Saturday, September 29, 2007

another classic example of the liberaliar in action

This is worth reading in detail. It is a perfect example of how the lunatics on the left are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually incapable of using facts, logic or reason to advance their cockamamie agenda. They have to lie because normal people would never listen to them if they ever told the truth about what they believe!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Psalm 118 (New International Reader's Version)

1 Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good.
His faithful love continues forever.

2 Let the people of Israel say,
"His faithful love continues forever."

3 Let the priests of Aaron say,
"His faithful love continues forever."

4 Let those who have respect for the Lord say,
"His faithful love continues forever."

5 When I was in great pain, I cried out to the Lord.
He answered me and set me free.

6 The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid.
What can mere men do to me?

7 The Lord is with me. He helps me.
I will win the battle over my enemies.

8 It is better to go to the Lord for safety
than to trust in mere men.

9 It is better to go to the Lord for safety
than to trust in human leaders.

10 The nations were all around me.
But by the Lord's power I destroyed them.

11 They were around me on every side.
But by the Lord's power I destroyed them.

12 They attacked me like large numbers of bees.
But they died out as quickly as burning thorns.
By the Lord's power I destroyed them.

13 I was pushed back. I was about to be killed.
But the Lord helped me.

14 The Lord gives me strength. I sing about him.
He has saved me.

15 Shouts of joy ring out in the tents of godly people.
They praise him for his help in battle.
They shout, "The Lord's powerful right hand has done mighty things!

16 The Lord's powerful right hand has won the battle!
The Lord's powerful right hand has done mighty things!"

17 I will not die. I will live.
I will talk about what the Lord has done.

18 The Lord has really punished me.
But he didn't let me die.

19 Open the gates of the temple for me.
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord.
Only those who do what is right can go through it.

21 Lord, I will give thanks to you, because you answered me.
You have saved me.

22 The stone the builders didn't accept
has become the most important stone of all.

23 The Lord has done it.
It is wonderful in our eyes.

24 The Lord has done it on this day.
Let us be joyful and glad in it.

25 Lord, save us.
Lord, give us success.

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the temple of the Lord we bless you.

27 The Lord is God.
He has made the light of his favor shine on us.
Take branches in your hands. Join in the march on the day of the feast.
March up to the corners of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you.
You are my God, and I will honor you.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good.
His faithful love continues forever.

having fun with those kooky liberaliars

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

a global warming primer

The National Center For Public Policy Research has published an excellent report on the whole topic of global warming. Some of the highlights of this report are as follows:

"Over long periods of time, there is no close relationship between CO2 levels and temperature."

"Humans contribute approximately 3.4 percent of annual CO2 levels" compared to 96.6 percent by nature.

"There was an explosion of life forms 550 million years ago (Cambrian Period) when CO2 levels were 18 times higher than today. During the Jurassic Period, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, CO2 levels were as much as nine times higher than today."

"Polar bear numbers increased dramatically from around 5,000 in 1950 to as many as 25,000 today, higher than any time in the 20th century." (That's for all of the public school teachers who are telling kids that polar bears are dying because their mommies and daddies drive SUV's.)

Knowledge is power. Liberaliars are counting on the majority failing to learn the truth concerning climate so that they can force feed their cockamamie Marxist agenda down our throats. Don't believe the lies!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

transforming america, step 7...conclusion

Blessed are the pure in heart. Jesus really upset a lot of people when He began His ministry. Jesus told the people that it wasn’t enough for us to be blameless in our actions. Our hearts and thoughts had to be pure as well. That’s a pretty radical concept! For example, in Matthew 5:21,22 Jesus states that it’s not enough to avoid murder. We must also avoid murderous anger and hatred. Verses 27-30 say that we are to avoid adultery, but we are also commanded to avoid lustful, unfaithful thoughts. Verses 42-48 say that we have to love our enemies! Jesus says that we must be free from selfishness, greed, arrogance, and hate. We must be pure in heart.

Of course we can’t purify our hearts by ourselves. We must accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and then pray for the Holy Spirit to transform us. The Spirit can and will change our hearts and purify us if we open our hearts, minds and souls to Christ.

As I looked through my Life Application Study Bible by Zondervan, reading everything God’s Word has to say about our heart, I began to notice a theme. When God says He wants us to have a pure heart, He isn’t just talking about sprucing up the old heart. God wants us to have a complete heart transplant. The Holy Spirit will give us a new heart that is responsive to God, if we are open to the transformation. Ezekiel 11:19-20 says "…I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God." Psalm 51:10-12 says, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."

There are many examples in the Bible of just exactly what this "heart transplant" looks like. Read the account of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. Zacchaeus was a very dishonest tax collector who clearly had cheated a great many people. When he heard about Jesus, though, something sparked inside him and he had to go see what Jesus was all about. Look how quickly the change came upon Zacchaeus. Jesus spoke to him, Zacchaeus spoke back, and he was instantly transformed.

Read about the two criminals who hung on crosses along side Jesus (Luke 23:32-43). Both of those criminals were guilty of the crimes they had been charged with, and they had probably been like that all of their lives. One criminal, however, looked into the face of Jesus as they were dying and received a new heart. His heart was cleansed, his sins were washed away, and Jesus said to him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

How do we receive this gift of a new heart from the Holy Spirit, and how do we lead our family there? We have really already answered that question. We receive our new, pure heart when we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, we believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we study God’s Word, and we pray continually that God will make us poor in spirit, mournful of our sins, meek, merciful, and righteous. The Holy Spirit will transform us over the course of our life, and He will transform our families if we allow Him to.

Blessed are the peacemakers. I was flipping through the news channels the other day and I heard one of the talking heads say that in over 4000 years of recorded world history, there have only been 300 without a major war. If that’s true (isn’t everything on the news true?) it’s a pretty sad commentary on man’s ability to live in peace and harmony. I looked in the dictionary in my Bible, and it defines "peace" as a state of calm, freedom from strife or discord, harmony in personal relationships. Not a whole lot of that going around over 4000 years is there? As I have talked to other Christians about this particular Beatitude, I have noticed a lot of disagreement about what we are commanded to do in order to be faithful to its teaching. I have heard everything from "war is a sin" to "Christians must be pacifists" to "Christian nations have an obligation to destroy ‘rogue’ nations to preserve peace". Maybe we should look to the Bible to see what God says about being peacemakers.

Philippians 4:4-7 contains the very essence of what I believe Jesus was talking about:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Let’s break that passage down so that we can understand what God means when He says, "blessed are the peacemakers".

First, the passage starts out with the word "Rejoice", and the word is repeated. Paul wrote these words in about A.D. 61 in a letter to the Christians at Philippi. Paul actually wrote this letter as he sat locked up in a Roman prison, so it may seem odd that he could say "rejoice" and mean it. As you read this passage, and indeed, if you read the entire letter, you see that Paul was positively joyful. The lesson here for us is that no matter what may be happening in your life, good or bad, Jesus Christ is with you, and that is cause for celebration. Understand that there is a big difference between "happiness" and "joy". Happiness is what the world says we should strive for, but it is so very temporary and superficial that frustration sets in when we can’t find it. Joy is very different. Joy comes from an intimate relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Joy is the deep, warm contentment we have in our soul because of God’s assurance of His love, and His promise to never leave us alone. Joy is the gift to our heart, mind and soul when we realize that God’s promise is true; namely that this world is temporary and that God has an eternal home waiting for us in heaven.

Second, the passage says that we are to be gentle. We have already talked about how important it is to be gentle and meek in the spiritual sense. Gentleness is essential as we seek God’s peace in our hearts, and as we seek to live in peace with others.

Third, the passage says to not be anxious, because the Lord is near. Think about what it would be like to not be worried about anything. Seems impossible, doesn’t it. It’s not. Psalm 7:1 says "O Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me…" Verse 10 says "My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart." God is so close to us that He can be our shield and our refuge. He is where you are. Think of the joy and peace we would have in our hearts if we could stay mindful of this fact.

Fourth, Paul tells us how we go about taking refuge in God. We pray. We pray about anything and everything. We pray with thanksgiving because God loves us with a love that we don’t deserve. We thankfully and humbly present our requests to God, "and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." The note in my Life Application Study Bible by Zondervan says, "God’s peace is different from the world’s peace. True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control. Our citizenship in Christ’s kingdom is sure, our destiny is set, and we can have victory over sin." This simple (maybe not so simple) truth is further emphasized in John 14:27. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." That is God’s peace.

How do we become peacemakers? We become peacemakers by loving God with our entire being. We become peacemakers by loving our neighbor as much as we love ourselves and by being God’s hands and feet in this world. We become peacemakers by being poor in spirit, by mourning over our sinfulness, by being meek, gentle and humble, by thirsting after righteousness, by being pure in heart through the Holy Spirit, and by being merciful towards others.

A wonderful family activity would be to pick up a book on the life of Mother Teresa and read about her together. What a wonderful way to teach the lessons contained in the Beatitudes. Your children would actually be able to see these character traits in action.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness. This is an amazing statement in light of what the world teaches. We live in a society where politicians govern through opinion polls. Leaders run away from disapproval at every opportunity, yet Jesus said that those who are persecuted because of righteousness would be blessed. That is absolutely the polar opposite of what the world teaches!

That's also the opposite of what far too many Christians believe. I have encountered way too many Christians who believe that becoming a Christian means entering into a life free from conflict, hassles, and pain. That's not exactly the truth, is it? Let’s read Jesus’ words to His disciples in John 15:18-27 to see how it really does work.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

If we look at the Christ-like values contained in the Beatitudes, it’s easy to see why the world would hate Christians. The world values pride in self, personal independence, and the personal glory coming from achievement. Christ wants us to be poor in spirit. The world values instant gratification and the relentless pursuit of whatever feels good, no matter the cost. Christ wants us to be mournful over our bankrupt spirit. The world glorifies power, no matter how it’s achieved. The world says win at all costs, finishing second constitutes failure, and all glory to the winner. Christ says that we are to be meek and humble and self-emptying before God. The world says we should pursue happiness. Christ says we should pursue righteousness. The world says we are to conquer and overcome. Christ says we are to be merciful. The world glorifies sex, violence, avarice, deception, and depravity of every sort. Christ says we are to be pure in heart. The world promotes divisiveness, drawing lines between red states and blue states, conservatives and liberals, blacks and whites, Christians and Jews and Islamists. The world promotes this divisiveness and then, in a macabre sort of way, revels in the resulting fireworks. Christ says we are to be peacemakers. Is it any wonder there is such hatred from the world towards Christianity? Jesus takes every worldly value and turns it on its head. Jesus offers a better way to live, and the world resents it. The sad truth is that the world seeks to destroy that which it resents, and, unfortunately, Christians are at the top of the list.

Well, now we know the bad news. Is there any good news? Of course there is! Jesus says that if we follow Him, and love His Father with our entire beings, we will be blessed with an inner joy and peace that is impossible for non-believers to comprehend. This joy comes from the knowledge that Jesus has overcome death, He has cleansed us of our sins, and, no matter what happens to us in this life, our faith will be rewarded when we are made perfect in His Heavenly Kingdom. Read Hebrews 11 to see how our faith, even in the face of persecution, will be rewarded.

How does this relate to our kids? We must teach them to be strong in the face of ridicule. We must teach them, by example, that we are willing to endure ridicule and persecution for our beliefs and that God will give us the strength to endure.

You know that our kids are always looking at us, don't you? I notice it all the time. My oldest son always has his eyes on me, watching how I act and what I say, and he copies a lot of what he observes. I continually have to be on guard so that I don't say or do something that would serve as a bad example for him. He has had the opportunity to observe a couple of instances where I caught some heat for my beliefs, and I hope that I set the right example for him in those instances. We should continually pray that God would enable us to set that good example.

This is what I call Beatitudes Parenting. If every Christian parent in America would commit to practicing Beatitudes parenting, we would produce a generation of Christian conservatives that would take back this great nation from the secular progressives and the cultural Marxists. They would lead a rebirth of America that would lead to us truly becoming "one nation under God." What a blessing that would be!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

the revised common lectionary with easter people

daily devotion with billy graham

anti-christian hate speech in hollywood Adios Sally! Jesus To Kathy Griffin: You're Right Actors Tell Hollywood 'Enough Is Enough'

If you look at the above links, you will see clear-cut illustrations of the outrageous hypocrisy that is part of the liberaliar DNA.

If a person got up on stage in front of a national TV audience and uttered similarly offensive and vulgar comments about gays, blacks, women, Muslims, Democrats or any of the other categories of humans deemed "sacred" by the High Priests of Cultural Marxism, what would have been the reaction?

There are none so dishonest and hypocritical as the dishonest and hypocritical liberaliars!

the problem with clouds in the global warming hysteria

This is a fascinating look at the role of clouds in the debate over global warming. Please read the whole article, but here are a few quotes to chew on:

There’s a reason why one should be extremely wary of the computer models that are cited by the endless doomsday predictions of Al Gore, the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change, and all the other advocates of “global warming.”

The reason is clouds. Computer models simply cannot provide for the constant variability of clouds, so they ignore them.

In a July issue of The Economist there was an article, “Grey-Sky thinking” subtitled, “Without understanding clouds, understanding the climate is hard. And clouds are the least understood part of the atmosphere.” Since the increasingly rabid claims of Earth’s destruction from rising temperatures depend on computer modeling, how can they be regarded as accurate if they must largely exempt or deliberately manipulate the impact of clouds?


Tim Garrett, a research meteorologist at the University of Utah, with refreshing candor has said, “We really do not know what’s going on. There are so many basic unanswered questions on how they (clouds) work.” And that is never mentioned in the great “global warming” debate, one we are continuously told is “decided” and upon which there is a vast scientific “consensus.”


How wide is the computer modeling gap when it comes to predicting the weather?

TheEconomist reported that, “In a recent paper in Climate Dynamics, Mark Webb of Britain’s Hadley Centre for Climate Change and his colleagues reported that clouds account for 66% of the differences between members of one important group of models and for 85% of them in another group.” Clouds simply defy the logarithms of computer modelers.

In short, “Too much still remains unknown about the physical mechanisms that determine cloud behavior,” said The Economist.

Very interesting!

transforming america, step 7 continued.....

Let's continue with our discussion of "Beatitudes Parenting."

Blessed are the meek. Here is a real misunderstood term in today’s world. Say the word "meek" and other words come immediately to mind; words like "cowardly" or "timid" or "wishy-washy" or "pacifist" or "weak". This is an excellent example of how the Beatitudes completely contradict and turn around worldly values. The dictionary in my Bible defines "meek" as humbly and gently doing God’s will.

There is a lesson there for Christians. When Jesus says we need to be meek, He means that we should be gentle and humble in our words and actions, not brash or self-promoting. Jesus wants us to be strong and outspoken about our faith (read about Peter in Acts 4) but also wants us to adopt a servant attitude (read John 13:1-20) so that we will be willing to serve God in any way that brings Him glory. He wants us to see ourselves as God sees us—sinful and in need of salvation. How could we possibly be boastful or prideful if we recognize our own sinfulness? Jesus wants us to apply His Holy Word to our lives because we know we’ll die without it. He certainly doesn’t want us to beat people over the head with the Bible in a haughty, self-righteous manner. He does, however, want us to humbly share His Good News with others. Above all else, Jesus wants us to love and worship God so completely that we will humbly follow His will for our lives, wherever that may lead.

Do you want to read about meekness personified? Read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. God sent Jesus to be the Messiah, the Savior of all who call on His name, yet He was born in a barn with a manger for a crib. When Jesus reached adulthood, he was the poorest of the poor, at least in the earthly sense. Matthew 8:20 shows that Jesus was homeless. He had no money or earthly possessions of any sort. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, He rode a donkey.

When Jesus was in the garden at Gesthemane, His soul was "overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death" (Mark 14:34) because He of course knew what lay ahead of Him. Jesus knew that when He took the burden of our sins while on the cross, He would be temporarily separated from God and He was in agony. Yet He prayed, "Yet not what I will, but what you will" (verse 36). Jesus willingly carried His own cross to Golgotha and was mocked as He hung on the cross. He could have come down from the cross and exacted justice right on the spot, but He humbly allowed God’s salvation plan to be finished. Throughout His earthly life, Jesus humbly, gently, and meekly set aside His infinite power and majesty to follow through with God’s perfect plan to institute His New Covenant of salvation. Read what Paul had to say about Christ’s humility in his letter to the Philippians (chapter 2, verses 1-11):

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus; ‘Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness, and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’

How do we make strong meekness a virtue of our household? Be a strong, gentle leader of your family. Speak well of others. Don’t brag or look down on others. Treat your spouse with respect and tenderness. Have high expectations for your children and hold them accountable for their actions, but discipline them with a heart of love and forgiveness. Be gentle and considerate during family disagreements. Your children will see your meekness, admire you for it and seek to emulate that quality. Adopt the servant attitude that Jesus Himself demonstrated by continually reaching out to those in need, serving them in the love of Christ.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Do you see how the Beatitudes offer us a step-by-step progression? If we recognize that we are indeed poor in spirit, and we mourn over the depth of our sinfulness, and we meekly put our lives in God’s hands and follow His will because we are all too aware of our own impotence, we must take the next step and beg God to wash those sins away. We are commanded to hunger and thirst for the Holy Spirit to transform us (and others) just as a starving man would hunger and thirst for bread and water. We must yearn for God’s goodness and righteousness, both in ourselves and in the world. We have to know that this world is so very temporary and that God has a permanent home reserved for us in heaven where righteousness will reign forever. We must strive daily and hourly and minute-by-minute to live as God has commanded with our eyes on that eternal prize. If we yearn for worldly possessions, material wealth, or earthly, vulgar excitement, we become of the world and there is no room in our hearts for righteousness.

My Life Application Study Bible by Zondervan has a wonderful chart in it showing how the book of Proverbs compares and contrasts the lifestyles of the righteous with the wicked. This makes a great tool as you seek to teach your children how to live a righteous life. Proverbs 10:24 shows that the righteous have a hopeful outlook on life, while the wicked are fearful. 12:10 says that the righteous are concerned about God’s creation. The righteous don’t desire the company of godless people (24:1,2), they care for the poor (29:7), they detest the dishonest (29:27), and they persevere against evil (24:15,16). It would be good to sit down with your children and read through Proverbs together (little bits at a time) so that they could be led to live righteous lives. Also read John 15:5-8. Jesus explains in this passage that the only way to live righteously is to continually seek closeness with God. We do that through prayer and through reading the Bible.

Blessed are the merciful. Our God is a merciful and loving God. We know that, by God’s perfect standard, there is not one righteous man on this earth. We also know that the wages of sin are death. God must punish sin, but His great love for us means that we can be forgiven of our sins. Read the account of Moses leading the Israelites to the Promised Land to see God’s mercy in action. Read the book of Jonah (it’s short). The city of Nineveh was as evil and corrupt as any city in the world, but God called Jonah to witness to the people there. After a short detour by way of the stomach of a great fish, Jonah did go to Nineveh and all 120,000 of the Ninevites repented. God showed them mercy and spared their lives. Each and every one of us sins on a daily basis, falling short of what God expects of us, yet God continues to forgive us and to give us second chances (and third and fourth and…) and to show us a level of mercy we don’t deserve.

Because of the great mercy that God has shown us, God expects us to be merciful to others. We are to clothe the poor, feed the hungry, minister to the sick and dying, and proclaim the Gospel to a dying world. We are to work to relieve suffering wherever we find it. We are to show active, working compassion that makes a difference. This is what churches are talking about when they use the word "mission". As Christians, our mission is to be Christ in this world, and we do that by being merciful.

Read Matthew 25:31-46 as Jesus talks about the Final Judgment:

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

The message is clear—we serve Christ when we are mercifully serving others. That is our mission to the world.

It is vital that each and every Christian get involved in mission. This doesn’t mean that you have to sell off all of your belongings, pack up and move to a distant land on the other side of the globe. There are mission opportunities available thousands of miles away and there are mission opportunities available next door. Just prayerfully ask God to show you where you are needed.

Have you felt a great need to help in the mammoth relief effort in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita? You can donate money to any one of a number of reputable organizations to participate in that mission. You can get personally involved with an organization like Habitat for Humanity, roll up your sleeves, and help with the rebuilding.

Are you concerned about the devastating effects of the disintegration of the traditional family? Start a marriage mentoring program in your church. Become a foster parent, or a Big Brother or a Big Sister. Volunteer to help in child care and youth organizations.

Are you worried about the sanctity of life in this society, particularly the high number of abortions performed each year? Start an abortion alternatives program in your church as an outreach and ministry to pregnant women in your community. Support local adoption agencies.

Would you consider voting to be a part of mission? I would. Do you see anything resembling Christ-like work being done by any level of our government today? I don’t. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not talking about state-sponsored religion. I’m talking about the people who work in the business of government doing their work in a way that would be pleasing to God. Christians have a responsibility in this constitutional republic God blessed us with to seek out, support, and vote for candidates who live and work according to the teachings of Jesus. This mission is absolutely crucial to the rebirth of our country.

The point is that there are literally no limits to the ways the individual Christian can participate in mission, thus fulfilling Jesus’ command to be merciful. Just ask God to give you your assignment.

Get your children involved in mission as early as possible. At our church we support a United Methodist children and youth center. Not only do they need money, but they also need supplies such as boxed cereal, paper towels, Kleenex, construction paper and glue. Children can be involved in the shopping for and delivery of these supplies so that they feel like they are donating, too. Get involved in a program where your children can visit people in a nursing home. This is so beneficial to the patients, and your children will be blessed by the experience. Buying Christmas presents for needy children, participating in canned food drives, donating clothes to Goodwill; these are all activities that your children can and should be involved in to learn to be merciful.

There is another aspect to being merciful. How often do we pass judgment on others because of the speck in their eye while ignoring the log in ours? When we cross the line from thirsting for righteousness to being self-righteous, we cease being merciful. When we are merciless in our dealings with others because of the sins we see in them, aren’t we really saying to them that they don’t deserve God’s mercy? What a horrible way to act! Teach your children from the time they can talk to use "nice words", and demonstrate to them that you use nice words, as well. It’s hard to be merciful when you’re screaming.

Teach them by example to be non-judgmental of other people. In my home, we have come to the realization that it is important to not label anyone as a "good person" or "bad person". We are all created in the image of God. If I say to my daughter that she is a bad girl because she colored a picture on the wall, I am tearing down a creation of God, I have failed to be merciful, and I have sinned. It’s far better to say to her, "Honey, you are a good girl and I love you very much, but you just made a bad decision and I am not happy about it. After you help me clean this wall I am sending you to bed early. Don’t do this again." That sounds pretty wise, doesn’t it? God says that I have to confess right here that it took several years for my wife to teach me this lesson in dealing with our kids. It seems that I have a problem with mercy and a hard head as well. That is a bad combination! My wife was patient and merciful with me, and she is far wiser than I am, so I have finally started to understand this concept. Our family life is happier as a result. The lesson here is that if we learn to be merciful to each other within the four walls of our home, we will be more merciful to others "out there."

We'll finish this topic up tomorrow.

Friday, September 21, 2007

modern liberalism--childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues

I blogged earlier about the whole notion of liberals being mentally superior to conservatives and about how silly that notion really is. The column linked to above does a great job of explaining the liberal thought process and the simplistic, childlike qualities of that thought process. This is a very interesting column. Enjoy!

transforming america, step 7--teach your kids to follow Christ

Do you have children in your home? Are you a parent? It is your God-given responsibility to lead your children to Christ. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 says;

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

Those words, spoken by Moses 3400 years ago, are just as relevant today. Now more than ever our children need the power of God’s amazing love to shield them from the forces of evil. You had better believe that Satan is waging a savage battle for the hearts and minds of our children.

God had a reason for issuing that declaration (through Moses) telling the Israelites to teach the Word of God to their children.

When children learn to love God at an early age, they stand a better chance of retaining their faith throughout their lives. They in turn will be better at passing that faith on to their children and even to other people they come in contact with. Being an effective spiritual leader in your own home is crucial in accomplishing our goal of sparking a rebirth of our nation.

If we all agree that we must lead our households to Christ, the next obvious question is—How? The Bible gives us the answer. If you read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry, you will see a picture of the perfect parent. Jesus taught, molded, and "parented" His followers so that they would better understand the New Covenant of God’s saving grace. The greatest illustration of Jesus’ instruction comes from His Sermon on the Mount, and, specifically, from the Beatitudes. I believe that these seemingly contradictory words hold the key to successful parenting. In a nutshell, we must continually work to make each one of these values a part of our own character. If we strive to become living examples of these characteristics, and we demonstrate to our children how to emulate these character traits, our households will be blessed. Let’s read the Beatitudes together and we’ll look at them individually in detail. Matthew 5:1-12:

Now when He saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them, saying, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The theme running through the Beatitudes is that if we conduct ourselves in a certain way, God will bless us. In other words, we don’t do these things for ourselves or for worldly approval; it’s all about God. Don’t misunderstand, however, and think that this means we can earn our way into heaven by being good. It’s clear, if you read everything that Jesus said, that the only way to have all of these characteristics is through the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling in your heart. To be truthful, we will never completely embody these character traits until that day when our Lord makes us perfect. Additionally, you will find that one Beatitude leads to the next. They don’t stand alone. You can’t pick and choose which ones you will follow. Let’s look at them one at a time.

Blessed are the poor in spirit. It all starts here. Nothing happens until we come to the realization that we are so bankrupt in our own spirituality that we must depend on an outside/external source—our Heavenly Father. John Wesley said, "It is a recognition of personal, moral, and spiritual unworthiness. Spiritually, morally, personally, socially, in every single realm that you can think of in the human life, that you’re showing you are in need of God." Our good works won’t get us to heaven. We have nothing within ourselves that is worthy of presenting to God. We need God to bless us, to save us, to make us worthy of being in His presence.

How do we teach by example this valuable lesson to our children? We teach that by giving God credit and being profoundly thankful for all that is good in our lives. If you get a promotion at work, come home, hold hands with your family and thank God for blessing you. Admit to God that you’re not worthy, but pray to Him that He will give you wisdom so that you may become worthy of that promotion. As your children begin to achieve success in sports, or music, or academics, or whatever, continually remind them that it is God who gave them the ability to succeed and that we would be nothing without a wonderful and loving God. Teach your child to pray in thanksgiving. Read with your child Psalm 118 to show them what thankfulness sounds like. If you do something wrong, use that as a teaching moment. For example, if you yell at your child unjustly, confess your mistake to that child. Tell him that you were wrong, that you have sinned, and what God’s attitude is towards sin. With your child there, pray to God for His forgiveness. You will be demonstrating that we all are sinners, we all fall short of God’s perfect standard, and we must rely on God’s wonderful grace and mercy to be saved. Read with your children the story of the sinful woman who anointed Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:36-50). You can tie this in with Romans 3:9-20 to show that no one is righteous. Tell your children that the sinful woman is us. You will be providing a wonderful illustration of how we are all poor in spirit.

Blessed are those that mourn. Once we realize that we are morally and spiritually empty without the Holy Spirit in our hearts, and that we are sinners by nature, the natural emotional response is to mourn over our bankrupt souls. This doesn’t mean that we should be sad sacks, constantly depressed, morose, or brooding. We are not commanded to sink into a never-ending depression because of the fact that we have a sinful nature. When Jesus tells us to be mournful, He is simply referring to spiritual sorrow. We are to recognize our sinfulness for what it is and we are to refrain from rationalizing it. We are to humbly beg God to wash our sins away because we are powerless to defeat sin alone.

Think about your own experiences. Do you know when you are the most vulnerable to sin? It’s when you are satisfied and forgetful of your own limitations. It’s when you say, "I’ve got it covered God. I can handle things myself." When we forget we are poor in spirit we cease to mourn over our spiritual deficiencies and we become prime targets for Satan’s grasp.

Mournfulness is a hard trait to master because it certainly goes against everything the world teaches. Self-esteem, self-gratification, do what it takes to feel good—that’s what the world teaches. How in this world do we make this trait part of our own character, let alone teach it to our children? Regular prayer time is the key. Pray by yourself and pray as a family, and make confession/repentance a normal part of that prayer time. As you pray, each member of the family should confess their sins for that day, repent, ask for God’s forgiveness, and ask for the strength and wisdom to do better. A regular prayer routine will ingrain these first two Beatitudes into all of your personalities. You can incorporate Bible reading into this routine as well. Psalm 51 is an excellent chapter to read to experience mournfulness.

We'll continue with this theme tomorrow.

the true face of today’s left liberalism: elitism coupled with neo-paganism

This is another gem from Rabbi Aryeh Spero. The man speaks the truth, and he is a national treasure!

christian parenting

the national disgrace of 28 shameful leftists

From yesterday, Sept. 20:

Today the U.S. Senate approved by a vote of 72 – 25 (3 not voting) an amendment by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 expressing the sense of the Senate that General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq, deserves the full support of the Senate and strongly condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces.

You can read the full text of the amendment by going to the above link. What was most interesting to me was to see the actual voting record for this amendment. 23 Democrats (I'm including Joe Lieberman in that number) joined all of the Republicans in voting for the amendment. There were 25 hard-core leftists who voted against the amendment, with 3 cowardly Democrats (including Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden) refusing to take a stand one way or the other.

Included in the traitorous group of 25 are Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, both of whom are seeking your vote to become Commander-In-Chief of the United States Military. In light of the fact that they both voted in favor of General Petraeus' appointment, and in light of the fact that they both voted in favor of the war, I believe that this latest vote proves that neither of them are fit to serve as President. The fact that Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden failed to vote on this amendment proves that they aren't fit to serve as President, either.

These 28 shameful politicians refused to take a stand supporting "the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces." This one vote tells you everything you need to know about the despicable leftists who have infected the modern Democrat Party. They have no honor or integrity themselves, therefore they are unable to recognize those qualities in anyone else. They are a disgrace and they should be repudiated in the strongest way possible.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

americans trust gen. petraeus---but democrats don't

This is further proof that Americans and Democrats oppose each other in the war on Islamofascism. Of course, the mainstream media won't give this latest poll any coverage, but that's only because they are on the same team as the Democrats--America's Opponents. It is beyond me why any clear thinking American would ever vote Democrat!

are liberals smarter than conservatives?

First, read this:

Now, read this:

I'm no scientist, and I don't even play one on TV. I can't speak to the scientific authenticity of the Nature Neuroscience study that is referenced in the above two links. I can, however, speak from personal experience about what I have observed from both liberals and conservatives. Let me pose a few questions:

1. If liberals are so smart, then why do they continue to push for an increased minimum wage, when the research proves that a higher minimum wage reduces employment, increases poverty, and is particularly hurtful to black workers?

2. If liberals are so smart, then why do they say that abortion isn't murder, even though science has clearly proven that the unborn baby is a human life?

3. If liberals are so smart, then why do they continue to push for higher taxes when it is a proven fact that higher taxes increase poverty and decrease government revenue?

4. If liberals are so smart, then why do they continue to seek ways of destroying America's current health care system, even though people from every country in the world move heaven and earth to come to America for health care they can't receive in their own country?

5. If liberals are so smart, then why do they, from generation to generation, keep changing their minds about whether we have global warmimg or global cooling?

6. If liberals are so smart, then why do they continue to cling to Darwin, even though Darwin's theories have been repeatedly proven wrong?

7. Jimmy Carter is the "smartest" liberal I know of, yet he single-handedly wrecked our economy and tore down the U.S. Military in the space of just four short years. How is it that such a "smart" guy screwed up so horribly?

8. Ronald Reagan was a "dummie" (according to "smart" liberals) yet he fixed the economy, rebuilt the U.S. Military, defeated Communism and began a period of prosperity unmatched in the history of the U.S. And liberals say he's a "dummie?"

I think they had better rethink that "scientific" study!

christian conservatism 101

This is an outstanding column by Rebecca Hagelin. I have talked about the myth of American poverty before, and Ms. Hagelin does an excellent job of summarizing the true numbers in this column. The best part of this column, however, is the larger point she made at the end.

So, if we really want to reduce poverty, America's course should be clear: Support timeless values like fidelity, hard work and personal responsibility. We must also reduce illegal immigration and increase the skill level of future legal immigrants. Remember the real answers the next time some politician says it's simply a matter of raising your taxes.

That one paragraph tells us in a nutshell the difference between secular progressive cultural Marxists and Christian conservatives. The modern leftist tells us that the solution to all of society's problems is to raise taxes in order to fund more secular progressive, big government programs. The very predictable result is that the problems get worse, not better. The Christian conservative says that most of our problems can be solved by working hard, becoming self reliant and following God's commands. The very predictable result of the Christian conservative approach is that problems get solved and people's lives improve.

Of course, the latter approach doesn't give much opportunity for liberals to grab more power for themselves. And that's the moral of the story.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

God Bless America!--a Christian Call To Action

An Essay From EadsHome Ministries:
We have been blessed by God to live in such a wonderful country. When America is at its worst, she is still far above all the other nations of the world. Many times I lament at what has happened to us as a country. In the past 50 years we have seen huge increases in violent crimes, drug use, teenage pregnancy, and divorce. We have also seen God taken out of our schools, our courtrooms, and our workplaces. In 1973 it became legal to murder an unborn baby out of convenience for the mom, and to protect her "rights" without any discussion of the babies' rights. The sins of our nation rise as high as the heavens. Pornography, adultery, and homosexuality have become accepted ways to express our God-given sensual desires. Rape, murder, and rage have filled our streets, and our schools. We have left the standard. We have chosen our own path. Yet in spite of all this I am still very proud to call myself an American.

America has the greatest resources on planet earth for helping those in need. We are feeding starving families in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. We free those who were once captives. We promote democracy, freedom, and peace. We restrain the use of our might by seeking not to conquer peoples, but to liberate them, help them, and support them. We have befriended Israel as she stands against a wall of opposition. We have sacrificed our own sons and daughters so that the world can know peace, prosperity, and happiness. Our Founders were led by God Almighty to accomplish the establishment of a nation unlike none ever seen before, and likely never to be seen again. In a few short years, young America stunned the world with her productivity, education, and technology, and she continues to lead the world in industry, education, technology, and prosperity.

I love Jesus for not only dying for me, but for moving in the hearts of men and women, Christian men and women, to establish this nation that I live in today. Despite all our sins, there is still hope. Our God is slow to anger and is abounding in love and faithfulness. If we will but seek Him, we can be greater than we are today. How great a privilege it is to be an American! God Bless America!!

"Enough is Enough! What if America Were a Christian Nation Again?"
by Pastor James Hughes:
It may be hard to believe, but there was a period of time before our country declared its independence when it was against the law to have any kind of religious meeting, secret or separate from the Church of England, or even to read the Bible in public. Those were considered criminal offenses.

In spite of this extreme pressure from England, the early Puritans and pilgrims read the Word of God and came to realize that things were not right in the Church or in the land. And so in the course of time our early forefathers moved here seeking freedom to worship and freedom to study the Holy Scriptures for themselves.

On July 4, 1776, 56 men representing about 3 million people signed perhaps the most revolutionary document in history: The Declaration of Independence. These men placed conviction above convenience. Some of them lost their homes, their families, their fortunes, and their lives. Although Christians have lost much ground in this nation that was largely founded by Christians, we owe it to our forefathers who sacrificed so much to establish this nation on godly principles to gain back this lost territory. Yes, our country has experienced a great social, spiritual, and cultural decline. But even now historians are coming to realize that the Bible, even more than the Constitution, founded this great nation of America.

May God help us to reclaim this great nation for His Glory—before it is everlastingly too late!

I want to begin by asking this question this morning: “Is it possible for believers [Christians] to reclaim our nation?”

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a new line of study

On Easter People, we are following a new line of study. When I started that blog we began with scripture concerning the life of Jesus, then we moved on to the ministry of Paul. Now we are following the Revised Common Lectionary to cover a range of topics from all parts of the Bible.

Please visit and see for yourself!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

last night's "values voters debate"

Last night, the very first Values Voter Debate was held in Fort Lauderdale and moderated by Editor Joseph Farah. It wasn't covered by any major news organization and was only available online and on the SkyAngel Network.

Janet Folger, President of Faith2Action, has predicted that last night's debate will forever change presidential politics and that it signals that values voters have "moved into the driver's seat" on the political bus. See her comments in the second link above. I'm skeptical but still hopeful.

It's interesting that "Rudy McRomney" and Fred Thompson all skipped the debate. Make of that what you will. We shall see if this has any impact on the so-called second-tier candidates.

Monday, September 17, 2007

transforming america, step 6--guard your home against secularism

I'm back from my trip to St. Louis--we saw the Cubs and Cardinals split two games on Saturday at beautiful Busch Stadium--so now it's back to work.

For the past couple of weeks, I have been posting my thoughts on what has to happen to transform America and to spark a spiritual rebirth of this great country. In my opinion, America is circling the drain of secular humanism, or secular progressivism, or modern liberalism, or cultural Marxism, or whatever you want to call the disease that is destroying our culture. I have identified 13 steps that those of us who call ourselves Christian conservatives need to take in order to stop the decline, and we have discussed 5 of those steps so far. Step 6 is to use God's armor to guard our homes against secularism. Ephesians 6:10-18 provides the blueprint:

And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, God's Word, and prayer are the armor and weapons God has provided us with for the struggle we face. And make no mistake, we face an immense struggle to keep the forces of dark secularism--the devil's forces--out of our homes. Paul calls this "a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels." Far too many modern Christians regard this struggle as an "afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours," but the reality is quite different and more than a little frightening. The question now becomes--How do we apply what Paul tells us here to our own homes?

We need to eliminate anything that contradicts truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and God's Word from our homes, and the best place to start is with most TV programming. Notice that I didn't say to throw out the TV. We Christians, many of us anyway, have got to get past the silly notion that the TV set is evil. It's not. The TV is neither good nor evil. It is simply an appliance that can be used for great good or tremendous evil. In my home we love our Walker Texas Ranger re-runs. We love Andy Griffith and Bonanza and Gunsmoke as well. Colts games, Cubs games, Packers games, Pacers games and Notre Dame games all are welcome on the TV. On the other hand, I have almost completely banned the Disney Channel from our household. 99.9% of everything on Disnet is pure garbage, and that's a shame. It's not the Disney of our youth. Unfortunately, the Disney Corporation has made the corporate decision to become the largest purveyor of cultural Marxism that we have in America. Spend just one evening watching the trash they are peddling and you will see a very obvious effort to promote homosexuality and hedonism, and an equally obvious effort to trash traditional Christian values, the traditional family, and gender distinctions. If you let your kids watch a lot of Disney you are poisoning them, and that's a fact! The bottom line is that you have to strictly limit what your kids watch on TV.

The same reasoning applies to all forms of electronic games and computers. All of that stuff can be fun, and even educational, but only in small doses, and only if you strictly monitor content. And I hope I don't have to point out the obvious dangers of the Internet, and the need for strict parental oversight in that area.

If your kids are spending more than 1 hour a day hooked into electronic gadgetry, including the TV, that's too much. Back on June 14 I posted links to a study that showed the effects that heavy TV watching had on the political and cultural opinions of people, and it isn't pretty. Go to the archives on the right sidebar and you will find the post From 6-14-07. The numbers don't lie--if you want your child to grow up to be a secular progressive/modern leftist/liberaliar/cultural Marxist, then the best way to start is to let them watch lots and lots of unregulated TV. Then they'll be sure to avoid any influence from truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and God's Word!

I'll close here with what I said back in June at the end of the above post:

So, what's the lesson here? What's "The Big Idea?"

First, strictly limit the amount of time the TV is on in your home.

Second, strictly regulate the content of the shows that are being watched. And don't automatically assume that the "kiddie channels" are OK for the kids. The absolute worst piece of liberaliar propaganda I have ever seen, other than Al Gore's sci-fi flick, was the movie Happy Feet. I never knew that an animated movie about penguins could be so flagrantly Marxist, and so openly hostile to Christianity! (personal note from my house--We naively watched that movie last week as a family. I stopped it halfway through. We had to watch 'Rocky' and 'Rocky II', plus a good 'Walker, Texas Ranger' episode, just to clear the liberal stench from the room!)

Third, spend time reading with your kids. Read the classics. Read the Bible. Read about the Founding Fathers, and great American heroes like Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Read the Bible. Read about Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. Read about the Pilgrims. Read the Bible. You get the idea.

Fourth, pray with your kids. Pray for wisdom, strength and courage so that you can model Christian conservatism for you kids, and so that they could grow to be strong Christian conservative American citizens.

In my opinion, we are one generation away from completely losing the America of our Fathers and from seeing America circle the same liberaliar, Marxist drain that has claimed Europe. One generation! By the same token, we are only one generation away from beating back the forces of cultural Marxism or secular progressivism or liberaliarism or whatever you want to call it, and reclaiming America for the cause of Christian conservatism. The battle starts in the home with the simple act of turning off the TV.

And with never, ever watching any cartoons about penguins!

Friday, September 14, 2007

this is why i (correctly) call liberaliars "fascists"

Thursday, September 13, 2007

something to ponder while I'm gone

Michael Moore--one more example of a liberaliar whose only objective is to destroy the world's finest health care system in order to gain power for himself and other liberaliars.

have a great weekend!

I'm leaving town for the weekend--my annual "guy's trip" to see a ballgame in another town. I'll let you know how it all turns out.

There won't be any more posts until Monday. Have a great weekend!

cultural marxism and public education Free Public Education? by Renny Hartmann

This is a great article that is very illustrative of how broken America's public education system is. From the article:

Cities like Washington, DC, cost about $16,000 per student and according to the NAEP, graduate its high school student with mostly a fourth grade reading level. The average educational cost today nationally is nearly $9,000 per student.

Obviously the D.C. school system is the worst-case example, but look at the figures for the nation. $9000 per student is buying, approximately, a 50% graduation rate, and over half of the students who do manage to graduate can't read or write at the appropriate grade level. That means that our very expensive public school bureaucracy is only able to adequately educate one out of every five students they are entrusted with. That is unacceptable!

The solution lies within the Christian conservative philosophy. Treat education as a property right. You paid for it--You bought it--You own it! If you are dissatisfied with the quality of education your child is receiving, you take that $9000 and spend it elsewhere. If you wish to homeschool your children, that $9000 will pay for it.

For the first 100 years of America's history, the government stayed out of the education business. From the article:

Most mandatory public school laws are only about a century old. New Jersey’s law dates from 1874 and requires all young persons from six to sixteen to attend. California (a much younger state) passed its mandatory attendance in 1913. Therefore, the imperative for states to provide free public education is not ancient and immutable. The US Constitution itself says nothing about education. (Federal legislation regarding schools and colleges comes either through the executive for defense or interstate commerce clause.)

Prior to mandatory attendance, children still attended schools, but they were provided privately in homes or through religious organizations or community involvement. Costs were borne directly by those involved.

A return to that type of system would eliminate the influence currently wielded by the devotees of cultural Marxism over public education, and therein lies the problem. The author states that a return to the original philosophy of public education would largely eliminate "political mandates to teach no smoking, pro-condom use, no trans fats, pro-touchy feely socialism, no drugs, pro-pacifism, and every other leftist idea," and "all the nitwit legal spider’s web of what teachers can and cannot say, can and cannot teach (consider the importance of religion in history and literature), all the “politically incorrect” thoughts and actions that are now censored (true censorship because it comes from a government institution)."

All of the above, added together, equals a loss of power and diminished influence over the American culture by the radical left. Believe me when I say that they won't "go gentle into that good night!" That powerful minority of Americans who make up the ranks of cultural Marxism will fight tooth and nail to retain the power they have as a result of government-controlled schools. We the people of the all-too-often silent majority will have to stand up to them and take back that which is rightfully ours--the right to educate our kids free from government interference.

See also

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

liberaliars and the myth about american poverty

Liberal Lie From Liberaliar Senator John Edwards (regarding the data released from the U.S. Census Bureau's Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division"):

"The reality that we have two Americas was confirmed again today by new data from the Census Bureau. These statistics show what most Americans know: tens of millions of our fellow citizens are completely left out of the economic progress enjoyed by the individuals and corporations on the very top.
"With an increase in Americans without health insurance by two million to 47 million, nearly 37 million Americans still living in poverty and continued high levels of inequality, the need for fundamental change in our government is obvious.
"We simply cannot stand by while tens of millions of our fellow citizens go without the necessities of life. We need truly universal health care and a national effort to eliminate poverty. But neither of these basic steps to building One America is possible without bringing fundamental change to Washington."
According to Census Bureau data released today, the number of people without health insurance rose from 45 million in 2005 to 47 million to 2006. The number of Americans in poverty remained statistically unchanged at about 37 million. Median household income increased by 1.1 percent after inflation to $48,200.

Here are some hard numbers to add a little perspective to the rantings of the Liberaliar from Carolina:

1. Forty-three percent of all poor households actu­ally own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.
2. Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
3. Only 6 percent of poor households are over­crowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.
4. The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)
5. Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.
Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.
6. Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.
7. Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.

Conservative Truth: Poverty, as understood by the rest of the world, has largely been eradicated here in the U.S. That would make America the first country in history to defeat poverty. Liberaliars like Edwards don't want you to believe that because the myth of poverty enables liberaliars to expand their own personal power. The free market works, despite the maniacal rantings of dimwitted Democrats!

Monday, September 10, 2007

this is what i've been talking about!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

transforming america, step 5--love, honor and serve your spouse

FACT: Children of divorce are more aggressive toward their parents and teachers. They experience more depression, more learning difficulties and problems getting along with their peers. They are three times more likely to be referred for psychological help. They become sexually active earlier, they are more likely to produce children out of wedlock and they are three times as likely to divorce themselves or to never marry.

A child’s happiness is not dependent on their parent’s happiness. A child’s happiness stems from routine, having a home, two parents, friends to play with, school activities to be involved in and being able to count on those things being constant day in and day out.
(From "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 Year Landmark Study" by Judith Wallerstein)

FACT: Adults who are aggressive towards authority, who have psychological problems, who are sexually active, and who have produced children out of wedlock are more likely to depend on government entitlement programs and less likely to regularly attend church than are happy, well-adjusted, married adults.

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that the best way to produce happy, well-adjusted, self reliant, God-loving American citizens is to instill the principles and values of Christian conservatism in them in a loving home within the traditional family. Although I do believe that homosexuality is a sin, and I oppose gay marriage, I believe with all my heart that divorce is the #1 enemy of the traditional family in America today. Here are some numbers to chew on:

1. In 1940, there were 264,000 divorces in the U.S.
2. In 1992, there were 1,215,000 divorces in the U.S.
3. Since 2000 the divorce numbers have declined slightly, but remain over 1.1 million/year.
4. Over 50% of first marriages end in divorce.
5. 60% of second marriages end in divorce.
6. 67% of all recent marriages will end in divorce.
7. 84% of African-American marriages end in divorce.
8. 40-45% of American children will spend part of their childhood living in a single parent home.
9. Less than 25% of all homes are composed of the biological unit of mother, father, and their offspring.
10. 75% of children of divorce end up going through a divorce themselves.
11. When counselors and therapists who work with with teens asked "What do you see as the major stresses/problems facing today's teenagers?"-- 72% of the respondents listed "Problems arising from parental divorce/remarriage."

Is it any wonder that America is in turmoil and that we are producing citizens who are susceptible to the seductive influence of cultural Marxism? Is it any wonder that an ever-decreasing number of American citizens have any respect at all for the traditional values and principles of this great republic?

It was Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the great Democrat Senator from New York, who famously said, "There is one unmistakable lesson in American history: A community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future — that community asks for and gets chaos... And it is richly deserved."

Do you see my point? If we are to transform America, we must first transform the family, and we do that by transforming marriage.

For me, it's real simple. If you are married, the greatest thing that you can do for your family is to love, honor and serve your spouse as much as you love, honor and serve yourself. If every single married adult in America followed that simple advice, divorce (and all of the nasty consequences of divorce) would become virtually extinct. What's more, the resulting marital harmony would influence public policy.

Did you know that most married people vote Republican, while most unmarried people (by a 2-1 margin) vote Democrat? Did you know that high school dropouts overwhelmingly vote Democrat (again, a 2-1 margin) and that the children of divorced parents are more likely to drop out of high school? Did you know that, again by a 2-1 margin, people earning less than $30,000 per year are more likely to vote Democrat, and that the children of divorced parents are more likely to earn less than children of married parents?

Those numbers are significant. Tragically, the modern Democrat Party has become the home of the radical left. The lunatic fringe of the left--the cultural Marxists--have hijacked the Democrat Party platform and they are working relentlessly to force feed their agenda to the overwhelming majority who oppose that agenda. A vote for a Democrat, no matter how well intentioned that Democrat happens to be as an individual, is ultimately a vote for a national religion of secular humanism and an American culture dominated by Marxism.

Do you want to have a positive influence on the American culture? Do you want to participate in the culture war and help defeat the forces of the radical left? Do you want to help transform America and spark a national rebirth? Love, honor and serve your spouse as much as you love, honor and serve yourself. Raise your children in a loving, happy, traditional home. Give them a routine, a safe home, two parents living together in that home, constancy in the love and support they receive in that home, and the assurance that their family won't be broken apart. Pray that God would bring that constancy to families all across America. The resulting peace, order and calm that would spread across this nation would bring about a rise in Christian conservatism that we haven't seen in decades.

For Further Information--What the Bible Says About Marriage:

1. Marriage is God's idea--Gen. 2:18-24
2. Commitment is essential to a successful marriage--Gen. 24:58-60
3. Romance is important--Song of Songs 4
4. Marriage holds times of great joy--Jer. 33:10, 11
5. Marriage creates the best environment for raising children--Malachi 2:14, 15
6. Unfaithfulness breaks the bond of trust, the foundation of all relationships--Matthew 5:32
7. Marriage is permanent--Matthew 19:6
8. Ideally, only death should dissolve a marriage--Romans 7:2, 3
9. Marriage is based on the principled practice of love, not on feelings--Eph. 5:21-33
10. Marriage is a living symbol of Christ and the church--Eph. 5:23, 32
11. Marriage is good and honorable--Hebrews 13:4

Saturday, September 08, 2007

let's pause for a moment as we discuss transforming america

As we have finished discussing the 4th (out of 13) step in the plan to transform America, I think that it is appropriate to pause for a moment to discuss the direction we are going in, and where we hope to end up.

I agree with Arthur S. DeMoss when he says that the transformation of America has to begin on a personal level (see That's what steps 1-3 were all about.

John Adams said, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. 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 people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

I couldn't agree more. The unalienable rights that God has blessed us with have never been less secure at any point of our history than they are right now. When John Adams made this statement in 1798, America was a freer nation because Americans were more religious and moral than we are today. Our bondage to sin and immorality has caused us to become enslaved by an increasingly amoral and power-hungry federal government. Transforming America will be an impossible task unless we become a more religious and moral people. That's how we defeat the forces of cultural Marxism, and that's what steps 1-3 are all about.

Step 4 takes personal transformation to the next logical step. Individuals who have been transformed by God's saving grace need to join together with other individuals who have undergone the same transformation in order to transform America. If it is true that, individually, letting our light shine to others will cause them to praise our Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16), then it just makes sense that groups of Christians doing the same thing will cause the same thing with larger groups of other people. Right?

According to the Barna Group there are 324,000 Protestant churches in America, not including Roman Catholic parishes and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, with an average Sunday worship service attendance of 100 adults. That's 32,400,000 adults regularly attending church. If those 32.4 million adults all genuinely accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and if they all became studious readers of God's Word, and if they all unceasingly prayed for God to bring America back to Him, America would be transformed overnight!

As an individual, however, there is more that you (and I) can do. I believe with all my heart that the secret to lasting change here in America lies within the structure of the traditional family. I'll explain.

Those who are not yet born will serve him. Those who are born later will be told about the Lord. And they will tell people who have not yet been born that he has done what is right. (Psalm 22:30-31)

My Life Application Study Bible, in discussing those verses, says the following:

"Unborn generations are depending upon our faithfulness today. As we teach our children about the Lord, so they will teach their children and their children's children. If we fail to tell our children about the Lord, we may well be breaking the chain of God's influence in generations to come. We must view our children and all the young people we meet as God's future leaders. If we are faithful in opportunities today, we may well be affecting the future." Also;

"If we want our children to serve the Lord, they must hear about Him from us. It is not enough to rely on the church or those with more knowledge to provide all of their Christian education. We must reinforce the lessons of the Bible in our homes."

I would add that is also important to teach our children about the greatness of America, and how that greatness is rooted in our uniquely Christian heritage. We must teach our children about the Christian faith and the courage and wisdom of our Founding Fathers. We must teach our children about their rights and responsibilities as American citizens. We must regard our children as future American leaders, and we must instill in them a love for the foundational principles of this great nation.

Steps 5-12 all deal with our responsibility to inculcate the guiding principles of Christian conservatism in our children, and how carrying out that responsibility within our homes will absolutely change America for the better.

That's where we will pick up tomorrow.

in search of republicans who have the courage to go on the offensive

Rabbi Aryeh Spero makes an excellent point (as usual) in his latest column. For far too long, most Republican politicians, including Pres. Bush, have been far too reluctant to criticize Democrats. Over and over again, we see the leaders of the Democrat Party lie, cheat and steal, yet Republicans are afraid to publicly chastise them. We see the modern Democrat Party actively and openly root against our American troops in the war on terror, and provide aid and comfort to our enemies, yet the Republicans are afraid to call them what they are---Anti-American Traitors. We see each and every Democrat candidate for President espouse policies that will weaken our national security, damage our economy, increase the size and scope of federal power, destroy our nation's health care system, drive more Americans into poverty, and take away more of our basic human rights, yet the GOP says nothing.

Rabbi Spero is right. The modern Democrat Party has been hijacked by the radical left, and the radical left hates America. The radical left wants to destroy the free market and replace it with socialism. The radical left wants to separate America from her Christian heritage, and replace that heritage with progressive secular humanism. The radical left wants to destroy the traditional values and principles that America was founded on, and that we the people followed for over 200 years, and replace them with the values and principles of cultural Marxism. The vast majority of Americans oppose the radical left, yet the GOP is afraid to forcefully, aggressively speak out against them. I don't understand why.

Rabbi Spero apparently believes that Giuliani is a man who will go on the offensive and attack the nonsensical leftist agenda. I'm not convinced, and I suppose that's the only part of the column that I disagree with. I do agree, however, that America is very impatiently waiting for someone to step forward and to show the courage to speak the truth. I hope that Fred Thompson is that man, but I'm not convinced. Mike Huckabee might become that man, but he hasn't been aggressive enough as of yet. As for the rest of the GOP candidates, they have shown me nothing.

I will guarantee you one thing. If the GOP nominates someone from The Gang of Mealy-Mouths, as I call them, we will absolutely end up with Pres. Hilary Clinton, and she will probably have a Democrat majority to work with in both houses of Congress. Say hello to the United Socialist States of America!

Friday, September 07, 2007

transforming america, step 4---find a church

We continue with this series on the 13 steps I believe need to be taken to transform America and return us to the blueprint of our Fathers. Steps 1-3 were to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, to pray unceasingly, and to regularly read the Bible. Step 4 is to find a church to attend.

Before I go into details on this particular topic, I need to get a few things out of the way. You may be surprised to read some of this from a person who calls himself a Christian, but here it goes anyway. I hear some people say that they don't want to go to church because they know too many hypocrites within the four walls of the church. They know too many people who call themselves Christians on Sundays who behave shamefully Monday through Saturday. They know too many preachers/pastors/clergy/members of the cloth whose personal conduct is shameful. They say, "Why would I want to associate with people like that?" My answer to that is----I understand!

My dad is the strongest, most faithful Christian that I know on this earth. He is a good and decent man who lives his life as the perfect illustration of Christ-likeness. He served as an elder in his church for years and is looked up to by scores of people because he faithfully follows the Biblical commands to love God with his entire being and to love others as much as himself. He is the greatest man that I know.

My dad worked in the banking/savings and loan business for his entire adult life before retirement. He told me one time that he always cringed whenever a minister would walk into his office seeking a loan, because he and his bank had been cheated more times by ministers than by people of any other profession on earth. My father, as strong a Christian as there is, told me that, in his experience, ministers/preachers/clergy were some of the most dishonest people he knew because, for some odd reason, they didn't believe that the rules of society applied to them.

This same opinion was shared with me by a man who is a good friend to both my dad and to me, who is also a strong Christian, and who works in the insurance industry. This man told me once that he actually gets a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach whenever a preacher walks into his office wanting to purchase some sort of insurance because he knows that he is about to "get cheated in the name of God."

How's that as an advertisement for Christianity?

Having said those things, it's time to answer a few questions:

1. Why is it important to find a church? Because we live in a broken and dangerous world, and we need backup. "A man alone is easy prey," said The Preacher (played by Clint Eastwood) in the movie Pale Rider. He's right. If we ride through this world alone, with no kind of Christian support, it becomes very easy for Satan to "pick us off." God gave us The Church, in part, so that we can "hold hands as we cross the street."

That's not the whole reason, of course. We are commanded to love others as much as we love ourselves, and the most effective way to do this is as a group. A group of Christians, each of whom individually possess differing amounts of time, talents and treasures to offer up for God's work, can more effectively carry out this mission than can one Christian acting alone.

Also, we must not forget that one of the primary purposes of gathering together in church is to worship and praise God. By meeting together as a group we encourage and inspire each other to worship God more completely.

2. Why should I attend church if there are other people there who aren't "good Christians?" After everything I said up above about the clergy, I say that it is still important to find a church. More importantly, the Bible says it is important. Read Luke 4:16--Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. On the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue as he usually did. And he stood up to read.

Jesus was the perfect, sinless Son of God. Do you think that our Savior was ever disappointed in the actions of His fellow church-goers? Still, He went to church every Sabbath day. Kind of makes our excuses look pretty weak, doesn't it? If Jesus attended church every week, why wouldn't we follow His example?

The simple truth is that church attendance is all about focusing on God. It's also about being a living witness to others, both inside and outside the church. May God help all of us to become more like His Son, Jesus Christ!

3. Is it OK to attend any church? No! Absolutely not! When you are looking for a church, look for a church that teaches the Bible to all of its members through vibrant adult and youth Bible education programs.

The Bible is God's personal Word to us. God's Word is true and wonderful. Obedience to God's Word is the only way to achieve real happiness that means anything (see Psalm 119). All of this is true, yet there are literally thousands of churches all across America that don't teach the Bible.

I read an article once by a man named Tom Ehrich, a False Teacher of the Episcopal Church, in which he said, "Jesus took a subtle and nuanced view of the Law, embracing it in some ways and abandoning it in others, based on emerging needs." Uh, no He didn't! Jesus didn't make one single, solitary change to God's Law. Over the centuries, beginning in Moses' time, man had distorted God's Law. God gave us His Law in order to lead us to a life of practical holiness and loving service to our fellow man. By the time Jesus came to earth, man had twisted God's Law until it was unrecognizable. Jesus came to reaffirm the original perfection of God's Law. Why would we want to attend a church that denies this basic truth by teaching man-made distortions of God's Law? Answer--we wouldn't. A church that doesn't hold to the beautiful truth of God's Word is worse than worthless. It is dangerous and it is a tool of Satan used to separate us from God. Don't be deceived.

I mentioned adult and youth Bible education programs. It is vitally important that Christian family worship and pray together. A church that offers authentic, meaningful Bible education to all of its members, regardless of age, is the strong foundation needed in today's world by all families.

I have talked a lot on my blog about cultural Marxism. The main strategy of the far left to destroy the America of our Fathers is to separate we the people from our traditional values and principles. Meaningful Bible study based in the church for kids and adults will equip us to resist and overcome this leftist assault.

4. Is it necessary to become a "member" of a particular church? No. Professional preachers won't tell you that, but it's true. There isn't anything in the Bible that says we must officially "join" a specific church. There's nothing wrong with joining a church, it just isn't required.

Find a church that teaches the Bible, and that has good Bible education programs for everyone in your family. Attend regularly, and participate actively in the missions of the church. Love God with your entire being by worshipping and praising Him at all times, including every Sunday at church with other believers. Love others as much as you love yourself by serving your fellow believers inside the church and by being God's light to the world outside the church. In so doing, we fulfill Jesus' command to "....let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven."

This is how we transform America. Why Christians Should Attend Church The Importance of Attending Church Finding a Church--- This is an outstanding "how-to" guide on finding a church to attend. I highly recommend reading it.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

1 corinthians 15

1 Brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the good news I preached to you. You received it and have put your faith in it. 2 Because you believed the good news, you are saved. But you must hold firmly to the message I preached to you. If you don't, you have believed it for nothing.
3 What I received I passed on to you. And it is the most important of all. Here is what it is. Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. 4 He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be. 5 He appeared to Peter. Then he appeared to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than 500 believers at the same time. Most of them are still living. But some have died. 7 He appeared to James. Then he appeared to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, he also appeared to me. I was like someone who wasn't born at the right time or in a normal way.

9 I am the least important of the apostles. I'm not even fit to be called an apostle. I tried to destroy God's church. 10 But because of God's grace I am what I am. And his grace was not wasted on me. No, I have worked harder than all the other apostles. But I didn't do the work. God's grace was with me.

11 So whether it was I or the other apostles who preached to you, that is what we preach. And that is what you believed.

12 We have preached that Christ has been raised from the dead. So how can some of you say that no one rises from the dead? 13 If no one rises from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, what we preach doesn't mean anything. Your faith doesn't mean anything either. 15 More than that, we would be lying about God. We have given witness that God raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if the dead are not raised.
16 If the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith doesn't mean anything. Your sins have not been forgiven. 18 Those who have died believing in Christ are also lost.

19 Do we have hope in Christ only for this life? Then people should pity us more than anyone else.

20 But Christ really has been raised from the dead. He is the first of all those who will rise.

21 Death came because of what a man did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man did. 22 Because of Adam, all people die. So because of Christ, all will be made alive.

23 But here is the order of events. Christ is the first of those who rise from the dead. When he comes back, those who belong to him will be raised. 24 Then the end will come. Christ will destroy all rule, authority and power. He will hand over the kingdom to God the Father.

25 Christ must rule until he has put all his enemies under his control. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 Scripture says that God "has put everything under his control."—(Psalm 8:6) It says that "everything" has been put under him. But it is clear that this does not include God himself, who puts everything under Christ. 28 When he has done that, the Son also will be under God's rule. God puts everything under the Son. In that way, God will be all in all.

29 Suppose no one rises from the dead. Then what will people do who are baptized for the dead? Suppose the dead are not raised at all. Then why are people baptized for them? 30 And why would we put ourselves in danger every hour?

31 I die every day. I really mean that, brothers and sisters. Here is something you can be sure of. I take pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done for you through my work. 32 Did I fight wild animals in Ephesus for only human reasons? Then what have I gotten for it? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we will die." —(Isaiah 22:13)

33 Don't let anyone fool you. "Bad companions make a good person bad." 34 You should come back to your senses and stop sinning. Some of you don't know anything about God. I say this to make you ashamed.

35 But someone might ask, "How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have?" 36 How foolish! What you plant doesn't come to life unless it dies. 37 When you plant something, it isn't a completely grown plant that you put in the ground. You only plant a seed. Maybe it's wheat or something else. 38 But God gives the seed a body just as he has planned. And to each kind of seed he gives its own body.

39 All earthly creatures are not the same. People have one kind of body. Animals have another. Birds have another kind. Fish have still another.

40 There are also heavenly bodies as well as earthly bodies. Heavenly bodies have one kind of glory. Earthly bodies have another. 41 The sun has one kind of glory. The moon has another kind. The stars have still another. And one star's glory is different from that of another star.

42 It will be like that with bodies that are raised from the dead. The body that is planted does not last forever. The body that is raised from the dead lasts forever. 43 It is planted without honor. But it is raised in glory. It is planted in weakness. But it is raised in power. 44 It is planted as an earthly body. But it is raised as a spiritual body. Just as there is an earthly body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 It is written, "The first man Adam became a living person."—(Genesis 2:7) The last Adam became a spirit that gives life. 46 What is spiritual did not come first. What is earthly came first. What is spiritual came after that. 47 The first man came from the dust of the earth. The second man came from heaven.

48 Those who belong to the earth are like the one who came from the earth. And those who are spiritual are like the one who came from heaven. 49 We are like the earthly man. And we will be like the man from heaven.

50 Brothers and sisters, here is what I'm telling you. Bodies made of flesh and blood can't share in the kingdom of God. And what dies can't share in what never dies.

51 Listen! I am telling you a mystery. We will not all die. But we will all be changed. 52 That will happen in a flash, as quickly as you can wink an eye. It will happen when the last trumpet sounds. The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever. And we will be changed.

53 Our natural bodies don't last forever. They must be dressed with what does last forever. What dies must be dressed with what does not die. 54 In fact, that is going to happen. What does not last will be dressed with what lasts forever. What dies will be dressed with what does not die. Then what is written will come true. It says, "Death has been swallowed up. It has lost the battle."—(Isaiah 25:8) 55 "Death, where is the battle you thought you were winning? Death, where is your sting?" —(Hosea 13:14) 56 The sting of death is sin. And the power of sin is the law. 57 But let us give thanks to God! He wins the battle for us because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.

58 My dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Don't let anything move you. Always give yourselves completely to the work of the Lord. Because you belong to the Lord, you know that your work is not worthless.
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