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If you look for trouble, you’ll find it



Don’t worry. That’s the best advice I can give you today. If you read the news (and you’re reading a news blog, so it almost goes without saying you read the news), you’d think the world is falling apart. I cover the news for a living, and the velocity of change is increasing so much that it’s very difficult to know what to cover, and by the time I try to even achieve a basic understanding of one thing, everyone’s moved on.

Nobody takes time to study the issues because there’s no time to do it. Two weeks ago, we were all carping about health care. Before that it was Russia. Now it’s terrorism in Spain, Confederate statues, and neo-Nazis. I still haven’t caught up on health care.

Let’s get serious about life for a moment. Since January 20th, has your job changed? Have you been forced to move? Have you been summarily arrested or had your life threatened because of your beliefs? Have you lost access to your health care? Maybe some of these things have happened, but statistically, they haven’t to just about all of you.

Occam’s Razor—the simplest explanation is usually the best. If you go looking for trouble, you’ll probably find it. If you seek to stay out of trouble, sometimes it will find you, but most of the time, you’ll avoid it. The people who went to Charlottesville were looking for trouble, pure and simple. And they found trouble.

The people in Barcelona were not looking for trouble, but it found them. There’s a difference between innocent victims and people who put themselves in places where trouble is happening—or bring their trouble with them.

If you’re one of the people looking for trouble, I’ll pray for you—at a very great distance. I’ll mostly pray you and your trouble stay far away from me. Then I’ll pray that you decide to put trouble down.

Don’t worry. The world will go on as it always has, although at a greater velocity, it seems.

Those who want to now vaporize every statue which represents some historical event or person with whom they disagree, or even could be legitimately linked to bad things that happened in the past are making very poor, uninformed assumptions. One of these is that somehow we, today, are better than they were in the past. They talk as if we’re at the end of history and now we can go back and edit.

I’ve got news for those people: today’s history hasn’t been written yet, and tomorrow’s history could be far, far worse than the statues and symbols they seek to erase. They should be much more concerned with tomorrow’s history than yesterday’s symbols and statues.

Those who would be the editors of the past have an agenda for the future, for which their version of the sanitized past is ideally suited. Without a past, who can compare today’s actions—good or bad—to mistakes and corrections made long ago? Without reminders of the past, who can judge today or tomorrow against the benchmarks made when history was much closer?

The editors of the past would rather not have that kind of judgment upon them. They’d rather not stop to study issues in terms of how mistakes and corrections were made in history. They assume we’re now far better, more informed, and more moral in humanity than they were then.

But then, people sought to use birth control to genetically guide and advance the human race. Then, people sought to sterilize “unwanted” elements of humanity by race and intelligence. Then, people listened to madmen like Friedrich Nietzsche who posited a “superman” to replace God.

Today, Iceland boasts that they have “eliminated” Down Syndrome by aborting nearly 100 percent of babies who have it. Today, neo-Nazis chant “Jews will not replace us” as they march with tiki torches. They have learned nothing from history.

Yet those who believe much of America still advocates slavery (even neo-Nazis haven’t said that), would erase the history of America’s fight to end it. Those who fought Communism would see themselves made the moral equivalent of Nazis, though the Communists killed hundreds of millions. (Look at Venezuela today.)

They have not studied. They have not learned.

The best approach to historically ignorant, culturally hysterical people is to avoid them. They are looking for trouble. They can take their trouble, and themselves, and stay away from me and mine.

I am not looking for trouble, and neither should you.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Dr. Michael Brown on Donald Trump fulfilling Bible prophecy with Jerusalem announcement



Dr Michael Brown on Donald Trump fulfilling Bible prophecy with Jerusalem announcement

Many in the Jewish world believe that Jerusalem must be united and a Third Temple built before the Messiah can come. Christians have a similar interpretation of prophecy, except that it pertains to the 2nd coming of the Messiah. Dr. Michael Brown has perspectives on both ideas as a Messianic Jewish believer in Jesus Christ.

In this video, he discusses whether or not President Trump announcing recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel fulfills Bible prophecy. Spoiler: He doesn’t know, but he points to those who believe so. He also points out the hypocrisy of Muslim leaders attacking Jews in Israel for what a gentile in the United States announced.

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Birth of a patriot



Birth of a patriot

Do you remember the first thought that crossed your mind? The fact that our first memory is of some eventful moment years later does not mean that we did not observe and contemplate the environment we were born into. Also, instilled in the human from birth is an instinctive knowledge of right and wrong. This we label as our conscience. I believe our conscience can be fed encouragement during the infant stage of life through receptors that feel the sense of tenderness and love. The flip side of this coin of love is a cold, callous environment where an infant’s emotional receptors languish for lack of nourishment.

Conscience is the strange presence from which we develop scruples and those contentious things called principles. The struggle that we all go through in life is finding a balance between our conscience, as it relates to charitable duty; and providing the basic needs for ourselves and a family; if such be the case.  It is from this conflict that we either emerge somewhat void of our call to duty to do that which our conscience dictates, or we become overwhelmed with the continuous challenge of balancing life’s demands and our desires with the call to duty. When duty calls and is accepted, responsibilities can weigh heavily on the time commitment resulting in a conflict between our desire for pleasures and the sacrifices our resulting responsibilities impose.

Recognizing that we are in constant conflict is the beginning of understanding our intentions when we begin any enterprise requiring thought of future actions. In a sense we are weighing decisions in our mind daily. That is not necessarily the case for those who have buried their sense of duty and neglected to assume responsibilities.

Intent is a forest of many trees. Low lying branches and under brush block our view ahead. Conflicting intentions make each and every action one of indecision. Only the stalwart and pure of heart can formulate actions with perfectly clear intentions. Man being the imperfect creature that he is can seldom produce an outcome that is without evidence of conflicting intentions.

Having said all that, now we need to move on to the intent of this article. The hope is to bring light to some of the constitutional debates that face our nation. Most of these debates on law and constitutionality are decided by the robed figures that were selected to serve on our highest courts. Since the selection of these robed justices were in themselves chosen by imperfect man with agendas dictated by intent, we must admit that their rulings are subject to a measure of scrutiny.

Without taking the effort to provide Biblical proof, I will make the statement that the authors of the books that compile the Bible were the word of God written by mere man inspired by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The holy script reveals the will of God’s natural plan for man with the beautiful revelation of Christ and the liberty of acceptance or rejection.  Thankfully all of humankind are instilled with an inherent conscience. It is up to the family unit and society in general to either feed or starve this emotional receptor.

This finally leads me to the documents pertaining to the forming of Americas government. There are multiple sources one can read and study that lead us to our present Constitution. We had the Articles of Confederation, the many Federalist papers and numerous letters of communication which can all be researched through various sources. Before you begin to have an even cursory look at any of these documents remind yourself of the presence of intent in the mind of any of the authors. We shall make the assertion that, while the authors of the books of the Bible had direct inspiration from God, the inspirations of our founding fathers were taken from the laws conveyed in the Old Testament, the spoken words of Christ and the resulting letters of Christs apostles. Add to that assertion, the fact that the founding fathers were well read pertaining to history of previous cultures and governmental history.

Original intent is a termed coined by many of us that wrestle with all ruling of laws regarding the constitution. One thing we can rest assured of is that the intention of the founding fathers was a patriotic desire to form a government that would be an improvement in the name of individual liberty from the oppressive forms of government that had been ruling their lives before they declared their independence. The Declaration of Independence is a declaration to the world to express the intent and reason for the action of rebellion from oppressive rule. It was a document penned with inspiration and manifest of their intent to restore freedom, liberty and justice to all. It is an excellent example of man taking presence of conscience, moving into the realm of duty and assuming responsibility for their actions.  Behind it all stands intent. If we study the minds of these God-fearing patriotic men and apply that to constitutional considerations, we will come to the conclusion that freedom with a minimal rule of law was their primary intent.

Potential patriots are born every minute. The quality of nutrition through love and encouragement given them at the infant stage will determine the future level of their calling to duty and the responsibilities they assume. The choice to do so is ours, belonging to both parent and society.

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A lesser known sexual abuse scandal regarding a retired justice of Texas and Southern Baptist figure head



A lesser known sexual abuse scandal regarding a retired justice of Texas and Southern Baptist figure

Justice Paul Pressler, who once served on the 14th Court of Appeals in the state of Texas, is no household name but is among the lesser known figures that are being outed for their alleged sexual misdeeds.

A former Bible student under Pressler, Duane Rollins, claims that he was sexually assaulted frequently by Pressler during the late 1970’s and early 80’s which began when he was 14 years of age.  Rollins is now suing Pressler for over $1 million in damages.

Pressler is best known for leading the charge for the so-called “conservative resurgence” in the Southern Baptist Convention and attempting to purge as many liberals and moderates in the SBC as he and others that supported his cause could.  Some felt that without Pressler, the SBC would have become another progressive leftist church body like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA),  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United Church of Christ,  American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), or the Episcopal Church of the United States.

Those people might be right.  As much as I like Jonathan Aigner’s push to bring historical worship back to the Christian Church, he is also somewhat progressive in his theology if not all the way.  His other passion is the so-called push for so-called biblical equality and allowing women to serve in church leadership roles that were normally held by men and only for men (Pastors, Priests, Deacons, Elders).  This is based on the interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:12 which calls for women not to teach over the authority of a man.  I will save my thoughts on the ordination of women here and bring them up if needed in a future post.

However, without Rollins, the SBC might have not only ordained women but would have joined the other mainline churches in embracing a progressive gospel over the Biblical Gospel.  Now, if Pressler truly abused Rollins then his sins were found out as warned in God’s Holy Word (Numbers 32:23).  Even if Pressler is found guilty of sexual abuse, that should never be an excuse to acquire a license to sin.  Instead, we should repent and try to do better.  All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23).

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What Exactly Do We Know About Judge Paul Pressler might not know the name Judge Paul Pressler, but you should. Without him, the largest (though currently shrinking) Christian denomination would look quite different.

Pressler is now 87 and retired. He surfaces now and then to endorse GOP political candidates or throw temper tantrums on the convention floor, but he is no longer a vocal leader. That’s why it has been jarring for some to hear the recent allegations that he groomed and raped an assistant of his for years, beginning when the man was 14 and continuing for decades.

Paul Pressler, former Texas judge and religious right leader, accused of sexually assaulting teen for years lawsuit filed this fall alleges that Paul Pressler, a former state judge, lawmaker and leader on the religious right, repeatedly sexually assaulted a young man over a period of decades, beginning when the boy was just 14.

A former Texas state judge and lawmaker has been accused of sexually abusing a young man for several decades starting when the boy was just 14, according to a lawsuit filed in October in Harris County.

Former judge Paul Pressler accused of sexual assault former Texas state judge and lawmaker has been accused of sexually abusing a young man for several decades starting when the boy was just 14, according to a lawsuit filed in October in Harris County.

The lawsuit alleges that Paul Pressler, a former justice on the 14th Court of Appeals who served in the Texas state house from 1957-59, sexually assaulted Duane Rollins, his former Bible study student, several times a month over a period of years. According to the filing, the abuse started in the late 1970s and continued less frequently after Rollins left Houston for college in 1983.

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