Monday, March 24, 2014

Pray for the Persecuted Church, Remember the Martyrs of the Faith



The winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory. - Richard Sibbes

When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord's choicest wines. - Samuel Rutherford

The Antichrist and the great red dragon will lop Christ's branches, and bring His vine to a low stump, under the feet of those who carry the mark of the beast; but the Plant of Renown, the Man whose name is the Branch, will bud forth again and blossom as the rose, and there shall be fair white flourishes again, with most pleasant fruits, upon the tree of life. - Samuel Rutherford


Voice of the Martyrs

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Originally a  poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (1807-1882) "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" was penned after the tragic accidental death of his wife Fanny and the crippling injury of his son Charles from war wounds during the American Civil War.


"Christmas Bells"
The complete poem           numbers in () are the order of the chorus from the song

1)"I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

4)Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

2)And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

3)Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"



Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Gospel According to Johnny Cash (updated)

My colleague's Biblical education has mostly been due to the listening to and the playing of Johnny Cash songs, which is more Biblical than listening to Joel Osteen.



God's Gonna Cut You Down


The Wanderer


Goin' By The Book

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fourth of July

Courtesy of the red, white and blue - Toby Keith


American Soldier - Toby Keith



Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning - Alan Jackson


God Bless the USA - Lee Greenwood


Have You Forgotten? - Darryl Worley


Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly - Aaron Tippin


The 8th of Novemeber - Big and Rich


                                         

Made in America - Toby Keith

America is the Last Stand on Earth



Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Rights Of The People To Keep And Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. - Second Amendment, US Constitution

The Bill of Rights is not a government given list of freedoms begrudgingly granted to us for a time.  They are a reminder to the government not to mess with our God given rights.  To learn more click the link. 
 HERE  


The phrase "well-regulated" was in common use long before 1789, and remained so for a century thereafter. It referred to the property of something being in proper working order. Something that was well-regulated was calibrated correctly, functioning as expected. Establishing government oversight of the people's arms was not only not the intent in using the phrase in the 2nd amendment, it was precisely to render the government powerless to do so that the founders wrote it.

"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …" - Richard Henry Lee writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.



The power of the Sword, say the minority of Pennsylvania, is in the hands of Congress. My friends, and countrymen, it is not so for the powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. The unlimited power of the sword, is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." - Tench Coxe, Penn Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

"...but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights..." - Alexander Hamilton speaking of standing armies in Federalist Papers 29

For more quotes from the founders click HERE

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Gun Control Works for the Oppressor


1909-1915, Turkey established gun control. 1,500,000 Armenians, rounded up and exterminated.
1929, Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929-1953, about 20 million dissidents were rounded up and exterminated.
1935, China established gun control. From 1948-1952, 20 million political dissidents were rounded up and exterminated.
1938, Germany established gun control. From 1939-1945, 13 million Jews and others were rounded up and exterminated.
1956, Cambodia established gun control. From 1975-1977, 1 million educated people were rounded up and exterminated.
1964, Guatemala established gun control. From 1964-1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians were rounded up and exterminated.
1970, Uganda established gun control. From 1971-1979, 300,000 Christians were rounded up and exterminated.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Panics, Recessions and Depressions

Panic of 1797 - Cause by land speculation bubble and yellow fever epidemic

Depression of 1807 - Due to the result of English trade restrictions combined with the Embargo Act of 1807 and then we had ourselves a war. 

1815-1821 Depression - Due to another land speculation bubble, large US Government debt from the war that depleted the state bank's money led to defaulted loans and many bank failures.

Panic of 1837 - Due to another land speculation bubble and the resulting crash, more than 40% of America’s banks failed.

Panic Of 1857 - Due to the inflation caused by the discovery of gold in California, and the failure of the New York branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Co. leading to a run on the banks and a long-term distrust in the US government and its ability to back paper currency. More than 5,000 banks failed in a little over a year.

Panic of 1873 - Was caused by the economic difficulty of the Great Chicago Fire and the country wide Equine Flu epidemic(1872) which killed or sickened almost every horse in America.  The railroad boom and then the railroad bust caused many banks and 18,000 businesses to fail.  Unemployment went over 14%. 

Panic of 1893 - 1893 Due to years of over building by the railroads and the slowing of the economy across the country. With the bankruptcy of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, there was a run on banks causing more than 15,000 businesses to fail, 500 banks to close, and unemployment to remain over 10% for five years, making this the worst U.S. depression until the Great Depression.

Panic of 1907 - Due to banks over lending and an investor failing in an attempt to corner the copper market, the Knickerbocker Trust Company–one of the largest trusts in the country– failed, causing a series of bank failure.

Depression of 1920-21 -  Due to massive deflation and the return of the Doughboys from WWI, unemployment spiked, with 1.6 million people looking for work.

The Great Depression (1929-41) - Due to irresponsible speculation in the 20′s and the resulting stock market crash the US entered its worst Depression ever.  It lasted over 11 years and unemployment hit 25%, while US production levels were cut in half.

1973-75 Recession - Due to the end of the Gold Standard and its resulting stock market crash and increased oil prices from an embargo from OAPEC, the US entered another recession and unemployment levels hit 9%

Early 1980’s Recession -  Due to the inflation caused by leaving the Gold Standard in the early 70's,  the Federal Reserve tightened monetary policy, which dried up capital, reducing investments. As inflation slowed unemployment rose.

Current Recession - Due to government mandated risky mortgages that caused another land speculation bubble(housing market), over-extended consumer credit and the resulting defaults as the bubble popped, over 350 banks and financial institutions failed.  Some were "too big to fail" and were bailed out on the tax payer's dime.  Unemployment has stayed between 7.7% and 10%, according to "Official" sources.  Although actual unemployment is easily triple the 7.7% the government is claiming according to this article

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It Happens All The Time

It happens all the time. Taken from an actual Facebook Post.
  •   Angry Political Post

      Self-righteous comment.

  • Snobbish reply

  • Ad hominem

  •  ...um Strawman

  • I don't know any other ones

  • Obligatory use of very large words to make you feel like an idiot.

  • Wait... Appeal to Authority.

  • Here's where I act like an emotional female.

  • Patronizing comment

  • Totally OFFENDED (and yelling).

  • Hasty generalization


  • See, my homies will back me up!

  •  Angry challenge!!

  • Red herring....OK, I'm done :P

  •  Threat to delete post after insulting everyone's intelligence and parentage.