Benjamin’s Birthday

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Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

Wow, how fast this first year of Benjamin’s life has flown! It seems just yesterday we were awaiting his arrival, and yet now here he is, already 1 year old! He has been such a delightful baby, always ready to give you his biggest smile.🙂 He sleeps through the nights well, and is rarely fussy unless he really needs something, i.e. nap, food, clean diaper. He hasn’t started walking yet, but that will come soon! He’s already climbing things, roaming the house whenever he gets the chance, and loves his ‘johnny jump-up’ (the thing he’s in on the last picture). One last little note: Benjamin is at the “tongue stage”….where he’s repeatedly sticking out his tongue! You have to admit, it makes him even more adorable😉

Along with pictures taken on his birthday (August 23rd), I’ve also included a few from when he was younger. And for more pictures from his his birthday, visit this link: ‘Benjamin Paul’

To view pictures and the story from when he was born, click here: ‘Welcome, Little Benjamin Paul!’
…And the story and video of when we found out Mom was pregnant with him: ‘Our Christmas Blessing’

Wait, don’t stop here!! There’s more pictures! Click the link below!🙂
‘Benjamin Paul’*Photography credit goes to Mom🙂 *

THSM Why I Support Dr. Ron Paul for President

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | March 26, 2012

Why I Support Dr. Ron Paul for President

Ron Paul is for the liberty and freedoms of American citizens, We the People. His message of liberty speaks to our hearts, it arouses passion and enthusiasm. God gave us liberty, He made us to love freedom and desire it. Ron Paul said “The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free.”

Ron Paul is a man of integrity. You can trust him. He is consistent. He speaks what he believes, not just whatever will enhance his personal gain. He’s been saying the same thing for decades. Things which he predicted years ago have now come to pass, to the shock of many skeptics. He truly knows what he talks about. He can’t be ‘bought’. He won’t flip flop or compromise.

Ron Paul’s principles which he teaches and lives by are Biblical, Constitutional, and moral. He has been married 55 years, has 5 children (who are all still married to their spouses), and 18 grandchildren. 5 people in his family, including himself, are doctors. As an OBGYN, Ron Paul has delievered over 4000 babies, and not performed a single abortion.

Ron Paul wants to bring our troops home, and have peaceful, non-interventionalist, relationships with all other countries. He wants to build our national defense. So many people don’t understand this foreign policy, and are scared of it. They think of Ron Paul as an isolationist who wants to keep America reclusive/secluded. But his views are constitutional, and in line with our founding fathers. And anyone who really studies this policy can understand and appreciate it. Thomas Jefferson said in his first inaugural address “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with ALL nations– entangling alliances with NONE”. Washington said that “temporary alliances” could be justified for “extraordinary emergencies” but other than that “harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.” (Ibid., p. 235)

Ron Paul is the only veteran presidential candidate- wouldn’t you expect him to know something about what the wars ‘over there’ are really like? And why is it that he gets more donations from active military than all the other candidates and Obama combined? Wouldn’t they understand? Do we really have enough respect for our troops to their voices?

Ron Paul is the tax payer’s friend. He has NEVER voted to increase any taxes. He believes we should be able to keep every penny we earn. He wants to do away with the income tax, which is unconstitutional. He is called ‘Dr. No’ because of all the times he’s voted no on unconstitutional bills.

Ron Paul the only candidate with a plan to substantialy reduce our spending and debt. He has a consistent record of voting to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote sending government back to it’s limiting Constitutional levels.

Ron Paul is the only one who truly wants to get rid of abortion. Being an OBGYN doctor, he has delievered over 4000 babies, and never once murdered a baby. He has submitted bill after bill, in attempts to restrict and outlaw it. He’s fought to repeal Roe Vs. Wade. You can’t be for liberty without being for life. To quote Ron Paul on the issue, “Those who seek a pro-life culture must accept that we will never persuade all 300 million Americans to agree with us. A pro-life culture can be built only from the ground up, person by person. For too long we have viewed the battle as purely political, but no political victory can change a degraded society. No Supreme Court ruling by itself can instill greater respect for life. And no Supreme Court justice can save our freedoms if we don’t fight for them ourselves.”

Ron Paul is the only candidate who talks about the true role of government, and it’s limits under the Constitution. His principles are largely founded on the 10th amendment; limiting the Federal government to it’s strict confines, and leaving the states free to do as they choose. Many people are unfamiliar with the principle, due to lies spread by the media, polititians, etc. Because of that, they misunderstand and fear Ron Paul’s ‘stance’ on things such as drugs, homosexuality, prostitution, abortion, schooling etc. However, Ron Paul actually wants to allow the STATES to excercise their Constitutional right choose for THEMSELVES what their laws will be–NOT letting the Federal government do such!

Ron Paul the only one that can really beat Obama. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum all have pasts with well known flaws. They’re flip floppers and in the race for power. Obama would have plenty to attack them on, and destroy them. Ron Paul has a clean, consistent record, with no ‘skeletons in the closet’. Ron Paul can appeal to the left on numerous issues, such as anti-war, anti-drug war, ending the Fed, civil liberties, ending corporate welfare and opting out of Socialism Security. He won’t try to dominate Congress or the states. He’s the only GOP candidate who is strong where Obama is strong. He polls best among young people, Democrats, blacks, independents and voters in the Northeast where Obama won every single state. “

If not Ron Paul, what other option do we have? More progressives, power hungry men who will further enslave our nation? More war, more debt, more laws, less liberty. We have to put someone we can trust up there. Ron Paul can’t work miracles and suddenly fix everything, but he is dedicated and determined, and will do whatever he possibly can towards liberty.

So many of those who don’t like Ron Paul simply misunderstand him. They don’t know what he really believes and wants. They listen to the mainstream media and either don’t hear at all about him, or hear negative twisted things about him. One reason his most enthusiastic supporters are the youth is because they are on the internet so much. These youth are worried about the future of our generation, and they do research online to find the truth. They don’t just listen to the regular biased media and make descisions based on what they are told. So if you don’t like Ron Paul, please, research him on youtube, google, etc and give him a chance! You might be glad you did!

For liberty,

Madelyn Stanley

*Script originally written and given as a speech for a local Tea Party gathering

 

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THSM Words of Wisdom ~ Joy In the Lord

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | September 3, 2011

Words of Wisdom ~ Joy In the Lord


Have you ever asked yourself “Does God really care whether or not I’m joyful?”. If you have, you’re not alone! In fact, most people have probably asked it at one point or another when life gets rough. So what is the answer?

First of all, what does joyful mean? Is it the same as happy? Some may use the terms synonymously, but I believe joy is much deeper, related with spiritual/eternal things. Joy is an attitude, not emotion. Happiness would be the temporal, excited emotion of something good happening, i.e. receiving a gift, or a fun get-together. Once the “thing” leaves, so do the associated emotions.

On the other hand, with joy being an attitude, we can choose our reaction to circumstances. For example, someone gets a great job. They are so happy! But then they lose that job. Are they still happy? Hard times and tragedy in life are inevitable. But there is always the choice to decide to be joyful anyway, trusting that God will work things out for the best. Actually, Christian history has proved that the greatest joys can result from the most painful experiences.

Joyfulness is of the Lord, not of ourselves. We should always choose to be joyful, but only through the Holy Spirit can we do this.Those who do not know Christ cannot experience true joy. Those who do know Christ and His joy refuse to exchange it for anything. To add, faked joy isn’t real joy at all. We can pretend we’re joyful, pretend we’re trusting for the best, but deep inside we know it’s just hypocrisy. No, true joy is pure, effortless joy!

So why is it so important that we rejoice? The answer is simple; our rejoicing brings glory to Christ! And isn’t that our main purpose as Christians? “Man’s chief end is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” When we are sad, discouraged, complaining etc, that doesn’t bring glory to God. It says “look at me, God isn’t taking care of me like He should”. We want to honor Christ, not dishonor Him.

Do I claim to “rejoice evermore”? Nay, far from it. I’m still but a mere baby in Christ, I’m only beginning to learn. There are plenty of times I feel like it’s not even possible to rejoice during such a trying time. But I know His Word is true, and by His grace I will continue to grow in this God-given joy!

As always, please don’t just take my word for these ideas…or dismiss my words as impossible. Look at the Scriptures to find out for yourself! Below I’ve listed merely a few of the numerous verses found on the subject, from the Old and New Testament. I pray you will be encouraged and blessed by them!

Old Testament:
Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Nehemiah 8:10
…for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for thejoy of the LORD is your strength.
Job 41:22
In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
Isaiah 55:12
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…
Psalms:

5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
30:5 …weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

New Testament:
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

John

15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

Romans

14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

1 Peter

1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

~~~~~Soli Deo Gloria! ~~~~~

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THSM Liberty, the Pillar of America’s Greatness

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | September 18, 2011

~Liberty, the Pillar of America’s Greatness ~ My first speech ever!

*speech given at a local Tea Party rally on Constitution Day, September 17th*

Hello Everyone!

I’d like to start by thanking our Tea Party leaders for giving me the opportunity to speak today in honor of America, the greatest nation on earth.

Liberty is what makes America so great. It is what our forefathers fought to achieve and pass on to future generations. Today those hard-earned freedoms are in grave danger. The future of America’s greatness depends on us uniting together and returning to the founding principles on which all our liberties stand. Our government would have us to believe that some liberties are unimportant when it comes to national security and modern convenience. Yet it is these so called “small liberties” which set us apart from all other nations!

In order to protect American liberty, it helps to first understand the foundation for it. This foundation lies in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, both of which are largely influenced by the main source of liberty, the Bible. To start with the Bible, Galatians 5:1 tells us to “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ” We are promised in 2 Corinthians that “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Seeing therefore that true liberty comes from Christ, how can it survive without Him? America was made great because we had freedom to worship the God of the Bible. We had freedom to serve Him, preach His word, and to speak of Him in public WITH OUT FEAR. Because we honored God, He blessed us abundantly.

Now, however, we’ve allowed the government to take Christ out of our society. We are not allowed to speak of Him in public schools, politics, etc. Biblical standards of morality and virtue are rapidly disappearing, being replaced by crime, immorality and corruption. God hates evil. Until we as a nation return again to Christ, He cannot freely bless us.

Another foundation for our liberty is The Declaration of Independence. It states that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights, given to us by God. It tells us that when the government body continually abuses and usurps it’s authority (the Constitution), it is our right and DUTY to overthrow that government, providing new leaders who will be more faithful to our future liberties. We must exercise that duty when necessary, or else the tyranny we and our future generations face will destroy America.

In order to secure American liberty, our founding fathers formed one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, political documents in history, our Constitution . What makes it unique is the idea that personal liberty is given directly from God, NOT the government. Perhaps this is best explained by Jefferson when he said “When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny.” According to the Preamble, the Constitution was made to ensure that government would: “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

So why does our Constitution not seem to be working now? The answer is simple: Our current government no longer respects the Constitution. It is ignored, trampled on, and called inadequate by those who desire dictatorial, criminal powers. Seldom do our elected officials consider whether a bill they are trying to pass is Constitutional or not. Jefferson prophesied this downfall when he warned “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” In order to regain liberty we must study the Constitution ourselves, and re-chain our elected officials by holding them accountable to it.

Two great weapons we have in defending liberty are truth and knowledge. In the gospel of John, Jesus promises us “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The Bible also warns in Hosea that nations are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Knowledge is power and truth can set one at liberty. Doesn’t it make sense then that the more knowledgeable we are and the more we walk in truth, the stronger we are in our fight for liberty? In a world of lies, truth can be hard to discern, but the more diligent we are, the better we will be able to recognize truth and use it to our advantage.

To conclude, in Psalms the Lord presents a challenge for us by asking “Who will rise up for me against the evil doers and Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”

If only we would unite together and answer with Patrick Henry, when he so bravely proclaimed the following combined quotes: “”It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so clearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it.””… So why stand we here idle? 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!”

Thank you for listening, and may God bless our efforts in uniting for liberty!

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THSM Trip to Mt. Nebo

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | August 22, 2011

Trip to Mt. Nebo ~ Pictures!

“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.” ~ Psalm 36:6

Last month my family and I took a little trip and visited Mt. Nebo. Mt. Nebo is a beautiful mountain in Arkansas, rising 1,850 feet high! The view from the main lookout was breathtaking…an amazing example of God’s magnificent creation!

Though no camera could capture the complete beauty, we (Mom, Christopher (age 16), and I) tried anyway. Below are some of the results!🙂 You can click on each one to see it clearer. And if you’d like to see more pictures of the outing, go here:Trip to Mt. Nebo

Soli Deo Gloria!

“Up in the horizon” all of us except the youngest

“I’m sitting on top of the world” ~ My four younger sisters

 

“1…2…3…” ~ Want to guess?😀

“Testing. Mom’s. Nerves…” ~ Yes, the backdrop is real!🙂

“Now What?!” ~ Note: he survived!
“For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies”
~ panoramic shot

“Oh say, Can you see…”

“From the mountain, to the prairie…”
“O’re the land of the free,
and the home of the brave”
“Sisters!” ~ The five of us at a town park

“Sisters…In Christ!” ~ Me and a dear friend on top of Nimrod Dam

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THSM Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

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Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

Wow, how fast this first year of Benjamin’s life has flown! It seems just yesterday we were awaiting his arrival, and yet now here he is, already 1 year old! He has been such a delightful baby, always ready to give you his biggest smile.🙂 He sleeps through the nights well, and is rarely fussy unless he really needs something, i.e. nap, food, clean diaper. He hasn’t started walking yet, but that will come soon! He’s already climbing things, roaming the house whenever he gets the chance, and loves his ‘johnny jump-up’ (the thing he’s in on the last picture). One last little note: Benjamin is at the “tongue stage”….where he’s repeatedly sticking out his tongue! You have to admit, it makes him even more adorable😉

Along with pictures taken on his birthday (August 23rd), I’ve also included a few from when he was younger. And for more pictures from his his birthday, visit this link: ‘Benjamin Paul’

To view pictures and the story from when he was born, click here: ‘Welcome, Little Benjamin Paul!’
…And the story and video of when we found out Mom was pregnant with him: ‘Our Christmas Blessing’

Wait, don’t stop here!! There’s more pictures! Click the link below!🙂
‘Benjamin Paul’*Photography credit goes to Mom🙂 *

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THSM Patriotism

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Hello Fellow Americans!!

I hope you are enjoying a great Independence Day! Today we celebrate the freedom we’ve had as a nation and remember our fore fathers who fought to obtain it. Yes, and we must also realize that we are losing those freedoms. It is time for us to take a stand and fight that our future generations will have freedom also. Take courage as you remember Scripture verses such as the following:

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Hosea 6:1 “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.”

Deuteronomy 28 “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God….”

Deuteronomy 30:16 “In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”

And as the words remain dear, here is a repost of my blog about the Star Spangled Banner. Also added is a video of a 7 year old girl with an amazing voice singing the anthem!

We all love our beautiful anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. We love hearing it sung in public events, it makes our patriotism soar. But did you know that there is more than one verse to it? Every time I hear our anthem sung I wish that someone would sing the next verses, which are as great as, or better than the first line. Here are the five verses I know:

The Star-Spangled Banner

O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Additional Civil War period lyrics
In indignation over the start of the civil war, Oliver Wendell Holmes added a fifth stanza to the song in 1861 which appeared in songbooks of the era.

When our land is illumined with liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.


(song starts around 0:56)
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What’s More Important: Liberty Or The Entity That Protects It?

by Chuck Baldwin
April 29, 2010

Let me ask readers a question. What’s more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? A word of caution: be careful how you answer that question, because the way you answer marks your understanding (or lack thereof) of both freedom and the purpose of government.

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Jefferson could not be clearer: America’s founders desired a land in which men might live in liberty.

Thomas Jefferson–and the rest of America’s founders–believed that freedom was the principal possession, because liberty is a divine–not human–gift. Listen to Jefferson:

“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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” (Declaration of Independence)

Jefferson could not be clearer: America’s founders desired a land in which men might live in liberty. By declaring independence from the government of Great Britain (and instituting new government), Jefferson, et al., did not intend to erect an idol (government) that men would worship. They created a mechanism designed to protect that which they considered to be their most precious possession: liberty. In other words, the government they created by the Constitution of 1787 was not the object; freedom’s protection was the object.

Again, listen to Jefferson: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” In other words, government is not the end; it is the means. Government is not the goal; it is the vehicle used to reach the goal. Nowhere did Jefferson (and the rest of America’s founders) express the sentiment that government, itself, was the objective. Listen to Jefferson once more:

“That whenever ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration) (Emphasis added.)

Jefferson is clear: people have a right to alter or abolish ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT that becomes destructive to liberty. To America’s founders, there was no such thing as a sacred cow when it came to government. Government had but one purpose: “to secure these rights.” When ANY FORM of government stops protecting sacred, God-given liberties, it is the right and duty of people to do whatever they deem appropriate to secure their liberties–even to abolishing the government.

To America’s founders, patriotism had everything to do with the love of liberty, not the love of government!

Today’s brand of patriotism (at least as expressed by many) is totally foreign to the fundamental principles of liberty upon which America was built. I’m talking about the idea that government is an end and aim in itself; the idea that government must be protected from the people; the idea that bigger government equals better government; the idea that criticism of the government makes one unpatriotic; the idea that government is a panacea for all our ills; and the idea that loyalty to the nation equals loyalty to the government. All of this is a bunch of bull manure!

When government–ANY GOVERNMENT–stops protecting the liberties of its citizens, and especially when it begins trampling those liberties, it has become a “destructive” power, and needs to be altered or abolished. Period.

Can any honest, objective citizen not readily recognize that the current central government in Washington, D.C., long ago stopped protecting the God-given rights of free men, and has become a usurper of those rights? Is there the slightest doubt in the heart of any lover of liberty that the biggest threat to our liberties is not to be found in any foreign capital, but in that putrid province by the Potomac?

Therefore, we must cast off this phony idea that we owe some kind of devotion to the “system.” Away with the notion that vowing to protect and prolong the “powers that be” makes us “good” Americans. The truth is, there is very little in Washington, D.C., that is worthy of protecting or prolonging. The “system” is a ravenous BEAST that is gorging itself on our liberties!

Patriotism has nothing to do with supporting a President, or being loyal to a political party, or anything of the sort.

Is it patriotic to support our country (which almost always means our government), “right or wrong”? This is one of the most misquoted clichés in American history, by the way. Big Government zealots (on both the right and the left) use this phrase often to try to stifle opposition by making people who would fight for smaller government appear “unpatriotic.”

The cliché, “My country, right or wrong,” comes from a short address delivered on the floor of the US Senate by Missouri Senator Carl Schurz. Taking a strong anti-imperialist position and having his patriotism questioned because of it (what’s new, right?), Schurz, on February 29, 1872, said, “The senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, ‘My country, right or wrong.’ In one sense I say so, too. My country–and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” (Source: The Congressional Globe, vol. 45, p. 1287)

Schurz then later expanded on this short statement in a speech delivered at the Anti-Imperialistic Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on October 17, 1899. He said, “I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves . . . too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: ‘Our country, right or wrong!’ They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of TRUE patriotism: ‘Our country–when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.’” (Source: Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, 1913, p. 119) (Emphasis in original.)

Amen! In a free society, genuine patriotism demands that our country be RIGHT, as our nation’s policies and practices reflect the values and principles of its citizens. To feign some kind of robotic devotion to a nation without regard to sacred principle or constitutional fidelity is to become a mindless creature: at best, to be manipulated by any and every Machiavellian that comes along, or, at worst, to be a willing participant in tyranny.

As to loyalty to a President merely because he is President, Theodore Roosevelt may have said it best:

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth–whether about the President or anyone else.”

Hence, freedom-loving Americans cannot afford to become infatuated with Washington, D.C. We cannot allow these propagandists on network television to distort the meaning of true patriotism in our hearts.

Patriotism means we love freedom. It means we understand that freedom is a gift of God. It means we understand that government has only one legitimate function: to protect freedom. It means that our love of liberty demands that we oppose, alter, or even abolish ANY FORM of government that becomes destructive to these ends. And it means that we will never allow government to steal liberty from our hearts.

As I asked at the beginning of this column, What’s more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? The right answer is, freedom and its undergirding principles. If you understand that, then you rightly understand that the current government we find ourselves under is in desperate need of replacement. And whatever, however, and whenever that replacement reveals itself is not nearly as important as that liberty is preserved.

On the other hand, if you mistakenly believe that government (the entity meant to protect liberty) is more important than liberty, you are both tragically deceived and pathetically impotent to preserving freedom. You may also have identified yourself as an enemy of freedom.

As for me and my house, we will stand with Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence–in whatever form it may present itself in a modern world bent on dismantling our liberties. In other words, I pledge no loyalty to any government that seeks to destroy our freedom–including the current one!

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Garden Album 6-26-09 to 7-18-10 

Garden 2011

Aquaponics 2011 Growing plants in rocks and water!

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(7) Sermon Summaries

Here I will be archiving the summaries written for Dad’s sermons…I hope they are a blessing to you!
~Madelyn

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How God Saves His Enemies [click here to download] (August 21st, 2011)

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Acts 7:58 “And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.”
Acts 8:1-3 “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

To reject God’s Word is to hate it, even though you may not realize that hate. All sinners are inwardly enemies of Christ. Man cannot naturally love God and His Word in it’s entirety. Sin brings out the enmity in one towards God.

1 Timothy 1:11-16 “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

God can save anyone, even the worst of sinners, as Paul claimed himself to be. No one deserves to be saved. We all deserve to go to hell. But God had mercy on us and sent His Son that those who believe might be saved. All truth is liberating. Men will attempt to intimidate by condemning/judging. Let them accuse, it doesn’t matter if we are friends of our Saviour. The past is past; as Christians we are now seated in Heavenly places.

1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
Philippians 3:17 “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.”

Paul is a pattern Christian, a model for others. By following Paul, you follow Jesus. Paul wasn’t “special” in a sense that makes him better than us. The same Lord that lived in him, making him the man he was, can also live in us. True Christians follow Jesus, so by following them, you are following Him. In your spirit, learn to discern whether or not someone is in tune with Jesus. If one’s words and actions are consistent with Scriptures, he is a worthy example.

Acts 9:1, 4, 5, 6 “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest…..And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”

Can God bring a man down? Absolutely. God and God alone can save us. We could sooner create a new world than save even our most beloved acquaintances. Only He can send the truth revealing light of salvation. When Jesus intervenes, He takes over.Paul thought he was persecuting “fanatical” Christians. He thought he was doing good. What he did not realize was that he was actually persecuting Christ.

Lord means boss. Is Jesus your boss? Do you believe God can talk to you? Can you recognize His voice? In this passage we see the power of the name of Jesus demonstrated. Paul was an enemy of Christ. In one sentence from God, his life changed radically.

Most churches today are little more than religious social clubs. They just haven’t seen the light. The spirit of conviction isn’t there. Do we even believe in conviction of sin anymore? Conviction causing weeping, and life changing repentance? Theologians and religious folks don’t get to heaven, followers of Christ do. Our God is a consuming fire. We stand no chance against Him. Will you be His enemy or friend?

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Your Belief System, or, Raising Your Expectations [click here to download] (August 14th, 2011)

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2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

A system is a bunch of elements that work together. Your body is a system. You have a belief system. It effects how you see yourself and others. If things are going wrong in our lives, it means some parts of our system are not working. For instance, my body could be 99 % healthy, but that other 1% can painfully dominate my senses. Likewise, when something is wrong in belief system, it effects my actions/life.

Acts 3:1-11 “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; (3) Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. (4) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. (5) And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. (6) Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.(7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. (9) And all the people saw him walking and praising God: (10) And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. (11) And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.

To have faith in something, you act on it. As we study God’s Word, we show our faith by acting on the Word. By doing this, we “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” Peter believed God would heal the cripple. He acted on that belief. A miracle was the result.

We are made in God’s image. The way we see ourselves is the way we see Jesus. How do you see yourself? Fearful and weak? Joyful and strong? Merciful and forgiving? Doubting and non-trustworthy? “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” How did the cripple see himself? What was his belief system? How did he change after being healed? How do you change your belief system? By studying the Word and praying for understanding. The more we tune our beliefs to God’s Word, the stronger we are in Christ.

Do we see ourselves as sufficient Christians? Do we see ourselves as able to perform miracles through Christ? What do we expect? Faith broadens our expectations. Beliefs will grow, whether they are negative or positive. Beliefs determine your expectations. “Ye have not because ye asked not.” We study the Bible to raise our expectations. Attempt great things for God, expect great things from God. When you are content to live without miracles, you will not get them. We should always be pressing on to higher ground. God wants us to abound in life by one, Christ Jesus.
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Blessings or Curses? ~ Part 1 [click here to download] (Morning, July 31st, 2011)

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Blessings or Curses? ~ Part 2 [click here to download] (Evening, July 31st, 2011)

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Galatians 3:13-14 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

We needed the blessing of Abraham by the Holy Spirit that we might be delivered from the curse of the Law. Christ bore the curse for us, so we don’t have to be under it.

Deuteronomy 28-14:
(1) And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. (2) And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. (3) Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. (4) Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. (5) Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. (6) Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. (7) The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. (8) The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (9) The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. (10) And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. (11) And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. (12) The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. (13) And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:(14) And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

We are the Israel of God. God “waits to be gracious“. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” The Bible is the Word of God. God wants to “spoil” us. We simply have to follow His word and obey Him. We must learn to hearken to Him. Blessings upon blessings are in store for those who do. Health, prosperity, victory, fruitfulness, good weather, authority, etc are part of the blessings. Through Christ we are free from the curse, and under the blessing.

Deuteronomy 28:15-20:
(15) But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: (16) Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. (17) Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.(18) Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. (19) Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. (20) The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

Most people people stop reading this chapter after it gets into the curses. But the reason to study the curses is to realize what Christ has redeemed us from, and to help us know better how to fight Satan, who would like us to believe we are still under the curse.

If you don’t obey God, then who do you obey? In everything you do, you either obey God or the world/Satan. There is no in between. Putting anything above God or His Word is idolatry. Idolatry is serious sin. We “cannot serve God and mammon”. We are either under His wrath or mercy.

Deuteronomy 28:21-45
(21) The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. (22) The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.(23) And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. (24) The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed. (25) The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.(26) And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away. (27) The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. (28) The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: (29) And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. (30) Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. (31) Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them. (32) Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand. (33) The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: (34) So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. (35) The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. (36) The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. (37) And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee. (38) Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it. (39) Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them. (40) Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit. (41) Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.(42) All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume. (43) The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. (44) He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. (45) Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:

We can’t just blame the devil for all our troubles. Satan is under God, and can only do what God allows him to. This chapter plainly shows that the Lord sets such curses upon us, as punishment for not following Him. Deseases, divorce, unfaithfulness, family division, slavery, and debt, etc. result under the curse. Others benefit from our labors. Drought, bad weather, famine, etc are other parts of the curse. It’s our responsibility to hear God. “He that believeth not, the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Deuteronomy 28:46-68
(46) And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. (47) Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; (48) Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee. (49) The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; (50) A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: (51) And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. (52) And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee. (53) And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee: (54) So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave. (55) So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates. (56) The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, (57) And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates. (58) If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;(59) Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. (60) Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. (61) Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. (62) And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God. (63) And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. (64) And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. (65) And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: (66) And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:(67) In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. (68) And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.

Look at the wickedness and immorality found everywhere. Unrighteousness destroys nations. The world is at war with God. It can only lose. When a nation rebels enough against God, He turns it’s enemies loose on them. Wickedness is released. Only reformation and revival can save the nation. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Denying and curing God does not change a thing. Man cannot make it without God. When God smites, we cannot recover except through Christ. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God…” “No man shall save thee…”

Who is under the curse? All those who do not follow God habitually. Jesus is the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament. “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.” “Our God is a consuming fire.” He is just. Why would you reject the blessing for the curse? If you don’t go to heaven, you go to hell. What do you want, the blessing or the curse? It is your choice. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “…Whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” “God is not willing that any should perish”. “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” And now, with Joshua, we say “Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve” (Joshua 24:15). There is no in between.

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Put Ye on the Lord Jesus Christ [click here to download] (July 3rd, 2011)

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Romans 13:12-14 “(12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.” How do we do this? Do you believe He really wants you to do this? When does He want us to do this? Before you put something on, you must take something off. Before we put Jesus on, we have to cast off the darkness in us. What is darkness? It is evil, unbelief, lies, sin, etc. Put on the armor of light. Make arming yourself a habit of your life. Make sure nothing comes between you and God. The armor of light is God’s word. Walk honestly. It’s our responsibility to do these commands through the strength of Christ. Is it possible to put on Jesus Christ? With God, all things are possible.

Ephesians 4:17-32 “(17) This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, (18) Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: (19) Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (20) But ye have not so learned Christ; (21) If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: (22) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness…” The lost man walks in the vanity of his mind, understanding is darkened, he is ignorant, etc. You have to learn Christ before putting Him on. When you put Him on, you put truth on. A true Christian has been taught by Jesus. (John 6:45 “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”)

Put off the “old man”. When we are born again, we receive eternal life. The “old man” walked in the natural life. The “new man” walks in the supernatural life (“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”). The new birth means a new creation. That new creation is Jesus Christ in us. The greatest responsibility we have is to put on Jesus Christ, accept Him in us. Use the analogy of the process of getting dressed. When you go to put your day clothes on, you can’t just put them over your night clothes. They wouldn’t fit and it’d look bad. First you have to take the night clothes off. Also, you ask yourself “does this shirt match these pants, will it work for today, etc.” The same concept applies to putting on Jesus Christ. We take off the old man, the darkness, etc. and put on the Lord Jesus. We also ask ourselves “Does this passage of Scripture fit with today’s situations?”

Collosians 3 “(1) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (5) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry…)” As you trust Him, you start searching for those things above. Get your affections on things above, not things below/worldly/sensual/things that don’t count in eternity. Most sins committed relate to the senses. When your senses tempt you to do evil, put those temptations to death. There is no hope for the old man, it must be cast off for the new man to take it’s place. In Christ we are a new creation, and we are one with Him.

But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ….” The key to the Christian life is putting on the Lord Jesus Christ by faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to do this. He will. This is the Christian gospel, Christ in us, the hope of Glory.
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Glorifying God In Our Bodies ~ Part 2 [click here to download] (June 5th, 2011)

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1 Corinthians 6:19&20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Our bodies are the temple of Jesus Christ. We need to recognize what Jesus has done for us. We should confess the following statements: I can glorify God in the body, I will glorify God in my body, and I am glorifying God in my body. We can do all things through Christ.

Mark 7:15 “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.”
Mark 7:18-23 “And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him. Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
If something goes in, it is up to you to receive or reject it as pure or impure because it hasn’t entered our heart yet. Our bodies aren’t junk, they are temples of God. Before something can hurt you you have to let it enter your heart. We are safe in Christ. Don’t let fear enter your heart. It’s not what goes in, but what comes out that can be sin. Wickedness all around us doesn’t have to affect us or make us impure. Titus 1:15 “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” No matter what others say or accuse us of, we can be be pure.

2 Corinthians 7:1 ” Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Cleanse yourself with the promises, perfecting holiness. Reject evil thoughts. We live by faith. We have responsibility to cleanse ourselves through God’s promises.

Romans 6:12” Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Don’t let sin reign in your body. When sin comes in, you either bow to it or King Jesus. Cast sin away. Bow to flesh or the King. Obey sin, and you glorify Satan. Reject sin and you glorify God. What is the most important thing in our body? It is our spirit. Even if our mind, will, or emotions aren’t functioning properly, our spirit remains. Our spirit can still communicate with other spirits.

Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”How can I glorify God in my body? Christ lives in me, therefore I’m free from sin. Yield yourself to Him. Sin can’t have dominion over us. We aren’t under the law, but grace. The Spirit of God dwells in us. Our spirits meet our bodies. We want a healthy body that we may serve Christ. Don’t let your body keep you from serving Christ. He can take you beyond your “limits”. The Lord is our strength. People like to talk about their pains. For instance, when you meet someone, ask how they are doing. Much of the time the response will be negative, such as “well, such and such is hurting… the doctors say…etc…” But think about it: does this kind of talk glorify God? Could God be glorified by us telling everyone about our problems? Instead of glorifying our problems, share with others your good news, Scriptures, etc! Your body is bought with a price that you may glorify Him with your body and spirit.

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Glorifying God In Our Bodies [click here to download] (May 29th, 2011)

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1 Corinthians 6:15-20 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

God wants us to live a supernatural life. As He is, so are we in this world. We are to follow in His steps. We should expect miracles regularly. We should definitely glorify God in our spirits, but today we will dwell on the importance of glorifying God in our bodies. You are bought with a price: the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the best father anyone could ever wish to have. He loves us and will take care of us. The price God paid for us was the highest imaginable. He gave up his only begotten son who he loved more than anyone can love. He let his son be tortured and die on the cross so that we might be saved.

What does it mean to glorify God? Another word for glory is worth. Another word for worship could be “worth”ship. We glorify God by showing his worth to others. We represent our father. The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Is God glorified in a lazy person? Is he lazy? Is God glorified by our being sick all the time? Is He glorified in a miserable person? Confess to yourself, “I will be joyful, I will glorify God in my body, I will be healthy.” Glorify God with your body by showing how worthy He is and setting the example so that others may see what He is like.

What do we know about our bodies? We sure know when they are in pain! Many towns largest buildings are hospitals. People look to them to take care of their bodies, where as we should look to our Father, the one who bought us. The Holy Spirit lives in our whole body, not just parts. Deuteronomy 34:7 tells us “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” How was Moses in such great shape when he was what we call “so old”? Why should we not aim at such health? Don’t let Satan torment you with fear that something will happen to your body. Give your body a living sacrifice. Trust Him to care for your body. He loves you and wants to be trusted with the care of your body. “Oh, I’ll get a new, better body in Heaven!” But why wait? Confess that you are made perfect in Christ. Confess that Jesus bore your pain on the cross so you don’t have to bear it. Confess that Satan has no control over you, God is your shield and protector.

If the Lord wants you to do something, he gives you the strength and materials needed. Once again, confess “I can and will glorify God with my body. I am glorifying God with my body”. If your spirit tells you something like “no, you aren’t glorifying Him”, then then get alone and pray, seek God’s help and find out what you are doing wrong. The Holy Spirit will quicken you. Show how great God is with your body.

Further Scripture References:

Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

3rd John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Psalm 42:11 ” Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

Proverbs 12:18 “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”

Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. “

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”

Isaiah 58:8 “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.”

Jeremiah 33:6 “Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.”

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The following is my first attempt to summarize Dad’s sermon. I pray that it will be helpful to you!

~Madelyn

(Please listen to the full sermon here:)

How to Overcome Fear [click here to download]

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Psalm 56:2-3: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

The Lord is with me, so I don’t have to fear. Fear is a time thing, it will eventually pass away. For example, Psalm 30:5 tells us “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” And in Psalm 56:3, it says “What time I am afraid”. By faith we see after our fear has been conquered. Fear is time to flee to the Lord, not to things, i.e. doctors, friends, stores, etc. Trials should be times of growth. God isn’t in a hurry, we must learn patience. Don’t be a slave to fear or time.

1 John 4:16-18: ““And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

The answer to fear is love. God wants us to have what He has; blessing, love, bounty, joy, etc. When we trust God instead of fearing/doubting, the blessings, joy, bounty, peace, etc. will come. On the other hand, Satan also wants us to have what he has; torment, hate, evil, pain, etc. When we doubt God and fear dangers, Satan will try to attack us with torment, evil, etc. Hell is the ultimate fear.

Fear brings torment. Take for example some one who fears having a heart attack. This fear is a constant torment which whispers “what if, what if, what if….” In attempts to prevent the potential danger, this person runs to doctors, medicine, any”thing” that could prevent it. The other alternative is to cast that fear on the Lord. When we trust in the Lord to protect us, we gain a peace that nothing else can give. We are no longer tormented by the fear of something happening, because we know God will protect us. Again, perfect love cast out fear. This perfect love is actually Jesus living in us. Jesus doesn’t fear anything, and if he is living in us, we shouldn’t have to fear anything either.

A few more random notes: Fear makes people sin. Don’t torment yourself or let others torment you. Don’t put fear in others, rather, build them up by encouragement, reminding them that Jesus can take away their fears. Praise His word by learning, quoting, honoring, loving it. (Psalm 56:3).

~Jesus will keep you from fear, fear will keep you from Jesus.~

~Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, no one was there.~

Scriptures for further edification:

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Hebrews 13:6 “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Psalm 37 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity…….”

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

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Here I will be archiving my “Words Of Wisdom” posts, so check back every now and then to see new posts!

In Christ,

Madelyn (Starlie)

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Have you ever asked yourself “Does God really care whether or not I’m joyful?”. If you have, you’re not alone! In fact, most people have probably asked it at one point or another when life gets rough. So what is the answer?

First of all, what does joyful mean? Is it the same as happy? Some may use the terms synonymously, but I believe joy is much deeper, related with spiritual/eternal things. Joy is an attitude, not emotion. Happiness would be the temporal, excited emotion of something good happening, i.e. receiving a gift, or a fun get-together. Once the “thing” leaves, so do the associated emotions.

On the other hand, with joy being an attitude, we can choose our reaction to circumstances. For example, someone gets a great job. They are so happy! But then they lose that job. Are they still happy? Hard times and tragedy in life are inevitable. But there is always the choice to decide to be joyful anyway, trusting that God will work things out for the best. Actually, Christian history has proved that the greatest joys can result from the most painful experiences.

Joyfulness is of the Lord, not of ourselves. We should always choose to be joyful, but only through the Holy Spirit can we do this.Those who do not know Christ cannot experience true joy. Those who do know Christ and His joy refuse to exchange it for anything. To add, faked joy isn’t real joy at all. We can pretend we’re joyful, pretend we’re trusting for the best, but deep inside we know it’s just hypocrisy. No, true joy is pure, effortless joy!

So why is it so important that we rejoice? The answer is simple; our rejoicing brings glory to Christ! And isn’t that our main purpose as Christians? “Man’s chief end is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” When we are sad, discouraged, complaining etc, that doesn’t bring glory to God. It says “look at me, God isn’t taking care of me like He should”. We want to honor Christ, not dishonor Him.

Do I claim to “rejoice evermore”? Nay, far from it. I’m still but a mere baby in Christ, I’m only beginning to learn. There are plenty of times I feel like it’s not even possible to rejoice during such a trying time. But I know His Word is true, and by His grace I will continue to grow in this God-given joy!

As always, please don’t just take my word for these ideas…or dismiss my words as impossible. Look at the Scriptures to find out for yourself! Below I’ve listed merely a few of the numerous verses found on the subject, from the Old and New Testament. I pray you will be encouraged and blessed by them!

Old Testament:
Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Nehemiah 8:10
…for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for thejoy of the LORD is your strength.
Job 41:22
In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
Isaiah 55:12
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…
Psalms:

5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
30:5 …weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

New Testament:
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

John

15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

Romans

14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

1 Peter

1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

~~~~~Soli Deo Gloria! ~~~~~

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1 John 4:16-18 “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Hebrews 13:6 “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Psalm 37 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity…….”

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Psalm 56:2-3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

~Jesus will keep you from fear, fear will keep you from Jesus.~
~Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, no one was there.~

For sermon by Dad on this topic, click here: How To Overcome Fear

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For today’s issue of “Words of Wisdom” (I’ve decided to use the title “Words of Wisdom” instead of “Words of the Wise” which I used previously:) I would like to share the following Scriptures which lay out the Biblical standards for ladies/women. As daughters of the King of Kings, we should embrace these standards, practice them, and mold them to our lives so that we may better glorify our Heavenly Father.
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)

1 Timothy 5:14 “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion for the adversary to speak reproachfully.”

Titus 2:3-5 “The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient, to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

Proverbs 12:4“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.”

Proverb’s 31:10-12 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

Proverb’s 31:26-31 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

Proverbs 31:13-25 “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”

Ephesians 5:22-24“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”

Ephesians 5:33 “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

1 Peter 3:1“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;”

For more blogs I’ve written on this topic, visit these links:

“Honoring Motherhood”
“Dear Mothers”
“Biblical Fatherhood

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Have you ever seen these statements? Who hasn’t? “Get rich quick” schemes such as gambling or lottery where you “pay a little to *hopefully* get a lot” are everywhere we look, trying to catch our attention. Being made in the image of God, we naturally desire to be like him. To be unlimited, free and in control. And as money seems to be the key to this, it can be easy to fall in the trap of lusting after “millions”. But do these schemes work? What does the Bible say about them? And are there other ways to obtain what we really need? Take a look at the answers given by our Lord!

Proverbs 23:5 “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”

Proverbs 28:22 “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.”Proverbs 13:11 ” Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity”Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

Luke 12:21 “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Hebrews 13:5-6 ” Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

1 Timothy 6:9-10 “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

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Words of The Wise to Ponder….

James 1:22-25 ” But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”

James 17-26 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

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ALL of mankind suffer, including true believers. Yes, even Christ suffered, perfect though he absolutely was. We are to look to Christ for strength and comfort. During times of suffering the followers of Jesus have a promise of everlasting glory to look forward to. Suffering should bring us closer to the Lord, building our faith in him. It enables us to help others in their trials, as we have been through similar testings. Read through these verses to see the promises and truth for yourself!

2 Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

James 1:3 “ Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

2 Corinthians 1:5-7“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.”

Colossians 1:11&24 “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church”

1 Timothy 1:16 “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

1 Peter 1:11“Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.”

1 Peter 2:19-21 “ For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

1 Peter 4:13 “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”

Philippians 3:8“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ”

Romans 8:18“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Psalm 30:5“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”

Revelation 21:4&7 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

“I cannot work my soul to save
For that my Lord has done
But I can work like any slave
For love of God’s Dear Son.”
~Unknown~

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Words of the wise to ponder….

Ecclesiastes 7:12&19“For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten rulers of the city.”

Ecclesiastes 9: 16-19 “Then I said: “wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.”

(NKJ)

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