DJ Gorena

Life as I see it

Month: April, 2016


I am so excited about being an online student with Southern New Hampshire University. I am currently working on a degree in English and Creative Writing and every professor that I have had thus far is excellent. There is a lot of reading and writing that I am doing for this degree and it is worth every part of it. I never thought that I would be working on a Masters at forty-nine years of age, but I am having the time of my life.

So, with that said, let me encourage you to take classes somewhere even if it is just for self-gratification. Find a subject that you are interested in and take some classes where you can be challenged. You may not agree with everything that you learn. I certainly don’t, but it is worth learning from people with whom you disagree as much as it is from those with whom you agree. Either way, you are learning.

And this is the point of seeking another degree–at least for me. I just love to learn. I want to see what others are thinking and learn from them. I can learn that there are many commonalities between me and someone who may be considered a liberal while I am a conservative. We may have the same likes and dislikes. We may differ, however, in social issues or economic issues or the government or morals. Either way, humanity as a whole has some commonalities.

This is what I am learning in this degree program. Right now, in my Literary Theory course, I am learning about Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, Marxist theory, and poststructuralism theory. All these theories are used in every facet of life. Do I fully agree with these theories? No, but I see where I have been trained (even in ‘Christian’ institutions) to think in some of these ways from professors who have utilized these theories whether they knew it or not. I have also learned that I need to depend all the more on the Scriptures as my true source by which to live. All of these theories have some good things and some bad things. Some things may appear to be good according to the Bible while other things are very sinful. Unfortunately, I find that all of these theories end up going to the extreme as much as I can go to the opposite extreme of where they are.

I am challenged. I am enjoying this. I am glad that I am a student at Southern New Hampshire University. When I graduate (it will be in 2017), I plan on pursuing other degrees as I am able to afford it. I look forward to continuing to grow in knowledge and understanding always seeking wisdom from God’s Word, the Bible. In the meantime, I am going to remember what Paul the apostle said in Colossians 2:8-15:

8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according tot he tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.


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It’s Obama, not Trump or Cruz!


Donald Trump is claiming that he is the reason that voters are energized during this campaign season. I’m not so sure about his claim. I think that Americans are tired of the “fundamental transformation” that President Obama has made of our Country. He has weakened our Nation more than any other President in my lifetime. With this said, it is President Obama that has energized voters because Americans do not want another four- or eight-year term with a socialist like Sanders or a lying liberal like Clinton. Trump is energetic, and he does energize his audiences, but so does Cruz, so does Sanders, so does Clint…well…not really for her or for Kasich. People are just tired of the rhetoric that comes out of Washington D.C., especially out of the White House.

While President Obama refuses to close the borders to America, Trump is saying that he will build a wall between the United States and Mexico where the majority of illegal aliens are entering our Country.  The way that he intends to do this can be found here and here. While President Obama has brought about the Affordable Care Act, Trump has declared on his website that “the next President and a Republican congress [must] lead the effort to bring much-needed free market reforms to the healthcare industry.” You can read more of his plan here. While Obama has followed through with the Clinton plan in January 2000 concerning trade relations with China, Trump is claiming that he will bring true negotiation skills to the table with China. You can read his plans with China here. Obama does not appear to respect our military or our veterans, but Trump is ensuring that if he is elected President, he will take good care of our veterans and their families by reforming the VA. You can read his plan here. Obama has done nothing to help middle-class families when it comes to taxes; Trump has a plan to help the middle-class regain what they have lost over the last seven years. You can read his plan here. Obama really does want to take your gun rights away as this is the way of the socialist, but Trump believes in your second amendment rights to bear arms. You can read his plan for gun owners here. Essentially, the platform that Donald Trump is trumpeting is an anti-Obama platform. He is coming with what he believes will make America great again.

Then there’s Ted Cruz. While Obama says that he supports the United States Constitution, he has been trying to dismantle one of the greatest documents ever written in the history of nations. Cruz on the other hand has spent a lifetime defending the Constitution. You can read what Cruz thinks here. Again, Obama is interested in limiting gun ownership here in the United States while Cruz is a defender of the second amendment right to bear arms. You can read what Cruz thinks here. Obama’s open border policies are crippling America’s ability to defend herself while Cruz desires to secure the border. You can read what Cruz thinks here. Because Obama has weakened America more than any other President in my lifetime, Cruz has a plan to defend our Nation. You can read what Cruz thinks here. Obama is obviously not thrilled to be allies with Israel while Cruz intends to stand with Israel. You can read what Cruz thinks here. Obama claims that he believes in religious liberty but his actions speak louder than his words. Cruz intends to keep religious liberty at the forefront of our Nation. You can read what Cruz thinks here. Obama helped to usher in the denigration of traditional family values. Cruz intends to restore America’s values concerning life, marriage and family. You can read what Cruz thinks here. When we have the lowest workforce in American history under Obama, Cruz wants to bring back jobs to America by a simple flat tax which will create almost five million jobs through simple tax reform.You can read what Cruz thinks here. Finally, while Obama has increased the size of government, Cruz intends to eliminate five major agencies and rid Washington D.C. of its chokehold on America. You can read what Cruz thinks here.

It is President Obama that has charged the electorate this go around. Yes, he is about to leave office. But Americans are going to show Obama that “yes we can” change America to be the greatest Nation in the world again by eliminating what he has done to fundamentally transform America. Either Trump or Cruz will win the Presidency or we will slip further into the darkest days that America has ever seen in her history.

Today we began what we have done for the last ten years here at First Baptist Church of Leonard: our Spring Revival. This year we have the incomparable Alex Gonzalez leading our time of teaching and preaching while Teddy King is leading our time of worship through song. They are truly a God-send when it comes to a great revival team.

This morning, Alex brought a message from Romans 5:1-11 speaking of how we are justified by faith through Jesus Christ. This evening he will be preaching the rest of Romans 5 and continuing his message from this morning. You will be able to hear all of the series of message at in the coming days.

Although Teddy’s mother passed away earlier this week, God continues to use him to bless our people through his music. His wife Cynthia is here with him today and has such a sweet spirit about her. They emphasize the presence of the Holy Spirit and invite Him to be part of our services through the songs they lead our people to sing.

Today has already been a great time of fellowship with each other and with the Word of God. I look forward to–and I am praying for–revival to come to First Baptist Church of Leonard.

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