Greetings: I was reading an article the other day about what makes a good leader. The article listed several characteristics needed in someone garnering to be a well-rounded leader. Some of those characteristics were as follows; number one, honesty. Honesty is the basis for gaining anyone’s trust, without it, you’re as dependable as rain in the summer time in Texas. An honest person obeys his or hers own rules and deals equally with each person regardless of whom they are. Winston Churchill said “It’s good to be truthful, but it helps to be right.” Number two: respect, they gain respect by being trustworthy and always puts the needs of the folks they’re over. They’re not haughty or arrogant towards those less fortunate than themselves. They see the potential for greatness not just in the company but in the people who comprise the company. Someone wrote “The man thinks he is God, and worships the creator”, that is exactly not how a good leader looks at themselves. Without the employees and the company, the leader is just another person. Why am I giving this information to you this morning, you may be asking. We have a nation that is being lead by men whose actions are dishonest and unscrupulous at best. At every turn of the radio dial or click of the channel selector, we hear different words of persuasion bidding for more votes. In the meantime, burying the truth of the last four years under lies and deflection of responsibility onto anyone or thing possible. The President of the United States integrity should be above reproach. His honesty should not be in question nor should he be deflecting accusations with legal maneuvers design to muddy the waters and making it unclear of his genuineness as a good leader. Where are the Washington’s, Jefferson’s, Madison’s, Lincolns, Churchill’s, I would be happy with another Regan right now. Regan’s timely emergence in the early eighties showed the differences between good and bad in leaders and brought us back from the edge of destruction, but we are there once more and no Regan in sight. We may be doomed to mediocrity or even worse in our future leaders, but it will be by divine direction whichever the way this nation goes, because of our choices as a people.
Greetings: Are the days of wine and roses gone forever in this nation? Are we destined to being a third world nation because we can’t pay our national debt? Many well-known economist say that is exactly where we are headed if our policies don’t change and they are say it may already be too late. A few are predicting an economic meltdown within a few months or years, warning folks to prepare for depression worst than the 1930’s. There are articles in abundance exclaiming one disaster or another will be the trigger setting in motion the domino effect leading to super inflation of our economy. An attack with Iran is said will cause gas prices to explode to heights of $10.00 per gallon. The threat a race riot caused by a decision finding George Zimmerman not guilty of 2nd degree murder hangs in the balance. A major riot would in affect shut down many major cities causing untold damage having a devastating affect on our economy. Natural disasters are another threat, its unbelievable the amount of twisters occurring across our nation. Each year it seems there are more and more tornados’s, becoming more deadly as well as causing incredible damage to homes and cities, putting huge amounts of pressure on the disaster relief organizations financially. Another article I read just the other day stated the Pacific ring of fire was coming to life once more. We are told we would be seeing more and more earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the future and sure enough; there was a story Friday where Mexico has had a volcanic eruption near Mexico City. The west coast of the US has a monster size target zeroed in and has for years predicted a major earthquake will hit LA or San Francisco, is this about to occur? How will we handle the days too come, how will we deal with each other and where will we go? Answers to these questions are not easy to give; most folks don’t want to contemplate scenarios of them in dire need but it could happen to any of us or God forbid, all of us get ready for the days ahead, you life may depend on it.
I keep hearing the word fairness being used by our President when describing his plan to raise taxes on those that make more than a million dollars a year. Fairness is a word that hardly describes what he accurately wants to do in my humble opinion. Fairness would imply everyone pays the same, but that isn’t the case and everyone knows it. Those that create jobs, invest money into businesses, build corporations, pays more taxes in many different ways, not just in income. When did someone who is on welfare, having five kids and a live-in bum, do any of these things? The answer is never, take millionaires ability away from creating jobs in the form of higher taxes, because the administration thinks its fair. Higher taxes will only succeed in doing one thing. It will create more welfare recipients and more of those depending upon Uncle Sam for their livelihood.
I have a few suggestions for our President on fairness while we are on the subject. Why not, in the name of fairness, demand the prosecution of the new black panthers for voter intimidation and putting bounties on the heads of citizens. Fairness should mean, we can make our own choices in our own healthcare. Fairness would imply, you will bend towards the constitution in your decisions and not deny its authority. Fairness would mean, you will resign from your office because of your disqualifications: you’re not a natural born citizen, you’ve broken the law in numerous accounts and oh yea, you lied!
See, I have an idea as to what is fair and I think mine is better than the Presidents ideas, but I do have one more suggestion. In the name of fairness, get the bums off welfare that can work and drug test the rest and in the meantime, lower everyone else’s taxes.
If that isn’t fair, then quit demanding I take a drug test every time I apply for and get a job! Fair isn’t a word I suggest the President use any longer, it just doesn’t come out of his mouth in the right way.
You ever heard the expression, “you can attract more bees with honey than with vinegar”.
It’s an expression used when someone needs something from someone else and they are not sure if the person on the giving end is agreeable to the deal. So, a little sugar in the attitude hopefully will cause the focus of your attention to take a different look at you, instantly showering you with your wishes. This course may work sometimes, but the instant you revert back to your old grumpy self, they begin to realize you were a fake.
What we are getting with the current administration is an overdose of honey and sugar laden with freedom diluting vinegar. We are promised everything under the sun, never a worry again in our lives. Uncle Sam will be there for our every need for the price of our freedoms. The problem with attracting bees with honey, bees sting to protect their food source and will sacrifice their lives to gain more. Our government will sting this nation into submission with regulations and more laws to protect its ever-increasing power and won’t relent easily.
Put your trust in the only good government, that government is Christ, his words, his truth and you’ll never be stung again.
As the Days of Unleavened Beard descend upon Gods people showing the need to remove sin from our lives and replace it with Jesus Christ. It’s become clear as water; the world isn’t interested in removing the cancers of society that has plagued even the purest of the world’s religions. Sin has become watered down so the best of people will swallow it without gagging at its harshness. It’s become so common, it’s like bread on the local grocery shelf, you expect it to be there, and the world demands it to be there.
Sin is the preferred elixir of satan; he knows the world desires its taste.
They once kept secret the cravings for the vileness of sin but in today’s society and its new religion of openness one can experience any type of degradation without so much as a frown from the pulpit.
Mainstream religions rant against sin but replace the sin they denigrate with greater abominations of their imaginations and call their unholy crafts symbols of God. Children are instructed in everything unholy and rarely given God as an alternative lifestyle. Symbols of the true God are shunned by the whole world as something that is dangerous for them to view, as if they may instantly explode into flames if they look upon them. The Ten Commandments aren’t commands any longer, just ten suggestions.
The next seven days we are to take in Christ in the form of unleavened bread and remember sin has no place in God’s people or their lives. It represents the total removal of sin and the total immersion into Gods kingdom. It’s a good practice in God’s instructions and they can be found in the Bible, you know that book that sits in your house and is rarely opened.
God’s people know its location and will be rehearsing the Holy Days of God until he returns. Be one of Gods people and rejoice in the opportunity to worship the true and living God.
The time for holy day preparations is at hand, Passover is tomorrow night, and the first day of unleavened bread is this coming Sabbath. Our houses and personal lives should be cleared from the leavening of this world by now or very soon at least. These days are full of meaning and are a rehearsal of times and events that will come to God’s people somewhere in the distant future. Keeping them and understanding them is symbolic of our desire to be a part of the Kingdom of God and his plan.
Holy Days are a blessing we share with each other; it is a time of communion, joy and wonderful fellowship. The atmosphere is warm and exciting as the first gathering of the year unfolds. It marks the beginning of a journey we take yearly as individuals and as a group through the tough and eventful passages of life, culminating in a weeklong celebration in a place God has chosen.
Thursday evening is the first of those gatherings; before the journey begins, we must be reminded of the covenant we are a part of. The memorial of the New covenant we all signed with Christ is represented by a meal of unleavened bread and wine. We as his people must be ready and we must be prepared and we must be serious about our commitment with God.
God bless each and every one of you.