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Thursday, December 24, 2009
by a Son of Liberty
Today, most of the world from New York to Nairobi and Jerusalem to Christchurch will pause in preparation for the commemoration of one of the world’s most significant events: the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, the Savior of the world.
There will be celebrations and feasting, parades and pageants. Families will come together. Gifts will be given. Prayers uttered. Hymns sung.
And for good reason.
The birth of Christ was the heralding in of the end of unmitigated tyranny—of a world where the single most powerful force known to most sons of Adam was the State. The only law most of the world knew was that of the jungle or of the strongest bully in the neighborhood.
But it was Jesus Christ, a poor carpenter, who stood before the compromised spiritual and civil leaders of His day and before the imperial tyranny of the Roman Empire and uttered the most revolutionary statements in the history of politics. He said first, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” And then before the face of the Roman Governor representing Caesar, He said, “You would have no authority if it had not been given to you from above.”
These two statements shook the foundations of Statism—and the earthquake sent aftershocks far and wide. The very idea of Caesar not having certain things under his authority was treason. The confession of faith for the Roman Empire was “Caesar is Lord.” But this Jesus said that there were certain things not under Caesar’s authority and that Caesar’s own authority came from “above.”
Jesus Christ came and proclaimed Himself King. But He did things no other kings had done. He washed the feet of His subjects; He supped with prostitutes and politicians. He called all to repentance and service to His Father in Heaven—their Liberator. And He said that those who desire to be the greatest must be the servant of all.
Read the rest at MattChancey.com
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tomorrow, the day that the world celebrates as Christmas Eve, has been uniquely positioned to become “Tyranny Eve”. Liberal lawmakers have scheduled two monumental votes on bills which, if carried into law, will propel us deeper toward statist socialism than many of us ever believed possible. And this is just the beginning.
While most citizens across America will be enjoying cozy pajamas and crackling fires, we call upon “Sons of Liberty” to recognize this crucial moment –to eschew comfort and STAND! Not just against socialistic health care and unlimited government spending, but for our children and their freedom.
Several months ago, town hall meetings across America pulsed with the outrage of concerned citizens who said “enough is enough” with the government’s attempts to encroach on our freedom by taking greater control over the private sector. Now, on the eve of an historic vote on health care legislation in the Senate, that spirit has waned as the passage of this behemoth bill that will deprive us of liberties and bankrupt our children’s future is considered inevitable.
Now is not the time for apathy. Now is the time to stand.
Join concerned citizens across America tomorrow morning as we gather on the footsteps of the capitol building in Washington D.C. to stand for freedom and against tyranny.
Why are we gathering while others have gone “home for the holidays”? Because we believe that American patriots should not be lulled into easy peace while such a galactic blow to American Liberty is being dealt. The festive cheer of the season cannot mask the ugly reality that is being advanced on “Tyranny Eve” by legislators drunk, not with spiked eggnog, but with the sense of unchecked power that is run amok.
We are not gathering merely to protest these bills. We are gathering to oppose the idea that it is the governments place to solve our problems. We say with the founding father of America that it is not. The solution is in our homes, our businesses, and our churches across America. We affirm our constitution’s bill of rights which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Join us as we peacefully stand together to defy tyranny and proclaim our allegiance to the God who our constitutional republic was founded upon.
Stand with us as we proclaim to lawmakers in Washington DC that statist power grabs are not the solution. They are the problem.Who: We are a growing group of individuals that cannot remain silent. We have no association or affiliation other than a commitment to constitutional liberty.
When: Christmas Eve at 6:00am
Where: On the Front Steps of the US Capital (sign up for details and updates)
How: Bring your family, print signs, dress warmly, and stand for constitutional liberty.
Monday, December 14, 2009
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Prayer, we found, is immensely important to those who are devoid of wisdom. If we come to God with humility, asking for wisdom, he has promised to give it.[i] It can be easy, in our human way of thinking, to imagine that God somehow doesn’t see our weakness and folly and if we were to admit these to him, he would not want to help us. But the God who created us knows our thoughts; he gives grace to the humble and resists the proud. Matthew Henry wisely stated,
“We should not pray so much for the removal of an affliction as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who is there that does not want wisdom under any great trials or exercises to guide him in his judging of things, in the government of his own spirit and temper, and in the management of his affairs? To be wise in trying times is a special gift of God, and to him we must seek for it.”.[ii]There is something wonderful that happens when we develop the habit of praying prayers of both supplication and thanksgiving. We will begin to see, with a grateful heart, the many Providences of God, past and present, in our lives and trust in him will grow.
Once we had asked God for wisdom, we had to search it out where he has placed it: in his Word. All of the wisdom that we need to govern our lives is there and we must be diligent in using the means provided for us to obtain it. In order to obey God, one must be highly educated in his Word; it was there that we found the truths that our lives had been so devoid of. Over time, as our hearts were filled with God’s wisdom, we began to see the fruit of growing maturity and faith and were no longer swayed by every little trial that came our way. We were able to take on greater, more difficult responsibilities and experience the blessings and joy that came with them. We found that there are many ways to fill one’s mind with the Word of God- reading, listening, posting passages around our home, or even copying it out, to name a few. In a time when the Scriptures are readily available, it can be easy to take them for granted; there have been many, though, who considered the Word so dear as to give their lives for it.
Another of the missing ingredients in our lives was edifying relationships. Our counselors came in many forms, from various types of media to real life relationships. In the beginning, because we didn’t have a lot of real life relationships it became very important for us to always be reading or listening to things, especially those that were beyond our current level of understanding. What this helped us to realize was that becoming educated was our own responsibility. In time, however, the Lord did send friends and mentors who encouraged, challenged, and stretched us in ways which we didn’t know it possible to stretch. This kind of relationship is not always easy, because real people can see your flaws, point them out and challenge you to overcome. It can be tempting to seek out people who make us feel good about ourselves and never challenge our sin and ignorance, but a true friend, who loves our soul, will not leave us alone in sin. Instead they will consistently direct us to the truth of scripture. As Proverbs 27:6 states,“Faithful are the wounds of a friend..”. We, however, must be willing to humbly accept these “wounds”. It takes time to build this kind of friendship, but in the long run it is the most fruitful and grows increasingly precious over time.
Looking back, we see the faithfulness of God at every step and we can be encouraged that we will continue to see it with every future step. We are content to know that this process of sanctification encompasses past, present, and future. The work of grace is but begun in this life, there is always more to be done here, and the Lord will be faithful to finish the work he has started.[iii]
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
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Saturday, December 05, 2009
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Walt Disney: A Christian Critique (Plus bonus CD!)
The Princess Adelina
G. A. Henty Library
Family Kitchen Gardening
Discipline : The Biblical Doctrine
For those with a vision for mature church life and creating a culture where their children can not only thrive but be dominion minded culture transformers.
Elsie Dinsmore Library
An excellent series providing hours of thought provoking social commentary. This series inspired us to many wonderful conversations about everything from application of the Ten Commandments to our lives to table etiquette and proper behavior in varying social spheres.
I don't know how many of these the kids made, but nearly all of them made a successful voyage. A wonderful and creative project!
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
The Pratical Works of Richard Baxter Vol. 1 A Christian Directory.
Many of today's counselors neglect the spiritual side of man's dilemma, thereby neglecting the true cause of his ills. The Puritans realized, without being simplistic, that to ever deal definitely with life's problems, whether it be depression, marital strife, self-doubt, anxiety, or any other ills one might care to name, the individual must first deal with his inner self.
There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, Thomas Goodman's A Child of Light Walking in Darkness, William Bridge's A Lifting Up for the downcast, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were no "ignorant fundamentalists" merely overlooking the mental, emotional, or problematic side of man. Rather, they were masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means.
No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. This reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every home library to anyone who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions.
Other Recommended Resources
The Jerusalem Sinner Saved
A Lifting Up For The Downcast