Update: Book Reading, Book Writing

I can’t think of anything in particular to write on that would be enough for a blog. But there are a few things I’m thinking about that, put together, would give you an update of what’s going on with me. Let me first tell you about the books I’m reading. The book I just put down a minute ago is Nikki Haley’s book, With All Due Respect. It will never be a best seller, but I enjoy reading it. I liked her before I started reading it, but now even more. She has a good character and I loved how she stood up to the people at the UN over their disrespect for Israel. I also love how she stood up to Kelly and Tillerson over their divisiveness against President Trump. It was refreshing.

Another book I’m reading is a very large book, The Presidents Fact Book, on all the Presidents and also their wives. It is very interesting and kind of fun to read. It’s a book that I might read again, because it is so loaded with valuable information—a good book of history; and we need to learn history before it is lost, because so many crazy people these days want to destroy our history.

As I refill my coffee cup, let me share my thoughts on a possible next book to write. Actually, I’m just finishing my latest two books: one entitled, After the Rapture: What Happens On Earth and in Heaven After the Rapture; and another book on my life story, which I don’t have a title for yet. I’m presently self-editing them, then I will write an intro for both of them, and then go through the publishing process.

So anyway, I’m already thinking of what my next book project will be. My most enduring thought is to do a book on a book of the bible. I don’t consider myself a biblical scholar, so it wouldn’t be a book of any great depth. My thought is that I need to be more in the word, so I thought that a writing project would help me get there. One thought would be to writing on the book of Revelation. I kind of wanted to write on the Tribulation anyway, so maybe that would be a good option.

Another idea is to delve into a book like Ephesians. I know that would be quite beneficial for me—for my spiritual life. I think I might enjoy getting into the Greek, doing word studies; and also, getting into the history of those times; and just determining what the main themes of the book are. Mostly, I would hope that the writing would bring me closer to Him, and that my thoughts would be constantly on Him and His wonderful words of grace and truth.

I find that since I am more and more retired, and that my painting jobs are fewer, I have more time now to do whatever. I pray that that whatever is well spent. Retirement time can be foolishly wasted. I pray that that won’t be true of me.

When Am I Most Believable?

If you’re like me, you hate it when people don’t believe what you say. There is no worse feeling than when you share an important bit of information with a friend, and he or she immediately turns to someone else to get a different opinion—to check the validity of your statement.

I hate that. Why don’t people just believe me? But then I ask, what makes me unbelievable? Maybe it’s the way I look. Do I look like a dork? A crazy person? An imbecile? Uneducated? Not confident in myself? What is it?

Or maybe it’s more than just the way I look. Maybe it’s the way I come across. The way I act. Maybe I don’t come across to people with confidence. Or maybe they just don’t know me well enough.

Maybe the question I should be asking is, when am I most believable? That’s easy. I am most believable at my job. I’m a house painter; have been for 30 years. Most of the people that call me for work are repeat customers. They know me and know that I do a good job for them. I love it most when they give me a key to get in if they are not going to be home. I love that because that tells me that they trust me.

You know that I’m a blogger; but I’m also a self-published author. It’s important for me to know, or at least to believe, that people believe me, to believe what I say in writing. But it has been especially hurtful when someone I regard as a friend has had no interest in reading one of my books. I don’t mind if they judge me after they have read some of it; but to judge me before they read one word of it is especially hurtful. It is almost like telling me that I have no business writing a book on anything, because I’m just not of that caliber; that I should prove myself first; that I should make a name for myself before I put a book out.

I think it’s most important for people to believe in an authority figure like the President or the governor or a policeman. These days people are really distrusting the police—that’s so sad. But it’s even more devastating to know that they mistrust our President. Many love the President; but sadly, far too many despise him—thanks to the media who constantly spew lies about him.

I think everyone has watched the TV show Bonanza. Out of all the characters in that show, who is the most believable? Well, it has to be Benjamin the father. He is the oldest and has proven to be the wisest. Adam, the oldest son, I think is also quite believable. He just has that look of maturity about him. But little joe and Haus, not so much.

Back to Presidents. Which President do you think has been the most believable—trustable. George Washington is a good choice. But FDR I think is a better choice. He took us through over 3 terms—12 ½ years. Everybody loved him and trusted him (Democrats and Republicans), even though we knew he was less than perfect.

You know, now that I have had a chance to think about it for a while, is it most important that people believe you, believe me? After all, most haven’t and don’t believe in Jesus as they should. I think our greatest effort should be to convince people to believe in Him. But can I convince them if they don’t first believe in me when I try to tell them about Him?

I don’t know. All I can do is try to make myself believable and present the gospel as well as I can—and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. That’s a good thought. I think the Holy Spirit will help to convince a person to believe where I can’t. He will do the work in a person regardless of my inadequacy, my clumsiness, my lack of wisdom and maturity. Thank God that we have such a helper available to us. With His help I indeed am most believable.

Media’s Response to Trump on WHO Suspension of Funds is Revealing

Yes, the WHO has been China’s puppet. They have conspired with China to hide critical information about the Coronavirus Pandemic.

An article by the Los Angeles Times together with the New York Times, in my newspaper, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, entitled Trump suspends WHO funding, was quite revealing as to where the Media stands. Of course, they present a glowing picture of both China and the WHO (World Health Organization), and a very critical picture of President Trump. No surprise! Let me just highlight a few of their words, and my comments (in Bold).

The article begins by stating…

The suspension threatens to undermine the WHO, the United Nations agency for international public health, as it seeks to coordinate governments in the battle against a pandemic that already has left more than 125,000 people dead in about 200 countries. 

Note the use of their words. It says that the WHO “seeks to coordinate governments.” And that the Trump administration “threatens to undermine” them. No. that’s not right. The WHO has sided with a very dishonest and un-transparent government—of China. They conspired with China to hide critical information about Covid-19 so that China wouldn’t get blamed and would look good to the world. The only way they seek to coordinate governments is to spread China’s disinformation to make them look good and to make America look like the villain. And the Trump Administration doesn’t exactly want to undermine them; they want to shut them down—because they are siding with China who is the true villain. I’m not sure what Trump will do, but I agree that we can’t support the WHO, and we also should do whatever we can to persuade other countries not to support them. We need a WHO that will be fair to all and will not give in to corrupt countries like China.

The article goes onto say…

But the announcement [to suspend WHO funding] was consistent with Trump’s efforts to deflect blame for his delay in declaring a national emergency until mid-March…

No, Trump did more than anyone to stop the pandemic. He ordered a travel-ban on China as soon as he knew of the virus threat. And he would have done it sooner if China and the WHO would have been honest and humble enough to admit what had happened—that the virus had begun. Yes, if they had immediately told the world of the spreading of the virus as soon as they knew of it, the covid-19 could have been contained in China. But they covered it up and now they are blaming everything on Trump and making up stories of how it began by our military. That is disgraceful!

Well, wouldn’t you know. The democrats are also protesting against Trump. They will never let a pandemic go to waste. To them, this is just another opportunity to blame Trump for something. Oh, they were “outraged over the suspension of U.S. support for the WHO.” They suggested that “Trump was trying to deflect attention from the laggard federal response to the crisis by blaming a little-known U.N. agency for its operations in China.”

They are 180 degrees wrong. The WHO along with China are entirely to blame, and Trump deserves more praise than anyone for his untiring work. If it wasn’t for our great President, our country and the world would have at least three times as many deaths as we do now. We own him a huge debt of gratitude.

A New Prayer Focus: Reopen the U.S. by Easter

President Trump suggests the high goal of reopening the county on Easter Sunday–April 12th.

woke up extra early this morning and was unable to fall back to sleep. I had on my mind what President Trump was hoping for: that we could reopen the United States by Easter. That after so much suffering and lock-downs and being isolated from the world due to the Coronavirus, that we could, very soon, by Easter reopen our country. Here are three quotes from him that I read in my Newspaper this morning. He said,

I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.

Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?

You’ll have packed churches all over our country.

It does seem a little early for that to happen. But President Trump seems confident that it could happen, at least in most of the country. And what I have been thinking is, why don’t we make it a prayer! As long as the President is thinking that way, why don’t we as Christians get behind him with our prayers. What have we got to lose?  Let’s make it a matter of prayer with faith—a prayer focus. Let’s pray every day until Easter that God would heal our land and open up our schools and churches and our work places and meeting places. Like the President has said, “It will be a great celebration on that day.” And all believers will give thanks to the Lord.

Coronavirus in the US: Thoughts and Questions

Okay, my first thought is this: If we compare this virus to the flu, it really seems like the flu is much deadlier. Last year there were 34,157 flu related deaths. And no one hardly said anything. Am I missing something?

Also, what about abortion? In 2016, 623,471 deaths came as the result of abortions. And nobody has been saying anything. Or what about suicide? In 2017, 47,173 deaths from suicide occurred. And where was all the concern for that?

Oh, here’s a real winner. Everybody’s so concerned about our troops in Afghanistan. So many of our men are being killed over there. Well in the total war, 1,833 of our troops have been killed; that’s an average of about 96 deaths per year. If you compare that number to the flu last year, the flu has been 356 times deadlier that the Afghanistan war.

I’m just trying to put some perspective on this. Can anyone tell me why this coronavirus is so concerning—more than other things like I have mentioned? I mean I know it’s a big deal, but I’m just wandering why we seem to be so much more upset about this virus than other viruses, and about abortion and suicide (not to mention so many other diseases).

And here are some questions I have:

  • Should the government be spending so much money on this coronavirus? If God has allowed this virus to happen maybe we should just take it as His way of disciplining us. Does this make any sense to anyone? I mean, everyone will die at some time in their life.
  • Is this coronavirus a harbinger of things to come? If so, how can we prepare for it? How can we let this virus prepare us for things to come? What does the bible say about future viruses? Or future disasters that will cause deaths? Should we try to control them or just be ready to face them?
  • Will this coronavirus in some way work together for our good? Maybe God has allowed it to benefit us in some way, to draw us to Him for His help. I have heard that there are bipartisan efforts gong on. There is some unity happening. Sometimes I guess it takes a disaster like this to bring us together.  Maybe God is in it all. What do you think?

I just want to say that I am super proud of President Trump and the whole Trump team the way they have responded to this virus. I think President Trump has been especially resilient the way he has faced the press. He has a great, positive attitude, and just because of that I know we will come out of this much better than anyone ever thought. I just feel that he was made for this kind of disaster. No one could handle it better.

My sources: All the data was gathered from reliable government websites.

Inside Trump’s White House: Book Review

I just finished reading Inside Trump’s White House, by Doug Wead, a best-selling author. Doug’s intentions were not necessarily to write a best-seller, but to write a book for the history of the Trump presidency. Hence, he set out to record events as they actually happened. And this is why he interviewed just those in the White House, especially the President’s family and closest advisors. This book was similar to Bill O’Reilly’s book, The United States of Trump, but there were some differences. Whereas O’Reilly shared more about Trump as a man and what he thought of him and his motives (good and bad), Wead stuck more with just the observable facts, mainly from his interviews. The following are the main points of the book that I gathered from my reading.

The interviews. I think the best interviews came from Ivanka and Jerod, Don Jr., Tifany, and Eric. Ivanka and Jerod were so kind and hospitable. They invited Doug to their home and they talked for hours. A great resource. Jerod, Doug found out, is especially gifted, and he had some great insights to share. President Trump has used him well. It was said that if the job was impossible, he would give it to Jerod—and he would get it done.

Don Jr. and Eric had great things to say about their Dad. Don said that “he is totally focused on doing what is right…he loves the American people…he is working constantly to find more jobs to help more Americans.” Likewise, Eric talked about his father’s greatness, that he is one of America’s greatest presidents.

Tiffany, the youngest, is quite brilliant and beautiful. She is in the middle of law school, but finds time on the weekends to come to the White house and visit her father and family.

On how Trump won the Presidency. The book said a lot about this, because it was predicated to be a blow-out for Clinton; but instead, it was a miraculous turnabout for Trump. I do think that it had much to do with prayer and God’s will. Also. Many worked so hard to bring it about. The President gave his daughter-in-law Lara the Task of North Carolina, and she did a fabulous job—won it. And both Brad Parscale and Melania were so positive. When others had lost hope, Melania “would have none of it.” She consistently said to the President, “You are going to win.”

Trump’s achievements. The book is full of praises for all of the President’s achievements: more jobs, great trade deals, destroying ISIS, many more conservative judges, the wall going up, and the great economy. And he is more of a foreign policy President than he thought he would be. He is a great negotiator and a peace maker. He has worked hard to free hostages, and he has won the votes of many African Americans—up to over 30%.

Trump the man. I loved the way Mr. Wead brought out all of the President’s good qualities—through his interviews. We will start with what Pastor Brunson had to say about him (remember, he was a prisoner in Turkey whom the President worked hard to free). He said to Doug, “The president is very friendly…he has a big heart…he is genuinely caring about people.”

Generally I have noticed that the president thinks the best of people, especially world leader. He always tends to think of a person’s good qualities. But we know that when they cross him, watch out! He will get them back.

Last, and most interesting to me, the book brought out that Trump has a deep religious side. He gets it from his mother and also from his church growing up, where Dr. Vincent Peal was the pastor. Peal wrote the book, The Power of Positive Thinking. The book not only emphasizes our thinking but the power of prayer. He also was greatly influenced by Paula White. Someone much like Peal, she seems to have the same positive prayer philosophy.

For a few years now Trump has been calling on Paula to come and pray for things. He asked her to pray regarding him running for President, and he also has asked her to pray for his children and for business deals. And you remember, he had her bring many Christian leaders to Trump Tower to gather around and pray about the election. But it was pointed out that he never asked Paula to pray for him personally.

This is not from the book, but I hope and pray that the President would begin to ask more for prayer for himself and that he would also try praying himself. I don’t think too highly of Dr. Peal. I think he has led many astray in his teaching. The emphasis in Christianity should be on our relationship with God and our humility, not on positive thinking and positive praying and what we can get from God.

Overall, the book was a great read and I hope it sells well.

Donald Trump and the Media

In my last article on this subject I revealed how I became interested in politics and how I came to root for Donald Trump. I also wrote about how I got hooked on Fox News and how I see it as far superior to any other so-called news. Here I will carry on with the same thing, but maybe more on Trump.

You know I don’t think most people are even aware of all that the President has done, what a really good person he is. I see it especially where I live, in Minnesota; a very liberal, Dem state. I blame it mostly on the liberal news media. Sometimes I get the feeling that we are no better informed than communist countries—that restrict and control, and even alter the news. When I was younger, I remember hearing how people in Russia have no idea of the freedom we enjoy, because their media only gives them the news they want them to hear—to keep them in control. Well in this country we are doing the same thing. Most of the media is liberal and pro Democrat, and so they are always praising Dem candidates and criticizing Republicans, especially conservatives. They do talk about Trump, but 95% of their coverage of Him is negative, or just false. It really is fake news!

I buy a newspaper every day, mainly for the funnies and to check the sports pages. But I do read over some of the frontpage news articles. And without exception the coverage is slanted—a negative, liberal slant against Trump and the GOP. It’s really disheartening. My Pioneer Press isn’t as bad as CNN, but it’s still slanted.

I remember talking to one of my clients (I’m a house painter) a while ago. I think I was listening to a Fox News radio program, and she interjected something about how bad she thought Trump was. Oh, he did this and believes that and is so racist, etc. I could tell she was a CNN listener. She was just parroting what she had heard.  I tried telling her some of the good things President Trump has been doing, but she didn’t believe any of it. It was like foreign to her. It’s sad. So many people are so brain washed.

You know, in spite of the terrible impeachment fiasco, I think it has a good side. Since it has been televised, many are for the first-time hearing both sides—if they choose to listen. It is always good to hear both sides. I even try to force myself to hear the liberal view, to see where they are coming from.

And I know that many Dems are good people—I mean they honestly are seeking the truth. But so many are blinded by evil forces. The devil keeps them from the truth. But that is a whole different topic for another time.