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Words of Wisdom from the Gipper


From time to time it is good to pause and reflect. Since we have just had another Presidential debate and now the sound bytes from that debate are appearing in the news I thought it was appropriate to offer a classic SOUNDBYTE from a past President.. Ronald Reagan

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law
under God is acknowledged.”
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God,
then we will be a Nation gone under.”
— President Ronald Reagan
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These are the times that try men’s souls


"These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." –Thomas Paine

There used to be a time in America where we actually stood for something bigger and greater than ourselves. I am fearful perhaps we have lost that national fervor for the greater good. For too long government has made dependents of far too many of our citizens and the only fight worth fighting is fighting for one’s rights or entitlements. This is a national stain on this great nation. What made America "exceptional" was the idea that every man. woman, child, individual was created by God and endued with certain inalienable rights. Each individual was respected as made in the image of God and thusly should be protected from the ravishing of tyrannical government. The colonists stood together in the 17th and 18th centuries to fend off the tyrannical talons of England and were willing to die for something greater than themselves – liberty and justice for all. Neighbor stood with neighbor to beat back the enemies of freedom.
This love of freedom drove men and women to fight and die in foreign lands because they believed FREEDOM was something worth fighting for and wanted to see others set free from despotism and wicked tyrants. America was once seen as the ONLY HOPE or like Ronald Reagan put it "a shining city on a hill".

I am afraid the shimmer has gone out of our once great nation. The populace has learned how to vote themselves special favors and monies from the federal coffers. They have learned how to steal from their neighbors and no longer stand together as one nation under God. We have been divided by politicians who play class warfare and pit one group against another in order to gain political advantage.

It is time for true patriots to once again rise to the occasion. We need true patriots to challenge the soft tyranny running unchecked throughout our society.

I take great hope in the rise of the Tea Party movement because I see in them the nature of true patriotism. It is not about them but for the country. They are the ones who have for years, worked hard, obeyed the law, looked after their families, pray to God, worship in faith communities, and basically lead quite, peaceful lives. However; the see the handwriting on the wall and have been stirred to take action. They are willing to make the sacrifices needed to right the wrongs of the ship of state so that their progeny will be able to enjoy the fruits of liberty left to them by their forefathers.

Will you be among the noble who cry GIVE ME LIBERTY or GIVE ME DEATH or is your battle cry simply GIVE ME?

The TEA Party has made an impact in the culture wars. Love them or hate them, but in the end you will learn to respect them because they are not driven by personal gain but by a cause greater than themselves. It is for their children and their children’s children that they stand and fight. This is a cause worth dying for.


Christian wallpaper Proverbs 14:34
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
Prov 29:2 (RSV)

I do not know about you but I hear a lot of groaning going on. Could it be a reflection of leadership?
I think so! Out with the wicked in with the righteous. What say you?

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"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people" (Proverbs 14:34, NIV)

Arnold Toynbee, the renowned British historian, made the following observation about Western society:

1. There’s a decline in honesty, and absence
of common purpose in the Western world.

2. Material success and gross national product are
aims of Western peoples and governments.

3. Nations rise or fall in relation to the moral unity
of the family and the moral purpose of the state–
both in decline in the West.

Even though Toynbee was pessimistic about the West, he believed if leaders of government would appeal to the ideals of the people and not just to their pocketbooks, there could be hope for an ethical revolution.

I would clarify the above by stating that if the government was preserving the God given rights of the individual our founding father’s fought for rather than enslaving the population by onerous government taxation and regulation, and expected the individual, exercising their God given rights and freedoms to excell, our nation would rise to even greater heights.

The down-turn in our society started when the federal government decided it could choose what was best for the individual and started a steady intrustion into individual’s rights and responsibilities, replacing them with laws and regulations, entitlements, and permissions granted by the state. The ever growing central government has led to the degradation of the population. Rather than raising up mature men and women of valor, the state with it’s ever expanding entitlements is making dependents of us all. Let us once again declare our independence from tyranical government and once again cry out for liberty and justice for all.
True, we need an ethical revolution, but much more we need a spiritual revolution. Without a spiritual return to the laws of nature and of Nature’s God we really can not expect a return to ethics. John Adams so wisely stated:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Unless we turn to God and acknowledge his rightful place in our hearts, and as the One who made our nation possible, and rebuild our nation’s moral foundation based on his directives, neither an ethical nor a spiritual revolution is likely to happen, and America will no longer be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Just another view from the nest. What say you?


China believes that Christianity is responsible for much of the historic success of Western Europe and the United States, said Dr. William Jeynes, senior fellow of The Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J., during a presentation at the Family Research Council on Tuesday.

But while the Chinese government is open to Christianity, it also “wants to control Christianity.” Those in authority are very much aware of the Church’s role in bringing down the Berlin Wall and advancing democracy in the Soviet bloc.

“So they want Christianity for the benefits but they want to control it, and that is the balance they are trying to achieve.”

As a recent article in the Christian Post indicates China sees the benefits Christianity brought to the Western world. And since they wish to overtake America as the number one economic powerhouse they want to attempt to harness the benefits of Christianity while at the same time control its influence on the population. On the flip side policy makers and anti-Christian special interests groups in America are doing everything they can to end any Christian influence from our society. I guess you really do not know what you have until you loose it. Since China’s population has been oppressed for so long the light of the Gospel of  Christ shines very brightly through the dim light of communism. However in America which once was a shining city on a hill, the light of God’s blessing is quickly being extinguished by those who liken themselves as progressives.

The contrast between a regressive society realizing the blessings we as a nation seem to take for granted is striking and should make us pause long enough to once again gain the courage to stand up for what made America great. American exceptionalism is based solidly on the foundation of the Christian faith.

China sees it do you?

And that is this week’s tail feather. Think about it!

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 Open Link in New Window (BBE)


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