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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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Then And Now: The Public Trough

Remember when Democrats lamented the growing budget deficit and spoke of the burden our children and grandchildren would face if we didn’t put our fiscal house in order? That was when Republicans ran the federal government and Democrats opposed tax cuts. Now that Democrats are about to be in charge, concern about the deficit has disappeared and spending plans proliferate, even though the national debt passed $10 trillion in September and we added another $500 billion last month.

The latest, but by no means the last supplicant at the public trough, is the auto industry, which wants a bailout to save jobs because its cars are not selling. There is a reason for that and it can be summed up in five words: The United Auto Workers Union (UAW).

Half of the $50 billion the auto industry wants is for health care for its current and retired employees. This is the result of increasing UAW demands, strikes and threats of strikes unless health care and pension benefits were regularly increased. . . .

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A Moment With Charles Spurgeon

People who have no brains are always great persons; but those who think, must think their pride away, if God is with them in their thinking.

Benjamin Franklin: On Jesus Of Nazareth

benjamin_franklin“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.” (Signer of the Declaration and the Constitution, Diplomat, Printer, Scientist)

Got Assurance?

cross-shadow-on-manger-743969One of the great struggles of the Christian life is that God has called us to holy living. We are to pursue this sanctification or holiness as our great quest in life.
Together, in the body of Christ, we are to strive to help one another in this pursuit for peace and holiness. Christians have a responsibility to one another to strengthen others among us who despair of finding this peace and holiness.

How does this take place? How can we encourage one another? We find solace in our covenant-keeping God. Through Jesus Christ, He has been made known unto us. God’s elect will have great joy in His presence. We have the promise of redemption and unending joy in the household of God with all the other saints.

Fix your eyes on Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of our faith. Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant and has shed his blood for us. His precious gift provides us with unlimited access to God. We will be participants in the kingdom of God because Christ has given us rest in His righteousness. Therefore, we can offer our bodies in gratitude to Christ with acceptable holy service that glorifies our Creator. Because of this assurance, we can encourage one another to press on.

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