Friday, August 15, 2014

Liberating Love





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Liberating Love
(by R.P.Edwards)

Your selfless love
Has set me free
From prisons past
From guilty me
And in your eyes
No qualm I see
Or fear of pain
From guilty me
But only love
That reaches in
And cuts the tie
Of clinging sin
And sees me new
Makes me believe
Your selfless love
Has set me...free



I don't remember the exact day, or month, or even *year. However, I  do remember the television show; "You Write the Songs." It was hosted by noted celebrity, Ben Vereen and, since I believed that the Lord had put a songwriting talent in me (and there was a cash prize!) I wanted to submit something to this "contest." That's how the song, "Liberating Love" (above) was born.

Yes, I still vaguely remember going about my janitorial duties at the time (in college, and working a part time job) and pondering what to submit. After all, I was, for the most part, used to writing religious fare. Surely this wouldn't do. So, I considered...and cleaned...and eventually a simple song of redemptive love came to be.

The production was the most basic. No recording studio; just me, an autoharp and a couple cassette recorders in a room with a lovely reverb. 

Well, it never made it to the show. And, no other "music" entity seemed interested. It did, however, make it into a few weddings. But, for the most part it has remained forgotten, and as time wears and tears...its end was in sight.

Well, a little while ago I was searching the abode for an old cassette player that might actually work (hard to come by these days). I wanted to play some instructional cassettes I had purchased at the Goodwill. My search also turned up a copy of a copy of...Liberating Love. This is the recording (after some cleaning and preening) that is above. I hope, with its rebirth, that some will be blessed. And, although it is secular in nature, the principle...is divine. 

 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
(Romans 5:8)

*P.S. Naturally, I looked it up. The show was from 1986-1987
P.S.S The background photo is the actual player used to play the recording. 
P.S.S.S For some reason I couldn't make a youtube link (other than the video bar; go figure). But here it is if you want to go to my Channel the old fashioned way.   http://youtu.be/zcW-T2uRebY 
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mr President, ACT NOW!






















ACT NOW!
(by R.P.Edwards)


I empathize
With those who wait
Who tremble at
The tread
Who truly hope
That time will heal
And not bring pain
Instead
Who wish that others
Might engage
And lessen
Their attend
Who dream the dream
That goodness wins
And wars
And conflicts
End
But History
Screams different things
That evil only grows
And left alone
Its lust for blood
Will fill the world with woes
So hear the voice
Of victims past
Who died because...we pause
Then drop the pen
Pick up the sword
And join
The righteous...cause!


Celebrities die, and our minds reminisce at how they had the wonderful ability to play make-believe and distract us for a few precious minutes, meanwhile, at the same time, in a distant, but not unreachable place--children are having their heads cut off as a Nazi-esque cancer seeks to viciously consume all they declare infidels or apostate. Villains, Zealots, murderers, and we; the great leader of the "free" world; we, who are well able--in a one month span of concerted effort--to greatly downgrade this wretched band with their demonic doings--we drag our feet as the blood soaks into the sand.

I speak, of course, of the happenings in what used to be Iraq. The foot dragging, hopeful wishing, do nothing (until recently) approach; has led to the slaughter of the innocent and, without a deliberate, concentrated, overwhelming response, there WILL be more and more and more...of the same.

So I say, "ALL IN!, Mr President! ALL IN!" Do a great good with the time you have left. Rekindle the victory instead of rewording the defeat. Swallow your pride and ACT! Spurn your speeches...and ACT! Drop your distant and distracted demeanor...and ACT! Each day you delay is a death sentence, and another line added to your legacy. Mr President, there's still time for you to be a Churchill, instead of a Chamberlain. But...you have to ACT! And, once you do--once you have girded your loins and steeled your resolve--then turn to the other tyrants who gather at our gates. The time is now, Mr. President. The time...is now!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ebola is one




My Personal Ebola
(by R.P.Edwards)

Ebola kills!
And fear ensues!
The painful death
That none would choose
The world recoils
In Panic!
Dread!
But ALL
My friend
Are someway
Dead


"Do you see the symptoms? They're everywhere." One of the--bordering on macabre--statements from the middle-aged parent to his beginning teen as they slowly drove through the store parking lot, taking note of the "conditions" of the patrons. "Just yesterday they were young, vibrant; in their own mind and actions...invincible, immortal. But now, what will do them in...is shown on the skin. But do they see it? Do they recognize it?"

Okay, it's not a direct quote, but the parent is moi and the beginning teen (as in "13") is my son and, it's just something in me (in most fathers I presume) to drop a pearl or two when a youngster is away from the all-consuming gizmos of our time (and this lad has NO smartphone [yet]). And, as my Christian faith is more than a fancy, there's a tie-in. "Sin is the disease; and death is inevitable. However, the cure...is Christ." 

I suppose what caught my ear as to the "Ebola outbreak" was the mention of the two Americans afflicted as they extended the hand of the Savior. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol; Christian missionaries, putting action to their words. And, being a huge fan of the Franklins (Billy and son, Franklin) the mention of the compassionate charity, Samaritans Purse; also added weight.

And so, Ebola is in the news. Bad stuff. A merciless virus. But...death is no respecter, and I suspect most will exit this life another way. The question is...are "we" giving thought to the cure that extends...beyond the grave?

 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, 
but after this the judgment:
(Hebrews 9:27)

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Monday, July 28, 2014

In Support of Israel





Of Israel
(by R.P.Edwards)

A nation, wise
Will not despise
Or hinder
Israel's path
For those that do
Prove scripture, true
Inviting pain
And wrath



I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse,
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
(Genesis 12:3 NASB)

It was a happy little vine; a green, leafy tendril slowly growing up between a couple boards at the end of the porch; grabbing, leaning, grabbing again. I liked it and, as I slowly went to and fro on the white porch swing with beloved grandchild, number one; I wondered just how much of this outer enclave the plant would lay claim to. One might ask, "What kind was it?" And...I honestly don't know. I've never been one for plant purity, or lawn lineage. Indeed, Kentucky Bluegrass is welcome, as is chickweed and clover. I prefer that they're green, but other than that...don't care (sorry neighbors).

Enter my second oldest son. He approached the green guest and said,  "Dad, the boards are bowing here (remember I said the vine was growing "between"?)" And that's what led to the early exhibition.

Moved to action by the safety factor I finally inspected the unders of the porch. Yep, boards needed tending to and, along with the inspection I ran across the biannual signage--a couple painted plywood placards that are attached to the street side of the porch and tell passersby my priorities as to who represents this Union Steelworker--And, before you make the leftward assumption, I consider myself to be a "Values Voter." A God issue voter. Thus, positions on abortion, and traditional marriage and family far outweigh any unctions by leadership or utterances by the smooth of speech. And, along with the subjects mentioned above, there is one other...Israel.

So, since Israel is in need of support, I washed off the hand-painted opinion and mounted the "Pro-Israel" sign, months ahead of time, to the front display (right next to the cross and not far from the American flags [yeah, I'm one of those neighbors]).

Ironically, not long after this someone took the liberty to cut off my vine. As a result, it withered and died. And that, my fellow citizens, is our sure destiny if we continue to disregard the desires of the deity mentioned four times in the Declaration of Independence. Support Israel. And, for all our sakes, don't vote for anyone who is anti or ambivalent.


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National Suicide
(Music and lyrics by R.P.Edwards)

For National Suicide
Here's what you do
Turn against Israel
Your dream will come true
Yes, fight against Zion
Go ahead and try
If you want to burn them
You're going to fry!
You see, God told Abraham
A long time ago
"I'll bless those that bless you
But the other guys...NO!!!"
So, if National Suicide 
Is your desire
Then turn against Israel
And you'll feel the fire
And you'll discover that God's not a liar
You better leave His children alone
You better leave God's people alone
I'm gonna leave God's people alone
We better leave God's people alone

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The REAL war on women













The Real War on Women
(by R.P.Edwards)

A war on women?
Yes, it's true!
For baby girls
Are women, too!
And these are slaughtered
Oft with glee
By bigger girls
Who chant
"I'm free!"
 


The professor--as the one hundred students (max capacity for this University side-cubby) argued, wildly gestured, nearly screamed at one another--simply stood near the entrance and pointed to the large placard above the polished maple door. Slowly, as eyes, two by two, gravitated towards the gray-maned leader of this political science class (101) and then up his arm to read the inscription [CHECK YOUR EMOTIONAL OUTBURSTS AT THE DOOR], the freshmen, singularly and then in clumps, took their seats and waited for the next phrase from the "not PC" Professor Rhombus.

"As I was saying," said the casually dressed PHD (multiple) as he leaned against his cluttered desk, "the issue before us is not the benign euphemism 'Birth Control,' but rather the more accurate descriptive phrases...Conception Control versus...Life Control. To review; the owners of Hobby Lobby already offered, as part of their insurance package, the chemicals and devices needed to prevent...conception. In other words, if these "preventatives" (he used one hand to make the quote sign [a double dip]) are taken or used as directed, they will do just that..."prevent" conception. And, my fellow scholars, we honest inquisitors must acknowledge that when conception occurs...so too Life. Later on (he waved off the score of hands that shot up upon this last declaration) we'll look into the nature and worth of this undisputed "Life." Anyway, the four other chemicals or devices that the religious owners of Hobby Lobby objected to; these prevent implantation of the fertilized egg. This homeless entity is then expelled--"birthed" if you will--and dies. The Christian owners of the craft store equate this result with abortion; i.e. infanticide; i.e. murder.

Now, (the teacher stood up straight; put hands on hips and then arched backward to loosen the ligaments), Now (he repeated) if you want to discuss whether this "life" has worth; i.e. is human and worthy of human "rights," or is merely a thing to be discarded at will...we can go there. However (he slowly, purposely, walked over to the door and pointed above. Then, keeping his hand aloft, he pivoted for maximum eye-contact) with the discussion will come a side-bar on slavery and the evil of human ownership and exploitation. Are you ready for this?"

Two jocks on the back row leaned in towards one another (shielded by the forest of raised arms before them) and one said to the other, "How did this guy get a job at this ultra-left school?" 

The other responded, pulling an apple from a pocket; preparing to nibble, "They say he had a conversion experience after tenure was granted."

"Figures..."

_______

Religious liberty. Rather sad that the act of defending human life has to depend on a human court in order to find the adequate "excuse" for continuing the practice. Sadder still, the many who add "Christian" to their life Resume and yet, frankly, don't care what God thinks about the subject.

But, for now at least, a step in the right direction.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Corrupt Media Watchdogs





Watchdogs?
(by R.P.Edwards)

Lying in the corner
Chewing on a steak
Given by the robbers
This dog is on the take!
His job: to guard the mansion
Defend with bark and bite!
But now he lies contented
As intruders
Steal
The night



I suppose it's common knowledge: the--what used to be called--"Main stream media," has a liberal bias. No surprise there. Abortion, Gay rights, unleashed immigration, Pro-Union, Big government, etc....predictable prose and posturing. However, I recently heard the phrase, "corrupt media," used by a notable commentator and...I have to agree.  You see, it's one thing to lean that way, but it's quite another (especially if you're supposed to be an organ of revelation and truth-telling) to actively be...inactive.

Case in point: the IRS scandal. The targeting (alright, "alleged") of conservative groups in order to hinder their opposition to the person and policies of...President Obama. From what has been gleaned (not by the Majors, of course)...something obviously stinks. And, since EVERY tax-payer has a vested interest in the workings of the "audit-wielder," the media should be all over this thing: probing, prodding, pushing for answers. But are they? No. They turn their eyes; they walk on the other side (Good Samaritan story reference), they, en masse, betray our trust. They, by their purposeful silence (on this and MANY other distasteful doings) evidence not just simple journalistic preference (if it bleeds it leads) but, in their egregious omissions and inactivity they display a distasteful complicitness. I.e...corruption.

So, let me make a proposition; a suggestion."Ok, (I'm talking to the moguls), you helped your guy get reelected. Fine. But, don't you want his administration; the champion of your "causes," to be clean and free from corruption? Don't you want your "ideals" untethered from dirty dealings? Then, do your job! Root out the truth! Demand answers and, if they (as in, people) deserve the boot, or the bastille...so be it. Better to have the wrong righted and your reputation restored than to let the history books and your fellow Americans refer to you as the Corrupt media."

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tyrants in training






We Tyrants
(by R.P.Edwards)

Don't say that it can't happen
That it can't happen...here
Tyrants wielding tyranny 
In America
Most dear
For evil seeds
Lie in each heart
And Power...makes them grow
And history's repleat
My friend
With wickedness
And woe




Perhaps you've seen the news (albeit few media outlets seemed overly interested) concerning Cliven Bundy, his Nevada ranch, his herd, Federal land and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Basically, he says he has a right to graze his cattle on the land; the Federal Gov says no (not without a fee, naturally). I won't go into the details, but here's a couple links if you're interested. From Fox news, and from the Washington Post. 

Anyway, the Feds showed up armed for bear, and the Bundys plight attracted not a few supports; apparently many willing to give their final measure to stave the encroachment of perceived tyranny.  In other words: willing to kill; willing to die.

Whoa...

Well, this little blog began with a poem concerning tyrants and how they become. And, sadly, it seems the essential element for tyranny on a grand scale...is power. And, sadly, our Federal government is drunk with it. Consider the IRS, the NSA, the BLM, etc, and, consider the individuals in each who, with the security of the nearly untouchable bureaucracy, advance their desires to the ill of the nation; to the decay of the Republic. Many people are upset. Many...are oblivious.

Well, let me broaden and then hone: Sorry secularists, but it is a Judeo-Christian belief that man's nature is fallen, debased, untrustworthy. That is why checks and balances are supposedly a part of our Constitutional makeup. And, history proves the premise. Evil is in us, and self judgment or external means are necessary to rein it in.  

However, let's personalize this: tyranny, the byproduct of unbridled power, is not only the inclination of the statesman. No, it walks among us, no matter our station or status. In the home, on the job, on the street. Wherever "power" is imparted, or assumed, it's potential is there. And, in my over five decades of observation I've seen it, or even leaned towards it (God forgive me). And, ironically, it is often veiled with declarations of Safety, or Security, or "it's for your own good," and, with these justifications in tow, if they, if WE are not careful; an arrogance will arise; an overlord will come out, a tyrant will be born.  And so...

Here's to the tyrants I will meet today. Hopefully one...will not be in the mirror.

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