The following is an email I received from my co-worker and brother in Christ David Triana. He was commenting on an email I sent about taking action to oppose the Sotomayor nomination. As he signs his letter, David is a proud Conservative American of Hispanic descent.
I’ve come up with a new award and with the help of Jason Zoglmann we have developed a mascot for our award. You might remember a blog post I made titled “Grand Ole Plan” (and yes Lance you did send this to me). Anyway, the GOP had a cute little mascot named Nick.
Well Jason and I have come up with the real mascot of today’s Republican Party, unfortunately. I take no great pleasure in this, but if we are going to have a conservative resurgence in the GOP, then we have to call it like it is.
The settlements are in the West Bank, a portion of land on the west bank of the Jordan River, which is part of biblical Canaan. Canaan is the land that God promised Abram (later known as Abraham), a promise that is known as the Abrahamic Covenant. Part of that covenant is found in Genesis 12:
Nehemiah was a man of his word. If you remember back in Nehemiah 2, a deal was made for Nehemiah to go to Jerusalem and then return:
“Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), ‘How long will your journey be? And when will you return?’ So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.” (Nehemiah 2:6)
Below is an email I received from a very good friend, Army Lieutenant Colonel Joe Myers. It is indeed the reality of Memorial Day…
Mark Levin invited some of his Gold Star Dad friends to come on the show and talk about their boys and so I called in. Mark has become a very close friend of our family and I appreciate his kindness not only to the Jeffers family but also all the Gold Star Families.
We who call ourselves Christians know that the Church is not a building; it is the Body of Christ collectively. But a church, the building where Christians congregate, is an important part of Christianity; it has played a vital role not only in the community of believers but also in the community at large. The church is a gathering place where worship is conducted. Now worship today according the New Touchy Feely Version (NTFV) Bible is simply music…that’s what praise and worship means today in America. Now don’t get me wrong I love good music as much as anyone but we have lost touch with the biblical meaning of worship.
Church is where we corporately worship and if worship was merely the music then you could leave after about 15 minutes (which I’m sure would be just fine with some “Christians”). Worship is indeed music, but it is hearing God’s Word read and God’s message through His shepherd preaching the gospel truth. Worship is studying God’s Word in a Sunday school class, praying with someone to receive Christ as Lord and Savior.
Have you ever prayed this prayer?
“Lord I’ll do whatever you want, except…”
Have you ever prayed “except” prayers?
“Lord You know I love You and I’ll do whatever Your will is, except please don’t make me move from my house and community I love so much. It’s just that I’m doing so much good for Your Kingdom here.”
Random House Dictionary defines covenant as “an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified.” In ecclesiastical terms covenant is defined as “a solemn agreement between the members of a church to act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel.”
Our nation was founded upon covenants, the first and lasting one being the Mayflower Compact. You will read in this compact that the Pilgrims, devout Christians lead by William Bradford, recognized that they had “undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid…”
The response from many of you about “You Scare Me” by Lou Pritchett was total agreement with Lou’s assessment of Barack Obama. Many of you share Lou’s concerns.
A couple of days after Obama was elected, Lou published in the Florida Times/Union the his second article on America.
Have you ever been in a church when real revival came? Revival happens when God is among His people. Revival comes through fasting and prayer, bringing a humility required yet rarely experienced that results in a level of confession and contrition that God’s people cry out to Him for their sins and their predecessor’s wickedness. It is a day of atonement that restores a wandering people back to the Wonderful Prince; revival truly comes as it did in Nehemiah’s day:
“Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads. Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for one-fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.” (Nehemiah 9:1-3)
I am sure many of you have read on the Internet or through forwarded emails a letter to Barack Obama attributed to one Lou Pritchett. To say I have become somewhat skeptical about purported letters is somewhat of an understatement. I have been guilty of publishing something only to get burned later by what is actually an email hoax or urban legend.
I decided to do some research on my own and I contacted Mr. Pritchett directly. Below is our email exhange:
How’s your worship? Is it stale? Is it nonexistent? Do you even go to church to worship the Father and Jesus in corporate fellowship with other believers? Some believe they do not need to attend church to worship God and while that is partially true I return to my first question. How’s your worship? Is the manner is which you worship lacking something…oh I don’t know…credibility?
If you found yourself in a place where your worship was lacking something, where might be the best place to turn? The Bible? Good guess! That would always seem like the best place to go for information about the things of God. It was no different in Nehemiah’s time:
I receive around 100 emails a day from across the country and the majority of them have to do with the state of our nation. Most are decrying the lack of morals, despising our politicians, and declaring the need to do something. There is a real move across the fruited plain, from sea to shining sea for a restoration of America’s traditions. I could not agree more.
For those of you who have been receiving this devotional since the election, you have watched me metamorphose in my thinking from political pragmatism to personal piety. This on-going change is a long and winding road with much of the turns coming as I battle my emotions. My family and I have given much in the defense of liberty and too often I think with my heart instead of my head at the leading of the Holy Spirit. When I find myself like this I always know where to turn. I turn to God’s Word.
When you are doing the Lord’s work and facing many trials and fierce opposition, we can turn to Nehemiah for great encouragement. We have already seen how Sanballat and his gang were constantly harassing Nehemiah and the Israelites and the more Nehemiah overcame the opposition, the greater it became. Eventually the devil’s minions will become furious to the point of plotting God’s servant’s death. But as you persevere and the work eventually is finished, even your enemies will see how futile their opposition was and it will frighten them:
“So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.” (Nehemiah 6:15-16)
As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west your enemies will become more determined the more successful you become for the Lord. One area where Christians always seemed to get ambushed when doing the Lord’s work is when lies are told about them. Beloved we need to not only be prepared for this, but we also should expect it. Jesus our Lord called us blessed for it; in fact He ended the Beatitudes with it:
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
So Charlie Crist is running for US Senate in 2010!? The national RINOs are alreading lining up behind Crist, including his lapdog Goofy Greer.
What can a leader do when he discovers those he leads are being pilfered by others within the organization or community? Is it enough to speak out against such corruption, or should the leader set the example of generosity towards those being abused? Too many of our politicians talk about the plight of poor people but when their financial records are released it shows they believe it’s the government’s job to take care of the poor instead of themselves. They are modern day Ebenezer Scrooge’s. Nehemiah faced the same problem and he ensured that none of his actions ever cost or burdened the people.
“Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year until the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the governor’s provisions. But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God. Indeed, I also continued the work on this wall, and we did not buy any land. All my servants were gathered there for the work.” (Nehemiah 5:14-16)
One of the more difficult issues for a leader to handle is internal strife. When your employees, volunteers, or followers begin believing, whether actual or perceived, that they are being abused by others within your organization then you as a leader have a real problem that must be addressed. It can enrage you as a leader when you find that some within your group are actual taking advantage of others. It is important to ensure that anger is focused, controlled, and causes improvement. That is how Nehemiah dealt with his.
Some of the Jewish brethren were charging others exorbitant interest on loans for necessities, so much to the point that Jewish children were being sold into slavery to cover the cost of the usury. Worse yet, these workers could not even redeem their children because their land and vineyards had already been taken from them. Nehemiah addressed these unscrupulous nobles and rulers: