Doing The Right Thing

February 2, 2023

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

30 January 2023

It’s always good to do the right thing.

I watched an older couple as they waited for the bus. A homeless lady in her 30s walked passed the bus stop. The couple was sitting waiting for the bus with their grocery bags.  The homeless lady engaged the couple in conversation as she was hungry and seeking food. The couple offered her some food items from their grocery shopping. The homeless lady ripped open the offered food packaging and ate as if she had not eaten in days. The homeless lady ate, was grateful and went on her way. The couple probably did more than most would have when they did the right thing and helped the homeless lady.  The couple could have an angel to the homeless lady. I had not seen the three of them before or since.

Great Molasses Flood, disaster in Boston that occurred after a storage tank collapsed on January 15, 1919, sending more than two million gallons of molasses flowing through the city’s North End. The molasses careened through the street at over 30 mph, sweeping away railcars, buildings, people and animals. The deluge caused extensive damage and killed 21 people and 150 injured.

Suddenly, the riveted bolts holding the bottom of the tank exploded, shooting out like bullets, and the hot molasses rushed out. The bolts and molasses collapsed the over trains uprights and the first floor of a nearby firehouse.

The storage tank was made with undersize steel and rushed to meet a wartime deadline. The person overseeing the construction only had a finance background. The Great Molasses Flood disaster was cause by people not doing the right thing; they should have taken more care in designing, building with the proper materials and had proper construction oversight.

Chernobyl was another engineering disaster that affected other countries as the weather carried contaminates to other continents. Had they done the right thing Chernobyl would have been engineered better and the situation been addressed early and the damage could have been averted or contained.

The Coconut Grove Fire Disaster was estimated that more than 1000 persons were inside the Grove at the time of the fire. As with the Melody Lounge, panic ensued and customers attempted to find an exit. Unfortunately, many exits were either locked shut or were not easily indentified or accessed by the crowd. The fire now had complete control of the premises, with a tremendous rise in temperature and high levels of toxic gas. Observers outside could only watch in horror as relatives and friends were crushed by the weight of the crowd surging against the jammed door.

The Fire Department initially went to the wrong location. The small, congested streets in the area of the Grove quickly became clogged with fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles. The fire was extinguished in a matter of minutes, but the damage had already been done. Rescue operations began immediately, but the full horror of what awaited the firefighters inside the building was not fully realized for a period of time. Many patrons who were able to exit under their own power collapsed in the street and stacks of bodies, both living and dead, were buried shoulder-high at many of the exits. Getting inside to help proved nearly as difficult as getting out.  

A busboy thought he was doing the right thing by using a match to check a bulb on a tree, instead started the disaster by lighting the tree on fire which ignited the ceiling.  If the owner had done the right thing the exits would not have been locked or blocked saving many lives.

Today we have an ever increasing amount people who go out of their way to harm others in the name of power and control, just like an abuser, a bully, in attempt to destroy our way of life. On purpose they are doing the wrong thing as they try to destroy our way of life.

Just because someone else does not do the right thing that does not mean you are relieved of your responsibility to do the right thing.

Together we can right the ship by doing the right thing.

“It doesn’t matter what rights you have under the Constitution of the U.S., if the government can punish you for exercising those rights. And it doesn’t matter what limits the Constitution puts on government officials’ power, if they can exceed those limits without any adverse consequences”. —Thomas Sowell

Tucker: This is a matter of national survival

“Jesus… What Happened To Us?” by Five Times August (YouTube Edit)

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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https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/molasses-floods-boston-streets

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Great-Molasses-Flood

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Molasses_Flood


Successful Leadership

January 5, 2023

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

3 January 2023

There are leaders and there are followers. The best leaders know how to follow. In a group there can be several leaders. Among a group of leaders there is still one who sets course, directs and motivates others to accomplish the shared goals of the group. The leader clearly articulates the shared goals in perhaps three bullets points, rather than a treatise.   The shared goals are easily understand to be the best way forward.

To paraphrase W.C.H. Prentice: effective leaders take a personal interest in the long term development of their group, and they use tact and other social skills to encourage others to achieve their best. It isn’t about being “nice” or “understanding”, it’s about tapping into individual motivations in the interest of furthering an organization wide goal. (1)

In its simplest form, leadership is influencing other people to follow. Therefore, anyone who can influence people to follow them has leadership qualities.

Leadership happens at all levels within groups, organizations and society, not just among those who work in defined “leadership positions.”

Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal.

Leadership involves making sound, and sometimes difficult, decisions, creating and articulating a clear vision, establishing achievable goals and providing followers with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve those goals.

Leaders should not possess or display power; force or the threat of harm to enter into his dealings (1). Leaders can not expect others to willing follow him if he has just waged a campaign against that member to prevent that member from being a part of that group.

Revenge and grudges are not favored qualities of successful leaders.

Leaders who retaliate in kind or degree for having a different opinion are not trusted and don’t earn mutual respect and loyalty. 

Leaders who carry a grudge and have a feeling of deep seated resentment or ill will toward another member would have a very difficult time encouraging the other member.  It has been said those who carry a grudge are drinking the poison they meant for the other member.

How long would you stick around someone who constantly berates you in public or private or behind your back.

We generally like leaders would understand us and our situation and posses the peace and strength to accomplish what needs to be done while bringing people together.

We generally don’t like and don’t trust cheaters, backbiters, liars or bullies.  Those who lie, cheat, steal their way their way into a position of leadership are really no better than domestic terrorists.

When it is time to choose leaders choose wisely.

In the event a liar or cheater steals their way their way into a position of leadership there is usually proscribed way to remove them. We live in a Constitutional Republic not under a dictatorship.  Dictators usually lie, cheat, steal their way their way into a position of leadership.

When it is time to choose leaders choose wisely and listen to God’s guidance.  

Rep Matt Rosendale nominates Byron Donalds and explains the dysfunctional leadership of the past few years.

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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) http://www.narrowpathministries.org  and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org

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(1) https://hbr.org/2004/01/understanding-leadership



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Truth Bubbles Up

December 1, 2022

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

November 29, 2022

Sometimes no matter how hard you try the Truth just falls out of the mouth.  We have been witnessing an enormous amount of censorship and suppression of speech, thought, and even the most fundamental part of our Constitutional Republic, our vote.

Remember Ben Franklin upon exiting the signing of the Constitution was asked by a woman: “What have you given us?” to which Ben Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

“I vote yes under duress. I found out today that I have no choice but to vote aye or I’ll be arrested. I don’t think that is what our founders had in mind when they used the democratic process to elect our leaders and form a self government. I find that very disheartening.” – Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Gould

“I will vote to certify this canvass under duress for the chaos Maricopa County has foisted into our election process.” Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius

“Let me be clear, if any Arizona County fails to follow the law and to timely certify the election results, they will be sued. The Board members in Mohave should go ask their buddies in Cochise about how that worked out for them.” – Radical Leftist Activist Attorney Marc Elias

County Commissioners in Arizona are being openly intimidated by the full weight and power of the US government. Activist Democrat Attorney Marc Elias has been busy, intimidating, threatening, and committing widespread election lawfare across the nation. 

Many states are pushing for radical resolutions such as federal HR1 or the National Popular Vote Compact — which make state election oversight as ceremonial as Elias and his radical leftist pals claim that County election oversight is today. Soon, elections will be a solely national affair, Constitution be damned. (1)

By fomenting and spreading hate and fear using intimidation, media, and lawfare the people’s voice is silenced and the individual vote is eradicated.

In the 2016 we experienced a sampling of what has been used for used in other countries to install a more favorable client in office for a select group. In 2020 voters watched in disbelief as they were repeatedly told it was wrong to believe your eyes and common sense.  Fear, anxiety, and depression increased as people were banned, shunned, and jailed for exercising their Constitutionally protected First Amendment Rights in the Pulpit, in their home, or in public. That is the stuff that tyrants do.

Many a culture has been destroyed from within, the most famous of which may be the once great Roman Empire of which much has been written.

Rulers and leaders from the beginning of time are known to be either good or bad depending upon their actions, actions speak louder than words.

Then the 2022 midterm elections showed up with a full array of heroes opposed by despotic, corrupt, illegal, treasonous, Unconstitutional actions of people and organizations that hate our Constitutional Republic and want to destroy it. Those who did not quite understand or believe the corruption and rigging of 2020 were hit smack in the face with a 2022 reality version, 2020 on steroids. Then there are those corrupt people who hid in shadows before exposing themselves in full colors in 2022. These crooks were so convinced they would get away with the latest steal that they made little or no effort to hide their illegal actions.

If they have not yet learned, they will. “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” Mark 4:22

The truth always rises to the top, just like our bodies expel foreign objects, even through the skin at times. The corrupt and treasonous actions will come to light and be judged on this side of eternity and the next, writing history each step of the way.

“The Truth usually includes unexpected complications” John MacArthur

“Most importantly, pro-family advocates say changing legal definitions cannot alter the fundamental truths embedded in marriage and family life by another Lawgiver. “We know what is right. We know what is true. Whether by the Court or by the Congress, truth cannot be altered,”  Family Research Council President Tony Perkins concluded. “We need to have the courage to stand for it, remembering the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6, ‘and having done all … stand firm.’”

You have choices in making your history. You also have a choice as to where you want to spend the rest of eternity.

You might find the following instructive.

Do your part today; the country you save may be your own.                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Now, we have video that has surfaced showing just how bad the actual voting debacle was for in person voting:

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(1) https://conservative-daily.com/election/activist-radical-leftist-attorney-marc-elias-threatens-az-county-commissioners

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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https://arizonaagenda.substack.com/p/the-1916-election-sounds-oddly-familiar

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https://humanevents.com/2022/12/28/kari-lakes-election-lawsuit-a-view-from-maricopa-county

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/616cbf93ce3c445ef2f10067/t/63bdec0ea1e9d22a5dbee3d0/1673391119839/First+Amended+Writ+of+Mandate


How Solid Are Your Principles?

November 3, 2022

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

November 1, 2022

updated

What are you made of when the rubber meets the road? I’m not talking about what posts or memes you forward or like. Your core principles are your foundation. If your foundation is built on quicksand you’ll be swallowed up or washed away with a few tears.

When the door closes and you are alone, when it is just you and God your principles are clear. Acting in accordance with your principles, especially when go are going against the heard or mob mentality can take courage.  

Courage is not the absence of fear it is acting in spite of fear.

There are many throughout history who have made a difference by not following the crowd. Instead, they choose to act with courage in accordance with their principles.

Noah was chosen by God to save humanity, not because he was perfect, rather because his principles where in line with God’s. Noah did not ask friends or a focus group to determine whether building an Ark was needed or the right thing to do. God spoke, Noah listen, then followed God’s directions.  The Titanic was built with money as the goal without God and it sunk on it’s its first voyage. At the time Noah built the Ark it had never rained before.

Sometimes acting in accordance with your principles saves lives, as did Noah or Daniel Ellsberg with the Pentagon Papers.

Sometimes acting in accordance with your principles means you return an overpayment.  

Sometimes acting in accordance with your principles means your resume is factual even if it means you are not accepted for a position for which you are unqualified or did not rightfully attain.

Sometimes acting in accordance with your principles gets a SWAT raid, such as Right to Lifers who stand up for the Rights of the Unborn.

Sometimes acting in accordance with your principles empowers you to be an investigative reporter exposing dirty deeds others would like to keep hidden such as James Gordon Meek.

Sometimes acting in accordance with your principles help you found a new country replacing a tyrannical king with a Republic. A Republic where your Rights are retained no matter what a mob may think. A democracy is where your rights are subject to the will of the mob.

Mobs are often driven by fear, anxiety, and a foundation based on quicksand.  Mobs cause needless deaths, destruction, fear, anxiety and suicides. 

The American Founding Fathers rejected the oppression of the past, and established the American republic on our First Principles to secure our freedom and liberty.

We are the first, perhaps the only nation that holds as self-evident truths that all men and women are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; and that governments are instituted to protect those rights and derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. (1)

Principles are not the same as beliefs, beliefs can change.

Principle is a noun that means a fundamental truth or moral beliefs.

Belief is an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.

Today we still have people who dig for the truth and don’t accept what the mob says.

It appears that in Brazilian election a few days ago exhibited actions of a certain group which changes election results. The current Brazilian President had the benefits of Arizona Audits and the work of others’ similar work. The current Brazilian President has the support of the people, truckers, and police. The current Brazilian President acting in accordance with his principles has activated the military to conduct a full audit.

Here in the United States there are several groups working on a similar line with our elections. One such group acting in accordance with their principles has already help secure the indictment and arrest of voting machine CEO. The name of that group is True The Vote. As you can imagine certain people are highly incensed that truth is being made known. At this writing the CEO and the lead investigator, a sample of their work can be seen in 2000 Mules, sit in a Federal Prison for not revealing their source.

Sometimes acting in accordance with your principles may not be comfortable and is the right thing to do.

Doing the right thing is the right thing to do.

By order of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips have been ordered RELEASED on Sunday the 6th of November 2022, link below

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

Yaron Brook – Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit 2011.flv

Tucker Carlson Just Had the Spokesperson for True the Vote: explanation of why Gregg Phillips and Catherine Englebrecht are currently locked up in jail


(1) http://www.americassurvivalguide.com/americas-first-principles.php

https://nccs.net/blogs/articles/principles-of-liberty-in-our-founding-documents

https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/65339680/konnech-inc-v-true-the-vote-inc/

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L78F0NSzJvKhTHEoRyoZG82tAmilzcYF/view

https://u.pcloud.link/publink/show?code=kZT4YfVZMw88jkcLhA0iKPs8SMvFqYl6ga70


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Hang Up and You’ll Miss The Blessings

October 6, 2022

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

3 October 2022

Instead of deciding the ending before you have heard it…stay on the line.

Jacob, the father of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, was no angel. Among other things, deep-seated family hostilities characterized Jacob’s life. He was a determined man; some would consider him to be ruthless. He was a con artist, a liar, and a manipulator. In fact, the name Jacob not only means “deceiver,” but more literally it means “grabber.”

Jacob tricked his father, with his mother’s help, into giving him the blessings and wealth which belonged to his brother Esau. Jacob was returning from his years on the run and was about to meet his brother, Esau, who had vowed to kill him. All Jacob’s struggles and fears were about to be realized. Sick of his father-in-law’s treatment, Jacob had fled Laban, only to encounter his embittered brother, Esau. Anxious for his very life, Jacob concocted a bribe and sent a caravan of gifts along with his women and children across the River Jabbok in hopes of pacifying his brother. Now physically exhausted, alone in the desert wilderness, facing sure death, he was divested of all his worldly possessions. In fact, he was powerless to control his fate. He collapsed into a deep sleep on the banks of the Jabbok River. With his father-in-law behind him and Esau before him, he was too spent to struggle any longer.

But only then did his real struggle begin. Fleeing his family history had been bad enough; wrestling with God Himself was a different matter altogether. That night an angelic stranger visited Jacob. They wrestled throughout the night until daybreak, at which point the stranger crippled Jacob with a blow to his hip that disabled him with a limp for the rest of his life. It was then that Jacob realized what had happened: “I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared” (Genesis 32:30). In the process, Jacob the deceiver received a new name, Israel, which likely means: “He struggles with God.” However, what is most important occurred at the conclusion of that struggle. We read that God “blessed him there” (Genesis 32:29). (1)

Don’t hang up as David, Solomon, and Jesus came from the line of Judah. Judah is one of Jacob’s twelve sons. Each of Jacob’s twelve sons was a Patriarch’s of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. If Jacob left his wrestle with God early then he could have missed many Blessing including being in Jesus’ family tree. Jacob was also able to mentor his children and grandchildren as they lived in close proximity as was the common practice.

David was called a man after God’s heart and he was no angel. David took another man’s wife, had her husband killed in battle and had a baby with her. David had his encounter with God and repented, Psalm 51. David went on to do more great and mighty things for God. Don’t hang up as David united the twelve tribes into a nation and mentored his offspring. Jesus came from the line of David.

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” 1 Corinthians 1:27

God did not call the equipped, He equipped the called to complete God’s mission.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

“For … God … is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12 

Multi generational mentoring had been the norm up until modern times. On occasion you’ll discover families practicing multi generational mentoring as highlighted in a new book titled “The Mentor I Never Met: Lessons on Life and Business from John Capobianco” (2).  Multi generational mentoring is a good way to counter anti-God, Anti family indoctrination.

If you hang up early you won’t hear the rest of the story, you’ll be left with incomplete facts and miss Blessings. If you want to judge something at least listen to the other points of view first. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, just not their own set of facts.

Don’t hang up, especially during your encounter with God; you’ll miss the rest of the story and 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

The Orlons Don’t Hang Up lyrics

(1) https://www.gotquestions.org/Jacob-wrestling-with-God.html

(2)  https://www.amazon.com/Mentor-Never-Met-Business-Capobianco-ebook/dp/B0B8SZYGDN/ref=sr_1_1


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Gone Off The Rails

September 1, 2022

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

30 August 2022

Most people prefer a balance. When things go out of balance trouble begins. When your tire goes out of round or begins to separate, steering can be difficult. If you are driving on the highway, even at the speed limit, and your out of round or separating tire has a failure it could cause a blow out.  Your car could end up in a ditch flipped over, on its side, or upright. You could roll over multiple times before your car comes to rest in a ditch or in the lanes of traffic.  That out of round or separated should have been discovered by the way the car handled and replaced before it caused an untold number of injuries, damages, and perhaps deaths.  

A commuter train which hits something on the tracks or crosses a defective rail can derail causing an untold number of injuries, damages, and perhaps deaths. Railroads regularly inspect their rails.

At the first sign of trouble fear, anxiety, and other signs of danger begin to manifest themselves. Some will be treated for PTSD after a bad tire blowout, train derailment or other trauma.

Go off the rails is an idiom that has been in use for over one hundred years. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition

Let’s examine the meaning of the expression go off the rails, where it came from and its use in sentences.

To go off the rails means to behave in an abnormal way, to act in an insane manner or highly unpredictable or illogical manner. When applied to a situation or institution, the idiom go off the rails may mean that things have gotten out of control or have careened into unexpected or unmanageable territory.

The phrase go off the rails has been in use since the mid-1800s and is a reference to a train derailment. When a train goes off the rails it is no longer progressing along its preordained track and is uncontrollable and chaotic.

Today, the mental picture conjured by the idiom go off the rails is most probably of a roller coaster car leaving its track. The first commercial roller coaster was installed at Coney Island, New York, in the 1880s.

The idiom go off the rails predates that. Related phrases are goes off the rails, went off the rails, going off the rails. (1)

Here are some examples:

The residents of Hollyoaks gather for the funeral of tragic teen Lily McQueen, who lost her life earlier this month when she died from sepsis as a result of wounds from her self-harming addiction, and it appears no one is struggling with the loss more than her husband Prince McQueen (Malique Thompson-Dwyer) who starts to go off the rails as he’s gripped by grief. (2)

“Let me just say, I’m very, very dismayed and disappointed that the chief law enforcement officer of our country is going off the rails yesterday and today,” Pelosi told reporters at a news conference in Virginia. (3)

As we start to chat, the members of the vivacious vocal trio Diva Station warn me that our conversation about their first major concert, with the subtitle Songs Through the Ages might go off the rails.  (4)

In an abnormal or malfunctioning condition, as in Her political campaign has been off the rails for months. The phrase occurs commonly with go, as in Once the superintendent resigned, the effort to reform the school system went off the rails. This idiom alludes to the rails on which trains run; if a train goes off the rails, it stops or crashes. [Mid-1800s] (5)

It could be easily said that many in the world have gone off the rails by their actions or reactions to other people or events. For awhile people where told to ignore common sense and not to believe what you see and hear, that if there was something wrong, it was you. The media had a strong hand in gas lighting us and for awhile it was working until it didn’t.

One day parents realized off the rails agenda school boards and teachers were ramming filth down their child’s throats. Parents where told they had no say in what is being taught in the classroom. Parents were arrested and harassed by various agencies, until parents started replacing school board members at the ballot box.  For awhile it was working until it didn’t.

Children are a Blessing from God and should be treated as such. Children are our future leaders, train them to walk uprightly and we’ll have good leaders in our future.

Regularly check to keep the balance to stay on the rails.

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://grammarist.com/idiom/go-off-the-rails/

(2) https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/soaps/hollyoaks/gun-drama-at-lilys-funeral-as-prince-goes-bad-in-hollyoaks/

(3) https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Pelosi-Disappointed-that-Barr-is-going-off-the-rails-586444

(4) https://www.saltwire.com/halifax/

(5) https://www.dictionary.com/browse/off-the-rails


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Faith, Tested and Tried

August 4, 2022

2 August 2022 By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

Everyday you are Blessed with another day above the grass is another opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade.

Medical missionary Bruce Olson was captured by Columbian communists in October 1988. He was beaten and kept bound most of the time. The soldiers were waiting for a ransom, but the mission wouldn’t pay. Olson endured pain by concentrating on the spirit and doing God’s will in his current situation. He was tortured but able to influence the guerrillas by teaching and healing them.

After a while they even let him conduct worship services. They couldn’t understand how he could pay back evil with good. Olson was able to lead some of them to the Lord. While very ill a bird sang outside, reminding him of how the Motilone Indians sang the Scriptures. When the soldiers could not break him they apologized and released him.

Certainly through Bruce Olson’s ordeal during his time of capture he could have experienced fear, anxiety, depression, or even suicidal thoughts. Perhaps he could have suffered from PTSD. Bruce Olson chose to exhibit Faith as a Mustard Seed (Matthew 17:20) and submit to God and watch the devil fled (James 4: 7-8)

We are on a pilgrimage which is a step-by-step process.

It’s like a hiker on a narrow mountainside trail, unable to see the path ahead. Sometimes the way is clearly marked out before him. At other times, it turns abruptly to the right or left, becomes rugged or muddy, rises or falls sharply. All he knows is that he must take the next step.

But our spiritual walk of faith differs from that of a mountain hiker. Through faith in Christ, we can keep moving forward with full confidence that we will reach our destination.

This anonymous poem describes the walk of faith:

When you come to the edge

Of all light you have known,

And are about to step off into darkness,

Faith is knowing there’ll be something to stand on,

Or you will be taught how to fly.

Perhaps today you are right at the rim of a shadowy unknown. You know you must move forward, but you can’t see 10 feet ahead. God has brought you to this place not to abandon you but to show you–perhaps as never before–that you can trust Him completely.

Go ahead. Prayerfully step into the unknown future. God has promised to be there for you (Heb. 13:5). You can be sure “there’ll be something to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” –DCE

Faith is not a leap into the dark but a step into the light.

An old lady in England who had stood the bombings with amazing fortitude was asked the secret of her calmness in the midst of such frightful danger. She replied, “Well, every night I says my prayers and then I remembers how the parson told us God is always watching; so I go to sleep. After all, there’s no need for both of us to stay awake!”

William Moses Tidwell, “Pointed Illustrations.”

How many lemons have you come across today? How many lemons have you turned into lemonade 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


Celebrating Life and Freedom

June 30, 2022

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

June 26, 2022

This July we continue to Celebrate Life and Freedom. June ended with three OUTSTANDING decisions from the United States Supreme Court confirming there is still hope.

Freedom and Life come from God. Those who deny or hate God also deny or hate Freedom and Life for anyone other than themselves.

In 1976…..

I was stabbed four times while working at a part time job. The stabbings were: in the back, a quarter inch from the heart; the head; the hand; and the leg. Scars of those stabs and chest tubes are present today. I was rushed to the hospital in the back of a police cruiser.  They called my wife to hurry to the hospital as they did not expect me to make it another half hour.  Two brand new doctors attended to me. There was nothing they could do. I left my body to the edge of the wall and ceiling and saw them working on me. I heard a voice say: “It is not your time”. Then I returned to my body and felt pain and heard the two brand new Doctors… in there second week…yell “He’s back.”

This is not a subject that is regularly talked about in the family. At the time I had one daughter, who could have ended up being an only child, however God had other plans and made sure that did not happen.

June 25th this year seemed to be good day to share the events of that day in 1976. This happened at 11:30 PM and I was dead for twenty minutes, yet I was not saved until 1980.

I often say my two other children are miracle children. All three of them are precious to me as well as to God ❤️

This shows how precious you are. God knows the future and had you planned from the beginning. ❤️

Well, they are definitely glad I came back and still here!!! So am I.

This gives an added meaning to; this the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

My oldest remembers her mother definitely telling her that story, and she definitely remembers me mentioning it as well… It just seems very surreal!

Some people who experience trauma suffer for years with a whole host of problems such as anxiety, depression and even PTSD. Some self medicate with prescription, alcohol or illegal drugs. By God’s Grace I never had those issues.

Some people had abortions suffer from regret, shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, self loathing, and even PTSD. Some self medicate with prescription, alcohol or illegal drugs.

“No matter what it was caused by, shame can hurt us for many years and may become a “nourishment” for the opinions that we have about ourselves. Under the influence of conditional love or rude and abusive treatment, a person, consciously or not, assimilates a certain “disordered pack” of ideas about their own personality.  You may find many women say about themselves: “There is nothing good in me”, “I am stupid”, “It’s my own fault that I became pregnant”, “I need to hide this for the rest of my life”, “I am not worthy (or capable) to be a mother”, “I am not worthy to have normal relations with a man”, “I had one abortion already, why shouldn’t I have one more?”, “I need to punish myself or let other people treat me badly because I don’t deserve anything else.”

While feeling of guilt can be corrected, in some instances rather quickly, by asking forgiveness for our mistakes, feeling of shame can only be healed by love and truth and may require much longer time.

In freeing yourself from the power of shame, a woman needs to remember that who she is, is not defined by actions or opinions of other people. No matter how many mistakes she personally made, she is a human being that deserves love and respect for her dignity. Since feeling of shame may have its roots in very early childhood or due to rude and abusive treatments, this woman may need strong reassurance from friends and family, that no matter how bad her mistakes were she is loved unconditionally. (4)

On the day I shared the events of 1976 I did not know God had been orchestrating events that would culminate in affirming: our right to defend ourselves (1); our right to determine how we govern ourselves (2); our right to pray (3). God was orchestrating these events as He did in providing the tree Zacchaeus the Tax Collector would climb on to see Jesus (Luke 19:1-10); and providing that Joseph would be in charge in Egypt after being sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph’s brothers meant it for evil but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20). Joseph saved many lives.

Another time God was orchestrating events, according to Kelvin Cochran; slavery saved many lives and was good for African Americans in long run (5). You can watch his testimony in Freedom Sunday video below. Kelvin Cochran was fired as the Fire Chief for writing and publishing his Christian family book “How did you know I was naked”. Kelvin Cochran also shared how his faith sustained him. The city of Atlanta settled with Kelvin Cochran for $1.5M. He shares how his faith in Jesus carried him through.

The church has a tremendous opportunity to walk with everyone who hurts or have hurt others, no matter the circumstances, to help each one of them become the whole, healthy, joyful people God intended them to be.

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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Freedom Sunday | June 26, 2022

 (1) Download and read the actual ruling:

NEW YORK STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC., ET AL. v. BRUEN, SUPERINTENDENT OF NEW YORK STATE POLICE, ET AL. (Second Amendment)

(2) Download and read the actual ruling:

DOBBS, STATE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL. v. JACKSON WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATION ET AL. (Abortion – Roe v Wade)

(3) Download and read the actual ruling:

KENNEDY v. BREMERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT (Praying Coach win)

(4) https://narrowpathministries.wordpress.com/2022/06/30/guilt-and-shame-telling-them-apart/

(5) https://www.facebook.com/MTHumanRights/videos/kelvin-cochran-says-slavery-good-for-african-americans-in-long-run/1225763617563206/


Related

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-supreme-court-orders-lower-courts-reconsider-gun-law-challenges-2022-06-30/


Is It Too Much To Ask?

June 2, 2022

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

31May 2022

First thing in the morning you can’t decide whether to shower before or after you get dressed, that is what the message looks like sometimes.

Edifying communications today are a tall order. It’s tough enough to develop messaging for brands in a constantly changing market. But when we have to not only craft the message but ensure that all the branches of the organization are consistently delivering the same version, it can be downright impossible, especially when the message is build on a lie. The larger the organization, the more challenging it is. When members of the organization are so easily offended from within and without it and they shift from one crisis to another, sometimes at a lightening speed, it is a wonder that neck braces from whiplash aren’t a badge of office.  

Saul Alinsky espoused his Rules for Radicals in which he recommends mostly working within the system to overwhelm and implode the system. Below, you’ll find Alinsky’s list of 13 “Rules for Radicals,” offered with his proviso that political activism cannot be a self-serving enterprise: “People cannot be free unless they are willing to sacrifice some of their interests to guarantee the freedom of others. The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people.” It is a good thing we live in a Constitutional Republic and not a democracy.

1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.
3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Alinsky’s rules can and have been used for anti-democratic designs. But he defines the U.S. as a “society predicated on voluntarism.” His vision of democracy leans heavily on that of keen outside observer of early America, Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher “gravely warned,” writes Alinsky, “that unless individual citizens were regularly involved in the action of governing themselves, self-government would pass from the scene.” (1)

About fourteen years ago we started living under a group who lived by the next quote: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before,” said Rahm Emanuel, who was then a U.S. congressman.

Is it any wonder their message is not consistently coherent. Chaos seems to be the norm in their messaging.  Chaos in the streets seems to be their desire. Once chaos has been fomented then a central heavy hand can institute things that you think you could not do before. An unchecked central heavy hand could install things voters would never allow in a paper ballot only election. 

Is it too much to ask to heed the warning of Alexis de Tocqueville and stay regularly involved in the action of governing otherwise we will watch self-government pass from the scene?

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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Reference:

(1) https://www.openculture.com/2017/02/13-rules-for-radicals.html


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https://tedgioia.substack.com/p/14-warning-signs-that-you-are-living?s=r


Snagglepuss Is Still Around

May 5, 2022

May 3, 2022

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

“Church?!? Why bother? It’s just a hangout for hypocrites!” I’ve heard that before, haven’t you? Some have managed to express their dissatisfaction with a little more literary panache, as did Daniel Defoe [Robinson Crusoe] who wrote:

Wherever God erects a house of prayer,

The devil always builds a chapel there;

And ’twill be found upon examination,

The latter has the largest congregation.

Or Ralph Waldo Emerson’s thought, “God builds his temple in the heart on the ruins of churches and religions.” (1)

Sometimes we just have to admit some truths that we would rather not admit. I was looking through the cable guide while watching television and came across the Cartoon Channel. I made the remark to my wife that they just don’t have good cartoons any more. You know — Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd; the Road Runner; and, of course, Popeye.  I thought about one particular character that I just loved as a boy … Snagglepuss, the toothless lion. Nobody was afraid of him.

The Bible reminds us that Satan goes about as a lion just looking for one that is afraid of him. He’s looking for someone to deceive so that he can “steal, kill, and destroy”. The Body of Christ has sometimes suffered from a lack of memory. We must remember that just like old Snagglepuss, this lion is toothless. His roar is much more frightening than his bite. He stands no chance, and indeed, has already been defeated by the real LION.

In Amos 3:8 we read, “The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” This Lion is the Lion of Judah. The early Church witnessed what happens when we are in the presence of the Lion. The Scriptures tell us how Peter and John witnessed of the power of Christ. Acts 4:13 reads, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

There is always the temptation of being intimidated and even bullied by Ol’ Toothless, but when we come into the presence of the LION and hear his roar and know His power, and then we will have victory in our life.

The Enemy is defeated and his roar is muffled, for the Lion of the tribe of Judah, King Jesus lives and reigns, and His roar causes Satan to tremble and the Church to rejoice. Come into His presence today and walk victoriously … the LION is with you!

There is a noisy group who are trying to deceive even the elect, as the Bible written two thousand years ago said would happen. The noisy group would have you believe that the Supreme Court would abolish the ability to abort a baby.  A reversal of Roe v Wade would only remove a fictional constitutional right. You would still be able to murder babies if Roe were reversed. The noisy group is fearful that other fictional rights might also disappear in time.

Notice how Paul Harvey’s 1965 Warning broadcast came true:

“If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of its real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please.

To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…

And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the devil I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the devil I’d take from those who have, and give to those who want until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.

And what do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and hard work in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus, I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.”

Paul Harvey, good day.

Will you heed Paul Harvey’s 1965 warning?

Leave Snagglepuss the toothless loin in the ditch and join the Lion of Judah if you haven’t already.  The Lion of Judah will lead through the dark places and bring you into the light.

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) Dr. Steven A. Peay, “Life Together: The Authentic Church”



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