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Our Newest Dagon ~ JC Calkins

Posted: July 7th, 2014 | Category: Hope, Inspirational, Political, prosperity, Truth | Comments

Our Newest Dagon

Let’s take a quick look at the then and nows of false idols. They may not be what you think. We should presume, from all accounts, that although God may seem quiet at times, He is never far removed from the cultural aspects of His creation, designations and/or divine plan. According to 1 Samuel 1 (NKJV), Eli was a priest in the sanctuary of the Lord in Shiloh during the period of the Judges (Old Testament). The house (or family and influence) of Eli was believed to have been designated by the Lord for priesthood while Israel was still in Egypt. The fact that the ark (of God) was in Shiloh in Eli’s day indicates that at that time, Shiloh was the center of the tribal confederation for which Eli was the head priest. This was a (divinely) designated position of great power and influence. During this period, Eli’s house fell into disrepair, which is just another way of saying, it’s godliness was lost to the influence of some element(s) of sin which were not corrected (by Eli). When such things happen, God realigns and affirms His divine plan, be it for individuals, families or nations at-large.

At that time there were battles a-brewing between the Philistines and Israel. When the house of Eli and the dominion of it’s influence lost sight of God’s way, the blessings previously afforded Israel, were simply lifted away by God. Battles were then lost, tens of thousands of Israel’s soldiers died in those battles and the ark of God was lost to the Philistines. The Philistines took the ark away to one of their cities and placed it next to their own constructed deity in an attempt to increase it’s military, cultural and political power. “When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it.” (I Samuel 5:2-4 NKJV). Dagon was the principal deity of the Philistines (who were later the Palestinians). He was their (thought to be almighty) god of fertility and crops (money), death and the afterlife. As you absorb this story and come to better know our God and His ways, think about another (more modern) nation, which once so diligently sought, God’s favor and protection. A nation founded on the core principles of Liberty and Freedom! A nation which rose to the pinnacle of military and economic power. This “One nation” has been commonly and routinely designated as being “under God“. What has since become this nation’s new Dagon? What ranks of even greater importance to many, if not most, of it’s people than God? The fertility of our herds and the productive value of our crops may not be our fiat currency as it was then, but the almighty dollar certainly is. It rules the world’s economics and is of great cultural as well as personal importance to us. We should ask ourselves, what has God done, when a false idol (anything which becomes more important to His people than God Himself) is raised above Him? Heaven help us, for the consequences of such thinking and actions were dire then and can so easily be again. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve of this nation of many tribes may be a personage (or Eli) of great influence, but no leader or thing, especially the almighty $ will ever be greater than God, especially when the presence of sin has become so culturally diminishing. History repeats itself so often.

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True Liberty ~ JC Calkins

Posted: July 4th, 2014 | Category: Hope, Inspirational, Love, Political | Comments

The United State’s of America celebrate their historical independence from foreign rule each summer on this day. It’s called Independence Day. Independent means “to be free from outside control; or not depending on another’s authority.”  Most independent nations have such a day of recollection. It’s important to recognize that such desired independence is sought from other human authority, never from all authority since every man is initially subjected to the authority of all natural laws. We can through knowledge discover… read more

Scorchingly Painful ~ JC Calkins

Posted: March 26th, 2014 | Category: Hope, Inspirational, Jesus Follower, Political | Comments

God has His own laws and is His own judge. His laws and judgements are so far superior to ours, that we can’t even see them anymore from where we choose to stand or live. Many of our laws today are based upon Mosaic Law, in essence, upon God’s commands and instructions to Moses for His people. Yet we can not even begin to comprehend the logic and wisdom behind these foundational laws of society. When they do not suit… read more

Duties Unfulfilled ~ JC Calkins

Posted: August 27th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, Political, Spirituality | Comments

We believe in God, yet we must obey those who do not, so are we not, in our obedience, going against the will of God? “That is also why you pay taxes, because the authorities are working for God when they fulfill their duties.” (Romans 13:6 GNT). There’s a problem with governments which Do Not fulfill their duties according to God. It begins when we relegate others to interview potential government leaders, to ask them the questions which they feel… read more

Retaliatory Measures?

Posted: April 17th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, disciple, Inspirational, Political, prosperity, Spirituality | Comments

Over the centuries, many have spoken of God and society in the same breath, for these two great and expansive subjects are truly inseparable. The assemblage of the Holy Bible gives each of us a great starting point for the steps of time and distance we must experience, but actually applying it’s teachings is the soul objective of this complex book. One exceptionally gifted speaker on point was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said at different times,… read more

It All Slipped Away

Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, Political, prosperity, Spirituality | Comments

God wakened me this morning, with our own nation’s history running in playback across the screen of my mind. I was eleven years old, when John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the youngest elected and first Roman Catholic President of the United States of America. All I could think of this morning was, how much life and our nation have changed. In his brief inaugural speech, JFK chose his words carefully, studying the founding fathers, Lincoln, his peers, then… read more

Understanding God’s Word

Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Common Sense, Political | Comments

I find myself comparing our 236 year history with the Parable of the seeds. For much of my life, I’ve seen evidence of what we once called the land of opportunity, turn slowly into a field of thorns. “The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22 NIV). That’s not how it all began here. This country… read more

A Radical Idea 4 Radical Times

Posted: July 29th, 2012 | Category: Common Sense, Political, prosperity | Comments (3)

NOTE: This single article is not a part of this sites daily devotional series, this is a stand alone commentary on our times and debts, when nobody seems to be offering any ideas which have any merit what-so-ever.  Read it if you want, share it if you agree and comment to your hearts content. This is intended as a wake up call, a recipe for change and an instrument of productive dialog for a sleeping nation. You probably won’t agree… read more

Goodbye Scoundrels

Posted: November 29th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense, Political | Comments

In January of 1964, a young songwriter/poet named Bob Dylan wrote and released a song entitled “The Times They Are A-Changin”.  It stands true today. About that same time, he wrote a less famous song, which was also a social commentary entitled “With God On Our Side”, the lyrics for both (which are too lengthy to include here) are a simple search away.  The point is that things haven’t really changed much in the last 50 years or for that… read more

No Re-Elections Ever!

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 | Category: Common Sense, Political | Comments (2)

“Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.” (Proverbs 25:19 ESV).  There certainly weren’t any flies on Solomon with that one.  Treachery, is the willful betrayal of welfare, confidence or trust. In 2011 it’s hard to finger just one individual worthy of that label, but in these United States of America, it’s easy to spot two deserving parties.  I’m speculating that similar problems exist all over the “free” world…. read more