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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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Arthur Pink On The Sovereignty Of God

Arthur W. Pink

Quoting Arthur W. Pink:

Divine sovereignty is not the sovereignty of a tyrannical Despot, but the exercised pleasure of One who is infinitely wise and good! Because God is infinitely wise He cannot err, and because He is infinitely righteous He will not do wrong. Here then is the preciousness of this truth. The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good, my heart is made to rejoice.

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Only A Virtuous People Will Maintain Freedom

Benjamin Franklin

Quoting Benjamin Franklin (Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence):

[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. (Source: Benjamin Franklin, The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Jared Sparks, editor (Boston: Tappan, Whittemore and Mason, 1840), Vol. X, p. 297, April 17, 1787.)

An Opinion On Toy Guns

Rev. Brian M. Abshire is pastor of Highlands Reformed Church in Colbert, WA. His article below is one I can identify with and enjoy because of its insight into our culture, human nature, and human fears. I urge you to read the following:

As I write this, it is just a few days before Christmas. Last night, my wife laid out the presents she had bought for the kids. There were some clothes, a few games and several items that each of the children had put on their wish list. As I looked over the various gifts, I noticed that something was missing; NO toy guns!

Now I realize that we give presents in remembrance of the magi’s gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (symbolic of the Messiah’s kingly reign and suffering death). And yes, technically speaking, guns as Christmas toys may seem incongruous for celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace. But still, every year when I was a kid, Momma always made sure we boys always had our own little arsenal on Christmas morning.

My best memories of childhood growing up in a small village in rural Maine was playing “guns” with the other kids, re-enacting great battles from American history (or at least those aspects of American history we gleaned from John Wayne movies). And throughout the year, those toy guns were used to save Davey Crockett at the Alamo (a little revisionism granted but we were kids after all!), hold off the Indians until the Calvary arrived, storm the beaches at Normandy, or fight the wily Japanese on un-named Pacific Islands. For us, those toy guns were a symbol of brave men, fighting against incredible odds, to resist tyranny, preserve freedom, protect their families, and make America a great nation. . . .

But the reality is that guns today, both real ones and toy ones, are politically incorrect. The Powers that Be have determined that children shouldn’t play with toy guns. Play is an important part of a child’s development. Psychologists call this “modeling” wherein children learn to adopt the attitudes, behaviors and values of their peers and parents through play. Obviously then, “playing” with toy guns must be bad, because guns kill people!

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