A Fine Kettle Of Fish

September 30, 2021

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

September 28, 2021 – updated

Unless you’ve been living in your basement for the last year or so you’ve watching the worst international disaster unfold daily before your eyes. While you are watching the international disaster unfold remember there is one person who had the authority, opportunity, and the means to prevent all this from happening instead he choked and gave an elbow bump to the Speaker (1). I wonder how he sleeps at night.

That chocking has caused untold suicides, anger, anxiety, mental anguish, deaths, and economic chaos in large portions of our population through many edicts by Joe who was allowed to be unlawfully seated.

As we hear testimony I wonder who is in charge from the miraculous emergence from the basement. Two generals claim they warned Joe not to surrender. One of those generals also conspired with China.    

Early after the election it became apparent that body doubles were needed for Joe. Perhaps the generals did warn one of the body doubles perhaps not all of them. (2)

“Arthur Roberts, the 83-year-old C-List actor who portrays Joseph Biden on television and in person, blew his cover during a televised press conference with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week.” (2)

“In a moment not caught on microphone and spoken softly enough for the press pool to not overhear, Roberts began lamenting to Johnson his failed film career, and he asked the UK Prime Minister whether he had seen the films Little Miss Magic and Up in Smoke, in which he had minor roles.” (2)

“A theatrically masked Boris Johnson, our source said, discretely muted his microphone and spoke softly in Roberts’ direction, asking, “You’re not Joe Biden. Who the bloody h** are you?”(2)

“Even though he muted his mic, Jen Psaki and White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield were in another office, and able to overhear the entire discourse through hidden parabolic mics in the briefing room. They, how should I put this, freaked the f*** out. They began screaming into Roberts’ hidden earpiece to get back on script or read only from the teleprompter. That’s when Roberts silenced his own mic and told Boris he was only joking around. But Psaki feared the situation would deteriorate, and she immediately ordered the room cleared,” our source said. (2)

He added that a bewildered Johnson later asked Psaki “what the h** just happened,” and was told to forget the entire incident, unless the UK wanted to lose all U.S. support.”(2)

Joe’s hallmark is suppression or elimination of those who disagree with him, a Soviet Union and a Red China tactic. Here is one example of a silencing:  Lt. Col. Scheller’s Attorney Joins Tucker Carlson to Discuss His Political Imprisonment For Speaking Out Against Biden’s Afghanistan Debacle; Marine’s Father Also Issues Statement. (3)

People don’t like being oppressed. People don’t like being lied to. People don’t like their voice silenced at the ballot box.

Here is Kari Lake’s take:  AZ Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake After AZ Audit Results – Calls For INDICTMENTS Against LYING Fake News: “We Should Look At CRIMINALLY Charging Them As Well” (4)

State Senator Sonny Borrelli weighs in: AZ State Senator Sonny Borrelli – Evidence Turned Over To AG Brnovich For Criminal Investigation – MSM PsyOp Spreads Propaganda To Demoralize Americans (5)

All is not lost, there is hope, and together we will get through this fine kettle of fish.  We are a strong people. We are a resilient people. Corrections are on the way.

Look up, our help comes from above. The photo on top was taken in Perry, Georgia before the Rally (6).

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

(1)  https://preacher01704.wordpress.com/2021/01/07/benedict-arnold-again/

(2) https://realrawnews.com/2021/09/biden-body-double-blows-cover-during-meet-with-boris-johnson/

(3) https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/wrong-will-not-stand-lt-col-schellers-attorney-joins-tucker-carlson-discuss-political-imprisonment-speaking-bidens-afghanistan-debacle-marines-fathe/

(4) https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/watch-az-gubernatorial-candidate-kari-lake-az-audit-results-calls-indictments-lying-fake-news-look-criminally-charging/

(5) https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/watch-az-state-senator-sonny-borrelli-evidence-turned-ag-brnovich-criminal-investigation-msm-psyop-spreads-propaganda-demoralize-americans/

(6) https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/seen-skies-perry-georgia-afternoon-trump-rally/



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Why Not Clean Up?

September 2, 2021

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

September 1, 2021

I haven’t taken a bath in years, ever since I discovered showers. When I was young we all used the same bath water before pulling the plug. The youngest had some pretty dirty water to bath in.

There are many good reasons to wash regularly. We use our hands to touch so many things these days. The surface may look clean with our naked eye but in reality be a petri dish of bacteria.

Most people learn to clean up after themselves when they are young. Children live up to expectations. Once parents have outlined, taught, explained, and demonstrated what you want done, they expect their child to clean up after themselves.  Expect it and have faith they will.

It’s essential to clean your facial and body skin daily not only for removing the dirt but also for the exfoliation needed for retaining bright skin. Using natural beauty or skincare products diminishes the chance of skin irritation. Most people make it a daily ritual to clean their skin, and when possible, with an herbal cleansing product to tear off the layer of dirt and blemishes.

In this hurricane/ tornado/ flood season there will be plenty of opportunities to help rescue those trapped as a result of the storms. There will also be plenty of opportunities to help clean up devastation left behind by storms. This clean up is certainly nothing like cleaning up before or after a party.

Fast moving water can leave deep pools of muddy water and floating debris which bring a combination hazards and diseases.

After a fast moving water storm Fire Department crews need to repair and clean out equipment including hoses clogged with mud and debris. Utility crews work to restore power to impacted areas, and road crews are busy clearing rocks and broken pavement.

Fast moving water packs a big punch. As Katrina lifted good size boats out of the water and rested them in the middle of a road. Katrina stripped much of a first floor while leaving the second floor relatively untouched as in the picture I took in Mississippi in 2005.

There are other kinds of clean up which affect our very quality of life.

Clean air means good clean healthy lungs. Too many foreign particles can invade our lungs and eventually shut down our breathing. Deadly foreign particles can attack our lungs through the nose, by mouth, through our blood, and through our largest organ – our skin.

Clean water brings necessary hydration to our bodies. Clean water keeps our kidneys and other internal organs functioning well as they flush out our bodies. Clean water is also good for cooking food and washing. Could you imagine bathing in the same water seven others had just bathed in?

Then there is the ground we walk on. Imagine some particles so dangerous on the ground that they must be cleaned in a vacuum, especially around old mines.  When the wind blows the harmful and dangerous particles are carried off to different locations. As they are carried off in the air they can enter our bodies by touch, through the nose or mouth. Once in the body the lungs, heart, blood, and other vital organs can be damaged even ending our lives.

We currently have the technology to cost effectively clean up our air, water and ground. This clean up can be accomplished with little or no government involvement. If needed, the government involvement can be accomplished at the local level.

Why not clean it up?

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org


Stand Fast

August 5, 2021

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

August 3, 2021

Sometimes you just have to wait.

Waiting requires an action to stand fast while you are ready and remain ready and available for use.

We’ve all sat at a red light or two. Had we ignored the red light and proceeded straight ahead we could have been the cause of a major accident which resulted in bodily injury. Ignoring the red light and proceeding straight ahead could have also resulted in our death.

Sometimes waiting is a Blessing.

If you’ve made pancakes lately you may remember the warning on the box not to eat the uncooked mix. Waiting for it to fully cook is a Blessing.

You have heard that eating raw meat or pork could cause you a variety of medical issues. Waiting for it to thoroughly cook is a Blessing.

Sometimes waiting results in the Blessings of a life saving organ transplant. https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahcgregg/12-incredible-stories-of-life-saving-organ-donations  For others the fear, anxiety, and worry continue as they wait for a life saving organ transplant or two.  https://abcnews.go.com/Health/waiting-game-organ-transplant-patients-fight-survive/story.

Others face other ordeals along with fear, anxiety, and worry as they wait for promised pardons. https://www.npr.org/2021/08/03/1024446351/missouris-governor-pardons-the-st-louis-lawyers-who-waved-guns-at-blm-protesters

Then man and dogs wait separately for the same life changing things until they meet.

Soldiers waited on the battlefield for death or rescue. One man who endured abuse to be prepared at the right time rescues 75 soldiers.  The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun https://www.npr.org/2016/11/04/500548745/the-real-hacksaw-ridge-soldier-saved-75-souls-without-ever-carrying-a-gun

Waiting requires you to recognize the proper time to act as in the well told story of the man on the roof in a flood.  While waiting requires an action to stand fast while you are ready and remain ready and available for use you should take advantage of the best option available at that time.

 A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”

So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”

To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”

To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”

There is a lot going on in the world right now with corrections coming. As in like the examples above waiting is not always easy. In our waiting some could experience fear, anxiety, depression, and worry. We don’t know the details of what is being made ready for the day of rescue.  At the moment we should be at the ready, standing fast, until we recognize the proper time to act.

Let’s be ready in season and out of season, encouraging each other as we stand fast and wait for the Blessings.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org



Some Things Won’t Change

July 1, 2021

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

June 29, 2021

July 4th comes every year. The actual events and documents which gave us Independence Day on July 4th don’t change. There is a current movement afoot which seeks to delete facts and history and replace it with a disturbingly negative story. This disturbingly negative story seeks to install their propaganda at every level of education, major media outlets, big corporations, and the military.

Our military will no longer be an efficient cohesive combination of various size, shapes, colors, and backgrounds of people under this disturbingly negative story. Simply put in a foxhole when enemy rounds are incoming the real care is that those in the foxhole have each others back. If the disturbingly negative story were implemented in the military members of the military would not trust each other and the enemy would overrun our military. We’d be defeated from within. (1)

The governing document of our country is shorter than many contracts, has no fine print and easy to read, see (2).The Constitution of the United States is the foundational document of our American Government. It lays out the system of Government and the limits what our government may and may not do. Some say the Constitution lists the rights of the American people. Our Rights come from God not the government. It is the people who establish the government and grant certain powers to their representatives and government to act in their stead.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”

A little spoken of Amendment to the Constitution, number Nine, supports the power is retained by the people.

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

The War of Independence against British was fought to free Americans from the tyranny of the British Monarchy who arbitrarily imposed rules, laws, regulations, and edicts without consultation or consent of the governed.

Americans endured an oppressive form of government under the British and formed a bottom up form of government, a Constitutional Republic. Oppressive governments rule by fear, fear they may displease the ruler. Fear, anxiety, depression, and suicide run rampant under oppressive governments. Summary executions with due process become common under oppressive governments.

The Constitution has three parts. The Preamble tells the purpose of the document and Government. The Articles set up how the Government is organized and how the Constitution can be changed. The Amendments are changes to the Constitution. The First Ten Amendments are called the Bill of Rights.

Any laws which violate the Constitution are void, can not be enforced, because they are UnConstitutional. The Constitution can not be changed by legislative or executive fiat.

Refuse to be bullied into the disturbingly negative story.

The Constitution and Bible when correctly applied are recipes for Freedom, Liberty, tranquility for all and Independence.

Have a Blessed, Safe, and Happy Independence.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

(1) https://narrowpathministries.wordpress.com/2021/06/30/video-former-army-captain-purple-heart-recipient-sean-parnell-rips-joint-chiefs-chair-gen-mark-milley-for-defending-crt/

(2) http://founding.com/founders-library/government-documents/federal-government-documents/united-states-constitution-1789/



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Rediscover The Art Of Dadhood

May 27, 2021

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

May 24, 2021

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm (that they cause) does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” — T.S. Eliot This may be the way fathers act, but it is certainly not the way Dads act.

A lot goes into being a good Dad: Coaching of your partner through pregnancy and birth to bond to with your child is good. Learning to play with your infant even though he’ll never remember, is good. Counseling your teenage daughter about making smart choices is good.

Children are not helped, but rather hindered by the performance of mechanical acts of fatherhood. Being present is an empty suit without legitimately caring for your children and modeling good behavior. It does however model a bad parenting model.

Perhaps most importantly, Dads need to realize that their children are always watching, and that what they do matters. How well a Dad parents influences a child’s psychological, cognitive, and social development, and strongly steers them toward adulthood. How Dad and Mom disagree, discuss, argue, and then make up is important for children to learn things such as conflict resolution and the strength of the family unit. 

Why?

Because Dads really do matter to their children’s present and future.

Depressed Dads can create emotional wounds in their children. Depressed Dads may be able to perform the mechanical acts of fatherhood. Dadhood requires an “all in” boots on the ground engagement with their children. Dadhood can’t phone in or mail in their vote of ‘present’. Dadhood requires boots on the ground, in the trenches engagement with their children.

Studies show mass shooters had difficult childhoods and took Ritalin. Not all who took Ritalin become mass shooters. Have you read the warning labels? Medication is no substitute for Dadhood.  Some children appear to be ‘difficult” then get diagnosed with ADHD and fed Ritalin. Quite often the child is really screaming for boots on the ground, in the trenches engagement with dad.  In addition, “American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” and who said at the age of 87, seven months before his death in his last interview: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease”” (1)

I have seen depressed Dads withdraw and pour themselves into their work resulting in a family in crises. I have also seen depressed Dads markedly improve by taking a break from work to focus on and truly engage with their children. Instead of focusing on their own depression they put their boots on the ground and jumped in the trenches and engaged with their children. The more anyone focuses on their depression, the more likely they will spiral downward into themselves.  Each time depressed Dads exhibited Dadhood they shed some depression. This boots on the ground all in engagement can start by simply spending time with your children sitting or walking outside in the fresh air.  This can work for depressed moms as well.  

An effective way of teaching is to continually point the child back to foundational principles rather than to list a set of dos and don’ts. Positive reinforcement is very effective for seeing continued good behavior.

Children can be at a greater risk if Dads live a far distance from their children, for any number of reasons. In that case a Dad figure can fill the gap.

Jesus was raised by a step-dad and he turned out well.

Here are some well known symptoms of depression which can include any of the following:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed have been attributed to depression.

Here is a helpful source of information about Depression at the link below:

https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-symptoms-and-types

There are still many resources available to assist in becoming and remaining a Dad as fashioned as originally intended. Some of the most fulfilled Dads I know are the ones who put their boots on the ground, jump in the trenches and engage their children.

What have you got to loose, give it a try.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

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 (1) https://preacher01704.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/stepping-up-use-of-new-old-weapons/



Mothers Are Special

May 6, 2021

May 4, 2021 By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

Mothers and Grandmothers are some the most important people in our lives. They help share our character and beliefs. Sometimes, because of circumstances, the mother’s role is fulfilled by a Grandmother or a step-mother. Godly mothers with Godly fathers provide the best foundation for children in their formative years and as they grow up.

Mothers have a special position appointed by God.

She teaches, ministers, loves, and nurtures the next generation of citizens.  And she challenges and cajoles her children to do their best and be the best.

But few people take notice.  There will be no news stories proclaiming the virtues of a child being taught what it means to be loved, that an infant was hugged securely, or that the wonders of the classics were introduced to a young mind.  No one seems to care that a house was made into a home, or that a mere table with food was transformed into a place of fun.

It isn’t too late to restore the fine art of motherhood to its time-honored position in our society.  In spite of the current cultural hostility, lack of support from many husbands, and incredible pressure inside and outside the home, a real mom will continue to affirm the importance of motherhood. (1)

There are children who test the patience of even the strongest believers. Sometimes tough love is needed. You might consider this another prodigal son.

It is said that a young man became very profligate. He almost broke the hearts of his parents. The mother was actually about to die from the strain. Finally, one day he acted so shamefully that his father said to him, “We have done everything in our power for you. You have disgraced the family and are killing your mother. All that we do for you is in vain. I am sorry, but I must ask you to leave our home and never return.” The young man left.

The months and years went by. Finally the boy became so miserable and homesick it seemed he could not stand it. So he wrote his mother this letter: “Dear Mother: I am ashamed of my fearful conduct in the home. I can hardly stand to think I must never see you again. However, I do not know whether or not Father and you can forgive me. But I will be on train No. 2 that passes your home at 10:00 a.m. [Then he gave the day.] Now if you can forgive me and will take me back, I want you to hang a sheet out on the clothesline. I shall look as the train passes and, if I see the sheet, I will know that you will forgive me, and I will get off at the next station, just below the house, and come home.”

Well, what do you think she did? Not only did she hang out one sheet, but every sheet, towel, pillowcase and everything else white that she had. The clothesline, fence, and rosebushes were covered with sheets, towels, etc. Of course he came home, and, oh, such a welcome!

It was forgiveness in abundance. (2)

We can find our schedule is really full and forget the really important things in life. The following is an example.

A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away.

As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing.

He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother.

But I only have seventy-five cents, and a rose costs two dollars.”

The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.”

He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers.

As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home.

She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.”

She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.

The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house. (3)

Mothers are ready for us. The Bible has many things to say about Mothers including the following.

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”… (Proverbs 31:25-30)  Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

For those who were not Blessed with Godly parents or who otherwise endured rough times, do not despair there is healing available.  A rough upbringing can produce fear, anxiety, paranoia, PTSD or worse outcomes. A rough can be used as an excuse or can be overcome, that is a personal choice. Those who suffer, recover, and heal can help others who suffer.

Commemorations to honor mothers and motherhood have been happening for centuries and can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans who paid homage to their mother goddesses. Today, tributes to mothers occur all around the world at different times of the year, but the American version of Mother’s Day was started in May of 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis.

Mom needs a hug today.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

References

(1)  Dr. James Dobson and Gary Bauer’s book, Children At Risk

(2) William Moses Tidwell, “Pointed Illustrations.”

(3) https://www.theholidayspot.com/mothersday/stories/a_short_story.htm


Temporary or Permanent Fix?

April 1, 2021

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

March 30, 2021

You probably don’t need a list of issues that need your attention.

If you’ve had a plumber in to discuss his solution to your bathroom leak you’ll understand.  The quick-fix may turn out to be much more costly in the long run…and may not work at all.

Different people have different thoughts on how to address or resolve an issue and that is perfectly acceptable. We have a right to express our thoughts and ideas. We don’t have any right to require anyone else to adopt our beliefs.

There is a trend today to shut down differing ideas. May I suggest that we spend perhaps half as much time listening to differing ideas as we do shutting those down who disagree with us? We just might find common areas of agreement.

There is also a trend to replace our long held system of government with something that has failed every time that it was adopted.  Our long held system of government provides for corrections and changes. The proposed system endorses one thought and one solution with disagreements met with harsh retribution.  You can vote yourselves into socialism; you cannot vote yourself out of socialism.

Most are aware of Ben Franklin’s famous reply when asked as he emerged from the convention, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

It is of utmost importance to hear and now understand that “Democracy” is not found in any Founding Document, and “Socialism” is not found in any founding document, much less “Socialist Democracy”!!

Franklin’s alleged description of Democracy is “two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.” Thomas Jefferson is alleged by some to have said, “Democracies are dangerous because a Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” Because of that understanding the United States was formed as a Republic.

Socialism is government regulation and controls all aspects of our personal life and businesses. Combining Democracy and Socialism is doubling up on the evils of both. So-called “Democratic Socialism” would completely wipe away the Constitutional Republic which we were given. Individual Freedom with control over our own lives and property would be gone forever under Socialism.

The United States was formed as a Republic by design, with limits upon the government set forth in our Constitution, in order to substantially limit the government’s power and to protect our “natural individual rights.” Our rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are “natural,” not government-allowed. We formed our government; it did not form us.

Individual Freedom is your right or power to act, speak, or think as you want without hindrance or restraint in your “life” and complete “liberty” to “pursue your own happiness.”

Socialism or “Democratic Socialism” is the exact opposite of a Constitutional Republic. Your life, lived with the liberty to pursue your happiness unhindered and unrestrained, is not allowed in a Socialist government. The movement to destroy our Constitutional Republic and replace it with a Socialist government is led by those people who identify themselves as Democratic Socialists, Communists, Progressives, Liberals, and others. The most common in the United States presently are “Democratic Socialists” and “Progressives.” No matter what the label, make no mistake; all are Socialist or Communist in some form and will eventually lead to complete control of the way we are allowed to live. (1)

Going back to the plumber and the bathroom, right now the water is running full blast and the drain is not connected. The water is out of control and causing damage in its wake. The shut off value is stuck open.  The permanent fix requires new drain pipes and a working shut off value. The temporary fix might be to put extra towels on the floor.

Another problem under socialism is that fear, anxiety, and depression become the normal way of life for the masses.

Let’s just say NO to socialism and YES to our Constitutional Republic.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

References

(1) https://www.thepostemail.com/2020/09/16/life-under-a-constitutional-republic-vs-socialism-2/



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Not The Time To Put A Lid On It

March 4, 2021

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

March 2, 2021

It has been on a constant loop: “If you see something, say something”. I don’t remember hearing there was any fine print or exceptions to that “rule”. We can see there clearly are.

With all the talk of what is essential; one item was left off the written list of the essential and non-essential items, and that is free speech.

In practice the drumbeat was “Thou Shall Not Contradict The Official Pronouncement”. No matter what your station in life, should you wander off the official script and have a different point of view, the hordes of Huns will be released to destroy you, your family, your employment or business and employees. Even if you should recant your ‘error’ of having a different point of view and grovel coast to coast, you will be destroyed, not welcomed back, and canceled. This does not fit any definition of free speech that I have seen.

Freedom of speech has become vital because, without freedom of speech, some people won’t be able to communicate effectively and even say a word when things are going wrong.  Freedom of speech is essential because it can change the narrative of how people feel when they express themselves in public.

Freedom of speech is not a new concept. Freedom of speech can be found between the early 5th and 6th century. It was recognized by the Roman Republic which added freedom of speech and freedom of religion also. The fact that freedom of speech was essential at that time should tell you that freedom of speech is vital and very important even in these modern times.

Freedom of speech remain essential to us and our society, although the first amendment was instituted in 1791, the ideas of human rights that lead to freedom of speech is on paper in ancient human right documents.

The Founding Fathers of our Constitutional Republic saw Freedom of Speech as so essential to maintaining our Republic that they included it within the First Amendment.

When Freedom of Speech is fully operative:

  • It enables the dispersion of excellent and accurate information.
  • It enables media to present both sides of an issue accurately, eliminating Fake News.
  • People will get the impact of new ideas.
  • Freedom of speech is essential and ensures meaningful communication
  • If you can’t communicate you don’t have the liberty to express yourself freely.

Clarity of information depends on the extent to which freedom of expression of thought and freedom of speech is open in all the changes and processes taking place in society. It helps the community to stay in harmony, protects the business, and promotes foreign exchange. Free Speech gives individuals peace in running daily activities with people.

Without Free Speech we would live in a Socialist or Communist society where dissidents are punished brutally, perhaps purged to re-education or death camps. Socialists and Communists quickly silence, canceled, opposition.

Much of today’s media in cooperation of Big Tech parrots talking points of one point of view to which “Thou Shall Not Contradict”

In support I offer the following news story with a video:

 Fox10 Top Rated News Anchor Resigns, “I don’t like the way the media is going

 March 2, 2021 by Sundance

Fox10 News Anchor Kari Lake has reflected on the trend-line for U.S. media and decided she can no longer participate in an industry that has devolved to a system of narrative engineering.  Ms. Lake speaks directly to the issue of manipulated news feed script and she is no longer willing to participate in this activity.

Kari Lake: “Journalism has changed a lot since I first stepped into a newsroom…  I don’t like the direction it is going. …I’m sure there are other journalists out there who feel the same way.”

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Dangerous attacks on the Free Speech are well articulated by Paul Craig Roberts in his article titled “The New Journalism Is Destroying Us” https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/03/02/the-new-journalism-is-destroying-us/

Why Is FREE SPEECH Important?

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A denial of free Speech relies on and foments fear, the same fear the schoolyard bully relies upon. This fear leads way to anxiety and a whole host of mental health issues.

Here is one expression of  Not The Time To Put A Lid On It from the Network

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Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org



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Feel Like Genie?

February 4, 2021

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

February 2, 2021

Many feel a little battered right now and the Black and Blues are beginning to show.

I grew to understand that cheating does not pay. At times the cheaters appear to gain the upper hand and appear to have gotten away with their scam.

Bernie Madoff an American former market maker, investment advisor, financier and convicted fraudster who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for offenses related to a massive Ponzi scheme. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, the confessed operator of the largest Ponzi scheme in world history, and the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Prosecutors estimated the fraud to be worth $64.8 billion based on the amounts in the accounts of Madoff’s 4,800 clients as of November 30, 2008.

Madoff founded a penny stock brokerage in 1960 which eventually grew into Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. He served as its chairman until his arrest on December 11, 2008. The firm was one of the top market maker businesses on Wall Street, which bypassed “specialist” firms by directly executing orders over the counter from retail brokers. (1)

Madoff thought he had it all, wealth, power, prestige, world recognition and status.  Madoff commanded, bought and sold companies and people to his own advantage for years. Madoff had a secret that he shared with few; the secret was he knew he cheated his way up the ladder. Madoff had to continue to cheat people because the moment he stopped cheating his world would come tumbling down like a house of cards.

On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme. The Madoff investment scandal defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said that he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s, but …. may have begun as far back as the 1970s.Those charged with recovering the missing money believe that the investment operation may never have been legitimate. The amount missing from client accounts was almost $65 billion, including fabricated gains. (1)

Madoff figuratively built his house on sand or quicksand by cheating. When the rain and floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it, from a multi-Billionaire to a broke federal prisoner. 

Perhaps Madoff could have expended the same or less energy on a legitimate investment business, done well, and then died a happy and free man. He would have been a great contributor to the economy instead of a drain.

Matthew 7:24-27 ESV

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

In my opinion, Madoff couldn’t understand others’ feelings. He often broke rules or make impulsive decisions without feeling guilty for the harm he caused, just your basic sociopath.

Madoff’s actions resulted in bankruptcies, foreclosures, ruined lives, depression, anxiety and suicides, including his own son. Madoff was a multi-car train wreck.

Perhaps Madoff could have expended the same or less energy on a legitimate investment business, done well, and then died a happy and free man. . He would have been a great contributor to the economy instead of a drain.

Then there is a father, probably another sociopath, who ruined his daughter’s and other people’s lives.

Genie was a girl born in California in 1957 who spent nearly all of the first 13 years of her life locked in her room.  Born to mentally unstable parents, at a very young age Genie was diagnosed as developmentally delayed and her father took that diagnosis and decided on his own treatment for Genie.

Genie spent the next 12 years of her life locked in her bedroom.  During the day, she was tied to a child’s potty chair in diapers; at night, she was bound in a sleeping bag and placed in an enclosed crib with a cover made of metal screening.  Her father beat her every time she vocalized, and he barked and growled at her like a dog in order to keep her quiet. 

He also rarely allowed his wife and son to leave the house or even to speak, and he expressly forbade them to speak to Genie.  By the age of 13, Genie was almost entirely mute, commanding a vocabulary of about 20 words and a few short phrases (nearly all negative), such as “stop it” and “no more”.

Genie was discovered at the age of 13, when her mother ran away from her husband and took her daughter with her. (2)

Would you hazard a guess as to the mental health and financial issues Genie’s father created and how many lives he ruined? Genie’s father certainly was a dictator, a despot with respect to his family. Genie’s father seized power in deed.

It is generally thought that dictators and despots seize power in third world countries by various means. Some are bloodless coups. Some countries are honest enough to announce an official candidate for you to vote.  Then there are some like Venezuela that went out of their way to rig the entire electoral process to install an official candidate who issues one edict after another without use of the legislative body.

Dictators and despots seize power and remain in power by controlling the message, the news, and the means of communication. They only permit the official narrative to be disseminated to the population. In addition to censorship they control population movement. They rule by fear. They want us all to be just as Genie before she escaped.

A true popularly elected leader does not need a fence around the capital city to keep those who gave him consent to govern out of the city.

The story does not end here.   

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org  and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org


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(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Madoff

(2) https://listverse.com/2008/08/28/10-terrible-cases-of-kidnapping-and-abuse/ 




Benedict Arnold Again

January 7, 2021

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

January 6, 2021

Benedict Arnold (21 December 1615 – 19 June 1678) was president and then governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is more famous for betraying Patriots of the American cause for Independence, a  Traitor who committed Treason.

Arnold won some important battles for American Independence before switching sides.

Arnold became one of the most infamous traitors in U.S. history after he switched sides and fought for the British. Debt and the resentment Arnold felt over not being promoted faster were motivating factors in his choice to become a turncoat. He concluded that his interests would be better served assisting the British than continuing to suffer for an American army he saw as ungrateful.

Petty persecution of the commander-in-chief by slighting and insulting his favorite officers was kept up until the last year of the war, and such men as Greene, Morgan, and Stark were almost driven from the service by it. On 19 Feb., 1777, congress appointed five new major-generals–Stirling, Mifflin, St. Clair, Stephen, and Lincoln–thus passing over Arnold, who was the senior brigadier. None of these officers had rendered services at all comparable to his, and, coming as it did so soon after his heroic conduct on Lake Champlain, this action of congress naturally incensed him. He behaved very well, however, and expressed his willingness to serve under the men lately his juniors, while at the same time he requested congress to restore him to his relative rank.  On May 2, 1777, the United States Continental Congress promoted General Arnold to Major General. (1)

Benedict Arnold’s Oath of Allegiance – In 1778, Benedict Arnold, like all military officers, [and those serving in public office today] swore allegiance to his country. In 1780 General Arnold betrayed his oath by conspiring to surrender West Point to the British. – From the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records National Archives. (1)

There are quite a few politicians who forgot how to be servant leaders. These politicians promised many things to get elected. They promised to represent and fight for the people who elected them. They instead served their own interests including increasing their own wealth even to the detriment of the people they are supposed to represent.

There is perhaps no greater insult to relationship than betrayal. Betrayal robs us of a sense of security as in when someone close to us has proven untrustworthy. We must work through the pain of the betrayal so that we might trust again, so that we might find the true foundation of our security.

Betrayal is one of the most painful human experiences. Discovering that someone we trusted has deeply hurt us pulls the reality rug from under us. (2)

A damaging aspect of betrayal is that our sense of reality is undermined. What felt like solid trust suddenly crumbles. Our innocence is shattered. We’re left wondering: What happened? How could this happen? Who is this person? (2).

The violation of our trust is at the root of betrayal. It makes sense, then, to try to identify where that feeling of trust comes from. According to Shuxia Yao and colleagues (2014), of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, trust involves oxytocin, a hormone manufactured by the brain’s hypothalamus that is involved in mother-infant bonding. However, oxytocin also acts more generally in social bonding, and some believe it is a key component in the psychological experience of trust. (3)

While we tend to think of trust as essential mainly to romantic relationships, Yao and her research team maintain, on the basis of previous research, that oxytocin is also involved in business or economic transactions. When you make a deal with someone, you want to know that the person you’re shaking hands with will come through on his or her end of the bargain. If not, there would be no point in making an agreement. In business, as in romance, you need to be sure that your partner will treat you fairly. We tend to presume that people will look out for their own best interests, but also that they, in turn, will respect ours. (3)

No matter how much the person apologizes, you can’t manage to tap into your inner reservoir of forgiveness. To ease your pain, you seek retribution, if not revenge. (3)

When anyone you entrusted with your future betrays you it is quite natural to seek retribution, if not revenge. I don’t condone violence; however I certainly understand the frustration of the patriots who were once again where betrayed by their elected officials. The betrayal legitimized perhaps the greatest fraud in history.  I would say this is going to get worse before it gets better.

Most people have overcome betrayal in our lives, just not to this scale. Perhaps those who betrayed us will retire to another country as Arnold did.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) www.narrowpathministries.org and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

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(1) https://www.benedictarnold.org

(2) https://psychcentral.com/blog/dealing-with-betrayal#1

(3) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201504/why-betrayal-hurts-so-much-and-who-seeks-revenge



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