In 1983 then President, Ronald Reagan, issued Proclamation 5018, designating 1983 as “The Year of the Bible.” This was in response to Congressional Joint Resolution 165 declaring the Bible as the Word of God. Here is an excerpt of said resolution: Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to designate 1983 as a national “Year of the Bible” in recognition of both the formative influence the Bible has been for our Nation, and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. Approved October 4, 1982. In 1990, George Busch, Sr. declared it the International Year of Bible Reading by Executive Order 6100, proclaiming that the Bible is prized above all other books by people everywhere, and that Western civilization owes a great debt to the Bible for its influence on literature, art, and music. Additionally, we owe our moral convictions to its teaching and its view of allContinue reading »

We know God’s Word is powerful and is able to make the weak strong and rescue the drowning man. God inspired all 66 books and 1,189 chapters of the Bible, and wrote them down for our sanctification, encouragement, and strength when we are weak through godly men who wrote as God moved, leaving us a living document as our guide and lifeline (2 Peter 1:21). All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 I dare say that many Christians have at their disposal an arsenal of powerful verses that calm and encourage when needed and you find in talking with others, listening to Christian music and in sermons that many of these verses are in common in the body of Christ – the verses that move you also move many others. While I agree that we must take care to use the Word in context, at the same time I take exception to those who attempt to dismantle and layContinue reading »

Although it seems at times that faith holds no place in the annals of government, this is simply not true. However, the other perception, people of themselves as part of the Christian faith, is overstated, to say the least. In a poll, cited by ABC News, it is said that 83 percent of the nation identifies themselves as Christian, but, judging from what is allowed in churches, banned from schools and public buildings, and the passing of laws allowing and honoring same-sex marriage; if this is true, it is a silent majority, and, anyone who declares themselves as Christian but does not uphold the Word of God is deceived at best. Professing Christianity and supporting same-sex marriage and abortion is diametrically opposed to one another. Although you might expect to find faith to be a prevailing sentiment in the days of George Washington and James Madison, faith is alive in government, even if it is not well. Perhaps many unfamiliar with this designation of 1983 as “The Year of theContinue reading »

“It’s your body,” sighed the nurse in the abortion clinic while she shook her head. “You don’t have to let a fetus boss you around.” She rolled her angry eyes at Esther who had come in for counsel as she was contemplating having an abortion, but was battling with conflicting emotions. It seemed everyone knew what to do, except her. Her husband didn’t want the baby, the clinic didn’t think it was a big deal and plenty of well-meaning friends had told her it would be over before she knew it. Still… Her husband was particularly concerned about the finances. “A child,” he had yelled, “costs tens of thousands of dollars. First you have to birth that baby and then you need to raise it, educate it and take care of it. We would have to get another job.” His angry face had scared her and when he had told her to go make an appointment in the abortion clinic she had dutifully complied. Still… She looked around at theContinue reading »

You may or may not have heard the story of the blind men and the elephant. It is a funny little story that is often being used by the relativist to claim that nobody can really know the truth, and therefore nobody should tell other people what to do. This comes in especially handy as an argument against Christianity. The fable goes that a bunch of blind men stumbled upon an elephant and were asked to describe what an elephant is like. Since these poor fellows had no sight, they had to rely on their sense of touch. The first blind man managed to touch the elephant’s leg and boldly claimed that the elephant was like a strong and mighty tree. The next blind man however only got hold of the elephant’s trunk and claimed with conviction, “No, an elephant is not at all like a tree. An elephant resembles a huge rubber cable.” Another blind man felt the elephant’s tail and insisted that an elephant was like a tinyContinue reading »

Today, decide who you will serve – Joshua 24:15 With these words, Joshua challenges the people of Israel to choose who will be the one that they serve, God or the idols of their time. These words resonate today, as never before has the foundations of our Christian faith been challenged by the petty figures which inhabit the political landscape. The words of such politicians are easy to hear and incite our feelings, but are empty of lasting value and filled with the confidence brought about the power of this world. Even the great Philosopher, Aristotle had little to say of the rhetoricians, who pander to crowds with orchestrated speeches. He stated that these speakers care little about the essential messages but rather arouse emotions as a means to appeal to listeners. Aristotle lamented, as did Joshua before him and Jesus after him, that people follow the words of these speakers- often to their detriment. The words of these politicians give false hope, empty promises, and a false sense ofContinue reading »

This week I read two heart stirring reports. The first one was about an elderly, critically ill (cancer) veteran, Clarence Blackmon, who called 911 because he was hungry. He didn’t have any food in his place and wasn’t able to get his frail frame out to obtain any. The 911 dispatcher personally answered his need and others responded, as well. It was a relief to learn that now Blackmon will have a nurse to visit him twice a week to do checks on his well being. I wonder the percentage of folks who check on their elderly, and infirm family members and neighbors. In our fast paced society, so many folks use the excuse about how busy they are while others are in selfish mode on the regular . . . It saddens me to know of the “busy” folks who neglect their family members. The neglected hear that their loved ones are so busy. People shouldn’t be otherwise engaged to points of failing to show love and quality attentionContinue reading » says, regarding the phrase “separation of church and state,” that the meaning used today for this phrase is diametrically opposed to the real meaning, which was to prevent the government from placing restrictions on the church with regards to legislating a denomination and requiring adherence to said denomination. Religious freedom from the Church of England, where those who did not subscribe to the Puritan views were considered to be guilty of treason, persecuted and subject to imprisonment is why the Pilgrims fled to America. This misuse of the phrase has wrought a situation that Jefferson sought to avoid, that is the government’s interference in religious matters, aside from the government’s right to be involved in cases regarding persons who “work ill to his neighbor.” In a letter of response to the Danbury Baptists, who, through the pursuit of the right to break from the state religion of Anglican/Episcopalian in Virginia, had enlisted the assistance of Jefferson through a letter. Jefferson assured them by return mail that “the free exerciseContinue reading »

1 Corinthians 9:25 – KJV And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things . . . Ah, that word temperate. How challenging is it to contain ourselves to consistently exercise temperance? Surely, it’s the wise and reasonable thing to do but how often do we miss the marks in that regard? What readily comes to mind is religious fanaticism. As a child, growing up in church, among other things, we were instructed not to watch TV, and not to go to the movies. Women church members were discouraged from wearing pants and jewelry. Temperance sure wasn’t on board in that restrictive environment. We didn’t know that then — rather we believed that to abstain from such was holy conduct. A good number of churches have relaxed their unreasonable “policies.” Religious fanaticism isn’t constructive or healthy for our spirits, minds or bodies. God encourages purity with balanced lifestyles. How many of us know of “super spiritual” folks who frequently pepper their conversations with “Thank you, Jesus,”Continue reading »

That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”Numbers 14:1-4 God had miraculously delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. All day long they made bricks and built walls in Pharaoh’s kingdom and were beaten and treaded with contempt and ruled with a harsh hand. They cried out to God for help. The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the handContinue reading »

When I was a young boy faith seemed natural. God was there. Mother said He was and that settled it. I could even feel it when she would read to me from the Bible. It brought a holy hush to my curious young mind. There was no reason to doubt. Sometimes she would take us to a church and there I could feel it too. In that sacred, quiet place the intimidating outside world could not enter. In those days, I just knew God was looking down on us. I hoped He would be happy with my personal presence, but of that I wasn’t too sure, as I usually did not live a very ‘holy’ little life. But at night when the lights had gone out I did my very best for God by saying long prayers for everybody I could think of. Aunts, uncles, the maid, the dog and the cat, everybody would get his or her turn before God. God was there and He would hear… Was thatContinue reading »