The Foolishness of the Gospel

Psalm 53

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
There is no one who does good.
God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men,
To see if there is anyone who understands,
Who seeks after God.
Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.

I’ve been watching the news lately, as I’m sure you have been also. The above scripture sums up what I’ve seen on my television screen; from the police officer that murdered a man under the color of authority to the rioters who pretend they are outraged over the deed.

I hear people has say, “We must come together; we must do better.” It’s a platitude, heartfelt in its utterance, true even, but completely void of meaning and power. Tragically, no one wants to hear the SIMPLE truth. We are sick and corrupt in heart, and too many of us refuse to turn to God to heal our souls. Instead we more rightly fit the description of Psalm 52:

Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.
Your tongue devises destruction, like sharp razor,
O worker of deceit.
You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right.
You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

How sadly true, from our elected leaders right down the least of us who follow them. When will we realize there will be no peace on earth until we recognize the corruption and hatred in our own hearts, then repent, ask God for forgiveness, and then begin to strive after righteousness? A rhetorical question indeed, but you know the answer. However, for some the answer is just too simple, too easy. It’s mocked and derided.

However, remember what is scripture says in 1 Corinthians:

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not come know God, God was well-please through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
For indeed, Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews and stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness.
But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Here is my point. After the smoke, fire, and broken glass has been cleared, and all the wise men start blabbing about what needs to happen, be wiser than they. Don’t let anyone deprive you of the only true and effective and answer to the evil done in the world. His name is Jesus, the Son of the Most High God. His eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good, and when He returns as King, He will render unto each person according to his or her works.

It all starts with the man in the mirror. Too simple for some, but 100% effective for fixing what’s broken in our nation. Amen!

That’s the Good News Only.

Bafang BBS02 Install – Chapter 2

Hello friends. Here is chapter two of the process used to install my e-assist motor kit onto my AZUB TRIcon. I made a few errors, but was able to correct them and get things straightened up.

In the meantime, I am starting to put together my equipment list and working on solar panel powered battery charging system. I will detail that process also when I feel I’ve got it done correctly.

Bafang BBS02 Install onto TRIcon

Back in 2016 or there about, I endeavored to take a long distance biking/camping tour on my AZUB TRIcon recumbent tricycle. The starting point was near Bastendorff, Oregon and its ending point was planned for Southern California. Two hundred eighty-five miles was as far as I was able to go. Due to illness, I had to bail out. Every since the try I have been itching to try it again. This coming summer I am going for it.

One of the memorable moments of that trip was when Steve Green (my riding buddy) and I had to climb a 6 mile long, uphill mountain road with a average grade of 4 to 6 percent. Plodding along at 2.3 mph with 60+ pounds of camping equipment was arduous to say the list. I still plainly remember a column of large black ants, scurrying along, roadside, making only slightly less better time than I was making. Actually, if scale and size were taken into account they were making way better time than I was. Aside from the fact we actually made it too the top, the best part of the experience was of flying down the mountain at 40+ miles per hour.

Here is a bit of video that I shot of Steve and I on that trip. It was hard, but fun. It’s been in my blood ever since to give it another shot.

Below is a picture Steven zooming by at about 45 mph at the bottom of the mountain. There’s always a down once you’ve finishd going up.

Steve Green flying downhill!

If you want to see an entire 25 minute film of the adventure go to Steve’s web site. Use this link.

Anyway, after ascending that mountain it was decided, “If I ever do this again, a motor will be used.” Call it cheating; I don’t care! Actually, I’ve been doing some research and it turns out that e-assist or electric touring is becoming quite common. Thus, I have decided to install a Bafang BBS02 750W Mid-Drive kit to my TRIcon. At 70 years old, I’ll need the help. Below is a picture of the kit.

So far the installation has been very straight forward. I’m glad I did it myself, because I saved about $800 labor charges at the local bike shop. Winter is approaching now, but as next summer rolls around I’ll be planning and exercising and getting ready to hit the road again.

To help whet your appetite take a look at this YouTube video, Chapter 1 of a three-part series of the installation. I’ll post the next chapter soon, followed by the final chapter featuring the test ride with the new motor installed. Should be fun. Come back soon.

A Bit of Gospel Light

I’ve been wanting very much to post something about the political news I’ve been watching and hearing. However, I’ve been reluctant because I want the main thrust of this web site to be the Good News Only of the gospel Christ Jesus, and not morph into some political arena where people are shouting and arguing about politics. Arguing about politics is not going to get anyone into heaven. Only the good news of the gospel can do that. So where does that leave me?

Well, after the “last straw” of the recent attack on the young reporter, Andy Ngo, perpetrated by the left-wing radical group Antifa, I felt it left me with choice but to speak up. Thought I’d better at least try to make sense of it through the light of the Word.

First, my advice to all those who hold a different view point, and are not in lock-step with Antifa or the radical left: just stay away. The very first verse of the book of Psalms says:

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

I’d say Antifa qualifies to have all three of the above descriptors in that verse attached to it. Therefore, don’t try to reason with them, don’t “cover” them, don’t be around them. Stay away.

Proverbs 22:3 says:

The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

Yes, Mr. Ngo has a perfectly legal right to cover the protest, and I admire his courage under fire. However, it’s all to no avail. Unless the members of Antifa are willing to repent and change their hearts, and truly love their fellow man and follow Jesus instead radical leftist ideology, nothing will change. Mr. Ngo received injury for absolutely nothing. My wife and I will be praying for him as well as the members of Antifa.

Sadly, we need to remember that some people just delight in doing evil. Their feet are quick to shed blood. Breaking God’s laws is sport to them. Their heart is full of foolishness. They call good evil, and evil good. “Woe unto them”, say the scriptures.

We can pursue Godliness through the leadership we elect. Let’s fix our own hearts first, then try to elect leaders who have a kindred spirit.

It’s a moral outrage to have the police “stand down” while a citizen is being brutalized.

Romans 13:3-4 says (emphasis added by me):

Rulers (police, for example) are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For it (law enforcement) is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword (or the Glock) for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.

In other words if you want to stay out of jail, stop doing crime. It’s simple.

Finally, to all godly people, those who strive to practice righteousness: keep praying, day in and day out. Don’t stop. We know God has a plan for this world and all things will end up exactly where He wants them to. However, that does not get us off the hook. Bombard the Father with your prayers. He can handle it. Maybe we will get some mayors elected who actually respect the police and let them get on with the business of God’s work. We can only hope.