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Thursday, August 23 2012

No doubt about it; this will be a tight race between both Obama and Romney when November rolls around.  Both are graduates of Harvard Law School, are excellent orators (Obama might have a slight edge) and possess other fine qualities they have used well to serve their constituents.  These are two are highly intelligent men who will no doubt end up in the history books one day.  However, I find it a bit distasteful the way they both have tried to gain voter support using negative attack ads.  They are both much too polished to stoop to this tactic, though this strategy is nothing new.

Negative attack ads have been around as long as TV has but it appears that in all years, this may be the most negative race run yet.  Yes, we want to know as much about our candidates as possible but some of what each side has presented about the other has been sort of nasty and exaggerated, it would seem.  Attempting to gain control of an office by negatively portraying another seems to me to be an act of desperation.  Mega money in donations and securing votes are at stake and seem to be the impetus behind the ads, but what do voters really think about the negative war on words?

While many may not be in favor of the negative campaigning, some political experts agree the ads are effective because they feed into folks’ anxieties and fears and can cause them not to vote for a particular candidate.  I suppose there is no perfect campaign and yes, we deserve to know as much of the truth behind a candidate’s character and record of accomplishments (or lack of) as we can.

Let’s not focus on and cast our vote for the candidate that does the best job of demeaning his opponent.  Our focus needs to be on electing someone who will effect positive change for this country.  We need to pray that God’s choice is the next man voted into office and that he possesses a very sharp game with great vision to lead and inspire this great nation of ours.      


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Thursday, August 16 2012



A couple of centuries ago a Frenchman named Alexis de Tocqueville made this observation:  “There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than America.” 

I was brought up to believe and taught that our country was founded on moral convictions based on the Ten Commandments.  While not all the founding fathers may have had Christian roots, their philosophy respected the Creator of this universe.  Samuel Adams said our Ruler rewards people based on their general character.  Ben Franklin said,” God governs in the affairs of men.”  There was once was a reverence given to God by the leaders and people of this country.  I believe that at one time our national prosperity grew out of our respect for God’s statutes. 

At what point in our history did the train jump off the tracks?  It’s as if “anything goes” now.  I think that our economic and political issues are caused by the decline in our moral interpretations.  At one time in our history, our moral and spiritual actions walked hand in hand but now these two things are in decay and decline.  We have slowly taken God out of the school and court systems.  It is ok to offend Him but gosh forbid we should trample on any citizen’s rights or liberties.  We have redefined what the family unit is.  Half of Americans believe homosexuality is acceptable.  And 54% think gambling is ok, 59% find acceptable premarital sex, 38% believe in abortion.  Many folks now vote for the politician who is in favor of these things, not against them. 

Rick Santorum said, “Satan has his sights on the United States.”  Why do we make it so easy for him to succeed?  He hardly has to put forth any effort. 

Thomas Jefferson said, “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

Now is the time to let justice reign down from heaven…not from man.

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Wednesday, August 01 2012



Approximately 20-40% of Americans attend church on any given Sunday and that’s a lot of folks sitting in the pews on Sunday.  Where do people go to get “churched” if it is another day of the week?

I recently spent two days riding the streets attempting to conduct some ministry business.  I visited and/or drove by no less than a dozen churches on days other than a Sunday.  Two of the churches had members who answered the door (they were eating in the church hall) but no pastor or associate pastor was there.  The other churches were locked up tight with no one in sight.  I thought to myself, where do members go to find an open sanctuary? 

Many years ago, I was going through some tough issues.  I probably had not been in a church in over a dozen years but at that time, I happened to live across the street from a church.  I was in “a way” one day and knew I had to get in that church.  For several days in a row, I walked into the sanctuary and sat in one of the pews.  No one else was there.  I knew I needed to be in the comfort zone of that church and that is where I had some of my most serious talks with the Lord I ever had up to that point.  I do not know what I would have done if that church sanctuary had not been open.

It got me to thinking-if the Lord has ordained that someone pastor a church and they in fact have a church body, why are the doors of that church closed to that body (and anyone else who happens upon that church) except on Sundays?  I understand that the pastor ministers to shut-ins, to those in hospitals, and conducts other business.  Why though are the doors to the sanctuary closed and locked?  Where are the volunteers in your church who are manning it in the pastor’s absence? 

Keep the lights on and the doors open.  A church is the only safe haven for many.

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