Health Care Hyperbole

Hat tip to my brother in Christ Gary Gross from Min-uh-soo-tuh, yes the state who now has Senator Stuart Smalley representing the Land of a 10,000 Lakes, but I digress.

Much happening on the health care front with the statists controlling the government and the Obama Media Machine, aka the mainstream media, Americans are going to be sold a total clunker when it comes to health care. We are already being lied to about medical costs with the current system.

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Christian Liberty

Where do we get our notion of liberty? As a Christian it is a birth right; we have been rescued from the bondage and eternal damnation of our sins. Our liberty, either as a Christian or an American (or both for some) is something we are to defend. We should be continually defending our freedom. This past weekend in Sunday school we studied about Apostle Paul writing the Galatian church:

    “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)

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When The Righteous Are In Authority

Have you seen the headlines this morning? No, I’m not talking about the continued deification of Michael Jackson; I joked on Facebook that I wondered when his body would be laid in state in the Capitol Rotunda. I’m talking about the unrest in Central and South America. We had a coup over the weekend in Honduras and Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez is threatening to intervene. Cuba not surprisingly has condemned the coup because Fidel Castro backed deposed leftist President Manuel Zelaya. Furthermore in Argentina there seems to be a power struggle after midterm elections that could be cause for concern.

Proverbs 29:2 says:

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That is the Greek word for faithfulness. This is a faith, trust, and a belief that implies that actions based on that trust may follow. It is one of the elements of the fruit of the Spirit:

    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25)

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Each Man According To His Deeds

One thing that amazes me as I look out over the political landscape in America is the level of deception among political, conservative, and Christian leaders. Now I do not know what is motivating this deception, nevertheless it is evil and it is out in the open for the entire world to see. We have a man in the White House of whom no one can tell us what hospital he was born in or who the attending physician was. Now this is simple information to find, however the source of that information is being kept secret at great cost to Mr. Obama. He has spent nearly one million dollars preventing the release of his long form birth certificate.

We have another man who is the master of deception, Mitt Romney. For some peculiar reason, one I think motivated by filthy lucre, too many conservative leaders, many of them representing Christians, have embraced this imposter all the while having received volumes of indicting information.

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The Help Of Man Is Useless

So much is going on in our nation that it seems impossible to keep track. I purposely disengage from the news on Sunday not only because it is supposed to be holy unto the Lord, but also because my brain needs a break from all the hoopla.

I receive on average a hundred emails a day, the majority of them discussing the issues our nation is facing and remedies for our problems. As I have been writing our nation will not experience a revolution until it has revival. And revival cannot come if we continue in our “stinking thinking” and continue trying old tricks for new problems.

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The Guilt Of The Father

Well, Sunday is Father’s Day and many fathers will not be attending church and many of those who do will be expecting a beating from the preacher. Praise God our pastor does not do that. I pray yours does not either. And while it is unfortunate too many fathers are for the most part absent from their children’s lives, many fathers who love the Lord Jesus Christ are there being the protector/provider and priest of their homes. These men are to be thanked and honored.

Well Bro Dave you don’t know my father. No, I don’t, but you didn’t know my father, but I hope you know the Heavenly Father…not of Him, but know Him.

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But In Everything By Prayer

The Lord has seen fit for this devotional group to become mighty prayer warriors and I am so grateful to all of you for your faithfulness in praying for so many across this country who send their prayers requests to me. Prayer is such an important part of our spiritual lives that Paul concluded his paragraph on the armor of God with this admonition:

    “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18)

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The Hope Of Salvation

How many lives have been lost because someone riding a motorcycle or bicycle was not wearing a helmet? Now I am not advocating helmet laws, I’ll keep that matter to myself, but equipment that protects life is something that should be given at least serious consideration. When a motor cyclist or bicyclist chooses to not wear a helmet, he or she is saying either, “I’m willing to take a chance with my life” or “Nothing is going to happen to me.”

Whenever a person rejects Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior, he or she is in effect saying the same things. Or worse yet, in their arrogance they believe they will go to heaven on their merits alone. There are only two types of religions in the world: Christianity, which proclaims salvation comes only from grace through Jesus Christ, and then all other world religions which require some type of works on the part of the follower—in other words salvation through works.

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Rachel Maddow Berates Barack

Hat tip to Felicia Benamon for this…

I normally, as a practice, in fact I cannot remember the last time I watched MSNBC for the news. I loathe Chris Matthews, the English language, outside of vile profanity, lacks an apt description for my feelings about Keith Olbermann, and I’m just now beginning to build a disdain for Rachel Maddow. But I might need to reconsider my feelings for the latter. Ms. Maddow might actual have some redeeming values.

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Victory That Has Overcome The World

One of the greatest challenges for a Christian is living in this sinful world and overcoming the temptations it has. Some days it seems as though I am literally under attack from Satan, which I realize I am. It is almost like, oh I don’t know, fiery darts?

    “…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” (Ephesians 6:16)

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The Feet Of Him Who Brings Good News

Today our military are considered the best ambassadors the United States has. Our brilliant soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, and coast guardsmen are not only defending freedom but they are bringing peace. For so many nations peace is a wonderful gift. Our military are messengers of peace, teaching warring factions how to live among each other, overlooking one another’s differences and focusing on the similarities that all people are endowed with by their Creator God: the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

And while happiness is a wonderful emotion to experience, it is not endlessly sustainable. Too many people have yet to learn that lesson and they mistakenly replace happiness for joy. Happiness is based on your circumstances; joy is based on who you are. My family was able to experience joy in the terrible pain of losing Eddie because of one thing only: Eddie’s salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Truth and Righteousness

Can we know truth? In this postmodern world is it possible to come to an agreement on what truth is? There are some excellent theological and philosophical essays on the subject; just type in “What is truth?” in a search engine and see the possibilities. I like Josh McDowell’s definition of absolute truth:

    “Absolute truth is that which is true for all people, for all times, for all places. Absolute truth is truth that is objective, universal, and constant.”

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Why Should I Put On The Full Armor Of God?

To figure out why we need spiritual combat gear, we need to better understand our enemy. It is not known if Sun Tzu was an actual historical figure, but he is credited with having written Art of War. He said this about knowing your enemy and you:

    “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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