Way To Go, Mike Pence!

Vice President Mike Pence has a long established policy for which he has received flack from those of a liberal mindset.  It has been his long standing rule to never dine alone with a woman other than his wife. I think that is commendable that he would want to safeguard his marriage! Click the link below to read the article about Vice President Pence.

https://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/bryan-fischer/2017/04/03/in-praise-of-mike-pence

My close associations are of the same mindset, and I could not imagine it being any other way. Our young people also do not date one on one but go out with groups or chaperones. It’s called having safe boundaries, and it’s a concept that does not make sense to the carnal mind.

The following poem says it so well.

 

The Ambulance Down In The Valley

Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant;
But over its terrible edge there had slipped
A duke and full many a peasant.
So the people said something would have to be done,
But their projects did not at all tally;
Some said, “Put a fence ’round the edge of the cliff,”
Some, “An ambulance down in the valley.”

But the cry for the ambulance carried the day,
For it spread through the neighboring city;
A fence may be useful or not, it is true,
But each heart became full of pity
For those who slipped over the dangerous cliff;
And the dwellers in highway and alley
Gave pounds and gave pence, not to put up a fence,
But an ambulance down in the valley.

“For the cliff is all right, if you’re careful,” they said,
“And, if folks even slip and are dropping,
It isn’t the slipping that hurts them so much
As the shock down below when they’re stopping.”
So day after day, as these mishaps occurred,
Quick forth would those rescuers sally
To pick up the victims who fell off the cliff,
With their ambulance down in the valley.

Then an old sage remarked: “It’s a marvel to me
That people give far more attention
To repairing results than to stopping the cause,
When they’d much better aim at prevention.
Let us stop at its source all this mischief,” cried he,
“Come, neighbors and friends, let us rally;
If the cliff we will fence, we might almost dispense
With the ambulance down in the valley.”

“Oh he’s a fanatic,” the others rejoined,
“Dispense with the ambulance? Never!
He’d dispense with all charities, too, if he could;
No! No! We’ll support them forever.
Aren’t we picking up folks just as fast as they fall?
And shall this man dictate to us? Shall he?
Why should people of sense stop to put up a fence,
While the ambulance works in the valley?”

But the sensible few, who are practical too,
Will not bear with such nonsense much longer;
They believe that prevention is better than cure,
And their party will soon be the stronger.
Encourage them then, with your purse, voice, and pen,
And while other philanthropists dally,
They will scorn all pretense, and put up a stout fence
On the cliff that hangs over the valley.

Better guide well the young than reclaim them when old,
For the voice of true wisdom is calling.
“To rescue the fallen is good, but ’tis best
To prevent other people from falling.”
Better close up the source of temptation and crime
Than deliver from dungeon or galley;
Better put a strong fence ’round the top of the cliff
Than an ambulance down in the valley.

Joseph Malins

There will always be those who will mock, ridicule and deride those who want to protect things that are sacred, but thank God for boundaries and those who are willing to put them up!

 

Wise husbands could learn from Mike Pence

how to put ‘round your marriage, a fence

dine alone with just your wife

for she’s the love of your life

to do otherwise is just dense.

4/5/17

 

 

 

What Kind of Influence?

I thought this was interesting. It’s amazing that 2 men born on the same day could have such opposite effects on society. We may not have quite the sphere of influence that these men had, but our lives will influence otheres around us as well. What kind of influence do you want to have?

 

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day, February 12, 1809, but their lives had opposite effects.

 

Lincoln is best known for freeing millions of slaves by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, claiming all men are created equal.

 

Darwin’s theory of evolution claims men are not equal as some are more evolved, and has been used by totalitarian regimes to enslave millions.

 

Lincoln’s last act in office was to put on all National Coin the motto, “In God We Trust.”

 

Darwin’s theory has been used to deny of God.

 

Lincoln, the first Republican President, addressed the Indiana Regiment, March 17, 1865:

 

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

 

On April 6, 1859, Lincoln wrote to H.L. Pierce:

 

“This is a world of compensation; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and under a just God, cannot long retain it.”

 

After the Battle of Antietam, Lincoln told his Cabinet, September 22, 1862, as reported Treasury Secretary Salmon Portland Chase:

 

“The time for the annunciation of the emancipation policy can no longer be delayed. Public sentiment will sustain it, many of my warmest friends and supporters demand it, and I have promised God that I will do it.”

 

When asked by Secretary Chase to explain, Lincoln replied:

 

“I made a solemn vow before God, that if General Lee were driven back from Pennsylvania, I would crown the result by the declaration of freedom to the slaves.”

 

In his Second Inaugural, March 4, 1865, just 45 days before his assassination, Lincoln stated:

 

“If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove,

 

and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came,

 

shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?…

 

If God will that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsmen’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said

 

‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.'”

 

Lincoln stated in his Second Annual Message, December 1, 1862:

 

“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free…We shall nobly save – or meanly lose – the last, best hope of earth…The way is plain…which if followed the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.”

 

In his Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863, Lincoln stated:

 

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

 

In contrast, Darwin published his “Origin of Species,” 1859, and in 1871, his “Descent of Man,” in which he wrote:

 

“With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated…

 

We civilized men, on the other hand…build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick…Thus the weak members propagate their kind.

 

No one who had attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man…Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed…

 

Civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world…

 

The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”

 

Darwin’s concept justified the racism of the Dred Scott v Sanford Decision, 1856, written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who was appointed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson:

 

“Slaves had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order…so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit.”

 

Darwin’s theory influenced Margaret Sanger, who promoted “eugenics” and “forced sterilization” to eliminate inferior races. Sanger founded a 501(c)3 called Planned Parenthood.

 

Margaret Sanger, in her book Pivot of Civilization, 1922, called for the:

 

“Elimination of ‘human weeds’…overrunning the human garden; for the cessation of ‘charity’ because it prolonged the lives of the unfit; for the segregation of ‘morons, misfits, and the maladjusted’; and for the sterilization of genetically inferior races.”

 

Sanger advised Nazi Party member Ernst Rudin, father of “racial hygiene,” who educated on the dangers of hereditary defectives.

 

Nazi’s considered the German “Aryan” race as “ubermensch,” supermen, being more advanced in the supposed human evolution.

 

When Germany’s economy fell, Hitler’s national healthcare plan of socialized medicine had to cut expenses, such as keeping alive handicapped, insane, chronically ill, elderly and those with dementia. They were considered “lebensunwertes leben” – life unworthy of life, and sent to the gas chambers.

 

Soon criminals, convicts, street bums, beggars and gypsies, considered “leeches” on the State, met the same fate.

 

Eventually, in a perverted effort to rid the human gene pool of less evolved “untermensch”- under mankind, Hitler’s immoral plan sent 6 million Jews, along with millions of others, to the holocaust gas chambers and ovens.

 

Joseph Stalin followed suit in the Soviet Union, exterminating through intentional famines, forced labor and executions an estimated 27 million “inferior” Ukrainians.

 

Mao Zedong followed this example with his atheistic Communist Party policies causing an estimated 80 million deaths in China.

 

These not too distant genocides resemble the Islamic teaching that Jews are from apes, Christians are from swine, and Kafir infidels are inferior “dhimmi” – not equal to believing Muslim males, which led to a sharia political system that in 1,400 years contributed to an estimated 270 million deaths.

 

History reveals that the consequences can be frightful if a government adopts Darwin’s utilitarian value of human life and departs from President Lincoln’s belief, “that all men are created equal.”

What Should I Pray For?

The Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone’s will be done but their own.–Aldous Huxley

 

This is a powerful quote. I was raised Catholic and remember being taught to say the Lord’s prayer, but I had no understanding of the words that I was repeating and continued going about doing my own will.

What are some things that we can pray that are definitely the will of God? We need to look to the Bible, the infallible Word of God to answer this question.

Here are a few I found in searching the Scripture. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

2Peter 3:9

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”

We can pray for people that we know to be lead to truly repent before God. Repentance is the very first step we make in coming to God, so to pray for others to be lead to repentance is definitely in the will of God. Baptism is void without repentance, and one can definitely not be filled with the Holy Ghost until they repent, so repentance is vital!

 

Romans 12:1,2

 

 

“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.

 

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

 

1Thessalonians 4:3,4

 

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

 

 

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;”

Once we are saved and on the road to living for God, we need to pray that He will help us to be holy and pleasing to Him and that we would keep ourselves from the immorality that is so rampant in this world.

 

1Thessalonians 5:18

 

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

We need to regularly pray prayers of thanksgiving to God, whether we are going through good times or not so good times. Wherever we are at in life, there are always things for which we can be thankful, if we will but look for them. Ask God to help you to have a thankful heart.

 

The Only Prayer Request Jesus Ever Made

 

 

Mat 9:35-38

 

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

 

 

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

 

Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest trulyisplenteous, but the labourersarefew;

 

 

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

In verse 38,  the man, Christ Jesus, tells us to pray that the Lord would send labourers into His harvest. We can pray and ask God to raise up more pastors, missionaries, evangelists, teachers and good strong saints in the church that have a burden to share the gospel with those who have not heard. This is something I need to give more attention to in prayer. 

Besides praying for our own needs which is something Jesus instructs us to do in what has come to be known as The Lord’s prayer, these are just a few other things that we should make matters of prayer. 

 

 

 

 

Oh Be Careful Little Eyes

If you went to Sunday school as a kid you may be familiar with this song.

 

“Oh, be careful little eyes what you see. Oh, be careful little eyes what you see. For the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see.”

 

There are also verses that deal with our ears, mouth and feet too, which are other members of our body that can get us into trouble. While this is considered a fun kiddie song, there really is a lot of truth to it. I’ve been thinking lately about how easily influenced we can be by the things we see. Advertisers know it all too well, and we are bombarded daily with a host of images through television (if you happen to own one –we don’t have one, and I don’t miss it at all) the Internet, magazines and billboards. I wonder if people are influenced to sin more through sight than any of their other senses. Sight definitely played a part in the first sin in the Garden of Eden.

 

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

 

I know that Eve was deceived by the serpent, and what he said to her not only got her looking at the tree, which God commanded her and Adam not to partake of, but thinking about how good it would be to partake of it.  Looking at forbidden things can definitely lead to lusting, and this is played out in several instances in Scripture.

 

Consider the case of Achan recorded in the book of Joshua.

 

Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.

 

Achan partook of something that God said was accursed, and as we read of his story, we can see the steps to his downfall.

 

Joshua 7:19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.

7:20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:

7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

 

Achan first looked upon the accursed thing. (the city and everything in it was accursed according to ch. 6:17,18) Next he coveted the things that he saw. Desire for those things began to take hold of his heart. Then he took them, and finally we see that he hid them in the earth.

 

This seems to be a pattern when it comes to sin involving the lust of the eyes. In Eve’s case she looked upon the fruit, desired it, took it, gave some to her husband, and then they both tried to hide from God. This scenario even played out in the life of David, king of Israel, writer of many of the psalms and a man whom the Bible calls “a man after God’s own heart.”(Acts 13:21,22)

 

2Samuel 11:1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

11:3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.

 

As we read on in this chapter we learn that Bath-sheba became pregnant from this encounter. David tried to “hide” what he had done by getting Bath-sheba’s husband Uriah to come home from battle and spend some time with his wife, so it would appear that she was with child by her own husband. When this didn’t work, David gave orders to put Uriah in the forefront of the battle so he would be killed.  Unfortunately, this plan worked, and now that Uriah was dead, David could take Bath-sheba as his wife, and his sin would be “hidden.” It wasn’t hidden from the eyes of God.  God in His mercy sent the prophet Nathan to David to confront him concerning his sin.  David made the right choice and repented. Psalm 51(one of my favorites) is the record of his repentance 

 

Even the most spiritual person can fall prey to temptation. None of us are immune to it, but I believe we can be less likely to be tempted in this fashion if we consider the things we allow ourselves to view. If looking is the first step in sinning through the lust of the eyes, then should we not carefully consider the things we allow ourselves to see? Do we look upon things that we know would be displeasing to God? Things that he forbids in His Word? Things that we would be ashamed to view if others knew that we were looking at them? May God help us to make a covenant with our eyes!

 

 

Make a covenant with you eyes

to shield your gaze from satan’s lies.

For pondering on forbidden fruit

can lead to sin, your soul pollute.

 

Imagery oft makes alluring cries.

Make a covenant with your eyes.

Let you sights be turned away

from temptations that lead the heart astray.

 

Captivations of the mind

may spring from seductions, the visual kind.

Make a covenant with your eyes

not to look on the things that can lead to demise.

 

Sometimes it just takes only a look

to lead us away from God’s holy book.

The way that is right, the way that is wise

make a covenant with your eyes.

 

8-1-09

 

Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

 

Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

4:24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

 

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

 

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

Ponderings In Genesis

I decided at the last minute to read my Bible through this year. I attempted to do this last year but only made it about half way. However, this time I’ve found a Bible reading schedule that I think will work better for me. This week I have been reading in my favorite Old Testament book, the book of Genesis. I enjoy Genesis because it is filled with colorful characters, and there are so many lessons you could learn in looking at their lives.  The following are just some things I’ve thought about as I did my reading.

 

How Did They Do It?

 

Gen 3:7  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

 

Have you ever wondered just how Adam and Eve were able to sew fig leaves together? Did they somehow poke vines through the leaves to get them to stay together? Was there a way that they could somehow sharpen a branch or stick to make some kind of primitive needle? I guess I will never know this side of Heaven.

 

Tragedy Of Self Will

 

Genesis 4:16  And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

 

This is probably one of the saddest verses in the Bible. Can you imagine how heartbroken Adam and Eve must have been? Their first born son is a murderer, and their second born son is the victim. From this verse and some others that are in the New Testament, it appears that Cain never found a place of repentance. He walked away from the presence of God. While thinking about this, I wrote the following.

 

 

What high hopes the young

couple harbored for their first born

son as they gaze in wonder at the

perfectly formed little fingers and toes

of their slumbering, tiny lad. It was impossible

to know the jealousy that would

encircle his heart.

 

“God is not pleased

with my offering. His sacrifice is better

than mine.”

 

Feelings of intense hatred

burst from within and manifest themselves

as the world’s first murder. A young brother

lays cold and lifeless as a torrent of tears

flow from a broken mother and father.

Without remorse, the young man stands

at the precipice of decision, and because of this,

some of the saddest words in history are penned.

And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord.

 

 

 

God Uses Imperfect People

 

Gen 12:11  And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

Gen 12:12  Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

Gen 12:13  Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

Gen 12:14  And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

Gen 12:15  The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

Gen 12:16  And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

Gen 12:17  And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.

Gen 12:18  And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?

Gen 12:19  Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

Gen 12:20  And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

 

The Bible paints people as they are.  Here, Abraham tells a lie.  I used to think at one time that you had to be absolutely flawless to be used by God, but there were others in the Bible who did things we would consider worse than lying, and God was still able to use them.  I don’t believe that God condones sinning, but neither is He one that will cast us off if we mess up.  I don’t believe God would have made Abraham the Father of the faithful if he had continued in a pattern of lying, just as I don’t believe that God would have used Moses if he continued to murder Egyptians. God gives us space to repent, and to me, that is a great comfort.

 

 

What Was He Thinking?

 

Gen 19:4  But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

Gen 19:5  And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

Gen 19:6  And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

Gen 19:7  And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

Gen 19:8  Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

 

  This passage of Scripture really baffles me.  How could Lot offer his two virgin daughters to the men of Sodom? In his mind, was this the lesser of two evils? Was he afraid of these men and wanting to appease them? We know he was not a partaker in the sin for which this city was known, but I think being in this type of environment for so long must have muddled his thinking.  Enough said for now.

Parental Rights

Thomas Jefferson would have said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”  Today we say, “Like, duh!”

This was one of the more humorous things I heard yesterday at a luncheon, where the featured speaker was Michael Farris, President of Patrick Henry College, founder of HSLDA(Home School Legal Defense Association), Constitutional lawyer for many years and a host of other roles to numerous to mention. 

On the more serious side, Mr. Farris spoke of the threat of international law in seeking to undermine and take away the rights of parents.  While it is a real problem, Mr. Farris offered a solution to which parents and any concerned citizens can play a part. 

To learn more about this, I encourage you to go to www.parentalrights.org.  It’s worth your time.

Another Book I Enjoyed

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Have you ever wondered how things which were once viewed upon by society in general as sinful or immoral came to be looked upon as acceptable or even desirable?  If you answered yes to this question, you would probably enjoy reading this eye opening book. 

To learn more about this book, you can go to this link.  If you do decide to read this book, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.