Beer with Obama

Yesterday the president of these United States sit down with three other men for a beer and conversation. Although it was more of a political stunt, with hidden results (what was said was kept from the news media and public) there are some bible lessons we can learn from this.

The President and other leaders should set a good example. Oh yes, I know many will laugh at this and say there is nothing wrong with people having a beer together. The President may drink alchol on other occasions. It seems I have heard him make the comment about “having a beer together” before. He also claims to be a christian, and quotes the bible at times. Possibly he has not read, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise (Prov. 20:1) or “Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean,(Judges 13:4) or “It is not for kings, O Lemuel – not for kings to drink wine, nor for rulers to crave beer (Prov. 31:4), and many other scriptures that discourage the use of strong drink, which includes any fermented drink.

The power of an example is important. It may be that President Obama did not give any consideration to his example to others. There are many kinds of beverages that would have served the purpose in this meeting. Why was beer the selection? Why did alchol have to be included? It appears that our president approves of drinking alcholic beverages, with little thought of the effect on others, especially children. The news media gave the event wide coverage, with much discussion of the preferred brands of beer. How many younger people saw or heard this? Beer manufactures are critized for advertising on sports events because of the influence children. The same is true for tobbaco products. It appears to be two faced when our president uses both.

“Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. Edmund Burke

Published in: on July 31, 2009 at 12:37 PM  Comments (2)  

Jefferson on rights

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” –Alexander Hamilton

Published in: on July 23, 2009 at 2:48 PM  Comments Off on Jefferson on rights  

Will God smile on our nation?

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” –George Washington

It seems as if our founders understood what happens to governments (nations) that disregard rules that are eternal. What happened to this nation that it has forgotten what our founders knew?

Published in: on July 21, 2009 at 12:34 PM  Comments Off on Will God smile on our nation?  

Joy or rejection

Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the councel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat in the seat of the scornful;

 

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

(Psalms 1:1,2)

 

Do you consider the law of the Lord? If so, what does it mean to you? Do you allow it to guide you? Each person must

choose how he/she will deal with God’s instructions to man. We would like to encourage you to take time to read the

bible, and follow its guidance in your life. It will tell you how to be saved eternally, and that requires more than faith

as so many teach. Read it with an open mind, and obey it.

 

 

Published in: on July 20, 2009 at 12:26 AM  Comments Off on Joy or rejection  

ECUSA Stokes Fire Again

It’s a gay divorce in the Episcopal Church as the church voted this week to further separate itself from Scripture by endorsing the consecration of homosexuals into “any ordained ministry.” This comes three years after the church passed a moratorium on electing homosexual bishops in a move to placate conservative members, discontented over the 2003 election of openly homosexual Vicky Gene Robinson as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. Apparently, the moratorium was just for show.

It seems what’s really important to the church, as stated by House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson, is “deepen[ing] relationships with the rest of the communion, because real relationships are built on authenticity.” Bishop Stacy Saulswent even further, announcing, “It is time for our church to be liberated from the hypocrisy under which it has been laboring.”

The resolution adopted by the church states, “God has called and may call such [homosexual] individuals, to any ordained ministry” and “God’s call … is a mystery.” Far from mysterious, however, is Scripture’s commands against homosexuality. Beyond the church’s position on homosexuality, at issue is its view of Scripture itself. Either it is the authoritative foundation of doctrine or it is little more than flowery verse, subject to the whims of passion and valuable only when convenient. After all, that’s the way liberals treat the U.S. Constitution.

The above is from The Patriot Post. Although the Episcopal church is itself far from the church we read about in the bible, it knows (at least some in it) what the scriptures teach concerning homosexuality. Nothing could be plainer than both old and new testament teaching on this sin. This article certainly shows the length that homosexuals will go to invade every walk of everyday life, even religiously, by making demands on a group of people who claim to follow the bible.

Published in: on July 18, 2009 at 2:23 PM  Comments Off on ECUSA Stokes Fire Again  

The following article appears in the BBC.

Knowledge of Bible ‘in decline’

 

Knowledge of the Bible is declining among people in the UK, according to academics from Durham University.

The National Biblical Literacy Survey found that young people believe the Bible is old-fashioned and for people like EastEnders’ character Dot Cotton.

More than 900 people from faith and non-faith backgrounds were surveyed, with fewer than one in 20 able to name all of the Ten Commandments.

But the study showed many still turn to the Bible at times of emotional stress.

The researchers said their findings showed the Church and politicians could no longer make assumptions about people’s knowledge of the Bible, which in under 45s is in decline.

No assumptions

The study revealed that 62% of respondents did not know the parable of the Prodigal Son and 60% could not name anything about the story of the Good Samaritan.

One respondent said David and Goliath was the name of a ship, while another thought Daniel – who survived being thrown into the lions’ den – was the Lion King.

The study was funded by a consortium of national churches, charitable trusts and Bible agencies.

Younger interviewees told researchers that the Bible was “old-fashioned”, “irrelevant” and “for Dot Cottons” – in reference to the churchgoing character in the BBC One soap.

The Rev Brian Brown, a Methodist minister and visiting fellow in media and communication at St John’s College, Durham University, said: “The Church and political leaders should take serious note of the findings and recognise that we cannot make the assumptions we used to make about the Bible and its place in contemporary people’s lives and culture.”

But he added: “Many respondents said they still turn to the Bible for support and guidance at key moments.”

None of the above suprises me. The “old fashioned” part seems quite common among men. I agree with that assessment as that is exactly what the bible is suppose to be. Man changes often, but God’s word does not change, or pass away (Lk. 21:31,33). If we want to make changes so the bible will be more acceptable to “our time” God will not be pleased (John 8:31;Mt. 7:21-23) As for man’s ignorance of the bible, that is the problem that causes all other problems. 

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“Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house” (Proverbs 17:13).

Evil and good are direct opposites. Those who think they can be a little of both will find an impossible task. Many think that God will overlook what they consider lesser forms of evil, but He hates evil in any form. That is why Paul admonished the Thessalonicians to “abstain from from every form of evil” ( I Thess. 5:22).

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The Gipper

“I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual. And let me offer lesson No. 1 about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.” —Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was speaking of teaching our offspring about America and its values. We seem to have lost the desire to talk about all the good things of the past. We have allowed this to happen by the changing of subjects studied in school, and by not spending time talking about history with our children. Most know little about places and events of our historical past, but can name a hundred imagineary characters on some computer game. There is nothing wrong with their minds, but much wrong with what is being put in them. We live in a real world and need to be aware of why we have a country, as well as learning about the people and events that shaped it. When I was in school we all studied American History. That seems to have changed now.

We have lost something else by not talking with our family. That is the knowledge of God. How much time does your family spend in discussion of religious things. Children today, in most cases, have very little bible knowledge. They take after their parents, who show little interest in spiritual things. You cannot teach what you do not know, is a basic fact. Fathers have a responsibility to “bring their children up in the nurture and admonitation of the Lord” (Eph. 6), but few fathers know what that is. We fail ourselves and our children when we forget the history of our nation and our God.

Published in: on July 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM  Comments Off on The Gipper  

There is no “free lunch”

I went by the field of a sluggard, and by the vineyard of a man void of understanding; and lo it was all grown over with thorns, the face thereof was covered with nettles, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I beheld, and considered well; I saw, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep; so shall thy poverty come as a robber, and thy want as an armed man. (Prov. 24:30-34)

Paul said “if a man will not work, neither should he eat”, ( I Thess. 3:10) “and if any provide not for his own, and especially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (I Tim. 5:8).

We live in a time when many want a free lunch. Politicians make promises they know cannot be kept, just to get elected, then either forget about them, or try to blame someone else for their failure. God determined that man would work shortly after the creation, as punishment for the sin of Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3:17-19) The idea of getting something for nothing, or at the expense of others, is not biblical. In fact, man is suppose to work with his hands so he will have the means to help others (Eph. 4:20), not expect a handout from them. We need to practice the work ethic ourselves, and teach it to our children. There is no free lunch. If you get something for nothing, it is coming out of the pocket of a person who works.

Published in: on July 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM  Comments Off on There is no “free lunch”  
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Our Nation

This is a good day to consider our government. We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, and that is a blessing to many don’t consider. Many things have changed since our nation began, mostly because of technology, and in the last one hundred years. Evil has always existed, from Adam and Eve, but in our nation the level of evil activities has increased greatly. We are  like the rich man who planned on building bigger barns in which to store his goods (Lk. 12:18), but we are building more and bigger prisons. Federal, state, and local governments are going broke housing prisoners. We need to recognize that God established  government (Rom. 13) and in the past he has destroyed them when evil became worse and worse. We don’t live under a king as did Israel, but the instructions  God gave them still show his attitude toward an evil government. “It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness” (Prov. 16:10)  “A wise king sifts out the wicked, and brings the threshing wheel over them” (Prov. 20:26). We need to follow the instruction which says “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”

Published in: on July 4, 2009 at 1:42 PM  Comments Off on Our Nation