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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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All Cog And No Machine

Quoting columnist Debra Saunders:

“In modern America, everything is so complicated that we can’t get simple things done. When you look at government — the criminal justice system, the courts, the federal budget — engines that used to work smoothly now are sputtering. They’re all cog, no machine. That’s why so many Americans are angry at the system — it’s all check, no balance.”

A Man’s Legacy To His Country

“St. Crispin’s Day Speech” By: William Shakespeare:

WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

KING. What’s he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.’
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Muppet Existentialism In Song?

Do We Really Want Canadian Health Care In The US?

They Are Simply Missing Out

Quoting A. N. Wilson:

“When I think about atheist friends, including my father, they seem to me like people who have no ear for music, or who have never been in love. It is not that (as they believe) they have rumbled the tremendous fraud of religion – prophets do that in every generation. Rather, these unbelievers are simply missing out on something that is not difficult to grasp. Perhaps it is too obvious to understand; obvious, as lovers feel it was obvious that they should have come together, or obvious as the final resolution of a fugue.”

Out-Of-Wedlock Births Increase

Nearly 40 percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 were delivered by unwed mothers, according to data released last month by the National Center for Health Statistics. The 1.7 million out-of-wedlock births, of 4.3 million total births, marked a more than 25 percent jump from five years before.

Tax And Spend Rap

Art Linkletter And The Kids

An American Christian Perspective

Shifting The Economic Blame

Without a doubt secular progressive Democrats lied before, during, and after the total collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They refused to face the truth regarding the inefficiency and insolvency of Fannie and Freddie’s operations. Democrats blocked regulatory correction and are now trying to shift the blame and responsibility on to former President Bush as well as the Republican Party as whole.

Ramos And Compean To Be Set Free

We rejoice with their families that this miscarriage of justice will soon be over.

Rush Limbaugh Interviews Ann Coulter

Are You Guilty Of Limiting God?

holy-spirit“With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

Do you and your church give the impression to the world that with God all things are possible? Is it possible that your example tends to limit God in the eyes of other people? Have you never picked up a biography of one of the old saints of God and been astounded by what God accomplished through just one life committed to His service?

If you read the New Testament at all, you must see very clearly the power of God through Christian men and women. This is all elaborated upon in the books of the New Testament very clearly. The writers were constantly exhorting others to be conformed to the pattern of life that grace had made possible to them. Christians should not hesitate to ask themselves if they are conforming to this pattern or if they may be limiting what is possible in their lives.

Is communion with God real to you? Do you have a consciousness of the presence of God. This is meant to be a wonderful blessing to the Christian. Many know nothing of this because they have limited God’s work in their lives.

Do you delight in God and in His commandments? The Christian does because God has enlightened his mind so that he is no longer willing to live in darkness. There are, however, those who limit God by giving the impression that the Christian life is all about duty and fear. Christians should delight in the law of God.

A Christian must always beware of self-confidence and self-satisfaction. We have not arrived! We must never believe that man can organize the church of Christ better than the Holy Spirit can. When Christians begin to think this way, they cut off the flow of the blessings of God. God desires to bless the humble heart. If you hold on to Jesus Christ and trust in His strength to save, all things are indeed possible.

“Beyond Our Grasp”

Quoting C. S. Lewis:

“The next moment is as much beyond our grasp, and as much in God’s care, as that a hundred years away. Care for the next minute is as foolish as care for a day in the next thousand years. In neither can we do anything, in both God is doing everything.”

The Election Was More Like A Season Of American Idol!

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A very large percentage of Americans are no longer interested in the facts when it comes to voting for candidates in elections. It has actually come down to desiring to have the appearance of being educated and enlightened. Secular progressive liberals have successfully portrayed themselves as the “in-crowd” when it comes to education and enlightenment. Therefore, by voting with the secular progressive left, one achieves instant intellectual status. You do not have to have a college degree or even be knowledgeable of the American political process and current national and international affairs. You simply find out who the Hollywood stars are voting for and vote the same way. Voila! You are an enlightened member of the elite.

Consider our recent national elections. John Ziegler, a talk show host, commissioned John Zogby to do a poll testing the knowledge of more than 500 Obama voters nationwide after the election. Almost all those surveyed had high school diplomas and over 50% had college degrees. The post election survey gauged Obama supporters’ knowledge of statements and incidents associated with the recent presidential campaign.

Some examples to consider are: 57% of Obama supporters could not name the party that controlled Congress. 88% had not heard that Obama said his policies would bankrupt the coal industry. 56% did not know that Obama started his political career at the home of two former domestic terrorists. 72% did not know that Joe Biden dropped out of a previous campaign due to plagiarism.

Amazingly, however, 94% knew Sarah Palin had a pregnant teenage daughter. 86% knew Sarah Palin had received $150,000 in clothes. 87% said that Sarah Palin stated she could see Russia from her house when, in fact, Tiny Fey of Saturday Night Live made that statement. But, who’s interested in the facts?

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