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The Lord’s Prayer

Is the Lord’s Prayer first and foremost a prayer for spiritual power? When asked where the Kingdom of God was, Jesus replied that it is within us. So, when We pray, “Thy Kingdom come”, aren’t we really asking that God’s kingdom be established within us as Jesus said. And when we pray, “Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven,” aren’t we praying that His love, forgiveness, and healing should be manifested through us to the rest of the world?

Jesus referred to bread as the word of God many times. So, when we pray, “give us this day our daily bread”, aren’t we asking for God’s word. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them with your truth. Your word is truth.” We are, then, asking to be sanctified through His word.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,” is easy to understand. Jesus made it clear many times that we could not be forgiven unless we forgave others, and in forgiving, then we are forgiven.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” seems plain enough. We are asking not to be tempted into sin, or delivered into Satan’s bondage.

Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things will be added unto you.” I believe The Lord’s Prayer has all to do with obtaining all our spiritual needs from God, and when we achieve that, all our physical or earthly needs will be met.

Paul wrote that, “In the latter days, men will be holding on to a form of Godliness, but denying its true power.” I believe that the bulk of Christianity has been put off by the antics of those who want, but only pretend, to have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. For that reason many in Christianity shun anything spiritual, and only hold on to the promise of salvation.

I, too, believe that some people, in their quest for the spirit, simply pretend, in hopes that it will one day be real. But, I, also, know that you cannot enter into a spiritual relationship with God, without tears – tears of happiness, tears of shame, and tears of thanksgiving. Let all of Christianity, then, kneel before the throne of God in tears of praise for our Creator and our Redeemer. Let us all receive His spiritual power and blessings as He promised. And may the world be blessed by Him through us.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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No Pearl Without Pain

John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

When I began trying to serve God through my writing, the world did come against me. In 2000 when the stock market bubble burst, I lost a great deal of money. Five years ago my son died at age 42. A year later my daughter died at age 49. Those blows were hard to take, but, not only had God given me the Holy Spirit as comforter, but he had led me to adopt a little Westie. She was my constant companion and earthly comforter. Whenever I was down, she could cheer me up. Whenever I became melancholy, she was by my side. Then three weeks ago we had to put her to sleep, because of numerous physical problems that were killing her. Another blow, and no one to cheer me up, and no one to pet.

Two days ago, I woke up and I wanted to die. I was tired of trying my best and being beaten down. I didn’t want to go on any more. Later on that day, I was driving and had a religious radio station playing. Whoever was speaking started telling about oysters and pearls. He said that when a grain of sand enters the oyster’s shell, it irritates the oyster, and the oyster begins secreting a substance that surrounds the grain of sand, in an attempt to cover the sharp edges. This causes the grain of sand to continue to grow and irritate the oyster. After a while a pearl is formed from the grain of sand, and as the oyster continues to live, the pearl continues to grow until it becomes quite valuable.

Matthew 13:46 “When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

Jesus tells a story about a man who found a pearl of great value, and sold all that he had and bought the pearl. The pearl symbolized “salvation”. I don’t like to compare myself to an oyster, but if God wants me to be an oyster, then that’s what I’ll be, hidden at the bottom of the sea and hoping that someone will find a pearl in what I write.
My prayer is that at least one person will find the pearl and will realize its value and will treasure it into eternal life.

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By Andy Mealer
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I hope you’ll find something of great value there.

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(Jesus Asks) Will They Come To Me Now?

I watch my people blindly flailing at life with the tools of my enemy. They harm others, hurt them, and hate everything. My tears feel like rivers of lava rolling down my checks, and still I watch. I watch as they destroy the dream I had for them, and my heart feels as if it was being ripped from my chest. They create the pain and I suffer for it. Those that lead them have tried to obliterate me from history. They whipped me, beat me, insulted and cursed me. And then they drove the heavy nails through my hands and my feet. They nailed me to a cross and then raised the cross until it fell into the hole and jarred me to near unconsciousness. And still they jeered and humiliated me, as if the pain were my enemy. Even those who hated me did not understand. I took the pain for myself, so that my people could once again live free. I welcomed the pain. It was the key that freed my people.
Now as I lie here on this cold stone in a sealed tomb, I wonder: Will my people understand now? Will they accept their freedom and live for themselves and for their God that created them? Will my people finally be free? Tomorrow I will rise and leave this tomb. When my people see me resurrected, will they believe? Will they follow me in love and leave the hate, greed and bitterness behind them? Will they come to me, now?

Matthew 11:28-29King James Version (KJV)
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Blessings, Andy
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What Would Love Do?

A popular saying a few years ago was, “What would Jesus do?” It is a valid question that allows us to compare our actions to the benchmark of Jesus, but it requires interpretation. When you compare yourself to Jesus, you’re comparing yourself with a person and a personality. It’s easy to bring in judgement to justify what we already feel or how we want to act or react. The question of measuring our actions against someone or something else is easier when we remove the emotions, judgements or interpretations, and compare ourselves to an absolute value that our minds can’t manipulate and rationalize.
We should, instead, compare ourselves to an absolute, and unbending value. God is love. Love is static and eternal. It never changes for conditions or circumstances. God, or love, was the same yesterday, today and forever. We should always ask ourselves if our actions or our reactions to people is truly based on love and compassion for that person, or do we want vindication for ourselves? If we want punishment for another person, we will reap punishment for ourselves. That is sin, or harming ourselves, and harming ourselves is against God’s will for us.
Jesus said, “love your enemies, bless those that curse you, and pray for those that who despitefully use you and persecute you.” When we concentrate on that verse, we know what Jesus would do.
But if you have trouble remembering and deciphering everything Jesus said, then just ask yourself, “What would love do?”, which is a more direct way of asking what God or Jesus would do. The next question is “What are you going to do?”.

Blessings, Andy

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The Void Within Us

We were all born with a void within us, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to fill it. As children, we run and play. We do all the things children do, yet we’re not satisfied, and many times we end up crying, wanting something, but we don’t know what. As adults we gather our network of friends around us, we work our jobs, run our errands and then work around the house – cooking cleaning, repairing or maintaining. But we still feel unfulfilled. We’re lacking something. We go to the TV to be entertained, or we go to the computer, surf and trying to find something that will fill the emptiness we feel within us. We try drugs, nicotine, caffeine or food, and still, we’re not filled. Then one day, God sends a messenger – a neighbor, a friend, someone from work, or a relative. They tell us that each one of us has been born with an empty space within us that can only be filled by God. It is a spiritual place that needs to be filled with the spirit. Jesus said, “If any one love me, they will keep my commandments, and God will love them, and He and I will come and make our abode with them.”
Some of us will ignore the advice. Some of us will listen and it will cause us to think. God loves us, and He pursues us to become His child. He knows that only He can save us from ourselves and an eternity in hell. He sends us messages – through TV programs, through examples around us, through blog sites, and by personal messenger. Listen to the message. It has the secret to filling that void within you. It has the secret to eternal love and joy. Listen to it, and be filled.
Blessings, Andy
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Discussing Global Government

When a person seeks to discuss nationalism VS globalism with a globalist, they are met with anger, ranting and insults by the globalist. This is simply them proving that they have no logic or intellectual argument for globalism. They believe that their only hope of promoting their belief is to destroy the opposition by over-powering them with verbal barrage rather than intellectual reason.
If we were to open all borders and accept globalism, those that bred like rabbits would, within a few generations, overrun those people who practiced controlled reproduction. Then we would have a cesspool of humanity controlled by a small group of elitists who would believe that it would be impossible to help the masses have a better life, due to their ignorance and inability to help themselves. In short, we will have Kings and Queens ruling over the masses in bondage to the government – but this time on a global scale.
We can already see that those politicians in our society that push for a global government are guilty of ruthlessness, when lying, cheating, stealing, conniving and treachery are not beneath them. How much more ruthless will they treat their subjects when they are no longer bound by the will of the people?
Isn’t it better to have an orderly society ruled by the will of the people, in order to help ourselves and to help others in the world that need assistance? Are we so hopelessly destitute that we will accept the world as a cesspool of humanity without hope, ruthlessly controlled by self-serving demagogues? I hope not.
Our founding fathers, in America, believed that our democratic government could not survive without a moral and God-fearing people. That belief is still true today. Unless we accept God as our protector and provider we cannot, on our own, ensure freedom and democracy for ourselves, or for others. Our help will not come from demagogues, but from God who created us, loves us and wants the best for us. He is our path to Utopia on Earth and eternity with Him.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, repent and seek my face, I will forgive their sins and heal their nation.”
Blessings, Andy
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Stockholm Syndrome

Stockhom Syndrome

“Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.”[4] One commonly used hypothesis to explain the effect of Stockholm syndrome is based on Freudian theory. It suggests that the bonding is the individual’s response to trauma in becoming a victim. Identifying with the aggressor is one way that the ego defends itself. When a victim believes the same values as the aggressor, they cease to be perceived as a threat.[5]

Much of our society suffers from the “Stockholm Syndrome”.   Their captors may be peers, teachers, professors, or upper management.  In order to appease those who have power over them, they begin to identify and defend those who hold sway over them.  If they can incorporate their superior’s values, it protects their ego by supporting and not opposing what they know is wrong.  In other words, they abandon their values and accept their captors, thus, preventing shame in themselves for accepting those values, knowing that to oppose them would bring social or economic punishment to themselves.

This has resulted in many people professing certain beliefs, but unable to defend those beliefs, knowing deep inside that they are wrong.  Instead, they attack their mentor’s enemies with insults instead of logic.  How has this worked out?   Well, for some reason, we have a Muslim president, who has brought in 800,000 Mid-Eastern immigrants, has overturned Middle Eastern governments in favor of radicals, has punished Israel, while pumping over a billion dollars this year into Iran, the leading exporter of terrorism, who has sworn to wipe Israel off the map with their atomic bomb.  We now have Muslims in every prominent level of government.   And we have his possible successor promising more of the same.

The “Stockholm Syndrome” in open society can be called the ‘surrender syndrome”, or “join-the-enemy syndrome”  If we are to preserve our freedom, people must take a stand and begin to think and act for themselves, rather than surrendering their dignity for fear of bad grades or termination of employment.   “Give me liberty or give me death.”  There is no personal threat worse than losing one’s freedom.   Don’t accept a belief out of fear or bad grades or unemployment.  Only accept a belief for fear of losing one’s freedom and dignity.

Blessings, Andy

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Is Jesus The Messiah

The book “God, Reward and Punishment: Are they real?” by A. Mealer. lists all the prophecies about the Messiah. Isaiah 53 describes the Messiah. Psalm 22 describes the crucifixion and was partially quoted by Jesus as he hung on the cross. Christianity and Christians are followers of Christ, or the Messiah. No one has ever been called Christ or Messiah except Jesus. The apostle Peter said that Jesus was “the Messiah, the Son of God.”, and Jesus told him that, “flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but the Father.” The whole of the Bible teaches us that “whatever we do to another, it will be done to us.” We plant a seed and we reap its harvest. The attempted sacrifice of Isaac was the seed. The sacrifice of Jesus is the harvest. The whole Torah teaches of the coming Messiah. Reject Jesus if you will, but He is the Christ, the Messiah. The proof is everywhere, and not simply an unfounded assumption. You need to research what you say, or risk being damned by what you say. There are consequences or rewards for our actions and words. Be careful.
The disciples were shocked at the crucifixion of Jesus, but they didn’t have to search scriptures to explain it. Jesus met two disciples, after his resurrection, on the road to Emmaus and explained the prophecies about himself in the TORAH to them. Also, Josephus, the Jewish historian for the Romans, wrote that Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Like all prophecies, they were encrypted enough to be obvious after the fact, but concealed enough to prevent that generation from knowing the full story. If they had known, they would not have crucified Jesus, there would have been no sacrifice for our sins, there would have been no resurrection, and our salvation would never have happened. God allows us to know what we need to know, when we need to know it. We still don’t know all the secrets of God, but His plan for our salvation has been fully revealed in the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.
Don’t use conjecture. Use the facts to determine your future.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes unto the Father, except by me.”
Blessings, Andy
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In Ecstasy Or In Agony?

People ask, “What if, when you die, there is no heaven?” Or one could ask, “What if there is a heaven?”
If I live my life for God, I enjoy the benefits of living a good life and avoiding the pitfalls and perils of following Satan’s course. If I, then, die and there is no heaven, I will be ended without any further thoughts or feelings. I won’t suffer, because of it. If, however, there is a heaven, then I, the angels, and my family and friends that have gone on before me will be rejoicing, singing the praises of God and dancing in the spirit forever.
It will be a different story for those who refuse to love God and live for Him. If there is no heaven, they, also, will be ended and without any further thoughts or feelings. If, however, there is a heaven, they will be shocked that they had wasted their lives, thinking it was the only life; and they will be in agony, knowing that they had destroyed their chances for happiness or hope during their lives on earth, and for all eternity.
As you can see, those who live for themselves cannot win, but those who live for God cannot lose. Have you chosen between ecstasy and agony? The choice seems pretty easy.
Blessings, Andy
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When “I” Is Not Enough

Most people seek to “find themselves”. Or rather, they look for their “comfortable niche” in life. They have a circle of friends where someone knows the answer to any problem. They consider themselves good-looking, intelligent, physically strong, and able to handle anything that comes against them. It’s a good feeling.

But sometimes we find ourselves in a predicament that seems to have no answer. The world doesn’t always cooperate with our outlook on life. Sometimes we can carry a seemingly successful philosophy of life until the whole world seems to collapse around us. We push the envelope until it begins to rain, and then the envelope dissolves. It could be a serious illness. It could be divorce, or a loss of income. It could be financial ruin. it could even be an addiction, or that the season of negative decisions has produced a harvest of destruction.

Somewhere in our lives, we will realize that we don’t have all the answers, but we know who does. We’ll realize that we have limitations to our physical strength, and that we can’t control the world, or even those around us; but we know who is all-powerful, and who controls all things. One day we’ll realize that one person alone cannot take on the world without being defeated. Satan controls this world, and his goal is to tear down and destroy each and everyone of us, in one form or another. One day we’ll realize that if we are to get out of this world alive, we have to have the omnipotent and omniscient God who loved us enough to send His Son to save us.

Someday we’ll stop seeking our elusive “self”. Someday we’ll come to seek God. Someday we’ll realize our only strength is in Him. It is in Him that our power lies. That is where our life is and will be forever. So don’t try to find yourself or rely on self to fend off the world. You’ll be defeated. Find Jesus. Find yourself in Him and in His plan for you. He is the true renewal and resurrection of life. Seek the light, and find life. Seek God and find love. The time for reality and self-fulfillment is now; and it won’t be found within us unless we ask Him to live within us and to empower us to fight the world and win.

Seek and ye shall find. Ask and it will be given. Knock at the door and it will be opened unto you.”
Blessings, Andy
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Quotes On Religion By Our Founding Fathers

In my book, “God, Reward and Punishment: Are They Real?”, I prove through example after example, from all aspects, that “WHAT WE WANT FOR OTHERS, WILL BE OUR FUTURE.” If we want good for others, we will receive good for ourselves. If we are selfish, or self-centered and want everything for ourselves and could care less about others, we will end in destruction. This is the ABSOLUTE spiritual law of God. If we are an immoral people, we will self-destruct. Please, read the quotes below in order to understand what we would be giving up if we choose a president that has no moral compass or conscience to guide them.
John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams is a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our second President.

Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence said. “[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said, “[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.”

Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution. “[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.”

Fisher Ames author of the final wording for the First Amendment wrote, “[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind.”

John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court , “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”

James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice, “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.”

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary stated, “The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the U. S. House, “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

George Washington, General of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation, ” Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”

Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness . . . it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof.” Continental Congress, 1778

Note that the above quotes are but a small sample of hundreds of quotes the Founding Fathers made in regards to the importance of a religious and moral people in a successful Republican Democracy.

In our young nation, the Bible was used as a text book for the purpose of teaching children moral principles to live by. As time went on, the Bible was gradually replaced by other text books such as Noah Webster’s Primer. Webster’s Primer taught children to spell but was also filled with moral Bible verses. In the front of his Primer was his picture with the inscription, “Who taught millions to read but not one to sin.”

This is the exact opposite of the school curriculum today. The courts in this country have revised the First Amendment, thus erecting a wall of atheism around every public school in America, where in God is not allowed to be mentioned. This is not the same wall that Thomas Jefferson envisioned.

Has the School Prayer issue affected other Freedoms?

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