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Chuck Baker is Right! Well, I am. What I mean is that my friends always joke that I’m always right (or at least I think I am). The thing is I don’t say anything, unless I know I’m right. So it's not that I’m right about everything, but usually when I speak I know what I’m talking about. My dad always said, “Don’t speak unless you know your right.” This blog includes many subjects like religion, politics, business, movies, sports, and more. On the left you will see options to search this blog, see popular posts, a catalog of posts, and favorite links. Enjoy!

My Prayer-Pslams 4

Lord please answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer. I am sure of this : You Lord set apart the godly for Yourself. And you will answer when I call to You.  Help me to not sin by letting anger control me. Help me think about it overnight and remain silent. Guide me in offering sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust in You . Let your face smile on me, Lord . You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant riches. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord , will keep me safe. Amen.

My prayer based on Psalms 4:1‭, ‬3‭-‬8 NLT

My Prayer-Pslams 3

O Lord, you are my shield; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out You and You answer me. As I sleep and when I wake I know I am safe, for You Lord are watching over me. I am not afraid of even ten thousand enemies, because victory comes from You, O Lord . May you bless me.  Amen.

My prayer based on Psalms 3:3‭-‬6‭, ‬8 NLT

My Prayer-Pslams 2

Oh Lord, why is the world so angry? Why do we waste our time with things that don't matter? The leaders are always ready to fight; they never come to You Lord, but instead are always against Your Son.  Why doesn't the world see that obedience to You bring us true freedom. You oh Lord scoff at us, rebuke us, and make us fear You.  For You have declared, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne...on my holy mountain.” Help us to be wise.  Let us see that we should serve You Lord with reverent fear and rejoice in You. Help us to submit to Your Royal Son Christ Jesus.  For we know that when He returns He will destroy all those that stood against Your activities.  But those who find joy in Your Son will find refuge in him!  Amen.

This is my personal prayer based on Psalms 2:1‭-‬6‭, ‬10‭-‬12 NLT.

Black Panther

This could've been a really good movie, but instead of making a good comic book movie they decided to make a political statement.  So here are my issues with this movie. 

1.    The good guy is a privileged black man who grew up in a utopia. The bad guy was a black American man who grew up poor without a father, but went on to excel in school going to M.I.T. and joining the military to become a special forces operative.   It is sad that they would make one of the most evil Marvel villains a former military person who was also someone who overcame a tough life to be successful.  And when you add how they treated the character Agent Ross a spy and former Air Force combat pilot as kind of a scared wimp it seemed to me that is the movie was very disrespectful to our military.  But more so that it was telling poor black kids, it doesn't matter how hard you work or successful you become you will still be inferior to the rich white or black.

2.  Within less than 24 hours of the new evil king taking power, the people of this advance society turn on each other into civil war.  I guess the makers of the movie think even black communities that are advance will fall into civil war like most of the rest of Africa.  It just didn't make sense.  This country is the most technology advanced country in the world, but they refuse to help the world or even Africa.   And when the bad guy suggests this is wrong and they need to conquer the world half of the country is good with starting a world war.  You'd think such an enlightened society would tell the new king, no we aren't going to war with the rest of the world.  Hevk they all know about the Avengers.  I think they might try to stop them.

3.  A married couple found themselves on different side of the battle and one spouse asks the other if she would kill her love and she responded she would for her country.   So basically the movie pushed the communist view that the state is more important than your marriage.

4.  The movie was kinda slow and the action wasn't that great.   And the actually interesting character Ulysses Klause they killed too soon.  He should have been the main bad guy in the movie as he was cool and crazy and the only thing funny.

I think kids will love it and many of the political stuff will go over their head.  It has enough action and tech stuff to keep the masses happy.   I like the final speech of the king as he sees that his nation and every nation has a responsibility to help the world.  I think the next Black Panther might be better, as it won't have to deal with backstory.  I just hope we get more action and fun.  That is what I like and want in a Marvel movie.

My Prayer-Pslams 1

Oh, Lord help me to find the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. Lead me to delight in Your Word, meditating on it day and night. Make me like a tree planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. I do not want my leaves to wither, but to prosper in all I do. Guide me so I will not be like the wicked! Help me not to be like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. I do not want to be condemned at the time of judgment. I don't want to be like the sinners who have no place among the godly. For You Lord watch over the path of the godly.  Help me to stay away from the path of the wicked which leads to destruction.  Amen.

This is my personal prayer based on Psalms 1:1‭-‬6 NLT

How Might We Stop Mass Shooting

Mass shooting are terrible and we should do more to try and stop them.  But what is the right thing to do:  more gun control, more security at schools, more mental health funding, more restraint on giving these shooters fame.  My answer is yes,yes, yes, and yes.  I'm not saying my ideas are right.  I might be wrong.  But these are some of my thoughts and suggestions.  And I'm sure it will make both conservatives and liberals unhappy.

1.  We need to increase funding for mental health issues and we need to increase the time authorities can hold someone for a mental health evaluation.  Currently a person can only be held for evaluation for 48 hours.   That should be increased to 5 days.  This will give doctors more time to figure out if a person might hurt themselves or others.  Also if someone is found to have a mental disorder that makes them unsafe to the public, then that should be reported to the FBI and they shouldn't be able to pass a background check to own a gun.  I think the biggest issue in all of this is that we have to get these sociopaths off the street.

2.  We need the police not to release the names of these shooters.  They are insane and one of the things they want is fame.  They want to be known for killing people.  So we need to stop giving out their names.   With this we need all major news media to agree to not give these evil people the fame they want.  Don't give out their names.  Don't make them famous.

3.  I think it might be a good idea to ban the AR-15 guns that we've seen used in most of these shootings.  I don't think we should take these guns away from people,  but we should stop the manufacturing of new guns, stop the retail sales, and not allow individuals sell their guns.  I'm not talking about every gun or really even all AR-15 guns, but just the style that we've seen most used in these mass shootings.  I think the government should buy the remaining inventory to use for the military, boarder agents, polices, FBI, ATF, and other agencies.  My reason for getting rid of these guns goes back to my first two points that these people are insane and want fame.  I think they use these guns, because it makes them feel powerful, cool, and gets them noticed by the media. I understand that basically I'm  calling for banning a gun just because it looks scary.  And to that I say yes.  That is the point. Let's not give them their favorite tool to kill. 

4.  We need to secure our schools with trained armed guards.  I'd also consider allowing teachers to have a gun if they are trained.  Getting into a school should be just like getting into a courthouse or Congress.  Fact is our kids are more important than our politicians.  And I'd support a special tax to pay for it.  I think gun owners should even be willing to pay a small fee when they purchase a gun or ammunition to help. I'd also like to see the NRA make a special donation to help with securing schools and training guards and teachers.  Maybe we should take the $500 million we give Planned Parenthood to kill babies and use it to hire armed security at our schools to save kids.

5.  We need to fix the FBI.  The FBI is one of the biggest reasons for the shooting in Parkland, Flordia.  They failed to investigate and follow-up on the threats this shooter made on social media.  The FBI has become too political and lost sight on what they should be doing.

6.  I'm also concerned about the over medication of kids because of ADHD.  I think we need research into how many of these kids that we see with so many troubles were treated with powerful drugs. 

7.  We need to look at these first person killing video games.  Too many young kids are playing games where they are killing people.  This has to have an affect on kids minds.  The same us true for movies.   Comic book movies are getting more and more violent.  They either need to tone it down or we need a stronger rating than PG-13.

8.  And lastly maybe we need to consider bring God back to our schools.  I heard a women on the news talking about a program that aims to teach kids how to love another.  Funny I seem to remember Jesus saying we should love one another and treat others how we want to be treated.   Simple ideas that havea huge impact. 

I'm not saying this will work.  I'm not saying I'm right.  I do think we need to debate this based on the whole issue and not just as a gun control issue.  We can't just say we need more gun control without any real idea of what that means.  We must address the issue that these people are crazy and we can't feed into that by making them famous.  And we can't act like making a school, nightclub, or any other place a  gun free zones will make people safe.   All of these places, but especially schools need heroes with guns to protect kids and people. 

Hearing God's Voice

So Joy Behar said Mike Pence had a mental illness, because he says Jesus has spoken to him on important decisions in his life.  Pence called her out for her comments that not only attack him, but every Christian.

Let's set the record straight.   When 99.9% of Christians say they heard God's voice, or Jesus spoke to them, or the Holy Spirit took over them it isn't literal.  We don't mean we hear an actual voice, have a conversation, or some force took over our body.  It is a feeling, it is what we learn from the Bible that gives us a new revelation, or when we come to a decision we come to some clarity and peace.  It is an overwhelming of emotion and it is a guidance we feel. This is real.  It is both external and internal.  But to act like it is something out of Bruce Almighty is ridiculous and rude.  And those without faith in God don't understand and can't understand.  To understand you must first be willing to take that step towards faith and open to receiving God's Word, Christ eternal gift of salvation, and the life changing guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The 15:17 to Paris

It's an okay movie that is getting a favorable score because of the story.  It is the true story of 3 Americans that stopped a terrorist on a train going to Paris.  It has a positive Christian message, which you don't see in a Hollywood movie. If the movie had been by the church/production team who made Fireproof and Courageous, I'd say it was made really well.  But it is a Clint Eastwood movie and it really should have been a lot better quality.  The story is very good with some humor.  And it seems they were trying to be honest about these 3 men and what happened.  The acting isn't good, because the main actors are the real life heroes of the story and not actors.  They did the best they could, but it was obvious they had no acting background.  The writing didn't help either as it was just average. Just know it is about the story and not the storytelling that is important.  And the climax on the train is tense and is by far the payoff to watching the whole movie. I think it could've been better as more of a documentary with cut aways of dramatic reenactments.  If you watch it more like that instead of a movie, it is much better.

Mentoring in a #MeToo World

Currently, with the #MeToo movement there has been many men in business that are now concerned that if they mentor a woman or even work closely with momen they could open themselves up allegations.  The first thing men must remember is that these allegations going around are just a small % of all of the interactions between men and women as a whole in business.  Everyday men and women work together without issue.   I just do what I've always done and that is to treat everyone in a professional way.

Here are a few other suggestions for men:

1.  Your workplace is not "The Office" you are not Jim and your co-worker isn't Pam.  My point is don't date or flrit with anyone at work.

2.  Going with the same logic as above you aren't Michael Scott and your sexual jokes aren't funny.

3.  When you are at a business dinner, meeting, or conference with alcohol limit yourself and never get drunk. 

4.  Keep your hands to yourself and be very careful about giving hugs.  While we develop close relationships with some co-workers it's usually best not to hug and limit physical contact to a handshake, high five, or fist bump.

5.  Limit private 1 on 1 meetings outside of work.  Never meet in a hotel room.  If you are meeting in a private office leave the door open.

Drunk Driving and Illegal Immigrants

Recently an Indianapolis Colts football player was killed by a drunk driver.  But the fact is it could have been prevented if we had a secure boarder and we enforced our immigration laws.   You see the drunk driver was an illegal immigrant who had already been deported twice.  The truth of the matter is illegal immigrants make up a huge portion of the drunk driving deaths in America.  From Newsmax, "About 4.5 million illegal aliens in the U.S. drive on a regular basis, many without licenses or insurance or even the ability to read road signs written in English, The New York Times reported. In Arizona, 63 percent of cited drivers have no license, no insurance, and no registration for the vehicle, and 97 percent of them are illegal aliens. Of the 188,380 deportations of illegal aliens in one recent year, 23 percent had committed criminal traffic offenses, primarily driving under the influence. Rep. Steve King of Iowa has estimated that illegal alien drunk drivers kill 13 Americans every day."

It is estimated that of the 10,500 drunk driving deaths in the U.S. up to 4500 were committed by illegal immigrants.  So we can cut the deaths from drunk driving by 30% to 40% just by securing our boarders and fixing our immigration system.  And really it would likely cut drunk driving deaths 40%-60%, because police and community resources wouldn't be wasted on preventing these illegal immigrant drunk drivers.

Getting our immigration system fixed isn't going to stop all drunk driving deaths, but if building a wall could decrease deaths by 20% or more isn't it the right thing to do?