In The Image Of God

The state of Mississippi will soon vote on a bill that declares that a baby in the womb is a person. [Yes on 26] We live in an America where we must restate what God has already stated. God said that He formed us in His own image. In Proverbs, we see that God is personally
involved in the creation of all persons.

“For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou
didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well. Psalms 139:13-14″

Planned Parenthood is fighting this incursion into their income,
even to the extent of bringing in fake pastors to testify.

It is time for this outrage to end. For 53 million Americans, it
is too late. Watch the the story of one person fearfully and wonderfully made. [Miracle of Life]

Make a pledge to stop abortion in our time. Stop the clinics,
reach out to young women in need, pray for justice, pray for life.

Join the New Remnant!

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Our Time Is Now

American Christian believers, now is the time to be counted, now is our time to be heard. Our descendants will look back on these days and honor us or they will look back in disbelief and wonder at what America “used to be”.

Our ancestors stood at Yorktown, they held the line in the Argonne Forest, and they stormed the beaches at Normandy. We face no less threat from without and from within. It is our turn to stand.

If you have not joined with others to make your voice heard, join the New Remnant today.

If not now, when? If not you and I, then who?

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Anxiety Relief

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Being anxious for nothing is a tall order.  If I could let anxiety wash out of me in a flood, I could be free to move on to more meaningful things.

In verse four of Philippians chapter four God says “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!”  My rejoicing in the Lord is connected to my anxiety relief.

What if i take one anxious moment today and rejoiced instead.  Day by day anxiety by anxiety, I will be anxious for less and less and rejoicing more and more.

Be a part of the Remnant of the Church!

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Moral Ambiguity

On Saturday, March 27, 2004 the religion reporter at the Chicago Sun Times interviewed then Senator Barack Obama. The full text of that interview is still available here. In that interview the soon to be President reveals much about why America senses a moral ambiguity in him.

His initial claim to be Christian is followed by his own version of pluralism. He recommends attending the church pastored by his mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. This was at a time before Reverend Wright’s radical ideology became public and Barack Obama suddenly abandoned him.

The Christ of Barack Obama is a teacher and historical figure that helps connect us with a higher power. Professing to have read the bible, he abandons it during the most important time in his life, his presidential campaign.

Professing to pray, prayer is an internal conversation with himself. He says he thinks he has an ongoing conversation with God, which he elaborates on as a conversation with himself during the day.

He denies the reality of hell with the clearest misunderstanding of the nature of God, and he defines sin as “Being out of alignment with my values.” Not out of line with God’s values, out of line with Barack Obama’s values.

When asked during this interview that deals with his spiritual makeup Who is  “An example of a role model, who combined everything you said you want to do in your life, and your faith?

He replies with “I think Gandhi is a great example of a profoundly spiritual man who acted and risked everything on behalf of those values but never slipped into intolerance or dogma. He seemed to always maintain an air of doubt about him.”

Moral relativism is a handy ideal when you want to justify the wrong that you do. When you support late term abortion or the destruction of the family and suppression of religious liberty.

In a young person it is sophomoric to claim that your personal values however relative and however based on some sliding scale of ethics are superior to the absolute truth of a Holy God.

Moral ambiguity in a president, is nothing short of tragic for a nation and a people.

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The Vision Of America – Speech to Doswell Ruritan

Thank you for the opportunity to speak here tonight on the Vision of America.  I often hear it said that the two topics to avoid in speech or conversation are religion and politics.  It is interesting to examine this statement more closely.  Faith, if it is real, fills a person in their every atom and molecule, and politics, well that is just the details of how we live together and govern ourselves.  Sometimes we avoid politics and religion because they tend to expose our inner selves and beliefs to others and that can be daunting.  Our forefathers risked both censure and death to put their faith and politics on public view, and we owe our very existence as a nation to the principles that they brought to the vision of America.  I believe that our nation is in a crisis equal to the revolution of 1776, or the civil war.  Not in terms of lives lost on battlefields on our own soil, God prevent that, but in terms of warring ideologies that will result in America either finding new greatness or in America being fundamentally transformed into failure.  America is on the cusp of this decision, and we will rise to greatness or we will fall to failure.  America has long entrusted her heart to her “grass roots”.   It is from that source that our nation will rise to this occasion.

An organization that gets its name from the concept of the rural-small town is in the heart of the grass roots of America.  Your mission says that Ruritan is dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.  This is the fundamental idea that improving lives begins with you and I improving ourselves, and engaging others to grow with us. We have this framework because you and I have breathed free air and been immersed in life and liberty America style, we are imbued with an innate sense of what needs to be improved.  The American Vision causes us to know when the way things are; do not match up with the way things should be.  There are deep and fundamental uniquely American reasons for this shared vision.

 Years ago I read a book by Lewis Carroll called “Alice in wonderland”.  If you remember the story, Alice falls down a rabbit hole and begins her adventure by being lost and wondering where to go.  She encounters a cat, a Cheshire cat and since he is smiling, she asks him which way she should go.  The cat says “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”, to which Alice replies “I don’t much care where.”  The cat says “Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.”    If I do not have a destination, if I do not have a vision of where I want to end up, I cannot set a heading.  You as an organization have a vision of where you want to go and so that dictates many of the roads you take to get there.

America is a nation that has always had a vision, and that vision has guided her through good times and crisis times. America has had times of great leadership, and has endured poor leadership.  Great leaders have arisen when needed and they aligned themselves with the American Vision while leading through the crises.  Poor leaders have promoted changes that are in conflict with the American Vision.  Great leaders had stood in the gap and have said “The American vision will not be lost on my watch”.  I say without  equivocation that the American vision does not need to be fundamentally changed.  Fundamentally changing a good thing makes it fundamentally bad.  When I was a boy my grandmother would make a meal and there would always be biscuits.  Her biscuits were good, they were fundamentally good.  You could butter them, you could put honey on them, you could enhance them, but if you fundamentally changed them they became fundamentally bad.  America’s vision of goodness and greatness is fundamentally good and changing it fundamentally will destroy it.

In 1776, America produced and embraced our first image of that vision.  56 delegates from different backgrounds, 24 of whom held today what would be called seminary or bible school degrees, three were actual pastors, gathered to begin a new nation.  They declared our independence in terms that were revolutionary as a definition for a nation, but which came from ancient truths indelibly ingrained in our fore fathers by their steeping in their Judeo-Christian heritage.   This is what they said,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 In this our Declaration of Independence, America began her ability to see clearly the good and the right.   In school, we learned that the revolution was about “taxation without representation” yet the declaration lists taxation 13th in its list of grievances behind many protests about the violations of our liberty by an oppressive all powerful government.   This declaration said that if America indeed stayed true to her vision, that she would defend at all costs the rights of all men, because she believes that those rights are given by God and are not the property of government.

There is always a tension between our vision for our self and where we currently operate.  The Olympic high jumper begins training and finds that he can jump 6 feet 6 inches.  If he has a vision of himself as the world’s record holder, he sees himself clearing over 8 feet.  A tension exists because he perceives a difference of his current jump and the world record.  1 foot 6 inches stands in between him and his vision.  So a nation who sees herself as a haven for liberty and the rights of all men, will either cease to have a clear vision, or will strive within to align her reality with her vision.   Abraham Lincoln on the battlefield at Gettysburg clearly understood that America needed to set reality to match her vision, or perish,  as he said “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” America conceived in liberty, freedom is in her DNA and she is dedicated to the equality of all men.  “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”  Can such a national experiment in liberty last?  Can our nation succeed in pursuing its vision?  Yes we can.

In the entire history of the planet earth, it has been estimated that out of the billions of people that have lived on this planet, less than 5% have lived in freedom and liberty. Nearly every one of those people have lived right here in these United States.  Such a legacy calls out to us to arise and endure.

In my first years in college, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Coming into such an august place from a small high school, where we said the pledge of allegiance and saluted the flag and thought America was great, I encountered college professors who were teaching another America as if they were some Gnostic mystics who alone held the secret knowledge that America was really the bad guys and they began a generation of American apologists.  These apologists continue today to apologize for phantom faults in the face of the fact that the only country in the world that people risk their lives to run, crawl, swim, and tunnel into is the USA.  When the president of Mexico recently criticized America for its treatment of the illegal Mexican aliens in the US, I wondered that if he spent more time trying to end corruption and crime and poverty for his own citizens that they might not spend every waking moment planning how to escape his country.

I have a friend whose father fought in World War II as a part of what is known as “the greatest generation.”    The marines landed on a 40 mile square island in the south pacific called Tinian.  After fierce fighting the island’s runway was bombed out.  Dave’s dad and his platoon repaired the runway in record time.  Sounds ordinary until you are welding steel runway plates and keeping a rifle handy to defend yourself.  Tinian Island is close enough to Japan that our planes could reach there and return without refueling.  Suddenly, islands like Tinian and Saipan put us in striking distance of the Japanese main land.  The USS Indianapolis delivered a device called “Little Boy” to the island of Tinian.  Little boy was loaded on a plane called the Enola Gay and dropped on the city of Hiroshima.  With the subsequent atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the emperor of Japan surrendered, saving countless hundreds of thousands of lives that would have been lost landing troops on the island of Japan.    Dave’s dad and his platoon all received a bronze star.  When asked about it in later years he said “We were just doing our job”.   And so they were.  As others who cherish this country and aim to see it continue.

I saw the movie “Captain America” recently.  Captain America goes from a 98 pound weakling to super soldier through the wonders of science.  He enters the fight against Hitler in World War II.  Reviews of Captain America said it had action, but that it was corny.   Unashamedly pro American is passé and corny.   I say then let me be called corny, but I want more, I want the hearts and minds of Americans to change so that patriotism is back in vogue, yet if it does not become popular, still will I stand for her.

I have studied history and I have seen the end results of other ideologies. Socialism and fascism and radical theocratic regimes claim that the rights of all men are to be doled out by the government.  To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, “as government grows, liberty decreases”     Nazism and Hitler stood on the graves of 20 million dead, Russia and socialism stand on the graves of tens of millions as does Mao Zedong. The president of Iran will be the next mass murderer of millions of Jews and millions of Americans based on radical Islamic fascist ideals.  Yet we still have those here who would praise socialism and murderers like Che Guevara.   Will America embrace failed, bloodstained, ideologies born in a foreign land or will we embrace the American vision that is the only proven system of liberty?

I have a son who is an officer in the United States Air Force.  When he was commissioned he took an oath that reads like this

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

 I want to call out a new generation of patriots who are willing to see their duty and defend our vision against all enemies both foreign and domestic.  Men and women of all ages and all political parties who remember America’s vision and who will not rest until all her enemies without and within are defeated and she is fully restored.  I want to call you out.  In the next months you will hear many speeches of people running for political office.  I am not one of those.  I am running for America, I am throwing my hat in the ring and I want your vote for restoring America from the brink.  In every venue, every spot I want to give this message to everyone we know.  I ask you to wake up if you are asleep, to speak up if you are awake, and stand up if you are ready for our nation to return to the values that she has always held in her vision.

The bible book of Hebrews tells of how God speaks and it shakes the entire earth and the heavens as well, but the true and faithful remain unshaken.  In that same way the true American will not be shaken by false promises and ideology, but will stand unshaken for liberty.

Whatever image comes to you as your mind turns to the greatest country on earth, the red and white stripes and 50 stars of the Flag, the amber waves of grain, the majesty of mountains, or an image of the statue of liberty, remember that with great gifts come great duty and responsibility.

Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address, called for restoration with these words, “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in;”

Let us strive together to finish the work we are in.  Let not those who have given their lives ahead of us have strived and died in vain, but hand us the banner, hand us old glory, and make us a new greatest generation of patriots.

God bless you and God bless America.

 

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The Politics of Morality

The recent prayer gathering in Houston called “The Response” was a great encouragement to Christians in America.  One criticism that was leveled at the event was that it addressed “political” issues such as abortion.

The redefining of the value of life has often been a strategy used by governments and others to gain political ends.  Germany redefined the value of the lives of its unprotected citizens and the result was the death of millions.

Courts in our nation have tried to redefine the value of life for our most unprotected citizens, the unborn.  the result has been the death of more than 50 million children.

Abortion is not a political issue, it is a moral issue.  As believers we can never allow the dialogue to be distorted when it concerns the lives of the unborn.

Pray for the abolishment of abortion, pray for the women who have been damaged by this cruel process.

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The Miracle of Freedom:7 Tipping Points that Saved the World

The Miracle of Freedom:7 Tipping Points that Saved the World  by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart Book
Book Review : Sharon Secrist

Did you know that less than 5% of all the humans who have ever lived have experienced freedom as we know it today in America?  This book of history told through short stories, skips through history revealing our natural default as one of tyranny.  Freedom, on the other hand has been the exception.  The big question is, do we want freedom to the degree that we will work to maintain it, or will tyranny be our future?  It is certainly not a question just for the elite or the legislator, it is a question for each and every man, woman, and child. 

I was changed to the core by this book.  As you read through this, notice how Christianity has made a real difference in our fallen world.  What do we, as Christians, need to do to make sure it continues to make a difference in the future?

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Son of Hamas

Son of Hamas, by Mosab Hassan Yousef
Book Review: Sharon Secrist

Why do we need to be so concerned about the Middle East?  Well, maybe we all need to answer that question for ourselves first.  A good place to start is with the story of one of its citizens. Here is a poignant story about a Muslim youth trained to fight the cause of “Hamas”, which is recognized as an international terrorist organization.  After years of hatred and violence, Mosab Yousef had to choose between his father, other family members, and his Christian faith.  He also risked being killed then and even now as he lives as a Christian in America.  His goal is to bring peace to the world by loving your enemies rather than killing your enemies.  His father was Hamas’ most popular leader and Mosab was to be his heir apparent.  Instead, he has had to snatch himself out of this destructive destiny to be the adopted son of the most high God.

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The Blood of Lambs

The Blood of Lambs by Kamal Saleem
Book Review: Sharon Secrist

I was well into this book before I was convinced of any possible change in terrorist, Kamal Saleem.  He had experienced so much that was beyond anything I could have imagined that a human could possibly entertain doing with his life.  He had been groomed in the Jihadist way since a boy of seven years.  Much later, as an adult, he himself finally met with a real and personal tragedy. He met a Christian doctor who treated him and turned his heart toward a living, loving God; not a dead God who demanded his loyalty or required the death of himself and others.  At first, Mr. Saleem hated the loving attention he was given, but throughout, Christ’s spirit was gently working within him until he surrendered. 

          A change of heart was not the end of his story. Kamal Saleem decided to risk his new life in Christ by talking, sharing, and dedicating his life to warning others about the “stealth Jihad” which already exists right here in our own backyard.

          If you are confused about this new and strange threat to you and the culture you have always known, read this diary of a terrorist who is now mercifully sold out to the true and living God, Jesus Christ.

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The Miracle of Freedom:7 Tipping Points that Saved the World

The Miracle of Freedom:7 Tipping Points that Saved the World  by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart

Did you know that less than 5% of all the humans who have ever lived have experienced freedom as we know it today in America?  This book of history told through short stories skips through history revealing our natural default as a people is one of tyranny.  Freedom, on the other hand is the exception.  The big question is, do we want freedom to the degree that we will work to maintain it or will tyranny be our future?  It is certainly not a question just for the elite or the legislator, it is a question for each and every man, woman, and child. 

I was changed to the core by this book.

Book Review : Sharon Secrist

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