Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain Daily Devotional | CBN.com

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Where is Our Goverment?

Where is our goverment? The Obama adminstration has left this man and his family to die. Is this any way to treat some one that helped us?What does this say about anyone (including us here in the U.S.) being able to trust our current goverment.http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/29/brother-says-pakistani-doc-tortured-appeals-to-us-for-legal-help/

Monday, May 21, 2012

Transformation or Restoration

This an article by a friend of mine, I feel it is important to share it.

Transformation or Restoration?

by Patrick Miller on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:47am ·
The “living Constitution” is a constitution on its deathbed. The Founders are dismissed as quaint or worse— ancients, slaveholders, and landed gentry. This is what our modern day progressives seem to think, for utopianism is bigger than history and politics. It is a break from the past. The progressives are impatient, anxious, and frenetic, for life is short, destiny calls, and a fantastic future awaits humankind if only man, with all his flaws and imperfections, would relent or get out of the way. Therefore, the earthly grind of societal transformation must continue without delay.
One hundred years after the publication of Wilson’s Constitutional Government in the United States and sixty-four years after Roosevelt delivered his Second Bill of Rights speech, presidential candidate Barack Obama declared, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Five days later, he was elected president. The counter-revolution, which is over a century old, proceeds more thoroughly and aggressively today than before.

When the fifty-five delegates met in Philadelphia in 1787 at what became known as the Constitutional Convention, their purpose was not to transform American society but to preserve and protect it. In Federalist 51, James Madison later explained the decisive task this way: “But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” Charles de Montesquieu’s advice guided the Framers. He wrote that laws “should relate to the degree of liberty that the constitution can sustain, to the religion of the inhabitants, their inclinations, their wealth, their number, their commerce, their mores, and their manners.…” (Spirit of the Laws, 1, 1, 3).

I personally do not want our President (whoever he may be) to TRANSFORM our nation. Obama appears to divide and transform it via a political revolution.

Our founders in their letters and writings shared their concerns about how our culture at the time of our nation’s founding was not perfectly in line with the values of Liberty; that all men are created equal. It is important to point out that many of the founders; including Franklin, Madison and Jefferson advocated for abolishing slavery from the founding of the nation. They knew that slavery was antithetical to the values in the Declaration, the Constitution and the forthcoming Bill of Rights. Realistically and politically they needed the nation fully unified to face the tyranny of England; the revolution would be a war that would require that the colonists have no reason or risk of splitting their allegiance. Tackling the issue of slavery would have risked such unity. In retrospect; they were correct as it took another 100 years and a civil war to abolish slavery. This is why we must not have The Founders dismissed as quaint or worse— ancients, slaveholders, and landed gentry.

The fact is – it is the great truths and principles within our Constitution and our Republican, Representative structure of government - with its checks and balances that has afforded the United States the accurate example of the most successful government experiment in the history of the world. It is nowhere else that free-men of every walk of life; whether they be poor or rich from birth; black, white, Asian, Hispanic – born here or immigrant – to achieve a fully liberated and prosperous way of life. There has never been and likely will not be a greater government structure for the common man.

While the Federalist and the Anti-Federalist at our birth disagreed on some things (it is apparent in their writings). However, they all agreed that a centralized government; whether a monarchy or elected leadership; would always be the greatest threat to liberty.

Our structure of government is not perfect, but it is the most ideal because it grants the greatest power to the States and limits the powers of the Federal Government. There is no intellectually honest way to read the writings of the framers; the Declaration, the Bill of Rights and Constitution and its amendments without coming to this conclusion.

Can anyone prove me a single example of any form of national ‘Centralized Government’ – anywhere in the history of the world; that has provided what we experienced as a nation in the last 200 years? Rhetorical question – the answer is no.

Our government is not perfect; nor will it ever be perfect – because it is administered by men who are imperfect and never will be perfect. The structure of our original and intended Constitutional Structure of government with its limited and divided powers; allows and recognizes this reality and proves the most ideal society for individuals. It is ideal but not perfect. Perfection is not attainable on this side of eternity; because mankind is not perfect.

So I ask you – Do you want more power to the Federal Government apparatus; which will be run by an all-powerful smaller group of bureaucrats? Or, do you want limited federal power where majority power remains with the individual states; their citizens and their locally elected representatives - as originally created by our founders?

Do you want America transformed as Barack Obama said 5 days before his election – or do you want it restored?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bless Those Who Give


By Richard L Spangler

   I was at a Ministering Spiritual Gifts Conference in Suffolk, Va. April 26-29, 2012, when I heard this teaching by Apostle John Burkholder of Sword of the Spirit Ministries in Buffalo, NY. And felt it important to relay it to you. There are also some additional insights the Lord has given me which I will also share.
   Apostle Burkholder taught on Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” He stated, that he prays this over his offerings regularly. One day as he was praying this verse, God spoke to him that he was praying it wrong. Apostle John asked how he was praying it wrong. The Lord stated it was not enough to pray for his offering to blessed, but he needed to pray for those who the Lord spoke to: to give to him to be blessed, so that they could give. Then the Lord took it to another level, not only was to pray for blessings for those who were to give to him but also pray for those who were to bless the givers so that they could bless the givers.

  This takes blessing others to a whole different level; it takes it beyond simple addition into the level of multiplication of blessings. God is a God of multiplication, we see at creation in Genesis commanded everything living thing to be fruitful and multiply (not add). This is true in blessings as well as we pray for others to be blessed in the matter stated above, then our blessings will be multiplied as well. So as you give your tithes and offerings pray for those who are to give to you to be blessed and for those who are to bless them to be blessed and watched what God does.
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               Apostle John shared several testimonies of where this has worked in a powerful way. My personal story is an example. I prayed over my offering that afternoon and on Sunday at church. My wife has had some physical issues that she could not work for over two years (God has been faithful in His provision for us). We and her doctors agreed that she should apply for disability. So, she set down and filled out all the paperwork and submitted it. Her claim was promptly rejected. She appealed. We were to go to an appeals hearing on the Tuesday after the conference. I told was told that I could say nothing during the hearing, so I just sat there and prayed quietly in tongues. The judge stated that it looked like my wife qualified and we would be notified in 7 to 10 days of his decision. We were excited and praising God. It gets better, my wife’s lawyer calls on Friday, stating the judge’s decision had already been given and he ruled in our favor. She stated it would at least two months before we received any back payments (two years worth) and then monthly checks. We again rejoiced. Then on the following Tuesday, the lawyer called, stating she did not understand it but the checked was already processed and mailed. We were stunned. On Friday we received a check for two years worth of back payments. Praise the Lord.  We tithed on what we received and I again prayed over it and now waiting to see what God does now.
 I hope you will pray this promise for giving in faith, not only for yourself, but also for those who are to give to you to be blessed. Then take the next step and pray for those to be blessed who are to give to the ones who are to bless you. 

   Please share with us what God does for you as you bless others.
   

 

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