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How Did Jesus Do What He Did?

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“How Did Jesus Do What He Did?”©

by Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

[Originally written for my P.E.A.R.STM blog on 10/29/10]

Good morning!

The transformation of someone who has received Christ as Savior and Lord into the “likeness” of Christ is the bedrock of Christianity and the substance of eternal life.  Pastors frequently encourage their congregations to emulate Jesus and be Christ-like in their behavior.

It is understood that Jesus, though embodied as a man when He was on earth and subject to all the same temptations faced by each of us, lived a sinless life of holiness and perfection.  Moving to that same manner of living is what we are called to as well.  (Matt 5:45, 1 Pet 1:15-16)

Fortunately, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel or engage in a trial and error approach to find a way to do that.  The answer to the question, “how did Jesus do what He did?” is given to us in the Bible.  The bottom line is Jesus wasn’t a “do-er” (in the sense of relying on His own power or abilities) but rather was a “be-er”.  He rested and relied entirely on the strength and presence of the Father working through Him.

A 24/365 (24 hours a day/365 days of the year) absolute reliance and dependence on the indwelling of God the Father in Jesus is how Jesus did what He did.  

The same is what is offered and is available to us through Christ and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us – as we grow in our understanding and acceptance of that reality with all our mind, all our heart and all soul as Christ did with the Father.  It is God, not us, Who enables us to do whatever He calls us to do.

Our only responsibility is to “be” available to Him and to “be” willing to accept His power, love and wisdom in the place and stead of our human frailties and inadequacies.  Such is the substance of a “be-er” in Christ.

Bob Alderman 

P.S.  For more on this, a great book to read is “The Saving Life of Christ” by W. Ian Thomas.


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Human Rationalization and Spiritual Malpractice©


Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

Have you ever worked yourself into a tizzy over some little thing, or perhaps gone the other way and convinced yourself that whatever you were doing or not doing was acceptable conduct?

I know for me personally, my emotions or desires will frequently lead my mind in either of those directions if I don’t filter the process through a litmus test of God’s Reality or carefully compare the tint and color to His Palette of Truth.

This is very important, because the rationalization capabilities of the human mind (if left to its own devices and not Spiritually guided) will all too often produce color blind results.

Most all of us have heard and/or used the following rationalizations:

“Everybody’s doing it.”  (The “Aw, gee, Mom!” argument that somehow large numbers of participation (whether real or perceived) make it right.

“No harm, no foul.”  (Well, God didn’t strike me dead, so what I did must not have been too bad.)

“Live and let live.”  (He doesn’t bother me; I won’t bother him.)

“It’s not my place to say anything.”  (It’s not in my job description.)

Recently, I listened to a dialog of pros and cons between members of a professional listserv to which I belong through my estate planning law practice.  The question raised by one member was whether or not there could be legal consequences (maybe even criminal charges) brought against a client who married a third party just to obtain social security benefits as a “surviving spouse” when that party dies.  This marriage of convenience was being considered, because the inquiring member’s client and the client’s real “spouse” were homosexual and not entitled to social security surviving spouse benefits from one another.

Within a short time, the dialog grew into a discussion with several members participating and quickly became an argument as to the “rights” of homosexuals with one side of the argument being that since 4-10% of the population (the accuracy of those numbers was also debated) is now homosexual, they should be recognized and given the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples.  If that were to occur, the argument went, there would be no need to fabricate a marriage of convenience to obtain social security surviving “spouse” benefits.

One of the elements of that argument was the human rationalization that:  “Everybody’s doing it, so we should accept it and change our laws to accommodate it.”  (It’s the “Aw, gee, Mom, all my friends are doing it, so that makes it an okay thing to do” argument.)

Though as humans we may want to rationalize in that direction and reach out to others in love as a commendable action, we have to remember that God is the One who provides the rules for living.  For Him, the argument that “everyone’s doing it” or that the percentages of participation have increased will not cause Him to alter His holy ways.

Perhaps the two best known examples of this in the Bible are:  “Noah and the Ark” and “Sodom and Gomorrah” found in Genesis chapters 6 and 19, respectively.  Though virtually “everyone was doing it” (living a life style contrary to God’s teachings), the known world, except for Noah and his family, was destroyed in the first instance, and in the second, the entire population of two cities and the surrounding valleys, except for Lot’s family, were destroyed because of their iniquities.

In the latter, even Abraham used human rationalization during his conversation with God seeking to save those cities if just a few righteous men could be found (beginning with fifty and moving down to ten).  Though God said he would spare the cities under those circumstances, it was not for the sake of the multitudes violating His laws, but for a few who might be found striving to live as God required.

A few years back (possibly even ten or more), I read an article in the Los Angeles Times arguing that the Bible needed to be re-written in order to be more tolerant of mankind’s society and culture.  The writer’s position was actually one step past rationalization.  Knowing that the Bible could not in any way be reasoned or interpreted as approval or acceptance of what the world has become, his solution was for mankind to write their own rules.  

In other words, if the Creator and Ruler of the universe doesn’t suit your fancy, then declare and reason that you have the right and ability to be the creator and rule maker yourself.   Such is perhaps man’s most egregious rationalization.

The second rationalization phrase set forth early in this P.E.A.R. is closely related to the first and need not be addressed separately.  However, the third and fourth present a slightly different twist to the human mind’s rationalization process – somewhat like the flip side of the same coin.  They’re similar, yet different from the first two.

“Live and let live.”  (He doesn’t bother me; I won’t bother him.)

“It’s not my place to say anything.”  (It’s not in my job description.)

The reasoning of the mind on these is basically this:  if we can’t change something into what we want it to be, just ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist.  Don’t get involved.

When it comes to the Bible and God’s teachings, this is what I call Spiritual Malpractice.

Ken Sande in his book “The Peace Maker” puts it this way.

Any doctor who diagnoses cancer but fails to report it to a patient would be guilty of malpractice.  After all, a patient can be properly treated only after the disease has been identified.  Sin [all disobedience of God] works in the same way; left undiagnosed and untreated, it causes grief and spiritual deterioration – leading ultimately to death [eternal separation from God].

Every believer and follower of Christ is charged or entrusted (somewhat like a doctor) with a biblical Hippocratic oath of ethical conduct to save as many in the world from the disease of sin as they possibly can.  It is part of their Christian job description whether they want to admit it or not.  If they remain silent, they commit Spiritual malpractice and will be held accountable for their inaction on judgment day.

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Avoiding the errors of human rationalization (trying to make Reality into something we’re willing to accept) rather than honoring God’s Word, or stepping forward to be ambassadors of Christ and proclaimers of His Kingdom are not easy to do.  Both will bring consternation from the world and charges of being intolerant, judgmental and self righteous.

So, what’s the answer?

Do it anyway, because that’s what God commands.  Believers are to be watchmen and to warn those who are dying and if the believer fails to do so, the blood of those who could have been saved but were not will be on that believer’s hands.  (Ezekiel 3:16-21). 

Even exposing the darkness (speaking against conduct occurring contrary to the light of God’s Word) is an affirmative requirement.  If action is not taken, a tacit acceptance or approval may be inferred.  (Eph. 5:7-16)

Always speak the truth in love, however, with the goal of salvation not condemnation.  Those who hear what you say may still take offense, and you may even feel that you bumbled the opportunity.  Yet, the Holy Spirit will use it for good and perhaps be the beginning of a seed that leads to Life.

The bottom line is this: Whatever you do, don’t engage in human rationalization or Spiritual malpractice when it comes to God’s Word and commandments.  Be the messenger and take the ridicule just as Christ did as that is your purpose on this earth.

Have a great week!  (and to my family, love Dad)

Bob Alderman

083105 – updated 8/26/08


P.E.A.R.s™ Periodic Encouragement And Reminders


by Robert E. Alderman, Jr. 

The primary foundation of the Cancel Culture’s mindset are principles developed as an offshoot from Marxism known as the Critical Race Theory. CRT hates free speech, reason or debate, capitalism, facts, truth, history and God just as Marxism did – but CRT uses race, gender and other herd mentality divisive tools to attack Christian-Judaeo values and safeguards in our Constitution rather than the single, workers v. management approach of historical Marxism.

With its broadened points of attack through emotional rhetoric, fear tactics and bullying alongside censorship partnerships with big tech multi-media and liberal news organizations, the CRT’s propaganda has become an avalanche roaring down the mountain sides of America seeking to destroy everything in its path. 

If you are not yet thoroughly aware of what CRT is, what it stands for, how it uses “identity politics” to create hate and division, now controls the-we-hate-America-platform of the democrat party, AND is actively striving to infiltrate every corner of our educational systems – please use the link in the endnote below to read a great, eye-opening overview published recently by The Heritage Foundation

The article is a long-read, but well worth the time – for yourself as well as anyone else with whom you may wish to share it.

Although I expect to write subsequent articles and provide additional reference materials related to the subject of this P.E.A.R. , for now I simply want to paraphrase a poem I came across many years ago that succinctly expresses the primary difference between Christians and the CRT Cancel Culture:

Racists and sexists is what they shout, 

And then draw circles to shut us out.

But with our God and the will to win; 

We draw circles to pull them in!

[no source reference for this paraphrase]

Until next time,

Have a great week,


(and to my family, Love, DAD)

Link to: Critical Race Theory, the New Intolerance, and Its Grip on America, The Heritage Foundation, BACKGROUNDER, No. 3567 – December 7, 2020: 


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 Do Not Be Deceived© – Part 4a

(Book Review of: We Will Not Be Silenced)

Chapter 2-3: The Progressives’ Agenda: Hate and Destruction

by Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

I am anxious to get to the last chapter of the book in this review series, as that’s where the “answer” to the chaos and anti-God perspectives being ram-rodded by socialist Marxism in America is given by the author. Although there are short statements throughout the book pertaining to “strengthening what remains” of a righteous America, the last chapter is where he addresses that issue directly as to what is the correct viewpoint or counter-action for Christ followers during this time of darkness.

However, the middle chapters 2-9 contain important and valuable insights that every American should know, come to understand and recognize in order to avoid having their minds further deceived, AND to recover from the deceptions which have already engulfed us.

In those middle chapters, the author exposes the multi-headed agenda of the socialistic Marxist’s ultra-left/progressive mind-set which is one of hate for and the destruction of everything that constitutes the American way of life – especially its Judaeo-Christian foundation.

At the beginning of this series, I listed the author’s chapter titles that provide brief labels for their respective content.  In the table of contents, he also adds a one-sentence description as follows:

Chapter 1: Title: How We Got Here – Description: A survey of the forces used to dismantle the core values that built up America.

Chapter 2: Title: Rewrite the Past to Control the Future – Description: The strategies being used to delegitimize our Judaeo-Christian past in order to make way for a wholly secular and Godless society.

Chapter 3: Title: Use Diversity to Divide and Destroy – Description: How harmful cultural ideologies are keeping the races in perpetual, endless conflict.

Chapter 4: Title: Freedom of Speech for Me, but not for thee – Description: The growing trend to stifle and shame those who uphold conservative or Christian worldviews.

Chapter 5: Title: Sell It as a Noble Cause – Description: How propaganda is used to shape a populations’s perception of reality so they will not change their minds even when confronted by compelling counter-evidence.

Chapter 6: Title: Sexualize the Children: Description: How school curricula and popular culture are leading our children into sexual confusion and warped ideas of personal identity.

Chapter 7: Title: Capitalism Is the Disease; Socialism Is the Cure – Description: Why socialism is initially attractive yet ultimately leads to failure, and how capitalism can create wealth that furthers Christian work everywhere.

Chapter 8: Title: Join with Radical Islam to Destroy America – Description: Why and how two different worldviews are willing to set aside their differences to eradicate Christianity and capitalism.

Chapter 9: Title: Vilify! Vilify! Vilify! – Description: How disagreements today are no longer resolved with mutual respect and civility, but through shaming and outrageous denunciations.

If you have not yet obtained this book and have already read it for yourself, I continue to recommend that you do.  It’s simply the age old wise advice: “to be forewarned is to be forearmed”. In other words, if we come to understand what we’re dealing with, we can then take proactive preventive measures or at least be better prepared to take the right action when we face the devil-prompted changes that are happening – and will continue to get worse if the train wreck speeding down the tracks of America is not heeded.

Again, the best way for me to express the substance of each chapter is to share a few direct quotes.  In doing so, I will paraphrase the description of the chapter in a straight forward statement of the democrat party’s agenda covered by the author in that chapter:

CHAPTER 2: Lie about and erase American history in order to write a new and false history:

The first step in liquidating [the word now being used in leftist politics and media is “reprograming] a people is to erase its memory. Destroy, books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history.  Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was.” [a quote in this book from “The Velvet Revolution of 1989”]

The secularists are insisting that we turn a corner so that we lose sight of the Judaeo-Christian influence of our past.

They know that if we lose our history, we will lose our future, a future they wish to control.

Standing in the way of the secularist agenda is the US Constitution…that guarantees our basic freedoms, the separation of powers and due process.

[The agenda by] The radical secularists is to establish a permanent grip on power in the government [by packing/altering the US Supreme Court from nine justices to fifteen or more and then appointing anti-Constitution/anti-God men or women to the additional slots; and attempt to increase the number of states – that would give them additional House of Representative and Senate and abolishing]… the Electoral College, which helps to ensure that all states have a voice in national politics. 

[These changes would eliminate all the “checks and balances” created by the constitution and give them control of the government in perpetuity. We would then be a one-party-dictatorship-of-do-as-they-say-shut-up-or-else-country!]

CHAPTER 3:  Seek to create a never-ending division between races, genders and income levels within the population through non-stop claims of racism, sexism, slavery, etc.

The democrat socialist battle cry is: Don’t solve problems, use them!  Stir up discontent. Create Guilt.

Race is their pretext, power is their goal.

Their assertion is: If [people] in one group underachieves it’s the fault of the achievers; if one group is poor, it’s the fault of the wealthy.

Remember, the goal is not to foster unity or common ground, but to assign blame and ensure that people will be put into categories so that tensions between groups can be enflamed and maintained.

The German-American Marxist philosopher, Hebert Marcuse had a strategy for destroying the influence of Christianity…He proposed to exploit groups that were being depressed, then blame Christianity and capitalism for their oppression.  This, he believed, would hasten the demise of the enemies of Marxism and help establish the Marxist state.  In all of this, God was seen as the ultimate oppressor.

In the world of political correctness, arguments are resolved [not by rational debate of pros and cons, truth and facts, but] by social force and shaming [and violence].

[This agenda is being pushed under the “woke” banner (see End Note 1) whereby so-called injustices, racism, sexism, etc. are being “seen” and asserted in every nook and corner to the point of absurdity – all for the purpose of generating hate and destruction! Just during the time I have been working on this article, both Dr. Susses’ books and Mr. Potato Head are now being called racist and sexist!!!  The extent of the democrat/progressive party’s hate and destroy mindset seems to reach a higher state of absurdity everyday.]

Surely the so-called hard sciences like math are objective, not subject to the social justice and race theories that are applied to disciplines such as sociology, history, and politics.  But no more, these theories are now being applied to mathematics. [In Seattle Public Schools math is now considered and is being taught as oppressive whereby] a new ethnic studies curriculum will teach students that ancient mathematical knowledge has been appropriated by western culture. Math is accused of fostering a litany of more serious crimes: imperialism, dehumanization, and oppression of marginalized persons.

[The actions and words being used by the socialistic Marxist movement in seeking to carryout their agenda] …can be so intimidating that the fear of being misunderstood can tempt us to retreat into the safety of silence. This would be a mistake. Thankfully, most black leaders welcome honest discussion without pre-judging people because of the color of their skin. And that should be true of all of us.

[Bold wording and underling in the quoted text has been added by me.]

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Many more substantive statements from the author of could be shared from just these two chapters (2 and 3).  However, I try to keep each P.E.A.R. to three pages or less.

I will continue in the following parts of this series to provide more of his disclosures.

In the meantime, buy the book; read it and share it with others – if you are not already doing all of that!  Also, share with others the realities of what is playing out right in front of us and encourage them to follow the Fox News Network (and even some foreign news networks) where these realities are reported – that are otherwise being censored by the mainstream media.

In spite of all this, every day is a day the Lord has made; we will be glad and rejoice in it! So…

Have a great week!

(And to my family, Love, DAD)

End Notes: 

1. “WOKE”: First used in the 1940s, the term has resurfaced in recent years as a concept that symbolizes perceived awareness of social issues and movement. By the late 2010s, woke had been adopted as a more generic slang term associated with left-wing politics, progressive or socially liberal causes such as anti-racismLGBT rightsfeminism and environmentalism. It has also been the subject of memes, ironic usage and criticism for its methods and consequences.[2][3] Its widespread use since 2014 is a result of the Black Lives Matter movement. (from Wikipedia)

Do Not Be Deceived – Part 2 Book Foreword






 Do Not Be Deceived© – Part 2


(Book Review of: We Will Not Be Silenced)

by Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

I found it interesting as well as encouraging that Mike Huckabee, a previous governor of Arkansas, authored an article (See endnote 1) in “DECISION” Magazine – December 2020 related to this P.E.A.R.S™ series and its underlying, battle of the mind focus.

Roughly in the middle of the governor’s article, he summarizes the current battle in our country (continuation of the freedoms on which America is built v. the Progressives’ push for socialism with a Marxist replacement government) stating: 

These are huge issues that go right to the heart of the First Amendment. Christians need to wake up and understand that we’re not talking about slight differences between the [political] parties; we’re talking about a restructuring of our country that would fundamentally change how we view our basic human and fundamental constitutional rights.

Some Christians in November’s elections appear to have based their votes on personalities rather than the policies of the candidates. They may get what they wanted, but they may not want what they get.” (Underlining added)

Meaning, many Americans have had their minds emotionally deceived by the democrats’ progressive element and most news medias – rather than mentally identifying and evaluating the realities of what the elections are really about.

Governor Huckabee is essentially, echos the detailed “Foreword” to “We Will Not Be Silenced” by Dr. David Jeremiah titled: “Why You Should Read This Book”:

Recently, while sitting at the breakfast table, I told my wife that I felt like I was living through the dismantling of America. We talked about the horror of watching the news each night and seeing this country that we love being destroyed before our very eyes. How could this be happening? What does it mean? Where is it leading? What can we do?

These are the cultural questions that are being asked in almost every setting you visit today. Unfortunately, almost no one is providing any answers.

But Erwin Lutzer, in “We Will Not Be Silenced” is responding. And what he has written about what is happening in our nation is the most complete, the most honest, and the most understandable explanation I have encountered.

I agreed to write this foreword because I believe you need to read this book – not just the first few pages but every page, every paragraph, every word.

If I could, I would put “WeWill Not Be Silenced” into the hands of every Christian in America. But it is already in your hands, and I want to tell you why you should read it.

This book exams every cultural issue we are facing. Nothing is left out. It addresses diversity issues, racial issues, gender issues, social justice issues, media issues, issues of free speech, and issues rooted in socialism and Marxism. Most importantly, it covers issues related to the church and how it is responding to all of this.

“We Will Not Be Silenced” examines all the above and much more. But it doesn’t just examine them, it explains them. Why are these things happening? How did we get to where we are without noticing where we were headed? Recently we have watched as criminal mobs have ravaged our cities, burned down buildings, and declared war on the police. What has been most troubling has been the attempt of these organized rioters to tear down moral and spiritual values as well. Why are they doing this? It is not just random civil disobedience. Nor is it lawful protest going awry.

Erwin Lutzer explains that behind all this distractive behavior is the determination of the Marxists to destroy America’s history so that it can be replaced by a new Marxist “history” that is being inculcated into our children’s minds from kindergarten through graduate school. They’re not just tearing down monuments, they’re trying to destroy the very foundation upon which our nation was founded. They understand that “he who controls the past controls the future”.

This book traces every secular cultural expression back to its roots. These things are not just happening; they have been orchestrated. They are not random individual occurrences; they are all part of a carefully scripted and produced overture to the destruction of America.

Finally, this book does not just examine what is happening and explain why it is happening. It exhorts us to respond to what is happening. Lutzer asks, “How do we live courageously in a culture where people who shout the loudest win the argument? How do we live during a time when Christianity is openly being remade to blend more comfortably into a secularized culture?

Here is Lutzer’s hopeful answer for you, for me, and for all who call upon the name of the Lord:

I want to inspire us to have the courage to walk toward the fire and not run away from the flames. God has brought us to this cultural moment, and our future cannot be taken for granted. As has been said, “In a time of universal deception, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”.

I want to encourage you to prayerfully and carefully read this book. Take good notes, highlight the key passages, write in the margins. And when you have finally wrapped your mind and heart around these truths, don’t be silent!

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The following parts of this series will overview one or more of “We Will Not Be Silenced” ten chapters under titles identifying the Democratic Party’s progressive/socialist.Marxist agenda:

 “1. How We Got Here, 2. Rewrite the Past to Control the Future, 3. Use Diversity to Divide and Destroy, 4. Freedom of Speech for Me, but Not for Thee, 5. Sell It As A Noble Cause, 6. Sexualize the Children, 7. Capitalism Is the Disease, Socialism is the Cure, 8. Join with Radical Islam to Destroy America, 9, Vilify! Vilify! Vilify!, 10. Wake UP! Strength What Remains!

If you not well acquainted with the Marxist/socialism objectives (the Progressive movement) in America compared to the conservative counter perspective, Dan Crenshaw (previously Navy Seal and now a U.S. Congressman) provides, these simple descriptions in “FORTITUDE – American Resilience in the Era of Outrage” – published April, 2020

“…progressivism is an aggressive, statist philosophy that rejects the Constitution – and  the checks and balances it protects – as outdated and no longer suited for a complex modern society…[whose supporters] have long believed in a powerful central government that is unrestrained by limiting principles, unburdened by state’s rights and individual liberties, able to implement a vision for society that is defined [by the government].

I fully reject their ideology as unsustainable, inherently anti-liberty, and naive in its utopian pursuit.

I reject [it] for yet another reason, which is that it is a false god.

[The other major camp driving politics today is conservatism which] we can define…as an approach to government that values individual freedoms, personal responsibility and moral virtue as a bulwark for that same freedom. Conservatives believe in a limited role for government, fiscal discipline, and an understanding that government exists to protect our inalienable rights, among them, life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Government does not exist to end your suffering, it exists in order to create the proper structure based on equality and justice, so you can pursue your own happiness.

Keep your mind alive and working. In addition to being the guardhouse to our hearts, it is also our primary, faculty in the pursuit of true happiness. 


Have a great week!

(And to my family, Love, DAD)


1. “A Wake-up Call for the Church – will the Church rise to the challenges before it?” 

Do Not Be Deceived – Part 1 Introduction

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Do Not Be Deceived©

Part 1: Introduction

(Book Review of – We Will Not Be Silenced)

by Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

It is so easy to be drawn into the ways of this world; to be deceived into believing what we hear on TV, read in political propaganda, or just react in a knee jerk manner to our emotions – rather than digging deep for wisdom and truth before making a decision.

The battle against our minds has been a 2020 focal point through the political misuse of the Corona Virus to oppress us preceded by four years of increased anti-God, anti-America hate and blatant lies since Donald Trump was elected president. 

(I find that somewhat ironic since 20/20 vision for truth should be the ultimate objective for a righteous people.)

In fact, God created our minds to be guard houses for our hearts.  We are supposed to use our minds to gather facts and honest information, then sort, evaluate and reason – in a form of war and battle – before we make decisions.

If we don’t do that, if the windows and doors of our guard houses are boarded up (whether we do it to ourselves or allow others to do it to us), we are resigning ourselves to being mentally blind, lead around with rings in our noses and deceived (essentially taken captive and enslaved) by the empty philosophies and traditions of the world) by men seeking to set themselves up as god.

So, how do we fight this battle, how to do we win this battle; where do we find the real truth, and then…, most importantly, what do we do with what we find and learn?

WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED published in November this year by Erwin W. Lutzer (see endnote 1) is the scariest yet, most enlightening and positive overview I’ve read regarding the when, where, why and how of what is now happening in America.  Most importantly it identifies the ultimate  extent and manner to which we need to engage our minds – not just to protect our hearts or possibly slow the downward spiral of America, but to find the personal courage to share these realities with others whose eternal souls depend on it!

In other words, this is a book that, in my opinion, is not merely a helpful side note to be tucked away in some corner of our minds, but rather is urgently needed and invaluable to every American who is truly interested in understanding what the forefathers of our country envisioned and desired by the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – of the people, by the people and for the people (ALL the people) – based on the vision of limited government with a biblical balance of checks and balances – which are now targets for destruction by the so-called progressive left, who will succeed IF we remain silent.

If you search out this book to obtain a copy to read for yourself – which I highly, highly recommend – don’t be concerned by the narrowly scoped subtitle pertaining to the progressives’ assault on Christianity.  The book goes well beyond the issue of religious freedom – to cover and explain in equal depth the escalating attacks in America seeking to destroy freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, American history, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and to replace them with a form of slavery under the guise and false promises of justice, equality, socialism and marxism. And, every chapter is supported by independent, endnote sources – nearly 300 total.

In this P.E.A.R. series, my first in a long time, my intent is to make every article relatively short as a post to my Facebook and Linked-in pages – for everyone desiring to participate in this review and/or perhaps share it with others.

Additionally, the articles will be automatically available by activating an RSS feed through my website: under the ‘Follow” option if that is desired.  (At least, I’ve been assured by the providers of that plug-in that it is now operational.  If you find that not to be the case, please let me know.)

In Part 2, I will post the book’s Foreword by Dr. David Jeremiah titled: “Why You Should Read This Book” – as further encouragement to obtain a copy, as I think it is that important and will be more eye opening to you than merely reading my review summations.

Have a great week!

(And to my family, 

Love, DAD)

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Endnote 1: Erwin E. Lutzer is Christian pastor, teacher and author; born in Canadian in 1941; served as the senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois, from 1980 to 2016 and still provides radio broadcasts around the world on issues pertaining the to mind, heart and soul of every human being.

We are to be Actively-Passive©

To go with God, we have to leave our hammocks.

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We are to be Actively-Passive©
Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

(After reading this post, please take the sequence challenge in the P.S.)

The subject I want to address this week is not exactly heavy on my heart, but it does involve an issue with which I seem to have a constant struggle.  Basically, it comes down to this: how much of my growth and walk with God depends on me and how much depends on Him?

Perhaps you’re facing the same quandary.  If so, I hope the thinking-out-loud I am about to engage in will give you some thoughts to consider as you try to find God’s purpose and fulfillment in your own life.

It’s quite clear from the Bible that our salvation and adoption into God’s family, through which we will inherit the glorious riches of His eternal kingdom, are gifts of grace from Him and not something we can earn on our own.  Nevertheless, we are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.  [Philippians 2:12]  The next verse reads: “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” [Philippians 2:13]

We also find: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.”  [Jeremiah 33:3]  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” [Jeremiah 29:13]  “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 seek Him.”  [Hebrews 11:6]

When Charles Swindoll in his book “The Mystery of God’s Will” briefly mentions Philippians 2:12, he says, “…, be discerning, think it through, use your head, pay attention, get serious about your Christian walk.”  What he means is that even after we believe in Christ and are saved by His grace, there’s still more for us to understand; more growth for us to achieve, and more service and purpose for us to fulfill in God’s plan here on earth.

Are we left to struggle with this on our own?  Absolutely not!  For we will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon us. [Acts 1:8]  “I will ask the Father”, said Jesus, “and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world [those who reject Christ] can not receive because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” [John 14:18]

Still, there is initiative for us to take.  If we want to learn great and mighty things, we must “call” on God.  To find Him [to learn from Him and grow in Him], we have to “seek” Him diligently and seriously “with all of our hearts”.  And…we have to have faith that He is the great I AM, Almighty God with the desire, ability and irrevocable commitment to provide the rewards He has promised.

Dallas Willard in “The Divine Conspiracy – rediscovering our hidden life in God” puts it this way:

When we receive God’s gift of life by relying on Christ, we find that God comes to act with us.  However unlikely it may seem from our current viewpoint, God equipped us for the task by framing our nature to function in a conscious, personal relationship of interactive responsibility with him.  If we are faithful to him, we learn his cooperative faithfulness to us in turn.  When we submit what we are to God and where we are to God, our rule or dominion then increases.  He constantly invites us into an ever larger share in what he is doing.

Where the problem with this paradox often exists is that we sit like a lump of coal waiting for God to provide the flame and also stoke the fire.  He will provide everything we need to fulfill our part of the partnership (there is no doubt about that), but He does not force it on us.

Does this mean we are to step out on our own and then wait for Him to catch-up and provide us with what we want?  No, it doesn’t mean that either.  Confusing, isn’t it?

Doing the will of God is rarely easy and uncomplicated.  Instead, it is often difficult and convoluted.  Or, back to my preferred term, it is mysterious.  Yet, God’s will is not passive, it isn’t a matter of just lying back and waiting for him to move us from Plan A to Plan B. (Charles Swindoll, ibid.)

Many of the authors I’ve read speak to this dilemma.  “God is not going to help you set goals and then be uncommitted to and uninvolved in their attainment.  The Holy Spirit has been imported to you to give you a built-in divine ability to help you succeed.” (“Success God’s Way” by Charles Stanley)

Also, J.I. Packer in “Knowing God”:

Even with right ideas and guidance in general, however, it is still easy to go wrong.  The Spirit can be quenched, and we can all too easily behave in a way which stops this guidance from getting through.  Moreover, it does not follow that right guidance will be vindicated as such by a trouble-free course thereafter.

Here is another cause of deep perplexity for Christian people.  They have sought guidance and believe it has been given.  They have set off along the road which God seemed to indicate.  And now, as a direct result, they have run into a crop of new problems which otherwise would not have arisen – isolation, criticism, abandonment by their friends, practical frustrations of all sorts.

Trouble, however, is not necessarily a sign of being off-track at all.  [Twice, Jesus’ disciples were caught by night in bad weather on the Sea of Galilee and both times, the reason they were there was the command of Jesus himself.]

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The thing to remember about all of this is that we are never going to be privy to the entire travel itinerary.  God will definitely light our way, but it generally will be only enough light to take the next step or two – not to map out the entire trip and all the detours to be encountered during the journey.

Where the phrase “actively-passive” fits into the process can, to a certain extent, be simply stated as this: God is not generally inclined to do for us that which we can do for ourselves.

The process will certainly require effort, faith, diligence, perseverance, and sometimes struggle on our part but, in a “actively-passive” form – meaning the results and benefits remain under God’s control. When good works are begun in us, God will be faithful to complete them.  [Philippians 1:6]

My final thoughts come from Charles Stanley, “Success God’s Way” and one of my favorite Bible verses on this subject:

God never asks any of us to sit down and wait idly for Him to vault us into success.  He asks us to trust and obey Him day by day, day in and day out, by doing the things He entrusted us to do.  He asks us to learn the lessons that He set before us – some of which may be painful, some of which may be difficult, and many of which may seem unimportant.  Often we cannot see that God is building a strong pattern of experience, skill, trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, and character into us, so that when the time comes for us to be in a position of authority or influence, we will be ready.

2 Chronicles 16:9: “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” – Hmmmm, sounds to me like partnering in an actively-passive way with God!

Have a great week!  (and to my family, love Dad)

Bob Alderman

P.S. Sequence challenge: Every time I review or share this subject, I wonder which of the two  elements (activity or passivity) should be stated first in the title. E.g.: Actively-Passive or  Passively-Active.  Although the distinction doesn’t make any real difference since in either order the prompter and the doer is the Holy Spirit, I am still curious to know in what order each reader would express those elements. Thus, please share with me in the comment box at the end of this page how you approach them – and why.  Thank you.

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The Wisdom of the Old Woodchopper © – Prov. 3:5-6

P.E.A.R.s  Periodic Encouragement And Reminders
The Wisdom of the Old Woodchopper ©
– Proverbs 3:5-6 –
Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

Having the patience to wait for God’s timing and the benefits He intends for my life is not one of my strong points – even though I can remember situation after situation in which positive results rose from what I initially thought were disasters.

Thus, I constantly have to remind myself: Be cool, Bob. God’s in charge and He knows what He’s doing.

My favorite Bible verses in which proper perspective, correct practice and final providence are laid out in simple to understand one-two-three-four order are Proverbs 3:5-6.  The best teaching of this truth, however, is shared by Max Lucado in a story about an old woodchopper and a wild stallion I found in one of his books many years ago.

This is that story:

*** Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village.  Although poor, he was envied by all, for he owned a beautiful white horse.  Even the king coveted his treasure.  A horse like this had never been seen before – such was its splendor, its majesty, its strength.

People offered fabulous prices for the steed, but the old man always refused.  “This horse is not a horse to me,” he would tell them.  “It is a person.  How could you sell a person?  He is a friend, not a possession.  How could you sell a friend?”  The man was poor and the temptation was great.  But he never sold the horse.

One morning he found that the horse was not in the stable.  All the village came to see him.  “You old fool,” they scoffed, “we told you that someone would steal your horse.  We warned you that you would be robbed.  You are so poor.  How could you ever hope to protect such a valuable animal?  It would have been better to have sold him.  You could have gotten whatever price you wanted.  No amount would have been too high.  Now the horse is gone, and you’ve been cursed with misfortune.”

The old man responded, “Don’t speak too quickly.  Say only that the horse is not in the stable.  That is all we know; the rest is judgment.  If I’ve been cursed or not, how can you know?  How can you judge?

The people contested, “Don’t make us out to be fools!  We may not be philosophers, but great philosophy is not needed.  The simple fact that your horse is gone is a curse.

The old man spoke again.  “All I know is that the stable is empty, and the horse is gone.  The rest I don’t know.  Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I can’t say.  All we can see is a fragment.  Who can say what will come next?

The people of the village laughed.  They thought that the man was crazy.  They had always thought he was a fool; if he wasn’t, he would have sold the horse and lived off the money.  But instead, he was a poor woodcutter, an old man still cutting firewood and dragging it out of the forest and selling it.  He lived hand to mouth in the misery of poverty.  No, he had proven that he was, indeed, a fool.

After fifteen days, the horse returned.  He hadn’t been stolen; he had run away into the forest.  Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses with him.  Once again the village people gathered around the woodcutter and spoke.  “Old man, you were right and we were wrong.  What we thought was a curse was a blessing.  Please forgive us.”

The man responded, “Once again, you go too far.  Say only that the horse is back.  State only that a dozen horses returned with him, but don’t judge.  How do you know if this is a blessing or not? You see only a fragment.  Unless you know the whole story, how can you judge?  You read only one page of a book.  Can you judge the whole book?  You read only one word of a phrase.  Can you understand the entire phrase?”

Life is so vast, yet you judge all of life with one page or one word.  All you have is a fragment!  Don’t say that this is a blessing.  No one knows.  I am content with what I know.  I am not perturbed by what I don’t.”

“Maybe the old man is right,” they said to one another.  So they said little.  But down deep, they knew he was wrong.  They knew it was a blessing.  Twelve wild horses had returned with one horse.  With a little bit of work, the animals could be broken and trained and sold for much money.

The old man had a son, an only son.  The young man began to break the wild horses.  After a few days, he fell from one of the horses and broke both legs.  Once again the villagers gathered around the old man and cast their judgments.

You were right,” they said.  “You proved you were right.  The dozen horses were not a blessing.  They were a curse.  Your only son has broken his legs, and now in your old age you have no one to help you.  Now you are poorer than ever.”

The old man spoke again.  “You people are obsessed with judging.  Don’t go so far.  Say only that my son broke his legs.  Who knows if it is a blessing or a curse?  No one knows.  We only have a fragment.  Life comes in fragments.

It so happened that a few weeks later the country engaged in war against a neighboring country.  All the young men of the village were required to join the army.  Only the son of the old man was excluded, because he was injured.  Once again the people gathered around the old man, crying and screaming because their sons had been taken.  There was little chance that they would return.  The enemy was strong, and the war would be a losing struggle.  They would never see their sons again.

You were right, old man,” they wept.  “God knows you were right.  This proves it.  Your son’s accident was a blessing.  His legs may be broken, but at least he is with you.  Our sons are gone forever.

The old man spoke again.  “It is impossible to talk with you.  You always draw conclusions.  No one knows.  Say only this:  Your sons had to go to war, and mine did not.  No one knows if it is a blessing or a curse.  No one is wise enough to know.  Only God knows.

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The old man was right.  We only have a fragment.  Life’s mishaps and challenges are only a page out of a grand book.  We must be slow about drawing conclusions.  We must reserve judgment on life’s storms until we know the whole story.

I don’t know where the woodcutter learned his patience.  Perhaps from another woodcutter in Galilee.  For it was the Carpenter who said it best:

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” (See all of Matt 6:25-34)

He should know.  He is the Author of our story.  He has already written the final chapter. And, therein lies our hope and the reason we can and should live the way of the Old Chopper’s wisdom of Proverbs 3:5-6.

Have a great week!

Bob Alderman – (and to my family, Love Dad)

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Get Off the Treadmill ©

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Get Off the Treadmill ©
Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

Last night, I was re-reading a book by Larry Julian (“God is My CEO”) on business planning and development. (Larry is a consultant who specializes in leadership development and has worked with both small and large companies, including: 3M, AT&T, and General Mills.)

In the introduction, Larry shared the following story:

I was recently asked to conduct a leadership program for a group of San Francisco sales executives.  As part of my preparation, the leader asked me to weave in a module on stress management.  During the program, I discovered that the entire group was on the brink of a collective nervous breakdown.  They were under relentless pressure to produce results.  All felt as if they were strapped to a treadmill whose speed kept increasing.

I wanted to help them find the root cause of their situation.  The group however, wanted me only to equip them with skills so I could help them run their treadmill faster and better.  In essence they wanted me to teach them how to go down the wrong path more efficiently.

The bottom-line had become their god.  It was insatiable.  No matter how hard they worked, it was never enough, nor could it ever be enough.  These executives were talented, intelligent, capable people who somewhere along the way, lost focus on what is truly meaningful and important.  They had become slaves to bottom-line pressure and, as a result, become professionally ineffective and personally burnt out.

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I, for one, know it’s easy to get caught up in the fast pace and demands of life and feel the tug to seek out a quick-fix or some magic process that’s promised to produce more clients and more money.

There are, in fact, many organizations in the business and professional world that offer seminars and coaching programs each of which promise to teach systems and methods aimed at creating financial success.  Some are based on marketing techniques; some emphasize internal restructuring of the business or professional practice; some suggest personal testing for employees, and some recommend special customer or client interview processes.

Though each of them can serve as useful tools, they often become just another parallel target point (or as Larry Julian says, another god) used as a stepping stone toward what still remains their ultimate god – of bottom-line financial success.

These “solutions” don’t solve the underlying problem, however.  They may help us continue down the wrong path more efficiently, but…, it’s still with the wrong bottom-line focus on a treadmill that keeps right on turning.

The Bible, (as usual) sums it up best with these words: “A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”  2 Peter 2:19b

Thus, whether it’s financial “success” and/or the systems and processes to pursue more of “it” at greater speed and “efficiency”, it will not remove our anxiety or stress if we stay enslaved to them as our gods.

Another good reminder is Psalms 46:10 – “Cease striving (be still) and know that I am God.”

Charles Stanley says in his book, “Success God’s Way”.

Friend, I wouldn’t swap places with anybody in the world who has money, notoriety, or power but doesn’t have God.  What he has won’t matter in the least five hundred years from now.

For I have never met a financially wealthy person who wasn’t a little fearful at the prospect of losing his wealth, or who didn’t desire to amass even more wealth [or to keep running on whatever treadmill he had placed himself] ‘just in case’.

[On the other hand] the God focused and spiritually mature person is freed from striving.  He lives in a state of steady confidence [off the treadmill] born of a relationship with God – while at the same time living in the hope of greater and greater things that God will unfold, reveal and bestow.”

Have a great week!

Bob Alderman

(and to my family, Love Dad)

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The Magic of Stories ©

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The Magic of Stories ©
Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

Do you remember when you were a kid how great it was to hear the words: Once upon a time…?

If you were like me, every experience that began with those words (or their equivalent)  immediately increased your adrenaline flow and brought your attention to a focus ten levels higher than it had been before you heard or read that wondrous, shorthand  pronouncement of “get-ready-something-great-is-going-to-be-shared”.

Why is it that for adults and children alike stories have such magic?

Some of the answer lies in the entertainment “packaging” which almost by definition is part of every story that’s ever been told.  (It’s somewhat like a present; meaning, the story form provides the same excitement created by bows and colorful wrapping paper covering a box with a gift inside.)

However, the real magic of the story process (like a beautifully wrapped present) comes from the value found inside.

Whatever the scientific explanation might be (and I’m sure there is one if we were interested in knowing it), just about every man, woman and child enjoys, learns more from and responds better to stories than they do to propositional instruction.

People will remember the model of your life in how you lived it, much longer than they will the glitter of your financial “successes” and accomplishments. Or, returning momentarily to the gift analogy, it’s the thought that matters.

I personally, however, like the way John Eldredge explains the reason for the effectiveness of the story process in his book, “Waking the Dead”: Propositions [straight statements of fact] speak to the mind, but when you tell a story, you speak to the heart.

A proposition is helpful for certain things.  Sacramento is the capitol of California; water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, your shoes are in the front room, under the sofa. But propositions fail when it comes to the weightier things in life.

While it is a fact that the Civil War was fought between the years 1861 and 1865 and that hundreds of thousands of men died, you don’t even begin to grasp the reality of the Civil War until you hear the stories.

This is even much more so the case when it comes to the truth of the Bible.  God loves you; you matter to Him.  That is a fact, stated as a proposition.  Why then, aren’t Christians the happiest people on earth?  It hasn’t reached all their hearts.  Facts stay lodged in the mind only – they don’t speak at the level we need to hear, which is the heart.

When you hear or read the greatest story ever told, the Bible, the message is shared in some instances as propositions.  However, in far greater frequency, its truths are presented as stories and parables.  I don’t think anyone would ever doubt that God knew what He was doing when He presented His instructions for living an abundant life in story book form more so than as a text book.

True stories, of course, as used by God in the Bible are always of greater impact and value in the long run than are fictional tales.  Also, the greatest stories of all time in the sense of how they capture our attention and move our hearts, share virtually the same plot.

Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, boy fights for girl, boy wins girl back – is perhaps the most moving story line of all.  The second most compelling to us (founded not really on a different plot, but only a variation of the first), involves covert battles in which an inconspicuous hero begins a rebellion and then fights a war to overcome injustice, transform a wrongful condition and restore his people to their rightful glory.  Sometimes the story line is about an individual person and his or her struggles, yet the elements and steps are the same.

Think for a moment about some of your favorite stories.  For children they might include Beauty and Beast, Cinderella or The Chronicles of Narnia.  Teens and young adults may gravitate to Star Wars, The Matrix, or The Lord of the Rings.  Perhaps for the older generation it would be Titanic, Braveheart, Gladiator, Cutting Edge, Hoosiers, etc.

Using the titles you might put on your own list of favorite stories, see if you can identify the theme, the message, the moral, the hope and the triumph running through them that grabs your heart and moves your inner most feelings of rightness.

You know why that is and where it comes from?  God.

In our very being, spirit, soul and heart, God has planted in us the inherent knowledge that we once enjoyed a closeness with Him; have fallen away from that rightful position; are in a war to recover our glory as children of His family and image, and that a covert battle occurring on our behalf and to which we are invited to join, is being lead by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Transformation, rescue and restoration with hard fought victories when the focus is consistent with God and His holiness are found in the theme of virtually every story in the Bible – and more importantly, in the overall message and offer of the Bible from beginning to end.

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Why are we enchanted by tales of transformation?, asks John Eldredge in his book.  Why is it the essential part of any great story?  Because it is the secret of Christianity, and Christianity is the secret to the universe.

He then shares several lines from Cinderella where the prince, after searching all through the kingdom for the maiden whose foot would fit the glass slipper, finds her and  overcomes the resistance of the evil stepsisters (representing the devil) who had tried to keep them apart:

And Cinderella had to be called and then went and bowed before the King’s son, who gave her the glass slipper.  Then she seated on a stool, drew her foot out of the heavy wooden shoe, and put it into the slipper, which fit like a glove.  And when she looked up and the King’s son looked at her face, he recognized the beautiful maiden who had danced with him and he cried, “This is my true bride!” He then took Cinderella on his horse and rode away with her.

As in Titanic – when all the glory of that wondrous ship was gradually restored at the end of the movie in the majestic ballroom within its steel hull at the bottom of the ocean and the young maiden all in white walks down the stairway to resume the joy of life in spirit that had been lost with the iceberg sinking – God’s story and offer in the Bible is even greater.

May you read His Book with all its chapters, adventures, propositions and teachings – not just for the magic of its stories, but as the Greatest Story Ever Told and receive into your heart His offer to restore your glory in Christ forever.

Have a great week!  (And to my family, love Dad)

Bob Alderman

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