Pastor Duke’s 9/11 Poem

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Twas not day nor was it light

When she arose from the night

Would not be much more than an hour

That she would be at work in the tower

She got on her knees to pray as she knelt on the floor

Not just a sentence but a whole lot more

She prayed for her kids, her nation and kin

Not knowing that day of those horrible men

Who despised the life of others and their own

Thinking in their minds to their god they’d be known

So after her coffee and a roll

She left the house for the stroll

Up the lane and down the street

Smiling to all that she did meet

Twas not long fore she entered the door

Took the Elevator to the 73rd floor

Greeting co-workers as she took her seat

Picked up some fallen papers at her feet

Looking out the window suddenly she cried alas

As the plane came crashing through the glass

Now Satan their god was ever so pleased and laughed and shouted in glee

For that morning his followers had bowed to him on their knee

Twas Tuesday Sept 11th of that horrible day

When children in school were not allowed to pray

The pledge of allegiance was all they could speak

Before sitting at their desks with a squeak

But school was not out on that solemn day

When rules were broken as they sobbed and did pray

In school that day they prayed for those that did die

They cried to the God that was way up in the sky

Jesus our God looked down from above

Heard the cry of the people that he did love

He reached down his hands to the WTC

And took his children of that you can see

Many a person will never be found

Among the rubble that fell to the ground

Some there were not known and of little fame

But our Jesus knew them all by their Name

His promise is still true

For one day out of the blue

Jesus will come and above we will go

And we will be able to tell the world I told you so

Anti-cop leftist politics spur Seattle police ‘mass exodus’

(by Editor George Duke (As a former Police Officer I would like to say that I can well understand why many are leaving the PD today. People and the Media use Face Book to defame and put down the police. Remember this yes there are a few poicemen that turn out to be bad but the majority of Policemen are men and women that want to perform a good job. We need to pray for our Policemen who are on the line every day trying to protect us.)

A “mass exodus” of 41 officers from the Seattle Police Department (SPD) has occurred in the first five months of this year, with union leaders blaming the city’s ultra-left politics and anti-police policies.

Seattle Police Guild Vice President Rich O’Neill said the exodus from the Northwest’s most populous city is unprecedented.

“I have never seen the number of officers who are leaving – and the way they are leaving,” O’Neill asserted, according to Seattle’s Q13 Fox News (KCPQ-TV).

More problems, less police

O’Neill’s union reported that even though Seattle’s population is skyrocketing, the number of officers in the SPD is at the same level it was back in the 1970s.

Even though retirements account for about half of the exodus, an unnamed source within the SPD stressed that the other half (20 officers) fled the department to take positions at law enforcement agencies in other cities and counties, as a higher-than-normal number younger officers are departing the force out of frustration about Seattle’s leftist politics.

“Worker bees on the street – they don’t feel appreciated,” the SPD source told Q13 News. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”

O’Neill said that the mass exodus will have a detrimental effect on public safety throughout the city.

“Less officers on the streets, less safe for the citizens – and … you have all these officers you have invested all this money in, and they are leaving for Tacoma, Olympia, Pierce County and Snohomish County,” O’Neill stated, according to Q13.

Anti-cop, pro-criminal politics

O’Neill impressed that with the criticism and lack of support from local government officials, Seattle police officers have become disillusioned, are afraid to do their jobs and want to pack their bags.

“It’s just depressing to serve in a place where many City Council members who are coming out at times with negative comments about the police,” O’Neill added.

It was further noted by the Seattle Police Guild that local leaders have been ramping up their anti-police rhetoric and agenda of late – a movement that has included many leftist city officials supporting “sanctuary city” laws and bashing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for arresting criminal illegal aliens.

“The union says Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant have been very critical of the police department,” Q13’s Hana Kim recounted. “They say Sawant calling two officers murderers quickly after an officer-involved shooting was inappropriate.”

The source within the police department blasted Seattle’s anti-police politics as a key motivator behind the exodus, noting how a defamation lawsuit against Sawant was filed after she accused officers of cold-bloodedly shooting and killing Che Taylor in 2016 – an incident for which SPD officers have been cleared of any misconduct.

“A city councilmember can call two police officers ‘murderers’ and the city pays for her legal fees,” the SPD source contended,” according to Seattle’s King5 News.

Leftist politics boosting crime

The complaint of not having enough officers to handle calls – particularly for low-level offenses – was waged, with credit for this being given to leading Democrats in Seattle who are anything but tough on crime and upholding the law, and as result, crime on the streets has escalated.

“It’s told from the start it’s not a priority,” O’Neill impressed. “Homeless issues also bring with it car prowls, break-ins, open-air drug market, needles all over the ground – it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it.”

In fact, the authority of police officers to get their job done has been eroded by Seattle officials, who have adopted leftist politics pushed by anti-police movements such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) to make cops powerless on the streets.

“O’Neill says city leaders are sending the message that officers cannot be proactive about policing and that they are allowing certain crimes to go on without accountability,” Kim explained. “The union has been in contract negotiations for the last three and half years and officers have not received a pay increase during that time.”

Even though it has been argued that relatively low pay in the expensive city is partly to blame for the exodus, O’Neill made it clear that city politics is the main driving factor.

“I’ve been here since 1980, [and] I’ve never seen the city in the condition it is in,” the police advocate stressed. “It’s because it’s been allowed on many levels.”

O’Neill also mentioned how upset a large number of officers are about the city’s rejection of tough-on-crime Interim Police Chief Carmen Best as Seattle’s new chief of police.

“When comments are made that the reason we need an outside chief is to change the culture, that is insulting, and that’s a slap in the face of each and every officer who serves,” O’Neill insisted.

Discounting the exodus

However, in an attempt to defend those who pay their salary, representatives of the SPD said they would not call the department’s number of departures this year a “mass exodus,” arguing that new recruits have been able to fill many of the vacant spots.

“According to police data, 79 officers left the force in 2017, but the agency was able to recruit 102 new officers,” TheBlaze reported. “In 2017, there were 1,144 sworn police officers working in Seattle.”

Yet the fact that the number of new officers on the streets has not kept up with the pace of Seattle’s ever-growing population was avoided, with SPD Human Resources Director Mike Fields changing the topic to commend his department for implementing affirmative action to diversify its police force.

“The last three years have been the best three years as far as hiring for numbers, racial diversity and the number of women,” Fields claimed, according to King5 News, before indicating that Seattle is suffering from a lack of qualified recruits to fill the void. “We are hiring all the quality candidates we can.”

But officers being fed up with city politics can be evidenced by groups of them leaving the department to work in less politicized government jobs.

“Another [SPD] source said he knew of five officers from one precinct who left the department to work for the Port of Seattle,” King 5’s Elisa Hahn informed.

But fields attempted to explain away the mass exodus by giving some of the general reasons frequently given for leaving one’s job to avoid backlash.

“It’s everything from, ‘My wife got a job in another city,’ to, ‘It’s closer for me to work for Kent since I live in Kent,'” Fields insisted.

However, after being asked about the number of officers who give SPD a reason for leaving, he admitted that most did not provide such information.

“Less than half,” Fields estimated.



Forgiveness Revival
Editor’s Note- Recently I opened my email and found a letter from a Missionary’s Kid that really touched my heart. I am sure after reading it your heart will be touched also. So many times we do not know the hurt that our children feel when as a  Pastor, Evangelist, or Missionary Kid they suffer attacks or see attacks on their family from supposedly Saints of God or church people.  In many cases when one come’s to the Lord Jesus Christ and is filled with the Holy Spirit. They receive a powerful experience. Because of their respect of the man of God that revealed to them this wonderful experience with God, they then turn to their Overseer and will follow any teaching that they teach even becoming a Pharisee which Jesus Christ warned against. Matthew 23:13    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. I hate to reveal this but many of our early Minister’s could not read when they first came to God. As a result of this many began to preach their private interpretation of the Word of God sometimes even their own personal convictions that others had to keep as salvation issues. If you did not keep their commandments you were lost and many times judged. Forgiveness would sometimes be forgotten by those that followed the Pharisee walk even though those that were children of God had been forgiven.  One of these ideas was that if a Minister fell he could never get back up and continue in the ministry even though the Word of God in Romans 11:29 states that the gifts and calling of God is without repentance. (turning away from)  

During my tenure as a Pastor I forgave many former ministers that had fallen and tried to help them get back on their feet and fight Satan one more time. Some turn out well other’s tried to cut my throat, but the most important thing was I forgave them. You will not go wrong when you make forgiveness the most important ingredient in your walk with God. My Pastor Robert Glass spoke to me about forgiving and his statement was,” Brother Duke, the hardest ones to forgive are your Brothers and Sisters in the Lord and they are the ones that will hurt you most.”  It did not take me long to find that out and it probably will not take you long either. My prayer is that what this Missionary Kid went through might prepare other Missionary kids. God bless all of our Missionaries. 

Here is a copy of that letter:

February 21st 12:00 a.m. I was awakening by a strong presence in my room. I am not able to explain in words the feeling I was experiencing. So I won’t even make the attempt to explain.
As I laid there I began to pray for Gods help because of the overwhelming guilt that I’ve experienced, due to my shortfalls in my walk with & without God Almighty.
I was brought up in a home of a Pentecostal preacher and experienced & seen wide ranges of standards – beliefs – and in many cases, very judgmental views within the Pentecostal churches. I truly believe in the message that the UPC teaches. Yet through all of the good, there is a large gap in the area of forgiveness, towards struggling brothers & sisters in the Lord. I felt impressed in my heart, that revival or lack thereof is predicated on how we look at people. Judging the book by its cover, if I may.
I want to share a couple of life experiences that I (Missionary kid) have witnessed, while traveling around the country with my parents. As a very young boy, I was observant to things that were said and or happened while visiting Pentecostal churches. Here are a couple examples that plague me and disturb my mind. I recall one incident when a church either cancelled or did not except our invitation to be with them while on deputation. It was all about perception, and not the condition of a person’s heart or walk with God. The minister said that the photo of my parents looked like my mother had cut her hair. This never was the case and was very detrimental to our family. This was said to other ministers and of course this went around to other churches. Unfortunately as we all know, bad news travels fast and in many cases believed by many. Another incident that stands out and bothers me to this day, was when an assistant pastor had got divorced (no fault of his own) yet many churches condemned him and would not allow him to preach in their churches. We have ministers that have fallen from the grace of God and later come back to Pentecostal church only to be shunned. It is a bigger problem than most ministers want to accept. You’re alienated from the click. We serve a mighty God that forgives us daily, yet our churches refused to do so, in many cases. We must be cognate that God forgives us at the same measure we are willing to forgive others.

I often wonder how the Apostle Paul, Apostle Peter, Danial, King David, Jonah & others would fair in our organization after their sinful acts, Denial of Jesus and running from God. Why do we make it more difficult to come back to our Lord and Savior “Jesus Christ” than God himself does?
I promise if compassion was given and welcoming arms were stretched out for the hurting and those that stumble and the judgmental spirit would subside we could help many souls return home. I speak from experience.
I feel God spoke to my heart and this is why I am writing. To have revival, God impressed on my hearts it must start with forgiveness of others and restrain from being judgmental even to the extent of placing our personal convictions on one another. If it’s not biblical then it shouldn’t be forced on to others. As I said earlier, you cannot judge a book by its cover. I know many individuals with beautiful long hair; dresses to their ankles, yet carry a very nasty spirits (attitude) condemning fellow saints because they don’t dress like them. And I’ve seen others not dressed so prim & proper, praising and worshiping God Almighty & carrying a beautiful spirit. Why is this? Maybe it’s what is on the inside (of the book). Don’t take this wrong. I believe in holiness standard. Not man made standards.
I am not much of a writer but felt I had to say this, in hope this falls in the right hands. I don’t even have a clue who to send this too at this point but I’m tired of running from God and want to do his will in my life. I have never been wakened from a deep sleep with such a strong presence in my room as has just happened to me.
I do ask for all the prayers of the saints and ministry that I may be used of God and that I may impact someone to serve the One and only True God “Jesus”.
May God do a work in the last days, and my prayer is that I may help harvest the field and not continue to bury my talent.
I want to win family and friends. If we can only show compassion and forgiveness revival will come to our churches. I know this is a word from the Lord. I know this because of the power I felt in my bedroom that woke me from a deep sleep. I have not served the Lord like I should but God knows my heart better than I even do. Right now my heart is heavy with grief of my past and shamefulness of what I’ve done in my life. I want to do his will moving forward.
Please pray for my family & I
God Bless you all,