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Easter is Here Again

9 Apr

Today our pastor said Christians are not coming to church as they used to.  He is right.  We don’t come to church as we once did, but some of us do.  It is up to the “some of us” to encourage church attendance once again.  As long as you go to a church that believes Christ died and rose on the third day for our sins, it doesn’t much matter which denomination your chose.

I encourage you to read the bible daily and pray often for one another.  Our Christian religion is the only religion that matters.  The New Age “everyone will get there” is nonsense.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one goes to the father except through me.” is the only statement that will work for all of us.

By going to church and keeping Christian values at our forefront, we will win back our nation.

 

 

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Do Values Govern Us

1 Aug

I have been thinking about the coming election concerning our President, Congress, governors, state legislators, and Supreme Court as it relates to our Constitution.  After spending some time praying about all of them and the nation, I have come to the conclusion that our Constitution was not based on anything but God’s values.  This is a very important statement of my belief.

First I have a choice to either follow our not follow the values set forth in the Holy Bible.  The Old Testament is taken from the Torah where we get the Ten Commandments.  Our New Testament is based on the gospels telling the story of Jesus.  Jesus said the greatest commandment of all is love.  We are to love first love God, then our neighbor as our self.

What we need is a President, Congress, governors, state legislators and Supreme Court that understands that simple point.  If the platforms of the parties do not reflect love, it is wrong constitutionally.  If the candidates running for office do not want to bring the love of mankind, along with stewardship, and faith in the Almighty back to this country, they should not be elected.

Note:  The Constitution does not prohibit God’s influence in governing our nation.  Separation of church and state does not exist in the Constitution.  It does say the government cannot direct you to or against any religion.

Love is what our representatives do; not just what they say they will do.

Our country is falling apart because of this.  We are a very gullible people.

They (our representatives) said they would solve the problems produced by burning coal.

  • Today coal miners are not working in a safe environment.
  • The carbon emissions are still at an all-time high.
  • Some of the government officials and representatives are pushing the idea of clean coal.

They said they would impose safety measures concerning the production of oil.

  • We have tax exception for oil companies,
  • Fracking is destroying our water supply and the stability of the crust of the earth.

They said they wanted to make justice for all a priority when they were elected.

  • The bankers, politicians, corporate officers that commit crimes against the public are never even charged.
  • Corporate profits go to the company benefits and CEO salaries and benefit rather than increasing the income of the common workers or stockholders.
  • Congress spends an enormous amount of money investigating the possibility of a crime which should be handled in a grand jury where there is no agenda other than the truth.
  • People are serving sentences in jail because they could not afford a private attorney and have to rely on a public defender to negotiate and plea deal because they do not have the money for a trial.

They said they would raise the minimum wage.

  • They instead not only did not give the minimum wage a hike, but raised their own pay scale.

They said they would stop loopholes in the gun laws to allow through checks for gun buyer,

  • They didn’t do anything to protect the public.
  • Background checks are a joke.
    • o If you want guns sold on illegally stopped, make the sentence strong enough to show we care.

They say they have passed protection on the internet.

  • Try to report a fraud and see that you get shuffled around.

They say if you see something say something.

  • If you see something on your job or see fraud in action, you will be left holding the bag with no assistance from the government.

They said they were concerned about US jobs and income.

  • The minimum wage stays stagnant below the poverty level.
  • Jobs are sent overseas by US companies.

They said ISIL is our enemy but not Islam.

  • We do not condemn Islam units that support ISIL.
  • We have not made clear that an oath taken as a citizen cannot be taken or citizenship granted if your religious beliefs do not coincide with the US Constitution.
  • Do we teach the principles of the Constitution in our schools well enough to make those principles dwell in the thinking of our young people?

Therefore, we have to examine the way we vote.

  • Do we vote for popularity are for the principles of the person running?
  • Do we send the same people back to the Senate and Congress both state and national because we do not examine their votes against the principles they said they would follow?
  • Do we make decisions about our fellow man based on our Christian beliefs or based on what we have been told?
  • Do we know right from wrong?

 

The solution is that we must examine our own agenda.

  • What do I really believe?
  • What am I willing to give up to elect representatives that support what I believe?
  • Am I willing to accept lame excuses for representatives not voting for right rather than wrong?
  • If I am a Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Islam, or any other religion, atheist, or agnostic do I support my beliefs, or is it lip service?

 

 

I am a Christian and believe that God made the world and everyone in it.  I believe God gave us the planet to care for.  I believe God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, and God gave us Jesus who clarified them with one word, Love.  It is hard for me to believe that men and women that serve us a legislators make the laws they make in the name of service to mankind.

I believe God is the creator of the earth, and I accept the fact that God cleverly hid America from the rest of the world until His timing was right.  I believe He guided the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution to reflect His values.  If you agree with that, you will agree we have not done a very good job of electing and controlling our representatives.  Now join me in asking God to guide my vote this fall and elect men and women that will actually do the job of reflecting our values.

Now, what do you believe?

 

 

 

I have been thinking about the coming election concerning our President, Congress, governors, state legislators, and Supreme Court as it relates to our Constitution.  After spending some time praying about all of them and the nation, I have come to the conclusion that our Constitution was not based on anything but God’s values.  This is a very important statement of my belief.

First I have a choice to either follow our not follow the values set forth in the Holy Bible.  The Old Testament is taken from the Torah where we get the Ten Commandments.  Our New Testament is based on the gospels telling the story of Jesus.  Jesus said the greatest commandment of all is love.  We are to love first love God, then our neighbor as our self.

What we need is a President, Congress, governors, state legislators and Supreme Court that understands that simple point.  If the platforms of the parties do not reflect love, it is wrong constitutionally.  If the candidates running for office do not want to bring the love of mankind, along with stewardship, and faith in the Almighty back to this country, they should not be elected.

Note:  The Constitution does not prohibit God’s influence in governing our nation.  Separation of church and state does not exist in the Constitution.  It does say the government cannot direct you to or against any religion.

Love is what our representatives do; not just what they say they will do.

Our country is falling apart because of this.  We are a very gullible people.

They (our representatives) said they would solve the problems produced by burning coal.

  • Today coal miners are not working in a safe environment.
  • The carbon emissions are still at an all-time high.
  • Some of the government officials and representatives are pushing the idea of clean coal.

They said they would impose safety measures concerning the production of oil.

  • We have tax exception for oil companies,
  • Fracking is destroying our water supply and the stability of the crust of the earth.

They said they wanted to make justice for all a priority when they were elected.

  • The bankers, politicians, corporate officers that commit crimes against the public are never even charged.
  • Corporate profits go to the company benefits and CEO salaries and benefit rather than increasing the income of the common workers or stockholders.
  • Congress spends an enormous amount of money investigating the possibility of a crime which should be handled in a grand jury where there is no agenda other than the truth.
  • People are serving sentences in jail because they could not afford a private attorney and have to rely on a public defender to negotiate and plea deal because they do not have the money for a trial.

They said they would raise the minimum wage.

  • They instead not only did not give the minimum wage a hike, but raised their own pay scale.

They said they would stop loopholes in the gun laws to allow through checks for gun buyer,

  • They didn’t do anything to protect the public.
  • Background checks are a joke.
    • o If you want guns sold on illegally stopped, make the sentence strong enough to show we care.

They say they have passed protection on the internet.

  • Try to report a fraud and see that you get shuffled around.

They say if you see something say something.

  • If you see something on your job or see fraud in action, you will be left holding the bag with no assistance from the government.

They said they were concerned about US jobs and income.

  • The minimum wage stays stagnant below the poverty level.
  • Jobs are sent overseas by US companies.

They said ISIL is our enemy but not Islam.

  • We do not condemn Islam units that support ISIL.
  • We have not made clear that an oath taken as a citizen cannot be taken or citizenship granted if your religious beliefs do not coincide with the US Constitution.
  • Do we teach the principles of the Constitution in our schools well enough to make those principles dwell in the thinking of our young people?

Therefore, we have to examine the way we vote.

  • Do we vote for popularity are for the principles of the person running?
  • Do we send the same people back to the Senate and Congress both state and national because we do not examine their votes against the principles they said they would follow?
  • Do we make decisions about our fellow man based on our Christian beliefs or based on what we have been told?
  • Do we know right from wrong?

 

The solution is that we must examine our own agenda.

  • What do I really believe?
  • What am I willing to give up to elect representatives that support what I believe?
  • Am I willing to accept lame excuses for representatives not voting for right rather than wrong?
  • If I am a Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Islam, or any other religion, atheist, or agnostic do I support my beliefs, or is it lip service?

 

 

I am a Christian and believe that God made the world and everyone in it.  I believe God gave us the planet to care for.  I believe God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, and God gave us Jesus who clarified them with one word, Love.  It is hard for me to believe that men and women that serve us a legislators make the laws they make in the name of service to mankind.

I believe God is the creator of the earth, and I accept the fact that God cleverly hid America from the rest of the world until His timing was right.  I believe He guided the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution to reflect His values.  If you agree with that, you will agree we have not done a very good job of electing and controlling our representatives.  Now join me in asking God to guide my vote this fall and elect men and women that will actually do the job of reflecting our values.

Now, what do you believe?

 

 

 

Do we want Justice

13 Jun

A five foot two inch female school crossing guard puts her hand up and stops a sixteen wheeler without the slightest notion that the signal will be ignored.  The children cross the busy street without fear from oncoming traffic.  This is the way it should always be when an officer of the law give a command.  Two ideas become evident at this time.  One is that the officer is simply doing her job, and the receiver of the information wants to obey the law.

When I was a young man when an officer gave a command, there was not an option.  Now the bleeding hearts that point at the offers who are expected to, on the spot, psychoanalyze the subject and make a decision whether the subject is guilty or innocent as abusers of the law.

My question is does this make any sense at all.  Where is the respect for the law?  When a duly appointed officer of the law says to anyone that he want them to talk to him on any subject, do we have an option to agree or not agree to speak with him.  Absolutely we could claim the Fifth Amendment, or simply exercise our right to have counsel present, but we should not have the right to scream defiance to the officer attempting to do his or her duty.

From an economic point of view we should understand that we can make law in the legislative branch to be enforced by the executive branch of our government the cost is less than to use the judicial branch of our government to make law.  It seems to me that there should be a reasonable method to reach a point that would protect the safety of the law enforcement officers and the subjects.

A federal law should be written that says that if a law enforcement officer identifies themselves properly and the subject has a reasonable reason to suspect they are the person to whom the officer is addressing, they should make every effort to stop and comply with the instructions of the officer.  If the officer is wrong in his direction that then could become a court case against the officer.

If on the other hand the subject does not comply and runs from the officer, the legal definition of the subject would then become a target for the officer.  The exception would be if the legal representative is not a duly appointed officer of the city, country or perish.

The legal system has turned against the officer giving undeserved rights to the subjects committing or suspected of committing crimes against our country’s citizens.  If it is left to the legal forces to have to put themselves into unnecessary danger to protect the public, something is bad wrong.  I believe the bleeding hearts will not put themselves into danger to protect the public.

This is not to say the officer professional should not give the public respect and expect the same back from the public.  If we go by the accounts and opinions broadcasted by the media the police are always wrong and always prejudice.  Most of our law enforcement officers are good people who have been placed in a position no one would normally elect to be placed.

Our government cannot micro-manage our lives.  No one is that wise.  Our Supreme Court is also not wise enough to make laws with their rulings.

Personally I am for a constitutional convention, but I doubt seriously that a majority of our several states will enact such a convention.  I further believe that if we don’t have a constitutional convention we very well could have to experience a revolution from the masses that have just had it with the congresses and power mongers.

Let us revert back to what God intended when he allowed us to become these United States and let us a win more than one war that was impossible for us to win.  If we don’t give him the glory, he will take this country away from our children and grandchildren.

ISIL the Enemy

27 Apr

I listen to the news and the pundits talk about ISIL like they are a country.  In fact ISIL is an idea that has declared war with the intent of world domination on the world.  Not just part of the world, but all of the world.

ISIL is using the power of the press to misdirect the thinking of not just the American people, but all peoples, to believe the protection needed is what protection can be afforded by their particular country.

ISIL representatives seem to have bought into the belief of God, as represented by some Muslims who basically believe world domination has been directed for them by God and has directed them to take it by force.

No book or writings that I am aware of has stated God wants to forcibly take over this world in any way.  God’s view of the hereafter has been foretold by the prophets of old.  Even if you take away the New Testament that I love, this is not God’s plan.  God does not need man to do anything.  God is Omnipotent.

If I am a weak minded young man or woman that believes the world is just no fair to me and some group comes along an says everyone else is the problem, I can be coerced into joining such a group.  No responsibility to me there I just do what I am told.

Now I am part of the cause that promises to correct all the problems of the injustice I face every day.

Think about this concept.  We are not fighting a country.  We are fighting an idea.  Any country that supports this concept is an enemy of the United States and many other countries that reject this concept.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY

31 Mar

I could give many examples of what the bible says about this or that.  In those examples I would be telling to that intellectually, the bible is for or against examples of our society.  At the same time I could give examples for or against the life styles of individuals in our society.

Anything I could or world possibly say would give you an example of what I like or dislike as it relates to the law.  In almost every case I would be against abortion.  I am pro-life.  I believe people who are homosexual have chosen a wrong path.  I believe to declare same sex unions as married degrades my marriage which is a normal marriage.  However, while just stating my beliefs, as a citizen of these United States, I believe a woman should have a choice legally because I support the constitution and the laws passed and certified by the high courts.  I believe couples should have a legal protection under the law that protects their life style as long as that life does not effect our social structure.  The word marriage does effect my life style.  The killing of a baby effects my legal conscious but is deeply distressful for my religious conscience.

How can that all be correct you ask?  The simple answer is love.  Jesus said of all the commandments, the greatest of these is love.  I can love you and hate what you do.  Our government could have defined the limits of abortion to the third day of pregnancy which is when, I understand, the organizer, magically appears and begin to organize which molecule goes where the in the construction of the human baby.  The only thing I can do about that as an individual is to pray the mother makes the correct choice.

As Christians, if we were better organized, the laws that are passed would be directed toward the beliefs that our congress men and women say they believe.  Many times I a very sure that those that say they are Christians do not understand Christianity.  I believe this because love is not their priority.  Anyone can say anything, but there are two realism.  One is that you are what you think, and you are judged by what you do and not what we say.

I believe to send a voice that will be heard as it should be that the churches should speak together.  We have people who say they speak for the church.  We know them as the far right.  It is, however, clear that they speak for the conservative based disguising themselves as the religious conscience of the nation.  I contend that their goals are political and not religious.

It is time that the churches speak out from the ground level rather than the shallow thinking quips sent out from the political far right.

When Jesus took the coin and said, “Give unto Cesar what is Cesar’s and unto God what is God’s,” I believe he was talking about more than money.

God Bless

WHO IS IN CHARGE

30 Mar

Many think the people are in charge of everything that happens here in this United States of America.  Those that are paying more attention believe that  only those that vote are in charge of what happens in our government.  Those who have given up say that their vote does not count.  Yet many believe that the people who appear on the ballots are not chosen by the people, therefore we become one more step removed from the real truth.  What is then the truth?  The answer I believe is all of that.

I am very interested in the Christian point of view and what we Christians have given up to let the world outside, stay outside our realm of influence for our immediate life.  I believe as we think of our environment as Christians, we should understand what we have given up and how it has affected the community around us.  We have very intelligent young people around us today that understand that we believe in God and especially Jesus, but just can’t put that belief and the modern world together in the same basket.

Modern public television constantly tries to paint a picture of the foolishness of our faith based belief with modern techniques of research that is based solely on the information they gather.  None that I have seen start from the point of view that the bible is correct in the first place.  They can agree that the oldest parts were written at least one thousand years before Christ.  Just becasue they haven’t found the earlier writings does not mean they do not exist.  Our bible is written so well to cover the period of time before our Christ, his life and the exploits of his followers for a time.

Our news tells young women can decide whether or not to terminate the life of an unborn.  The picture of marriage has changed to a live together contract never supported by our biblical beliefs.

We are told that we should refrain from discussing political beliefs and religious beliefs because it just cause problems and doesn’t really do anything to help us understand our lives.  At the same time those who no better give our christian duty of the church to our government and keep us in the dark as to the morality of the federal government and in many times the government of the church.

Our youth watch as the ACLU, a group that is supposed to be supporting our rights, follow an agenda that constantly fights the rights of the individual Christian citizen of these United States while supporting the idea of someone that has no convictions.

There are many more ways the government both state and federal intentionally try to influence our youth to believe and live a non-Christian life so they can be more easily managed.  Why else would the very rich support candidates for local and federal offices in areas that do not directly or indirectly affect the outcome of the elections.

In some way we Christians have to band together to control the freedom of religions, but not rule the nations.  For we Christians the life is not our biggest concern personally because we know that this is only temporary.  However, our concern should become to be the welfare of our church that support the children of the present and future.

Please do not be a bystander!!!

Inequity

12 May

I continue to be concerned about the possibility of this country’s survival and what caused our down fall. 

 

If 1% of the country controls 35% of the wealth of this country, does that suggest anything to you?

 

The 10% of the people that control 75% of the wealth of this country mostly control the people that are elected to the thousands of lawmaking positions in this country.  These lawmakers write and pass laws that further exacerbate the difference between the working poor to the nonworking the wealthy 10%.

 

This 10% seem to get voters to vote with them even though their best interest of the voter is not served.  This has resulted in the breakdown of the Christian values upon which this nation was built.

 

What gods do the 10% worship?

 

Is it money, is it power, is it pride, is it prestige, or is it the Lord God Almighty that created the heavens and the earth?

 

Which one of the gods above do you worship?

 

If you say you love your fellow man and don’t vote, you are not telling the truth.  The only way we can fight the power is to vote for people that are not looking for money, power, pride, or prestige.  Only people looking for justice can help this nation survive.

 

The only way the populous can address the problems of the nation is by voting for people who care.

 

An example of not protecting the people is the fact that people in legislature now and the people before them, back 50 years or more, would pass a law protecting the environment and then postpone, change or abandon the laws when it was time to implement. 

 

Years ago when we needed to help the people to observe the Sabbath, in many communities we had a law called the “blue law”.  This law would have never made it through the Supreme Court because it dictated Christian beliefs.  However it did show the desires of the communities. 

 

My grandfather sold his vegetables in Knoxville, Tennessee.  His farm was 30 plus miles from his farm to market.  It was over 60 miles round trip for a horse drawn wagon.  He would not leave his farm until 12:01 PM on Monday morning in order to not break the Sabbath. 

 

My grandmother’s father lived in same Tennessee community and served in the Union Army because of his beliefs.

 

When harvest time came in their community blacks would come to help.  When lunch time came, the black’s would start to open their lunch from home and my grandfather would say you have to eat with us here in the house.

 

My grandfather also owned a store in this community and during the depression he gave away a lot of food to the needy people in his community.  Like many store owners in that time and area he took IOUs for collateral which mostly were never paid.  Many store owners experienced similar experiences in this area known then as the Bible Belt. 

 

If a child was doing something he should not be doing, and any adult saw him or her, the adult called them down and the child usually obeyed.  The children were mischievous and would get away with whatever they could.  They were children.  There were bullies and roughens, but generally the people tried to be fair with each other.  There were no locks on the doors.  You might go up to someone home with them away.  A note would be on their door that said come in a sit we will be back to milk the cows.  Honesty was just expected. 

 

If someone needed help they would just help and be repaid when someday they also needed help.  The Golden Rule was real and something you just lived by.

 

My grandfather was a Justice of the Peace.  He knew who would vote for him and who would not, but he serviced the community for all.  He was a republican, but would not at all recognize the republican party of today.

 

I say all that to say this.  It is possible to live together in harmony as we did one before.  All the material wealth in the whole world is not worth your sole.  If you are not a Christian, look into it.  You might be amazed at the possibilities.  If you are a Christian I hope you understand that Christ died in order for your life to be better through grace.  God loves you and I love you.

 

I would love you more if you would just vote.