Month: December 2012

Principles

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“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” –[Thomas Paine, The Crisis, no 1, 1776]

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” –[Samuel Adams]

… Your Founding Fathers came over with that (a Biblical foundation). They came over with the doctrines of the New Testament as well as the Old. They looked after one another, not only as a matter of necessity, but as a matter of duty to their God. There is no other country in the world which started that way” — [Margaret Thatcher]

Sound principle or your opinion – By which will you measure alternative choices?

If you have never contemplated a set of principles all you have is opinion. Is your opinion any better than the other guy’s opinion?

Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk … . For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little and there a little.” [Isaiah 28:9-10]

Where do we find sound principle? The Ten Commandments [Exodus 20] first come to mind. Next Christ’s answer about the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord … and thy neighbor as thyself.” [Matthew 22:37]

How did our Founding Fathers apply these doctrines?

· For example: The principle of “private property”. The 10th Commandment, “Don’t covet your neighbor’s community property?!”

· Again: The principle of “federalism”. “Love God and your neighbor” (Vertical and horizontal) It is difficult to be a citizen of the USA without also being a citizen of one of the states.

· And again: The principle of “separation of powers”. “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king … .” [Isaiah 33:22] (Judicial, Legislative, Executive departments)

If we are to set right our ship-of-state we must restore understanding of such principles. That is ONLY done one-person-at-a-time! Will you or the teens you influence be part of that restoration?

ACH Study Groups offers a 3-month online course, “Principles of American Government” (PAG). We use Skype as a virtual classroom. Normally, the tuition is $195. Because of the current economic stress AND the incredible importance of this topic – we offer this course for what you are able to invest.

NOTE – Experience has shown that without an investment, the value is not recognized.

The course begins on January 7th. Texts may be obtained at a discount from the publisher, else used, from an online search. 24 classes twice daily (9AM & 6PM California time) so you can miss one and catch the other on Monday and Wednesday.

I encourage you to phone or e-mail me and discuss being a member of this class.

For His-story & government –

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Imagine! From two parents and four children comes 20 grandchildren (two in the womb). “Praise God from who all blessings flow.” So read a card from James and Barbara Rose, Master teachers with ACH Study Groups. The Gilmores (Ben and Fran) aren’t nearly that productive – but – we are no less proud of the brood with which the Lord has blessed us.

This Christmas season, please gather as much of your family as you can and thank God for each of them. Then “love on them” as much as you can. Recent tragedies remind us that there may not be a “tomorrow.”

In that regard – I hear few “experts” discussing what I believe to be the root problem in our schools – and – our society. Rebellion against righteousness may be directly associated with the removal of prayer in our schools, then in our society in general.

When I was a kid, I knew that there was a “God” who could see me when I was all alone. That activated my conscience and usually slowed down my misbehavior. Our public school system has officially come out against any endorsement or teaching about a standard of right and wrong, much less conscience and a loving Lord.

If society in general, and school faculty in particular, don’t acknowledge Christian principles, how can we expect the students to have a legitimate standard of behavior? Perhaps – Had we not taken acknowledgement of the God of the Bible out of our schools, those children in Connecticut would be at home with their parents.

I have written about it before and I will again. — Parent of a school-age child – You are not being honest with yourself to rationalize, “My child’s teachers and government school are different.” There is real evil in the world. Today’s American government is awash in corruption, graft, lies — . Our school system has succeeded in dumbing down several generations of our society.

You have your kids home for the holidays. Wonderful! Love on them. Then keep them home in January. Take them out of the government “education” system – NOW! God has given you responsibility for them. He is able to make a way! Just do it!

I believe that will enhance the rest of the greeting —

— & HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

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The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

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The time for grieving over the November 6th body blow is past! The politicized tragedies all around us are being used as diversions. Corruption, scandal, and evermore blatant evil have cast a pall across America as we enter what is traditionally the happiest, most joyful time of the year.

Pause and consider –

What would “evil” want us focused upon?

What is the last thing “evil” wants upon our thoughts?

It is time for an “attitude check”! I am rebuking “gloom” for the rest of December.

Jesus is the reason for the season!

I will smile and say, “MERRY CHRISTMAS” to everyone I meet – telemarketers, shop clerks, total strangers on the sidewalk. I will seek to stay focused upon the celebration of our Lord’s birthday. That involves loving fellowship, hospitality, giving, — even eating!

Here is my paraphrase of the Bible story in the 8th chapter of Nehemiah. –

The leading civic and church leaders gathered with all the townsfolk and Ezra the priest opened the Bible and read it to everyone. (This was in July – but it is my paraphrase, so I’ll pretend it was in December!)

Ezra stood on a platform and read. He blessed all the people. They raised their hands, bowed their heads and worshipped the God of the Bible. The gifted teachers helped the people understand the scriptures.

Nehemiah, the “Tirshatha” (i.e. Shaw), and the other leaders said, “This day is holy unto the Lord your God, mourn not, nor weep.” (All the people wept when they heard the law.)

The Shaw told them, “Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared – for this day is holy unto the Lord: neither be ye sorry, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

The birth of the Savior of the world is certainly more significant and joyful than all the bad stuff His enemies can muster. They know in their hearts – as do we!!! –

God wins the war.

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A Thinking Man’s Christmas Story

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Everyone is writing Christmas posts these days. Here’s mine –

First

A concern – If you are one of those folks who haven’t paused to recognize that – the product shows attributes of the producer – Then do so! You can study a painting and discover things about the artist. Many have recognized that you can tell things about the software designer by working with his product. There must be an intelligent First Cause to produce intelligent design.

That First Cause has provided everything you need for life. Therefore – the First Cause is concerned for you (i.e. – has a personality). Reason and observation indicate your obligation to the First Cause. Your human nature wants to be “first.” Thus – you are holding under what you know to be true and reasonable.

Second

A challenge – Overrule your human nature and acknowledge your obligation to the First Cause. Begin learning about His being and personality. Honestly study what He has produced. The “laws of Nature” may be discovered by observation and reason. The “laws of Nature’s God” may better be found in the Holy Scriptures. (NOTE – The divine inspiration of the Old and New Testament may also be discovered by observation and reason.)

Third

An encouragement – Having discovered that God exists and has an awesome being and a loving personality – and – Having subordinated your personal will and appetite to your reason and submitted your reason to God – You are prepared to comprehend the beauty of the “Christmas Story.”

Since every selfish choice is a violation of the “laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” – and – since you have made such choices –You have violated the law! A penalty is due. Since everyone else has also violated the law – no one is innocent. Were there such a person, s/he could, if willing, pay the penalty in your place.

History proves there is such a person, volunteering to pay your penalty. The problem – Selfish people want to reject, deny, hold under, knowledge about Him and the truth of His accomplishments. Jesus the Christ lived an ordinary life. He illustrated for all mankind, how each of us should live – but – He never made a selfish choice. His most unselfish choice was to volunteer to pay the penalty for every selfish choice made by others.

It would be unwise to dismiss the selfish choices of those continuing to do so. Thus, His substitution for your penalty rests upon your decision to repent, ask for mercy rather than justice – and – submit your reason, will and appetite to His will.

Such a decision – accepting the rightful lordship of Jesus Christ over your will and appetite – is called, “being born again – spiritually.”

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!

That is why we celebrate Christ’s birthday all around the world!

John Locke [1632 – 1704] was asked how a young gentleman could attain a true knowledge of the Christian religion. He replied with these golden words: “Let him study the Holy Scriptures, especially the New Testament. Therein are contained the words of eternal life. It has God for its Author, Salvation for its end, and Truth without any mixture of error for its matter.

Merry Christmas

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Cut to the Chase

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How many sins does it take to make a sinner?

Remember President Bush Senior, “Read my lips – No new taxes.” That gave the Democrats their target. They devoted all their energy into maneuvering Bush into a corner. “The only thing you can do to save the nation is just this little ‘revenue increase’ (i.e.tax).”

Once President Bush yielded, they shifted gears and beat him over the head with his broken promise.

Obama is doing the same thing. The focus of his position, if granted, would be a tax increase that would run the country for only 8 days at today’s spending level!

BUT

The Republicans would have broken their “no tax increase” promise.

Without the cooperation of a Democrat Senate, the Republican House cannot pass a law.

BUT

The House of Representatives is the ONLY place that spending bills may originate. Talk about a fiscal cliff!!! Republican congressmen hold the U.S. government purse strings.

OK – YANK THEM!!!

Balance the budget – like RIGHT NOW – TODAY. There goes the Department of Education funding. There goes the funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (drill baby drill). There go billions in graft and corruption that no longer have a place to hide.

Economic shock wave around the country? You bet! If we are in for trouble, let it be because we did what was right. The results will take care of themselves!

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