Solutions to Protect Against Porn!

This is the Truth!

We just had a great men’s breakfast at our house this morning where we discussed the perils of pornography that usually leads to fornication and other sins and diseases—some of them incurable.

Porn leads to Forn ( As in Fornication) and that leads to Torn ( hearts and marriages)!

Not sure what porn does to people? Go to this site. It has nothing gross but explains the dangers and offers great emotional/spiritual solutions.  The site seems to be run by Christians.  Tons of great free resources.

Here’s what I just wrote to our church:

I would like to recommend the entire church to consider the following solutions to this plague of pornography. If you cannot use any the these solutions perhaps someone you know can.

This is an issue our church is going to be dealing with for the long haul because the dangers are so persistent and increasing month by month in our culture and in our world. this is an issue I hope to help other churches deal with also in the months to come. We owe it to our brothers and sisters to encourage them to protect the purity and health and life of each of their members too.
If we set up a church account for Covenant Eyes, would anyone in your family use it?
We can get you technical support to set up
We can help you with the monthly fee if you need help.

Other Hardware Solutions 

There are other things you can do to protect your family from bad TV show as well as bad internet sites.

Disney Circle: A powerful set o features to restrict and monitor TV and internet usage on your home network. This hardware connects to your router.

An open DNS router to replace the router you have that will do most of the the same things as the Disney Router.  Contact. MyNieces planning

Porn is spiritual and emotional and relational Ebola!  Don’t do nothing!  People’s entire lives on earth and in eternity are at stake.

Let’s work together to make sure that our kids and grandkids enjoy all of the blessings of the abundant life Jesus wants them to have and that the devil doesn’t steal any of them because of pornography and sexual sin.

Blessings,

Bob

Abuse of Native Americans in Virginia

Chapter Eight of Healing American's DNA

The Sins of the Jamestown Colony Still Infecting America.

The Sins of the Jamestown Colony Still Infecting America.

The treatment of Native Americans by both Canadian and American governments is one of the saddest stories in North American history.

Not only did our American government break almost every one of our 400 federal treaties we made with Native Americans, but then in modern times our government systematically tried to force them to lose their native identity by forced separation of their children from their parents.  See the two links at the bottom of this article for more details.

The forced separations, forced adoptions and abuse of thousands of native children by both nations is all the more deplorable because “Christian” church leaders enforced many of the abusive schools and forced adoptions. We Americans and we Christians owe a huge apology to our Native American people.

The following is a chapter from my book, Healing America’s DNA. Click on this link to see/download a PDF copy of this chapter with pictures and clickable links to the research footnotes. The entire book with 400 footnotes and many pictures is available on Amazon as a printed book or as a FREE PDF. After your read this chapter, ask yourself if you would like to support a Virginia State Holiday for Virginia Native Americans to honor them as they deserve. The Jamestown Colony would not have survived if our Virginia Native Americans had not had compassion on them and fed them through the “starving time” of 1609 -1610.  God sent Christian English settlers here to love these dear folks but we usually did just the opposite. It’s time to make that right.

Contact me if you are interested in helping to get a Virginia State Holiday declared each year to honor Virginia Native Americans!

Abuse of Native Americans in Virginia

The human cost of serving Mammon is often the abuse of people and power. This may be the second most prevalent defective spiritual gene in Tidewater. American human rights abuses began here; the “land of the free” was always that way. Many British Anglicans excelled at abusing Native Americans, indentured servants, then Blacks, women and other Christian denominations. Our spiritual genetic pattern of abuse has several roots in Tidewater.

Native American Roots of Abuse

The first abuses of Native Americans in Tidewater probably started with the Native Americans themselves. Abuse was part of the culture for indoctrinating and controlling the upcoming warriors of the tribe.

Indian boys were forced to endure the Husquenaw Ritual in preparation for becoming a warrior. Like many other Native American rites of passage rituals, this one involved drugs. In this case, it was from a root of a plant. The roots of abusing people (no pun intended) may start here. Indians used root poison to induce madness in a young Indian brave, brainwashing him into loyalty to the tribe over loyalty to his family. Taken to a remote area, the boys were “fed root poison that induced raging madness, and confined for weeks in a cage while mad on this drug. If the braves still showed signs of loyalty to their families, they underwent the torment again and not infrequently died from it. Thus transformed or ‘reborn,’ a young man’s primary loyalty abruptly shifted from family to tribe.” Abusive control over people was apparently common among the tribes.

The great Chief Powhatan continued to develop this pattern of abusive control by forcing the surrounding tribes to submit to him and to provide for him. He ruled approximately thirty tribes in his confederacy when the settlers sailed into Chesapeake Bay in April of 1607. Powhatan learned to use people to meet his needs. Most Indians were hunter-gatherers and farmed or hunted to feed themselves. Powhatan discovered that you can force others to take care of your needs—just as the Spanish and Portuguese had begun doing in the New World. Powhatan guarded his kingdom with ferocious tenacity.

According to William Strachey, Secretary to the colony from 1610-12, just before the arrival of the three small ships, an Indian seer told Powhatan that unnamed people “from the Chesapeake Bay should arise, which would dissolve and give end to his empire.” Strachey claims that this is why the Chesapeake Indian tribe on the south side of the bay was extinct just before the English arrived. Powhatan had them eliminated, thinking that they must be the ones mentioned in the prophecy. He probably realized soon after that the prophecy referred to the white men under white sails with their thunderous “death stick” guns that no bow and arrow could match.

Spanish Abuse

The Spanish visit to Tidewater in June 1561 added a small piece of the first European DNA to the spirit of abusive control here. Their short visit to the Chesapeake area ended up with the abduction of an Indian teenager named Paquiquino and his servant to Spain so that they could use him to gain entrance into the Indian culture. They did not bother to return him until 1570—nine years later! Spain was accustomed to almost any cruelties to get what it wanted from the New World. Fortunately, the Spanish left and Tidewater was spared from the ruthless Spanish conquistadors, but not before they taught the Indians how deceitful and selfish whites could be!

British Abuse of the Native Americans

Manteo—although it did not last as a colony, the first British colony at Manteo, North Carolina, planted by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1585, was where the British first began to abuse the Indians. In their amazingly detailed chronicle of the colony’s early days, Thomas Harriot described and John White pictured with drawings and watercolors Native American life there. Overall, the British were kind to the Indians, who were likewise respectful and even worshipful of the British with all their strange, new weapons, books and knowledge. Harriot became a friend and confidant of the Indians, learning their language and listening carefully to them for hours. As a result, Harriot chastised his fellow colonists for being “too harsh with them and killing a few of their number for offenses which might easily have been forgiven.”

Jamestown

These first settlers had a terrible start with the Indians. Going well beyond the intermittent harshness that the English showed the Indians in the earlier short-lived Roanoke Colony, the Jamestown settlers saw themselves as superior to the Indians and treated them with much deceit and often with violence for years. The cocky, pugnacious John Smith personified that attitude. To be fair, Smith was only reflecting what many English leaders felt about our Native Americans. King James himself in 1604 described Native American people as “these beastly Indians, slaves to the Spaniards, refuse to the world, and as yet aliens from the holy Covenant of God.” Smith and Powhatan played, as historian Timothy Stiles says, “a deadly game of smiling deceits and open attacks” between the colony and the Indians.

Both sides gave as much as they received, but the English, always more desperate initially, even violated the basic rules of Powhatan warfare by destroying entire villages—including the women and children—like the village of Paspahegh. These English atrocities only escalated the tensions and intrigue between the Indians, whom the English supposedly came to Christianize, and the very vulnerable colony. The picture to the right depicts Smith in battle with a local tribe. The hideous treachery of the Indians in the 1622 massacre of the colony may seem more justified in the light of these earlier English war crimes and deceptions.

These abusive and deceitful attitudes towards our Native Americans have carried down to modern Virginians—as spiritual DNA often does! In the August 11, 2003 edition of the Virginian-Pilot on page A10, there was a story outlining the continued legal fight of Virginia’s remaining eight tribes to get federal recognition. It was only in 1983 that the state of Virginia officially recognized them as Native American tribes. Unlike other states with Native American populations, Virginia has tricked and deprived its Native Americans repeatedly. The Pilot article states that Virginia:

…long denied education and employment opportunities to Indians. Later, the Virginia General Assembly tried bureaucratically to eliminate Indians by passing the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. The law mandated that only two races be recorded on state birth records: White and Negro.

The Act also would not allow anyone to get a marriage license until they could prove what race they belonged to. Therefore, it was easy to force Indians to claim being Negro since they often could not prove their Native American roots on paper. Somehow, many of the courthouses where those Native American records were kept had burned down over the years. This infamous Act also prohibited whites from marrying Indians or any other racial group. “It shall hereafter be unlawful for any white person in this State to marry any save a white person, or a person with no other admixture of blood than white and American Indian.” Hypocritical laws for a state that prides itself on the marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe!

The Racial Integrity Act was zealously enforced by a devout Presbyterian named Walter Ashby Plecker, Virginia’s first Registrar of the Bureau of Vital Statistics, who, “starting in 1912, forced Indians to classify themselves as black,” He worked with a vengeance. Plecker was a white supremacist and a zealous advocate of eugenics – a now discredited movement to preserve the integrity of white blood by preventing interracial breeding. “Unless this can be done,” he once wrote, “we have little to hope for, but may expect in the future decline or complete destruction of our civilization… The tribes, according to Plecker, had become a “mongrel” mixture. “Plecker’s icy efficiency as racial gatekeeper drew international attention, including that of Nazi Germany. In 1943, he boasted: “Hitler’s genealogical study of the Jews is not more complete.”

Plecker systematically changed the race recorded on many birth, death and marriage certificates from “Indian” to “Negro” until his retirement in 1967 when the Racial Integrity Act was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. But by then, it was too late for thousands of Native Americans to recover their real identity and the benefits that went with it. The State of Virginia, with a great deal of help from Plecker, pictured to the left, committed ethnic cleansing of Native Americans by systematic, massive identity theft.

As one Native American who lost her identity as an Indian through Walter Plecker remarked, “I thought Plecker was a devil…I still do.” If he could have responded to her, Dr. Plecker might have quoted a line he wrote in a 1925 essay, “Let us turn a deaf ear to those who would interpret Christian brotherhood as racial equality.” One of his co-workers said of Plecker, “I don’t know of anyone who ever saw him smile.” Small wonder.

Virginia Congressman Jim Moran confirmed this shameful treatment of Virginia tribes in his June 2004 article in the Falls Church News Press:

During our country’s early history, the Virginia tribes were subdued, pushed off their land, and up through much of the 20th Century, denied full rights as U.S. citizens. In more recent times, racial hostility culminated with the enactment and brutal enforcement of Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924…To call yourself a “Native American” in Virginia was to risk a jail sentence of up to one year. Married couples were denied marriage certificates and were even unable to obtain the release of their newborn child from a hospital until they changed their ethnicity on the state record. For much of the 20th Century, admission to public schools education was denied. These and other indignities are part of a shameful legacy experienced in our lifetime.

The Virginian-Pilot article continues to tell of the “devastating impact” this law had on the Indians who could now not prove who they were. They were, consequently, not able to get the federal assistance that all the other tribes in America do for food and shelter and school scholarships.

What can we learn? The early European settlers mistreated the very people whose ancestors actually kept our first settlers alive with donations of food. Virginians broke many treaties with them and stole their land. Then, Virginians stole their identity to deprive them of the very benefits our state and federal government might have given them for taking their land away from them.

“We were victims of statistical genocide,” said William P. Miles, chief of the Pamunkey.

What appalls me even more is that many other Virginia politicians knew of it…for over 40 years! Some of those politicians, such as Plecker, called themselves Christians. This is a great shame!

There has been a mean spirit in Virginia government against Indians; real Christians must act differently! God commands His followers to love their neighbors. Indians are— and were—our neighbors whom we are to love as ourselves. Anything else is sin.

Sins like these have probably brought God’s curses on Virginia. Federal recognition for the eight Indian tribes in Virginia— the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Mattaponi, the Upper Mattaponi, the Monacan, the Nansemond, the Pamunkey, and the Rappahannock. —is painfully long overdue. The Church of Tidewater needs to do all it can to help these tribes get all the benefits that all the other federally recognized tribes get in America. It is my hope that this is done before the 400th Anniversary of America’s founding. That would really give our Host People here something to celebrate!

While in Washington, DC in 2004 for the opening of the National Smithsonian Museum for Native Americans, my wife and I met some wonderful native Americans from all over the Western hemisphere. It was the largest gathering of native peoples in the history of our hemisphere: Aztecs from Mexico, Incas from Peru, Hopi, Navaho, Apache, Sioux and others from North America. It was thrilling to see them so honored and so sad to hear their stories as we talked to them while watching the parade that warm October day on the Mall.

These once great peoples are still being treated shamefully by our government. One older gentleman from California told me that his mother had been taken from her family by the Federal government and forced to attend a school for whites far away, and against the will of her parents. She never saw her parents again. “Why did our government do that to Indian children?” I asked. “Because they wanted to break up the Indian way of life and force them to assimilate into white America,” he quietly replied. I was amazed at his gentleness and apparent forgiveness to whites for such ruthless behavior by our federal government—even in the last 100 years.

After 400 years of exposure to the white man’s churches and “Christian” government, only about 3 % of Native Americans are born-again Christians! Could our treatment of them—past and present—have anything to do with that? There is still time for the Church to repent and make restitution for the crimes our government and our Church has committed against them. As current Indian leaders declare, “It has been said that America will never be right until they right themselves with the American Indian.” The full blessing and protection America longs for may depend more on securing the blessing of our Native Americans than we realize!

Again, II Samuel 21 is instructive: If Christians break covenants even with unbelievers, God is not pleased and will often punish that land for those broken treaties and covenants. I believe there are just curses on America from God because America, and especially the Church in America who should have known better, has not dealt honestly and lovingly with our Native Americans. The silence of the Church on this—as on the other sins of our founding fathers—is deafening. Only the Church can bring healing to this land: financial, physical, emotional and spiritual healing, according to II Chronicles 7:13-14. It cannot be overstated that America needs the blessing of its native tribes!

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This link tells the sad story of how the US government continued to persecuted and abuse Native American Children all across America into the 20th century through forced relocation and adoption of native children.

Canada treated its native tribes even worse in modern times. Click here to see. 

May God help His Church to repent for these grievous sins of our ancestors and help us love and respect all of our Native American neighbors.

 

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596 Choices

What Will We Choose Today?

I love 2 Chron. 16:9; ” For the eyes of the Lord roam to and fro across the earth to strongly support those whose hearts are completely His.”

God is stalking us to bless us!  He is just waiting on us to make good choices to seek Him and obey Him.

Choose to think of Him

Choices make or break us more than anything. God watches our choices more than anything. What we choose tells Him and others who we really are and what we really believe.

I chose today to think of God as often as I can–maybe every five minutes or more often.  I want to abide in Him, to have my life wrapped around Him in every situation.  That may be 596 choices or more. He is worth it!

When I do that the joy comes, the peace endures and the blessings flow from abiding in Him as Jesus promised in John 15:5-8: “But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.” ( Message Bible)

A Father’s Dilemma

God Wants to Adopt Everyone but Sometimes We Make It Hard

God longs to be gracious to us.

God longs to be gracious to us.

Once upon a time, there was a very kind gentleman who lived near an orphanage.  Week after week, the man watched cars and trucks bring in children to the orphanage by parents and relatives who could not care for them. Each time he saw a child go into the orphanage, the man’s heart longed to be kind to them. He understood what it felt like to be rejected and unloved.  Over time, this man actually adopted many children from that orphanage and brought them to his own home. He was very rich and had all the resources to take care of them with great generosity.

One day, he went to the orphanage to adopt another child. This child had been there since he was a baby  And now he was 10 years old.  Without anyone knowing it, this compassionate man had sent money every year to the orphanage anonymously to care for the child, to buy clothes and presents and to send doctors when the child was sick.  As the man watched the young boy grow year by year, he fell more in love with this little boy and finally he decided to adopt him.

When this man arrived at the orphanage that beautiful spring morning, the young boy was sitting in a chair waiting for him.   He was handsome and healthy and well dressed. When he saw the man enter the room, he respectfully stood up but his heart and mind were filled with fear and confusion.   He knew the man was here to talk about adopting him. He knew that other children from the orphanage now lived with this man but how could he be sure that this man would be good to him. He knew that his parents had abandoned him to the orphanage when he was a baby and they had never come back to visit him. How could he trust this man – – stranger? The young boy knew the bitter taste of disappointment. He had cried himself to sleep many nights wishing that his mother and father would have kept him.  He was determined not to be hurt again like that.

“Johnny, I would like to adopt to. I would like to take care of you as my own son. I’ve been watching you from my house down the street as you played in the yard here at the orphanage. You certainly have turned into a wonderful young man. Would you be willing to come home with me and be my son? I promise to love and care for you and be a real father to you.”

Johnny looked at the floor for a long minute. What the man said seemed too good to be true. He wanted a father. He was desperate for a father— but how could he be sure that this man would not disappoint him or hurt him.

“Sir, I’m not sure. I appreciate your offer but how can you prove to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will be a good father to me? How can I know that what you say is absolutely true?   before I trust someone to take me home, I need absolute proof that this is going to work out and that you are the kind of person who can be a good father to me. Can you prove that to me?”

The man fumbled with his hat and looked at the small boy in front of them with great sadness. ” Johnny, I can’t give you what you’re asking. No one can give you what you’re asking. Relationships are not like that. Families are not like that. I’m sure that you know that many other people here in the orphanage think that I’m a good man. I’m sure you know that the other children I have adopted would tell you that I am a good father. But I cannot give you absolute proof that all of that is true. I do love you and I do want to take care of you. I know you have been hurt before but I promise that I will never hurt you. If you are willing to believe that  and come home with me to my house as my son, you will soon know how good I am, how safe you are and how loved you are by me.”

“I’ll have to think it over,” the little boy mumbled. I need to go now.”  As he turned to quickly leave the room, the man gently touched him on the shoulder and the boy stopped momentarily.

“I’ll be waiting for your answer, son. Even if you say no, I will still always love you but my heart will be sad if you do not decide to become my son.”

The boy almost hesitated. Part of him wanted to turn and throw his arms around the waist of that man. Part of him wanted to cry with relief that someone finally chose him to be their son. But instead, he kept on walking through the door and climbed the long, dark staircase to his room above.