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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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The Washington Two-Step

economicterrorismFrom: The Desk Of Gary Bauer

[The recent] Capitol Hill “show trial” of AIG chief executive Edward Liddy was disgusting. Of all the people in the hearing room, Liddy was the least responsible for the bonus fiasco. Liddy was asked by the feds to run AIG last fall. He works for a dollar a year. He basically took the job to help our country. Yet the finger-pointing politicians in the committee room were the same politicians who, along with the White House, rammed through the “stimulus” bill without allowing enough time to read the details – and now a $165 million “detail” has come back to bite them.

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) [has] admitted that he removed a provision from the bill that would have addressed the bonuses. And he did so after receiving a request from the Obama Administration! This admission comes after Dodd’s unequivocal denial that he had anything to do with it. And here’s something else you should know . . . Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) promising to punish AIG for the bonuses. In his letter, Geithner wrote that AIG will have to pay back to the Treasury “the amount of the retention awards just paid.” And, “In addition, we will deduct from the $30 billion in assistance an amount equal to the amount of those payments.”

Don’t miss what has happened here. This administration and its liberal allies in Congress approved of the AIG contracts and protected them legally in the “stimulus” bill, and now they are going to “fine” AIG for obeying the law they wrote. That’s Washington at its worst! But rather than admit they caused the bonus problem, Obama and his liberal allies went back to the strategy that has worked so well so far – attack business, Wall Street, executives and fan the flames of class warfare.

President Obama did his best imitation . . . of a Latin American demagogue, telling a campaign rally in California that families earning more than $250,000 a year “can afford” his tax hikes. “It’s not like suddenly they’re going to have to go to the poor house. But what that does is it allows us to pay for health care…” Translation: Anyone who fights against higher taxes doesn’t care about the sick and suffering. For anyone falling for this, consider this fact. If you are a family of four living in New York, California or a lot of other high tax states and you earn $250,000, after state, local and federal income, sales and property taxes, you are fortunate to have $125,000 left BEFORE Obama raises your taxes. Does anyone think those “rich” people are why we are in trouble today? British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once rightly observed, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That’s one lesson Washington liberals refuse to learn.

On The General Resurrection

Quoting John Hart:

[T]hanks be given unto Almighty God therefore, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die and after that the judgment [Hebrews 9:27] . . . principally, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner . . . to receive the same again at the general resurrection by the mighty power of God. (Judge, Signer of the Declaration, Legislator)

Elementary Thoughts: Selfishness – Part 2

principalChildren require a major investment of our time and effort. Their welfare often requires us to make sacrifices. Sacrifices are often painful. It is even more painful when you are use to the media and your friends telling you that you have a right to the instant gratification of your desires and whims. We are told over and over again to look out for “number one.” When offered choices, and faced with the seemingly unrelenting needs of a child, modern adults will look for the easy way out. The Lord’s heritage is often considered much less desirable than a new BMW or even a “night out on the town.”

Mark 10:13 tells us the story of parents who were bringing their little children to Christ. The parents simply wanted their children to be touched by the Master’s hand. They were seeking a blessing for their children. When the disciples saw what the people were doing they became upset. They rebuked the parents for bothering Jesus and wasting His valuable time with children. The disciples had their own personal agendas of what was important and how Jesus should be spending His time. Jesus, however, became indignant with His disciples’ actions. He rebuked them. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them…”

Jesus placed importance upon children. He was more than willing to share His time and Himself with them. In Matthew 18:5, Jesus even equates the action of welcoming a little child to receiving Him. In verse ten of that same chapter, we are told in no uncertain terms not to “… look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Mark 10:16 demonstrates the attitude of our Lord as we see Him gather children in His arms in order to bless them. In the economy of the Kingdom of God, children have great value.

Many modern couples, however, believe that the “good life” is best represented by a “Double Income, No Kids” philosophy. Few of their early goals in life actually include the possibility of children. Therefore, when the unforeseen and the unplanned occurs, as often happens in life, they look for options which will cause the least interruption to their present agenda. We are a very pragmatic society. This is why so many people see abortion as only another means of birth control. This is why the most dangerous place for a human being to be, in America today, is in a mother’s womb. (Continued Monday)

Fred Thompson On The Interrogation Of Terror Suspects

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presses the case for creation of a special “truth commission” to investigate the interrogation of terror suspects during the Bush administration, former US Senator Fred Thompson takes President Obama to task for playing politics with national security.

The World’s Best Book

John Adams

John Adams

Quoting John Adams:

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Utopia – what a Paradise would this region be!

I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world. (Second President of the US)

A Plea for Heart Devotions and Head Study

John Piper

John Piper

Quoting John Piper:

This is a plea that all of you would build into your lives both personal devotions and purposeful study of God’s word.

Both:

Daily prayerful meditation seeking personal application of God’s word to your own heart and life.

And:

Regular study in a class or with a book where the (living or dead) teacher has seen more than you have and can give you insight in 30 minutes that might otherwise take you ten years to see.

The reason I plead for both is that without a book or a class about what some part of the Bible means and a teacher who is ahead of you, your devotions will probably flatten out at a low level of insight.

Year after year you will go over the same biblical ground and find it as perplexing as before. There will be little advance in understanding. This will tend to take the heart out of devotional reading, because the lack of growth cannot sustain the joy.

Seek out preaching, books, and classes which take you further in grasping what various books and texts in the Bible mean.

Gore: The Man In Green

planetgoreFrom: The Pen of Ernest Istook

The greenest part of Earth Day is not the planet. It’s the money at stake as Congress focuses this week on climate legislation.

Al Gore’s appearance will be the climax of multiple hearings in Congress, as he supports the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, also called “cap-and-trade,” “cap-and-tax,” or “carbon tax.”

Gore qualifies as a man of green – not only because of his politics, but because his environmentalism has made him a multimillionaire. He’s not alone – tens of billions of government subsidies have greatly profited many.

Someone must pay. The green agenda packs a double wallop in the wallet. Taxpayers are hard hit to pay for the subsidies, plus everyone is hit by higher energy prices caused by energy taxes and regulations.

Read more. . . .

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