February 28 - I believe in God the Father almigthy

Lord's Day 9

26. Q. What do you believe when you say: I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?

A. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and all that is in them,[1] and who still upholds and governs them by His eternal counsel and providence,[2] is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father.[3] In Him I trust so completely as to have no doubt that He will provide me with all things necessary for body and soul,[4] and will also turn to my good whatever adversity He sends me in this life of sorrow.[5] He is able to do so as almighty God,[6] and willing also as a faithful Father.[7]

[1] Gen. 1 and 2; Ex. 20:11; Job 38 and 39; Ps. 33:6; Is. 44:24; Acts 4:24; 14:15. [2] Ps. 104:27-30; Matt. 6:30; 10:29; Eph. 1:11. [3] John 1:12, 13; Rom. 8:15, 16; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:5. [4] Ps. 55:22; Matt. 6:25, 26; Luke 12:22-31. [5] Rom. 8:28. [6] Gen. 18:14; Rom. 8:31-39. [7] Matt. 6:32, 33; 7:9-11.

Brute' contemplates the number of humans who will die in the fiat debt money global flood


You Know Nothing, but Can Learn Anything

Volume 17, Issue 7

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“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”
C.S. Lewis

What can learn from C. S. Lewis for modern education? We can learn that education is far more a positive experience than a negative one, a matter of irrigating deserts rather than cutting down jungles. Students must learn to think outside the box, to think creatively, to explore to analyze and synthesize, and teachers must so teach.

Beyond that, the most important concept we can learn from Lewis is that truth is objective rather than subjective. The waterfall is not sublime because I have sublime feelings; it is sublime in and of itself. The waterfall is objectively awesome, thunderous, impressive, and that crease of sense of awe within me. Likewise, a given text contains objective truth about the subject of the text rather than a record of what the author was feeling. That objective truth is a reflection of the objective truth of God
. Joel D. Heck, Irrigating Deserts, Introductory paragraphs of Chapter 10, Lessons from C. S. Lewis.

On Monday afternoon I finished the ten chapters of
Irrigating Deserts, If, I so choose, I still have the massive six appendixes to work my way through. Yet one reality and a number of comments learned, provide us with enough desert material for this week’s undertaking.

First and foremost, Christianity, especially in western culture, has continually degenerated into a box of just one religion, among the boxes of all religions. Furthermore within that box are other boxes of insecure desert aridity. Some like the subservience of the church through nonprofit religious tax-deductible donations has become the dry well of the church of Ichabod. More importantly, Christian individuals have been indoctrinated into the belief that they are part of a closed system of The Cloister of the Cowering Monks, where they practice seclusion from the larger and in many cases more vibrant and interesting closed world of “Sans any Eternal Future.”

These deep roots trace their origins not back to God’s creation, nor even evolving nature, but rather the development of Prussian military cannon fodder, continually updated into factory and office workers, through an egalitarian education process of group specific mediocrity.


February 22nd – The Apostles Creed

Lord's Day 8

24. Q. How are these articles divided?

A. Into three parts: the first is about God the Father and our creation; the second about God the Son and our redemption; the third about God the Holy Spirit and our sanctification.

25. Q. Since there is only one God,[1] why do you speak of three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

A. Because God has so revealed Himself in His Word[2] that these three distinct persons are the one, true, eternal God.

[1] Deut. 6:4; Is. 44:6; 45:5; I Cor. 8:4, 6. [2] Gen. 1:2, 3; Is. 61:1; 63:8-10; Matt. 3:16, 17; 28:18, 19; Luke 4:18; John 14:26; 15:26; II Cor. 13:14; Gal. 4:6; Tit. 3:5, 6. God the Father and Our Creation

Brute' simply comments on the state of American journalism.


For a baseline, the 55 words in Brute's grizzly cartoon statement are not significantly different from the intellectual range of his critiqued text.

Ask a Tree, not a tree hugger

Volume 17, Issue 6

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“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”
C.S. Lewis

For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
Isaiah 35:6b,7

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 22:1,2

The “Tree of Life” is one of the most common idioms in all humanity, without regard to culture, language or religion. It is found early in the Bible in Genesis 2:9 and closes out the Bible with three usages in Revelation 22, being introduced in this chapter by verses one and two above. It is found twelve times in
Genesis, Proverbs and Revelation.

If, as C.S. Lewis states, the task of education is to irrigate deserts of the mind, signs of desert water is seen from afar by the presence of trees and other woody plants. In the jungle it is hard to discern the forest for the trees. This illumination, or lack of true liquidity, brings us to the point where I lifted a common thought and modified it to fit this woody forest–oasis mentality of our minds:

We worship what we do not know; yet we hope to understand.

Evolutionarily speaking, this social ape descended from the tree of life on the African savannah a couple of million years ago and began to socialize their families, tribes and communities, eventually leading to today’s lines drawn on maps known as the nation state. In our world’s current design it doesn’t matter whether those lines have anything to do with anything, other than nothing more (or less) than the residual of European designed politics of the twentieth century. In other words we worship the nation state, as well as their divine central banks as stability gods of all these complex natural evolutionary communities.

Therefore at both extremes of our political spectrums we find laissez-faire followers of the unknown, idols of our own creation, so we can get our minds around what we are scared to investigate, or where we might venture for adventure. In that weakness we are really afraid of, ‘the mushy middle’ (Ted Cruz) where the community (sans politics) is forced to reside. So let’s begin with what Tree Huggers say, for they are human and hence the more simplistic, in the entropic way, than the jungle, forest, or the oasis and its trees.


February 15 th – What must one believe?

Lord's Day 7

20. Q. Are all men, then, saved by Christ just as they perished through Adam?

A. No. Only those are saved who by a true faith are grafted into Christ and accept all His benefits.[1]

[1] Matt. 7:14; John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; Rom. 11:16-21.

21. Q. What is true faith?

A. True faith is a sure knowledge whereby I accept as true all that God has revealed to us in His Word.[1] At the same time it is a firm confidence[2] that not only to others, but also to me,[3] God has granted forgiveness of sins, everlasting righteousness, and salvation,[4] out of mere grace, only for the sake of Christ's merits.[5] This faith the Holy Spirit works in my heart by the gospel.[6]

[1] John 17:3, 17; Heb. 11:1-3; James 2:19. [2] Rom. 4:18-21; 5:1; 10:10; Heb. 4:16. [3] Gal. 2:20. [4] Rom. 1:17; Heb. 10:10. [5] Rom.3:20-26; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-10. [6] Acts 16:14; Rom. 1:16; 10:17; I Cor. 1:21.

22. Q. What, then, must a Christian believe?

A. All that is promised us in the gospel,[1] which the articles of our catholic and undoubted Christian faith teach us in a summary.

[1] Matt. 28:19; John 20:30, 31.

23. Q. What are these articles?

I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord; He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; On the third day He arose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit; I believe a holy catholic Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Brute' wonders why humans can't forecast the weather, but assure us that they can predict climate change???


Irrigating Deserts of the Mind

Volume 17, Issue 5

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“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”
C.S. Lewis

The natural Wonder Springs, which serves as a model for this Wonder Springs is located in the desert of Death Valley, California. It’s a former gold mine, in a place where no one would stay all that long for the fun of it. Our best Internet research finds this Death Valley location is the only natural Wonder Springs in the world. Few and far between there are also a number of just a Wonder Spring, but Death Valley and this virtual reality presence are the only Wonder Springs.

At the very bottom of my Amazon Wish List, from January 2006, is a book entitled
“Irrigating Deserts: C.S. Lewis on Education”, written by Joel D. Heck a Lutheran theologian, Lewis expert and author. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and the Chronicles of Narnia also somewhat served as the model for The Wonder Springs Chronicle. The goal of chronicle medium is to provide some refreshment to our readers that you can’t find elsewhere, in the Internet desert. If you are so inclined, you can access the refreshing truth of our Wonder Springs from anywhere in the world and take a drink.

While I was still in Seattle, Wonder Springs was formed as a nonprofit educational institution, but when I moved to NE Washington on the Kettle River, early on there was no easy cell phone or Internet. I had to drive about five miles to get a decent signal to post articles and check for messages. Eventually I obtained satellite Internet and a signal booster for the phone, but the net connection surely could not be considered broadband and the phone was tied to the booster’s cradle.

When I moved to Reardan things were just slightly better. DSL running through ancient wires reduced the advertised 10mbs to generally just over 1. When LTE arrived locally I decided to go back to wireless for everything, thus saving about $50 a month on my billing after all the first year landline reduced rates ran out. The complexity and frustrations of living on the edge of technology developments, does stretch the flexibility limits of Patience, my virtual Death Valley burro.

Having returned from a closer and real Death Valley unexpected experience of open heart surgery just a few months ago, there has been a lot of introspection, which has led to looking at what I want to do with the rest of my life. All of this occurring within the backdrop of the perilous times that those of us born after World War II have never experienced and are ill equipped to deal with the potential unintended consequences of our desire for simple solutions to life and the planets’ complexity.


Feburary 10th – The nature of God's Messiah

Lord's Day 6

16. Q. Why must He be a true and righteous man?

A. He must be a true man because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which has sinned should pay for sin.[1] He must be a righteous man because one who himself is a sinner cannot pay for others.[2]

[1] Rom: 5:12, 15; I Cor. 15:21; Heb. 2:14-16. [2] Heb. 7:26, 27; I Pet. 3:18.

17. Q. Why must He at the same time be true God?

A. He must be true God so that by the power of His divine nat
ure[1] He might bear in His human nature the burden of God's wrath,[2] and might obtain for us and restore to us righteousness and life.[3]

[1] Is. 9:5. [2] Deut. 4:24; Nah. 1:6; Ps. 130:3. [3] Is. 53:5, 11; John 3:16; II Cor. 5:21.

18. Q. But who is that Mediator who at the same time is true God and a true and righteous man?

A. Our Lord Jesus Christ,[1] whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption (I Corinthians 1:30).

[1] Matt. 1:21-23; Luke 2:11; I Tim. 2:5; 3:16.

19. Q. From where do you know this?

A. From the holy gospel, which God Himself first revealed in Paradise.[1] Later, He had it proclaimed by the patriarchs[2] and prophets,[3] and foreshadowed by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law.[4] Finally, He had it fulfilled through His only Son.[5]

[1] Gen. 3:15. [2] Gen. 12:3; 22:18; 49:10. [3] Is. 53; Jer. 23:5, 6; Mic. 7:18-20; Acts 10:43; Heb. 1:1. [4] Lev. 1:7; John 5:46; Heb. 10:1-10. [5] Rom. 10:4; Gal. 4:4, 5; Col. 2:17.