If I Were The Devil ~ Paul Harvey

This was written and recorded by the late Paul Harvey in 1965.  It is so truthful and timely that we must not take these words for granted.  Do not just listen to them, but make sure you hear them.

Too often, we get wrapped up in our everyday life to stop and take a look at the big picture.  All actions have consequences. Some are good. Some are bad.  Our obligation as self professing Christians is to be Christ-like.  That means we should be doing nothing of ourselves, but only that which the Father has told us.  That means we must stop following the desires of this world and even the ramblings of well intending preachers such as myself… IF those desires and ramblings are not based in the Word of God.  I’ve said this many times and I will continue to say it until the day I leave this earth; “Don’t take my word for it, take God’s Word for it.”

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Does Protection for the Unborn Lie Within the 14th Amendment?

Well, I was reading my Constitution the other day and when I took another look at the 14th Amendment I saw something very interesting. My question is whether or not the rest of you see the same thing. Here is the text of Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment.

 

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

 

When I read that here is what I saw within that section. The citizenship clause clarifies what type of a person can be a citizen.

All persons born

Whereas inside the due process clause of the section it does not give the same clarity.

nor shall any State deprive any person of life

 

The emphasis on persons born also contains an implication that there are also persons unborn. And by the due process clause specifying ALL persons, that would include the implied persons unborn.

 

Seems pretty cut and dry to me when applying common sense, logic and reason. But then again, maybe not because so called “Constitutionalists” like Ron Paul do not draw this same conclusion when they plead the 10th Amendment. Is it my biblical worldview allowing me to see the truth and brilliance of the 14th Amendment while Dr. Paul’s medical (scientific) worldview has blurred it, or is the exact opposite true?

 

What say you?

I Remember!

Ten years has come and gone since the terrorist attacks on this country. September 11th, 2001 our country was changed forever… and so was I.

I remember that morning vividly and am still filled with so much emotion. A lot of the emotion lies in regret. And a lot of it lies in sorrow. It should come to no surprise that there was a time not all that long ago when I was a much different person than the man I am now. It’s amazing what can happen in 10 short year, especially with God’s hand involved in it.

That morning I was working for Best Buy on their new store in Waterloo, IA. I was part of the “project team” that went in before the grand opening to make sure everything was working properly. I had only been working with the team for a few weeks and was still trying to impress the boss. And then, I was informed of what happened. I, like many Americans, thought it was a joke. I didn’t believe what I was being told. I remember saying something about not even caring, because it was half way across the country and I had a job to do. I try not to beat myself up about a heartless statement like that, yet I do realize I was still in a state of unbelief and was worshiping myself instead of God.

A few minutes went by and I realized I was alone in the store. I got upset and headed toward the break room to find everyone. When I opened the door, I saw the television as the second plane collided with the second tower. Then the reality hit me and I entered a state of shock.

I don’t remember much after that, that day. I know I was plagued with the thought of my comments and lack of compassion I had shown. I know I expressed the pain I was feeling through anger and frustration. And yet as I sit here now, 10 years later, and remember what happened, why it happened, and who the target was, I am more moved with compassion than I ever realized possible.

I will always remember this date and use it as a reminder of how quickly our world as we know it can come crashing down around us. In the twinkling of an eye our way of life can be snatched away. I will use this date as a warning to seek God’s face and redeem the time I have left. But, I often wonder if the rest of our nation will use it as the same. I will use this date to pray for our nations healing. But, I often wonder if the our nation will ever truly heal.

Ten years later, ask yourself these questions. Where was I at? How did I react? How has it affected me? And more importantly, what have I learned?

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

I have learned that God’s ways are the best ways. I have learned to trust in His ways instead of arguing with Him. And I have learned that His formula for success cannot be altered and expected to work. 2 Chronicles 7:14 works, if we will work it. But it still seems like there is one piece of the puzzle that we as a nation are refusing to put in its place. Our wicked ways have only brought us trouble. So, maybe it’s time this nation turns away from them and towards Him.

Expressing Ideas

Word, n. An articulate or vocal sound, or a combination of articulate and vocal sounds, uttered by the human voice, and by custom expressing an idea or ideas; (1828 Webster’s American English Dictionary)

There is a huge battle going on across this great nation and within this world. It’s an ideological battle. And in order to win this battle the expression of those ideas must be done effectively with our words.

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit-you choose. ~  Proverbs 18:21 (the Message)

Noah Webster was one of the great founding fathers of this nation and he understood how powerful words are. He unlike many of us understood that in order to promote our ideology, propagate knowledge, and effectively proclaim the Gospel we had to first come to a common understanding of the words needed to do so. This man spent an enormous amount of time learning dozens of languages to compile the first American English Dictionary.

These definitions served their intended purpose for many years, but recently our language has been hijacked and our words have been redefined. This hijacking has allowed for a different set of ideas to be expressed through these words.

Don’t for a second believe that there are not spiritual forces behind this, because in John 10:10 it tells us that the thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. And our words and definitions have been stolen. Satan is also referred to the father of lies and when you start calling good-evil, you are lying. When you start calling black-white, you are lying. When you start calling a duck – a goose, you are lying.

This is what is happening to us and this world in two different forms.

First, the definitions are being changed.  One example of those words that have been redefined is “tolerance”. The original definition of this was basically to put up with, or endure a different belief. Now the word has been redefined to respect and give acceptance to a different belief. When this new definition is used it is now telling someone they need to respect and accept my beliefs instead of just putting up with them.  The word “gay” once meant to be happy, merry and full of glee and now it means homosexual. I understand this tactic, because if my way of life had a negative word like sodomite used to describe it, I too would prefer something more positive. And even the word “rights” as found in the Declaration of Independence signified something that comes from God and imposes no man’s will upon another’s. But now, we are to believe that right’s are actually entitlements and privileges given by man and governments. The idea expressed is that I can impose my will upon you without your consent because it’s my “right”!

The second method of hijacking has come from giving the definition a new name. “Liberal” has long been used as a term to define the opposite ideology of a conservative. It signifies that you are not restrained by the Law or God’s morals, but are willing to conform to societal standards and redefine what morality is. But with the negative connotation that this term conveyed, it is no surprise that the same contents have been repackaged as “progressive”. The idea expressed here is that if you are not like the bearer of this title, you are stuck in the mud and idle. The word “socialism” also brought with it negative feelings, but now it’s being referred to as “public-private partnership”. It almost makes you warm and fuzzy on the inside until you realize what it truly is. The ideas in public private partership are some of the most recent hijackings that we must be aware of, because I have heard not only President Obama use this term liberally, but it has also come from the lips of our own Governor Branstad.

In this heightened political environment we need to use our ears more than ever. We need to not only listen to the words being spoken, but the ideas being expressed. The greatest teacher that ever walked this earth summed it up better than anyone else I know. He was quoted saying…

“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” ~ Jesus of Nazareth

Pray too much?

This past week God has been dealing with me on this exact question. I’m sure it’s a safe bet to say that I pray more than a lot people, but yet so much less than others. And yet, I’ve asked myself if there is such a thing as praying too much.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ~ Never stop praying.

The Apostle Paul told us throughout his epistles that we need to continually be praying or that we should never stop praying. I often wonder what that looks like. I’ve found ways to multi-task and pray as I’m doing other things, but sometimes I’d like to carry on a conversation with those I can see. Don’t get me wrong I love my time with God and wouldn’t change it for the world, but he did give man woman for more than one reason.

The more I meditate on this, the more I wonder and start to believe that like most spiritual things, prayer is not a legalistic by the letter approach. It is more about the intentions and spirit of the act. God truly wants us to just keep Him in the loop and keep ourselves mindful of Him. He is very mindful of us and in this relationship we call Christianity, we must stay in a constant state of communication in order to grow in that relationship.

Heavenly Father, I ask that You would help us all in our daily walks to include You more. Show us where we can be spending more time with You and how we can pray continually. I thank You for the open door of communication that You have given us and for Your willingness and desire to listen to us. I love You and I give You all honor and praise. And in Jesus’ name, I pray.

What is a worldview?

What is a “worldview”?

Simply put… it is how we view the world. Everyone of us has one whether or not we realize it. I like thinking of it as the set of lenses through which we view everything (or at least attempt to). As a Christian I rightly put on my biblical worldview glasses when I wake up in the morning and don’t take them off until I’m back in bed at night.

Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ-that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. ~ Colossians 3:2 (The Message)

The things the majority of us look at through our worldview will be topics like romantic relationships, crimes, the church, etc. The major issue that leaves us with is that we don’t look at the issues like our jobs, finances, education, entertainment and friendships through these same lenses.

If Christians don’t look at everything through a Biblical/Christian worldview, then that leaves them like a double-minded fool. They start to look at the big issues from God’s perspective (heavenly minded) but look at the little issues the way the rest of society does (worldly minded). And James tells us that those people are unstable in all their ways.

I’ve found myself falling short of applying my worldview to every area of life and have found that the peace of God is missing as well. When I am diligent to apply that worldview to even the smallest aspects of my life such as what I should and shouldn’t eat, I find it so much easier to make the big decisions in my life. In the bible God has clearly spoken about almost everything in one way, shape or another. He has done this so that we would know what His will is. In those areas that He hasn’t specifically spoken, He has shown us His nature and character, so that we may understand how He would answer.

Everyday, I make more of an attempt to ask myself a simple question. “What does God have to say about this?”

I’ve found that asking myself this question keeps my focus on Him and keeps me on that narrow path. I pray that we all may rise up, take the stand and truly be the Body of Christ.

“… narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” ~ Matthew 7:14 (NKJV)