Columbus Day

October 12, we celebrate what is still officially recognized as Columbus Day. It has been a difficult year for Christopher Columbus with dozens of inspiring statues of the brave admiral pulled down, some by the arbitrary decisions of mayors, others by a vote of chicken-hearted city councils and still others by lawless vandals.

Even in Columbus’ lifetime, he had to fight to get his just deserts and to protect his reputation. After his third voyage to the New World, he was taken back in chains to Spain. His champion, Queen Isabela, had him released. Columbus’ reputation is threatened more than ever but his stout character has never been touched. Columbus will survive this latest onslaught against his character!

As the new continent which he discovered, explored and labored to development, sinks back into the darkness of savagery, Columbus’ beacon shines brighter than ever pointing us to the crucified life of Christ Jesus, the light of the world.

The descendants of the indigenous peoples of the Americas should get on their knees on this holy day to thank God for the likes of Columbus.

The statue below was installed at Columbus State University in 1959, it was removed this summer. Makes one wonder when they will change the name of the institution to Indigenous Peoples’ State University. 

ISU COED SHOT DEAD

One 18-year-old female ISU student is dead. Two males are wounded. Five persons have been arrested for possession of marijuana. Up to 100 attended a party Thursday night and early Friday morning in an apartment, just blocks off-campus. There could not have been much social distancing under confined circumstances. Does anyone suppose the partiers were wearing masks?

TH Police Chief Keen said, “Unfortunately, we have not had a lot of cooperation from a lot of the witnesses who were there. We would appeal to those people that this is a tragedy and we believe she deserves justice in this case, and we would ask people to think about that and hope they would come forward.”

When I read this report, I was reminded of a Saturday night ISU party, which I attended almost 50 years ago in a local motel. The following Monday, I was called to the Dean of Students office and reprimanded for attending the party where alcohol was flowing. The Dean tried to get me to name others who were in attendance. I refused. As a result, I was put on social probation by the Dean and required to do community service at the Boy’s Club.

Of course, the deadly incident the other night is so much more serious. But the rebellious attitudes of those attending the wild party and of my party going during my student years are the same.

I don’t know what the legal penalties are for withholding information from the police but whatever they are they should be prosecuted. Meanwhile, those attending the party should be immediately expelled by the ISU administration, which should have been my penalty, when I partied at a student.

A week before the killing, Bro Jed & Co. was preaching on the ISU campus in Dede Plaza. University employees, including the Dean of Students were zealous in insisting that both the students and preachers wear masks and vainly attempted to enforce social distancing. Perhaps if the administration were as fervent in controlling the moral and social behavior of students, the dead coed would be alive today.

Whether the girl heard our preaching or not, I know not. Very likely she at least heard we were speaking out against the marijuana and the other sins which accompany the party life. Had the deceased student listened she would be alive today with her sins forgiven.

Friday and Saturday nights were considered party nights even when I was an undergrad at ISU in the early 60’s. In the mid-70’s the party nights were expanded to include “Thirsty Thursday.” Alas, party-time has become known as what the universities promote as “the college experience.”

It is time to raise the standards of education. Most ISU students are actually not college material. They often refer to themselves as “party animals.” Professors need to divide the serious students from the partiers by giving assignments, which will result in no time for partying, if one is going to keep their grades up and stay in school. Anyone caught using recreational drugs, including marijuana, anyone intoxicated or fornicating, whether with the opposite sex or same-sex should be immediately expelled and not be allowed to return.

A lot more students are going to die from drug overdoses and alcohol misuse than they are from the Coronavirus. There is an epidemic of STDs among college students which will have more ill effects over the long run than COVID 19. Immorality will have greater mental and spiritual consequences throughout their lives than catching the dreaded virus. Yet, moral relativism has been promoted in classrooms for decades beginning long before college. We are reaping the consequences.

Meanwhile, Bro Jed & Co. will continue our mission to save souls and save lives through preaching against sin and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Listen up students and faculty and administrators; we never know what day or night our soul may be required of us and we stand before a Holy God in Judgment.

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“I WAS INSTENSELY DRAWN TO THE GOSPEL THROUGH YOUR PREACHING!” I received this email as well as an offering to CMUSA last week:

” Bro. Jed, Actually, I was one of those lost young fraternity men who you warned at St. Cloud State between 1982-1986. In fact, you gave me an autographed copy of your book. It still is on my bookshelf. Although I wasn’t finally saved until 20 years later, I was intensely drawn to the gospel through your preaching. I tell people, if I could do only one thing differently in my life, it would be to have said yes to Jesus in college. His offer was definitely there, but I turned him down. I regret that. Even so, I shall be with Jesus always, forever and ever. Amen. Most people think your style of preaching drives more away than it attracts. I say those people don’t understand the gospel. Your preaching hits home with plenty of people. The fruit may take decades to ripen, but the message was heard. I’m witness to that.”

This is the fourth testimony like this in two months! Yes, the truth does hit home for many students! We need $4000 to meet our fundraising goal for Fall 2020. To make your investment in CMUSA click on the Network for Good or our website in the link below or PM me or Sis. Cindy. Week 6 of Fall Mission 2020 begins today!

Trump Not Trusted

There is an old saying among consumers of alcohol, “You can’t trust a person who doesn’t drink.”

Drinking has forever been the acceptable form of socializing in the political world and among the press, often the two estates drink together. The press knows that alcohol loosens tongues. The drinkers wonder, “How can we trust someone who refuses to relax and open-up, when we ourselves are well underway?” Drinking has also become such a big part of our general culture that when someone turns down a drink, it’s insulting.

Historically, much of what took place on the floor of the House or Senate had already been agreed upon in cigar smoke-filled rooms after a number of belts of whiskey. With women entering Congress, the State Houses and press room and with smoking falling into disfavor, the smoke-filled room has become the bar and the bed. People who drink tend to be loose in other appetites. Donald J. Trump enters into politics with a bang but without the booze. He announces that he never drinks nor smokes. The drinkers cannot trust Trump. While others are drinking, the President is devising and designing. His political enemies are too deranged by personal ambition and covetousness to figure out the President.

When it comes to anything in regards to socialization, according to the drinking set, you play by everyone else’s rules. To interact with others, you have to respect their wants and comforts, especially the drinking. Trump does not imbibe; therefore, he cannot be trusted.

Much has been made, mostly by liberals, that President Reagan could sit down with Speaker Tip O’Neill and have a few beers. Therefore, the libs thought they could control Reagan. But Trump won’t drink with any of them. Can you imagine anyone wanting to tip a few with Speaker Pelosi? She probably has to drink alone.

Trump is a dangerous man to the left, if for no other reason than that he doesn’t drink.

The Older Prophets

This summer two older prophets phoned me, one of whom hasn’t called me in decades, to speak words that I was to retire from the campus preaching and devote myself to writing and scheduled speaking engagements, etc.

Both men were apparently primarily concerned for my safety and possibly my life. There are not many ministers in my circle of friends who both in age and service are older than I am. Therefore, I listened carefully; I have weighted their words and warnings. In recent years I have also heard inner voices, especially during the summer break, that it was time for me to finish my course with a more respectable ministry.

My goal for decades has been to survive at least for a half-century on campus, which means I have at least two more years to go. I know of no other way to reach more people with the gospel than on campus in the open-air, person to person. Normal social distancing doesn’t last long when we preach. We are quickly eye-ball to eyeball with the raging heathen, who refused to keep their distance even in the pre-virus era.

Since the end of March, I have been devoting myself to “virtual ministry.” In past years during my summer furlough by the end of July, I sense a stirring in my spirit to return to my preaching post as guardian and watchman. Such restlessness, I have considered to the rousing of the Holy Ghost calling me to the battlefield. The other voices, I conclude, are from evil spirits or my own spirit seeking more rest and relaxation. This academic year, as the time draws nigh for campuses to reopen, I have been feeling those old Holy Ghost stirrings. Of course, there are also times when I myself have to like Timothy, “Stir up the gift on God that is within you!”

The Scriptures may be the minister’s most reliable direction for God’s guidance, especially those which speak of similar situations and circumstances in which one finds himself. In Acts 21:10-14, Agabus, a prophet, who comes from Judea, confronts Paul in Caesarea as the apostle is on his way to Jerusalem. Agabus takes Paul’s belt and ties up his own hands and feet with it and prophesied, “The Holy Ghost says, In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.” When the people in Paul’s party hear the prophecy of Agabus, they do whatever they can to dissuade Paul from going to Jerusalem, but he is resolute. Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

When Paul would not be persuaded, his travel companions ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.” We are not told, if the purpose of Agabus’ prophecy was to mentally prepare Paul for what would befall him at Jerusalem or rather to warn him not to go.

We do know that the Lord had previously spoken to Paul’s Spirit, because shorty before his encounter with Agabus, in Paul’s farewell address to the elders at Ephesus, Paul said in Acts 20:18-27:18 “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, 19 serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; 20 how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, 21 testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Ghost testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.”

At 77 years old, I am likely on the final stretch of my race. After all these decades, I remain under the compulsion of the Holy Ghost. I am thankful to the prophetic brethren for their concern in what they consider to be in my best interests. Certainly, their admonitions have influenced me to once again count the cost.

Therefore, on August 17th Bro Jed & Co are scheduled to return to the campuses, not knowing what will befall us in the midst of the noisome pestilence and Antifa and BLM insurrection. Perhaps most dangerous is a significant percentage of students diagnosed with mental disorders who are on mental medications and others that are high on illegal drugs. Both the meds and the dope can be psychologically lethal to the consumers and possibly lethal to those who are challenging them. We will continue to offer the anarchists, the crazies and the few serious students the peace that passes all understanding, through the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus Christ. “The will of the Lord be done!” Amen.

The Mighty Yankees Have Been Brought to Their Knees

The opening of the shorten baseball season was perhaps the most disgraceful moment in the history of our National Game when the NY Yankees and Washington Nationals bowed in unison to unamerican Marxists under the guise of “racial justice.”

“It was important for us, and for the Yankees, that everybody bought in and we had full participation and presented a united front during that moment,” said one of the Nationals pitchers, “Holding the ribbon, kneeling, to show support for the other athletes who have done it in other sports … to show support for the movement of Black Lives Matter and ending police brutality and racism and injustice.”

When I was a youth the Washington team was called the Senators, they had a reputation for ineptness, usually finishing in last place in the American League.

Now, the Washington Nationals are supposed to be defending their title as World Champions but they surrendered with a whimper to the enemies of freedom and America. Evidently, the ghosts of the old Washington Senators took possession of the shameful “champs.”

One descriptive word for baseball is “Tradition.” The Nationals have hardly established themselves as winners. On the other hand, there is no team in the history of sports which has more of a winning tradition than the Yankees.

What would the Pride of the Yankees, the Iron Man of Baseball, Lou Gehrig say about this disgusting humiliation of his team? Lou. in his farewell address at home plate in Yankee Stadium, months before his untimely death at age 37 of the disease named after him. said, “Today, I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” Looking down on his team he must be saddened.

Old Yankee Stadium was called, “The House that Ruth Built.” Would he have taken a knee? Certainly, not. What would George Steinbrenner have done if any of his players tried such a thing when he owned the Yankees? Likely, he would see that they soon would be hanging up the powerful Yankee Pin-Stripes. As for the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio, he would be jolted. The Yankee’s manager, coaches and players all should have their pinstripes ripped off.

No person or institution has done more to promote racial integration, since Branch Rickey’s Brooklyn Dodger’s signing of Jackie Robinson, than baseball. Baseball has been more influential than all the civil rights leaders together, including M. L. King.

At the time of Rickey and Robinson, the Yankees and Dodgers often met in the World Series. The San Francisco Giants. when they were planted in NY, used to be another strong rival of the Yankees. Manager Leo Durocher would be cussing out his 50’s Giant team, if they even thought to do as the current so-called Giants did. Let’s change their name to the S.F. Dwarfs.

The once-proud Yankees, Dodgers and Giants bowed on opening day. The Mets now deserve the title as the prideful team. When they played the Atlanta Braves, players from neither team bowed.

WE AIN’T DEAD YET!

Considering that the colleges have for generations have been brainwashing students with humanism, secularism and socialism, I am somewhat surprised that Harvard, which sets the standard, are not having in person classes. Harvard and state universities are not in reality all that concerned about student health.

Promiscuous students are in greater danger of contracting an STD or becoming addicted drugs or alcohol or committing suicide, any or all of which will have a worse long-term effect on their lives than the virus from which well over 90% will recover should they come down with the infamous THING.

So, I can’t believe that health hazards are the real motive for the shutdown. Although you never know, liberals tend to be fearful people. Perhaps the administrators and professors are genuinely fearful of dying from the virus.

Why encourage freshmen to live on campus since there will be no classes to attend? I suppose they don’t want them missing out on “the college experience” of the wild parties and orgies. After all, some of the incoming freshmen [P.C. speak says, “first year students”] may actually come from good homes and are still virgins.

We can’t have Harvard graduating virgins, indicating that they still have morals and manners. Once they break down students’ morals, they will be open to any lie or vain philosophy, which the professors promote.

The colleges must figure that most of college age students are already thoroughly conditioned to unquestionably accept any of the latest isms being propagated on campus. Students are pretty much brain dead by the time they have finished elementary school these days.

So now they have a group of 18 to 22-year-old youth, who are unemployed and mostly without skills, who are available to wreak havoc in the city streets and soon the suburbs and completely transform the culture and society into the godless Marxist image. The people want to rid the world of ranting “boomers” like myself and just can’t wait for us to die off.

But we ain’t dead yet!

John Wayne’s Role in Manifest Destiny

One of the many highlights of President Trump’s Mount Rushmore address was his renewal of the concept of Manifest Destiny, which fell into disfavor early in the 20th Century among academic historians and socialist types. One good thing about Hollywood, it kept the vision alive through the Western genera. John Wayne was the leading actor promoting the Western Expansion. He would have loved the Trump presidency.

The President said, “Above all, our children from every community must be taught that to be American is to inherit the spirit of the most adventurous and confident people ever to walk the face of the Earth. Americans are the people who pursued our Manifest Destiny across the ocean, into the uncharted wilderness, over the tallest mountains, and then into the skies, and even into the stars.”

Manifest Destiny was a termed coined in the mid-19th Century, which expressed the Pilgrim and Puritan idea that America was the New Israel. The term reveals the pioneer spirit, the Westward Movement and 19th-Century development, of my land of your land, from Sea to Shining Sea.

Prophetically, the United States of America was destined by Providence to expand its dominion and spread Christian Civilization, liberty and free-enterprise across the entire North American continent.

“Westward Ho!”

Stand aside heathens!

Upward and Onward!

“In the Providence of God”

Mayor de Blazio of NY has ordered that the statue of Teddy Roosevelt to be removed from the Museum of Natural History. The accusation is that TR was a colonialist, as if that makes him bad. Roosevelt was an imperialist, who wanted to and worked to make America first among the nations of the world, especially by building up her naval power.Today, colonization is considered bad by people ignorant of history. America went through her own colonial period from the founding of the first permanent settlement in Jamestown in 1607 until our Declaration of Independence in 1776. This was a necessary and productive phase for our country. Without the British and Americans fighting together in the French and Indian War, we might have ended up French instead of English.Like America, Africa’s colonization by European powers was good for “the Dark Continent,” mainly by introducing Christian Civilization to a landmass dominated by animism, which discourages development, progress and industrialization. You know, we can’t offend the ancestors by improving our condition and environment. In the providence of God, the first African slaves were brought to Virginia in 1619. Initially, they were usually regarded as indentured servants, who could earn their freedom, which is also the means by which most Europeans were able to come to the New World.Unfortunately, by the 1660’s, Africans were transported to America in shackles for a lifetime of involuntary servitude. Still, they had the good fortune of being introduced to Christianity long before blacks, who were stuck in Africa heard the Christian message from the likes of David Livingston in the 19th Century. Today, the black churches are the strongest institution in their communities.No president has ever embodied the American spirit more than TR. He was an adventurer, explorer, cowboy, “rough rider” and our most literate president; he was strenuous, exuberant and epitomized manliness, even fighting boxing matches in the WH. TR said, “I don’t envy the man who lives the life of ease.” On the other hand, Mayor de Blasio is just the opposite and represents, more than any prominent politician, everything that the American spirit stands against.

“Trump Rescues Jackson”

It is fitting that President Trump rescued President Andrew Jackson’s statue from being pulled down last night in Lafayette Square. Jackson, a Democrat, is reportedly Trump’s favorite president. He has a portrait of Jackson hanging in a prominent place in the Oval Office.

Donald Trump reminds me of our seventh president, 1829-1837. Both men were Presbyterians. Jackson was of Scot/Irish ancestry, Trump is Scot/German.

Jackson was known for a volcanic temperament; he killed a man in a duel. And he challenged others to duels and was a noted brawler. If it was legal today, Trump might be a duelist instead of threatening law suits.

Jackson’s beloved wife, Rachel, was accused of being a bigamist; Trump’s wife has been photographed in the near nude from her days as a model.

Jackson had an unruly shock of red hair, which was completely gray by the time he became president. Trump’s wild orange hair is distinctive.

Jackson was known as a supporter of the common man., On Inauguration Day “low life westerners” invaded the White House and its grounds. Trump appeals to the blue collar class [the deplorables] and “red necks” with his populist policies.

Jackson was the founder of the Democrat Party; Trump is taking the Republican Party in a new direction.

Jackson’s political opponents referred to him as a “jackass,” which eventually became the symbol of the Democrat Party. His adversaries also called him a demagogue, referring to him as, “King Andrew.” Jackson championed transferring power from the political elites to the ordinary voters.

Jackson was never accepted by the Washington “elite,” as revealed in the Peggy Eaton Affair.

Jackson is credited by historians for introducing the “spoils system” into national politics on a scale hitherto unmatched. The spoils system refers to the old adage, “To the victor belongs the spoils.”

As the federal government was growing an entrenched bureaucracy from previous administrations acted as a foil to Jackson’s policies. Jackson advocated a “clean sweep” of political opponents deep rooted in his administration and replacing them with his political allies.

Trump has faced a similar problem called the deep state or the swamp, which he has vowed to drain.

Jackson, like Trump, was a strong nationalist, opposing the threaten secession of S.C. Trump is still working on building his great wall. Trump neutralized ISIS. Jackson was tough in defeating the British at the Battle of New Orleans and the Indians in the Seminole War. Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act; which result in their forced removal to Oklahoma. Trump has promised to remove illegal immigrants.

During Jackson’s presidency Michigan was admitted to the Union in 1837; Trump’s victory in Michigan was the death blow to Hillary’s run for the presidency.

Jackson was known as an energetic man of action with the most commanding presidential personality of the 18th and 19th Centuries. His dynamism was developed on the frontier and in the Indian Wars. Jackson was regarded as a national hero, which mounted him to the Presidency.

Teddy Roosevelt had the most commanding personality of the 20th Century. Trump’s personality developed in the business and entertainment industries arguably surpasses all the presidents. Trump was a celebrity with the media, politicians of both parties and Hollywood before running for president.

Jackson was one of the most controversial Americans of the 19th Century. “Old Hickory” helped make America great; Trump wants to Make America Great Again. See Less