GOD’S EDITORIALS

 

#99
A BRAND NEW DAY
OF LOVE

"Stand up all you lovers in the world
Stand up and be counted every boy and every girl
Stand up all you lovers in the world
We’re starting up a brand new day”
"A BRAND NEW DAY" - STING

"It wasn’t until after Sting had been playing guitar for several years
that he commenced formal training . . . late enough to ensure that
his sense of freedom on the instrument wasn’t stifled
by rules or regimen.”
Guitar World Acoustic - J.D. Considine

YES, A BRAND NEW DAY WHERE LOVE IS THE KEY
FOR THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW
I CALL EACH AND EVERY "BOY" AND "GIRL"
I CALL THE YOUNG CHILD WITHIN EACH INDIVIDUAL TO COME OUT
FROM THE RULES AND REGIMENS OF THE RELIGIONS

WHICH THEY HAVE LEARNED
AND FIND ME
IT IS SIMPLE
IT WILL BE COMPLETE
NO LONGER WILL THE "STUDENT' HAVE TO STUDY AND STUDY
BUT I WILL SPEAK TO THOSE WHO ARE MINE
AND LEAD THEM IN THE WAY
THE WAY WILL BE PURE AND RIGHTEOUS
NOT BECAUSE THEY HAVE MEMORIZED A LIST OF RULES
BUT BECAUSE I WILL RULE THEIR HEART
I WILL GOVERN THE HEART
THE HEART OF A CHILD THEY WILL HAVE
ONE THAT LOVES AND FORGIVES AND HOPES AND DREAMS
FOR A BRAND NEW DAY

COME ALONG WITH DAD, KIDS . . .


#100
RESPECT - FOR ALL

"Here’s a riddle:
Why is our most important issue the one no one
really wants to talk about? That is, race . . . conclusions about
everything from family background to taste in music, based on color alone, which blunt the acceptance of individuality and originality
that is the glory of being human.”
Newsweek magazine

WHAT COLOR AM I?
YOU MAY BE SURPRISED
IF YOU SAW A MAN
WITHOUT SEEING THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN
HOW WOULD YOUR JUDGMENT CHANGE?
WHAT CAUSES ONE HUMAN TO RESPECT ANOTHER?
IN WHAT WAYS DO HUMANS DETERMINE THAT ANOTHER HUMAN
IS LESS THAN THEMSELVES?
WHERE IS THERE HONOR?
IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND
BUT YOU WILL MOST LIKELY FIND IT MORE AMONGST CHILDREN
WHO HAVE NOT BEEN TAUGHT TO BE PREJUDICED
WHO HAVE NOT BEEN TAUGHT TO JUDGE
WHAT DO YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN?
DO YOU TEACH THEM THAT ALL PEOPLE DESERVE RESPECT?
DO YOU TEACH THEM
THAT EVERY PERSON WAS MADE IN MY IMAGE?
DO YOU TEACH THEM
THAT EACH AND EVERY PERSON IS IMPORTANT
SO VERY IMPORTANT TO ME?
PREJUDICE IS TAUGHT
SO CAN HONOR AND RESPECT
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BEGIN
ALL COLORS ARE THE SAME TO ME
ALL PEOPLE HAVE WITHIN THEM A HEART
WHICH BEATS THE SAME COLOR BLOOD
ALL ARE MADE THE SAME
WITH GREAT HONOR AND EXPERTISE

WHAT COLOR AM I?
LOOK CLOSELY
FOR SURELY YOU WILL SEE
EVERY
COLOR
IN THE MIDST OF MY GLORY

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL
TEACH THEM TO LOVE AND RESPECT
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
IF THE RIGHT WORDS ARE SPOKEN TO THEM

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

"RED AND YELLOW, BLACK AND WHITE
ALL ARE PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT
JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD"

       
REMEMBER
EVERY
 
SINGLE
  PERSON
EVERY
COLOR
                 
TRULY THE SAME!



#101
HONOR - BEGATS VALOR

"Reform is a fantasy. He is a thief. I won’t stop. I won’t let you go. You
are a difficult problem. You don’t understand the importance of the law . . .
It’s a pity that the rules don’t allow me to merciful. I’ve tried to live
my whole life without breaking a single law.”

"'I'm a convict - I’m a convict.’ cries the man.”
But mercy is shown by a stranger -
“Don’t ever forget you no longer belong to evil. With this silver
I ransom you from fear and hatred and now
I give you back to God.”
"Les Miserables" - Columbia Pictures 

ONE MAN FOLLOWS PROCEDURE
ONE MAN RETURNS FROM THE "GRAVE"

ONE MAN IS SELF-RIGHTEOUS
ONE MAN IS RIGHTEOUS BY GRACE

ONE MAN IS DETERMINED THAT ALL MEN
BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LAW
ONE MAN IS DETERMINED TO SHOW GRACE AND MERCY
BECAUSE IT WAS ONCE SHOWN TO HIM

ONE MAN SHOWS THE PRETENSE OF HONOR
ONE MAN IS OF TRUE HONOR

A TRAGEDY OF SORTS
ONE MAN IS PURSUED FOR MANY YEARS BY ONE
WHO MUST FOLLOW THE LAW
HIS FREEDOM LOST
MERCY UPON MERCY UPON MERCY IS SHOWN
BY THE ONE PURSUED
UNTIL FINALLY THE HONOR SHOWN CAN NO LONGER
FIT WITHIN THE RULES
AND THE RULES MUST DIE

I SPOKE MY COMMANDMENTS
OF WHICH I DO NOT CHANGE

BUT THE CHURCH ADDS RULES OF PIETY FOR ALL TO FOLLOW
THEY WRITE RULES TO GOVERN THE PEOPLE
THEY WRITE RULES
IN ORDER TO STAY IN CONTROL
THEY WRITE RULES
FOR WHICH THEY CANNOT FOLLOW
THEY WRITE RULES
BUT THEY ARE NOT MY LAWS OF LOVE AND TRUTH
MERCY AND HONOR

ONLY I WRITE THE RULES
AND I AM A JUST GOD FULL OF MERCY AND LOVING-KINDNESS
BUT FOR THOSE WHO REJECT MY LAWS
AND MY MERCY UNTO REPENTANCE
I MUST SERVE OUT JUSTICE
I AM A FAIR GOD
WHAT ONE SOWS ONE REAPS
I SHOW MERCY WHEN MERCY WILL CHANGE THE HEART
I WIELD THE SWORD OF JUSTICE FOR THOSE WHO HONOR ME NOT
TRUE HONOR IS EARNED BY THOSE WHO SHOW FORTH
THE HONOR AND MERCY FOR WHICH I SHOWED UNTO THEM
IT IS SIMPLE
COMPLETE IS THE PLAN
HONOR BRINGS FORTH VALOR
VALOR
BRINGS FORTH
A NATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS


#102
FORGIVENESS
TIME TELLS


"The Pope’s Nostra Culpa”
"The news that Pope John Paul II has expressed sorrow for past wrongs committed in the name of the faith has startled everyone, even many
Catholics. Some believe his actions go too far in conceding criticisms
of the church.  Others believe the Pope hasn’t gone far enough to admit
that the church, and not just individuals within, has done wrong.”

“. . . The idea here is to wipe the slate clean, setting aside
old errors and resentments.”
The Wall Street Journal

"In his first two decades as Pope, John Paul traveled 670,878 miles,
making 84 pilgrimages abroad. His journeys, like the upcoming one,
often had dual purposes.”
Life magazine

TRUE FORGIVENESS IS A RARE THING
AND STRANGER YET,
IS THE PURSUIT OF BEING FORGIVEN FOR PURE MOTIVES
THE POPE OFFERS WORDS TO RECONCILE WITH THOSE WHOM
HIS CHURCH HAD COMMITTED ATROCITIES
THE ACTION IS RIGHT
THE DESIRE IS NOBLE
BUT WHAT DOOR WILL IT TRULY OPEN?

FOR THOSE WHO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS MUST ASK
IN PURITY OF MOTIVE
FOR THE ACT TO BE ONE OF TRUE SEVERANCE
THE DOOR MAY OPEN ONCE AGAIN TO THE GREATEST
OF ATROCITIES THIS WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN
IF THE PURPOSES OF ONE SIMPLE MAN
IS OF THE DUAL NATURE

COUNT THE DAYS AFTER THE PENANCE
UNTIL . . .
AND YOU WILL HAVE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT STORY
THIS IS A ONE-MAN SHOW
BUT ONE WORTH WATCHING
KINDNESS IS HONORED
MERIT IS REVERED
HONOR IS UNMISTAKABLE
BUT WAIT FOR TIME TO TELL THE FULL STORY

A RIDDLE, PERHAPS, TELLS IT BEST:

A ROBBER ENTERS YOUR HOME WHILE YOU ARE AWAY
HE STEALS, BUT IS CAUGHT
HE COMES BACK TO YOUR DOOR ONE DAY TO ASK FORGIVENESS
FOR HE SURELY KNEW THAT WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG
WAS A VIOLATION OF YOUR RIGHTS
IGNORANT OF HIS ULTERIOR MOTIVE
YOU ASK HIM IN TO DINE WITH YOU
AND ONCE MORE HE STEALS RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES

ONLY TIME TELLS IF THE REPENTANT ONE HAS TRUE MOTIVES
ONLY TIME WILL TELL



#103
FORGIVENESS PART II
THE REAL THING

"If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could - you know I would
If I could - I would
let it go
surrender . . .
If I could throw this life, this life-line to the wind
leave this heart of clay
See you walk away into the night
through the day
If I could, through myself, set your spirit free
I’d lead your heart away
See you break away into the light
through the day . . .
through the flame

Let it go
fade away
Let it go
and so, fade away
fade away

desperation
separation
condemnation
isolation
revelation”
"BAD" - U2

DO YOU UNDERSTAND?
IT TELLS THE STORY OF COMPLETE REPENTANCE
FIRST YOU MUST TEAR YOURSELF FROM THE SIN
EVEN THE SINS OF PAST GENERATIONS
IF I COULD
YOU KNOW THAT I WOULD
DO IT FOR YOU
BUT IT MUST BE
YOU
THAT MAKES THE DECISION
TO
LET IT GO!
IT MUST BE YOU THAT TEARS YOURSELF FROM THE SIN
IF YOU WILL TEAR YOURSELF AWAY
I WILL COME AND LEAD YOU INTO THE BRIGHT OF DAY
I WILL COME AND WASH YOU CLEAN
AS YOU SURRENDER YOUR HEART OF CLAY
AND THEN THROUGH THE FLAME I WILL TAKE YOU
TO SEAR YOUR DECISION
THE FLAME PURIFIES AND DRAWS OUT
THE DESIRE TO RETURN TO THE SIN
THE FLAME PURGES AND CLEANSES
SO THAT YOU CAN TRULY LET IT GO
IT WILL FADE AWAY
AS YOU LET IT GO

IF YOU ARE TRULY MINE
I WILL CONVICT YOU OF ALL SIN

DESPERATION
SEPARATION
CONDEMNATION
ISOLATION
YOU WILL FEEL
UNTIL YOU OPEN UP TO MY REVELATION
OF YOUR OFFENSE

COME CLEAN, PEOPLE
IT IS A BRAND NEW DAY
AND ONLY THOSE WHO WALK IN THE LIGHT
WILL I HONOR
LEARN HOW TO TRULY REPENT BEFORE ME
WITH ONLY ONE PURPOSE
TO BE MADE SO CLEAN
THAT YOU WILL NEVER RETURN TO THE SIN

LET THE FLAME BURN
LET IT PURIFY
LET ME SANCTIFY

LET ME SET YOUR SPIRIT FREE!


#104
LEADERSHIP
COME AND BUILD

"In struggling East Timor, a grass-roots rebel ignites
the spirit of nationhood.”
"Like so many charismatic revolutionaries, Gusmao
used his imprisonment as a platform.”
Time magazine

THERE ARE DIFFERENT FORMS OF IMPRISONMENT
A MAN LEADS A COUNTRY BY SPEAKING AND PLEADING
WITH THE PEOPLE TO LISTEN TO TRUTH
TO REBUILD
TO FORGET THE ATROCITIES AGAINST THEM
HE SPEAKS AND THE WORDS RADIATE TO THE HEARTS
AND SOOTHE AND COMFORT
HE SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY
HE SPEAKS AS ONE WHO HAS KNOWN ABUSE
AND SEEN ITS POWERFUL MESSAGE AGAINST THE PEOPLE
HIS LIFE IS LAID DOWN FOR THE PEOPLE
THERE IS NOTHING THAT HE WOULD ASK THE PEOPLE TO DO
THAT HE IS NOT WILLING TO DO

I AM LOOKING FOR
LEADERS SUCH AS THIS
THAT WILL RISK THEIR LIVES TO BUILD MY KINGDOM
I AM LOOKING FOR
COURAGE AND TRUTH SO VIOLENT
THAT IT TAKES THE SOUL AND IMPRISONS IT
SO THAT IT CANNOT ESCAPE TO EMBRACE LIES AGAIN
I AM LOOKING FOR
LEADERS TO LEAD MY PEOPLE

THERE IS A TIME AND A PLACE TO BUILD

COME AND FIND TRUE PURPOSE - TRUE PEACE
IN A
BUILDING PROJECT BEYOND THIS FRAGILE EARTH
I SPEAK AND MY PEOPLE WILL BUILD
I CALL THE LEADERS TO COME FORTH NOW
INTO PERFECT ALIGNMENT
UNDER ONE VOICE
MINE


#105
WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN

"I was there when they crucified my Lord
I held the scabbard when the soldier drew his sword
I threw the dice when they pierced His side
but I’ve seen love conquer the great divided

When love comes to town
I want to jump that train
When love comes to town
I want to catch that flame
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
but I did what I did, before love came to town”
"WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN" -  U2, B.B.KING

A LOT CAN HAPPEN BEFORE LOVE COMES TO TOWN
MAN SINS AND KILLS AND HATES AND MAIMS AND THREATENS
BUT WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN
THERE IS NO LONGER ANY EXCUSE

TRUTH COMES TO ALL AT SOME POINT IN TIME
EACH PERSON HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ACCEPTING
OR REJECTING THE TRUTH
NO ONE CAN MAKE YOUR DECISION FOR YOU
EACH PERSON STANDS BEFORE ME AT JUDGMENT DAY
EACH PERSON MUST DECIDE WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN

I CAME AND BLED AND DIED AND CALLED OUT
YOUR NAME ACROSS HISTORY
IT WAS ONE ACT IN HISTORY WHICH BROUGHT LOVE TO TOWN
FOR ALL OF MANKIND
WILL YOU EMBRACE THIS LOVE OR REJECT MY OFFER
OF A HEAVENLY KINGDOM?

I WILL NOT BEG
BUT I WILL GIVE YOU MANY CHANCES TO CHOOSE ME
TO CHOOSE LIFE
TO CHOOSE LOVE
    TO CHOOSE HONOR
  TO CHOOSE TRUTH
TO CHOOSE A BRAND NEW DAY

ONLY MY LOVE CAN CONQUER THE GREAT DIVIDE
OF SIN
AND A HOLY FATHER
ONLY MY SHED BLOOD
WILL BRING YOU
A BRAND NEW DAY


***
SERVANT OF THE MOST HIGH GOD
YOU HAVE SPENT THIS WEEK CLOSE BY MY SIDE
FEELING MY EVERY ANGUISH
KNOWING MY ANGER AND SORROW
MY GLORY IS ABOUT TO BE RELEASED UPON THIS EARTH
IN AN UNPRECEDENTED WAY
AND THE PEOPLE ARE NOT READY
THEY CLUSTER IN THEIR TIDY GROUPS AND ASK FOR MY GLORY
AS THEY WOULD ASK FOR A NEW BOOK TO READ
THEY KNOW NOT THE COST OF MY GLORY
THEY KNOW NOT THE POWER OF MY GLORY
NOT ONLY TO EMPOWER, BUT TO DESTROY
THEY THINK OF MY GLORY
AS A SIMPLE PAT ON THE HEAD BY A "HAPPY" GOD
OR A "SUNSHINE PILL" FOR WHICH THEY TAKE
BUT MY GLORY IS FAR MORE
FAR MORE THAN MORTAL MAN CAN HOLD
MY GLORY, AS WAS BROUGHT FORTH BY THE ARK OF THE COVENANT,
IN DAYS PAST WOULD BRING FORTH DEATH
TO THOSE WHO CAME NEAR AND WERE UNWORTHY
I WILL BEGIN TO POUR OUT MY GLORY
BUT THE PEOPLE HAD BETTER BEWARE
FOR IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN CONTROL
THEY HAVE SURELY PACIFIED COMMUNION
NOW SO THAT IT IS JUICE AND "PLASTIC" WAFERS
BUT MY GLORY WILL NOT BE SO EASILY TOUCHED

ASK FOR MY GLORY, PEOPLE
BUT KNOW THAT THE GOD OF THIS HEAVEN
WILL ANSWER
AND MY GLORY YOU WILL KNOW IN FULL FORCE
DID NOT THE PEOPLE OF MOSES' TIME ASK TO HEAR MY VOICE
AS MOSES DID?
BUT THEIR IMPURITY WIPED THEM OUT
THIS WILL HAPPEN IN THESE DAYS, TOO
FOR MY GLORY WILL COME
AND NOT MANY WILL SURVIVE TO HOLD IT
TASTE OF MY GLORY AGAIN, CHILD
FOR EVEN YOU TURN WHEN I MENTION IT
MANY TIMES YOU HAVE TASTED OF MY GLORY
AND YOUR BODY "SUFFERED" THE EFFECTS
I GAVE YOU WHAT YOU ASKED FOR
AND UNTO THIS DAY YOU HAVE UTMOST RESPECT FOR MY GLORY
THIS IS WHAT I WILL TEACH THE PEOPLE
RESPECT FOR MY NAME
RESPECT FOR MY GLORY
RESPECT FOR MY HOUSE

A BRICK YOU LAID
A SIMPLE BRICK
A BRICK UPON THE LAND YOU LOVED
A BRICK WHICH CAME FROM WHAT MAN TORE DOWN
 A BRICK WHICH APPEARED ROUGH AND WORN
A BRICK - SIMPLE IN NATURE
BUT WORDS YOU DID WRITE UPON THIS BRICK
AND I STAND BY MY WORDS

A BRICK YOU LAID
THE FOUNDATION IS MADE

"'THE GLORY OF THIS LATTER TEMPLE
SHALL BE GREATER THAN THE FORMER,'
SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS."
New King James Version - Haggai

AND WHO SHALL BUILD THIS NEW HOUSE OF GLORY?
ONLY THOSE WITH CLEAN HANDS
AND A PURE HEART

IT BEGINS THIS DAY
AND YOU SHALL SEE, SERVANT, AND KNOW
THAT THIS WEEK IS A SOVEREIGN WEEK
THE THINGS WHICH COME TO PASS
ARE ALL OF MY HAND
PREPARING THE WAY TO BUILD MY HOUSE OF GLORY
STEP BACK AND WATCH
LISTEN AND KNOW
BELIEVE AND WRITE ALL THAT I TELL YOU
SHALOM
***


AND THE RIDDLE IS:

A man laid a brick upon the ground
Another man brought another brick
and laid it next to the first
The first man picked up the second brick
and placed it on top of the first
When another man comes, where shall he place his brick?
beside the first or on top of the two?


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