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2014-04-01 Meet Paul Washer

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April 1, 2014

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Meet Paul Washer

Mat 7:11 – 27 “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

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People we meet fit into three groups: careless; convicted; converted. After viewing Paul’s message, I suspect many will have shifted groups.

The careless need your concern.

The convicted need your challenge.

The converted need your encouragement.


2014-03-30 Husbands Man-up

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March 30, 2014

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Husbands, Man-Up!

What do you do when a thought keeps returning? For me – I take it as a prompting to pray over it. Then, if it persists, I usually write it (like this). The last thing – before I post it – I print out a copy and ask my wife, Frances, for her opinion.

This column is written by an 85 year old American, fortunate in being married to his closest friend for 60 years! That, I believe, gives me the platform to write – “Husbands, Man-Up”.

As I look at modern American culture, I see marriages and pseudo-marriages of all sorts. I can observe the external, but have no way of knowing the true (i.e. internal) quality. Thus – I’ll add, “If the shoe fits – wear it!”

Men – Here is one simple thing I have found that you MUST deal with – God exists.

I’m not suggesting you do anything, other than sit down with yourself and get this clearly understood. I don’t mean, “Go to church,” or, “Perform some sort of ritual.” Just decide to admit what you know is true.

American society is degrading because we need stronger families. I suggest YOU do this –

Make a regular time each day, to sit with your wife and kids. (I can guarantee it will be “inconvenient” at the beginning.) Just make it happen! Take out a Bible and you read something out loud.

There are books with the Bible broken into 365 selections, one for each day in a year. We have worn out several of them. Another idea – if you have kids. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs. Before sending the kids off to bed, everyone takes a turn reading a proverb from the chapter that matches the day of the month. My son always seemed to get, “Spare the rod and spoil the child,” and my wife seemed to get the one about nagging on the housetop! If we had visitors, when the kids were ready for bed, we just included the guests in the circle!

Caveats come to mind –

· “My wife is the ‘spiritual’ one in the family.” Odds are, that is by default! Man-up hubby! Take your place. She may buck a little, but in the end, she’ll be proud.

· “We come from different faiths, it causes discord.” Friend, God doesn’t belong to a denomination. He isn’t even “religious”!

· “I’m embarrassed. I don’t know anything about God, or the Bible.” Well – That is a problem. Do you suppose daily reading of words God inspired men to write might solve that?

· “Thanks, but I can lead my family without God’s help.” Man-to-man, you know better!

There it is- I have it off my chest. Do you want a stronger family? Do you want to save your family? Do you want your kids to be secure in a dark world?

Then man-up!

Take your place as a real man.

No man is tall among men until he is humble before God.


2014-03-29 Let’s play hardball

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March 29, 2014

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Let’s play hardball !

Our enemies are playing hardball and we are being “nicer than Jesus,” to quote my friend Dennis Peacocke.

Our enemies are free to lie, cheat, and steal, while we are obliged to be truthful, just, and forthright. That makes the hardball game appear to favor the enemy – until – you add that we are also obliged to be steadfast and courageous, while our enemy is cowardly, and bluff and bluster (a paper tiger).

What does it say about your “faith” when you are in awe of the problem? Why not be in awe of the solution? If you accept intimidation, you have accepted defeat. We may truly end up in concentration camps as have many in other nations. – It can happen here.

Congressman Tom McClintock, over the years, has been the “gold standard” of conservative politicians in California. Ungodly Republicans and Democrats oppose his re-election. His district is traditionally Republican. He should be safe. – BUT – The liberals are playing hardball. They persuaded all the potential Democrat opponents not to run. Then, at the last minute, entered an unknown candidate – as a Republican. The result – Leading into the November race, it will appear there is a civil war within the Republican ranks. The liberal Republicans and the Democrats will join in trying to persuade uninformed Republicans to stay home, or even support McClintock’s opponent!

Good people will be unaware, or over confident, and we could lose a proven good guy!

I write about this because it is typical of the deceptive, methods that have become common in politics. Such tactics are only possible because good people choose to be uninformed. Our enemies have NOT overwhelmed us. We have forfeited the game! Participation is out of our comfort zone! “Christians are duped to believe that the ‘forces without’ are mightier and inevitable; thus they isolate themselves, calling it separation, only to breed more cowards after their own kind.” [Kathy Dang, page 10, “A Guide To American Christian Education”]

Show me the men and women who will compare their church mailing list to the voter registration list at the county Registrar’s desk and ask their members why their names are missing.

Show me the church that will send an open letter to any candidate wishing the votes of their congregation, “Introduce yourself to an usher at any Sunday worship service. At the close of the service, you may speak for two minutes and ask for their support – after answering a few questions.

Show me the church that organizes a candidates’ forum for its members – and their friends, informing candidates they will be present, else represented by an empty chair with their name on it!

Show me a candidate who will state that our nation has drifted from its Godly roots and deserves the just wrath of the God of the Bible. Who will state that without God’s grace and support, our nation is doomed. A candidate who will publically admit, as did Pope Francis the other day, that we are all sinners in need of Christ’s grace and salvation. A candidate who will boldly call Americans to stand with Christ for liberty under law.

“We are like sheep without a shepherd.

Dear Lord, raise up courageous shepherds.

That what YOU have invested in America not be lost.”

[That is my psalm – Ben Gilmore]


2014-03-27 Valley of the shadow of death

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March 27, 2014

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Valley of the shadow of death

Peter Hammond, has rendered an important service to modern Christians. When we know and understand true history, we have a context into which to place current events, As Dr. Hammond resides within the British commonwealth, this paper is further proof of his courageous dedication to truth.

INTO THE VALLEY OF DEATH RODE THE SIX HUNDRED

By Dr. Peter Hammonnd

Crimea is much in the news today. Many people may have trouble finding Crimea on the map. Some say that they have never heard of Crimea before this current crisis. However, that is probably not true. Most of us are aware of the Crimean War or at least of Florence Nightingale, who launched the modern nursing movement, caring for wounded and sick British soldiers during the Crimean War.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Many have surely heard of The Charge of the Light Brigade. That took place during the Crimean War. Lord Alfred Tennyson wrote the poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade poem in 1854:

"Half a league, half a league, half a league onward,

All in the valley of Death rode the six hundred.

Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns! he said.

Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred.

"Forward, the Light Brigade! Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldier knew someone had blundered.

Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die.

Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred.

"Cannon to right of them, cannon to left of them,

Cannon in front of them volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell, boldly they rode and well,

into the jaws of Death.

Into the mouth of hell rode the six hundred.

"Flashed all their sabres bare, flashed as they turned in air

sabring the gunners there, charging an army,

while all the world wondered.

Plunged in the battery-smoke, right through the line they broke;

Cossack and Russian reeled from the sabre stroke, shattered and sundered.

Then they rode back, but not the six hundred.

"Cannon to right of them, cannon to left of them,

cannon behind them volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell, while horse and hero fell.

They that had fought so well, came through the jaws of Death,

Back from the mouth of hell.

All that was left of them, left of six hundred.

"When can their glory fade? O the wild charge they made!

All the world wondered.

Honour the charge they made!

Honour the Light Brigade, noble six hundred!"

Courage Despite Confusion

Alfred Tennyson’s poem was published 9 December 1854 in The Examiner. Inspired by the term in Psalm 23 of the Valley of the shadow of death, it highlights one of the most famous events of the long and costly Crimean War. The Light Brigade had been ordered into a nearly hopeless situation, due to command confusion and incompetence. Yet incredibly they succeeded in reaching the Russian artillery at the end of a valley lined with artillery on both sides, and they actually succeeded in fighting their way out of a Russian trap. Most of the men made it back to their own lines.

Actually there were 666 men, who charged in the Light Brigade that day. There have been a number of films made on that event.

However, for most people that would be the full extent of their knowledge of Crimea.

The First Modern War

The Crimean War was called one of the first modern wars because it saw the first to use major technology, such as railways and telegraphs. It was also one of the first wars to be documented extensively in photographs and written reports. The Crimean War exposed horrendous logistical failures in both the British and Russian armies.

Military Reforms

The reports of War correspondents led to widespread demands for sweeping reforms in the military. The sale of commissions in the British Army came under scrutiny and was eventually abolished as a result of exposes of incompetence in the field. The war also led to the establishment of the Victoria Cross as the British Army’s first universal award for Valour.

Emancipation

The Crimean War was also a contributing factor in Russia abolishing Serfdom in 1861. Czar Alexander II saw the military defeat of the Russian serf army by free troops from Britain and France as proof of the need for emancipating the Serfs. The Russian government also began a major modernisation of its forces as it had seen its technical inferiority in military practices as well as weapons. Russian military medicine saw dramatic progress through the Crimean War as N.I. Pirogov, known as the Father of Russian Field Surgery, developed the use of anaesthetics, plaster casts, enhanced amputation methods and five-stage triage.

Alaska

The debts that Russia incurred from the Crimean War led Alexander II to decide to sell Alaska to the United States to help pay their war debts.

Unasked Reason Why

However, as interesting as all of these developments were, the most important question is seldom asked: Why?

Why were British and French forces fighting the Russians in Crimea in the first place?

The Last Crusade

From the Western media at the time, one would have received the impression that the issue was to protect "poor little Turkey" from the predatory aggressions of imperial Russia. However, the Russians saw it very differently. Some Russians called the war: The Last Crusade.

The Turkish Threat

From the 15th century, the dominant Muslim power was the Ottoman Turkish Empire, which oppressed millions of Christians including Armenians, Greeks and many Slavs. With the fall of the greatest city in the world at that time, Constantinople, in 1453, and the massacre of the entire city by Muslim Turks, the Byzantine Empire which has stood for over 1,000 years fell.

The Defenders of the Faith

Russia took up the mantle of the Eastern Roman Empire. Two Romes had fallen, proclaimed the Czars, the third Rome now stands! St. Petersberg and the Russian Empire saw themselves as heir to the Christian Byzantine Empire. Inspired by the vision in Daniel, generations of Russians saw their manifest destiny as liberating the Orthodox Christian world from the sons of Ishmael, whose wild hand was against every man. At the height of the Turkish wars, in the 1770s, Catherine the Great of Russia christened one of her grandsons Constantine. For centuries Russian statesmen saw their manifest destiny to defend Orthodox Christianity against Islamic Jihad and also against Roman Catholicism.

Russia’s Manifest Destiny

Systematically Russia worked at freeing Christians from Ottoman Turkish control, liberating the Balkans and forcing the Turks to respect the religious freedom of their Christian subjects. As Russia extended Christian civilisation across the whole of North Asia to the Pacific Ocean, they also were pushing southward in their civilising mission, seeking to liberate the holy places in Palestine, which were then controlled by the Muslim Turks.

Propping Up Turkey

If it had not been for the intervention of Great Britain and France, the Russians would have undoubtedly overrun the whole rotten, corrupt and crumbling edifice of the Turkish Empire, and established Orthodox Christianity throughout the Middle East.

The Scandalous Alliance

However Britain dreaded the establishment of a Russian superpower stretching from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean. So, to prevent Russia gaining ice-free ports for their Navy, Britain became the protector and guarantee of the Ottoman Empire. As leader of the opposition at that time, Gladstone declared: Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli "Is not such a Turk as I thought. What he hates is Christian liberty and reconstruction." Gladstone described the British alliance with Turkey as "The Scandalous Alliance."

The Greatest Threat

Turkey had been the greatest threat to the freedom of Europe throughout the centuries. The Turks had twice besieged Vienna in the heart of Europe. They had sacked Budapest, taking hundreds of thousands of Christians into Islamic slavery from the very heart of Europe. In 1822 the entire population of the Island of Chios, tens-of-thousands of people, were massacred, or enslaved. In 1823, 8,750 Christians were slaughtered by the Turks at Missolonghi. Thousands of Assyrian Christians were murdered in the Province of Mosul in 1850. It was such atrocities as these that led the Russians to demand the right to protect the Holy Places which were under Orthodox supervision, in the Middle East.

The New Napoleonic Empire of France

The status quo was destabilised in 1852 with the accession to power in France of Napoleon III. In order to increase his prestige, he sought to provoke an international crisis by demanding that the Turks place the Holy places in the Middle East under the power of the Roman Catholic church, rather than the Orthodox. As Napoleon III’s new French regime was completely secular, this was a cynical and manipulative diplomatic move designed to provoke war.

Extending the Life of Ottoman Oppression

So Napoleon III’s France assumed the role of Catholic crusader, effectively supporting the blood-stained, despotic and corrupt Ottoman Turkish Empire. This move led to soaking the continent in blood. Over 800,000 died in the Crimean War. Far more serious than the actual loss in lives and limbs, was that the British and French actions in the Crimean War extended the worthless existence of the Turkish tyranny, who now targeted the Christians who had previously been under the protection of Czarist Russia.

The Butcher’s Bill

In 1860, over 12,000 Christians were slaughtered by the Turks in Lebanon. In 1876, 14,700 Bulgarians were murdered by the Turks. At the town of Batao, out of 7,000 inhabitants, 5,000 were put to the sword by the Muslims. However, reports of these and other routine atrocities by the Ottoman Turks were generally supressed by British government of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, for political reasons. He saw it as more important to block Russian Naval ambitions to secure an ice-free port by promoting an alliance of convenience with Turkey.

Supporting the Enemies of Christian Civilisation

As Serge Trifkovic in The Sword of the Prophet, observed: "The great Western powers … the heirs of those who had looted Constantinople in the Crusades and refused to help when the Turks were breaking through the walls with a canon built by an Hungarian Catholic, who forced the last Emperors to forswear their Orthodox Faith at the Council of Florence as the price of Western help that never came … those same Western powers, and Great Britain in particular, actually supported the Turkish subjugation of Christian Europeans on the ground that the Muhammadan Empire was a stabilising force and a counter weight against Austria and Russia. The scandalous alliance with Turkey against Russia in the Crimean War, reflect a pernicious frame of mind that has manifested itself more recently in the overt, covert, or de-facto support of certain Western powers for the Muslim side in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Chechnya, Cyprus, Sudan, East Timor and Kashmir."

Turkish Slaughter of Christians

The Turks slaughtered over 200,000 Armenian Christians in Bayazid (1877). Other massacres followed in Alashgurd (1879), Sassun (1894), Constantinople (1896), Adana (1909), and Armenia (1895-1896). In 1915 the Turks massacred over 1.5 million Armenian Christians. In 1881 the Turks slaughtered Christians in Alexandria. In 1915-1916, over 100,000 Christians were murdered in Lebanon and Syria.

A Terrible Track Record

As Prime Minister Gladstone observed concerning the Turks: "They were upon, the whole, from the dark day when they first entered Europe, the one great anti-human specimen of humanity. Wherever they went a broad line of blood marked the track behind them. As far as their dominion reached, civilisation disappeared from view. They represented everywhere, government by force, as opposed to government by law."

The Destruction of Smyrna

Even as the Ottoman Empire crumbled and was replaced by the new Republic of Turkey under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the ancient city of Smyrna, with its 300,000 Christian population, was destroyed. The burning of Smyrna and the massacre of its Christian population marked the end of Greek civilisation in Asia Minor. Incredibly, British, American, Italian and French warships anchored in Smyrna’s harbour were ordered to maintain neutrality and even refused the pleas of refugees swimming to their anchored ships. Even as late as 1955, Istanbul’s Christians suffered what one reporter called "the worst race riot in Europe".

An Unmitigated Cultural Disaster

It is no wonder that William Muir (1819-1905), one of the greatest orientalists of all times, concluded at the end of his long and distinguished career: "The sword of Muhammad and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilisation, liberty and truth which the world has yet known… an unmitigated cultural disaster parading as God’s Will…"

Counter Productive Intervention

So, 160 years ago, Western European powers interfered in the policies of Russia, invaded the Crimea, and, as a result, strengthened the hand of radical Islam. Instead of supporting civilisation and advancing freedom, the Western powers intervention in Crimea, in the 1856-1856 Crimean War, actually undermined freedom, retarded civilisation and unintentionally led to even worse massacres of Christians in the extended life granted to the tyrannical Turkish Empire.

Secular and Spiritual Concerns

Obviously Russian policies are influenced by both religious and secular motives. Russia desires ice-free, warm water naval bases. Odessa and Sevastopol are considered most strategic and essential for the Russian Federation’s security. However, there is also the strong national conviction that it is Russia’s manifest destiny to extend Orthodox Christian civilisation throughout the Middle East and its sworn duty to protect Orthodox Christians in the Middle East.

Protecting the Persecuted

That is why Russia has extended its strong arm over the secular regime in Syria, which has provided protection for the 6% of its population who are Christian. The Russian government has been one of the only European governments to speak out against Islamic persecution of Christians, Russia called for his international intervention to protect the Christians of the Middle East from persecution.

Partnership Between the Orthodox Church and The Russian State

Since the fall of the Soviet Union the Russian government has worked intimately with the Orthodox Church who have enthusiastically participated to consecrating national events. The Russian government has helped rebuild many Orthodox Cathedrals and monasteries, which have been confiscated and devastated by the Communists during the terrible 70 years of Soviet control.

Understanding the Times

One would hope that those making their assessments and decisions concerning what the United States and Europe should do during this new crisis in Crimea, would consider these historic realities. The results of the Treaty of Paris, 1856, which ended the Crimean War, included that Wallachia and Moldovia were moved from Russian rule and placed under the Muslim Turks. The boundaries of Ukraine, Moldovia, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia were all changed as a result of the Crimean War and the Treaty of Paris – inevitably leading to future disastrous wars.

Learning From History

As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: "If we do not know our own history, we will simply have to endure all the same mistakes, sacrifices and absurdities all over again."

"Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted… now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition…" 1 Corinthians 10:6-11

Dr. Peter Hammond

Frontline Fellowship
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Cape Town South Africa
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2014-03-21 Three Choices – You get only one

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March 22, 2014

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Three choices – You get only one

George Washington’s life dates: 1732 / 1799 = 67 years.

Washington Irving’s life dates: 1783 / 1859 = 76 years.

Washington Irving was 16 years old when George Washington died at Mount Vernon. Irving is best known for his short stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”. He spoke of his five volume “Life of George Washington” as his most significant work. It took 9 years of research and writing. Washington Irving died the year it was published.

Why is this biography significant? As years pass, details seem to fade into grey. Readers of contemporary biographies of Washington miss the clear focus and character of something written in the era it describes.

My daughter, Fawn, discovered the 3rd volume in a used-book store. A gift to me.

Reading it, I have deeper admiration of the wonderful character of the man (George Washington). His graciousness toward those who opposed his views, his faith in the outcome of doing what is right, his patience with disappointments, most of all – his faith in God, earned him the title, “The Father of Our Country”.

Those who lived in the 13 American colonies in 1776 when they declared their independence from England fell into three groups:

· Those who retained their English citizenship and loyalty to the King.

· Those who renounced their English citizenship and chose liberty under God.

· Those who stood aside with loyalty to neither cause.

July 4th is just ahead. A most appropriate time to have someone stand and read our “Declaration of Independence”. It is an inspiring document and expresses sound reason. Our “war for independence” was fought in self-defense – not rebellion against an authority God had placed over us. The King and Parliament had broken their contracts with the colonies and stepped outside the “laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” England had renounced her authority and substituted force.

The colonies adopted the Declaration. Their leaders understood that the mightiest military force in the world would be sent to hang them. General Washington led the American military forces in an 8-year defense of the God-given rights of men to enjoy liberty. Liberty to establish a civil-government to protect those rights. With a few exceptions, Washington lost that war – until he won it!

Human nature, unless submitted to the Lord, is not very pretty. For, “… where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” [2nd Corinthians 3:17] Jonathan Edwards had recently (1771) ignited the “Great Awakening”. If there were no Jesus, there would be no America!

Americans were divided: Those actively defending the status quo; Those called, “American Patriots”; Those who refused to take a position. Today Americans are divided: Those supporting an oppressive civil-government; Those actively standing for “liberty under law”; Those choosing ignorance and apathy (I don’t know and I don’t care).

It is time for another “Great Awakening”. To aid you in making your choice I suggest the 3-month online course, “Principles of American Government.” It begins on June 2nd. You should read the “Syllabus” on our web site, then read the “Students’ Comments” and commit yourself to this course.


2014-03-13 Patrick Henry speaks today

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March 13, 2014

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Patrick Henry speaks today

It was March of 1775, the 2nd Virginia Convention, Saint John’s church in Richmond. Delegates were divided: Those loyal to the king; the undecided; and patriots like Patrick Henry. The former king’s lawyer, Payton Randolph a loyalist, was elected chair. (Sound familiar?)

The British occupied Boston. Paul Revere would make his famous ride the following month. Patrick Henry had to energize and mobilize a divided house. The momentum of the meeting was passive. He stood to speak. [excerpts follow]

… They tell us, sir, that we are weak – unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. <Senator Harry Reid & Obama are too strong for us> But when shall we become stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? <after the November elections> Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard <e-mail monitor> shall be stationed in every house?

“Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely upon our backs , and hugging the delusive phantom of hope < ! >, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

“Sir, we are not weak, if we make proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. <We the people have the God given right, the authority, the obligation, to set our civil government right.>

“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace – but there is no peace. <Establishment politicians want disunity, divide and hold power. Patriots want unity and liberty.>

“… What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God!

“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Where is Patrick Henry when we need him?


2014-03-09 More thoughts upon homosex

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March 9, 2014

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More thoughts upon homosex

Thou shalt not be with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” [Leviticus 18:22].

Today we hear much about homosex. The whole subject of gender seemed very clear to me when I was growing up. Our society today seems to be adopting a confused definition.

The Bible could not be more clear, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.”

If you do not care to accept the, “… Laws of Nature’s God” than have a look at the, “Laws of Nature …”. All of nature recognizes gender.

Further – Everything God creates has a purpose. Fulfill that purpose and find growth and life. Rebel against that purpose and find chaos and death.

Man’s purpose is to love (i.e. unselfishly will the very best for …) God and one another. Students of history can discover God’s hand in patiently teaching us how to do that. We are very slow learners!

Those who are accepting the belief that homosex is an acceptable lifestyle are choosing to believe a lie. What appears to me to be worse – They are placing man’s word above the laws of nature and of nature’s God. That appears to me to violate the 1st Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Some will object to my equating the “laws of nature” with “the laws of God” as apparently, was done by our nation’s founders. Since both sets of law come from the same source they will never be in conflict. However: Because natural law is discovered by man’s imperfect observation and reason, while revealed law comes by direct revelation, found only in the Holy Scriptures, revealed law has infinitely greater authority.

Since those practicing homosex don’t seem to care that they are violating divine law, perhaps they should realize that they are grieving the heart of One who loves them more than they love themselves.


2014-03-01 Son of God – Yhe Movie

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March 1, 2014

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Son of God – The Movie

Fran and I just returned from viewing the “Son of God” movie.

There will be a tsunami of words about it. I’ll add only these –

Take your kids, your friends, even your enemies!

Go see this film!


2014-02-23 Musings on Stewardship

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February 23, 2014

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Musings on Stewardship

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof, the world, and they that dwell therein.”

[Psalm 24:1]

It makes sense, that God gave Adam and the human race stewardship responsibilities over His earth and everything in it. It is HIS by right of creation (also, by discovery!).

It follows then, we are only stewards and we have no property that is ours. The Bible encourages us to be good (i.e. profitable) stewards making the best use of that which He gives us to manage. That includes our real estate, money, families, etc. It also includes our thoughts, our plans, our choices, and our most precious property – our conscience.

James Madison, one of our founding fathers, said, “Conscience is the most sacred of all property.

I was thinking, “What have I that is exclusively mine?” If I collect a bucket of water from the stream, the labor is mine, but the water and the energy of labor are provided by God. The only part of that that is exclusively mine is the choice to collect the bucket of water.

The Lord has given each of us a “free will,” the liberty to make choices. We make thousands and thousands of choices in a day. Some are unimportant, “Do you want fries with that?” Some are life changing, “Will you admit and renounce your sin and accept the Lordship of Christ?”

God makes no duplicates! Each of us is unique – finger print, DNA, hair color – err well maybe not! Those things are temporary, they will return to dust. What I exclusively create, that will exist throughout eternity is – my next choice! I am solely responsible – and answerable – for the choices I make. The totality of all the choices I make in my lifetime is the real “me.”

At the final “Judgment Seat” I will be answerable to God for the stewardship of the free will He gave me.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

[Romans 10:9-10]


2014-02-18 HELP THIS GO VIRAL!

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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February 18, 2014

This is a letter to our friends -

HELP THIS GO VIRAL!

Yesterday, I contemplated a post on feeling helpless as a citizen. Then I watched this interview (see the link below). Every citizen should say, “Enough is enough!”

We are not helpless.

The U.S.A. belongs to us!

We the people” created it to protect our families from tyranny!

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/17/ready-jon-father-so-heartbroken-about-daughter-held-at-hospital-against-his-will-he-just-defied-a-judges-order-to-talk-to-us-i-want-to-have-all-my-guns-blazing/


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