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2016-08-16 What is He like

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August 17, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

What is He like?

In the last post we reasoned that every person who ever lived can know that there is a creator-God. We concluded that every man (generic) has a choice to honor the existence of God, or seek to deny His existence by rationalizing an alternative first cause.

Such speculation leads to absurd theories. A lifeless golden statue of a calf made by human hands is worthy of worship as a supreme being! A large explosion in space began a chain reaction that caused everything we see to evolve without intelligent design!

Ultimately all that produces concepts of what God is like. That is, man creates a god in his own image!

What can we know of God’s being and personality – given: ONLY our surroundings and ourselves?

God is all-knowing and very big or very fast or both in order to form the universe. Since the universe exhibits great energy and power, God has even more to have created it! Since physical laws hold the universe together, God is omnipresent.

God likes what he created because he arranged for it to reproduce itself. That was his choice. He did not have to do that. God made rocks and dirt and trees and plants and animals. All this is governed by the laws of nature – cause and effect; photosynthesis; instinct.

God also chose to make man. Unlike all His other creations, God made man to be governed by choice – as He himself is governed!

Everything that has life has a means for sustaining that life. Man needs food, water and air – all provided. Man needs liberty to seek those things – all provided. Man needs to gather (make it his property) for it to nourish – all provided. Therefore God wants what sustains man – He cares.

Consider – There is a wholesome means of fulfillment of every need we discover. Now consider – What if you had a real need that could not be fulfilled! That would cause real suffering. Conclusion – God loves you.

This line of reasoning leads to an image of God that is loving, joyous, peaceful (and wrathful!), patient, gentle, good, faithful, humble, self-controlled.

I agree that the Bible teaches all these things. My point is – All men are capable of discovering them on their own and thus, are without excuse,

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2016-08-14 God is

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August 14, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

God is

God was introducing Himself to Moses in the wilderness. He chose to speak from a burning bush. Moses asked for His name. God replied, “You may call me, ‘I am’.” That is – “God is!”

I want to write about basic principles. Until a person accepts that God is, nothing else will make any sense. “Believing that random chance created the universe we see around us is absurd! For can anything be more unreasonable than to pretend that random chance could produce intelligent beings?” 1

Quoting accounts from the Bible is worthless to someone who has not discovered its reliability. Mankind knew there was a creator-God long before the first words were written in scripture. How then, does one discover that – God is?

Montesquieu nailed it! Everything – literally everything – shouts the existence of God! Consider the vast universe. The stars and planets are all governed by laws of nature that could not have come from random chance. There must have been intelligent design.

Or – Shift from macro- to micro-creation. A tiny seed contains the “DNA” of its parent fruit tree. Accepting that and rejecting intelligent design is absurd! How can a person plant the seed and later eat the fruit and not accept the existence of an intelligent designer?

Every person has himself to consider as a “creation”. What a phenomenal machine! Just consider the eye with its many parts each working together to produce an electronic image in your brain! The simple fact that you can “see” should thunder the existence of a creator!

To summarize – Every human being that has ever lived has the universe around him, macro- and micro-, demanding the existence of an intelligent Creator! Further – Every human being that has ever lived has his own body continuously demonstrating intelligent design! No doctor can be an honest atheist!

As if that were not enough, “I am” has taken residence within every human being that has ever lived in the form of a conscience. Every human being that has ever lived has been created with the ability to choose to obey or disobey that conscience.

The sum total of those choices, I believe, will determine the eternal future of every human being’s soul.

1 [paraphrasing Montesquieu “The Spirit of Laws”, circa 1748]

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2016-08-12 ‘Ckinton Cash’

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August 12, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

“Clinton Cash”

I hope you will help circulate this video.

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/27/exclusive-directors-cut-clinton-cash-now-playing/

The breadth and depth of corruption MUST be opposed even though it cannot be overcome without divine help. Be brave and courageous trusting that God honors truth and righteousness!

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2016-08-09 Principles

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August 11, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Principles

Without a proven set of principles you have only your opinion. Who is to say your opinion is better than another’s? A month from now (Wednesday, 9/7/16 at 9AM) we will begin the next online course in “Principles of American Government”. (PAG)

Amplifying: “The cause, source, or origin of uniquely American forms of direction, regulation, control, and restraint in families, churches and civil government”. i.e. American exceptionalism.

I write that to show that this is not an academic course on constitutional mechanics. This course teaches the sound principles upon which our unique American culture is founded.

I find only three human organizations created by the God of the Bible – family, church, and state. Each is governed by principles. Within those principles is peace and growth. Outside of them is chaos.

What was common knowledge at our founding has been lost over decades through false teaching and apathy. If America is to be restored to her foundations, there must be a core of leaders and followers who understand and honor American exceptionalism!

To this cause I am dedicated, as is the PAG course. Our interactive classes (We use Skype video) are usually half teens and half adults and seniors. Seniors are especially welcome. Their experience adds depth for the youngsters. Those interested in participating should contact us.

Please see the ACH web site (letter head above) for student comments and a syllabus.

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2016-07-25 Burdens & Blessings

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July 25, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Burdens and Blessings

Do you remember singing, “Count your blessings. Name them one by one. Count your many blessings. See what God has done.” Certainly, that is good advice.

How about, “Count your burdens …” It occurs to me that burdens and blessings are the same thing. The difference is in how you look at them!

It is a given that God knows and loves each of us as individuals. (Some may not choose to accept that – but – truth is not changed by our choices!) Thus whatever situations occur in your life are permitted by a loving God.

Most life situations are the result of our choices (good or bad) which God uses to teach us about responsibility. Other life situations have not involved our choices: aging parents, failed economies, wars…

Bottom line – God wants the best for each of us. What seem like “burdens” then become opportunities to want the same thing God wants. Each “burden” becomes a blessing.

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2016-07-11 Prayer chain

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July 11, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Prayer chain

Subject: Prayer for our country USA

 A "prayer chain" is a request to pass the article on to friends/family….(at least one other person) so as to NOT break the chain. It will travel many, many miles around the country, maybe the world, depending on who sends it to "wherever"…

Please take time to do this and not break the chain on this important prayer…
after reading this prayer, be sure to THANK GOD for listening and trust in HIS WILL to be done.

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
Psalms 46:10

Dear Beloved God in Heaven –

Please give us a president that loves this country and everything it stands for.
Please give us a president who respects you as the one true God.
Please give us a president who will, with your help, restore this nation to its former glory, the way you created her.
Please give us a president that will not try to destroy our Churches.
Please help us to respect what you have given to us and not take anything for granted….ever again.
Please God, weaken the evil and strengthen the good, both within and without. May our eyes be opened. In Jesus’ name, Amen

As never before in the history of this country has this plea been so necessary…
In God We Trust and we pray that GOD WILL BLESS AMERICA!!!!

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2016-06-20 Optimism

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June 20, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

Optimism

“OP´TIMISM, n. [L. optimus, best.] The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature is ordered for the best; or the order of things in the universe that is adapted to produce the most good.

The true and amiable philosophy of optimism. Walsh.

A system of strict optimism may be the real system in both cases. Paley.” [Webster ‘s 1828 dictionary]

NOTE – For those who wish – There is much wisdom nested in Webster’s Walsh & Paley quotes.

I am optimistic about America. I believe the hand of God was involved in creating the first Christian constitutional republic in human history. Everything He creates has a purpose. One purpose for America was to demonstrate God’s principles for government, i.e. direction, regulation, control and restraint.

That demonstration has been an inspiration and challenge for the whole world. If America fails because its people rejected God’s governance, it will appear that God’s principles of self-government have failed. The hope of the world will plunge back into darkness.

On the other hand, when God finds reason to do so, He prefers mercy over justice. I am optimistic that there remains in America, sufficient humble repentant prayer and faith, for God’s hand to restore our ship of state.

Granted: Ted Cruz, the candidate whose credentials appeared most qualified, lost to Donald Trump, whose credentials did not appear as wholesome. God’s choices are often different from ours. He invites us to learn by observing his actions.

One thing is for sure. – Christians have no reason to be anything but optimistic. – God is in charge! He will comfort us and use us to demonstrate how to love Him and Love one another. He can even use Donald Trump to lead our nation. As I recall, Ronald Regan had a significant experience with the Lord the night before his first inauguration as Governor.

All that to say this – I believe the combined forces of man and hell will do everything they can to prevent Donald Trump from taking authority. That failing, there may be an effort to use martial law to block the election. If, as I believe, the Hand of God is behind the Trump campaign – those efforts will fail.

Recovery and restoration will not be an easy task. Making America great again will require a lot of work – corruption runs deep! Participating in true recovery and restoration is something we can all be optimistic about!

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2016-05-11 To our readers

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May 11, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

To our readers

Our Lord appears to have given me a gift. Over the years His hand has put me in unusual places and situations – aerial combat; industrial management; world-circling ministry; political leadership & candidacy; newspaper journalism. Each of those have come with training under phenomenal individuals. Each of those have added to my understanding of God’s hand in human history.

My passion is to share what He has shared with me. ACH Study Groups have sponsored educational events for over 40 years. Our next 3-month online course begins on Monday, June 6th. The material is incredibly significant. In years to come, baring change of direction, courses like this will be illegal! My passion is to plant seeds of understanding that will weather the storm ahead.

From the housetop – hear the shout! Discover what you don’t know that you don’t know! Is this message for you and yours? Phone me please.

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2016-05-06 Again More Thoughts’ wisdom

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May 6, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

NOTE – Our software malfunctioned midway this original post.

Please understand if this is your second post.

More thoughts on our Founders’ wisdom

The ultimate democracy is a lynch mob – Only one man objects!

Face it – Large groups may mean well, but they are prone, because of human nature, to be unwise. Why is that?

A large group presses you to go along to get along. It is easy to be swept along with the tide. Sir William Blackstone, father of the legal profession, put it this way, “Popular assemblies are frequently foolish in their contrivance (devising or planning), and weak in their execution (the act of completing or accomplishing).”

A large group takes on a personality. It may be led into deception by a persuasive speaker. It may become irrational and turn into a mob with emotions but no rules.

I have made this point frequently in these posts. My heart says to pound it home in hopes it will be repeated.

Example in point – Massive Trump rallies. A persuasive speaker. One who himself appears to be swept by the crowd. Making frequent irrational, inflammatory, and unproven statements that are enthusiastically applauded by the throng. Once applauded, human nature wants them to be right and defends them irrationally.

America’s wise founders understood the virtue of reason and discussion. That is why they put political decisions in the hands of representatives at every level. Representatives who were accountable for their choices. Our Constitution gives “We the people” responsibility for choosing and electing representatives who will use the vote we have given them in a wise way. If we choose unwisely or carelessly – We are the ones accountable!

A note to California voters: Last day to register to vote in California Primary on May 23. You may obtain registration forms at any post office.

Further – Many voters have expressed their disappointment with the Republican Party by changing their registration to “Decline to state” (independent). WARNING – CA GOP primary is for Republican voters only. If you want to vote in in the GOP primary, you must register Republican at least temporarily.

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2016-05-02 More thoughts on Founders’ wisdom

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May 2, 2016

This is a letter to our friends –

More thoughts on our Founders’ wisdom

The ultimate democracy is a lynch mob – Only one man objects!

Face it – Large groups may mean well, but they are prone, because of human nature, to be unwise. Why is that?

A large group presses you to go along to get along. It is easy to be swept along with the tide. Sir William Blackstone, father of the legal profession, put it this way, “Popular assemblies are frequently foolish in their contrivance (devising or planning), and weak in their execution (the act of completing or accomplishing).”

A large group takes on a personality. It may be led into deception by a persuasive speaker. It may become irrational and turn into a mob with emotions but no rules.

I have made this point frequently in these posts. My heart says to pound it home in hopes it will be repeated.

Example in point – Massive Trump rallies. A persuasive speaker. One who himself appears to be swept by the crowd. Making frequent irrational, inflammatory, and unproven statements that are enthusiastically applauded by the throng. Once applauded, human nature wants them to be right and defends them irrationally.

America’s wise founders understood the virtue of reason and discussion. That is why they put political decisions in the hands of representatives at every level. Representatives who were accountable for their choices. Our Constitution gives “We the people” responsibility for choosing and electing representatives who will use the vote we have given them in a wise way. If we choose unwisely or carelessly – We are the ones accountable!

A note to California voters: Last day to register to vote in California Primary on May 23. You may obtain registration forms at any post office.

Further – Many voters have expressed their disappointment with the Republican Party by changing their registration to “Decline to state” (independent). WARNING – CA GOP primary is for Republican voters only. If you want to vote in in the GOP primary, you must register Republican at least temporarily.

These columns are archived since 2009-12-09

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