• Philip Kwiatkowski – Pacific Garden Mission

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    Have you ever sat at a red light and watched someone standing in front of you with a cardboard sign saying, “Veteran” or “Pregnant” and wondered what you’re supposed to do?  On today’s show we visit with Paul Kwiatkowski, President of Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest homeless shelter in the Country.

  • Beggars

    The hardest part is that most people feel like they want to do something, but we don’t know what to do.  Regardless of what’s on the sign, when we see a beggar, we see a story……and a story that needs to be told.  There’s not enough time at a busy intersection to ask questions, so people can either pull over and talk, or they can continue to flow with the traffic.  There’s nothing like a beggar in the most obvious locations to force us to engage with the issue.

    America is the most wealthy and generous Country in history.  We are so wealthy, we get asked for money all the time.  Most of us who shop are routinely asked if we want to donate so some cause.  Yet, even with all our benevolent efforts, it seems like the problem is getting bigger everyday.

  • How to Stop the Steal

    As they used to say in the House of Representatives,  “Keep your powder dry!”  There is officially no winner of the Presidential election just yet.  The judicial system is dealing with this moment of national confusion.  We must remember that the media has no authority to declare a winner.  Anyone in America can deliver an acceptance speech!  

    Let’s wait and see what happens next.  We could be into December before we have a final count and a true winner can be OFFICIALLY DECLARED.

    The United States Constitution orders every state to hold an election for the President every four years.  However, it gives states the freedom in the details of how the election is conducted.  We’d like to presume the officials charged with the duty of conducting these elections are motivated by fairness and honesty.  Sadly, that is not true.

  • Witches and Puritans

     

    This picture is from when I visited the Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  We should all be inspired that they were willing to labor, sacrifice, and suffer for the cause of civil and religious liberty.  Wouldn’t they be surprised to see what we’ve turned it into today!

    There’s a line in America the Beautiful that goes, “Who more than self, their Country loved.”  A group of people cared about loving their neighbors and communities and crowned their good with brotherhood.   Yet, today our Country is marred with selfishness and violence while political parties care more about grasping power than doing right.

  • Unmasking the Masks

     

    Some schools have started up again.  Others have created a facade of starting up so they can access state and federal money.  Last week I took my last daughter to get her settled into the Fall semester after the longest Summer in history, (Starting in March!)

    One of the most frustrating parts of this hysteria is that there’s no endpoint.  There’s no criteria to determine when it’s been long enough to return to normal.  When people run a marathon, they work hard and are tired, but they also know the race will eventually get over.  We don’t appear to have a moment when we’ve reached the finish line.

    Here’s what we need to know:  The real virus is THE FEAR.  The fear is driving apart families and shaming others if they refuse to join in the fear.  Some elected officials are affected by a disease called, “Executive Tyranny”.

  • Living the Dream

    Most people don’t remember their dreams at all.  However, some dreams are valuable for helping us understand ourselves and the events around us.  Recently, a pastor, Dana Coverstone, has had a series of prophetic dreams: (Dream about the first shutdown)  (Wolves and Persecution) (October Dream)

    Although that’s no guarantee any dream will come true, it behooves us to listen, learn and evaluate if it helps to understand and protect ourselves.

    When we went on a buying trip in February, nobody in my industry had any idea the Country would be shut down within six weeks.  I feel sorry for the children who are having to live under this cloud of uncertainty.  I’d like to be able to interpret life for my son, but we are now “off script”.