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Of Wheat Harvests and Way-Back Machines

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‘And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them.’ ~ Acts 26:10

 

Here are some folks who understand the importance of gold:

  • Property rights were eradicated in the name of the Civil Rights (sic) crusade. Therefore, folks should not be surprised to discover that a woman is being brought up on civil rights violations for requesting a Christian roommate—in her own home.  [Update: The charges were later dropped.]
  • Sadly, I found out the hard way that this phone hasn’t been invented yet.
  • Coconut oil is exceptionally helpful for pregnant women, nursing moms, the elderly, those concerned about digestive health, athletes (even weekend warriors), and those of you who just want to enhance your overall health.’
  • So, you have a rat and you have a land mine.  What to do?
  • The truth is that the US is insolvent and its policymakers will stop at nothing in order to avoid sovereign default. So, it should come as no surprise that at its latest meeting, the Federal Reserve downplayed the risk of inflation, thereby setting the stage for another round of money creation.’
  • In the waters off Tybee Island, Georgia, right at the Georgia/South Carolina border and not far from Savannah, buried in about 10 feet of silt is a hydrogen bomb. It’s been there for more than 50 years. . . The sad lesson is that we have less to fear from naked aggression than we do from incompetence and bad engineering.’
  • It wasn’t the New Deal that made folks fond of FDR—it was his push to repeal the 21st Amendment.

Industry Booms as States Vote Repeal of Prohibition’

  • The national security police state has been advancing for years but now that the true takeover of American society is in full swing, Americans are finally beginning to understand that everything supposedly aimed at terrorists is in fact directed towards them.’
  • Rising food prices and shortages could cause instability in many countries as the cost of staple foods and vegetables reached their highest levels in two years, with scientists predicting further widespread droughts and floods.’
  • The economic whizzing contests regarding currency devaluations currently underway (actually, they’ve been underway for quite some time) would be a thing of the past if countries simply backed their currencies with gold. That would mean that they would be forced to live within their means.

The economic storm is gathering.

  • A proper understanding of God’s Providence precludes any serious contemplation of ‘What If’ history, of course (Ephesians 1:11); however, it is sometimes an interesting exercise to imagine how one incident might have affected—and saved—millions of lives, had it occurred differently.
  • We’re the people that live. They can’t wipe us out, they can’t lick us. We’ll go on forever, Pa, cos we’re the people.’
  • Decades from now, I fully expect to see an epidemic of deafness due to the amazing volumes at which folks listen to music. Likewise, we may not be surprised to find an alarming rise in the rate of brain cancer due to cell phones.

 

But What About the Epicureans?

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‘[A]nd it shall be to him and to his descendants after him the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.’  ~ Numbers 25:13

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The discussion regarding Providence led by Pastor Anderson this past Sabbath was, per usual, tremendously fruitful and edifying.  As we have plodded our way through the Westminster Confession of Faith–and I mean that in a positive sense–I have been confronted yet again by many difficult issues which I have wrestled with a great deal since God drew me into the Reformed Christian faith.

Providence, as one may imagine, is one such doctrinal tarbaby that I cannot get free from–precisely because I embrace it so tightly.  I believe it, yet I cannot truly fathom it.

As I mentioned in Sunday School class, I feel there are (at least) two ‘danger areas’ into which I find myself drifting when not at my highest state of alert as it regards my response to God’s Providence:

DISTRESS/ AGONY

When I take too light of a view of Providence, I often find myself attempting to ‘help God along’ with a helping hand in what amounts to an effort to see that my will be done.  The result, is not a holy zealotry or passion, but rather a frenetic, almost frantic, flailing about with worry and anxiety almost always attendant.

CHRISTIAN STOICISM

Another prevalent misapplication of Providence to which I often fall victim is the tendency to ‘resign’ (as opposed to ‘resting’) myself in God’s perfect will.  With a sort of Que Sera Sera theology, I can find myself sitting on my hands, a spectator rather than an actor in God’s Play.

To my mind, neither view is completely right–nor completely wrong.  Passion and zealotry employed in our efforts to glorify God are not wrong, in fact they are a positive when kept in the proper perspective.  How else can we explain Paul’s call for us to ‘run the race’ so as to win the prize?  Or his admonition to work out our salvation ‘with fear and trembling?’   

Being zealous and passionate for God is a good thing!  However, we must temper our zealotry and passion for God’s glory with a humility that accepts God’s will when our desires diverge from His.

Likewise we must not be stoics–which in our fallen state almost unwaveringly leads to a fatalism or uber-pessimism.  The Bible gives us every reason to be hopeful and joyous!  Therefore, we should have a confidence that, even if our worst fears are realised, it is the best for us and we say, ‘God’s will be done!’

I’ll let you know if I ever strike the proper balance.  (But don’t hold your breath!)

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‘Duty is ours; the consequences are God’s.’ ~ Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals

 

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I mentioned in a previous post that the 10th was my sister’s birthday.  My mama, hit by a bout of nostalgia related her memories of her delivery as I spoke with her the other day.  Upon entering the hospital in a fit of pain the likes of which I’ll never know (Lord willing!), my mama was certain the birth of my sister was imminent.  The doctor, however, was not inclined to agree.  He assured my mama that the baby–her first–was a good 12 hours away at least.  He believed he had enough time to attend church (it was the Sabbath Day) and return in plenty of time before the baby’s arrival.

According to my mama, the doctor had not even had time to warm his pew before he was tapped on the shoulder by another informing him that he had better beat feet back to the hospital–and quick.

All turned out well, praise be to God, and mama and baby (my older sister) were fine as the doc made it back in just enough time to, as my mama puts it, ‘Catch her on the way out.’

The doctor’s name?: Ron Paul.  (I thought you might find that interesting.)

Not only is he the wisest, most qualified candidate for President, but Dr Paul is truly a Pro-Lifer, having delivered over 4,000 babies in his career as an obstetrician–including my sister and a couple of cousins of mine.  (He would have delivered me if my daddy had not been transferred to Corpus Christi shortly before I made my appearance.)

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Was it worth it? 

 

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According to Robert Novak, Mike Huckabee is a ‘false conservative’ who makes ‘real conservatives shudder.’  Sadly, saying you are Pro-Life appears to be enough to shore up support among the evangelical GOP faithful.  However, upon deeper inspection of his record, it becomes clear that Huckabee is no conservative, almost any  sense of the term.  

 

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A British woman murdered her baby because, as she insists, ‘Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet.’  Radical environmentalism is a false religion rife with fanaticism seldom seen in to-day’s largely apathetic societies.  And it is very dangerous.  We are certainly called by God to be good stewards of the Creation He has given us, yet that is a far cry from the Earth worship so prevalent to-day.
Besides, as any parent will tell you, raising children provides no opportunity for selfishness.  In fact, child-rearing is among the best remedies to selfishness to be found anywhere.  

 

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Would you have imagined in your wildest dreams to see something like this from a Westminster Presbyterian Church?

 

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This 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: Don Henley

 

 

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November 26, 2007 at 10:53 pm