In the late sixties Janis Joplin sang the words “Freedoms just another word when there is nothing left to lose”. I guess we are approaching freedom once again because we are losing everything it seems. This last week a bill was passed in the Senate that summarily does away with the Bill of Rights for American citizens.
It’s disguised as a bill that gives power to any president to order the US military on foreign and domestic soil to detain and hold suspected terrorist without trial without so much as a thank you from the courts. It said in other news releases it even allows torture and summarily executions as well. It’s up to the President and the military to determine who is a terrorist.
Whatever it does allow or doesn’t, the basis of this bill is very troubling news. In the hands of the wrong man power such as this could lead to the preverbal knock on the door in the middle of the night. It could mean the end of simple freedoms as we know them and it could lead to the final assault on humanity because without the US to stop the worst of the worst, who will?
Freedom is given by God and kept by Godly men, when you have Un-Godly men in control, you will loose your freedoms. When you have the real God in control, their will not be a fear of other men, only Christ, he is the ruler of the Universe.
I sincerely hope everyone is having a prosperous week and all is well. After finding a few flaws in my recent updates I’ve been sending out. I’ve decided I need to start checking my work a little closer. I’ve decided I’ll double check the double checks I do each time I send one of these out. It seems if I just double check it once there are errors still left un-caught. It becomes frustrating as you can imagine writing short notes to remind you of the Bible study or the Sabbath; then, checking it over twice, and just as you hit the send button you see an error, OUCH!
It doesn’t seem to matter how close I check it, I find a mistake later on after posting it elsewhere (Waco blog). The worst thing that happens is when I’ve thought I’ve written a perfect update, send it out and then my wife reads it and says “it’s good but you did this, this and this” OUCH!
I did discover something in this whole process, life is like writing, no matter how many times you think you have it right, no matter how many times you examine yourself, you still find mistakes. We all have flaws we need to correct. We can’t always see them but others can. The flaws of others around us are more visible than our own and how we deal with the flaws of others says a lot about who we are. Remember, Christ is on our side and he encourages us to double check our lives, after all it’s his perfect kingdom we are moving to and we all want to be as good as we can be, no more OUCH’s.
In my work I see many T-shirts proclaiming the funny too the absurd and today one can see the vulgar accolades of the ignorant displayed for the worlds approval as well. Shirts that memorialize the death of gang members are quit common and of course there are the religious sentiments included to give that air of righteousness. Sports teams are very popular and a very lucrative part of any T-shirt business, so we root for the team with the biggest order. We get ballerina dance studios and construction workers (not the same folks) wanting advertisement via T-shirts and they all do one thing; they display outwardly who that person is, does, and was.
We all advertise outwardly who we are to one extreme or another even without the benefit of a T-shirt. It’s common to broadcast we aren’t Christian by our actions; we see that in people all the time. Sometimes it’s hard to see a fake Christian, because without the benefit of a T-shirt displaying who they are, they easily hide behind their religious personification but on occasions they will let their guard down and we see the true person.
A T-shirt can be taken off; it can be changed to another message saying something totally different about that person. It takes Christ and the Holy Spirit to change a man or women and the true desire to want to be changed. The message we broadcast to the world by our actions tells them who we are and what we stand for, let that message be all about Christ that dwells within you.
Greetings to All:
Tomorrow we are to give thanks to God as a whole nation. We are to consider what we have been blessed with both as individuals and as a nation by our divine Father and give homage in recognition his omnipotence. This celebration will be carried out in homes, schools, churches; wherever a feast can be arranged. The nation will pause for one day and say, what?
Most will say thanks, but there is an ever growing crowed in our nation that say, “God isn’t real and what you people are giving me free of charge isn’t enough”. God isn’t a part of the equation any longer to many in our country; so, tomorrow is another great day to protest the achiever, camp out in the park and beat the drum chanting “the rich are selfish”.
The original Thanksgiving in this nation was approximately the year 1621, it came together after the Indians had help the remainder of the pilgrims, after they had survived a brutal winter where over half of their party had died. There wasn’t a single family that hadn’t been affected and they were grateful in ways we can’t fathom; they had barley survived starvation and the freezing weather.
This last year, we may have lost jobs, homes, retirements, we may have lost everything, but we still have our lives and loved ones. We still have freedoms and we still have a system that will feed us if we are hungry; it is more than many in other nations have but they thank their pagan gods even more devoutly than we thank our God for our abundance.
When we relegate the responsibility of protection, health, good harvest and our freedoms to our government, we have doomed ourselves as individuals and as a community into the hands of incompetent mortals. If we place these responsibilities back into the hands of the being that created them, we can begin to expect great blessings and miracles like the year of 1621. Thanking God and accepting God are synonymous; it requires both to have a great nation. In order to survive we must begin the return back to God as a nation or there won’t be many more days like tomorrow.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving
I’m not a historian by trade but I’ve delved into history somewhat and there is always the History Channel I can quote (chuckle). In the years leading up to WWII in Germany, many events transpired that brought about the war and the attitude of a nation willing to uniformly commit murder on a gigantic scale and look the other way during the fatal process. When a nation is down trodden, hungry and their national pride is broken, they search for solutions that can fix those feelings and bring back the good ole days, that is where Germany was in the late 1920’s. Germany got caught up in the promises of a smooth talking hope and change sociopath willing to barter their lives for power.
He did bring about a national recovery in Germany but built upon military expansionism.
Another thing he began doing was rationalizing away peoples lives. He began by killing the criminals and severely mentally ill justifying it by them being a burden on society, his tool National heath care. He continued to drive wedges into the fabric of society by class warfare piticurly singling out the Jewish population.
Murder wasn’t exclusively committed outside of mainstream society, at the apex of Hitler’s genocide; it happened to anyone found disagreeing with the national mantra. Why a history lesson in today’s Sabbath reminder? We learn from history, we look and see where history has lead us before. I look at the landscape today and I see a path that could be the years prior to WWII. I see division being created in the social classes, I see anti-Semitism, I see healthcare rationing on the horizon that could lead up to a death sentence for the elderly and mentally ill. I see slick talking politicians promising hope and change and delivering only misery and confusion. This path leads to destruction but there is another path, one that could lead to all the wonderful things we hope for but sadly, it’s not a path the world can see.
The path I’m referring to is Jesus Christ and the world he promises. It is there for us to see and walk on, once on it, we are protected no matter what happens on all the other roads that lead to destruction.
Greetings to all:
As I watch the morning news I am struck by the daily drumbeat concerning the GOP Presidential candidates. It seems every one of them has a serious flaw or two concerning their past. In some cases it hard to believe if the allegations charged against them are true or made up but all the same, the charges become attached in the most negative of ways.
So, we are left with choosing someone who is less than perfect solution to our seemingly endless national problems.
There is no excuse for wrongdoing, it doesn’t matter who you are even the President is suppose to be accountable. So, if we are to choose someone to lead us under these standards, why aren’t the standards the same for the current President.
I know we live in and imperfect world that becomes more evident everyday but why is bad behavior okay when some people to engage in it and not okay when others are only accused of bad behavior.
The truth is it seems; the most prolific lawbreakers are our lawmakers; the men and women we send to govern our nation exclude themselves from the laws that would put you and me into prison. It’s an imperfect world because imperfect people run it and it won’t change no matter who is President only Christ can change the attitudes of the people and Christ will, he promised. Don’t be left out of the promises of Christ, hold fast to your salvation and remember, it’s an imperfect world but with a soon coming perfect King.
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I was setting here drinking my coffee and pondering what I would put into the reminder this morning. I started by reading my e-mail, one was uplifting, so I stored it in a folder for future use. There were about 23 advertisements, some good and some not so good, (delete). Several were face book messages (delete) and a few were jokes and funny stories. One or two I will pass along the others (delete). I’ve come to the conclusions; I get entirely too much information from the outside world.
I get constant information at home, I get it at work, I get information on the radio between places in the car. If I’m not mad at what they are telling me; then, I’m scared or frustrated by the news. Someone is giving legal advice or selling me something. My mind was swirling in a circle thinking of all this stuff going on.
I stopped for just a minute turned away from the computer screen, it was silent in the house, and outside was a bird chirping away in the morning quite. I realized then, it was I who was letting all the noise in. We let the world affect us; we let it in with sound waves, and visual segments. All this is design to inform, entertain and supply us with our wants and desires but it also lets the world influence us and scare us into submission to the worldly concerns (delete).
Take a moment each day and listen in quite, that is where God is, listen to the creation of Christ, it won’t scare you or concern you but you will have a peace of mind.
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