2020 Vision

2020 Vision

2020 Vision

Back to the Podcast

It all fell apart...

The best laid plans tend to do that. In my case, I was at my whit’s end trying to finish the Masters in Divinity program and then got started immediately into a doctoral program while my wife’s office was floundering and I found myself working for her, working for my daughter, working for myself… and not for God.

And that really was the problem.

When I said “God first, family second, self last,” I meant every word, yet I found myself putting family first to help my wife and daughter through this last two years of chaos and self second out of defense of everything I had started, but starting this year, with my wife’s office hitting a wall and my daughter acting out, my wife and I looked at each other and had to ask…

Where is God in all of this?

And that was the right question to ask. It was not that God left us. We had left God. He was our excuse, not our Lord, and that was wrong. But that’s a sermon for later.

Instead, I am here to announce that podcasting will begin again starting in February and with my wife’s agreement that it needs to be done.

Every month will have, at a minimum, one sermon, one podcast on family life, and one podcast on family fun, including my take on what’s going on with Star Citizen and other games and systems I have been supporting all this time, starting with the first sermon, Trusting in God, coming the first week of February.

You’ll also get to see me. Yes, I’ll be using my phone to take video of myself recording the podcastsand, sometime later in 2020, I will be livestreaming them as well.

Satan caught us with our pants down. It may happen again. But for now, it’s time to dust ourselves off, grab up the Bible, and begin again. God first, family second, self last.

Let’s get to work.

Under Construction?

Under Construction?

More like under “reconstruction.” Let me explain…
Up until about two or three months ago, all of the sites I work on for friends and family were starting to bog down on the legacy GoDaddy server, never moved to the newer servers. That all came to a head when WordPress started erroring due to old legacy software on the server. We had no choice but to move the websites. That is when the problems started. The same error I was getting on the old server for Longhaul duplicated on the new server and got worse, making it so I couldn’t even add pages or posts or update pages or posts. I have just spent a good part of the last quarter year trying to get this to work right again, and I am hoping this posts even as I type it.
At the same time, due to illness and school and keeping up with tech support for the family, I have fallen further and further behind on podcasting. Over a year, in fact. And the coffee shop I started using for “Bear Citizen” events closed, leaving me with no venue for that as well. I have been “up in the air” on what to do with such things. Therefore, starting this Summer (no date set), I will be doing a bit of shuffling. First, I am finishing the voiceover work for the Zane Grey novel set. I know, “FINALLY!” Second, since I have been using Lightstock a lot in this business, I am going to start doing side work in drone photography and videography to attempt to bring in more money so I’m not scrambling for side work. Last but not least, I will be starting up podcasting again. Wish me luck.
Another 2018 Update…

Another 2018 Update…

Tentative Reboot: December 2018

Well, folks, I thought I’d drop a line. 2018 has been a seriously messed up year. Started with a huge contract that I’m still not done with, ailments galore, my best bud then having a heart attack and me taking over for him, just one thing after another. I am now on my last class and will finish at the end of November, so I am looking forward to the free time to finish the voiceover contract and start podcasting back up for 2019.

In the meantime, looking for venues for teaching kids about what’s going on in NASA and space exploration in general, so if you have ideas in the Denver Metro area, let me know. Sorry for being out of the Star Citizen loop and all. I will catch up as soon as I get a chance to catch a breath. Meanwhile, stay safe, love your families, and I’ll see ya on down the other side.

Response to “An Unbeatable Challenge to All Christians”

Response to “An Unbeatable Challenge to All Christians”

This week I had to write something in the form of a response, like a Letter to the Editor or some such, to a challenge against Christianity. I was not surprised to run a search on it and finding someone’s attempt to do exactly that, going so far as to call it “unbeatable.” The challenge was more than a little insulting, basically stating that all Fundamentalist Christians believe the verses given to be commands from God to dash children upon rocks and slice open pregnant women. You can read it for yourself if you like, but I highly recommend not doing it unless you are strong of both stomach and patience. I was briefly enflamed. Then I realized where this man was coming from. He was not angry about the so-called “commands,” but that God seems to do nothing to relieve his suffering.

The following is my apologetic response:

RE: Your challenge posted at http://www.debunkingskeptics.com/DebunkingChristians/Page21.htm

You are right to bring this up. Unfortunately, you also bring up verses that do not challenge God’s “command” of to “dash children upon rocks.” This is the problem with any verse or passage taken out of context. So, let us look at your primary arguments up close before I show you the passages that, just maybe, you meant to post instead of these and why those might be taken out of context as well.

You start your argument with Psalm 137:9, “How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock.” This is not a command from God but the final line of a lament song by the captive Israel under Babylonian rule. This last line is in anticipation of what the prophets have said about being released, verbatim, yet also refers to a verse before others you quoted, Isaiah 13:14, “And it will be that like a hunted gazelle, or like sheep with none to gather them, they will each turn to his own people, and each one flee to his own land.” Again, this is not a command by God nor is it even referring to the Israelites against Babylon, but is a prophecy, a prediction, of what is to come, seen in the verses following as the Medes coming against the Babylonians.

Likewise, there are two ways to take the verse from Hosea (13:16). If taken figuratively, it speaks of the “dashing” of a fertility cult in the Holy Land, using a metaphor to make “clear” that this is what was being spoken of. More likely, however, is it is speaking prophetically of one of a few atrocities another country would commit against Samaria, namely Assyria as seen in 2 Kings 8:10. In fact, the only verse you have offered that remotely comes close to the assertion that it was “God’s command” is 2 Kings 15:16, and even then it is referring to the actions of a shameless king of the increasingly fallen Israel, continuing to rebel against both God and man.

Thus, I must ask at this point, are you questioning “God’s command” or with God’s lack of doing anything about these atrocities? Among other verses that answer this question in Psalm 78 is this one, “How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert!” God grieves the sins of us all. Psalm 103 says, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.” God is compassionate and yet, “He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.” Each of the verses you give are, at best, God allowing things to happen yet notice that these are warnings given to people to turn themselves back to Him. He could have forced them, but then what would be the point of free will?

I did promise that I would point to verses that more directly tie in with your written complaint. They are all in Genesis and Exodus and each one has to do with God’s judgment. I noticed this long ago and would like to point these out to you because they go along with those verses from Psalm 103 I quoted. Adam and Eve, the only humans in the Garden of Eden, were forced from the garden for their sin, their disobedience to God, and yet were also given a prophecy of what was to come. “Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.” God took away the garden, His garden, leaving only the untamed wilderness for humanity to attempt to tame, suffering. In one move, humanity relegated itself to a life of suffering instead of an eternity with God. Twice after this, with Noah and the flood and with Lot and Sodom (and Gamorrah), God passed judgment on lands “full of sin” while saving those who are found to be “righteous.” Abraham was later promised the “Promised Land” of Canaan for his family yet was not given it within his lifetime because it was not yet time. It did not become time until generations later, after the land had become fully corrupt, and, yes, God then commanded the Israelites to go in and slaughter all, leaving nothing of the old cultures left. This is, perhaps, what you were thinking of when you posted those other verses as a challenge.

Keep this in mind, that God waited generations in hopes that humanity would return to Him before doing anything. As Psalm 103 stated, God is patient and slow to anger. To put it more bluntly, read Job. God gave him the best response about why bad things happen, that Job could not possibly understand God’s wisdom in letting these things happen nor could any of us. Despite your challenge to Christians, your challenge to God, God still loves you. Challenge Him if you will. His love never fails. Just read the end of the book.

Sincerely,

Monte “Longhaul Preacher” Pescador

www.longhaulpreacher.space

“What is Evangelicalism?” A Tribute Sermon

“What is Evangelicalism?” A Tribute Sermon

The “New Evangelicalism” movement is attributed to three particular leaders. We recently lost one of the most iconic of all of the evangelists of this generation, Billy Graham. So now might be a good time to take a look at what it really means, by definition, action, and tone, to be “Evangelical.” Because, as the movie line goes, I don’t think it means what most think it means.