours in a day = 8,640  x 365 days in a year = 3,153,600 x 10,000 years = 315,360,000,000. You have now reached 1/3 of a trillion almost but who’s counting. So it would take 30,000 years to reach 1 trillion x17.3 trillion = 519,000 years. This is not factoring in any interest but there is another problem, we would be paying off 8,640 dollars in a day but according to the national debt clock we are going in debt at the rate of 1 million dollars a minute.  (      http://www.usdebtclock.org/   )  And yet man keeps putting his trust in the dollar rather than God, the one who created everything.

Here is an interesting fact about the talent which in King David’s time equaled 75 pounds. The crown that he wore weighed a talent of gold, And you thought he was a little shepherd boy. Try walking around with 75 pounds on your head. At the price of gold today around 1250 an ounce the gold in it would be worth 1 1/2 million dollars. And we owe 17.3 trillion. Have a great day.

link to talent http://christianity.about.com/od/glossary/a/Talent.htm

Here is a song by B. J. Thomas to make you feel better.

http://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=Uytj9maYXCk&video_referrer=watch

Dividing the Talent
Measure U.S./British Metric
Talent = 60 minas 75 pounds 35 kilograms
Mina = 50 shekels 1.25 pounds .6 kilograms
Shekel = 2 bekas .4 ounces 11.3 grams
Pim = .66 shekel .33 ounces 9.4 grams
Beka = 10 gerahs .2 ounces 5.7 grams
Gerah .02 ounces .6 grams
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O Holy night

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Dogs of God

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In James Reston’s book, Dogs of God, he discusses the inquisition, the defeat of the moors, and Christopher Columbus.  In the way that only Mr. Reston can write, with such articulation you almost feel like you have been there  during that time.  I published a comment back in August about another book that he wrote called the Defenders of the Faith. http://mikeschultzblog.com/defenders-of-the-faith/  Dogs of God’s time frame precedes that time that the Defenders of the Faith talks about.  It goes into great detail in how the moors were defeated and expelled from Spain after a 500 year stronghold.  If you remember the train and bombings in Madrid a few years ago one of the Al Qaeda spokesmen said that the expulsion of the moors from Spain was really not that long ago, even though it was over 500 years ago.  Although it is not considered part of the crusades it was still a holy war between the Muslims  and Christianity.  

Of course, as any war will do, it will drain the coffers of the government and through an unexpected event called the inquisition King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella saw an opportunity of how to increase their revenue.  The easiest way was too confiscate the lands and possessions of those who were burnt at the stake in the name of God, especially the Jews who were ordered to convert or leave the country.  A lot converted but were under constant scrutiny that they lead a certain lifestyle and not adhere to any of the old Jewish customs, and if they were found out observing any of those customs they were accused of  faking a  conversion so that they would not have to leave the country and were brought before the inquisitors and invariably  were found guilty and condemned to death by the great inquisitor Thomas De Torquemada who thought his calling was to purify the church.  And of course as any barbarian, Torquemada, would try to show people what a nice person he was, and if you would confess and have a true conversion on the gallows they would strangle you before they burnt. you.  It is like saying that Adolf Hitler was a nice guy because he never kicked his dog. It is a time in history that the Vatican promised to look into in 1998 and in 2004 came out with their sanitized statement that it wasn’t really as bad as some people say.

And so we as Americans look at Christopher Columbus’s journey to the new world in a romanticized version and are never taught of what happened prior to the remarkable voyage. For instance that when they first landed in the island we believe was Española that the natives were light skinned and the women were beautiful and also naked and also infected with syphilis, a disease that they had built up an immunity to but the Europeans had not.  It was a disease that would eventually infect kings and many in the Vatican.

I highly recommend that you read any of James Reston’s books for the detail along with the unimaginable amount of research and the great gift that he has in taking a dark time in church history to make you feel ashamed at times for being a believer and a few pages later you are proud to be a member of the church were people willingly laid their lives down for the cause of Jesus Christ.

My next book that I am getting ready to read by him is Warriors of God.  Mr. Reston did inform me that he is now working on a book about Martin Luther. I am looking forward to it.
Here is an old recording of Swing low sweet Chariot.



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In Him, Mike

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The Twelve Days Of Christmas

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With the Christmas season approaching you will undoubtedly be hearing a lot of Christmas carols being played as you go about your merry way. One of them will most certainty be The Twelve Days of Christmas. This song has quite an interesting history.

In the sixteen hundreds Henry VIII was trying to divorce Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn by petitioning Rome and when he was refused he declared himself head of the Church in England by replacing the Pope and demanded that all swear an oath of allegiance to him. St. Thomas More, the Chancellor of the Realm, the equivalent of the Prime Minister today, refused to  support the elimination of the Pope’s authority so Henry had him publicly beheaded. Catholic convents and monasteries were closed and looted. The situation was worse under his son, Edward VI, and better during the short reign of Catherine’s daughter, Mary Tudor. She was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I, an ardent Protestant, the daughter of Anne Boleyn. The practice of the Catholic faith was banned. Priests were exiled and forbidden under pain of death from returning or performing the sacraments. It was a desperate, dreadful time. Here is a link if you would like to read more on this.http://www.catholic.net/index.php?id=3465&option=dedestaca

Although I am not a member of the Catholic Church I am always grateful for their historical information, especially in matters like these.

My true love gave to me. Jesus is our true love and He gives Himself to me, or us.

1: The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ, and the pear tree is the cross.

2: Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments and the two natures of Jesus, divine and human.

3: Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love and the trinity, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

4: The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

5: The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

6: The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

7: Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

8: The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

9: Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

10: The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

11: The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

12: The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed

The twelve points of the Apostles creed are as follows:

1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. 4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 5. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. 6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. 7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 8. I believe in the Holy Spirit, 9. the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, 10. the forgiveness of sins, 11. the resurrection of the body, 12. and the life everlasting. Amen.

As I studied this I found that the believers of the Catholic and Protestant churches have pretty much agreed upon the meaning of the song. And so the song was a way of teaching the message of Jesus Christ to the followers of Jesus Christ so they wouldn’t be persecuted by the fellow followers of Jesus Christ. Sad, isn’t it?

Here is the song with a sunrise that I posted on You Tube. There are also other Christmas songs and some gospel songs that I post on a regular basis.

The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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Is the devil behind Obama Care?

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This is a sermon that was preached a few weeks ago in North Carolina.

Genesis 47:13-27 New Living Translation (NLT)

Joseph’s Leadership in the Famine

13 Meanwhile, the famine became so severe that all the food was used up, and people were starving throughout the lands of Egypt and Canaan. 14 By selling grain to the people, Joseph eventually collected all the money in Egypt and Canaan, and he put the money in Pharaoh’s treasury. 15 When the people of Egypt and Canaan ran out of money, all the Egyptians came to Joseph. “Our money is gone!” they cried. “But please give us food, or we will die before your very eyes!”
16 Joseph replied, “Since your money is gone, bring me your livestock. I will give you food in exchange for your livestock.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph in exchange for food. In exchange for their horses, flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and donkeys, Joseph provided them with food for another year.
18 But that year ended, and the next year they came again and said, “We cannot hide the truth from you, my lord. Our money is gone, and all our livestock and cattle are yours. We have nothing left to give but our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we die before your very eyes? Buy us and our land in exchange for food; we offer our land and ourselves as slaves for Pharaoh. Just give us grain so we may live and not die, and so the land does not become empty and desolate.”
20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. All the Egyptians sold him their fields because the famine was so severe, and soon all the land belonged to Pharaoh. 21 As for the people, he made them all slaves, from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 The only land he did not buy was the land belonging to the priests. They received an allotment of food directly from Pharaoh, so they didn’t need to sell their land.
23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Look, today I have bought you and your land for Pharaoh. I will provide you with seed so you can plant the fields. 24 Then when you harvest it, one-fifth of your crop will belong to Pharaoh. You may keep the remaining four-fifths as seed for your fields and as food for you, your households, and your little ones.”
25 “You have saved our lives!” they exclaimed. “May it please you, my lord, to let us be Pharaoh’s servants.” 26 Joseph then issued a decree still in effect in the land of Egypt, that Pharaoh should receive one-fifth of all the crops grown on his land. Only the land belonging to the priests was not given to Pharaoh.
27 Meanwhile, the people of Israel settled in the region of Goshen in Egypt. There they acquired property, and they were fruitful, and their population grew rapidly. 28 Jacob lived for seventeen years after his arrival in Egypt, so he lived 147 years in all.
So we see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt, and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them.  And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain. And this went on until their money ran out, and they were hungry again.

 So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock – their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey – to barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year. But the famine wasn’t over, was it?  So the next year, the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left, except their land and their own lives. “There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land.  Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land?  Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh.” So they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to Pharaoh’s government, and then sold themselves into slavery to him, in return for grain.

 What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?

 That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only leads to slavery?

Yes… That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master?

 Yes. After Jacob and Joseph passed on, and the Jews began to drift away from their GOD, even they too became slaves in the land of Egypt  .
 
 I also tell you a great truth today, and an ominous one.
We see the same thing happening today – the government today wants to “share the wealth” once again, to take it from us and redistribute it back to us.
It wants to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides who gets it, and how much, and what kind.
And if we go along with it, and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people in Egypt did four thousand years ago – as slaves to the government, and as slaves to their leaders.

 What Mr. Obama’s government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh’s government did then, and it will end the same. And a lot of people like to call Mr. Obama a “Messiah,” don’t they?
 Is he a Messiah? A savior? Didn’t the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh”? Well, I tell you this – I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. OBAMA IS NO MESSIAH!
No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh. Bow with me in prayer, if you will…

 Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone. We confess that the government is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do, where it says “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day…” And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people from the atrocities of a new Pharaoh’s government. In God We Trust… 
 
And all of God’s people said amen!
It is time to pray.
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In Him, Mike
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Gospel Music With Daytona Beach Sunrise Videos

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Gospel Music With Daytona Beach Sunrise Videos

If you like gospel music here is my link to Daytona Beach sunrises with different gospel music playing. You can play them in a stream as they will run consecutively or click on them separately. I will be constantly be adding to them. A lot of you know that I work part time at Crabby Joes on the Sunglow Pier and post the sunrises on YouTube every morning that I work. So as the cold of  winter sets in you might get a blessing by watching them.

If you enjoy them please subscribe to my channel on You Tube. It is free.

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In Him, Mike

 

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Paul Harvey 1965 If I were the Devil

 

This was one of Paul Harvey’s radio broadcast in !965. He was the best radio broadcaster018 and it looks like he was a prophet also. You can watch it on You Tube or Read it here.

IF I WERE THE DEVIL…

“If I were the prince of darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness.

I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — thee.

So, I would set about however necessary to take over the United States.

I’d subvert the churches first, and I would begin with a campaign of whispers.

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”

To the young, I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince the children that man created God instead of the other way around. I’d confide that what’s bad is good and what’s good is square.

And the old, I would teach to pray after me, “Our Father, which are in Washington …”

Then, I’d get organized, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting.

I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves and nations at war with themselves until each, in its turn, was consumed.

And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.

If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellect but neglect to discipline emotions. I’d tell teachers to let those students run wil. And before you knew it, you’d have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

With a decade, I’d have prisons overflowing and judges promoting pornography. Soon, I would evict God from the courthouse and the schoolhouse and them from the houses of Congress.

In his own churches, I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I’d lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money.

If I were the devil, I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.

What’ll you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich?

I’d convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun and that what you see on television is the way to be.

And thus, I could undress you in public and lure you into bed with diseases for which there are no cures.

In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.”

Good Day!!!

SOUND FAMILIAR AMERICA???  I doubt if ABC or any of the mainstream media would have him on today, I doubt it… He herald the Truth and told it like it was!!!

READ “THE REST OF THE STORY!!!”

The New York Times obituary says:

[He] “personalized the radio news with his right-wing opinions, but laced them with his own trademarks: a hypnotic timbre, extended pauses for effect, heart-warming tales of average Americans and folksy observations that evoked the heartland, family values and the old-fashioned plain talk one heard around the dinner table on Sunday.
“‘Hello, Americans,’ he barked. ‘This is Paul Harvey! Stand byyy for Newwws!’
“He railed against welfare cheats and defended the death penalty. He worried about the national debt, big government, bureaucrats who lacked common sense, permissive parents, leftist radicals and America succumbing to moral decay. He championed rugged individualism, love of God and country, and the fundamental decency of ordinary people.”
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In Him, Mike
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Gospel Music with Daytona Beach Sunrises

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Praying for money (Humor)

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Most people over the course of their lives have had financial difficulties and had to cry out to God.

Here is the story of two men praying to God and see if you can determine who had his prayer answered first.

There was a wealthy man who had a payment coming due on a large loan that he owed. The amount owed was one hundred thousand dollars and  if he couldn’t pay it he would loose everything. After much worrying he decided to go to the local church and cry out to God for help. When he knelt down at the alter he started to cry out over and over, God I need a hundred thousand dollars or I am going to loose everything I own. After a few minutes a poor man came and knelt down next to him, for he too was in need of a financial miracle or he would lose everything he had, only he only needed a hundred dollars. So he started crying out to God with a much louder voice that the rich man. After a short period of time the rich man reached in his pocket and gave the poor man a hundred dollar bill and the poor man left the church praising God for answering his prayer. Then the rich man said, “God, now that I have your undivided attention!”

Sometimes when we are crying out to God for ourselves we can still be used to fill the need of someone who also is crying out to Him.

If you like my sunrise videos  from Daytona Beach, Fl. I have started to place gospel music on some of them. Check them out and let me know what you think. You can even subscribe to my you tube channel if you would like.

http://www.youtube.com/user/mykey629

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In Him, Mike

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