Memorial Day 2013

MEMORIAL DAY 2013

Monday, May 27th, America celebrates Memorial Day to honor those who have sacrificed their lives and fortunes for the Republic we are fortunate to live under. When I grew up, it was known as Decoration Day as well, standing for the decorations that were given, many posthumously, to the fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and marines of America.

We, at An Excellent Spirit, join with all patriotic Americans in honoring those who have served and fallen in the fight to preserve the freedoms we cherish. We remember that our Founding Fathers paid for those freedoms with their lives and fortunes. Almost every one of them lost their lives and everything they had before, during and after the Revolution. Those who have come after them have suffered similar fates so we can remain free.

Texas Gov. Perry with Veteran at Memorial Day Celebration

This year, 2013, all Americans should have ample recent reminders of our freedoms and the cost some pay to defend and preserve them. The Benghazi Four are just the most recent men we remember on this solemn day. They are: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, U.S. Foreign Service Officer (former USAF), Glen Doherty, U.S. Embassy Security (former USN Seal) and Tyrone S. Woods, U.S. Embassy Security (former USN Seal). To their families, we pledge our prayers, our remembrance and our vigilance as a nation of people that their deaths will not be glossed over by those in power who would cast blame for their deaths on someone or something that is not true and faithful, as were each of these fallen heroes.

All Americans that value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and our God given right to those ideals and freedoms pray for all who sacrificed to secure and preserve our liberty. We ask God Almighty, the One Source of all Life to bless America, its President and Congress and Courts and those who have died to protect all of us from those who would see them trampled underfoot. Today is a day of prayer and of celebration to their memories and their dedication to our cause. God bless America!

 

America and The Spirit of Death – An Excellent Spirit Editorial

Mother running to safety with her children in Newtown at Sandy Lake Elementary School

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre that killed 20 innocent school children at the Sandy Lake Elementary School and six adults as well as the shooter, An Excellent Spirit is publishing this article on the Spirit of Death that is building in America. We began writing it two months ago and have been waiting for the Lord to release us to publish it. The time is now, unfortunately. We strongly recommend that our readers pray for the people of Newtown, Connecticut and for the people of America. The only remedy we know with which we can begin to deal with the terrible fear and emotions from events like these is to pray. Few of us know how those in Newtown feel and are coping with this tragedy. But we can pray to our God!

The Excellent Wife, in one of our recent conversations said, “America is living under a Spirit of Death”. Whenever The Excellent Wife speaks, we listen. Years ago, we heard from The Holy Spirit when, in exasperation, we complained to God, “why do You always talk to her and never to me?” God’s answer, like the answer of lot of men receive was, “I always talk more to those who listen than to those who do not. She listens. You do not. You are too busy doing and complaining to listen.”  Since then, when The Excellent Wife talks, we  listen.

When tragedy strikes America on a major scale, we are apt to look for reasons to help us understand and cope with it. We want to put it behind us as fast as possible and get back to our lives. Thus, there is the initial spate of stories, causes, culprits and details followed by silence. It is in that silence that the Spirit of Death finds permission to operate again and again. When 20 young elementary school children are killed, their lives snuffed out long before God intended, we must ask: exactly what is a Spirit of Death? We turned to 4God.net for answers. “The Spirit of Death seems to be one that we hear very little about, but one that is nevertheless, very active in the demise of people, both Christian and non-Christian. This spirit’s greatest weapon is in his lack of recognition. In other words, the Spirit of Death is able to go around destroying lives, for the most part unchallenged, simply because people overlook him.” Emphasis ours. The article is interesting and informative, to say the least. Read the whole thing here.

The Spirit of Death – Artist Rendering

Many Americans would ask, “How do we know? How can we recognize this spirit?” Many would deny its existence altogether, preferring to avoid the whole subject. The facts, however, provide more than enough tangible, competent evidence of the truth of what The Excellent Wife said. The horrible and tragic events of Newtown were easily recognizable as coming from this Spirit of Death. Last September’s Libyan Embassy murders were not simply a response to a policy and certainly were not motivated by a movie trailer no one over in Libya had seen. They were part and parcel of the works of a Spirit of Death. The planes that destroyed the World Trade Center on 9-11 and took almost 3000 lives were piloted by Islamofanatics that clearly were operating under a sinister, evil spirit of Death. The list goes on and on and we can debate it, but we cannot deny that there is ample proof that we are being attacked by a spirit of death. “This spirit is a single identity, so is not omnipresent as is God, but he is a leader in charge of many other spirits. He has under his command other spirits such as sickness, despair, suicide, torment, murder, and a whole host of others. The good news is that all of these spirits, including Death, are subject to the Name of Jesus!” Emphasis ours.

Agent leading children to safety in Newtown on day of massacre.

One such spirit is certainly a spirit of lying. “We” certainly know about that one. Our government, the lamestream media and a host of other sources have driven Americans to presume that “we” are being systematically lied to! “We” have even started to do “their” job of finding facts and truth for “ourselves”. An Excellent Spirit has provided our readers with some help in this. Here

In order to break the Spirit of Death, “we” must first acknowledge it is operating and then “call upon the Name of The Lord” because, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (Philippians 2:10) Jesus repeatedly confronted demonic spirits and vanquished them, every time! He has given “us” (His disciples) authority to defeat every spirit that is not His! The way this actually works is explained here. America does not have to remain the victim of a spirit of death. Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) The tragic, horrible deaths of our children that happened in Newtown and before that at Virginia Tech (2010) and Columbine, Colorado (2008) are not unconnected. We are always reminded of the movie Caddyshack http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caddyshack when considering how the spirits work. In that movie, the country club groundskeeper (played hilariously by Bill Murray) was fighting against gophers that were eating up his golf course. The movie showed that on the surface it looked like there were many holes each unconnected to the other, but beneath the surface it showed that they were all connected by a series of tunnels. This is how the spirits work to confuse and confound us. It looks like everything is a separate occurrence on the surface of things. Beneath the surface, however, the works of the spirits that oppose God and His children and come to steal, kill and destroy, are all connected and operate as one. (John 10:10)

Gopher holes on the surface look separate. Beneath, however, they are all connected by tunnels.

The Spirit of Death is at work wherever man maintains ignorance of it or wherever God’s children make place for it to operate. That is how spirits work. God’s Word says “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” (Proverbs 26:2) It should be certain that a Spirit of Death is a curse. It certainly is not a blessing and it either one or the other. (See; Deuteronomy 30:19)  So then, it is up to those of us who know their God and His Word to pray and to “do exploits” in the resistance of the horrible Spirit of Death that is at work in the country (and the world) today.

In the book of Daniel, one of the most accurate and significant prophets of God, Daniel was visited by an archangel. An archangel is one that comes directly from God, sent by God to his people to accomplish something that is God’s will. In Chapter 10 of Daniel, our story begins. Daniel had been praying, seeking God for how long the Jews would be captive in Babylon. God’s archangel Gabriel was sent to Daniel to tell him much more than that. “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” The Angel went on, “Now I have come to           come.” Daniel listened as the Angel revealed what God would do between that time and the first coming of Jesus Christ, yet hundreds of years away. Astounded, Daniel told the Angel, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I am helpless. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”

The Angel Gabriel speaking to the prophet Daniel in Babylon.

The archangel (Gabriel, by most accounts) then told Daniel in some detail the events that would precede the birth, ministry, even the death of Jesus. (Daniel 10:20 through Daniel 11:31) Then the Angel said the words that we, the people who know God must rely upon if we are to resist the Spirit of Death in America. “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32, NKJV) The enemy and his Spirit of Death, against the covenant of God Almighty will do wicked acts (Newtown) and corrupt in the aftermath of those acts, but the people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits.

An Excellent Spirit knows of no other way to oppose and defeat the Spirit of Death that is operating in America today. That is up to those of “us” who know our God and His Word. And to those who know that America is under God! While we pray for those who died or were injured in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, let us also pray that we, who know our God, will be empowered by Him to know and do the exploits necessary to oppose the Spirit of Death and defeat it. Amen.

Pray, Read, Think and Write

An Excellent Spirit will continue to observe relative silence to mark the passing of our dear friend Ethel Patrick. Tomorrow is the family celebration of Ethel Mary Patrick’s homegoing on November 8th. Despite our inability to be with the Patrick family in Virginia, we will stay on our prayer vigil and post only infrequently, as our spirit directs us. The Patricks know that we are there with them in our spirits and prayers.

In the meanwhile, we recommend that our readers pray, read what the sources we have recommended have to say, think about what is happening and write to us. We will be back and we will answer all of your questions. Please be patient with us as we comfort those who mourn and celebrate a life well lived for God. Thank you.

IN MEMORIAM

 

 

                                                 Ethel Mary Patrick

                                                      (Nee Wallis)          

                                     September 10, 195? – November 8, 2012

 

A dear friend Ethel Mary Patrick went home to be with Our Lord Thursday night shortly after 9 PM at her home in Virginia Beach, Va. Ethel was surrounded by her beloved family, including her husband Dr. Michael Patrick, daughters Mary Ann and Katherine and son John. Ethel is also survived by her mother Ann Wallis and brothers James Wallis and Robert Wallis. Her father, James Wallis is already home, with God.

When someone you love and respect passes, sadness, even great grief overcomes the least of us. When a friend and prayer partner goes home, there is grief intermingled with the joy of knowing where she is now and that she has finally arrived at the destination where she was meant to go eons ago. When a wife, mother, sister and daughter passes, it can take time before the ache and tears subside and joy and peace reign in the spirit and mind.

My wife, Carol and son Paul and I pray for all those named and for those unnamed who share the grief and shock at losing a dear, wonderful friend. Ethel was a woman who always was clear and consistent about her love for you and her love for God and His Son, Jesus, The Christ. Ethel was certain about who she was, who God was and whom she and God loved. She was a rock, a treasure and a warrior for the greatest in Heaven and on Earth.

Ethel is where we would all want to be. With God Almighty. She knows what we all believe and hope to see someday. That He is and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Ethel knows joy unspeakable and is in God’s presence, where there is fullness of joy, forevermore! While thousands mourn and miss Ethel Mary Patrick, all of us left behind long to be with her, where she is at this moment, with God!

Ethel Mary Patrick (2012)

There is one more thing. As her husband, Michael said in announcing her passing, “My bride and intercessor, Ethel Mary Patrick, lived an incredible life. She was proudest of her children, whom she loved with every breath. We prayed together every morning. Tonight, she met her Savior face-to-face in heaven in a celebration in her honor.” Those of us who are praying more than just a little know that the celebration Mike spoke of is still going on today and will continue for endless tomorrows in Ethel’s honor. We also know in our sorrow and we can hear, these words, words every believer yearns to hear, words that we feel certain that The Most High God spoke on Thursday night shortly after Ethel Mary Patrick was ushered into His presence and into the presence of her Savior, Jesus, the Messiah:

 “Well done Ethel Mary Patrick, thou good and faithful daughter and servant. You have been faithful in the many things to which I have called you. Therefore, I will make you the ruler over many more things in My Kingdom. Enter into the rest that I have prepared for you and into the joy of your Lord and God!”

Ethel Mary Patrick, you are gone to God, but never forgotten and will always be an inspiration, a comfort and a joy to those who knew and loved you. God’s words, spoken to you will echo down the years and generations to those you left behind. Thank you, dear one. Continue to pray for us. We all need it.

Women Will Decide This Election

An Excellent Spirit has posted on the arguments that women will decide this Election on November 6th. They will. If they show up and vote for President Obama like they did in 2008 and give him the pluralities they gave him then. Women will decide whether or not they ignore the fact that over half a million less women are working in 2012 than were working in 2008. Brietbart told us that there is a chink in the President’s armor here. “The new job numbers out this morning spell disaster for women and showcase the real war on women. The number of women unemployed in June was 5,785,000, an increase of 780,000 from when Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009 – at that time, the number of unemployed women in the United States was 5,005,000. The BLS data also show that the unemployment rate for women in June was 8.0 percent, up from 7.9 percent in May. That’s also up from 7.0 percent in January 2009 when Obama became president.” Women will decide even if they are the blind, unthinking people that the lamestream media portrays them to be in every story and the pollsters say are overwhelmingly liberal. There are more of them than men and they vote! Women will decide.

This story from Jewish World Review by Marybeth Hicks tells a slightly different tale.  “On Monday, a USA Today/Gallup poll among likely voters in the top 12 battleground states revealed a startling demographic shift: Women are moving toward Republican Mitt Romney, thanks in large measure to the candidates’ respective performances in the first presidential debate earlier this month in Denver.” Not so coincidentally, the article pointed to The New York Times editorial that “warned of a stark Romney-Ryan future in which abortion rights would be eliminated in more than half the states, and women’s health would be jeopardized due to the Republicans’ promised defunding of Planned Parenthood.” Here l Ms. Hicks points out that the Times and the Obama Campaign are not connecting with women as before. “Yet according to Gallup, only about 17 percent of voters decide on candidates for office based solely on whether they agree with the person’s position on abortion rights. In fact, according to poll after poll, abortion will not be the deciding factor for the majority of voters, including the majority of women voters. (Among virtual non-issues: the availability of free contraception. Go figure.) For months it has been clear that women will vote in November for the candidate they believe will best offer solutions to resolve the economic realities women face around their own kitchen tables. It’s women who make the vast majority of consumer decisions in our society. With apologies to the exceptional men reading this column, it is women who buy the groceries, fill the gas tanks in their minivans, clothe their kids for school, shop for holiday and birthday gifts, decorate their homes, and put cash in the pockets of their college students when sending them back to school after a long weekend. It’s women who most assuredly know that the recent drop in unemployment numbers must be a ruse, since unemployed adults younger than 34 are living at home with their parents in record numbers. Young women know it’s the economy, and not a lack of commitment from their boyfriends, that stands between them and weddings, families and homes of their own. Not even ardent feminists — with the help of the editorial staff of The New York Times — can project enough manic fear about abortion rights to manipulate women voters in this watershed election.”

An Excellent Spirit has consulted with The Excellent Wife who points out that the pollsters are beginning to show that the Obama scare tactics are not working. We have learned, as most men have, that The Excellent Wife is always right! This Gopusa piece by Michael Barone agrees. “”In every poll we’ve seen a major surge in favorability for Romney,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake told USA Today’s Susan Page. “Women went into the debate actively disliking Romney,” she went on, “and they came out thinking he might understand their lives and might be able to get something done for them.” Barone continues, “Maybe it’s just possible that women voters are more concerned about an economy where 23 million people are out of work or have quit looking. Or about a president who the day after the murder of a U.S. ambassador flew off to a Las Vegas fundraiser and for two weeks kept blaming it on a spontaneous response to a video, contrary to what his State Department knew on day one.” Then he notes, “Once upon a time, abortion was a defining issue for many voters. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, partisan preferences on both sides were linked to strong religious and moral beliefs. Voters didn’t switch parties much. In the last half a dozen years, voters have responded more to events, emerging issues, and leaders’ strengths and weaknesses. Many switched parties to vote for Obama. Some, many of them women, are switching now to vote for Romney. Women tend to be more risk-averse than men, and the gender gap grew when Reagan Republicans were depicted as scaling back welfare state protections. The debates may have shifted the perception of risk. The downcast Obama and the cackling Biden may have sounded dangerously risky. Many women may have felt, as my email friend’s wife said last winter, they would feel safe if Romney were in charge.” 

As Ms. Hicks concludes, “The days of manipulating women with threats of “back-room abortions” and sexual repression on the part of evil Christian men are, quite simply, over. Most women vote the same way men do: To safeguard and protect their families, and in the hope that they and their children will be free to pursue happiness, just as our Constitution says is their right.”  

Women will decide the November 6th Election. It looks to An Excellent Spirit like they are in the process of deciding that a change in the Presidency is their only hope. Stay tuned.

Repeal Obamacare

An Excellent Spirit has found yet another reason to repeal Obamacare. This one is the grand daddy of all reasons why the worst law in American history must be repealed. Former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey, an expert on Obamacare and its many heretofore unknown provisions and consequences has this to say, “McCaughey said that the regulations and cuts in Barack Obama’s healthcare law could lead to the deaths of 35,000 hospital patients who otherwise might have recovered, had they received the care available at a higher spending institution.

McCaughey, the former Lt. Governor of New York and an expert on the new healthcare law, cited the drastic cuts to Medicare in detailing how seniors will suffer under the provisions of the law. McCaughey is the author of two books on Obamacare: Obama Health Law: What It Says and How to Overturn It and Decoding the Obama Health Law: What You Need To Know. McCaughey cited a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which shows that over a four year period, in California, “nearly 14,000 seniors with common conditions—stroke, pneumonia, heart attack, congestive heart failure, hip fractures, and others, died in low-spending hospitals—bottom quintile—but would have survived and recovered and gone home had they received the care available at a higher spending hospital.” She said, “despite this evidence—in fact, in disregard of this evidence—the Obama administration is pushing hospitals in all 50 states to imitate the low-spending hospitals where the death rates are higher!” 

The Excellent Wife has worked as a market representative in the health care industry and tells An Excellent Spirit that, despite the spin, the Obama Administration, in order to pay for Obamacare and the millions of new insurees it will mean, will have to enforce strict, harsh and draconian new standards that reduce the coverages, reimbursements, treatments and health choices for millions of senior citizens at precisely the time they must have them or risk much higher death rates. Seniors with serious diseases will find their treatment options cut drastically and their doctors will find their reimbursement rates halved in many cases. The result? Higher death rates for millions. Tens of thousands of doctors refusing to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients, leaving these most vulnerable patients without care and at serious risk. Read the whole thing.  Most importantly, sit down with your doctor or doctors and ask them what they see as the effects of this onerous law that Congress did not bother to read before they passed it! And, remember, Congress has exempted the members of the House and Senate and the thousands of civil servants who work for Congress from the law, its provisions and the affects we are reporting that the American people will suffer! Ask yourself and your Doctor if that is right? Be sure to take the time to watch the interview of Betsy McCaughey embedded in the report. You can watch it with a transcript as well. And, most importantly, give a copy to your doctor(s) and watch it with them. These are reasons enough to repeal Obamacare, but they are not the most persuasive reasons. The determinative and absolutely decisive reason is God! As the Creator, God is the source of life. The Word of God in The Holy Scriptures reveals the divine commitment to the sanctity of life. As early as the Book of Deuteronomy, God pronounces His plan for life and His never changing will for each one of His creation. Deuteronomy 30:15-20, “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land your are entering to possess. . . .This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (God commands us to choose life.) God’s Word is clear and it is unequivocal. God knew each person in the depths of the earth, before He placed each one in the womb of its mother. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:4 We are not accidental. God knew what He wanted when He formed each one of us. Psalm 139:13-16, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (God is involved in the formation of human life from the moment of conception to the day one dies.) Psalm 22:9-10, “Yet You brought me out of the womb; You made me trust in You even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother’s womb You have been my God.” Luke 1:41-44. Proverbs 24:11-12, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say ‘but we knew nothing about this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done?” (We have a moral duty to protect the helpless and those being unjustly assaulted.”) Jesus said: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:28.) The Gospel gives us the hope of the greatest life of all–eternal life in Christ. God is the author and giver of life. 

Man’s history has been replete with his attempts to interfere with God’s prerogative. Obamacare is one of the most sinister attempts ever to end life as “we” know it by putting the government in between “us” God and our medical care. It must not be implemented. The Word of the Most High God is clear. It is forever settled in Heaven and on earth. God’s Word does not return to Him void. It accomplishes all He says it will. God’s Word is the creative force in nature and in the world. It is supreme and settles every issue; answers every question. Thank God for His Word. It is truly a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. God’s Word makes it clear that “we” must repeal Obamacare! On November 6th, vote and repeal Obamacare. For our previous posts on Repeal Obamacare click here.

The Excellent Son’s Birthday!

A Birthday Song for Paul Sebastian (To the music of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)

It was 30 years ago today, Paul Sebastian was born and came to stay,                          He’s been bringing us God’s joy this while, no sorrow added to the day,                        God gave Paul the gears that shone His bright light all those years                               We’re grateful that our God blessed us so, that we want you all to know                           Paul Sebastian is 30 years old today!                                                                                        

God told us, years ago, that He put An Excellent Spirit in our son. We and all who know Paul have witnessed the truth of that prophesy every day of his life. Thank you, Father God, for Paul Sebastian, our beloved son. Thank you Paul for being Paul Sebastian.

You can get Paul Sebastian’s new release “Dusk or Dawn” on I-Tunes, Amazon & Spotify