Fear? NOT!

“Knowledge Is Power”…            Right?

In my life, Faith has provided more “Power” than knowledge. Not only in the spiritual sense. Faith in things unknown, or unseen, can move mountains.

For example, the Farmers of the World have Faith in abundance. While there are multitudes of farmers that are devoutly spiritual in their quest for righteousness and eternal life; not all are spiritual nor religious. Farming, as an occupation, requires extreme faith. Sure, agricultural science and knowledge are imperative to increase harvest, and streamline efficiencies. However, every day, the world’s Farmers wake up with an unshakable faith that the rain will come, and the sun will shine. All the “Knowledge” in the world will not ensure sunshine nor rain.

One of the greatest, and oldest, stories about the quest for Power through knowledge is Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Tempting Eve with equal Power to God, the serpent conned Eve into believing she could gain absolute power through knowledge; and it seems that the scam lingers today. So often, academic bigotry sets the tone for how humans treat one another.

A key consequence of knowledge, is Fear. That’s right. Fear.


Would you be as afraid to climb out on a limb if you had no concept of Gravity, and what might happen if the branch snapped? Isn’t it really the “Knowledge” of what could happen, that drives our fears?

We have two wonderful Dogs. My “Princess”, that can do no wrong, is a tall, short-haired Border Collie mix. My wife’s dog is a a Terrier, Dachshund mix; that we lovingly call “Tank”, as she’s thick and solid as a rock. Both dogs are best friends, and being the same age, a lot like sisters. My Princess is noticeably smart. She understands a lot of words and has been known to answer questions by shaking her head yes, or no. On the other hand, “Tank”, is either too stubborn to let on that she’s smart, or she just isn’t. We’re not sure.

My Princess understands what happens when things fall and that she can get hurt if she doesn’t pay attention. Tank, doesn’t care. With all that Knowledge, my Princess lives in constant fear and is vigilant of her surroundings; jumping and running at the first sign of perceived danger. Tank, doesn’t care. Instead, Tank lives a blissful life and fears nothing.

Just like Adam and Eve, the first response my Princess has with all her knowledge, is fear.

God loved Adam and Eve so much that He didn’t want them confronted with the fear that knowledge brings. By telling them to not eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, wasn’t He protecting them from constant fear? Well, you know the rest of the story.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:18-19

Exercise and growth of your faith in God, will lead you back to the Garden; and the bliss that complete faith brings.

As the World continues to profess it’s, “Knowledge is Power” scam; take a lesson from our Tank, don’t let Knowledge of the World, Build Fear in you.

“Face Your Fears” by Ben Sidran

Guard Your Heart!

Roses, Chocolate & Love?

As we get ready for what my Son calls “Another Hallmark Holiday.”, Hearts have been on my mind lately. Go figure…

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Like many words; Heart can mean so many different things. A physical Heart keeps the human body alive, and in rhythm. “The Heart of the matter” is a description we all use for getting to the essential fundamentals. While putting your Heart into something, demonstrates extreme commitment.

Clearly, at the Heart of most of these definitions, is that “intangible” Heart; the core of who we are.

We can all feel it. Sometimes it manifests as our “gut feeling”. Other times, as our “conscience” or “intuition”. Aren’t our definitions of the non-physical Heart, and our Soul, wholly interchangeable?

So many times, our Heart is in Direct Conflict with our Head. We think we know What we should do, but our Heart challenges our Brain. Which way do you lean when it’s Decision Time?

Popular Culture would tell you to Always follow your Brain. After all, knowledge is power, and humankind wouldn’t be where it is today without the Brain. Right?

Heart vs. Brain always reminds me of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame. The Sci-Fi embodiment of Heart against Brain. Was Kirk the fool for always following his Heart?

What of all the commitment, bravery and resilience of those that have gone before us? Did they rely on their Brains?

If there is one part of us that is truly connected to all things, isn’t it what we call our Heart, or Soul?

The Power of the Heart, is not just as a receptacle. The Heart is how we connect and communicate with all things, and, each other. Shouldn’t your Heart broadcast good things? Like, Patience, Kindness, Peace, Joy and Love?

Just like your music player can only broadcast what is in it, so does your Heart.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” -Proverbs 4:23

Every time that you let Anger and Hatred in your heart, it replaces Love. Every time you let Fear and Doubt in your Heart, it’s replaces Faith. Negative thoughts are from the Brain, not the Heart. Fill your Heart with Love, in All things. The foundation of a true “Walk In Love”.

Therefore, be mindful of what you let in to your Heart. When your Heart Overflows with Love, it can only broadcast One thing. Love!

Guard Your Heart!

“Let Your Love Flow” by Bellamy Brothers


People, Get Ready…

The Anticipation is Palpable.

Almost every day lately, someone says, “Something Big is about to Happen.”

The expectancy appears throughout communication, culture and spiritual beliefs.

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Some construe the feelings negatively. While others rejoice.

All seem to recognize something; not by knowledge, more intuitively. Much like the feeling you get on a Roller Coaster right before you reach the top. You become full of anticipation, fear and joy. All at the same time.

Before getting on the Roller Coaster, what do you do? You get ready. Front seat, seat belt, etc. Some, get ready by not getting on at all.

Seems everyone knows what’s going to happen at the top, some embrace it, others don’t.

So many let the knowledge of what could happen, fuel their fear. While others take a leap of Faith.

You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” -Luke 12:40

Do you feel the anticipation? Will you respond with Fear or Faith?

Here’s one of my favorite songs, “People Get Ready” by Eva Cassidy, written by Curtis Mayfield


He Had a Dream

Always Love…

Hate will get you Every Time!

2017 was a year of hatred, divisiveness and Vitriol on all sides of our culture, and Political landscape.

On this day when we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King. Let us All put aside the hate and loathing that Dr. King so detested; and commit 2018 as the year of Unconditional LOVE throughout the world.


Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness!

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” -Isaiah 54:17

Much like free speech does NOT give us the freedom to falsely shout fire in a public theater, our Constitution does NOT allow us the freedom to incite violence through despicably hate filled speech.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King

There is a reason that the framers of the Constitution chose these words to start the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:


Our God does not see a world of White, Black, Green or Purple People. He sees only his beloved, perfect creation.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. -John 13:34

ALWAYS LOVE! by America -Enjoy




He Did It His Way…

Thinking about my Brother Mike today. It’s been three years since he passed.

MikeMcMike led a full life in his short time here on Earth; Some parts really good, others not so. Mike was the epitome of an individual. He always did things his way, and in his time.

As a brother, my Sister and I had our ups and downs with Mike; he loved us and I was always comforted in knowing that he always had my back.

Mike was a great dad and loved his kids with everything he had.

Mike,Mark&Martha-1Our brother in-law, Gene, said it best when he heard of Mike’s passing, saying; “Mike led the life that he wanted to live.”

Yes he did.

Love you and miss you brother!

My Way….  Elvis






Say The Word and You’ll Be Free…

Hard to believe that it was Thirty Seven Years Ago, Today, that we heard the news that John Lennon had been Murdered at his home in New York City.

John, the Most Radical and  Avant-Garde member of the “Fab Four”, was always persistent, teaching one Word to anyone that would listen and hear. LOVE.


It seems to me that John’s murder was the beginning of the “Make Me Famous” killings, soon followed by the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981, and the proliferation of senseless acts, that are far to common today. Some would say that it’s all about access to Guns. I believe it’s more about wanting to be famous and the Press following their “If It Bleeds, It Leads” philosophy.

On this sad day, let’s remember John’s message of Love & Peace; and let us work to put an end to Hate and Vitriol in ANY Form. After all, the Word Is Love!

“The Word” by The Beatles


Leadership Matters!

Before you say it… This is NOT a Political Commentary.

Instead, it is about culture and
the responsibility of Leadership

Way back in 1995-6, we now know that a sitting President had a lewd and inappropriate relationship with a 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.

We spent most of Bill Clinton’s Presidency debating one aspect or another of the story that led President Clinton to be only one of two Presidents successfully impeached.


“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

How well I remember the banter from Both sides. The Right would say that Clinton’s actions were morally irrepressible, and set the wrong example for the Nation’s youth. Meanwhile, the left was voraciously working to sweep it under the preverbal rug saying, “What Happens in Private, between Two People, should remain Private.” And, not standing up for their hallowed Women’s Rights. Hypocritical to say the least.

Inevitably Clinton’s actions were a stunning example of extremely Flawed Leadership.

First, with the Act itself. Secondly, and arguably more Importantly, the example it presented. Not only to the Nations youth, but also for all men in Power.

Is it really any wonder that thirty years later we are in the midst of a Sexual Harassment deluge?

After all, the “Most Powerful MAN in the World” set a glowing example… Do what you want, when you want, with whom you want. Then, Deny, Deny, Deny. Sound Familiar?

Leadership IS Vital!