Month: March 2014
The leaders of our nation need to try their best to fix the economy, instead of tearing it down… and the cost of living, where one income would do for a family… so the mother, if she wished, could stay home and take care of her family. I know that my husband and I would rather pay extra income tax towards giving a mother a reward for marriage and for taking care of the children in their own home, rather than seeing day care centers spring up all over our nation and funded by our government, which we help pay for anyway!
As it now stands if a couple has children out of wedlock, they gain more monetarily by remaining single and either living in the same house without marriage or go their separate ways without benefit of a mother and father to their little one. What a sad commentary it is when evil and weakness is rewarded in our country and on the other hand and for the same consideration, marriage and making a home for a little child is penalized!
If every house hold were taxed for this reason, what an improvement in morals and child care it would have for the United States! Granted, it takes more than perks to have good morals, but our country has been penalizing morals and marriage and giving perks for immorality for a long time.
For instance people can draw more money for living together than for being married in some cases. I don’t begrudge them the money, except for the fact that the little child doesn’t have a good home and also I would like for them to be encouraged to live right and have good spiritual health along with the other needful things in life.
We had rather give our taxes for a mother to be able to be with her children rather than working…than for a grant of thousands of dollars, to study the digestive system of a buzzard and the many other foolish things they give grants to.
And then…there are the cases in families where being satisfied with a smaller loaf of bread would help. -Edna L. Ingram
Just imagine that someone very close to you died…and the day of their funeral, you decided you were tired and would just sleep in that day and skip the funeral or maybe you had taken a job and had to work that day or maybe company came and you stayed home with them. Do you think that decision would persuade anyone that you were really close to that person…or that you even cared for them at all?
Well,Someone did die…and that Someone did it because He loved us so very much that He gave up, not only His life, but also His equality with God, (Philippians 2:5-8) to be our Savior and take our sins away on that cross (if we obey Him.)
Many do not even accept Him and obey Him…but many who do, eventually let their dedication slide and when the church meets together they cannot be depended…
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Today, exactly thirteen years ago (on St. Patrick’s Day) our house burned. I had come in from working at the post office that Saturday morning and after lunch decided to wash my hair. First I turned on the central heat because it was a tad chilly in the house; (Mistake #1) then I let Baby Bird out of the cage…mistake #2! As I was rinsing my hair, I could hear Baby Bird squawking and flying wild about the room. I finished rinsing my hair and put a towel over it and raised my head up.
I could tell what he was upset about and it was pretty serious. Black smoke was pouring out of the vents in the ceiling. I hurried around trying to get Baby Bird on my hand to put him back in his cage and get outside. He wouldn’t let me. I was beginning to feel the effects of the smoke and sadly, had to get out and leave him. The squirrel cage of the central heat unit in the attic had frozen up. One of our neighbors later that afternoon, said that he heard an explosion before he saw the smoke. I didn’t hear it with the water running over my head.
As I went out to move the car from under the carport and down the road a ways, an old classmate stopped and told me he would go tell Bobby at the shop….As I was about to move the van, Bobby drove up and moved it for me and someone had called the fire dept. I told Bobby, in tears, that I couldn’t get Baby Bird out. Bobby wanted to go in and get Baby Bird but I was afraid the burning ceiling would fall in on him. He went in to get him, with me begging him not to. I told him he’d probably be dead from the smoke by that time. By that time there was quite an audience out in the road watching the fire with me. The fire dept had left the screen door propped open and Bobby saw Baby Bird fly by and went in to get him and brought him to me. I was so happy to have the little fellow again!
The month before the fire, my kidneys shut down from a prescription I had received from a doctor who thought I had rheumatoid arthritis, which I was found to not have. I was in the hospital about 2 weeks until they were sure my kidneys were working okay again. That’s why the smoke got to me so fast.
About a month after the fire, I lost my full time (temporary position) and went back to part time. They had left me in the full time position 8 months longer than they were supposed to over the 6 months’ time limit. So that was a triple whammy in about the space of about 3 months. Three bad happenings??? No, not really! It wasn’t long until I realized they were all three big blessings? We are told in Romans 8:28 that “….all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
All of these really did work together for our good. In June of that year I could tell my strength was not building up as fast as I needed it to, so I retired from the postal service. Eight years later Bobby decided to retire from his barber shop. So we have had these 5 years together without a constant watching of the clock….just in time for our little Great-Grandchildren to arrive on the scene.
Bobby goes through a lot of preparatory stages before he puts the knife to the wood in his carving of guns or airplanes. Here is a picture of the specs of the one he is working on now. There’s no comparison with him to NASA because they, of course, go through even more preparation in building space shuttles, satellites, etc. This reminds me of a spiritual thought:
Not comparing God to NASA and Bobby…but God went through much, much more preparation in the building of His church. He prepared a nation and then a tribe for His beloved Son to come through. This Son would come in human form and have the name of Jesus…and it was prophesied that He would die upon a cruel cross in the fullness of time. It was prophesied that this would happen during the Roman empire.
If Jesus had been guilty of what they accused Him of, the Jewish Law’s penalty would be stoning. During the Roman empire, the penalty was crucifixion. It all comes together just as it was prophesied. He was born, he lived about 33 years, he told about His kingdom for about 3 years and then He was crucified for the sins of the world, because of His great love for us.
Then on the third day, He was resurrected and after He had left instructions for His apostles that He had chosen, He ascended back to heaven… and they remained in Jerusalem until power came from on high. On the Day of Pentecost after the resurrection (50 days from the Passover) the church began and 3,000 heard the apostles teaching, believed, repented, confessed Christ and were baptized into Christ on that first day. Since that day many more have been added to His church by being obedient to the gospel of Christ.
Sadly, there is another prophesy that will come true someday, stated in several places in Scripture and in different ways. This one:
(2 Thessalonians 1: 7-12) “… And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed ) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
We hear a lot of talk in our nation today about “the separation of church and state.” Many in our society believe that religion has no place in the political arena. Even some Christians believe that because our citizenship is in heaven, we have no right or responsibility to participate in civil government. As our nation prepares for another election, every Christian should consider this question: Does God want His people involved in civil government?
A clear answer to this question can be found in the Bible. For example, in Genesis 14:18, we read of Melchizedek, who was the priest of God Most High; he was also king of Salem. In Genesis 29:41, we read of Joseph, the son of Jacob, who through the providence of God was raised to power in the kingdom of Egypt. In Exodus 1-2, we read of Moses , who through the providence of God was brought up in the palace as grandson to the Pharaoh of Egypt.
Throughout the history of Israel, God sent prophets to be advisors to Israel’s kings. Samuel was advisor to King Saul; the prophets Gad and Nathan were advisors to King David; Elijah prophesied to the wicked King Ahab; Isaiah was advisor to King Hezekiah of Judah; and Jeremiah prophesied to the last four kings of Judah. God also sent prophets as counselors to other nations. Daniel served as advisor to the kings of Babylon, and Jonah was sent to preach to the city of wicked Nineveh in Assyria.
In the New Testament, we are told in Matthew 14:1-5 that John the Baptist rebuked King Herod for his immoral conduct. In Luke 21:12-13, Jesus tells his disciples that they will be brought before kings and governors as witnesses to them. In Acts 9:15, the Lord, speaking about Saul of Tarsus, says that he would carry the name of the Lord before the Gentiles and kings. Saul, later called Paul preached to the Roman governors, Felix and Festus, to King Agrippa and even to Caesar and his court in Rome. It is obvious as we look at both the old and New Testaments, God has always wanted His people to be involved in influencing civil governments.
An objective examination of our history reveals that the principles of Christianity had an overwhelming influence on our founding fathers and the forging of this great nation. These Christian principles produced a government that gave every citizen the opportunity and the responsibility to participate in the political process. Having a government that is “of the people, by the people and for the people,” there has never been a nation throughout history where Christians have had a greater opportunity to be an influence for the cause of Christ. For almost two centuries the citizens of this nation enjoyed the freedom to speak, to print and to preach what we believe, and it is the principle of Christianity that prevailed in such struggles as abolishing slavery and extending civil rights to every citizen.
Yet in the last fifty years, these freedoms have been threatened. Prayer and the Bible have been removed from our public schools. Efforts are underway and great strides have been made to remove the influence of God and Christianity from every level of government and almost every aspect of public life.
Why are these things happening in our nation? The answer is simple. While the advocates of atheism and humanism have been actively working to influence our government, Christians for the most part have been complacent and willing to sit quietly on the sidelines and let it happen. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5: 13-16 that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Much can be said about these words of Christ, but it is obvious that He wants us as Christians to affect the world around us and to permeate every aspect of society with the illuminating, liberating, life-giving influence of Christ and His Word.
As we approach the next national election, let’s take our influence for Christ outside the walls of our church buildings. Let’s speak out for Christ on the moral issues that are debated in the political arena. Let’s inform ourselves and others…about the candidates and where they stand on the moral issues, and let’s cast our vote for the candidates that hold most closely to the Christian principles upon which our nation was founded. May we let our light shine for Christ in every aspect of our society, including the political arena…and may God continue to bless America. -Wendell Ingram, in House to House /Heart to Heart publication
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. Psalm 33:12