Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
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. Rom. 12:2
Children As Pets"Now, look above. While enumerating only a few of the most important prerequisites for the plane to even exist, we used the words “believe” and “faith” 18 times! None of the material steps toward researching, experimenting, and building a plane would be taken unless we have people who believe all these things. A plane is not self-existent; it is the product of a belief system. And if we are going to discuss a plane in a rational way, we need to first take into consideration this belief system as the invisible reason for the existence of the plane.""So, a plane needs, at the very bottom, certain beliefs in a society about man, about law, and about time. And above all, it needs certain beliefs about the unifying principle between all these: God. Without it, a plane cannot exist."
Matthew Henry On Romans 15
I know now that the best of my life was its hardship. Isn’t it true of all of us–the millions of us who for years have been carrying our country through these hard times? Struggling out of poverty developed in us an invaluable strength. Having conquered so much, we know we are stronger than adversity. We do not give way to despair now; we met despair when we were young and we know it for the spur it is. We are not hopeless, for we have been without hope before, yet we lived, we kept on fighting, somehow we beat a way through solid walls and got what we could not hope for but were determined to have. And if we have lost that now, we still have inner strength that we can rely upon...
...He graduated, and I said, “All right, now go to college, if you can.”
It was cruel, but the more atrocious cruelty that we inflict upon our children is in depriving them of hardship, in keeping them helpless in school until they must go into the battle of living without experience of it. I would not give my boy four more years of that weakening protection. If his life is to be any good at all he must be a clean, hard fighter, conquering himself and circumstances. A man must compel his world to give him what he wants. Men always have done this; human beings might have lived as meekly as the animals, but we do not; we change the face of the globe and build our civilizations. Boys like mine, standing up to the Goliath and refusing to be licked, have made the whole human world and created everything valuable that we have.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
"I still want to get married but I am trying to be realistic about it. I am 28 and it seems like prospects just get slimmer and slimmer.....How do you all stay positive and keep hope that you will marry one day? I get so discouraged looking at our culture of immature and ill-prepared men and I have a hard time keeping hope about it. My Dad prays for each of us everyday that God will provide and be preparing godly spouses for each of us. All of the unmarried young men in our church either seem uninterested in marriage or quite a bit younger than me (5-9 years)."
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
By my husband, James McDonald, of Providence Church
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled…” (Hebrews 12:14-15)
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Like when we see brothers fall into sin it is gut wrenching because we have a good doctrine and understand evil. We mourn the loss and could not do otherwise and keep our Christian integrity.When we are mocked, railed against, when our piety is scoffed at, when for our faith and the application of our faith is belittled it is a weighty affliction to our souls because we know our Christian integrity is ours only by the grace of God.When those closest to us curse God continually, feed their flesh, which revels in bitterness, and allow their resentment against God to spill over on us, they state where their allegiance lies and we bear the burden of their separation. It is tremendously lonely but for our Comforter’s integrity.When those we respect blame us for their problems raising false accusations about our virtue compromise our reputations and futures it can be devastating because we are intimately familiar with a Savior that brought us out of our wretched state and made us able to stand with Christian integrity.When we suffer monetary loss, when our needs aren't met, sickness comes, friends and family pass away, whatever it may be...
Thus, in a good measure, Job still held fast his integrity, and Satan’s design against him was defeated: In all this did not Job sin with his lips; he not only said this well, but all he said at this time was under the government of religion and right reason. In the midst of all these grievances he did not speak a word amiss; and we have no reason to think but that he also preserved a good temper of mind, so that, though there might be some stirrings and risings of corruption in his heart, yet grace got the upper hand and he took care that the root of bitterness might not spring up to trouble him, Heb. 12:15. -Matthew Henry on Job 2
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Help us to praise!
Father all glorious, O’er all victorious,
Come, and reign over us,
Come, Thou Incarnate Word,
Our prayer attend:
Come, and Thy people bless,
And give Thy word success;
Come, Holy Comforter,
In this glad hour:
Thou who almighty art,
And ne’er from us depart,
To Thee, great One in Three,
Thy sovereign majesty,
And to eternity Love and adore!
Words: Some sources show the author as “anonymous.” Others credit Charles Wesley, 1757. The words appeared in George White field’s Collection of Hymns for Social Worship, 1757.
Music: Italian Hymn, Felice de Giardini, in The Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Sung at the Chapel of the Lock Hospital, 1769. De Giardini wrote the music specifically for this hymn. Alternate tune: America, Thesaurus Musicus, 1744
In the days of the American Revolution a congregation of patriotic colonists were worshiping in their church on Long Island when the service was interrupted by the arrival of a company of Hessian troops. The captain stalked up the aisle and commanded the people to sing “God Save the King.” The organist started the tune that we call “America”; but the people, true to the cause of the American colonies and to their God, sang this hymn.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with strong conviction that I write this letter as my formal resignation effective Thursday, July 1, 2010 from my position as Principal of Hanover Elementary School, where I have devoted the last five of my 14 years in the Bethlehem Area School District. Though there is no job at present to which I will be going, God has clearly persuaded me through His Word and through my research into the foundations of our educational system that I must end my career in public education.
For the last fourteen years, I have worked diligently to be the “salt and light” spoken of in Matthew 5:13, but I have realized that while I am plugging up pinholes in the dike that holds back the tumultuous waters of public education, the improperly laid foundation has been eroding beneath our feet. God states, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7a). This means that neither God nor moral character can be separated from true education; in fact, the glorification of God and the building of Biblical moral character must be the basis of true education. In the words of Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, “We profess to be republicans [in form of government], and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible. For this Divine Book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and those sober and frugal virtues, which constitute the soul of republicanism.”
But what have we done? We have thrown God, Bibles and prayer out of our schools based upon an inaccurate interpretation of the “Separation clause”, while openly proselytizing the religion of Secular Humanism (Smith v. Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County, Ala). We have divorced morality from education and focused only on what special interest groups perceive as the “right” content knowledge. We manage the masses at the expense of the individual. As with most educators in the system, I have been sincere in my efforts to apply the doctrines of those we call the founding fathers of education, but I have realized that I have been sincerely wrong. My research into the real philosophies and beliefs behind men such as Rousseau, Dewey, Hall, etc. has opened my eyes. I am now aware that not only have I not been working for God, I have been working in complete opposition to Him. I mistakenly thought I was on neutral ground: there is no neutral territory.That said; let me assure you that my argument is not against those I have worked with for the past 14 years. I have a love for my colleagues and friends; most are wonderful teachers of a curriculum they have been given, most truly love the children and will do anything for them, most sincerely try to improve our children, our city, our nation. But we have all taken our eye off the mark of what the chief end of man is. The nation’s statist system of public education is the real issue.The Bible is overwhelmingly clear in that the primary responsibility in educating a child rests with the parents (Deuteronomy 6, Ephesians 6:4, etc.). We need parents to be parents once again, families to be families once again, fathers to be the father and leader, mothers to be the mother and nurturer. It does not “take a village to raise a child”; it takes a family entrusted with the Word of God. Our children are not to be wards of the State; on the contrary, they are creations of a God of love, justice, and redemption who loves us so much He sent Christ to die for us so that if we believe in Him and profess Him as Lord and Savior, He will grant us eternal life. He does not need us, but we need Him. He has given us the roadmap to life and to education: the Bible. I pray that He may manifest Himself in your life as he has clearly done so in mine.
Michael J. Metarko
Thursday, August 05, 2010
"Every non-biblical philosophy of history ends by destroying both man and history. It begins by trying to give a better meaning to history than the one eternity provides, and it ends by robbing history of any human meaning and man of his manhood. In taking counsel against God and His decree, man effectually hurts only himself, not God." ~R. J Rushdoony, The Biblical Philosophy of History
"Boys lessen [their] greatness in life by small things which at the moment they think of little or no Consequence."
"Your father had completed all his business in this quarter much more to his satisfaction than he ever expected to do...Moreover, his arrangements for the Texas adventure had taken shape much to his satisfaction. Everyone has the highest opinion of his plans and many only waiting till thay [they] know he has made the Establishment when they mean to follow him. Several young men has already gown [gone] and many now waiting to start with him." wrote Maria to her son. Stephen would have to take it from there. The momentum, the hardest part of any project, had been created. Stephen, who had once doubted, had at the moment of his father's death secured the financial underpinning needed to lay his Texas project on a firm foundation. His mother would later write, "truly rejoiced to find you [Stephen's] prospects in Tex[a]s are So much more flattering than I had and Idea of."
While returning from a scouting mission in the southwest on December 4, 1835, Milam learned that a majority of the army had decided not to attack San Antonio as planned but to go into winter quarters. Convinced that this decision would be a disaster for the cause of independence, Milam then made his famous, impassioned plea: "Who will go with old Ben Milam into San Antonio?" Three hundred volunteered, and the attack, which began at dawn on December 5, ended on December 9 with the surrender of Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos and the Mexican army