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2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

There is one thing that we can do, one ally we have which is more powerful than all others.  In Christ, we hold the ability to go before our Heavenly Father, to seek Him, to find His comfort, His forgiveness, His healing and His comfort.  In life’s struggles, in the battles that rage around us, He remains as close as we allow Him to be.  While it seems that the nation has forgotten Him, many of us have not.  We need to turn collectively to Him, to seek His hand in this hour.

Mike Huckabee recently stated, “We don’t have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. And since we’ve ordered God out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations, you know we really shouldn’t act so surprised… when all hell breaks loose.”

First off, he is right.  Secondly, the ugly response to his comment is telling of a people who have forsaken their first love, a people who need revival, who need God in our lives and our communities.

John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion (Biblical Christianity). Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious (Christian) people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Government today seeks power to contend with human passions that are not constrained by Christian morality.  The solution to our crisis, individually and collectively, is to repent and turn toward God.  There is not a single problem we face today that does not find its solution in Him.

We need God!

I’m asking all of you to start a fire, to mark Sunday, August 19th as a day that we will join collectively in prayer for revival and healing in these United States.  Blog about it, promote it, spread the idea, and start a fire!  Do not surrender to the tides of darkness, but let us turn to Him, our Father, our Creator, and seek His strength to turn the tides that pull us deeper into the abyss.  We will not give up, we will not go down without a fight, and in our fight let us cling to our Lord, our Father, our God!  As we join together in prayer, we will be heard, for we are His children.  Will we surrender so much for so little, or seek salvation, renewal and healing from our heavenly Father?

Our love for one another, and for our nation demand it.  If our children were injured, we would pray.  This is their future.  This is our home.  I will be praying on that day.  Join me in agreement.  PRAY!  Let’s join together, and know that as we seek Him, He IS there!

 August 19th, 2012!  Prayer for Revival and Healing!

Just Thinkin’

The price of meat (and everything else going up) is sure going to put a damper on any weekend BBQs.  It’s a shame.  I’m a huge fan of the family BBQ.  Some of the best memories are made over the summer, chomping down hamburgers, tossing the ball, and getting wet by the shore.  Somehow we’re suppose to believe that the economy is recovering.  Makes me wonder just how long a recession is supposed to last, but given a lack of leadership and moral conviction, it may well be a very long summer.

Recession… and when exactly do they call it a Depression?!  Wait, they’re saving that word for a Republican White House.

Reading over some news today and saw that teen unemployment is extremely high.  It’s not surprising given the economy and the influx of those “taking jobs Americans won’t do”, but it is unfortunate.  Teens need those jobs to learn about responsibility and life.  It is part of becoming an adult, and isn’t that what we are supposed to do?  Help our children become adults?  Encourage them to take on greater and greater responsibility?  Then again, I’m sure that’s now considered abuse.

Seems to me the real abuse is preparing our children to live in a world that doesn’t exist.  Isn’t that what they do in our schools?  Sure, the might get offended by a USMC shirt, but I’m offended by their failure to fulfill their most fundamental task.  They’re arresting parents for kids not going to school, not because they care about the kids, but because they’re broke. They created all of these administrative jobs that make huge salaries.  They left less for the students, but they feel they own them.  It wouldn’t be so objectionable if the children were more than cash cows to fund bloated pensions and administrative budgets.  They don’t want God taught in the public schools, but they sure have a mighty high opinion of themselves.

I’m a big fan of home schooling for those who can do it.

There isn’t much government does well.  I’m not an anarchist, but I am a huge fan of the Constitutional Republic and freedom.  While fascism might make the trains run on time, seems to me that good ol’ American freedom and values did exactly that not so long ago.  We did pretty well in fact.  Socialism might promise to provide for the masses, but somehow the masses were provided for back when we valued things like people over government.  God and family had a place in our nation, and the idea that faith should somehow be divorced from life was recognized as the pure stupidity it is.  Neighbor actually ment something, and people weren’t afraid to help a stranger on the side of the road.

We were, after all, Americans.

Random Thought

 

Back in Texas again, which is not bad considering I love this state.  I’d be more than happy to call it home.  I was talking to a friend earlier and mentioned where I was.  He said the Lone Star State should start calling itself the Lone Moral State!  I’m not sure I’d go that far, but sometimes it sure seems heading that direction.  Given the tug of war between those who wish to redefine our nation and those who see greatness in our culture and values it’s very hard to say where it will all lead.  I do know that the latter are not going to surrender, and for that I am very glad.

I’ve thought a lot today about that “redefining” and I can not figure it out.  Sure they can turn heroes into villains in our public schools, and rewrite history in an attempt to void out the reality, but it doesn’t take much to see that we were a better people, a blessed and powerful people, when we held to our Christian values.  And yes, contrary to the effort to erase that heritage, it remains in the pages, documents, and momentos of the past.

Barrack Hussain Obama declared that we are NOT a Christian nation.  Of course many before him recognized that we are Christian nation, that those values were essential to our identity as a people.  It is those values that made us great, that shaped our views and pushed us forward through the hard times, ever pressing toward an ideal that we knew was unobtainable, but desirable all the same.  In those ideals, we were a better people, and we were a nation blessed abundantly by God.  We didn’t have a state church, not all Americans were Christians, but it was (and dare I say is) the foundation upon which our constitutional republic was built.

I wish that world view was far more common today.

For example, equality in the United States was born not out of the concept that all are entitled to riches, but rather born out of a more humble place.  It was born out of the fact that we are all imperfect, we are all sinners, and salvation is gained not by our glory, but in Christ.  It by grace through faith.  There is no pride, there is no boasting.  Out of that humility it is easy to forgive the shortcomings of others, and to see others as your brothers and sisters, others created in the image and likeness of the creator.

Humility is lost because we fail to recognize our true state.  Pride only serves to further divide.  It is pride that demands churches conform to their world view, that is offended by truth.  It is pride that seeks to elevate self above all else, and set self up on a throne that belongs to God.  It is pride that seeks to silence the very faith that is our foundation, a faith that is distorted and attacked by those who declare good is evil.  It is that same pride that seeks the politicians will over the masses and demands conformity to a false ideal.

There is more, so much more to all of this.  It is true we have not acted perfectly.  It is true some very horrible things were done by the United States.  Our President is busy telling everyone how sorry we are too.  Yet, it remains that our greatness is defined in our Christian heritage, and in the values that have more than proven their worth.  Our hope is in a return to an understanding of truth, not based upon vanity that seeks to esteem self over all else, but truth based on an understanding of who we are, in God, with humility and reverence.

Just my random thought of the day!  Y’all take care and God bless!!!

Psalm 9:15

A blogging friend of mine from way back in the Xanga days shared this on her facebook.  Kelly Stevens shared this from an email she received from Calvary Chapel Phoenix, and this nailed it!  I hope y’all read and I’d love to read your thoughts on this as well.

Psalm 9:15

“The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made;” Psalm 9:15a, NASB

I don’t know what better commentary there could be on the world right now than this verse. The nations have literally sunk into a pit! Our nation is far from what it was even fifteen years ago in terms of morality.

Television offers scores of channels which have desensitized us to violence and sexual immorality.

Life has been devalued to the point that late-term abortions are performed and it is now acceptable to kill a child while it’s being born.

It will not be long and the same devaluation of life that has been placed on the innocent unborn will be applied to the elderly and disabled.

While men and women gorge themselves on Internet pornography, family life has disintegrated to the point that over fifty percent of children live in homes without a father.

Without a moral compass, once righteous, free nations will lose political discernment and fall prey to the power of enemies hell-bent on their subjection or destruction.

Yet, those who dare raise a voice of warning or dissent are marginalized or demonized.

The Bible warns that the pit the nations have dug, they will fall into and this will be the undoing of our society.

There is a moral line, after which a civilization passes, that will cause it to self-destruct. We must realize God‘s judgment is often poured out silently. He gives a society over to its evil desires and it cannibalizes itself. It sinks down into the pit it has dug.

As the pit is dug deeper, the window of escape narrows until there is no possibility of turning back, in the will of God, consequences begin to march the society and/or the civilization to destruction.

What can we do? We can continue to make our voice heard and resist growing callous to sin. We must stay hot-hearted in our love and devotion to our Lord Jesus and take strong, courageous stands for the truth. We must gather together to pray. And we must pray, and when we have prayed, we must pray and pray more.

The Lord promises:

“…if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

HOPE!

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To a nation desperate for hope, there is only one true source of Hope! There is only one who can make it right, only one who can save us. It is Christ, and He alone!

Obama’s Zimmerman problem – HUMAN EVENTS

God save me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.

    
That thought must be coursing through the mind of President Obama right now as his White House rigs for silent running in the murder trial of George Zimmerman.
    
Obama foolishly inserted himself into this volatile case weeks ago, and injected the issue of race. Expressing empathy with the family of Trayvon Martin, Obama flashed a signal of racial solidarity:
    
“If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” 
    
Obama also implied that he shares the liberal perspective that America is a country where black kids must walk in daily fear of white racist vigilantes. 
    
“All of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.” 
    
Translation: The death of Trayvon tells us something is wrong with America.
    
To most Americans, this is a slander against their country, refuted by the statistics on interracial crime. Obama, however, buys into it.

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Obama’s Zimmerman problem – HUMAN EVENTS.

Smile When You Say That…

It’s not my job to judge.

It’s my hobby.

 

On a run right now from Los Angeles to NYC which takes me through some of my favorite areas which some people call fly over states.  Personally I’d be just fine avoiding L.A. and N.Y.C. and staying in all those other areas that are generally ignored by those in the big cities.  Coming off of some time at home reminds me of how much I miss my wife and kids, but I know I am out here for a reason.  God will take care of the rest in His time.

As for that picture, that’s chicken fried steak, or what people in those fly over states call dinner, and it is some good eatin’!  No, it isn’t chicken.

Been reading all of your blogs and comments while out here, and keeping up on the news.  For the former, a sincere thank you!  I love what y’all write about and keeping everyone up on what is going on.  I also love your comments and interactions.  Haven’t been here long but real glad I found this place.  No, I’m not a Harvard professor, but I’m of the opinion that a Harvard education is over-rated.  Could do a few blogs on that topic alone.  Hard to believe it was a Christian university once upon a time.

I actually did go to college.  A real Christian university no less.  I am just a few units shy of my degree, and that all lower division.  I don’t know that I ever will finish.  At one point I wanted to teach, and write.  Not a good time to get into teaching now, and at this point I’m not sure that I’d even want to.

As for writing, I’m doing that here.  I absolutely enjoy it, and it is good to connect with people and exchange ideas.  I need to learn more about WordPress and download office so I can write things out before I come on here.  I prefer it that way.  Gives it a little more polish, and if y’all are willing to check out what I put up, I want to honor your time with some effort to make it worth while.  This post excluded, however any suggestions on WordPress or in general are greatly appreciated!

The Conservative Hillbilly made my day today.  Check out his post here.  His post is dead on.  Could not agree more, and thank you brother for mentioning me.  I am honored.  Pass you a frosty one any time!

Fixin’ to turn in for the night.  It’s been a pretty good day, and again, thank you all for your time, your comments, and your subscriptions.

 

Church and State

I find it strange that a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 would lead to the establishment clause, or the Separation of Church and State.  It was not an official document, it was a letter.  Much like the poem on the Statue of Liberty, somehow this became secular dogma.

Jefferson believed that our nation, unlike almost every other nation on earth, should not have an official church.  His intention was to assure the Baptists that as the Constitution states, they have freedom OF religion.  The government should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

To state that somehow Jefferson believed that faith was to be divorced from the person, or that public appeals to God were to be banished, is a gross misrepresentation.  He used an appeal to our common faith in the Declaration of Independence, a document which, unlike his letter, is a foundational document agreed upon by the Continental Congress.

The battle over the concept of Freedom OF Religion vs. Freedom FROM Religion rages today.  Does faith hold a place in public life?  If faith is real, it is part of who they are on every level.

A person can separate their civic duties from their religious convictions.  Any assumption otherwise, especially as people of faith and various denominations have demonstrated their civic convictions and abilities, reflects a tremendous bigotry.

It is these same bigots that scream the loudest about the separation of Church and State, who fight to remove God and faith from all public display.  They are the same who applaud loudest when Obama moved to directly attack the faith of Roman Catholics with the weight of Federal mandate.  The hypocrisy is glaringly clear.

Rick Santorum or any political figure can’t speak to his fellow believers on matters of a common faith without raising a red flag.  He can’t hold personal religious convictions without having his faith ridiculed and being declared unfit, not because of his political stances, but because of his faith.

However, Obama can sit in a church with a black Father Flannery and misquote Jesus’ teachings on gifts to make a case for taxes, and there is no issue.  He can directly attack fundamental beliefs of the largest religious denomination in the world, clearly violating the First Amendment and the separation of Church and State.

Hypocrisy!

Our government bends over backward to apologize to Muslims, the same who are now killing our soldiers, but attacking the faith of most Americans is a non-issue.  We can’t have the Ten Commandments displayed, or prayer in school, but we will consider Sharia Law, or allow Muslim prayer areas in public schools and universities.

Our media thinks twice before ridiculing Islam but regularly mocks Christianity.

83% of Americans identify themselves as Christian, but they are to have no rights and be pushed out of the public arena?  Their psychology is to be questioned or their loyalty to our nation doubted.

We are told we are in the post-Christian era, that we are not a Christian nation.

I wonder what letter Jefferson would say today.  I’m sure this was not his intent.

 

Home

I live in Southern California, and I have my whole life.  The area I grew up in had changed from orchards and vineyards to tract houses and traffic jams.  It’s very hard to get away from all that noise and to know that there is something else out there.  Sure, every place changes, but the place I was born in, the place I grew up in does not exist anymore except in the memories of those of us who lived it.

We had hitching posts at my elementary school for ponies over by the bike racks.  They did take them out while I was there, but there were some kids who did ride to school.  It school was wide open, with no fences, and sheep often grazed out past the playground.  We would usually assemble around the flagpole, the entire school, to watch the colors being raised, and to say the pledge together.

We had one market in town, Hilltop Market, and a small little gas station that had a store inside where we could buy candy and sodas, but fast food was a rare treat.  There was a creek not far from where we lived, and we would go and catch polywogs, collect cat tails, or ride our bikes along the trails.  We had no sidewalks.  Most of the people around had horses and other animals.  I was rarely inside.  I would go out and play until I heard the bell we had on our porch.  It was time to go in.

I loved the sounds and the smells.  Nothing beat a freshly plowed field or the warmth of a just laid egg in my hand.  I would lay in bed at night and listen to crickets, and hear the train whistle way in the distance as he made his regular run.  To stand outside at night and see the stars, the Milky Way, it was nothing short of majestic.

It was rural, no doubt about it, but as I got older it grew.

In time, we moved a short ten miles away, but it was worlds away.  Even so, the place I just described is gone.  The school is now fenced in.  The properties are mostly subdivided and turned into tract houses, and Hilltop Market has a new name and a Stater Brother’s just down the street to compete with.  The creek is gone.  Spray painted names have replaced the beauty of big skies and open land.

It is good to know that there are places where the Four H is still around, where kids can do those things that I once did.  With all the technology I wonder if they still do, but I needed to see it.  I needed to get away and to see that what I had lost is not really lost at all.

I’ve wanted to go back my whole life, to live that life again.  To sit on the porch with a glass of sweet tea and watch the sun go down.  I never wanted to leave, and in many ways I have spent a lifetime trying to find that place again, the place that is home.

It is still out there.  America is a beautiful nation filled with wide open spaces and big blue skies where you can breathe and feel free.  It doesn’t have to be a memory, it is here, and it feels so good to stand in a place like West Texas, and look out over those open fields, and majestic blue skies.

I don’t know that God will open that door for me, but standing there, in a place like that, I know that anything is possible.