Saturday, November 04, 2006

Disturbing Testimony

A couple weeks ago, I heard a young lady give testimony of the account of her salvation. I found it hard to cover my gut response.

"When I got saved, I became a Baptist."


What does this say about the salvation "experience" she has had. Does this statement bother any one else? Could it be that to some "Christians," getting saved is like being part of the club? I have a hard time with christians that are so fast to try and get someone saved when it is not their job.

This is an interesting quote from some online resources that I am reading.

People all across our land are believing, but they do not know what they are believing! The seed has not been sown properly, the doctrinal watering has not taken place, and God has not given the increase. Shallow decisions to "repeat the sinner’s prayer" are being substituted for heart felt belief in the regenerating power of God. Listen: a slick smile, a hearty handshake, a manufactured speech, and a quick command for someone to bow their head and ask Jesus to come into their heart is not New Testament evangelism! People in the New Testament were never pressured into salvation. I challenge anyone to show me where they were! In all instances, the heart of the individual was prepared by the Holy Spirit through the teaching of God’s Word, and a soul winner was then led to that person.


The responsibility is God's not ours. Once we get that through our thick heads we can focus on the wittness and evengelism that God wants us to do. I am not going to judge this young lady's testimony of salvation and becoming a "Baptist" , I would love to caution the person that lead her to the Lord to do more than broadcast easy believism.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

War time Politics

"I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown, We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply 'doing its job.'
John Kerry, 1972


http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061102/D8L4QH580.html

Kerry has been saying things for years but no one wants to draw light on it. This is more than a habit, this is the norm for our "media" should we just sit and let them? I think not. Read this "Interesting Story"

Spare the Rod, Spoil the child ...

I was in a local store last night making a quick purchase w/o bringing my tired family into the store. I knew my little girls were not feeling well (so much candy I am sure) so I just ran in, in the course of the conversation with the man at the checkout I noticed that they had a homeschooler discount for an additional 5% off my purchase. We talked for what I thought was a short time (although my wife deems it a long time to be in the car with the kids) about the fact that most homeschool kids today are well adjusted and just are behaved better than other children.

I thought it a great observation (being partially homeschooled myself) but I would assume there are other kids out there that go to traditional and private school that behave quite well. I mentioned to him that my children were in the car because I was realistic about my expectations of them in public and they were just to tired to place that demand on them. The main reason my children behave is because of the ramification(s) of their actions. They know when they are going to be punished.

Not all of our children respond to the "rod of correction" the same and it is an observation for another time ... these verses were first to jump to my mind when the conversation was drawing to a close.

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Proverbs 13:24
He who withholds his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

Proverbs 22:15
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

Proverbs 23:13-14
Do not hold back discipline from the child,
Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
You shall strike him with the rod
And rescue his soul from Sheol.

Proverbs 29:15
The rod and reproof give wisdom,
But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.

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Do you have some other verses? Share!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Separation

For those who claim that God should have nothing to do with Politics, all one has to do is look back at the speeches and writings of America's past presidents and statesmen to see that that claim is wrong.

Vote. Vote your belief not a party.

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Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere in the theatre of the military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at seas and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also , with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, comment to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State