It’s August 21, 2017: “I don’t believe there is a Solar Eclipse”

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“I Don’t Believe It”

I wanted to believe the Solar Eclipse of 2017 was real, but I couldn’t see it. Today August 21, 2017 there is expected to be a total eclipse of the sun by the moon but I’m not sure I believe it.  It’s not that I didn’t want to believe either.  I really wanted to see to the eclipse–I even brought my camera so I could show you. The trouble was that where I live the sky was overcast and the air carried a dull orange tint from nearby wild fires. I trust my eyes and I believe what I see. Perhaps you see what you believe. Yet, I scanned the skies in vain seeing only cloudy skies, fog and orange haze. Unless you count the fog, as far as I’m concerned there wasn’t any solar eclipse.

Do You Seek The Truth?

Of course if I should truly doubt the solar eclipse really happened, I don’t have to go far to find the truth.  In fact, according to eyewitness accounts there actually was a solar eclipse.  I even read about it online and saw some videos of what some eyewitnesses described as an “amazing” event. Some people say it was showing the hand of God. While others were simply awestruck.  Should I believe them? I don’t know these people. How do I know these accounts and videos aren’t fabricated or made up? But I still want to know if it’s all true and there is not a good reason not to believe there was actually a solar eclipse.

Many people don’t believe in the God of the Bible. Most often our preconceived worldviews get in the way of believing in Him.  Yet not like believing or not in the existence of an eclipse, many people hate or distrust the God of the Bible. Many of us by nature don’t want to hear what His word says about us.  Maybe you have been hurt by someone who claims to know God or know someone who has been. Perhaps there is great pain or trail in your life that hinders you from believing God.  I have battled things like cancer and depression and know about that kind of pain. Yet none of these things disprove that God is real. In fact it’s just the opposite.

Eyewitness Accounts

There are hundreds of eyewitness accounts and testimonies of the reality of God and who He is.  There are eyewitness accounts of Jesus and who He claims to be. Perhaps you have heard or know someone who has said they would believe in God of the Bible if He would only show Himself to them. The solar Eclipse did not show itself to me. Why should I still believe it was real?  I even went looking for it outside and did not see it with my eyes because there were clouds in the way.  Yet, does that mean it didn’t exist? Of course not. However I have a choice to make. I can choose to believe whether the eyewitness accounts of the actual event are true or not. Similarly, God has revealed Himself to us in His Word. Jesus Himself  has made claims about who He is and any person can freely examine these things to see if they are so. God will not hinder any person from seeking Him, if and when they choose to do so.

I suspect rather, any person who doesn’t believe in God is being hindered by their own selfish desires and lusts.  Simply put, they don’t to find God or God to find them. Sort’ve like a thief doesn’t want to find a police officer. That had been true for me in my life.

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6

“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Luke 19:10

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Are You Seeking God?

You know this, the world is crumbling and falling apart. People more and more seek to break the law and do harm to others.  However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments).  As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil).  Like the clouds blocking my view of the eclipse, sin blocks our view (or a correct view) of God.  As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe.

Here’s our biggest problem.  To enter heaven, God demands holiness, perfection and a sinless life.

Have you sinned? Broken God’s commands?  Are you willing to seek God?  To get started, try this quick test.

Have you ever lied? (9th commandment)
Stolen? (8th commandment)
  
Do you put God first in your life?  (1st, 2nd commandments)
 
Ever used God’s name as a cuss word to express disgust? (3rd commandment)
Hitler and Mohammed are not hated this much.
 
Lusted? Jesus said lust is the same as adultery of the heart.  (Matthew 5:27-28) (7th commandment)

 

These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. We are all guilty of breaking God’s perfect standard. But since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.

One Way of Escape

Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin.   (James 2:10) 

Our trying to keep God’s commands to enter Heaven or by doing good deeds is not “good enough” since God as the Judge of Universe cannot be bribed. Because He’s Judge there is only one way in which God can provide this escape.  He must pay the penalty of our sins Himself.
 
He sent His Son Jesus Christ–God manifest in the flesh–to die on a cross paying the penalty for our breaking His Law (Sin). (Ro. 5:8)
Jesus rose from the dead after three days defeating sin and death (the second death in Hell). (1 Cor. 15:3-4) (Revelation 20:9-15)
When you repent from your sin (turn from it as in changing your mind about committing sin) and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you from the wrath to come (judgment against sin), you will have eternal life! (John 3:36Titus 3:4-7Ro 6:23)
This is known as becoming born again.
What a great incomprehensible love God has for us when we seek it!
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   Romans 5:8


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Why I Left Twitter

 

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Why Leave Twitter?

A couple of years ago I couldn’t wait to check my Twitter account to see what new “followers” had followed me the night before and to read any new comments from “so-and-so”.  And no, I don’t mean from Donald Trump.  As the comments and one-liners would rapidly appear I would scroll the feed only to be greeted by hundreds more comments I must’ve missed.  The daily routine of reading comments, (many duplicated and automated) and posting comments never ended until the day I finally left Twitter.  And why did I stop using Twitter?

So Many People Want to be Followed

The answer is quite simple but first some background.  Users of Twitter know that one purpose of the app is to gain followers and in turn follow others.  And so after months of using Twitter I like many others did just that until one day it dawned on me that it’s humanly impossible to actually read a thousand plus comments from people you are “following” let alone be excepted to respond to all those folks.  When I figured that out I felt as if I had been let down by Twitter.  I had high hopes for creating an empire of real people followers who cared about my content but so does most everyone else.  For me, the hype and appeal of what I thought Twitter might be was simply lost.  I was disappointed to learn that comments I sent out to people who had followed me couldn’t possibly be seen if they already had 1 million followers they were trying to track!

Content Fakery

With all this following and being followed going on I was getting a little dizzy.  And then I noticed another disappointing trend occurring on Twitter.  I know this because I did it. Since people have real lives, many of those comments and links I was reading were actually being automated each day and being posted by someone else!  I soon learned that much of the content on Twitter is a canned advertisement or message that had been planned out days and weeks in advance!  Oh the devastation!  So the question is, why would I want to read an automated message I had already read the day before and the day before that?  Well I didn’t and so I would simply hide the people who posted it.  And so I expect, if I was hiding people, other people where hiding people and so on.  But what’s the point in that?  Well I don’t see any good point really unless you think it’s great to follow and be followed by thousands and thousands of people who probably will never know you exist.

The Famous Person Bandwagon

Now the second problem I have with Twitter is what I call the famous person bandwagon. I am not remotely famous (or wish to be) nor do I wish to follow famous people.  Of course it wasn’t always this way.  In the beginning I was happy to part of the famous person bandwagon and it was fun.  I use to “follow” famous people and at the same time I wanted to see how many followers I could get too. That is until I realized unless you are already a well-known person not many people even know or care that you posted that clever comment to Twitter.  So again I don’t understand the appeal of Twitter unless it’s your business to know about famous people or you yourself are famous and Twitter makes you feel macho.  (With the exception of Donald Trump because he is already macho and the Left apparently can’t stand it.)

However, like Facebook, I decided to jump off the Twitter bandwagon and say bye-bye to the endless (and sometimes mindless) feed of automated one liners and links that so pervasively permeate the app known as Twitter.

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Calling out the 7 politicians who have joined the Democrat Party to Protect the Swamp

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Seven More Obstructionists Vote to Protect the Swamp

There are seven Republicans politicians who have voted to preserve Obamacare.  These seven republicans are Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Dean Heller, R-Nev.; John McCain, R-Ariz.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; and Rob Portman, R-Ohio.  These seven Senators have voted with Democrats to keep a failing system failing.  You may have heard that President Trump has likened Washington DC. to a swamp filled with corrupt political operatives who would rather keep their job than do what is right for Americans.  This swamp includes any person especially in a leadership role who will not stand up to defend the innocent, justice and God’s law.

Attempting to Remove God

It is no secret that Democrats do not believe in the protecting and defending of God’s law and biblical values.   Instead they don’t believe in defending the innocent but made the decision to  remove God from their party platform.  Simply put, modern-day Democrats believe in extreme government control, taking away biblical standards and replacing those standards with anything that is contrary to God.  The seven Republicans who have voted with the Democrats in obstructing Donald’s Trumps plan to move the country forward are really not Republicans.  We know they are Republicans in name only and it appears they are more interested in protecting the swamp and corrupt political climate of Washington, DC.

Accountability and Prediction

Any person, Republican or Democrat who will not vote to defend good policies which actually help Americans rather than hurt and make things worse does not deserve a place in government.   Simply put, we the people must ignore the party letter besides a political leaders name or even what they say but see how they vote.  The Democrat party has grown by at least seven members and unfortunately for Americans (and the world), will only prove to hurt Americans further.


 

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A World Without Facebook: Will You Be Ready If (and when) the Lights Go Out?

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple

If our world lost the ability to charge phones, iPads and other portable devices would you be ready?  If people no longer were able to sign-in to Facebook and connect to the internet, what would they do? In today’s modern 2017 world I hear no-one in the public eye discussing or addressing a plan for such an event.  Instead we see just the opposite.  The prominent companies Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are leading the way to the cloud also known as internet dependency.  Yeah I made that term up but it’s true.  With the cloud, these big boy companies among others are seeking to take away the ability to keep files local (on the hard drive) such as application software and games.   While the cloud looks good now and is becoming the new norm,  I believe it will be the downfall of the internet that everyone seems to be ignoring.

A World Without Facebook

Think about this for a moment.  If we only have access to files on another computer via the internet, what happens when that internet access is removed?  Where will your cherished files and applications be? Right, stuck on another computer server in some distant land.  Will you be able to insert a disc or flash drive to continue using your app?  We used to be able to.  Will you be able to access your pictures anymore?  Will your game still be playable without an internet connection?

Now it’s true, if access to the cloud is no longer available we may well have bigger problems to consider but I digress.

However, with increasing dependency on the internet to be their, our communication as a whole without the access to it will also be limited.  And unless you have access to a generator, being without electricity will greatly hinder the ability to charge a cell phone, tablet or iPad device.

A big question to ask now is why the big companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft don’t appear to care.   Just a thought.

 


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The GTA 5, Donald Trump Conundrum

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75 million plus people have played the game Grand Theft Auto 5.  Twenty-five million have purchased Grand Theft Auto 4. Judging from these numbers many people do not have a problem with the language vulgarities, excessive violence and disturbing sex that is featured in these games.  In fact to criticize these blatant gratuitous aspects of the game is asking for put-downs, name calling and more cursing from the criticizers themselves.

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Enter Donald Trump.  I venture to say many of these same people hate or strongly dislike President Trump.  Why?  I do not know because it certainly cannot be for his offensive language, decisions, tweets, or even his personality.  Perhaps what is not liked is his desire for the restoration of law and order to our land after the lawlessness of the previous president.  Or perhaps what many of these millions of Grand Theft Auto 4 and 5 fans don’t like about Donald Trump is his moral stand to stop the murder of innocent babies.  Maybe still, what is so despised is Donald Trump’s relentless defense of the police and military while he seeks to uphold traditional Biblical values that our country was founded on.  Yep.  That must be it.  Show support and belief in Biblical values and the fan base of a game that glorifies vulgar behavior, rampant immorality and excessive violence against police will cry foul against you.  And it’s understandable because it’s exactly this kind of thing that Jesus said would happen over 2000 years ago (see John 15).  In the meantime, I will be looking for a game as massive in scale as Grand Theft Auto 5 with it’s beauty (scenery-wise) that instead glorifies the police and obeying the law.

 


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Minnesota Undercover – A short story – Part One

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Minnesota Undercover – Part One (of Ten)

Tim D. McConnaughy Jr.

 

 

“You can’t go that way,” he said.

The man was tall with black bushy hair and a five o’clock shadow that appeared to cover the bottom portion of his face. He was wearing a midnight blue sweater, light gray pants and dark colored loafers. He was yelling to a man running ahead of him.

The second man who appeared to be of Middle Eastern decent, was much shorter and faster. His bronze colored hair was partially concealed but he was wearing a little brown fedora with a pink feather. He had on long lightly colored khaki pants and a rainbow vertically striped shirt that appeared to look similar to a woman’s silk blouse.

Then things turned strange.

“It’s raining, it’s pouring the old man is snoring!” The bushy haired man began to sing. “We got our tickets, we got our tickets!” He sang with a sense of pride in his voice. The taller man had nearly caught up to the shorter man now.

Suddenly I watched as the shorter colorfully dressed man, abruptly stopped running, began to spin around 180 degrees and then proceeded to do a back-flip in the middle of the room. The man then picked up what looked to be a metallic designer-style briefcase that had apparently been laying on the floor nearby. Than as mysteriously as both men had appeared, they quickly vanished.

I knew something about this story wasn’t making sense and then it hit me, it must be a crazy dream. It was becoming difficult to tell what was real and what wasn’t. I decided to yell to see if I was awake. I tried to yell something out loud but nothing—no voice.

As if this already odd situation couldn’t get any stranger, it did.

Suddenly I began feeling cold……and wet, really wet. Rain? Yep, that must be it—it was raining and I was outside somewhere in the cold wet rain. But where was I and why couldn’t I speak? I wasn’t sure but what was clear was that the black pants I had been wearing were now beginning to stick to my legs and the blue pullover I had on appeared to be glued to my back. I was drenched.

Then I felt something wrapped around my neck. It must have been the strap from the bag I was intending to carry on the plane.

That’s it! Then I remembered, I was at the airport! Maybe things were going to start making sense again. My flight! I’m going to miss my flight! I tried to run but I couldn’t. I seemed to be stuck.

Then I heard what sounded like a man yelling.

“Keep going this way….” I heard the voice trail off for a moment……then it returned.

“They’re gonna end up in hell!”

Although I couldn’t see anyone, I heard another male voice further in the distance.

“C’mon, we gotta hurry!”

I wished the man would notice my predicament. This time I tried to scream, hoping to get someone’s—anyone’s attention. I opened my mouth to utter the word, help! I was certain my lips were moving but I still couldn’t hear my voice. Was I deaf? Couldn’t be, since I thought I had just heard a man yelling.

Then I heard a female voice close by. The voice was one of gentleness and sorrow yet she commanded authority.

“I’m sorry sir,” the women said, “but this ticket won’t get you to heaven. I am truly sorry.”

I heard a man respond, sounding agitated.

“There’s no way we’re going to hell, if hell doesn’t exist!”

This time I wanted to respond aloud. But what if it does? I thought.

Then I heard another male voice yell, “We got a fire here! There’s a fire!” he yelled.

At that moment what Jesus says concerning hell began to flood my thoughts. What if these people were not part of a dream at all? What if there was a fire and people were truly going to die?! I felt the need to warn them and tell them what God says.

 

 

 

Suddenly a surge of pain ran up my arm. It felt like my left arm was being ripped from its socket. Then I felt the surge of pain again—this time it was even stronger. The pain began to ricochet around my shoulder and back through my arm again. Just then my whole body felt like it had hit a concrete wall—and hard. I opened my eyes to see the leg of a chair next to my head. I seemed to be lying on the floor in a pool of water. Continue reading

Minnesota Undercover – A short story – Part Ten

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Minnesota Undercover – Part Ten of Ten

Tim D. McConnaughy Jr.

 

 

Everything went black for a moment, as if we had entered a tunnel but suddenly the bi-level coach we were in began to shake. As if in the middle of a massive earthquake the coach started to tilt and rock violently back and forth! It felt worse being on the upper level of the coach—we were sure to come off the tracks! And then there was the familiar smell of smoke as it filled the inside of our passenger car. Looking outside, daylight was rapidly being replaced by an eerie smoky night as the smoke grew thicker and thicker. I heard various screams and cries for help then loud explosions as if someone had lit a few sticks of dynamite next to my chair. I heard people yelling, “Get out! Get out!” and “Save yourself if you can!”

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Minnesota Undercover – A short story – Part Nine

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Minnesota Undercover – Part Nine

Tim D. McConnaughy Jr.

 

Once we arrived at police headquarters, Natalie and I were given a ride to the train station by an agent officer from the headquarters. As I got into the back seat of the four door sedan, I took a seat behind the driver and Natalie got into the seat next to him. The dark haired driver was wearing a black suit coat, black trousers and sunglasses. The car itself appeared to be a brand new high-end luxury car. Inside I noticed the distinct new-car smell of leather upholstery. Then the curious thought of whether this particular car had been used as a bait car for catching car thieves crossed my mind.

My curiosity got the best of me so I asked our driver that very question. He shot me a half grin which I could see in the rear view mirror. Then he said, “That’s classified information I’m afraid. If I told you then I’d have to….”

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Minnesota Undercover – A short story – Part Eight

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Minnesota Undercover – Part Eight

Tim D. McConnaughy Jr.

 

I immediately recognized the man as he walked to the front and then it dawned on me where I had seen him before. Sure enough it was the man who had fallen on me in the hotel lobby and it appeared to be the same man I had apparently seen do a back-flip at the Minnesota airport!

“My name is Martin Kasam,” he said with a clear but thick middle eastern accent. “I have been the lead special agent for the Federal Anti-Terrorism Division here in the Minnesota region.”

Martin talked fast but he seemed to have the unique ability of enunciating every syllable in every word as he spoke.

“I want to welcome you all here but we have much to cover so I won’t waste your valuable time.” he said.

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Minnesota Undercover – A short story – Part Seven

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Minnesota Undercover – Part Seven

Tim D. McConnaughy Jr.

 

 

We continued walking along side agent Da Voy as he led us to each of our rooms. We passed four elevator doors on both sides of us and then I noticed rows of doors lined one after another throughout the long hall. It looked as if we had arrived at another hotel but this time by helicopter. As we passed a few more doors I noticed each door had a curious white letter and number combination printed on the front. I was contemplating the meaning of the letters and numbers when agent Da Voy stopped in front of door 2COR 520-1249.  He told us that this would be Natalie’s room and the room directly across from her was to be mine. Jacob would be in the room next to Natalie’s. The agent then handed us each an electronic room access card and told us we would find changes of clothes that may or may not fit among other amenities inside our room. My room number was 2COR 520-1250.

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