The Wise Man Thinks Twice, Before He Does Once

Proverbs 19:11a “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger…..” Harry S. Truman was a wise and prudent man, as well as president. When he received mail or a communication that perturbed him, and he needed to send a reply, he would never immediately place it in the mail. He would write the response and prepare the envelope for sending it, BUT he would not seal and place it in the U.S. postal system until he read it again on the following day. Why? Because another day brings a new and fresh perspective with it. Because he realized that he could hastily send something that he would later regret. Because he may not have all of the facts straight when he sent it. This is indeed the wise decision in making a response.
How does this apply to us? There is a direct comparison to the way we send mail, but technology has also given us the opportunity to apply Harry’s counsel in a very special way: Electronic-Mail (e-mail) is very convenient. We send them when the time is right for us, and receive replies when the occasion is good for our correspondent. Here is the problem we must be careful about: One way e-mail communications do not allow for dialogue. They are communications that often lack all of the facts and greater picture of the topic at hand. They can contribute to anger, hurt feelings and misunderstandings. How do we avoid these scenarios? By simply holding parameters around our mailings. Use them often in order to convey neutral information, but NEVER send sensitive material that requires dialogue and a face to face meeting or at least a phone call. Know the limitations of e-mail—-this will save us from a lot of hurt feelings, embarrassment, pain, and foolish things said that we wish we could take back. I certainly need to take heed to the wisdom of Harry Truman.  How about you?
Ephesians 4:26 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” (KJV)


Quotation Of The Week ~ John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

The following quotation was made by John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., in reference to the Russian/Ukrainian crisis.

“We sent secretary of state John Kerry to London to negotiate with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. That’s like sending a cupcake to negotiate with a steak knife.”

Reaction of General Jack Keane to the quotation: “I would not use that choice of words but he is actually on the mark, to be sure.”

The Bear Is On The Prowl, Part 2

Since the last entry about two weeks ago, the Russians are lining up 80,000 troops, 270 tanks and 140 military planes along the 2,000 mile border they share with the Ukraine. They are calling this “military exercises.” The Crimean currency is being changed to rubles and this peninsula is being annexed into Russia as we speak. The Crimean populace voted 97% to leave the Ukraine and join Russia. (If you believe this vote was legitimate, I have an acre of swamp land in the everglades for you to build your house on). The nations of Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and others are concerned because they remember the Soviet Union all too well.
Do you remember the “peace” we had with the USSR from the late 1960’s through the 1980’s? Let me refresh your memory with some of the Eastern European words we used during this era:
1)detante- Literally means thawing out or unfreezing. Politically, in the late 1960’s it referred to the easing of previously strained relations between the US and USSR during the cold war. This occurred under the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
2)glasnost- This occurred under the leadership of Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev during the 1980’s. It was a Soviet policy permitting open discussion of political and social issues. There was a free dissemination of news and information. It literally means “openness,” promoting policy reform.
3)perestroika- Was yet another type of reform, also introduced under Gorbachev in the 1980’s (1986). It was a political movement for reformation within the communist party of the Soviet Union. It is often attributed to the demise of the Soviet Union and the cold war.

Gorbachev’s leadership only lasted for one year. He did not represent the true Russian mindset. Vladimir Putin does represent the old Soviet Union (USSR) and it is his plan to once again put the old empire together. Oliver North does not think he will stop at the Ukraine, but will expand as long as he is unopposed and allowed to. Then there are those like myself who believe that Obama has already given Putin the green light, because our president opposes the United States as protector of the free world, and he wants to see Russia, the Taliban and Muslim Brotherhood all enabled, and to isolate Israel. The situation looks bleak humanly speaking, but it fits beautifully into an endtimes scenario, where there is really no place for the involvement of the United States, and Israel is surrounded by her enemies, setting the stage for God to come to her rescue. Keep looking up…….

Maranatha, Pastor Steve

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Gate

IRS Gate is one of the many scandals going on during the current administration. If the lid blows off of these
nefarious actions, it will make Watergate look like child’s play in comparison. The IRS is sometimes used as a tool for blackmailing perceived enemies, simply by ordering this agency to crank up investigations against them, and make their lives a living hell.
During Obama’s presidency, the IRS has gone hog wild against the Tea Party and countless other conservative organizations on the right in the political spectrum. The amount and type of investigations conducted are way beyond what would be considered normal. Even Obama has to admit to this. IRS leading administrator, Lois Lerner, is indeed privy to ALL of the aforementioned incidents. Lois has conspicuously taken the fifth amendment in reference to all of these matters. Lois has already perjured herself, since communications are on file, linking her with many of these investigations into conservative organizations. Furthermore, there are countless communications, e-mails and visits from IRS agents to the White House during the time frame of these scandals. These is no logical or normal reason for any visits from this government agency to the White House. INCREDIBLY, Fox News is the only newscaster that is covering this matter. I have never seen Lois Lerner mentioned on any other news network, including my on line Yahoo home news page! This reeks with conspiracy and the great majority of news networks siding with the current liberal and corrupt administration. This is really incredible stuff! The anemic excuse the IRS made about these incidents, was blaming a couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati [the name(s) of these agents were never given, nor were punishments considered]. I pray that Lois Lerner sings like a canary and reveals the truth about these matters. I pray that all of the truth will be revealed about this corrupt administration.
Obama was interviewed by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly prior to the Superbowl and the president told him: “There was not a smidgen of evidence in reference to these claims.” Bill O’Reilly asked the president this question again in order to have his statement on record. The stonewalling by the great majority of the press about this cover up is mind boggling. Also incredible is the fact that Obama wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take networks like Fox News off of the air! Did you ever notice that president Obama is ALL ABOUT the total relinquishing of our valued freedoms, and empowering our government to take over absolutely everything? To not see this, one would have to emulate the proverbial ostrich with her head in the sand. Pray that the truth is revealed about the IRS cover up.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

Quotable Quotation ~ Evangelist Bailey Smith On Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen has been in the news as of late, in reference to over six hundred thousand dollars that was stolen from a church safe where he is pastor. Joel has a reputation as a motivational speaker more so than a pastor who preaches the entire counsel of God. When Larry King interviewed him, Larry asked him why he never preached on sin, salvation through Christ’s blood alone, repentance, judgment, obedience, etc. Joel’s response was: “He simply could not preach that way.” I was always amused by his alleged submission to the Bible at the start of their services, then he would put his Bible down and speak for thirty minutes on psycobabble.

Here is a quotation about Joel Osteen from a very blunt preacher who does not mince words:
“Joel Osteen’s message is to tell people how to get to hell with self esteem.”
Bailey E. Smith
Southern Baptist Evangelist
Pastor’s Conference
First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida
January, 2005

On another occasion, Bailey made a comment in reference to President Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky. As you may remember, Bill Clinton referred to his actions as “inappropriate.” Bailey stated at the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida in June, 2000: “…it is inappropriate to stir your coffee with a steak knife. What our president did is rank adultery and playing the role of a whoremonger.” No, Bailey Smith does not apologize for telling the truth. I like Bailey E. Smith.

Greek Word Study, Part VI

62)bios- life, living/ We get the word biology from this Greek transliteration. Biology is the study of life.

63)blasphemeo- defame, speak evil/ The Greek transliteration translates straight into the English with the word blaspheme. The English word means exactly the same as the original Greek.

64)genealogia- tracing by generations/ This is one’s genealogy, or study of their family tree. Jesus Christ has the longest, best known and most perfect family tree of anyone. One can easily trace His lineage back to Adam and Eve. Actually, the Bible does it for us in Matthew 1 and Luke 3.

65)graphe- document, holy writ, scriptures/ We have received many derivatives from this word. We read charts and graphs for information. Today, computer graphics are very well known. The original word had a meaning that related the word much closer to holy scripture.

66)graptos- written/ Very similar to above word graphe.

67)grapho- To write, describe/ Telling particulars about an event in graphic detail.

68)deka- ten/ The Decapolis was a group of ten cities that represented Roman law and jurisprudence in Israel.

69)derma- skin/ The study of skin is dermatology and a skin doctor is a dermatologist.

70)deuteros- second in time, place or rank/ The Bible book Deuteronomy literally means the second (deuteros) law (nomy). The law was given by Moses for the second time in the book of Deuteronomy because all of the original Israelites died in the wilderness after the Exodus except for Joshua and Caleb.

71)diabolos- Satan, false accuser, devil/ We obviously get the word diabolic from this Greek word. Diabolic means the same thing, derivative from both Greek and Latin. Devilish, the devil. Diablerie means black magic or sorcery, also tracing back to the Greek word for devil.

many more to follow………………………………….

The Bear Is On The Prowl

Russia just hosted the Winter Olympics in their new city of Sochi, a custom made place for this event. Immediately after the flame was extinguished and the games were over, Russia has taken control of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula overlooking the Black
Sea. One never knows what Russia is up to. Winston Churchill called Russia “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Crimea has had Russian influence for hundreds of years. Catherine the Great took control of this locale while we were fighting the American Revolution with Great Britain. Nikita Kruschev once again gained access to the area a generation ago. Crimea offers a warm water port which is essential to the landlocked Russia. The peninsula is also rich in oil. The majority of the people living there are Russian.
President Barry Obama told Mitt Romney during their presidential debates that “…the cold war has been over for a long time.” Stupid is as stupid says. Where is Ronald Wilson Reagan when we need him? Reagan advocated: “peace through strength.” So did Teddy Roosevelt: “walk softly and carry a big stick.” Do you remember the television commercial that came on during Reagan’s campaign for the presidency? “There is a wild bear in the woods. It is a predator and unpredictable. Should we trust it?” Our nation rearmed during the Reagan years. Obama just decided we are now going to down size our armed forces to pre World War II numbers. Vladimir Putin is playing the naive Barry Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry like a fiddle. The Pentagon has no contingency plan for the Russian rattling of sabers and flexing of military muscle in the Ukraine! Putin has watched the weak, insipid, vacillating and anemic Obama “stand down” in Benghazi and allow four ambassadors to be killed, draw red lines that he does not enforce, and most recently our president has threatened Syria in reference to their use of chemical weapons and again he did not back up his words. [Putin is an ex KGB handler. He is therefore gifted at sizing up character and assessing individuals. Putin has found Obama to be a feckless phony, full of rhetoric but without actions to back it up. The Russian president determined early in Obama’s administration that he would be a soft touch and easy to manipulate.] The Bear has never left us. It has been in hibernation, and now that the time is right, the voracious predator is coming out to forage for food.
Russian leaders are expansionists who seize opportunities, especially when their adversaries are naive. This situation is similar to Adolf Hitler signing a “peace” agreement with British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain prior to World War II. Chamberlain was likewise very daft in trusting Hitler.
During the closing years of World War II, the Russian soldiers pursued the Nazis back to Berlin, but they did not go straight to Berlin. They took a circuitous route from the south, and captured the areas of Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia and more…. They knew they would keep these counties and incorporate them into the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) after the war. The Russians have historically desired buffer states. With Barry Obama in the White House, the Bear will be on the prowl and Russia may once again become very well insulated from potential threats. President Obama is a boy among men in the realm of foreign policy. He lacks savvy and he is not respected by the leaders of the world.
Many theologians feel that this scenario fits perfectly into endtimes prophecy. Obama seems to be doing everything he can to destabilize and weaken the United States of America. Russia is gaining strength once again, and she and her allies are all enemies of Israel! Obama has displayed disdain towards Israel and her prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Our president is enabling ALL of Israel’s enemies, including the Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood. When one reads the Bible about Israel in the last days, she is surrounded by enemies with no one to protect her, and the Lord will come to her rescue.

Maranatha, Pastor Steve

False Claims From The Purpose Driven Movement

Please note the refutation of the number of copies sold of two of Rick Warren’s books: 1)The Purpose Driven Life, and 2)My Islamic brother from Italy. What is mentioned below is taken from the website of James Sundquist, author of Who Is Driving The Purpose Driven Church? By the way, one must wonder why such fabricated claims would be made to begin with………. Also refer to the You Tube attached which further reveals the heart and soul of this movement:

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Is Rick Warren’s Claim that his book is the “Best Selling Non-Fiction Hardback Book in History”, TRUE?
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“BESTSELLING NON-FICTION HARDBACK BOOK IN HISTORY” (Publishers Weekly), the Purpose Driven Life has sold over 32 million copies“






QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN MAO (THE LITTLE RED BOOK) Chinese, 1964, 800-900 million copies worldwide.

THE KORAN (Q’URAN): 800 million copies sold

THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO: hundreds of millions

BHAGAVAGITA: hundreds of millions

XINHUA CHINESE DICTIONARY: sold over 400 million copies

CHAIRMAN MAO’S POEMS: 400 million copies



SCOUTING FOR BOYS: 150 million

THE BOOK OF MORMON: sold 120 million.





THE COMMON SENSE BOOK OF BABY AND CHILD CARE, DR. BENJAMIN SPOCK: 50 million (combined hardcover and paperback)

BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST: sold 50 million

(Published by Harper. You would think they would know that 50 million is greater than 32 million since both Ben-Hur and Purpose-Driven Life are under Harper (now Harper/Collins Publishing). Now it could be argued that this book is in the Fiction category because Ben Hur was not a true historical character. But Christ is historical, therefore Non-fiction.

WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY: 24-100 million




Isn’t 50 million, 4-8 hundred million, and a billion, more than 32 million?

I have requested specific proof of page number, date, year of publication in Publishers Week for verification from Rick Warren and his staff, Zondervan and Harper/Collins of the statement on Rick Warren’s site that Purpose Driven Life is the “Best Selling Non-Fiction Hardback Book in History”. NONE was provided. Since they believe Rick Warren is first in sales in the history of publishing, certainly they would know who came in 2nd, 3rd, 4th….10th. Perhaps if you write them they will provide you the list. Ask them who certified that 52 million books makes Warren the biggest selling non-fiction hardback book in history? In recent history, for example the RIAA certifies record sales when they become Gold (500,000) or Platinum (1 million). Guinness Records are certified too. Where is verifiable data? Where is the list? Where is the trust and accountability? Who audits this list(s)? Here is who you can contact to find out:


HARPER/COLLINS: At Harper/Collins: Mark Schoenwald, President and CEO of HarperCollins: mark.schoenwald@harpercollins, Casey Harrell, Director of Corporate Relations:

RICK WARREN: Rick Warren: and Tel # 800/633-8876.

Here is someone who did give me a straight answer…the original source:

George W. Slowik Jr., President of Publishers Weekly:

“I’ve checked our site which includes all of our content from about 1995.
Also touched base with our religion editors and there is no finding of a
quote like that…We don’t generally use the term hardback.” September 30, 2013 11:33:08 PM EDT, “George Slowik Jr.”



“My Islamic brother from Italy”…”It became the best-selling book…in English in a world’s, next to the Bible, the best selling book. And It’s the most translated book next to the Bible in over a hundred languages.” SOURCE: Rick Warren, at World Economic Forum, “Faith and Modernization” Panel, January 28, 2008, Davos, Switzerland: at 1hour 9 minutes in to 1 hour 11 minutes.
1:53-2:05 minute mark
Church of Tares – Purpose Driven Life, Seeker Sensitive

In this statement, Rick Warren combines all books (whether hard or paperback) and does not distinguish category of fiction vs. non-fiction.

Now as to Warren’s statement that his Purpose Driven Life Book is the Most Translated book in English (language of origin), here are the facts:

Purpose Driven Life book is not even listed on the list of the most translated books in English (language origin) on Wikipedia: (sort by language)

Warren made this claim in 2008. In 2013 he posts that his PDL Book is translated in 85 languages:

Expanded Purpose Driven Life Book (Hardcover)

Note that there are 7 books listed which are translated from English with number of translations greater than 85 that Warren boasted in 2008.



Dear Stephen Sizer,

This is my second request and followup inquiry to you regarding Rick Warren, regarding Rick Warren’s statement about his Purpose Driven Life Book: “best selling non-fiction hardback book in history”, which I refute at:

I see that as late as yesterday that you are still promoting Rick Warren. If you don’t believe me that his claim about the sales of his PDL has no foundation in fact, since you know him well, ask him directly for the date, issue, and page number of the Publishers Weekly citation. Also ask the President George Slowik of Publishers Weekly, as I did, and you will be able to verify that they have no record of ever publishing such a statement. And while you are at it, if Warren’s book is first, who came in second, third, tenth? I would think as a Christian that you would want to trust but verify. As such a boast would make your similar statement about the popularity of Rick Warren’s book (about 2 minutes in) at:

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also untrue. I am surprised you, as an author, would not know that statement is farfetched and unbelievable. And where is the proof and citation that Warren’s book is even “the most popular book in the world apart from the Bible” 2:24 minutes in? Who told you that? Did you verify that?

I look forward to your prompt response.

Sincerely in Christ,

James Sundquist


The Numbers Game
“No More Fudging

Many publishers used to be more generous in calculating their sales than they can be today. In the freewheeling days before BookScan, publishers could inflate sales numbers when they were trying to promote an author to bookstores, and agents sometimes overestimated an author’s prior sales history when pitching a new book to an editor…

…”Sometimes the difference between what BookScan reports and what publishers know from their own sales data can be substantial. In early 2004, Zondervan reported sales for Rick Warren’s blockbuster The Purpose-Driven Life as exceeding 11 million copies in all of 2003. But, according to Zondervan, BookScan had reported only 2.4 million for 2003, or just under 21% of the total sales claimed by the publisher…

Data for one of Zondervan’s other top authors, prolific novelist Karen Kingsbury, show an even greater discrepancy. In mid-February, Verne Kenney, v-p of sales at Zondervan, told PW that even though Kingsbury was the number one current fiction author in the CBA (and held five of the other spots on the CBA bestsellers list), her BookScan numbers for the previous month didn’t reflect her overall transactions. “On her top fiction title [Beyond Tuesday Morning], BookScan data reported about 3.2% of what we know we sold at POS,” Kenney said. “It doesn’t have what’s going on in the Christian marketplace. That’s a fundamental problem.” …Jana Riess




“But God forbid that I should glory , save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” GALATIANS 6:14

“I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” JESUS CHRIST: JOHN 14:6

“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:…A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” PROVERBS 6:16,18

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

“And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” LUKE 19:8



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