Living a Life Worth Remembering – By Thomas Koester

Seven out of ten people cannot remember the name of their great grandfather. This means that most fathers of today will be forgotten in less than three generations. It’s not that children can’t remember, it’s that most fathers are absent in their lives and therefore are absent in their children’s and in their grandchildren’s memories. The verbal tradition of familial heritage becomes silent, when we live selfishly, or abusively to our offspring.

This is more significant than simply remembering the name of our great grandfathers. Rather, it’s about whether our lives today and tomorrow were meaningful enough to be worth remembering, or positive enough to be inspirational.

When I first learned of this statistic, I sat there shocked; in utter disbelief and horror. This would mean that my future offspring would be oblivious to my existence, and my life today, tomorrow and forever would be erased!

The Scriptures says:

“God has set eternity in the hearts of men.” Ecclesiastes 3:11.

This is why being forgotten is so frightening. Eternity is written into our hearts and souls, to never have existed is contrary to our DNA and to our consciousness.

This set within me a passion to leave an indelible and positive mark on the hearts and minds of my children and grandchildren. This is why I write articles and stories. Not only do I want my children’s children, and their children to remember me, I want the life I live now to inspire them to do memorable acts of love and goodness for others.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“…He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.” Romans 2:7

I want my children to do greater things than me, so that their children will also be inspired to do greater things than their parents, and so on. I want what God desires for me and my children; a life of eternity, glory, honor and immortality.

Job puts it this way:

“The righteous move onward and forward; those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.” Job 17:9

Also, I write articles and blogs for others, leaving behind breadcrumbs, so that they too will find the Father-heart of God. I want as many people possible to experience the joy and amazement of belonging to a loving God, through His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. You see, even God desires that His Son live a legacy life to be remembered and never forgotten. That all of the works of Jesus would lead us to His Father! That all the Father’s spiritual offspring would find their way home to Heaven.

Your greatest accomplishment is not only to father your children well while you’re living, but even more so, after you’ve gone. This is called a legacy — Living a life worth Remembering!

Killing Religion – By Thomas Koester

Religion must die, after all, it murdered the Messiah. And so, God made good use of it to usher in redemption, through the death of His Son. However, religion does not belong in any true house of worship, nor does it belong in the life of any true follower of Jesus Christ.

Lately, there has been a whole lot of “religion” thrown around, bullying lost and broken souls, for which Christ came to heal, and for which Christ came to die. Don’t become infected by religion or traditionalism like I did. Get cured from it and become Agents of Grace, instead of Agents of Religion.

Jesus Christ vanquished religion the morning he rose from the grave. He left the grave clothes of the old religious order in the tomb and provided us direct access to God the Father through his glorious risenness.

The best way to kill Religion, is to love the Religious into a relationship directly with our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ his son.

In The Gospel of Luke, chapter 12, Jesus warns the crowd:

“Guard yourselves from the yeast that puffs up the Pharisees—hypocrisy, false appearance, trying to look better than you really are.”

You see, your goodness is not good enough. Only the goodness of Jesus is good enough to save you and change your life. You cannot change the truth of who you are in the inside by your actions on the outside. Your heart must be changed. Religion cannot change your heart. It can change your outer appearance, but not your heart.

God’s grace is sufficient to save the Religious out from their Religions.

Because Jesus lives, we live — free from religion and free from the traditions of men!

The Barbarism of The Democratic Left – By Thomas Koester

Evil has now openly taken up residence in the Democratic Party. Interesting, as they openly promote infanticide they are openly removing all evidence of God from their Party and platform. Also, this is to placate the Left’s new ally, Islamic Extremists and Jihad against Christians, Jews and freedom loving Patriots.

“The Enemy of my enemy is my friend,” has become the beckoning cry of the Democratic Left in their alliances with Islamic Extremists in order to destroy conservativism, capitalism and religious liberty.

The Third Reich of Nazi Germany allied with Islamic Extremists as they both shared hatred for Jews. Only 70 years later, the Evil Axis are at it again!

They believe that their inevitable barbarism justifies their means to the end result of Socialism and ultimately Communism. They are also using the Corporate Left’s market control over all Americans to usher in dictatorial rule over our ability to communicate freely and openly. Including our ability to buy and sell.

If you do not take a stand today, and especially during the 2020 Elections, you’ll fall for anything, including slavery and barbarism.

If you don’t believe me, just listen to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, and their party leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

If you call yourself Christian, Jew, or Patriot and you do not leave the Democratic Party of Godless barbarism then you’ve rejected The God of Heaven and your Faith also.

“No one can serve two masters,” said Jesus of Nazareth, “…either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches!” Matthew 6:24

“Check yourself before you wreck yourself.”

Have the courage to walkway from the Party of death and destruction. Just walkway from the Democrats.

Below is an interesting photograph during the 1940s of the Palestinian leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini having a conversation with Adolf Hitler.

The Rapid Collapse of America – By Thomas Koester

Historically, every failed Nation, or civilization has indeed gone through what America and Western civilization is currently going through. The key phrase here is, “every failed Nation or civilization.”

What America is currently undergoing is the rapid decline of our freedoms of the many, for the sake of special liberties for the debauched and the immoral filth of the few. Those with political power will ride the inevitable cultural implosion to greater power and dictatorial control. This is by design and not happenstance.

Again, this is not a new paradigm, but a “rinse and repeat” cycle of history, and what happens with an apathetic, contemporary people, unwilling to learn from past historical mistakes. Albeit, the lack of historical knowledge has been purposely engineered out of our educational institutions, unwittingly to the average American and student. This, by no means excuses the average American citizen, but rather is a sad and factual commentary of our collective willingness in seeking pleasure, and our policy of appeasement in exchange for governmental control and free goodies.

In reality, we’ve all chosen to worship America, and all it’s bounty, rather than the God of Heaven, Earth’s only Redeemer.

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3.

Unfortunately, the 21 Century Church has been too preoccupied with Church! If the Church would’ve been occupied with the Kingdom of God, as an occupying force for good, we would not be this far down the river, and perhaps the “foundations” could’ve been repaired.

Our task was to occupy until He comes — To preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to the entire world as a witness. Not hasten the day of destruction because of our misguided disengagement, and our pre-tribulation and premilienial exfiltration madness!

As surely as the sun rises in the East, our future leaders will be as debauched, morally vacant and deranged as the voters that vote them into power. Our ignominious milestones of the first this, or the first that; the first gay Senator, first transgender Congressman, first Islamic-Extremist Representative and our first LGBTTQQIAAP President, etc. will become the millstone of slavery around every citizen’s neck; rich or poor, black or white, gay or straight, and liberal or conservative.

Unapologetically, the only option for recovery and change is to turn away from our individual and corporate sins; repent, and turn wholeheartedly to God. Without delay, seeking His forgiveness for our willful disregard of His laws, and of the greatest gift given to all mankind, that is Jesus Christ, God’s only way of salvation truth and righteousness.

Without Jesus Christ, America’s greatness will most certainly collapse, and not even Donald J. Trump can make America Great Again.

The Problems With Bullshit – By Thomas Koester

No, this is not a treatise on global warming or climate change, or the negative impact of cow flatulence to our environment — far from it.

This is about fleeing false pretense and duplicity, and becoming the real you. It’s about breaking down the fake areas in our lives and being honest with ourselves and others.

Wholeness can only be achieved by utter and complete brokenness; this is a profound spiritual principal. This is also the opposite of what the world thinks.

I like what Jerry Maguire said in his moment of breakthrough:

“…Two nights later in Miami at our corporate conference, a breakthrough. Breakdown? Breakthrough. It was the oddest, most unexpected thing. I began writing what they call a Mission Statement for my company. You know — a Mission Statement — a suggestion for the future. What started out as one page became twenty-five.

Suddenly I was my father’s son. I was remembering the simple pleasures of this job, how I ended up here out of law school, the way a stadium sounds when one of my players performs well on the field… And suddenly it was all pretty clear. The answer was fewer clients. Caring for them, caring for ourselves, and the games too. Starting our lives, really. Hey, I’ll be the first to admit it. What I was writing was somewhat “touchy feely.” I didn’t care. I had lost the ability to bullshit. It was the me I’d always wanted to be.” – The Movie “Jerry Maguire”

You see a breakthrough, I mean the kind of breakthrough we know we really need, is always preceded by a breakdown. And, when we lose… no, rather when we refuse to bullshit ourselves and others, we’ll become the person that we’ve always wanted to become.

You’re divinely purposed to become a living act of God’s love and glory. You can’t become what your Creator has intended until you surrender your own mess. That is, your constant self-effort of holding the broken pieces of your life together. Living in fear and dread that your secret life will be exposed at any moment to a live audience is exhausting!

Living a life on constant defense and acting codependently, or as an enabler, justifying the actions of your false-self at the expense of your true-self. This is the definition of what I’m referring to as a “mess.”

You cannot become assembled in body, mind and spirit, all the while holding everything together. You are robbing yourself of the very strength and energy you need by wasting it on supporting your falseness and phony facade. Stop being driven by voices inside your head, echoing the curses of your mother or father, or from the other significant persons in your life.

These curses are the voices of “false coaches,” driving you to repeat a cycle of self-destruction and family dysfunction. These curses are carcinogenic to your desire towards wholeness and wellness. They are the cancerous agents eating away at the divine purpose for which God has created you.

“Gloria Dei est vivens homo,” wrote Saint Irenaeus, which means:

“The glory of God is living man.”

The glory of God, is you fully living, and not your daily self-destruction and learned dysfunction.

In the human body, you cannot build muscle without first tearing down the muscle you have. Tearing down the muscle requires a determination to submit to the pain and deny yourself comfort. Likewise, you must have a willing determination to submit your very life and comforts to God.

James says it this way:

4-6 “You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”

7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” James 4:6-10 (MSG)

Pride is self-destruction, low esteem, self-loathing and such, is what’s been behind your self-effort of “holding it all together.” This is why pride always precedes a profound fall. There is nothing good in this kind of a fall, because it’s always a fall from grace and not towards it.

You want God’s grace? Become truly humble. Oh yes, it is painful to stop your self-salvation and accept Truth and to act on it. But the light, which will come flooding into your darkness will bring with it the wholeness and wellness you’ve been searching for.

The problem with bullshit, is that it is no respecter of persons, race, religion or age… it flows from all of us and keeps us from the truth.

“Men love darkness, rather than light,” this is true. But you cannot become the man or woman you were meant to become all the while remaining in darkness. Just as painful as it is to build muscle, is it painful at first to step out from darkness into God’s marvelous Light!

The gain from the pain of coming into the light is worth the life of wholeness and holiness.

Did you know that embracing your brokenness, rather than hiding it will cause collateral beauty?

There may be a divine and strategic purpose behind your brokenness that when shared with others may cause a chain reaction of hope and healing in you and in them.

This moment, you’re standing at a crossroad — at a turning point; your next decision can create a paradigm shift of unprecedented emotional and spiritual change.

You just might find peace and rest for your troubled mind and your weary soul.

“The Lord said to his people…

“’You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. Ask where the old, reliable paths are. Ask where the path is that leads to blessing and follow it. If you do, you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not follow it!’” Jeremiah 6:16 (NET)

Stop hanging out with the “We will not follow it” crowd!

You no longer belong to the crowed who refuse to follow the right path.

Stop staring at the crossroad put before you this day and follow it. Stop saving yourself and fall into the grace, mercy and love of God, and you will become the man or woman you’ve always wanted to be. After all, God put the desire to be his love and glory in you so that you may be fully living, fully alive to a world content with dying and taking you with it.

Breakdown before breakthrough. God is waiting if you are willing. Open up to God, or find a trusted friend to help lead you to his grace.

May I be honest and a bit crass?

It is my prayer that you’ll lose your ability to “bullshit!” – Amen

Say What You Need to Say – By Thomas Koester

I Love You. The Three Most Powerful Words.

Can three little words truly be so powerful?

I lived through nearly four decades of silence from my father. Four days before he passed I had the opportunity to stay over night with him in the VA Hospital in Martinez, CA. (My father was wounded in action by a missile attack, during the Korean War on September 19, 1952). After the lights went out courage rose within in my heart and I spoke the three most important words that I could speak to the Most important man in my life:

Dad?

“Yes son.”

Dad, …I love you!

What felt like an eternity of silence filled the darkened hospital room…

…Then, from his weaken condition I heard what my heart and soul had so longed to hear in the 39 silent years I had lived:

“I love you too, son.”

Suddenly, unspeakable joy filled my heart, and tears rolled down my face. I called out to my dad several times that night, saying:

Dad?

“Yes son.”

Dad, …I love you!

“I love you too, son.”

I heard the voice of my father say he loves me, and it washed all the years of hurt, anger and loneliness from my body, soul and mind. My father’s words were healing and had changed my life from that day forward.

My father’s words helped me to accept my Heavenly Father’s words over me.

“I am my beloveds and he is mine, his banner over me is love!” Songs of Songs.

“See, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreaded day of the Lord. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:5-6 (MEV)

Jesus came to me late in the night of October 8, 1998 in that VA Hospital in Martinez California. He bound up my wounds, and healed my broken heart. He set this captive free and released me from a prison of loneliness, despair and anger. He lifted the curse from my life, and in becoming my father’s beloved son, I became God’s also!

“Come away with me my love, my lovely one come. For you with winter is over and gone. The snow has melted and the flowers are in bloom; the cooing of the turtle doves can be heard throughout the land. Come away with me my love, my lovely one come. Your face is beautiful, your voice is sweet. Come away with me my love, my lovely one come.” Songs of Songs

My Dad became my hero and went away to be with the Lord of Life on October 12, 1998. I stood at his right side, holding his hand until he breathed his last breath. He looked up to the ceiling, smiled and then was gone. We all wept so loudly as a family that our cries could be heard throughout the wing of the hospital.

A few moments later, I reached my right hand over my loving fathers face, and I closed my father’s eyes.

Yes, words do matter. Be brave, be courageous and allow your heart to speak its words before it is too late. The “I love you dad,” opened my father’s heart, which had echoed those desperately needed words from him into my hungry and hurting heart and soul.

There is unspeakable power in the three most simple words of; “I love you,” or “please forgive me.” While these words are simple, it takes great courage to say them. Please, don’t be stubborn and don’t be afraid, but do listen and do speak.

“Scripture says, “If you hear God speak today, don’t be stubborn. Don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled.” Hebrews 3:15 (God’s Word)

Don’t let silence kill your life, your joy, or your future. Speak and live!

Watch this John Mayer Music Video and

“Say what you need to say…”

…And let your heart speak.