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Something Worth Fighting For

I am not ashamed of the founding father’s of America. America has indeed sinned in regards to slavery and racism and a very bloody civil war was fought over it long ago. But we have a law of the land which is not racist, the Declaration of Independence, in it are the following words;

“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. “

Although there were states and cities which did not abide by this, it is still the basis of law in our land and there are many who fought dearly for the titanic freedoms we’ve been given. John Adams, who assisted in drafting that Declaration of Independence said;

“Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”

Men like Adams, who were sinners, who needed to repent and seek salvation in Jesus Christ just like you and I need to, they paid a great price for you and I. I hope and pray that it will not be wasted effort.

The founders of our nation chiseled the Word of God on the walls of the highest institutions of our land as an acknowledgment that government is only a proximate source of rights, God being the ultimate source. The Socialist/Marxist system which threatens to overturn our nation does not acknowledge God’s authority, but rather believes that rights are bestowed by the government. If this is true then the government can also take them away, thus usurping the place of God.

Karl Marx understood the inherent source of rights and he said he did not like democracy because it was founded on the principle that every person has a soul, independent of any social order or class. Marx sought to strip people of any value unless they were a member of the revolutionary class.

But we understand the difference between the person and the class. A person is a being with a rational soul and therefore has rights given by God Himself. If we are honest to face the full implications of this principle, we will see that democracy can only work as long as people deliberately choose God as their individual ruler and submit themselves and their rights to Him.

It’s Time To Pray

There are seasons and moments where God specially grants His people the grace to pray and intercede with a deep faith. This is such a moment, God by His mercy and kindness is moving and stirring the hearts of many to pray.

If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ then I urge you come boldly before God’s throne and seek Him on behalf of a nation that is perishing and a young generation that so desperately needs to know the love of God in Jesus Christ. Like Queen Esther who God raised up to intercede for His people in a dark time, we are now called to do the same in our generation. “For such a time as this” we have favor with God to receive His blessing and power for salvation.

One needs a man who will let himself go and deliver blows right and left as hard as he can hit, trusting in the Holy Spirit . – C.T. Studd

The Lord grant us understanding to know the weapons of our warfare.

A “Moment” For Us All

I read a very interesting opinion piece in the weekend Wall Street Journal today by writer Peggy Noonan titled 2016“That Moment When 2016 Hits You”. The moment she is writing about she describes as, “The Moment is that sliver of time in which you fully realize something epochal is happening in politics, that there has never been a presidential year like 2016, and suddenly you are aware of it in a new, true and personal way.” She also wrote, “‘I felt a wave of sadness,’ said one friend. This year’s politics have that effect on a lot of Americans.”

While she is writing particularly about politics, it is the idea of a “moment” that struck me, a critical moment that we are in as a nation and as individuals in every respect, not just politically. My hope and prayer is that God is granting us a moment of sobriety where we can truly consider our condition before Him personally and as a society. Oh!, how we need to repent and return to Him in these days! Have you had that “moment” this year? Don’t just let it pass by, consider Him who loved you and died for your sins and receive Him, I believe that God in His mercy is calling us back to Himself in these “moments” but we don’t have much time to get this right.

What A Year May Bring

Well here we are in 2015, as I look back on the past year it seems like a blur. We live in an age where everything seems to be filled with busyness, activity, bustle. So easy to get caught up in it all and forget the most important things. We are thankful for a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas season but I am now struck by the solemn moment our nation and the church is facing.

I’ve been studying the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations recently. I’m amazed by the similarity between Jeremiah’s day and our own. Jeremiah lived in a land where there had been so much blessing and knowledge of God over the years but the people turned away from God and pursued their selfish desires. I see that here in our land too. We are praying that the same judgement that came upon Israel will not come upon us. To whom much is given, much is required, will we humble ourselves before Him today?

However, even as dark clouds gather, we are looking forward to what a new year will bring and what God will do as we trust in Him. “What time I am afraid I will trust in You” wrote the psalmist. I have learned that He is so good and His mercy endures forever, my prayer is that all of you reading this will come to that knowledge as well.

Rejoicing in Simple Things

Wow, Raymond is almost 21, Thea just turned 18, and Andrew will soon be a teenager, where does the time go? As we watch our children grow we are reminded that one generation follows another, men come and go, and only what is done for the Lord Jesus will last. We are also reminded that the simple things of daily life as a family are what makes for a wonderful life.

So we pour ourselves into our children and teach them God’s ways and trust that He will bring them to His desired end. Each one is so unique and specially gifted according to God’s plan. Each one made in His image and therefore exceedingly precious. Our prayer is that God will bring all our children into their inheritance in Christ Jesus.

There is no greater occupation in this world than to be a father or a mother, what a job the Lord has given us. We want to be remembered as ones who did it well. We are not rich people and will not leave our children much of an inheritance as far as this world goes but what we can leave them is a legacy of godliness and hope in the soon coming glory of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

As the Lord gives us mercy and grace we press on towards the mark of His high calling. The world around us seems to be spiraling into darkness, I pray that we might be a light to those who are looking for the safe harbor. 

The State of a Nation

As I consider the history of this nation, on this day that we celebrate its independence, I am very concerned that what seemed to start so well is not finishing well at all.

John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and also the second President of the United States said this: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

His words seem prophetic to me, for we see a nation tearing itself apart and the government can do nothing to stop it. This is because the individuals that make up the nation are now casting off all restraint and wholly going after the satisfaction of their lusts and selfish desires. We have turned our backs on God, kicking Him out of our schools, our courts, our businesses. We now deny the very God who so greatly blessed us and made this nation – at one time – the envy of the whole world. We are now a nation given over to its lusts. God, in an ironic twist of fate, has given us just what we have asked for, to be unhinged from His moorings.

There’s drugs on our streets, guns in our schools, pain in our homes, and nobody seems to know how we got here. The Bible tells us how we got here, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against the godlessness and wickedness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). We know the truth about God, but we choose to rule ourselves instead of submitting to the King of Kings. We choose to chart our own course instead of following the Lamb of God who gave Himself for us, to save us from our sins.

Now I know this sounds pretty gloomy and you may think that I have lost hope, but I have not. This is because I know my God and I know how merciful and patient He is and I have come to know just a small bit of His vast love. I don’t believe we are at the point of no return where God tells His people to stop interceeding for the nation. But I write these things because we must understand the serious times in which we live and know that we are limited in our time to respond. If we will turn to Him with all our hearts and turn from building our own houses and begin to build His house again, then the Lord says, “I am with you.” (See the Old Testament Book of Haggai).

This isn’t a plea to get out and vote for anybody, just as Mr Adams predicted, there is no answer to our problems to be found in government. Nothing but revival among God’s people will deliver us before it’s too late. If the Church fails to respond the judgments will only grow more severe but if she will repent and turn to God in faith, we will have a glorious season of revival. Arise Church of the Living God!

Redeem the Time

Well, here we are in September already, where did the summer go? I am reminded of the Bobbi1Apostle Paul’s admonition to walk wisely and redeem the time because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-16).

We have had a wonderful summer together, we enjoyed plenty of fun in the pool and had a few short getaways to Northern Arizona (Prescott/Sedona). We celebrated Thea’s 15th birthday, Raymond’s 18th, and Andrew’s 10th. The kids are growing up so fast, we are careful to cherish these days we have together and we rejoice in the simple things that we can do as a family.

I know that for Bobbi and I, it is our duty as parents to raise our children to grow strong and become independent of us, but entirely dependent on God. That is no easy task in this society in which we live. As parents we must be ever watchful of every subtle trick of the enemy who seeks to rob our children of their inheritance in Christ Jesus our Lord. Everything seems to be drawing this young generation to a worldly life of grasping for all you can get and pleasing self. The odds seem stacked against us at times but we know that God is faithful and His work will appear unto His servants, and His glory to their children. (Psalm 90:16)

You know, you can and should teach your children the wisdom of the Bible and be a living demonstration of His ways before them but in the end they will have to go through the same tests and trials and make the same mistakes that you made before they come to the realization that they desperately need Jesus Christ. Once they come to that realization and turn in truth to Christ, then He comes in like a flood and and fills the heart with His faith, hope, and love. How glorious is the God of our salvation!

I am hopeful that as you read this you too will be stirred to see Jesus glorified again in our lives and in the lives of our children. Oh how we need Him, may He visit us in mercy.

A New Year

A new year is upon us, I have no idea what this year will bring, but I do know that the Redeemer is with us through thick and thin. His love is amazing and I pray that I can somehow be a greater demonstration of that same love in my corner of the world.

Jesus washed His disciples feet on the night He was betrayed and then told His disciples, ” If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” “One another” means those around me, my wife, my children, my brothers and sisters in Christ, my pastor, my co-workers, my neighbors. It is to these that Jesus has sent me to be a blessing, to humble myself and serve willingly with gladness. The love of God in Christ Jesus compels me to this selfless love for others, may He grant us grace to humble ourselves for His sake this year.

With no ambition to succeed
In realms of earth, and have no need
Of popularity’s acclaim
Or purchase for myself a name.
In serving Christ; for He must be
The Lord throughout eternity,
To see His face and hear His voice
And do His bidding is my choice.

Just content to be a son,
No words to say, but what He says,
No work to do, but what He does,
No fear or worry, anxious care.
I live with Him, His yoke I share.
No name to make, He writes His own.
Upon the heart’s pure glistening stone.
No life to live, I lay it down
I’ll share His Cross, and live again.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Greetings

I have always enjoyed the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays; people seem just a little bit kinder and happier during this time. I hate the gross commercialization that surrounds Christmas but I do have many wonderful memories of this season while I was growing up and it continues to be a time that I relish with my family. We enjoyed a wonderful time together with family this year. Understanding that some people I know are separated from family causes me to be even more grateful for the blessings I have. I look to the Lord Jesus Christ and I thank God for His goodness and faithfulness.

The idea of a Thanksgiving holiday is very attractive to the Christian but I wonder what atheists do in this day? The saddest sight on earth must be a thankful atheist. What does he do when he looks at the majesty of a sunrise or sunset and the granduer of the Milky Way? What does he do when he sees the perfect tiny little hand of a newborn babe, what does he do with that emotion?

The Bible links unthankfulness with idolatry, in Romans 1:21 it seems clear that those who are unthankful towards God and refuse to recognize Him as the giver of all good things, become futile in their thoughts and dark in their hearts.

It is almost impossible to keep a thankful man down and equally impossible to keep an ungrateful man up. Perhaps this is one of the keys to recovery in our nation. How do we get back on the right path? By giving God His rightful place in our hearts and lifting our voices to Him with praise and thanksgiving.

We are thankful for so much in our home this year, God has been a faithful provider and protector. He has blessed our home with His presence and peace as well, we are truly a blessed people. We wish you all the very best this Christmas!

Beginnings

Welcome to our family blog, we will try to post regular updates on our happenings.

Well, we have started our fourth year of home-schooling and teacher and student alike have been learning alot; teachers are learning much in the areas of patience and diligence, students are learning much in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Bible study. We are continuing to use the Christian Light Education curriculum, I believe that it challenges the children and also allows them to teach themselves in some areas which brings an additional sense of accomplishment. Despite sometimes difficult days, we are blessed to be homeschooling and I know the children will be better for it.

My job as an Electronic Technician has been challenging and I have learned a lot in the past year. I am thankful for God’s provision and I recognize that it is only by His grace that I am able to provide for a family of five with only a high-school diploma to my name. I have also been teaching a 3rd grade boys class at church. I really enjoy working with them and filling their open hearts with God’s word and I also enjoy hearing their honest prayers. I pray God will raise up many disciples among this new generation that is growing up with such hopelessness.

Bobbi is doing well and has been taking online courses in a health & nutrition program at a local community college. She was recently named YMCA member of the month and has also taken on a leadership role in Thea’s Girl Scout troop. She does a great job with the children and this big kid too.

The children just keep growing so fast and I don’t know where the time goes. I am learning to treasure the times we have together as a family and my prayer is that we will be a blessing to God and others.