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Understanding Family!

29 July 2010 No Comment

Understanding Family!

When I was a boy the family ran a game known as the Numbers. At age thirteen I had the honor of being a numbers runner after my paper route each evening.

The rules were clear. I picked up a small brown paper bag that was securely stapled shut at a certain location. I put it in my newspaper bag and closed the top. At that time we carrier leather paper satchels over one shoulder. I made my delivery. I was given a piece of paper with the face of a President on it. Usually it was a five but every so often it would be a fifty. In 1957 a five was a lot of money, five or six days a week.

The rules were enforced. If the bag was not delivered you better be in the hospital or you would be.

If you ever look in the brown paper bag you will wish you never had met the family.

If anyone finds out you are working for the family, you won’t be.

If you have any trouble, you report it to the family immediately, and that means right now!

Where did the family get the name, Godfather? Why did the family ever get started anyway? Where did the Black Hand and the Kiss of Death come from?

The family was born in Sicily where peasants were being beaten and killed by neighboring Lords, powerful property owners. A Lord began adopting the local Surfs into His family and the Mafia was born. It was good at the time. The Lord was powerful enough to protect his family. If you touched any of them you might as well have touched him. That would be a big mistake.

Most of the Lords were Catholic and learned the ways of organized religion. Think about it, God the Father, the head of the family. The Fathers of the Catholic Church, the priests. The Mafia is a recreation of the organized religious system.

Is religion a good thing? You can answer that! Christianity is a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ who has been given all authority over heaven and earth.

The power in Christianity is in the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who does the works of God on earth.

When the Godfather of the family told you something, he had to deliver or his authority would be gone. His word was law in the family. Once I had a confrontation with two wise guys from New York in the Godfather’s restaurant while he was having dinner, roasted rabbit. He looked up and said to the wise guys, “You toucha him, you toucha me, capishi!” The problem was gone. When those guys saw me on the street they would cross over to the opposite side.

God our Father is much more powerful than this. He has angels camped around His children. We have a hedge of protection like Job did. Sin breaks our hedge of protection! Job’s sin was, “That which I feared has come upon me.” Fear is sin! Fear says, “God can’t take care of me.”

Get in the Word and learn the rules of the game! Follow the rules and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. We want you to become a Word Warrior and fill up on the Word. Come learn of Jesus and He will set you free from yourself! He will carry your load! His yoke is easy and His burden is light!

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