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God Bless America

Posted: May 29th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense, Political | Comments

The price that good people pay for doing the right and necessary things and the rewards received (if any) rarely balance out.  This applies equally to the secular and sacred faces of our lives.  With either faith or honor lighting our path, somebody will eventually receive just rewards.  However, when we can successfully blend honor with faith, we can begin to realize; 1) our place in God’s master plan, and 2) the complete definition of grace, along with the pinnacle value of rewards.  Until that time we are operating under our own or someone else’s rules, where the price paid may be everything we have but the reward received has long term meaning and value only to others.  This does not diminish the sacrificial hero in any way, but it does cast a frowning light over beneficiaries who’ve forgotten the meaning behind a very specific holiday celebration. Millions of Americans have offered their lives, for us to enjoy the privileges taken for granted today.

On this (Memorial) holiday, we should think deeply about the price paid by some, for the freedoms of others.  In a very human way, Memorial Day is like a secular Easter. Our brave, sacrificial soldiers, made a choice, to pay the price of our freedom for us.  To a Christian, this has a very familiar ring to it.  John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends“. For soldiers this is love of his or her nation, but for the Christian soldier, it is for both love of God and for the one “nation, under God (1954-present) indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” For those of you who believe that our nation’s courts had gone spiritually blind, the words “under God” were added to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 and were almost immediately challenged, by citizens. exercising those “freedoms” .  Fortunately, God’s merits, were upheld on March 11, 2010, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and again on November 12, 2010, when in a unanimous decision, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston affirmed a ruling made by a New Hampshire lower federal court, which had found that the pledge’s reference to “under God,” doesn’t violate any civil rights.  Yes God does and should hold the most prominent place in our daily lives and does calls upon his children to wage war against evil. On this day, once each year, we honor those men and women who pledged allegiance to this nation under God and then payed the ultimate price for their allegiance.  God bless America and her lost and injured soldiers.

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It’s OK, I’m Good! Really?

Posted: May 28th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

“Utterly amazed they asked: ‘Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans’?  Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language“? (Acts 2:7,8).  Undoubtedly today, somebody would conclude on hearing such a story, that it must be the result of a really great new app.  Not so, not so.  But on the other hand, we could think, wow this is the result of a really great message, which is simply (from Acts 2:21),… read more

$omething’s Wrong

Posted: May 27th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

My family  wasn’t rich but my siblings and I were warm, raised in a sound shelter and offered 3 meals a day. We thought nothing extra of our little place in a world too large for us to consider.  The greatest gift we have is life.  Our most precious commodity is time.  Our most sought after treasure is love.  The final measures of a life are godliness and service.  A common prayer is for good health.  The most precious and… read more

When I’m Afraid

Posted: May 26th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense, prosperity | Comments (3)

Psalms 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will trust in you“.  This of course refers to the love, power and wisdom of the Lord, not to any other mortal, not to any place, judgement or action and not to or from any objects.  Oddly enough, such trust is too often our approach of last resort.  With each first fear, we reactively do what has become natural for us.  We first lean upon our tangible resources, in an effort to resolve… read more

Societies Without God?

Posted: May 25th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense, Political | Comments (1)

On March 4, 1789, representatives of the people of the U.S., added several clarifying restrictions to a new Constitution.  These restrictions were intended to prevent abuses from being imposed on people by their government.  These are called a Bill of Rights.  The first of these amendments, reads as follows:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” This part of the first Amendment has been commonly termed, our separation between church… read more

30 Something Expectations

Posted: May 24th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

It’s a fact that the United States is  the most consumptive nation in the world.  For several generations, we were also the most productive nation in the world.  Notice the references to “is” and “was”.  This is not a byproduct of macroeconomics, quite the contrary, macroeconomics is the result of our gluttonous appetite and expectational attitudes.  Here’s a memory not found in anyone under the age of thirty.  Thirty-something years ago, when Detroit auto workers were considering a labor strike,… read more

Thank You Lord

Posted: May 22nd, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Fortunately, tribulation hysteria only manifests itself in a noticeable way every decade or so.  People with a deep rooted spiritual background know that this will happen, but will be when we least expect it.  The answer is to be ready now. With that in mind, this is how I shall try to approach each day.  It’s not carpe diem or live every moment like it’s your last.  It’s not liquidation accounting, and it’s surely not a bucket list.  It will… read more

Blueprint For Life

Posted: May 21st, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

God gave us the blueprints, foundation stones, a keystone and the capstone necessary to build our existence according to His master project plan. This is the very same operating manual which parents use or try to in raising self sufficient children.  Our blueprint is the bible, incorporating all of the necessary details to build upon.  The bible is our societal education.  Even non-believers are held accountable to these guidelines, since most laws are based on biblical principles and teachings.  Our… read more

A Door Opened Wider

Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Some people often recall dreaming and others rarely.  If you’re like most of us, your dreams often reflect the last experience or conscious thoughts you had before sleep.  Experts estimate that during a typical lifespan, a person spends about 6 years dreaming, approximately two hours a night. The bible references dreams no less than thirty five times, including dreams of prophecy, dreams where God speaks to the dreamer, dreams of; angels, visions and warnings.  When dreaming, our conscious mind is… read more

Christian, Label or Life?

Posted: May 19th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

  We recently took a trip to visit with some friends.  They were eager to introduce us to some of their other friends.  Each individual was introduced to us in the following manner; 1) their names, 2) their professions, and in some cases 3) their hobbies.  That breaks down for me as label, label and some interests.  That’s not really what intrigues me about people. I guess it really doesn’t matter anymore what somebody does or is, but I do… read more