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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Are Republicans Backing Away From Sarah Palin?

Kathleen Parker’s article, “The Palin Problem,” seems to represent the turning of some Republicans’ heads – away from Sarah Palin, that is. A few Republicans have recently been more critical of Palin’s qualifications. Parker writes:

“No one hates saying [this] more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted. . . .

“Only Palin can save McCain, her party and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.

“Do it for your country.”

Parker, a conservative, may be very sincere in her beliefs about Sarah Palin, but her view of the Republican candidate for Vice-President is seriously flawed.

First of all, considering the hostility of the media toward the candidate, Palin has handled their “gotcha” questions as well as can be expected. It is like a game of Trivial Pursuit with questions Obama and Biden could not answer and would never be asked.

Second, if she quits or is asked to step aside from the VP – McCain will lose the conservative vote and lose the election. Many people are only voting for John McCain because he put her on the ticket.

Pressure from Washington insiders is mounting against the McCain-Palin ticket because they are afraid of Palin’s reputation of being a “whistle blower.” She took on the Republican Party in Alaska and pointed out corruption where she found it. There are Democrats and Republicans in Washington who are afraid that she might influence a McCain Presidency to go after Washington corruption. Many in Washington, who are hoping for personal benefits from the economic bailout, certainly do not want a Washington “outsider” following the money trail.

The McCain campaign has been somewhat protective of Palin because of the viciousness of media and left-wing attacks against her and her family. Sarah, however, has more grit than they are giving her credit for. The best move the campaign could make is to turn her loose to make her own case to the American people.

Do You Want To Understand The Scriptures?

The Puritans believed that no discipline was so exacting, and no labor so rewarding as the interpretation of the scriptures. Their methods were very sound. Modern Christians would do well to walk in their steps when seeking to understand Scripture. J. I. Packer lists six questions the Puritans asked of each passage or text that they sought to understand:

1. What do these words actually mean?

2. What light do other scriptures throw on this text? Where and how does it fit into the total biblical revelation?

3. What truths does it teach about God, and man in relation to God?

4. How are these truths related to the saving work of Christ, and what light does the gospel of Christ throw upon them?

5. What experiences do these truths delineate, or explain, or seek to create or cure? For what principal purpose do they stand in scripture?

6. How do they apply to myself or others in our actual situation? To what present human condition do they speak, and what are they telling us to believe and do?

From: A Quest For Godliness, Puritan’s Vision of the Christian Life

Democrats Want Bailout Bill To Help Fund Political Left-Wing Group

According to The Politico, one objection of the House Republican leadership to the bailout bill is that it includes forcing tax payers “to bankroll a slush fund” for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACORN is considered to be a left-wing group that is an ally of the Democratic Party. It is controversial and has been involved in scandals – including “fraudulent voter registration activities on behalf of Democratic candidates.”

Why would an emergency economic bailout bill, which we are told is for the relief of the current business crisis, contain a provision giving money to a political group of community organizations? The Democrats appear to be only interested in how they can use the economic crisis to write a bailout bill that is focused on helping the Democrats rather than the nation.

This is another reason why I support term limits for US Senators and Congressmen. The American people are hurting and the people in Washington are more interested in the next election than developing an economic plan that would really work.

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