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Happy is the man who finds wisdom



Happy is the man who finds wisdom.... Prov. 3:13....the place of understanding

When God made a law for the rain, and a path for the thunderbolt, He saw Wisdom and declared it! He prepared it, searched it, and said to man:

"Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is understanding.... To depart from evil, that is understanding"...

To NOT to depart from evil, that is foolishness! For the man without the Spirit does not accept the things or Truth that come from God for they are foolishness to him for he cannot understand Spiritual things.

Jesus said if you deny Him now , He will deny you at the judgment...are you willing to take that chance?

So lets take a look at some of these "Bookmarks of Understanding and wisdom"...

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Special Proclamation Prayer for Today

Father, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

Your Word declares that if we, Your people, who are called by Your name, will humble ourselves and pray and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, then will You hear from heaven and You will forgive our sin and will heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We bow before Your sacred throne and humbly ask Your forgiveness for the sin of idolatry! Your word demands; “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me”, yet we have, under the banner of pluralism and hedonism, embraced and worshipped the gods of this world. Take us back to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! (Exodus 20:3)

Through moral and spiritual compromise and complacency, we have allowed our nation to conform to the ways of the world by turning away from our spiritual roots found in Your Word. (Romans 12:2)

Our silence has produced a secular nation and all nations that forget You, shall be forsaken. We ask that You hear our cry, for we need You, in these desperate times, to lead us out of our politically correct fog of constant confusion and take us back to Your moral clarity. (Psalm 9:17)

O Lord our God, King of the Universe, we confess that America cannot survive without Your presence. Your statutes founded this blessed land and we look to You, Father God, to preserve it, for “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)

As commanded in scripture, we pray for all who are in authority who govern our nation; may their decisions be led by the perfect compass of your Holy Word which clearly discerns right from wrong. (I Timothy 2:1-3)

O Lord our God, You have promised to raise up righteous leaders into high places and to remove those who have displayed unrighteous authority. We earnestly pray that You will once again exalt the righteous and expose the deeds of the ungodly. (Proverbs 14:33-35)

America must have spiritual renewal for moral survival! In this season of prayer, we unite in humble heartfelt hope and ask that You forgive us and deliver us from the folly of our transgressions. Guide and sustain our nation as we turn from our sin and return to You, the God of our fathers. (Psalm 51:1-17)

The time has come to declare our trust in You to heal our land. (2 Samuel 22:2-4; Psalm 5:11-12; Psalm 57:1-3)

We pledge to exercise our God given rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in voting for future leaders from the county courthouse to the White House who obey and honor Your Word. (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 119:44-48; Psalm5:11)

We pledge to vote the Bible in selecting those that will govern our country. (Deuteronomy 16:18-20)

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, for You are good and Your mercy endures forever. We petition heaven with our united prayers as we seek Your blessing, Your peace and Your protection for America. (I Chronicles 16:34; Numbers 6:22-26; Romans 15:13; Psalm 5:11)

May the Lord our God, be with us, as He was with our forefathers; may He not leave us or forsake us; so that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways... that all peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. (1 Kings 8:57-60)

Amen

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Wisdom 2: The God of War?

Rev. 19:11 "...then I saw heaven opened. And behold, a white horse. And HE who sat on him was called FAITHFUL and TRUE, and in RIGHTEOUSNESS HE JUDGES and makes ...WAR........In other words, GOD the creator of all things is in charge here.

If GOD calls for WAR, whether it be in Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever in the world, don't you think we as an American people who have been built on a Judeo-Christian foundation should follow GOD and support our Commander-In-Chief, Jesus Christ?

Wisdom tells us that would also include those men and women HE chooses to be in office, like our Christian President, George Bush. Since God rules in the kingdom of men, why is his presidentcy so hated by society?

It is not President Bush they hate, but God and His Supreme authority, which power they deny. GOD rules in the kingdom of men. (Ref: Dan. 4:17

"...in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will...". Support our troops men and women of America, freedom is not free or easy. You answer to GOD, not unbelieving politicians or rebels in the street sowing discord among brethren. God is not mocked.

The Old Testament wisdom contains accounts of one bloody war after another. Christians are often troubled that God is at the center of many of the battles. Perhaps most disturbing of all is the practice of herem, a Hebrew word difficult to translate (often done awkwardly as "things under the ban"). Though hard to translate, herem's meaning for the native inhabitants of the land is clear: the entire enemy must be killed.

How are we to receive this intel and instruction in understanding in light of Jesus' statement, "But I say, love your enemies" (Matt. 5:44)? It is no wonder that people come to the conclusion that the Old Testament picture of God is closer to Osama bin Laden than to Jesus Christ.

But there is no disconnect here between the Testaments. The God of the Old Testament is the same as the one we read about in the New. He is a God of love as well as a holy God who judges evil people. As we read from Genesis to Revelation, we see not a character change in these understandings, but an unfolding story of God's great victory over sin, evil, and death.

This takes place through mighty acts of justice-that is, again and again, acts of retributive judgment. Goodness and severity go together in this story.

In Old Testament times, we read stories of conflict as God fights evil in the world. The first time God is called a warrior is in Exodus 15, which celebrates God's rescue of his people from the oppressive Egyptians. Likewise, only because God fought for Israel is Joshua's victory over the Canaanites possible, and the text makes it clear that the Canaanites must die-not to make room for the Israelites, but because of their sins. In this case, God makes his people his executioners.

Wisdom here tells us not all of God's warring activity is in the Old Testament, however, it is directed toward Israel's enemies. God also fights against Israel-the most notable instance being the conquest of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar (Lam. 2: 1-5).

America also falls in this category without question. Hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes and a multitude of disasterous. Reference Isa. 45:7 "I form the light and create darkness, I make peace, and create calamity; I the Lord do all these things.

The Old Testament wisdom's ends with God's people back in the land, but living under the dominance of a pagan nation. The last prophets of the Old Testament looked to the future for a return of the divine warrior who would come and destroy their enemies, bringing them back their freedom (Dan. 7; Zech. 14).

After a period of prophetic silence, the New Testament picks up the story. The first voice of wisdom we hear is that of John the Baptist. He is clearly expecting a violent Messiah, the warrior from heaven who would defeat the Romans and punish disobedient Jewish people (Matt. 3:7-12).

Having heard that Jesus is healing people, exorcising demons, and preaching the Good News, John thinks he may have mistakenly baptized the wrong person (Matt. 11: 1-19)!

Of course, John did not err. Jesus is the divine warrior, the one whom the Old Testament expected, but he has heightened and intensified the battle. The goal of warfare has now been elevated, and the weapons for this war have changed. Jesus battles spiritual powers and authorities. He directs Peter to put away the sword (Matt. 26:50-56), because winning this battle involves dying rather than killing.

It is, however, a battle-part of God's plan of warfare against evil, begun in the Old Testament. The military language used to describe Christ's redemptive acts (Eph. 4:7-13; Col. 2:13-15) makes this wisdom clear.

But this is just the start of Christ's work. Christ's victory over Satan is definite but not finally realized. The Book of Revelation describes the return of Christ in the cloud chariot (1:7). He is riding a white horse and leading the armies of heaven.

Here the final battle, which includes vultures eating dead bodies, is bloodier than anything in the Old Testament (19: 11-21). This is a picture of the final judgment, of which the wars of the Old Testament are a foretaste and a warning.

From Genesis to Revelation, God's character remains consistent. He is a loving, powerful, holy judge-and warrior against evil-from beginning to end. Fools despise this wisdom warning, for they are perishing.

Article by Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College, is co-author of Show Them No Mercy: Four Views on God and the Canaanite Genocide (Zondervan, 2003).

Sidebar from JBT Ventures Wisdom Page

The War Starts With Words

Words mean things.

In the 1800's Blacks were NOT considered "persons", but were only "property", which also meant they could be killed. In World War II, the Jews were NOT considered "persons", thus they were slaughtered in gas ovens. In Roe Wade on abortion, babies in the womb are NOT considered a human "person".

In Washington, we have a so-called Department of Truth. Only thing is, this Dept. wants to destroy the "truth" and is doing a pretty good job at the "perversion" of our Judeo-Christian foundation. A reference book, "The Closing of the American Mind", by A. Bloom, gives us three words that have and are changing American minds.

The first word of wisdom:

RELATIVITY

Children entering college, and I call them children as some do not even know how to read their so-called high school diploma, believe that Einstein proved that ALL things are relative, and there are no absolutes. (I might remind these immature children that I wouldn't recommend jumping off a high building in your relative mind as when you reach the bottom its going to hurt if not killing you and your washed up philosophy as well, its called GRAVITY.

But just like the num-nums advocating separation of Church and State, these relativists try lumping in PHYSICS with ETHICS, and muddying the waters here also. For those who know how to do due diligence, (for you children, that means searching out the truth, before you start living a lie and teaching others to do likewise, called sewing discord among the brethren, i.e. parents, teachers. class mates, you get the picture) Einstein was APPALLED that his theory was being used for ETHICS and morality.

See, if you remove all barriers to morality and can call them relative, then you can condone the wickedness of others while maintaining your own sinful lifestyle.

The second word of wisdom:

TOLERANCE

Discrimination means the ability to distinguish between things and the ability to choose that which is right not evil. Schools say that they will tolerate all things except intolerance, yet tolerate, abortion, school shootings, suicide, character assassinations of Christians, while allowing the practice of Satanic rituals and right teaching as long as it is relative and NOT dogma teaching of Holy Scripture.

These people and kids are on the brink of hellfire and are going to lose their souls to the Anti-Christian movement prophesied in the Holy Bible. Have you not read where the people who went up against the Holy God of Israel, (which by the way, blessing Israel brings blessings, otherwise you are cursed), were destroyed on the spot? By the Grace of God we go today, and we can repent and be saved, or you can join the reprobate mind of the relativists and be damned.

The third word of wisdom:

VIRTUOUS

This word means a belief in God, moral character, and a lifesyle that proves our time-honored beliefs by the ministry of work we perform in society. Today, it means that since all things are relative, and we tolerate all things, then this perverse generation can continue in its abominable lifestyles of wickedness, so others can continue in their lawlessness.

A recent poll among media personnel brings on some startling facts:

45 % claim to be agnostic, 89% never attend church, 94% want to keep abortion legal, (baby butchers) 88% say TV is not critical to Christians. (really?) How about the Boy Scouts? (This Eagle Scout is offended, and I want the ACLU and others to be banned)

Does National Education Association, Planned Parenthood,(over 50 million children of God aborted) and the ACLU (removing all our Christian icons through social activist judges--"changing times and seasons?" ring any bells? (demon-crat think tanks)

Know THIS wisdom, as it is written: II Tim 3:1-9 "...But mark this: there will be terrible (perilous) times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--having a form of godliness but denying its power,

Have NOTHING to do with them, (from such people turn away)

They are the kind (like politicians) who worm their way into homes ( and gain control over weak-willed (gullible) women,...

(and illegal aliens who represent a vote) who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires. (witchcraft, New Age, and a host of others-- TV teaches this now)

,...always... learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. Just as Jannes and Jamres opposed Moses (like Korah and others), so also these men (and women and kids), oppose the truth--men of depraved minds, who as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far (God is not mocked), because as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

(and so it is, just listen to the election rhetoric going on now, everyone slamming their opponent with no real plans for the country, but their own greedy self interests....")

Article notes from Dr. James Kennedy

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Wisdom of The Cross and the Man in Combat

By Preston Jones

5/26/2008

A Christian Reflection on War

This article is from the March 2007 Break Point World View magazine.

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I knew a couple of other “christian” (little c, me included) guys but it wasn’t a priority there. We were very comfortable in our faith but we weren’t as pro-active as we should have been. It would almost seem like a scene for me to kill a mother’s son and then turn to my fellow Marine and say “Jesus loves you too.”

—E-mail from an Iraq War veteran (2006)

War is something that us [sic] mortals wage against each other when other options have failed. I don’t think there is anything righteous about it. In my mind Jesus and God might forgive us for our actions during war, or excuse our brutality if our cause is just, but war seems more like penance for years of missteps instead of a pious cause.

—E-mail from an Iraq War veteran (2006)

When Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998, some commentators were agitated that the film never sounded a patriotic note, that its characters never spoke convincingly about their mission to rid the world of fascism. But of the approximately sixty combat veterans I have interviewed since the late-1990s, not one has criticized the film, except to say that, for all its agony, it fails to capture the real terror of battle. After war, many veterans feel pride and a sense of patriotic honor. Combat itself is merciless, hateful, exhausting, devastating, dismembering, filthy, and stupefying.

WHERE IS THE WISDOM OF GOD IN WAR?

Christian reflection on warfare has usually taken the path either of pacifism or just war theory, and the community of faith is grateful to the thinkers who, over the centuries, have pursued these lines of thought. Yet whether a war is just, or whether Christians should ever be directly involved in wars, is irrelevant to a 19-year-old Nebraskan stuck in a firefight in southern Afghanistan. And the finer points of pacifism cannot help a wounded 23-year-old in a Baghdad alley.

Yes, young men and women may volunteer for military service partly motivated by assumptions about the justice of a war. Yes, the experience of war may push a former combatant toward pacifism. But when the bullets fly, when the napalm cascades to earth, when the gate on the landing craft opens, when the improvised explosive device disables your vehicle in the middle of a hostile neighborhood, philosophy goes out the door. In a battle zone, writes one combatant, there is “absolutely no room for day dreaming or soul-searching.”

So the question arises: Where is God for the 20-year-old Marine throwing a hand grenade? Or for the young person who has just lost an arm or a mind to an enemy’s bomb? Where is Jesus for the exhausted medic or nurse?

Wisdom tells us at first the answer would seem obvious. In a war zone combatants face death, and this, one assumes, forces them to confront the big questions of life and come to terms with their Maker. As the famous saying puts it, there are no atheists in foxholes.

The problem with the famous saying is that what it means to convey—namely, that warriors draw closer to God—is false, because combatants do not think very much about God. Of the veterans I have interviewed, only one said that he felt closer to God during combat—and he knew of no others who felt the same way.

The striking reality is that most combat veterans say that God did not have anything to do with their war, and many see their times in combat as pauses in their spiritual lives. Andrew Exum, a veteran of Afghanistan, writes that he would pray before battle to say good-bye to God: “I told God I was about to take leave of my faith for a few days.”

It is true that in combat zones there is a lot of prayer—prayer that the battle will be over quickly, that the incoming artillery will stop, that you will survive or at least die with dignity, and prayer that God will cut you a deal: Vietnam veteran Robert Mason writes that he “promised God that I would quit smoking . . . if He would only let me live.” But this matters only to survivors. Those who died had also prayed.

The language of prayer among combatants is usually indistinguishable from the language of luck, fate, the odds, and the roll of the dice. In almost every case, when veterans say that they prayed they would survive a battle, they could just as well have said that they hoped they would be lucky.

CHRISTIANIZING WAR

Like prayer, the language of Christianity is often used to describe some element of war, and this adds what seems like a Christian dimension to combat. William Manchester’s WWII memoir, Goodbye Darkness, illustrates this well. There is almost nothing explicitly Christian about Manchester’s book, yet he appropriates the words of the Scriptures and Christian worship throughout it.

He likens war to the “valley of the shadow of death”; he remembers men hit by shrapnel and falling, “sprawled like priests at high mass”; he describes the events that led him to devote himself to his fellow Marines as something like Saul’s experience on the road to Damascus. But then he found himself not caring about new troops coming under his supervision, and he wondered if he had become “as a sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1).

To this confusion can be added the sweaty civil religion of veterans such as Chaplain Carey Cash who, in his giddy and premature memoir of Iraq, A Table in the Presence, mistakes U.S. foreign policy for Christian doctrine. But this idea conflicts with one of the most common statements about war—that it is hell, the basic definition of which is God’s absence. (Wisdom here teaches the believer that God lives within us, so He is never far from us)

I asked a WWII combat veteran what Jesus would have done if He were present at a battle with the Germans. The veteran was perplexed. “Jesus doesn’t try to destroy anything,” he said. “He was a loving man. . . . He wants to draw people to Himself.” I asked a bomber pilot what Jesus would have done at the Battle of Peleliu, where his own plane was shot down. The pilot responded that Jesus “would put out His hands, say ‘peace,’ and the fighting would stop.”

The unanimity of the Christian war veterans I have interviewed is striking:

What if Jesus were at the battle for Okinawa? “He would have shared the Gospel with everyone—Japanese and American—and if everyone accepted it, the war would be unnecessary.”

If Jesus could speak with the crew of a B-24 on a bombing mission over Germany, what would He say?

“He’d say, ‘I hate war; I don’t like war.’ ”

These quotes come from Christian veterans of the Second World War who believed, and still believe (rationally), that the wars against Japan and the Nazis were necessary.

Necessary, they say—yet they also say that it is impossible to see Jesus in the context of combat. Thus the complicated reality: Defeating the Nazis meant firing artillery, and defeating the Nazis was a good thing—but they can’t see Jesus firing the artillery. Ending Japanese atrocities against civilians in Asia involved the use of flamethrowers, and ending Japanese atrocities was a good thing—but they can’t see Jesus operating the flamethrower. (Remember this wisdom, God still rules in the kingdom of men and His thoughts are higher than ours, and our bodies are His, not our own, as we have been bouht with a price when Christ died of the cross for everyone)

The theme holds for other conflicts:

What would Jesus do if He met a platoon on patrol in a Vietnamese jungle?

“He would be disappointed. . . . His message would be communicated more through a look than through words—a look of disappointment.”

Where would Jesus fit in the context of a combat mission in Vietnam?

“He would have figured out another way.”

(Really? Since God rules, we are His instruments of His Will and purpose)

If a skirmish against the Taliban broke out and Jesus was there, what would He do?

“He would have tried to calm the conflict. . . . He may have gotten killed, but He wouldn’t have killed. . . . He wouldn’t have fought back. . . . He would have preached to both sides.”

What would Jesus do in southern Afghanistan?

“He would wait for a time when the Taliban were unarmed, and He’d talk with them.”

It’s the warrior’s inability to see Jesus in the context of battle that makes the work of Christian chaplains problematic. Chaplains administer Holy Communion to soldiers and Marines who have come to doubt God’s presence or who have fallen away from their faith or simply become numb, and their petitions seem weak next to the unplanned prayers wrenched from warriors at a battle’s start. And chaplains pray for the protection and survival of troops on their side, but this necessarily involves the elimination or incapacitation of people on the other side. That’s how war is; but the Christian fighter can’t visualize Jesus in it.

GOD’S PLACE IN WAR

So, again, the question arises, Where is God in the world of modern combat? The best answer I can find, the answer that resonates with the Christian combat veterans I have interviewed— the answer that is alluded to frequently in combat memoirs—is that war is crucifixion: that God’s place in war is on the cross.

The crucifixion of Jesus is a discrete historical event—the event that makes salvation possible. But the cross also has meaning for the man in combat whose thoughts are far from God, who feels abandoned by God, who finds everything he has been told about God thrown into question.

The engaged warrior has no time to contemplate deep questions, and the death of Jesus at a particular moment on a particular day two millennia ago is as irrelevant to him as everything else not directly related to surviving a barrage, a walk through a minefield, an ambush, or an airlift under fire.

But if the crucifixion is more than one event—if it is also, as H. Richard Neibuhr put it, “a revelation of the order of reality”—then its relevance to the man in combat comes into focus.

The crucifixion means that God’s suffering on the cross was caused by people and also that he suffered for people. And if it is the case that the Son of God was “slain before the foundation of the world” (i.e., it is eternal past)—if it is true, as the wisdom of Hebrews tells us, that the Son of God can be crucified again and again as a result of sin (i.e., it is present and future)—then the cross suggests that God also suffers in time, and this is a suffering that corresponds to the pain people feel and cause.

(Note: Jesus said that "It was finished", which means Jesus died once for all mankind, NOT over and over--JBT)

William Mahedy, who served as a chaplain in Vietnam, writes that his war was “all about the cross”—death, despair, and sin confronted by new life, forgiveness, and hope.

There is, as one theologian has said, an “eternal cross in the heart of God”; and when Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel says that Auschwitz “murdered his God,” the Christian sees that Wiesel is stating a truth, albeit not a final truth. The soldier’s agony, loneliness, and loss of morale are also God’s. On the cross Jesus suffers because of us, and for us, and with us—with those who have to face the violent consequences of the disasters we all create.

The wisdom of the cross punctuates the world of war:

saw it in the way a machine gunner braced his weapon across the back of his shoulders with his hands draping over its butt and muzzle. A nurse haunted by experiences of war in Vietnam slept gripping a crucifix. A WWII chaplain wondered if in some way he could be a Simon

to the troops, to ease “the burden of the cross” that was heavy on them. Manchester calls the battle at Okinawa the Second World War’s “greatest Gethsemane”; he refers to the battle for Tarawa as a “cavalry”; and the only prayer that made sense to him in later years petitioned the “crucified Jesus” to take away his hatred.

Given what they have experienced, combatants can envision Christ’s arms still stretched on the cross—despite dubious causes and fanaticism, self-deception and grandiosity, or the brutality that necessarily comes even with just wars. God suffers in war because the cross makes the agony of war unnecessary; and He suffers because wars are what creatures in a free world wage. He will not abandon people, so He suffers with them when they are at their worst.

ABSENCE TO DISCOVERY OF GOD

But even in His identification with the suffering people bring upon themselves—even in His hiddeness, in His seeming absence—God finds a way to reach people. Consider the soldier, the centurion, who now finds himself at the foot of a cross. Notice that he discovers the truth about Jesus at precisely the moment when, so far as anyone could tell, God was most distant. “My God, why have you forsaken me?” says Jesus. But the centurion says, “Truly this man was the son of God.” Jesus is forsaken; the Roman soldier is found. God is not there, yet He is there.

If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. The late WWII prisoner of war Ernest Gordon suffered more than most combatants have or will. In that suffering, he cursed an absent God. But, in time, he heard a small voice and saw his own complicity in the trouble of the world and its wars. Starving, weak, tortured, and diseased, he and his fellow prisoners saw that their appalling lives were made meaningful only in relation to a crucifixion in a backwater of the Roman Empire, in all its loss, abandonment, humiliation, betrayal, and seeming pointlessness. God’s absence led to God’s discovery. Thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

“At the point marked by the Cross,” Gordon wrote in To End All Wars, “we found ourselves.”

Preston Jones served in the U.S. Navy, 1986-1990. He is a professor of history at John Brown University. This essay draws from his monograph-in-progress, God’s Hiddeness in Battle: Toward a Theology of Combat. *****

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You therefore sons and daughters, be strong in the Grace that is in Christ Jesus, as He will "never leave us nor forsake us".....

Wisdom of Understanding who God is through these wisdom bookmarks and other resources are vital to the market workplace where God is equipping His Warriors

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Wisdom Bookmarks are about DISCOVERING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE and is designed to help you understand the gospel and the Christian Life so that you can live effectively for Christ in the market workplace culture. These wisdom messages will be presented periodically and cover a variety of life issues on Grace and living the Christian life as we serve God and His mission.

Bookmark this page and come back often to these wisdom messages to increase your understanding of the Gospel.

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wisdom 3: SEEK IF YOU HAVE NOT FOUND...

Instruction, wisdom, and understanding, this is what Bookmarks is all about, but you must ask to receive.

"You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss..." (James 4:3). If you ask for things from life instead of from God, "you ask amiss"; that is, you ask out of your desire for self-fulfillment, instead of understanding and wisdom from Jesus.

The more you fulfill yourself the less you will seek God. "...seek, and you will find (wisdom)..." Get to work--narrow your focus and interests to this one thing. Have you ever sought God with your whole heart, or have you simply given Him a feeble cry after some emotionally painful experience?"...seek, [focus,] and you will find...,"

"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters..." (Isaiah 55:1.) Are you thirsty, or complacent and indifferent--so satisfied with your own experience that you want nothing more of God?

Experience is a doorway to wisdom, not a final goal. Beware of building your faith on experience, or your life will not ring true and will only sound the note of a critical spirit. Remember that you can never give another person what you have found but you can cause him to have a desire for it.

"...knock, and it will be opened to you" ( Luke 11:9.) Draw near to God..."( James 4:8.) Knock--the door is closed, and your heartbeat races as you knock." "Cleanse your hands..." (4:8.)

Knock a bit louder--you begin to find that you are dirty." ...purify your hearts..." (4:8.) It is becoming even more personal--you are desperate and serious now--you will do anything. "Lament..." (4:9.) Have you ever lamented, expressing your sorrow before God for the condition of your inner life?

In wisdom, there is no thread of self-pity, only the heart-rendering difficulty and amazement which comes from seeing what kind of person you really are. "Humble yourselves..." (4:10.) It is a humbling experience to knock at God's door--you have to knock with the crucified thief."...to him who knocks it will be opened" (Luke 11:10.)

Exerpt from "My Utmost for His Highest", by Oswald Chambers. Bookmarks will be using this source often in our Ventures in Success.

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Wisdom 4: KEYS TO FERVENT PRAYER

Matthew 6:9-14 In this manner, therefore pray, Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

We start out by saying: OUR FATHER And thanking and praising Him. Let Him know in your own words how you appreciate and admire all the fruits of His character.

Thank Him for His plans and how He will carry it out. Ask our "God to help each of us to Hallow, and Respect and hold in awe the Great God and His name.

Thank God for the glorious future He has planned for mankind. Pray that God's Church will move forward and be successfully prepared for it.

Pray for the soon coming of God's Kingdom from heaven to earth. Pray that the announcement of that soon coming Kingdom might be preached in all the world so that this age will end and that the new age dawn.

Ask God daily for a heart that will surrender to His direction. Thank God for His work.

Thank Him for the wisdom and privilege of having part in this GREAT WORK. Ask Him to lead and bless this GREAT WORK! according to His will.

Thank God for leading and directing your life. Pray for the leaders of the Church and the various offices or business, broadcast, telecast, literature and by all means by which the gospel is proclaimed.

Thank God for blessings, spiritual under­standing He has given you. For protection, and providing our needs and the needs of others around the world.

Ask God to heal the afflicted. Pray for the pressing needs which ,weigh heavily on your mind, but be loving and thankful, confessing to God our sins that caused us to be in debt. Ask God for guidance in your life and in all things you will do for the day. Pray that you might overcome yourself, Satan and the world in every right way. Debts refer to sin that need to be forgiven by God.

Tell God how excellent His wisdom and law is and describe the joy and peace that are produced by it. God answers the prayer of those who obey Him. Ask God for an attitude of being willing to admit where you are wrong and to change and grow. Ask God for His Spirit and mercy and forgiveness of others.

Ask God to help you not to hold grudges or resentment against anyone. Ask God for His spirit to lead us, and the faith of Jesus Christ to believe and obey God.

Ask God for protection from accidents and illnesses. Ask God to heal those who are ill. Ask God for protection from Satan the Devil. Ask God for the desire to obey Him and do His will.

Pray that God will not consider it necessary to lead any of us into the great tribulation or that hour of trial that is coming on the whole world.

End your prayers as the beginning with praise to God and recognizing His Wisdom, His Glory and power and coming Kingdom.

In conclusion we again direct our thoughts back to God, our CREATOR and our final Amen, affirms the content of our prayer saying, be it so.

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Wisdom 5: The Church MANDATES:

1. Come our of the world...the Babylonian system of marketing is obsolete. But more important than that is that it represents all the evil and sin in the world and is prophesied to be a waste land for the screech owl and the jackel.

2. Simplfy your life...do you really need to be involved in all the things you do representing you and the world? What would God want you to do? Go your own way, or would He want you to tap into the All Knowing, All Knowledgeable Creator of the Universe who has always been and always will be the One that created you, so it seems that the choice would be clear. All Knowledge, or the world where people die everyday.

The wisdom here: In other words choose Life, (God's Way), or choose death, the world's way. Either you are for a Christian lifestyle by the grace of God or you are against the lifestyle.

There is no middle ground.

You cannot profess Christ and go out and strap on bombs and kill innocents, or go out in the street and commit crime by stealing, or aborting your God-Given child, or professing ALL the other religions that abound, books, tapes, seminars, or whatever you choose to aspire through the back door to salvation or Nirvana or whatever you deem the next life to be, if you even believe that.

Any other way(all religions), than through Jesus Christ, is deemed a liar and a thief and will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. There is only ONE GOD. His Name is JESUS CHRIST.

By the way, He(Jesus Christ) also rules in the kingdom of men. Still want to market the obsolete way of the Babylonian system? Or would you rather have the Master Marketer of the Universe manage your business as well as your life?

After all He did give us an instruction book. The Living Bible is just that, living.

That's the choice.

Choose living or dying.

We have an immortal soul living between our ears and good news, we get to choose who we would like to spend eternity with, the world without God the creator of all things, or we can choose to live with Him for Eternity. There is no choice here, if you want to live. And guess what, God lets you decide.

But remember, you deny God now and Hewill deny you at The Judgment.

The United States

was founded on Judao-Christian principals and is Rock Solid. Let no man in this country or any other country (by the way, we are a Sovereign Nation, which means we do not bow down to any other nation or religion. Not in this country or any other) tell you differently. God is not mocked. He is well aware who the people are that are trying to destroy His people.

Just remember this.

If you think its bad now, wait until The Holy Spirit leaves this earth and leaves people to their own demise and wickedness. As Christians we will be leaving with Him to join Jesus Christ

(Wisdom point: "...Jesus, will supply ALL my needs...")

God loves all people and wants not one to perish, but you will not enter into His Kingdom of Righteousness leading lifestyles that the "broad way of a destructive world" is leading the masses.

The narrow path, the hard path is Jesus Christ, there is no other path, period! And Jesus said His commandments were not grievous. That's Grace

All religions require you to do something to obtain salvation. Jump through hoops, wear this, don't do this, etc. That's legalism. That's sin. The Churches today are full of legalism! Jesus said the only requirement for salvation is.....BELIEF! Believe in Jesus Christ is the ONLY THING THAT IS REQUIRED FOR SALVATION! PERIOD! Its NOT Jesus Christ PLUS something else!

Remember the thief on the cross, like he had time after he found out who he was nailed with to go out and do good works. No Jesus said "Today you will be in Paradise."

If its not Jesus Christ then it is the AntiChrist which is this world. By the way we do not worship Gaia, or mother earth, that's nonsense. You worship the potter's cup, but not The Potter?

Conclusion: Love God Love neighbor. These two Commands of Jesus in the New Testament supersede ALL of legalism and ALL religions.

3. Prepare to teach...I just did. I will add the scriptures later.

4. Emphasize the family... Honor Mother and Father that your life on earth would be long.

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Wisdom 6: A Place in This World...Where do you see yourself?

1. Christ ..... AGAINST..... the Culture: In this view God and the world are opposed, and Christians must reject the institutions of this world.

2. The Christ..... OF..... Culture: This is the opposite of the previous view. It identifies Jesus with all that is good in culture, eliminating Conflicts between " the world" and the church.

3. Christ..... ABOVE .... the Culture: Both Christ and culture are affirmed so long as Christ is the priority.

4. Christ.....AND.....Culture in Paradox: This view holds that God's forgiveness affects the inner man but our broader social life cannot be redeemed because of our sinful nature.

5. Christ..... the Transformer ..... of Culture: This position places the emphasis on the Incarnation God became one of us therefore sin can be overcome. Christ can become the Lord of Culture.

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wisdom 7: CONCEPTION IS BY GOD

Life without God is senseless. All of life's work--building a home, establishing a career and raising a family--must have God as the foundation. Ps. 127:1 "...unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain..." v.3 "...Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward. v.5 "...Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.

*Families establish homes and watchmen guard cities, but both these activities are futile unless God is with them. A family without God can never experience the Spiritual bond God brings to relationships. A city without God will crumble from evil and corruption on the inside. Don't make the mistake of leaving God out of your life--if you do, all your accomplishments will be futile. Make God your highest priority, and let Him do the building.

Too often children are seen as liabilities rather than assets. But God calls them "...a heritage, a reward. Those who view children as a distraction or nuisance or an inconvenience should see them as opportunities since God values them so highly.

Gen.16:2 "...So Sarai said to Abram, "see now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children..."

I Sam. 1:5 "...But to Hannah he (Elkanah) would give a double portion for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. v.6 "...and her rival also...because the Lord had closed her womb..."

Gen. 17:6 "...Abraham was to be "...exceedingly fruitful...", and "... nations and kings were to come from him...". (Rewards and Blessings)

Gen. 21:2 "...For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age..." (Just as God had promised at the set time.)

Gen. 25:21 "...Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife , because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plea, and Rebecca his wife conceived..." God may decide to withhold children to deepen our insight, broaden our appreciation, or allow us to mature. Nonetheless, it is God who makes the ultimate decision.

1 Sam. 1:19-20 "...and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So it came to pass that in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, 'because I have asked for him from the Lord.

Judges 13:3 "...And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said, 'and indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you will conceive and bear a son'..."

Job 10:9 "...remember I pray, that You have made me like clay..." v. 10-12 "...did You not pour me out like milk?...clothe me with skin and flesh?...granted me life and favor?..."

Job 31:15 "...did not He who made me in the womb make them (the enemy)? Did not the same One fashion (create) us in the womb?..."

Job 33:4 "...the Spirit of God has made me. And the Breath of the Almighty gives me life..."

Ps. 22:9 "...but You are Hewho took me out of me out of the womb.

Ps. 100:3 "...it is He who has made us, and NOT we ourselves..."

Ps.104:30 "...You send forth Your Spirit they are created..."

Jer. 1:5 "...Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;..."

Gal. 1:15 "...when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His Grace..."

Ex. 4:11 "...so the Lord said to him, '... Who has made man's mouth? Or, who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?..."

FACT: In 1973 there were over 167,000 aborted children that God had rewarded to mankind, In 1982, there were over 700,000 aborted children. In 2002 over one million children were aborted. That's a lot of murdered kids. How long do you think God will withhold Judgment?

Now in 1970, over 50 million of God's rewards have been murdered!

(Watch for further updates on this topic)

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wisdom 8: CORAL RIDGE MINISTRIES-- SPECIAL REPORT "The Constitution... is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please." - Thomas Jefferson

Is the wall of separation between church and state mandated by the Constitution? No, it is not! It is an anti-Christian lie, nothing more - and it is being promoted ---- by federal judges in_an unprecedented wave of judicial tyranny!

SYMPTOMS OF POISONING

Church-state separation is a lie, and it is deadly. It was this lie that led the Warren Court to ban prayer in public school in 1962 - and that ruling set in motion the speediest and most spectacular decline of any civilization in history. It is as though reverence for God, so evident throughout so much of our history as a nation, was quietly and tragically withdrawn on that day. Because they lack wisdom subsequent sessions of the Court followed with more disturbing rulings - such as banning Bible reading from public education, banishing the Ten Commandments from public school displays ­to gradually hem in the public expression of the Christian faith.

The influence of prayer has been dramatically reduced in our public life. The wisdom and moral compass of the Scriptures has been largely set aside. America, as a result, is suffering. Public morality has dangerously declined to unprecedented lows. This is not religious fanaticism - although the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other like-minded groups are saying so. This, rather, is Civics 101 - it is truth we learned in basic, entry-level citizenship class.

The First Amendment of the Constitution is clear: there is to be no federal law "respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The Founding Fathers wanted to prohibit the creation of a "national church"--not to mute Christianity.

THERE IS NO CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. The state does not need to be "protected" from the Church. If anything, wisdom teaches us that the Church now needs to be protected from the state!

JUDGES ACTING AS KINGS

The wisdom of the Constitution calls for a separation of powers. The legislative branch makes the laws; the judicial branch should only interpret the laws. When the judiciary begins making laws, it becomes a constitutional crisis. "The practice of judicial activism - legislating from the bench - is now standard for many federal judges," says former Congressman Ron Paul. "[They treat] the Constitution as fluid and malleable to create a desired outcome in any given case. With the federal judiciary focused more on promoting a social agenda than upholding the rule of law, Americans find themselves increasingly governed by men they did not elect and cannot remove from office."

The lack of wisdom and the rulings by federal judges against the Pledge of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments, the traditional definition of marriage, and other crucial issues, make it clear that judicial tyranny must be stopped. Judges are changing laws and shaping public life in their own image. They are inventing new "rights" and creating public policy - bypassing the elected lawmakers.

As Phyllis Schlafly has written (in the 8/18/03 edition of Human Events), "It's easier to get life-tenured judges than democratically-elected legis­latures to adopt leftist policies. "Witness the ruling by Massachusetts' highest court declaring the state's ban on same­ sex marriage as unconstitutional.

This decision eradicates centuries of moral and legal law and ignores the will of the people! Remember this wisdom, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary's reprehensi­ble decision to remove Chief Justice Roy Moore from office because he upheld his oath of office and refused to follow a fed­eral court order to remove the Ten Commandments from Alabama's Judicial Building. "This is a deplorable. example of why our nation, and most particularly our judicial system, desperately needs to return to the recognition of God and His law," Dr. D. James Kennedy told the press after the ruling.

Wisdom point: "Moore is being punished for upholding the rule of law, for following the will of the voters, for faithfully upholding his oath of office, and for refusing to bow to tyranny. For too long, too many elected officials have bowed in submission to lawless federal court edicts that set aside life and liberty. They have stood by as, case by case, God and biblical morality have been removed from public life. Because of their lack of wisdom, at some point, the representatives of the people must defend the rule of law and oppose tyranny. Today, Dr. Kennedy calls on the people themselves to take action!.

(Coral Ridge Ministry Text Link)

Church, state 'wall' not idea of Jefferson By Larry Witham,

Wisdom from THE WASHINGTON TIMES August 5, 2002 Page: A01

New research on Thomas Jefferson's "wall of separation" between church and state shows that Jefferson never intended it to be the iron curtain of today, which instead was built on anti-Catholic legal views in the 1940s.

Though the new scholarship has received good reviews for exploding a "Jeffersonian myth" about a wall against religion, others say it is too late to tear down a barrier that Americans feel comfortable with. (Wisdom point: "All things are possible with God")

"What we have today is not really Jefferson's wall, but Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black's wall," said American University professor Daniel Dreisbach, whose forthcoming book explores how Jefferson coined the "wall" metaphor.

Mr. Dreisbach's arguments parallel those of University of Chicago law professor Philip Hamburger, whose new book also says Justice Black's anti-Catholicism - learned in the Ku Klux Klan - influenced his 1947 ruling that the First Amendment created a "high and impregnable" wall between religion and government. The two authors say the Founders did no such thing and that the "wall of separation " has become

In the Supreme Court's 1947 Everson decision - forbidding New Jersey to spend state education funds for religious education - Justice Black cited the phrase "wall of separation between Church & State," from Jefferson 's Jan. 1, 1802, letter to a group of Baptists in Massachusetts.

The new scholarship argues that the Virginian used that metaphor in hopes of winning support in New England - then a stronghold of the rival Federalists - rather than as the definitive interpretation of the First Amendment. "Jefferson worked with his New England political advisers on the letter," said Mr. Dreisbach, who five years ago began looking at Jefferson's original draft, the political advice and the electoral setting of the period. The letter actually "backfired" by alienating the Baptists, he said. "The Baptists advocated disestablishment of the Congregationalists in New England, but they were not for separation of religion from public life."

More wisdom for understanding

This political interpretation of Jefferson's "wall" caused a national stir when it was part of a 1998 Library of Congress exhibit, to which Mr. Dreisbach contributed. Historian Robert Alley, who argues that Jefferson wanted a secular public square, rallied other scholars in protest, saying the exhibit "ignores the past 60 years of Supreme Court opinions that analyzed Jefferson's phrase." With the new books, more emphasis is being thrown on Justice Black's use of Jefferson's phrase. "You can't understand the period when Justice Black was on the court without understanding the fear American elites had of Catholic influence and power," said Mr. Dreisbach, who is not a Catholic.

Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life at Boston College, is impressed by the new findings but doubts they can make a difference. (Wisdom point: Don't doubt, just believe that God is a miracle worker, all things are possible!)

"I think it is terrific scholarship, but I don't think it can change anything," said Mr. Wolfe, who reviewed the Hamburger book and has surveyed public opinion on politics and religion. "The 'wall' idea has taken on a life of its own and is part of our custom and law," Mr. Wolfe said. "Americans love God and hate politics, so they ask, 'Why mix the two?'" (Lack of wisdom)

He said Catholics today are comfortable with church - state separation , as every religion must be in the United States. "One day, a group of [ U.S. ] Muslim thinkers will come up with an idea of 'separation' that works for them." Stanley Katz, a Princeton scholar, said the new data on the "Jeffersonian myth" will have a "profound impact on the current law and politics of church and state." In the past two years, Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia both have argued that modern anti-Catholicism produced the idea that "sectarian" groups create conflict and must be walled off from public support.

"It was an open secret that 'sectarian' was a code for 'Catholic,'" Justice Thomas wrote in a concurring opinion two years ago. "This doctrine, born of bigotry, should be buried now." The term "sectarian" was first used in a federal ruling on church - state issues in 1948. Mr. Dreisbach said public debate on the new scholarship may help reverse the conventional wisdom that society must be secular and religion confined to private opinion.

Wisdom point: "Religious citizens should be able to compete in the workplace of ideas on equal terms to other groups." he said.

"Copyright © 2002 News World Communications, Inc. Reprinted with permission of The Washington Times." "Visit their web site at http://www.washingtontimes.com "

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wisdom 9: The Sabbath

The Sabbath means Saturday but it has been revised; as God gave us a New Covenant; so read on!!!!

As we go through the scriptures this is what Mark said: Mark 12:29-31 The most important one.....Jesus answered, "the foremost is, hear O Israel! The Lord, our God is one Lord." And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.

The second is this, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." There is NO OTHER commandment greater than these.

Rom 13:9-11 THE COMMANDMENTS; Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in ONE RULE: Love your neighbor as yourself. (That means in the workplace as well) Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law of the Old Covenant and its wisdom teaching.

And do this, understanding the wisdom of the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now then when we first believed.

Did you notice that Sabbath was not mentioned? Because God is the Sabbath, (which would be Jesus of the Triune God) and the first covenant is done away with as we will see.

Gal 3:24-27 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith (Jesus) has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Gal 4:8-11 Wisdom here however, at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

Gal 5:1,4,14,25 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Heb 8:6-10,13 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a Better Covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

Wisdom NOTE: For if that First Covenant had been faultless, .....there would have been no occasion sought for a Second.

For finding fault with them, He says, "Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when I will effect a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. " Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not care for them says the Lord. For this is the Covenant that I will make with the house of Israel, after those days, says the Lord. I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. When He said, "A NEW COVENANT," He has made the FIRST OBSOLETE. But whatever is becoming OBSOLETE and growing old is READY TO DISAPPEAR.

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wisdom 10: FRIENDS OF TERRORISTS, FOES OF SCOUTS

Wisdom riddle: How do you get the American Civil Liberties Union to stop defending terrorists? Tell the ACLU that the detainees are really Boy Scouts. Sadly, I am only half joking. This is the same group, after all, that defends pedophiles in the North American Man/Boy Love Association yet sues U.S. service members engaged in a war.

The latest outrage from the "America-does-nothing-right" crowd is a series of lawsuits against Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Lt. Gen. Ricardo, Sanchez, Brig. Gen Janis Karpinski and Col Thomas Pappas. The March news release, in which the ACLU announced the lawsuits, would be laughable-if not for the serious impact it is already having on military operations.

Because of their lack of wisdom, among the alleged abuses committed by our troops against the peace-loving detainees is "degrading treatment" and "restraint in contorted and excruciating positions." It would be easy to make a comparison to Western hostages who have been beheaded by Islamic terrorists, but we are, and should be, held to a higher standard.

In fact, most military service members and veterans were horrified by the photographs taken at Abu Ghrab prison. The military however is investigating these abuses and has courtmartialed or non-judically punished those already determined to be responsible.

These lawsuits represent the latest salvo in a pattern of "warfare" used by the ACLU and fellow litigant Human Rights First, these groups along with the Center for Constitutional Rights and Veterans for Peace, have exploited the Freedom of Information Act by requiring the Pentagon to release documents to the tune of 15,000 pages per month.

All of these documents need to be gathered and reviewed by intelligence personnel and other troops before public release. I suppose these intelligence,specialists do not have anything better to do, like maybe prevent the next 9/11 or keep our troops safe in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The effects of Rumsfeld's policies have been devastating both to America's international reputation as a beacon of freedom and democracy, and to the hundreds, even thousands, of individuals who have suffered at the hands of U.S. forces," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. (wisdom point: "all liars will have their part in the lake of fire")

Thousands?

Of the 50,000 detainees processed between September 2001 and August 2004, 300 allegations of abuse have been made. After 150 investigations, only 66 cases have been confirmed. That's a whopping 0.132 percent. Two-thirds of the 66 confirmed abuses occurred in battle, not during the interrogations.

DOD policy forbids requiring a prisoner to stand more than four consecutive hours. Under this more-than-generous rule, nearly every waiter and waitress in the United States could claim "abuse through stress positions." War zones are dangerous places and people do get hurt. A detainee bumping his head while being handcuffed and put in a Humvee should hardly be considered abuse, yet according to some it is a war crime.

The United States "does not permit, tolerate or condone any such torture by its employees under any circumstances," William Haynes, DOD's general counsel, said in a 2003 letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Many war critics claim that the detainees are entitled either to due process in U.S. courts or Geneva Convention protections.

I fail to see how foreign terrorists who have never set foot ,in the United States are being deprived of their "U.S. constitutional rights." Yet some wish to micromanage miltary operations by judicial fiat at the instigation of the ACLU and other radical organizations.

The protections of Geneva did not come from one convention but actually a series of meetings that date as far back as 1864. It is a body of laws passed piecemeal. It requires a clear distinction between combatants and civilians. for example, combatants must wear uniforms and carry their weapons openly during military operations. As the society for Professional Journalists correctly states, "Combatants who deliberately violate the rules about maintaining a clear separation between combatant and noncombatant groups-and thus endanger the civilian population-are no longer protected by the Geneva Convention."

Despite this, the U.S. military has given Geneva Convention protections to Iraqi soldiers who met the criteria. Unfortunately, some return to fight our soldiers again. In April, the military released a comprehensive report citing 4,000 interrogations of Guantanamo detainees. According to the Los Angeles Times, "captives have described how Al Qaeda trained them to spread deadly poisons and at other times armed them with grenades stuffed inside soda cans, bombs hidden in pagers and cellphones, and wristwatches that could trigger remote-control explosives on a 24-hour countdown."

It is nice to know that while our intelligence officials are gathering information from detainees on chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, the ACLU would advise these terrorists to "lawyer up."

Now back to the Scouts.

Several recent court decisions, if allowed to stand, will prohibit the military from supporting the National Boy Scout Jamboree. The bonding that occurs between soldiers and Scouts as they camp, eat, hike, study conservation and work together instills values that benefit military and civilian society alike. Because of the lack of wisdom, the Pentagon has already succumbed to ACLU pressure by resurrecting a long forgotten policy to bar the military from officially sponsoring private groups, including Scout troops. Hundreds of troops, many of them overseas, nor have to find new sponsors.

The American Legion will stand with the Boy Scouts all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. The ACLU has successfully used the courts to tear down a cross that was intended as a soldiers' monument in California. Moreover, the ACLU is soaking taxpayers with its legal fees. The city of San Diego recently paid $940,000 in ACLU legal fees after the organization chased the Boy Scouts out of Balboa Park. Nationally, taxpayers fork over millions to ACLU attorneys. To stop this greed, Congress must amend 42 U.S. Code, Section 1988, of the Civil Rights Act, which is being exploited by these radical lawyers.

Wisdom point: We are not engaged in a fight over legal doctrine or constitutional interpretation. This is a war on values. It is one The American Legion intends to win.

Prominently displayed on the ACLU's official Web site is the phrase "Keep American Safe and Free." Ironically, if America were to follow the ACLU's lead, it would be neither. Again, a lack of knowledge and wisdom, which is foolishness to these people. The legal attacks on Boy Scouts of America are similar to the ACLU's hostility toward the military. Scouting is a valued experience sought by recruiters searching for candidates at the U.S. Service Academies. The Defense secretary and the Pentagon's top lawyer are Eagle Scouts. (As is this site owner.)

Support for Scouts runs deep aboard U.S. military bases worldwide. Yet because Boy Scouts of America does not share the ACLU's secular, homosexual-rights agenda, (which God calls an abomination), activist judges are trying to destroy this fine worldwide organization.

I call on all Christian leaders and laymen at all levels of ministry to pray and become involved in stopping these insidious attacks on our young men and women who their only crime is honoring Our Creator God by doing what He requires of all of us, Morality, love of neighbor, love of God and country.

Wisdom Reference:

Lev. 18:22 "...You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is a abomination..." Rom. 1:1-32 "...For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the Truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened...

...professing to be wise, they became fools,...

...and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed beasts and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the Truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Wisdom point:...For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with... ...all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them..." (these abominations also include the baby killers in our midst, the abortionists. See Bookmarks 7)

Wisdom point: These actions of unbelievers want to be our Scoutmasters and political leaders of our country? NOT ON YOUR LIFE!

Understand this wisdom: This is the way of life of the Scout

Boy Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan

Scout Oath (or Promise): On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

TRUSTWORTHY A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.

LOYAL A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.

HELPFUL A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.

FRIENDLY A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.

COURTEOUS A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.

KIND A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.

OBEDIENT A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.

CHEERFUL A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

THRIFTY A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

BRAVE A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.

CLEAN A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. (Not with homosexuals, or abortionists unless they change their lifestyles) He helps keep his home and community clean.

REVERENT A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

Scout Motto Be Prepared

Scout Slogan Do a Good Turn Daily

Wisdom reference: "...From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures... "II Tim. 3:15

"...be READY in season and out of season...for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the TRUTH, and be turned aside to fables..."II Tim. 4:2-4

Wisdom point: Who would you believe, The Creator Jesus Christ of the Scout Program? or the Anti- Christian unbeliever described in Scripture?

Better decide, time is short...

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wisdom 11: Global Warming, Just the Facts Please!

Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide

Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts

By Timothy Ball

Monday, February 5, 2007

Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn't exist. And I am not the only one trying to make people open up their eyes and see the truth. But few listen, despite the fact that I was one of the first Canadian PHD's in Climatology and I have an extensive background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition. Few listen, even though I have a PHD, (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England and was a climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg. For some reason (actually for many), the World is not listening. Here is why.

What would happen if tomorrow we were told that, after all, the Earth is flat? It would probably be the most important piece of news in the media and would generate a lot of debate. So why is it that when scientists who have studied the Global Warming phenomenon for years say that humans are not the cause nobody listens? Why does no one acknowledge that the Emperor has no clothes on? Believe it or not, Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This in fact is the greatest deception in the history of science.

Wisdom point: We are wasting time, energy and trillions of dollars while creating unnecessary fear and consternation over an issue with no scientific justification.

Because of the lack of wisdom For example, Environment Canada brags about spending $3.7 billion in the last five years dealing with climate change almost all on propaganda trying to defend an indefensible scientific position while at the same time closing weather stations and failing to meet legislated pollution targets. No sensible person seeks conflict, especially with governments, but if we don't pursue the truth, we are lost as individuals and as a society.

Wisdom point:That is why I insist on saying that there is no evidence that we are, or could ever cause global climate change. And, recently, Yuri A. Israel, Vice President of the United Nations sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed this statement.

So how has the world come to believe that something is wrong? Maybe for the same reason we believed, 30 years ago, that global cooling was the biggest threat: a matter of faith. "It is a cold fact: the Global Cooling presents humankind with the most important social, political, and adaptive challenge we have had to deal with for ten thousand years. Your stake in the decisions we make concerning it is of ultimate importance; the survival of ourselves, our children, our species, " wrote Lowell Ponte in 1976.

I was as opposed to the threats of impending doom global cooling engendered as I am to the threats made about Global Warming. Let me stress I am not denying the wisdom here, the phenomenon has occurred. The world has warmed since 1680, the nadir of a cool period called the Little Ice Age (LIA) that has generally continued to the present. These climate changes are well within natural variability and explained quite easily by changes in the sun. But there is nothing unusual going on. Since I obtained my doctorate in climatology from the University of London, Queen Mary College, England my career has spanned two climate cycles. Temperatures declined from 1940 to 1980 and in the early 1970's global cooling became the consensus. This proves that consensus is not a scientific fact. By the 1990's temperatures appeared to have reversed and Global Warming became the consensus. It appears I'll witness another cycle before retiring, as the major mechanisms and the global temperature trends now indicate a cooling.

Wisdom point: No doubt passive acceptance yields less stress, fewer personal attacks and makes career progress easier. What I have experienced in my personal life during the last years makes me understand why most people choose not to speak out; job security and fear of reprisals. Even in University, where free speech and challenge to prevailing wisdoms are supposedly encouraged, academics remain silent. I once received a three page letter that my lawyer defined as libelous, from an academic colleague, saying I had no right to say what I was saying, especially in public lectures. Sadly, my experience is that universities are the most dogmatic and oppressive places in our society. This becomes progressively worse as they receive more and more funding from governments that demand a particular viewpoint.

In another instance, I was accused by Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki of being paid by oil companies. That is a lie. Apparently he thinks if the fossil fuel companies pay you have an agenda. So if Greenpeace, Sierra Club or governments pay there is no agenda and only truth and enlightenment? Personal attacks are difficult and shouldn't occur in a debate in a civilized society. I can only consider them from what they imply. They usually indicate a person or group is losing the debate. (and do not have God's wisdom) In this case, they also indicate how political the entire Global Warming debate has become. Both underline the lack of or even contradictory nature of the evidence.

I am not alone in this journey against the prevalent myth. Several well-known names have also raised their voices. Michael Crichton, the scientist, writer and filmmaker is one of them. In his latest book, "State of Fear" he takes time to explain, often in surprising detail, the flawed science behind Global Warming and other imagined environmental crises.

Another cry in the wilderness is Richard Lindzen's. He is an atmospheric physicist and a professor of meteorology at MIT, renowned for his research in dynamic meteorology - especially atmospheric waves. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has held positions at the University of Chicago, Harvard University and MIT. Linzen frequently speaks out against the notion that significant Global Warming is caused by humans. Yet nobody seems to listen. (Wisdom point here is the reprobate mind)

I think it may be because most people don't understand the scientific method which Thomas Kuhn so skilfully and briefly set out in his book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions." A scientist makes certain assumptions and then produces a theory which is only as valid as the assumptions. The theory of Global Warming assumes that CO2 is an atmospheric greenhouse gas and as it increases temperatures rise. It was then theorized that since humans were producing more CO2 than before, the temperature would inevitably rise.

The theory was accepted before testing had started, and effectively became a law. As Lindzen said many years ago: "the consensus was reached before the research had even begun. " Now, any scientist who dares to question the prevailing wisdom is marginalized and called a skeptic, when in fact they are simply being good scientists. This has reached frightening levels with these scientists now being called climate change denier with all the holocaust connotations of that word.

The normal scientific method is effectively being thwarted, again a lack of understanding or wisdom. Meanwhile, politicians are being listened to, even though most of them have no knowledge or understanding of science, especially the science of climate and climate change. Hence, they are in no position to question a policy on climate change when it threatens the entire planet. Moreover, using fear and creating hysteria makes it very difficult to make calm rational decisions about issues needing attention. Until you have challenged the prevailing wisdom you have no idea how nasty people can be. Until you have re-examined any issue in an attempt to find out all the information, you cannot know how much misinformation exists in the supposed age of information.

I was greatly influenced several years ago by Aaron Wildavsky's book "Yes, but is it true?" The author taught political science at a New York University and realized how science was being influenced by and apparently misused by politics. He gave his graduate students an assignment to pursue the science behind a policy generated by a highly publicized environmental concern.

Wisdom point: To his and their surprise they found there was little scientific evidence, consensus and justification for the policy. You only realize the extent to which Wildavsky's findings occur when you ask the question he posed. Wildavsky's students did it in the safety of academia and with the excuse that it was an assignment. I have learned it is a difficult question to ask in the real world, however I firmly believe it is the most important question to ask if we are to advance in the right direction.

Side Bar wisdom from Ventures In Success:

Can you imagine the God of the universe when He created the earth, (unless you believe

that we came out the slime [we are of the dust of the earth, not slime]or off a meteorite from the Big Bang), would not

create the protective shield over the earth and not making provisions when man finally developed the car and

created the things that he has created, saying, whoops, "I did not make enough ozone or whatever He called it, to be

destroyed by us puny humans? By the way, that protective layer up there is an ocean, Genesis says so.

UPDATE............................................February, 2009

The writers of Scripture knew little about the tremendous wonders that powerful telescopes and scientific instruments

have shown us in the heaven. But sometimes, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, God caused these men to write down some

remarkable observations that can compare favorably with the most up-to-date scientific findings.

It wasn't until 1967 that scientists discovered that the heavens do indeed "declare" and "speak" literally! Objects

have been discovered in the far regions of the universe that emit radio signals with the regularity of a clock! These

tiny stars are called pulsars. Pulsars emit radio signals because they are very dense objects. In them, atoms are

so closely packed together that they squeeze atomic particles called nuetrons out into space as radio waves.

Pulsars also give off incredible amuints of ENERGY.

Pulsars only a few miles wide can give off billions of times

more energy than our sun! When we consider the fact that there are millions upon millions of pulsars in the universe and

unacountable billions of other stars and wondrous objects, we can only stand in awe of the astounding power of a God

able to, as Isaiah put it, "spread the heavens out like a curtain!" There's no energy shortage with God!

With all this power at His disposal, what Christian can imagine that God cannot supply his needs, or that He

can't move heaven and earth on behalf of His people? Praise Him today for the powerful way He is working in your life!

REMEMBER: He's got the whole universe in His hands!

(reprint from Daily Power Thoughts by Lowell Lundstrom, February 7, The Heavens Shout)

(God is in control over the climate, not man, and He has abundant energy, and cyclical temperatures in their seasons.)

Check out this wisdom tidbit: Genesis 1:6-7 ".....then God said, "Let there be a firmament

in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Thus God made the firmament, and divided the

waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so....."

Gen. 8:22 "...While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and winter and

summer,and day and night, shall not cease. The wisdom here is that God is in charge of the weather not man.

The global warming scare tactics is just that, scare tactics, to raise dollars for yet another religion in a corrupt society.

Dr. Tim Ball, Chairman of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project, is a Victoria-based environmental consultant

and former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg. He can be reached at:

letters@canadafreepress.com

Thanks Dr. Ball for "just the facts"

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wisdom 12: Defending MoveOn.org?

Why are the Clintons so invested in defending MoveOn.org? Well, remember what MoveOn.org's original purpose was? It was founded to attack any Republican who dared stand against the Clinton machine during the former President's impeachment and trial in the Senate for perjury and obstruction of justice. Since then, MoveOn.org has branched out. They opposed military action in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. After the 2004 elections, the group's director said "Now it's our party: we bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back." To do that, they have funded radical, far-left candidates in races across the country - even against moderate Democrats who understand the stakes in the War on Terror. And, of course, they have attacked the patriotism and loyalty of our men and women in uniform.

Wisdom point: Not many people, even Democrats, dared to defend MoveOn.org in the wake of its attack on General Petraeus. But if Bill and Hillary Clinton understand anything, it's political payback. MoveOn.org attacks their enemies, so they're attacking MoveOn.org's enemies. If it teaches us anything, it's that the Clinton's haven't changed one bit since the 1990s. Is that what we want back in the White House: Bill and Hillary once again using the power of the federal government to defend their friends and attack their enemies? We cannot allow that to happen. Please, call your radio station or send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and tell them it's time for Bill Clinton to move on.

Sincerely,

Robert M. "Mike" Duncan Chairman, Republican National Committee

wisdom 13: Have a symbol of The Cross issue?

THE CROSS IN MY POCKET

I carry a cross in my pocket

A simple reminder to me

Of the fact that I am a Christian

No matter where I may be.

This little cross is not magic

Nor is it a good luck charm

It is not meant to protect me

From every physical harm.

It is not for identification

For all the world to see

It is simply an understanding

Between my Savior and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket

To bring out a coin or key

The cross is there to remind me

Of the price He paid for me.

It reminds me too, to be thankful

For my blessings day by day

And to strive to serve Him better

In all that I do and say.

It is also a daily reminder

Of the peace and comfort I share

With all who know my Master

And give themselves to his care.

So, I carry a cross in my pocket

Reminding no one but me

That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life

If only I will let Him be.

Author unknown

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wisdom 14:

National Party Platforms on Specific Biblical Issues In Their Own Words

The Party Platforms

What is a Party Platform?

A national party platform is a document produced every four years by the representatives of a political party during its national convention to nominate a presidential candidate. The platform declares to the public that party’s vision, beliefs, and values, and its legislative plan and policy positions on important issues of the day. A position set forth in a platform is called a “plank,” and platforms today are made of dozens of planks.

Platforms often change from election to election, and decade to decade. Sometimes these changes occur because a party alters its views on a subject. On other occasions, a plank may be added to address a new and compelling issue.

For example, school prayer was not an issue addressed by platforms prior to 1962-1963 – the year in which the Supreme Court first prohibited prayer in schools. Similarly, the Supreme Court did not establish abortion-on-demand until 1973, so neither party addressed the issue before that year. However, the silence of a platform on an issue can also mean that the party agrees with the national policy then in place. Party platforms help voters know the values that a party stands for.

The wisdom here contains the positions of the two major political parties on four subjects of interest to voters of faith: prayer in schools, abortion, homosexuality, and school choice that includes opportunities for faith-based education. The following excerpts –taken directly from their platforms – can help citizens of faith make informed decisions about their personal involvement in and voting for a political party.

On Prayer in Schools

1980 We support Republican initiatives in the Congress to restore the right of individuals to participate in voluntary, non-denominational prayer in schools and other public facilities.

(the Dems: No mention of prayer in school.)

1984 Mindful of our religious diversity, we reaffirm our commitment to the freedoms of religion and speech guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and firmly support the rights of students. (the Dems: No mention of prayer in school).

1988 Mindful of our religious diversity, we firmly support the right of students to engage in voluntary prayer in schools. We call for full enforcement of the Republican legislation that now guarantees equal access to school facilities by student religious groups.

(the Dems: No mention of prayer in school favor a constitutional amendment to achieve this end, their wisdom is flawed to say the least)

1992 America must remain neutral toward particular religions, but we must not remain neutral toward religion itself or the values religion supports. Mindful of our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage and rich religious pluralism, we support the right of students to engage in voluntary prayer in schools and the right of the community to do so at commencements or other occasions.

(the Dems: No mention of prayer in school, but they want to exclude God and His Wisdom and Understanding from their platform)

2000 We will continue to work for the return of voluntary school prayer to our schools and will strongly enforce the Republican legislation that guarantees equal access to school facilities by student religious groups. We strongly support voluntary student-initiated prayer in school without governmental interference.

We strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling [Jan Doe v. Santa Fe, prohibiting prayers at football games, athletic events and school graduations], backed by the current administration [President Clinton], against student-initiated prayer.

(the Dems: No mention of prayer or God in school.)

On Abortion

1980 There can be no doubt that the question of abortion, despite the complex nature of its various issues, is ultimately concerned with equality of rights under the law. While we recognize differing views on this question among Americans in general – and in our own Party – we affirm our support of a constitutional amendment to restore protection of the right to life for unborn children.

We also support the congressional efforts to restrict the use of taxpayers’ dollars for abortion. We protest the Supreme Court’s intrusion into the family structure through its denial of the parent’s obligation and right to guide their minor children.

(the Dems: We fully recognize the religious and ethical concerns which many Americans have about abortion. (Really? I doubt that. Their lack of wisdom and understanding of LIFE has brought about over 50 Million Abortions, that God called His rewards). We also recognize the belief of many Americans that a woman has a right to choose whether, and when, to have a child. (You all have been bought with a price, the choice is God's not yours, He and He alone opens the womb, not man nor woman, and the child is an reward NOT a choice)

The Democratic Party supports the 1973 Supreme Court decision [Roe v. Wade] on abortion rights as the law of the land and opposes any constitutional amendment to restrict or overturn that decision.

1984 We oppose the use of public revenues for abortion and will eliminate funding for organizations which advocate or support abortion. We commend the efforts of those individuals and religious and private organizations that are providing positive alternatives to abortion by meeting the physical, emotional, and financial needs of pregnant women and offering adoption services where needed. . . .

Wisdom point: The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We therefore reaffirm our support for a human life amendment to the Constitution.

(the Dems: Today, the fundamental right of a woman to reproductive freedom [abortion] rests on the votes of six members of the Supreme Court – five of whom are over 75. That right could easily disappear during a second Reagan term.)

1988 Since its inception, the Republican Party has stood for the worth of every person. On that ground, we support the pluralism and diversity that have been part of our country’s greatness. “Deep in our hearts, we do believe”: That the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life, which cannot be infringed.

We therefore reaffirm our support for a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.

We oppose the use of public revenues for abortion and will eliminate funding for organizations which advocate or support abortion. We commend the efforts of those individuals and religious and private organizations that are providing positive alternatives to abortion by meeting the physical, emotional, and financial needs of pregnant women and offering adoption services where needed. . . .

As part of our commitment to the family as the building block of economic progress, we believe decisions on family size should be made freely by each family, and we remain opposed to U.S. funding for organizations involved in abortion. . . .

(the Dems: We believe that the fundamental right of reproductive choice [abortion] should be guaranteed,(the right? To murder? Infanticide? regardless of ability to pay. How about adoption? Again a lack of wisdom.)

1996 The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.

Our purpose is to have legislative and judicial protection of that right against those who perform abortions. We oppose using public revenues for abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. . . .

Our goal is to ensure that women with problem pregnancies have the kind of support, material and otherwise, they need for themselves and for their babies, not to be punitive towards those for whose difficult situation we have only compassion. We oppose abortion, but our pro-life agenda does not include punitive action against women .

† The “gag rule” refers to the general policy that denies U. S. government appropriated money to family planning organizations that provide, refer, counsel, or advocate for abortion. The history of the policy spans more than three decades. The first such policy was introduced in 1973 following the Roe v. Wade decision. At that time, Congress first prohibited the use of foreign-aid funds for abortions. In 1984 under President Reagan, the U. S. announced at a population conference in Mexico City that it would no longer fund foreign non-governmental organizations

(NGOs) that provide, refer, counsel, or advocate for abortion. This policy is called the “Mexico City Policy.” In 1993, President Clinton repealed the Mexico City Policy as one of his first presidential acts. In 2001, President Bush reinstated the policy as one of his first actions.

(the Dems: We believe that the fundamental right of reproductive choice [abortion] should be guaranteed, regardless of ability to pay.) (Barbaric!)

2000 We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. Our purpose is to have legislative and judicial protection of that right against those who perform abortions. We oppose using public revenues for abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. . . .

The Supreme Court’s recent decision [Stenberg v. Carhart in 2000], prohibiting states from banning partial-birth abortions – a procedure denounced by a committee of the American Medical Association and rightly branded as four fifths infanticide – shocks the conscience of the nation. As a country, we must keep our pledge to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence.

Wisdom point: That is why we say the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to to life. (the Dems: The Democratic Party stands behind the right of every woman to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of ability to pay. )

On Homosexuality

1980 No mention of homosexuality.

(the Dems: We must affirm the dignity of all people and the right of each individual to have equal access to and participation in the institutions and services of our society. All groups must be protected from discrimination based on. . . . sexual orientation.) NOT if in doing so undermines the Judeo-Christian Foundation of our Constitution which the Dems have sworn to uphold. Which Bible did they use anyway?

1988 No mention of homosexuality.

(the Dems: We believe that we honor our multicultural heritage by assuring equal access to government services, employment, housing, business enterprise, and education to every citizen regardless of. . . . sexual orientation)(What does sex have to do with the rights stated above, they have always had these rights. Again, a lack of wisdom and understanding of what God requires of His people. God is not mocked. He calls these lifestyles an abomination.)

1992 Moreover, we oppose efforts by the Democrat Party to include sexual preference as a protected minority receiving preferential status under civil rights statutes at the federal, state, and local level. . . . Unlike the Democrat Party and its candidate, we support the continued exclusion of homosexuals from the military as a matter of good order and discipline.

1996 We oppose Bill Clinton’s assault on the culture and traditions of the Armed Forces, especially his attempt to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military. We affirm that homosexuality is incompatible with military service. . . .

The sole source of equal opportunity for all is equality before the law. Therefore, we oppose discrimination based on sex, race, age, creed, or national origin and will vigorously enforce anti-discrimination statutes. We reject the distortion of those laws to cover sexual preference, and we endorse the Defense of Marriage Act to prevent states from being forced to recognize same-sex unions.

(the Dems: We continue to lead the fight to end discrimination on the basis of. . . . sexual orientation. . . . We support continued efforts, like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to end discrimination against gay men and lesbians and further their full inclusion in the life of the nation.)(Discrimination from what? How to have sex which is private?)

2000 We affirm that homosexuality is incompatible with military service. . . . We support the traditional definition “marriage” as the legal union of one man and one woman, and we believe that federal judges and bureaucrats should not force states to recognize other living arrangements as marriages. We rely on the home, as did the founders of the American Republic, to instill the virtues that sustain democracy itself.

That belief led Congress to enact the Defense of Marriage Act, which a Republican Department of Justice will energetically defend in the courts. For the same reason, we do not believe sexual preference should be given special legal protection or standing in law.

(the Dems: We continue to lead the fight to end discrimination on the basis of. . . . sexual orientation. . . . We support continued efforts, like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to end workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians. We support the full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of the nation. This would include an equitable alignment of benefits.

On School Choice & Faith-Based Education

1992 Parents have the right to choose the best school for their children. . . .They should have the right not only to participate in their child’s education but to choose for their children among the broadest array of educational choices, without regard to their income. We also support the right of parents to provide quality education through home-based schools [homeschooling].

American families must be given choice in education. We value the important role played by our private, independent, and parochial schools, colleges, and universities. We believe that their quality is best encouraged by minimizing government regulation.

(the Dems: We oppose the Bush Administration’s efforts to bankrupt the public school system – the bedrock of democracy – through private school vouchers. )(All liars will have their part in the lake of fire. The NEA is a fascist organization, like planned parenthood and the ACLU. One out of three kids in school today don't even graduate.)

Wisdom point reference: II Tim. 4:2-5 "...Be ready...Convince, rebuke, exhort...with teaching...for...they will not endure sound doctrine...they will turn their ears from the Truth...be watchful in all things..."

1996 Our goal is nothing less than a renaissance in American education, begun by returning its control to parents, teachers, local school boards, and, through them, to communities and local taxpayers.. . . That is why we will abolish the Department of Education, end federal meddling in our schools, and promote family choice at all levels of learning. . . .

We encourage a reform agenda on the local level and urge state legislators to ensure quality education for all through programs of parental choice among public, private, and religious schools. That includes the option of home schooling, and Republicans will defend the right of families to make that choice. We support and vigorously work for mechanisms, such as opportunity scholarships, block grants, school rebates, and charter schools. (Wisdom point: Praise the Lord! Put God back in our schools, by voting out the Marxist Socialist Demon-crats and the Republican wolves who only give lip-service to our Judeo-Christian Constitution from our schools)

(the Dems: We should expand public school choice, but we should not take American tax dollars from public schools and give them to private schools.) (Really? At least with private schooling our children will not be indoctrinated with your abominable Marxist socialist teaching and brainwashing. As long as public schools continue to teach crapola they don't deserve ANY tax dollars)

2000 Republicans desire a better result. We believe that every child in this land should have access to a high quality, indeed, a world-class education, and we’re determined to meet that goal. . . .

We endorse the principles . . . (Judeo Christian Conservatism under our Constitution as set up by our Forefathers which were guided by God and His wisdom, not by Marxist socialists. By the way, the first primer for school children back then was The Holy Bible, not Adam and Steve and how they perform sex acts) which will . . . assist states in closing the achievement gap and empower needy families to escape persistently failing schools by allowing federal dollars to follow their children to the school of their choice. Expand parental choice and encourage competition by providing parents with information on their child’s school, increasing the number of charter schools, and expanding education savings accounts for use from kindergarten through college.

(the Dems: Their [the Republicans’] version of accountability relies on private school vouchers that would offer too few dollars to too few children to escape their failing schools. (Whose failing schools? These are not Christian schools. We don't teach that garbage to our kids.)These vouchers would pass the buck on accountability while pulling bucks out of the schools that need them most. . . . Let there be no mistake: what America needs are public schools that compete with one another and are held accountable for results, not private school vouchers that drain resources from public schools and hand over the public’s hard-earned tax dollars to private schools with no accountability. (You mean like the Clintons did with their daughter? Continue to fund your crapola so you can continue to teach your abominable lifestyles to our young children to indoctrinate them into your useless Demon-crat party? Repent you fools, your very existence depends on it. God is not mocked, how long do you think He will withhold judgment?)

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wisdom 15: The Case for Conservatism

By George F. Will

Conservatism's recovery of its intellectual equilibrium requires a confident explanation of why America has two parties and why the conservative one is preferable. Today's political argument involves perennial themes that give it more seriousness than many participants understand. The argument, like Western political philosophy generally, is about the meaning of, and the proper adjustment of the tension between, two important political goals -- freedom and equality.

Today conservatives tend to favor freedom, and consequently are inclined to be somewhat sanguine about inequalities of outcomes. Liberals are more concerned with equality, understood, they insist, primarily as equality of opportunity, not of outcome.

Liberals tend, however, to infer unequal opportunities from the fact of unequal outcomes. Hence liberalism's goal of achieving greater equality of condition leads to a larger scope for interventionist government to circumscribe the market's role in allocating wealth and opportunity. Liberalism increasingly seeks to deliver equality in the form of equal dependence of more and more people for more and more things on government.

Wisdom point: Hence liberals' hostility to school choice programs that challenge public education's semi-monopoly. Hence hostility to private accounts funded by a portion of each individual's Social Security taxes. Hence their fear of health savings accounts (individuals who buy high-deductible health insurance become eligible for tax-preferred savings accounts from which they pay their routine medical expenses -- just as car owners do not buy insurance to cover oil changes).

Hence liberals' advocacy of government responsibility for -- and, inevitably, rationing of -- health care, which is 16 percent of the economy and rising. Steadily enlarging dependence on government accords with liberalism's ethic of common provision, and with the liberal party's interest in pleasing its most powerful faction -- public employees and their unions.

Conservatism's rejoinder should be that the argument about whether there ought to be a welfare state is over. Today's proper debate is about the modalities by which entitlements are delivered. Modalities matter, because some encourage and others discourage attributes and attitudes -- a future orientation, self-reliance, individual responsibility for healthy living -- that are essential for dignified living in an economically vibrant society that a welfare state, ravenous for revenue in an aging society, requires.

This reasoning is congruent with conservatism's argument that excessively benevolent government is not a benefactor, and that capitalism does not merely make people better off, it makes them better. Liberalism once argued that large corporate entities of industrial capitalism degraded individuals by breeding dependence, passivity and servility.

Wisdom point: Conservatism challenges liberalism's blindness about the comparable dangers from the biggest social entity, government. Conservatism argues, as did the Founders, that self-interestedness is universal among individuals, but the dignity of individuals is bound up with the exercise of self-reliance and personal responsibility in pursuing one's interests.

Liberalism argues that equal dependence on government minimizes social conflicts. Conservatism's rejoinder is that the entitlement culture subverts social peace by the proliferation of rival dependencies.

The entitlement mentality encouraged by the welfare state exacerbates social conflicts -- between generations (the welfare state transfers wealth to the elderly), between racial and ethnic groups (through group preferences) and between all organized interests (from farmers to labor unions to recipients of corporate welfare) as government, not impersonal market forces, distributes scarce resources. This, conservatism insists, explains why as government has grown, so has cynicism about it.

Racial preferences are the distilled essence of liberalism, for two reasons.

First, preferences involve identifying groups supposedly disabled by society -- victims who, because of their diminished competence, must be treated as wards of government.

Second, preferences vividly demonstrate liberalism's core conviction that government's duty is not to allow social change but to drive change in the direction the government chooses.

Conservatism argues that the essence of constitutional government involves constraining the state in order to allow society ample scope to spontaneously take unplanned paths.

Conservatism embraces President Kennedy's exhortation to "Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country," and adds: You serve your country by embracing a spacious and expanding sphere of life for which your country is not responsible.

Point of Wisdom here:...the core of a conservative appeal, without dwelling on "social issues" On foreign policy, conservatism begins, and very nearly ends, by eschewing abroad the fatal conceit that has been liberalism's undoing domestically -- hubris about controlling what cannot, and should not, be controlled.

Wisdom point: Conservatism is realism, about human nature and government's competence. Is conservatism politically realistic, meaning persuasive? That is the kind of question presidential campaigns answer.

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Wisdom 16: Study on Revelation

First Post-Christ Prophetic Message

The Second Coming of Christ mentioned 318 times in the New Testament

Acts of the Holy Spirit 1:11 "...Who also said, "Men of Galiee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus. who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven..."

I Thes. 4:16 "...For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first..."

ll Thes. 1:8-9 "...in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9. These will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power..."

Dan. 7:13-14 "...I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed..."

Matt. 24:3 "...Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, 'Tell us, when shall these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and the end of the age?'..."

Verse 21 "...For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be..."

Rom. 8:1 "...There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh , but according to the Spirit..."

II Thes. 2:10-12 "...and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,

12. that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness..."

Verse 3 "...Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,..."

I Jn. 2:18 "...Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many anti-Christs have come, by which we know that it is the last hour..."

II Thes. 2:9 "...the coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders..."

Rev. 1:11-18 "...saying, 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, and what you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.'

12. Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,

13. and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man; clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

14. His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;

15. His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;

16. He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

17. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, 'Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

18. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death..."

Rev. 20: 1-6 "...Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

3. and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

4. And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them, and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their forehead or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

5. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

6. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years..."

Isa. 11 "...There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

2-The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord.

3- His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

4-but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

5-Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist.

6-The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie downwith the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.

7-The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall

eat straw like the ox.

8-The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den.

9-They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the eath shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea.

10-And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.

11-It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time To recover the remnant of His people who are left, From Assyria and Egypt, From Pathros and Cush, From Elam and Shinar, From Hamath and the islands of the sea.

12-He will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.

13-And the envy of Ephraim shall depart, And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.

14-But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; Together they shall plunder the people of the east; They shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab; And the people of Ammon shall obey them.

15-The Lord will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, And strike it in the seven streams, And make men cross over dry shod.

16-There will be a highway for the remnant of His people Who will be left from Assyria, As it was for Israel in the day that he came up from the land of Egypt..."

The New Jerusalem

Rev. 21:9 - 22:7Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, 'Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife.'

21:10-And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

21:11-having the glory of God. And her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.

21:12-Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

21:13-three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south and three gates on the west.

21:14-Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

21:15-And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.

21:16-And the city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.

21:17-Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

21:18-And the construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold like clear glass.

21:19-And the foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones;

21:20-the fifth sardonx, the sixth sardis, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl,the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twlefth amethyst.

21:21-And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

21:22-But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

21:23-And the city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and the Lamb is its light.

21:24-And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.

21:25-Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there)

21:26-And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.

21:27-But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

The River of Life

Rev. 22:1- "...And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

22:2-In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

22:3-And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.

22:4-They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads,

22:5-And there shall be no more night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

22:6-Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true. And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.

22:7-Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book..."

I Cor. 4:5- "...Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts; and then each one's praise will come from God..."

I Cor. 11:26- "..For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes,..."

Col. 3:1-4- "...If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God,

3:2- Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

3:3-For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

3:4-When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory..."

I Thes. 3:12- "..And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you.

II Tim. 4:1-2- "...I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:

4:2-Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

Heb. 10:25- "...Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching..."

Jas. 5:7-8- "...Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

5:8-You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

I Jn. 3:2-3 "...Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

3:3-And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure..."

Titus 2:12- "...teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age..."

I Jn. 2:28- "...And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming..."

Jude 20-23- "...But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

21-keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22-And on some have compassion, making a distinction;

23-but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

I Thes. 4:16-18 "...For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

17-Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord..."

18-Therefore comfort one another with these words..."

II Thes. 1:8-9 "...

To be continued:

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Wisdom 17: Oil Is Not The Enemy

Oil, Profits, and Taxes

Oil is a gift of nature; it seeps out of the earth all over the place. It was considered a smelly nuisance until American ingenuity got hold of it about 150 years ago. On August 28, 1859, the world's first commer­cial oil well near Titusville, PA began producing 25 barrels a day. In that pre­-automobile era, the main market for "rock oil" was as a cure-all medicine.

A fitting beginning. Coinciding with humanity's greatest leap forward, the resourceful Americans' development of practical uses for petroleum has been an economic, geopolitical, and sociological tonic on a global scale. In the last century and a half, mankind's prospects have been transformed. Thanks to the free Row of oil at market prices, and to Americans, at liberty to innovate and invent, much of the world's standard of living has risen from semi-feudal subsistence existence, virtually unchanged for millenia, to dynamic economies greatly benefiting ordinary people wherever modernity has touched.

Oil and its applications are now so taken for granted and the resulting prosperity so assumed as to make its cause invisible. People typically associate oil with gasoline and focus on prices at the pump, but the blessings of oil are far more encompassing than miles per gallon. Oil is energy, yes, but it is also plastics, clothing, packaging, all aspects of manufacturing, all transport of all goods, services, and people. Oil is so fundamental that, except at fill-ups, nobody really notices it - and contem­porary Luddites can castigate the commodity without objection.

Oil has always Rowed in all our lifetimes; we aren't protective of its legacy because we've never known daily life without it. So when the enlightened among us impugn Big Oil, when holier-than-thou environmentalists blame us for daring to use it to our families' betterment, or call us greedy and selfish for enjoying its blessings, or demand we regress to a lifestyle without it, no one bats an eye.

The American oil industry is a marvel. Its successes and achieve­ments deserve our celebration and national pride. Generations of engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders have overcome daunting physical and logistical odds, doing their damnedest to bring us an immeasurably helpful and useful product. But no, you have been made to detest oil, to despise the companies that take it out of the ground, refine it, and bring it to us in forms that power our daily lives. You are taught to loathe the corporations and executives that dare profit from their own risk, expertise, and service to their fellow countrymen.

Which is why the same citizens who are providing this invaluable commodity can be routinely brought up before the u.s. Congress to be scolded, lectured to, browbeaten, and threatened -their very success used as a cudgel. On May 21 Sen. Dianne Feinstein(D, CA) reprimanded the top executives of the five largest u.S. oil companies: "You rack up record profits... quarter after quarter after quarter." Sen. Pat "Leaky" Leahy (D, VT) upbraided the executives: "People we represent are hurting, the companies you represent are profiting." Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D, FL) charged: "I can't say that there is evidence that you are manipulat­ing the price, but I believe that you probably are. So prove to me that you are not." "Where is the corporate conscience?" Sen. Dick Durbin (D, IL) demanded. "Is there anybody here that has any concerns about what you're doing to this country with the prices that you're charging and the profits that you're taking?"

(*Ventures side bar Reference:)

Gen. 3:1-5 "...Now the serpent (Satan) was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, "You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest thou die." And the serpent said to the woman, "you will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil..."

In other words Satan sets people up for failure through lies and deceit just like the do nothing congress that opose drilling for oil in our own backyard by first restricting the oil companies, then blaming them for high prices. So these jealous anti-American evironmental wacko polititians with their hypocritical anti-Christian mindsets, who want a one world government with no borders, are nothing more than followers of the evil one, trying to destroy not only our American Heritage, but also our Judeo-Christian way of life through the tearing down of our economy. See also our cult page on CFR and why these people in Congress are the way they are and why they are a danger to our American way of life.

Little Dick Durbin and the rest of these glittering jewels of colossal Democrat ignorance, sanctimoniously lecturing oil company executives, wouldn't know an oil derrick if they saw one. They don't have the slightest clue how to produce a single drop of energy. In April 2006, campaigning for the election of Democrats (and to be crowned Speaker of the House), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) declared: "Democrats have a common-sense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices by cracking down on price­ gouging; rolling back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks, and royalty relief given to big oil and gas companies; and increasing production of alter­native fuels." The price of oil has since risen more than 70 percent.

On May 20, the Democrat House approved legislation allowing the Justice Depart­ment to sue OPEC, with the so-called "NOPEC" bill: "It shall be illegal and a violation of this Act to limit the production or distribution of oil, natural gas, or any other petroleum product... or to otherwise take any action in restraint of trade for oil, natural gas or any petroleum product when such action, combination, or collective action has a direct, substantial, and reasonably foreseeable effect on the market, supply, price or distribution of oil, natural gas or other petroleum product in the United States." Folks, I can't believe a single Democrat actually read that with a straight face, because the only people truly respon­sible for limiting the production or distribution of petroleum are liberal Democrats.

The Democrat "plan" to remedy high oil prices consists of pun­ishing the oil companies and the free market. On April 29, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D, NY) declared: "We believe in a price-gouging bill so that the big oil companies can't collude. We believe that there's too much speculation in the markets, and we believe that ought to be reined in." On May 2, Barack Obama came out with a promise to levy a $15 billion tax on oil company profits. It became a contest between Obama and Hillary Clinton to see' who could threaten to seize the most profits from the oil companies.

Sen. John McCain joined the club on May 5 in Charlotte, NC: "I don't like obscene profits being made anywhere - and I'd be glad to look not just at the windfall profits tax ... but we should look at any incentives that we are giving to people or industries or corporations that are distorting the market."

Can we talk about windfall government profits, Senators? You guys never do with less. You siphon $3 trillion a year from the American taxpayer, and you won't give back 18.4 cents per gallon of it for three months of a "tax holiday" unless Big Oil pays for it. Talk about the audacity of dopes! The government's profit last year was three trillion, and it's our money! They took it from us, and they didn't do a damn thing to earn it. They are nothing more than squeegee guy panhandlers, wiping your windshield with a dirty rag and demanding 35 percent of what you make for the privilege.

Look, Senators, why play games? Just nationalize the damn oil companies, as Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela. Go ahead and seize everything! That's what you want. Have the government take over the oil wells and the refineries and all the production in this country, and kick the evil bourgeoisie oilmen out. Then your liberal buddies hanging around academe, who have never had dirt under their fingernails, can run the oil business into the ground. That's what you libs fully intend to do anyway, if given half a chance. On May 22 Rep. Maxine Waters (D, CA) promised to do just that during the House of Representatives grilling of Big Oil execu­tives. After the president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister, testified that there would be ever-increasing prices "if we are prohibited from finding new reserves, new opportunities to increase supplies," Rep. Waters retorted: And guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal would be all about socialize - uh, um, would be about basically taking over and the government running all of your companies." Go ahead, Maxine, say it. You all ought to come clean with the American public, and be true to your inner socialist.

You are the people who have set oil off-limits to U.S. oil compa­nies, stopping the building of refineries, thwarting the domestic production of oil, while insisting the Saudis and OPEC produce more oil. It's very simple to see the people that demand energy independence are the very ones standing in the way of it.

According to federal estimates, there are 112 billion barrels in areas that Democrats and environmentalists now place off limits - enough oil to power more than 60 million cars for 60 years without importing a drop. Rather than these show-trial hearings on Big Oil, it's time for a damn hearing with all the left-wing environmentalist wacko groups. Let's have them defend themselves for all the litigation they bring, preventing oil companies from drilling and refining and transporting oil and gas. Why not hold hearings on the forces that are limiting supply and driving up costs? That would make infinitely more sense than pillorying oil executives. The oil compa­nies want to drill. It's their business. They want to refine, they want to deliver their prod­ucts to consumers. It's these liberals - assorted environ­mentalists and Democrats in Congress - who don't want them to do it. The people who need to be interrogated are those who stand in the way of progress.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D, FL) told Neil Cavuto on Fox News, "We can't drill our way out of this problem." Likewise, Rep. Nick Rahall (D, WV), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said: "We simply cannot drill our way to lower prices at the pump."

What idiocy. Of course we can. In fact, drilling is the only way out of this problem. If you want the gaso­line price to come down, you have to become the biggest supporter and friend of oil possible. You're not going to bring the gas price down by letting Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi have free rein with legislation, to further punish an already overtaxed oil industry.

"For all of the last century," intoned Sen. John McCain in a campaign speech on May 12, "the profit motive basically led in one direction - toward machines, methods, and industries that used oil and gas. And enormous good came from that industrial growth, and we are all the beneficiaries of the nation­al prosperity it built. But there were costs that we weren't counting, and often hardly noticed. And these terrible costs have added up now, in the atmosphere, in the oceans, and all across the natural world. They are no longer sustainable or defensible or tenable."

Oh, spare me. The only "terrible cost" is having to listen to this kind of crap. Oil is not filthy, it is not dirty, and it is not in and of itself a pollutant. It is the fuel of the engine of freedom, pure and simple. Oil is not the enemy. But those who would keep us from it, are. Including Barack Obama, who on May 17 declared: "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then expect other countries are going to say okay. That's not leadership."

This is the liberal plan: deprivation, scarcity, "we can't."

(Ventures side bar: Reference:)

Gal. 6:7 "...Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap..." God, in Genesis, created this earth for mankind and his future, and called it good. The oil of the earth is God's and His Will for His children.)

We're not going to stay the United States if our mission is to reduce energy usage. Conservation is not the answer. (Don't misunderstand me; I'm all for not wasting things. However, conservation does not equal growth - and we are a growing country.) The whole concept of the United States, the capitalist system, is the free market - powered by freedom! Freedom leads to ingenuity, invention, entrepreneurism, via the pursuit of profit, which derives from success.

For the foreseeable future, oil is the cheapest, the most abundant, the most efficient fuel source we have. It is the life­blood of the United States and of the free world. But because a free market's percolating, from this hotbed of American genius will spring alternative fuel sources. It may not be for fifty years, but it will happen when we need it ... if we stay free.

Article by Rush Limbaugh in the June 2008 Newsletter

(Ventures Conclusion: SO DRILL ALREADY!)

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Wisdom 18: Happy?

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Happy: hap.py (hap-ee) adj. (hap.pi.er, hap.pi.est)

1. feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.

2. fortunate.

3. (of words or behavior) very suitable, pleasing hap'pi.ly adv. hap'pi.ness n.

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Genesis 30:13 "...Then Leah said, "I am happy", for the daughters will call me blessed." So she called his name Asher..."

Deuteronomy 33:29 "...Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord. The shield of your help and the sword of our majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places..."

1 Kings 10:8; 2 Chronicles 9:7 "...Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!..."

Job 5:17 "...Behold, Happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty..."

Psalm 127:5 "...Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them (children); they shall not be ashamed, but shall seek with their enemies in the gate..."

Psalm 128:2When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be Happy, and it shall be well with you..."

Psalm 144:15 Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!..."

Proverbs 3:13 "...Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding..."

Proverbs 3:18 "...She (wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and Happy are all who retain her..."

Proverbs 14:21 "...He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor, Happy is he..."

Proverbs 16:20 "...He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, Happy is he..."

Proverbs 28:14 "...Happy is the man who is always reverent. But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity..."

Proverbs 29:18 "...Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but Happy is he who keeps the law..."

Jerimiah 12:1 "...Righteous are You, O Lord, when I plead with You; yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those Happy who deal so treacherously?..."

John 13:17 "...If you know these things (example of the footwashing), Happy are you if you do them..."

Romans 14:22 "...Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves..."

James 5:11 "...Indeed we count them blessed (Happy) who endure..."

The goal and purpose of the Law is that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful and 1 John 5:3 says "this is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments. And His Commandments are not burdensome (or grievious)..."

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The Bible warns us about Worldly philosophies:

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

Under the ancient Greek system, learning begets goodness. Under the biblical system, goodness begets learning. All non-biblical education assumes that man can become learned without God. Biblical education makes knowledge the foundation of learning.

Greece was a once mighty empire. The ancient Greeks promoted beautiful fashion, fine dining, sonorous music, aesthetic arts, vigorous athletics, captivating entertainment, and a bevy of similarly stimulating activities. The ancient Greeks were the most advanced and sophisticated culture of their time. Were it not for their excellence (applying the principle to modern terms), we would not have heart transplants, ballet, air transportation or, for that matter, the Internet.

So why didn't the ancient Greek empire survive more than a few hundred years? Historians concur that they were destroyed by moral decay. Pursuing knowledge without God is a recipe for disaster. We simply cannot survive without clear moral direction.

Three Approaches to Classical Literature—and Our Alternative Currently there are three different approaches to literature by using with the classical approach:

With the traditional focus on mythology and Greek philosophy. Using the classical methods, but rejecting material written by pagans. Immersion into the classic literature from a critical viewpoint.

To take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ means that we must be discerning about what goes into our minds and the minds of our children. The classical book list entitled the "Great Books of the Western World" contains the writings of Plato, Sophocles, Aristotle, and other men who declare that the answers to life's mysteries and problems are found in men and not in God. Our children should be immersed in the sixty-six great books in God's Word, not in writings by men who knew not our Lord! Wisdom point

1. Traditional Focus on Classics

The focus of the traditional classical approach is on Greek mythology, philosophy, logic, and Latin. The current best-selling home school book on the classical approach focuses on creating a student Plato would be proud of. Students of all ages, beginning with kindergartners, are immersed in stories about Greek gods. Mythology and philosophy are encouraged, while there is no emphasis on Bible study, and only a scant mention of religion. The authors suggest reading the Bible during history studies because it “ought to be treated as a serious philosophical document.”

There is legitimate cause for concern when a curriculum's focus is on mythology and philosophy rather than the Bible. Proponents of classical education defend the study of mythology (which is really the study of false gods, idols, and/or demons) by saying that the myths are an integral part of our Western literary heritage. (Rodd) (Hogwash, I might add)

It is short-sighted to use the argument that children need to study mythology in order to be adequately aware of the world; the same argument would imply that our children should be immersed in books on New Age philosophies, astrology, witchcraft, reincarnation, or Harry Potter. A well-grounded Christian adult with discernment may safely choose to study these subjects, but we should be careful not to feed these as entertainment to our children. Jesus said, Therefore, be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16).

2. Adoption of Classical Methods but Rejection of Classical Literature

Some using the classical approach avoid the pagan literature. There are Christian home schoolers who use the classical approach because they view the Trivium— grammar, logic, and rhetoric—as a worthy form of structure, but reject the writings by pagan authors (which is somewhat like trying to order a cheeseburger without the cheese). There is nothing inherently wrong with acknowledging these three discernible stages of learning (grammar, logic, and rhetoric); it is only common sense that children go through certain basic learning stages that build upon each other.

It seems somewhat ironic to me, though, that one would use classical methods designed by classical authors, but reject the classical authors' writings. I do, however, applaud their efforts to avoid evil.

3. Focus on the Classic Literature From a Critical Viewpoint

There are other Christians using the classical approach that focus on the Bible. They immerse students in the "Great Books of the Western World," but do so from a critical viewpoint–—to teach their children about the positive and negative influences these books have had on our culture—which is an understandable endeavor. But this too seems an irony—that one would use the classical methods designed by the classical authors to teach students the deficiencies of the writings of the classical authors. But I am glad to see they are evaluating the writings from the standpoint of Scripture.

Heart of Wisdom's Alternative

To ignore the classics would be like a doctor disregarding the symptoms of a serious disease. We need to understand the classics for ourselves and to teach our children the impact of these works on our history and philosophy. We can reject the classical teaching approach, as the Hebrews did, but study the impact of classical literature on our culture. Our children need to understand the world's philosophy so they can recognize and avoid it, just as a doctor must study in order to recognize disease.

However, when a doctor studies a disease, he takes precautions lest he catch the disease. He does most of his studies at a distance. When he does examine a patient with the disease, he does so with limited exposure. We can teach spiritually mature students, from a biblical worldview, about the influences of the classical authors sufficiently, with historical analysis and brief excerpts, without immersing them in pagan writings. I don't accept any rationale to introduce these writings to young children.

The Great Conversation: A Biblical Analysis of the Great Books of Western Civilization by Dennis Woods is a resource designed to introduce students to classical literature by analyzing classic literature excerpts from a biblical standpoint.

We understand this idea of "returning to a better way," but believe that, instead of returning to the ancient Greeks' ways, we need to return to the biblical model. Our only hope for stable, ongoing, integrated culture is placing the Word of God at the center of our thinking, speaking and acting. Study of literature and all literary arts must give place to the mastery of the Bible; and then they themselves become servants to the Word of God.

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