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You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the s
trong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves....

Abraham Lincoln

In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, stated: "After a week on perplexing problems...it does so rest my soul to come into the house of The Lord and to sing and mean it, 'Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty'....  (My) great joy and glory that, in occupying an exalted position in the nation, I am enabled, to preach the practical moralities of The Bible to my fellow-countrymen and to hold up Christ as the hope and Savior of the world." 

"Once Abolish God and the Government Becomes the God" -
G.K. Chesterton

I had a motive for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics, he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and govern in the way that they find most advantageous to themselves. … For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political."

Aldous Huxley (evolutionist, leftist, and grandson of T.H. Huxley,
known as "Darwin's bulldog"): Ends and Means, pp. 270 ff.
[This is an evil-minded man, and an ignoramus (not one worth following...)
(see
The Law & the Grace of God).    E. Fox] 

"Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles...Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study."   
                                                                             -- Patrick Henry

"The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy, the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities, which allows a people to choose their own way to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means.  This is not cultural imperialism, it is providing the means for genuine self-determination and protection for diversity.  Democracy already flourishes in countries with very different cultures and historical experiences. It would be cultural condescension, or worse, to say that any people prefer dictatorship to democracy."
            -- Ronald Reagan, address to British Parliament, June 8, 1982

“The church must take right ground in regard to politics . . . The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them . . . God cannot sustain this free and blessed country that we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to God . . . God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”  

 -- The great 19th Century revivalist Charles Finney

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers - and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce - and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution - and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.

Alexis De Tocqueville, 1835


If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.

James Madison


 If men will not be governed by God,
they must be governed by tyrants.

William Penn


The trail you leave behind is the legacy you send forward.

Unknown


Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.  They don’t mean to do harm – but the harm does not interest them.  Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.”

T.S. Eliot

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. -- 
 

Attributed to Cicero, 1st Century BC  This perfectly describes the situation in America today, and all through the West.  We are consistently betrayed by our leaders who, in many cases, have no intention of submitting themselves to the rule of the people.  They have every intention of secretly destroying the Constitution in which we enshrine our God-given freedoms, and of becoming godlets themselves.

"If you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains;
if you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains."

Cicero, 1st century BC

The first bond of society is marriage.

Cicero, 1st Century BC

"The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced. If the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt, people must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." –
Attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicero, 55 BC

There is nothing more admirable than two people
who see eye-to-eye keeping house as man and wife,
confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.

Homer, 8th century BC

Almighty God hath created the mind free, and...all attempts to
influence it by temporal punishments...tend only to begat habits of
hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy
Author of religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose
not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty
power to do, but to extend it by its influence on reason alone.

Thomas Jefferson in his Article of Religious Freedom
passed by the Virginia Assembly, January 16, 1786. 
This is the Biblical principle of freewill covenant,
and of "Come, let us reason together..." (Isaiah 1:18),
the very basis of
how God approaches us.
 

Let us live in a house by the side of the road
where the race of men go by,
the men who are good and the men who are bad -
as good and bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner's seat,
or hurl the cynic's ban.
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
and be a friend to man.

Sam Walter Foss
 

There is only one tragedy in the end:
not to have been a saint.

Leon Bloy,
a French intellectual from the nineteenth century
 

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote
that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual ...
but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society
for which he is accountable to God and his country.

~ Samuel Adams
[The Voters, taken as a body, are the Primary Officer of the State.  E. Fox]

 
'My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage,
and my courage and skill to him that can get it.
 My marks and scars I carry with me,
to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder.'"

Franklin Roosevelt said January 19, 1936:
 "When Theodore Roosevelt died, the Secretary of his class at Harvard,
in sending classmates a notice of his passing,
 added this quotation from Pilgrim's Progress.
 

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run
by smart people who are putting us on
or by imbeciles who really mean it.

Mark Twain
 

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it. —

Woodrow Wilson --
an excellent statement, but coming from W. W., a rather strange one --
he who promoted one-world government, and got us into World War I
(war is always a centralizer of power)  Wilson repented of having "betrayed" his country
perhaps referring to his support of the Federal Reserve, and may have had a new
vision of Godly government....

 

"Time and time again the American people have demonstrated a spiritual quality...
of generosity...
This is the occasion when we must arouse that idealism...
This civilization...which we call American life, is builded and can alone survive upon the translation into individual action of that fundamental philosophy announced by the Savior nineteen centuries ago...   
Modern society can not survive with the defense of Cain,
'Am I my brother's keeper?'"

October 29, 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed.
Panic selling ensued and America plunged into the Great Depression.   President Herbert Hoover, in a nation-wide drive to aid the private relief agencies, stated the above.
 

The thought of modern industry in the hands of Christian charity is a dream worth dreaming. The thought of industry in the hands of paganism is a nightmare beyond imagining. The choice between the two is upon us.

Teddy Roosevelt, 1909 
He may have had a foreboding of the emerging 20th century,
the most brutal of human history -- largely because
Christians failed to preserve Christendom.
 

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Star Spangled Banner - 4th verse
 

The only ground of hope for the continuance of our free institutions is in the proper moral and religious training of the children.

Old Rough and Ready died July 9, 1850. He fought the British in the War of 1812, the Indians in the Black Hawk War, and defeated the Seminole Indians in Florida. But it was his courageous victories in the Mexican War, being greatly outnumbered by Santa Anna's forces, that made him a national hero. His popularity spread like fire and he was elected America's twelfth President. Refusing to be sworn in on the Sabbath, President Zachary Taylor stated the above.
 

The logical end to defensive warfare is surrender.

One does not want to take Napoleon for a wise man,
he was a brutal destroyer of people,
but he was smart.
 

All this while tremendous Power had been upon my body, Power that I knew could do anything at all, and Power that was intelligent.  It had me absolutely in its control.  But the thing that makes me solemn and very sober is this: that Power absolutely refused to touch my will or consciousness.  Please do not think I was in a trance.  I could have risen at any time that I had asked God to let me rise.  I was keenly aware of the movement of people all about me.  But I really did want the will of God to be accomplished and as I would pray that prayer, "Thy will be done," then the power of the Spirit would flood me again and gripping my whole being would carry on His blessed work.  The very moment I shrank or hesitated, He would leave me. And not until I would pray again with my whole heart, "Thy will be done, not mine," would He return to His work of teaching me to turn over to Him the members of my body.  I have many a time been lost in amazement at the wonder of it: intelligent Power that was infinite, yet stopping before my will and refusing to accomplish its desires except as my will would co-operate.

Robert W. Cummings in Unto You is the Promise, p. 33-4 -- his testimony about receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
(Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO) .
 

When you get to my age, you can see the
horizon coming. Or rather, you can't avoid
seeing the horizon coming.

David Horowitz, commenting on death


Harry Truman, plain-spoken Baptist, captured in his memoirs the firm belief of most of us;  "What came about in 1776 really had its beginning in Hebrew times."

Suzanne Fields, Washington Times, 1/13/05

 

The Modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; but their truth is pitiless. And thus some humanitarians care only for pity; but their pity is often untruthful. --

G. K. Chesterton


The multicultural crisis should teach us that only a West with a strong religious, cultural and moral identity can challenge and open itself to the 'others' in a constructive and peaceful way. And that the goal must be a system of shared values within a common identity.

Magdi Allam wisely reminds us...


The course of human history consists
of a series of encounters...
in which each man or woman or child...
is challenged by God
to make the free choice between doing God's will
and refusing to do it. 
When Man refuses, he is free to make his refusal
 and to take the consequences.

Oxford historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee died October 2, 1975.   He had worked for the British government doing foreign intelligence and research and was a delegate to the Paris Peace Conferences following World Wars I and II.  Gaining international acclaim for his history books, Arnold Joseph Toynbee wrote the above.


"There is but one straight course,
and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily."

 --  George Washington  -- 


That book, Sir, is the Rock
upon which our republic rests

Andrew Jackson, referring to the Bible.


The Declaration of Independence gave liberty not alone to the people of this country, but hope to all the world, for all future time.  It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights would be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. 

This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence....I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it. 

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died, shot the night before in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth, just five days after the Civil War ended.  Over a half a million lost their lives in that War.  President Lincoln, whose last act in office was to sign the bill placing "In God We Trust" on our national coins, declared the above in a speech at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, 1861:


Lord Jesus graced my cell last night,
and stood beside my bed.
I thought Him not so tall, nor sad.
"Come, Feel my wound", He said.
His ankles bore the marks of rust.
I'm sure He once wore chains.
I asked from where, and why He came,
and how long He remains.
Christ placed His finger on my lips
and said, "Be silent, son."
Straw smelled like roses.
But His visit all too brief, was done.
Despaired: I shook the bars!
"Where are you, Lord!?" I cried!
I saw, then, nail scars on my hands,
a spear wound in my side.

Poem from a Communist Prison  
In English by Dale Stone

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

He could ask her forgiveness as loudly thus as if he had shouted.... Husband and wife did not need to speak words to one another, not just from the old habit of living together, but because in that one long-ago instant, at least, out of the long and shabby stretch of their human lives, even though they knew at the time it wouldn't and couldn't last, they had touched and become as God when they voluntarily and in advance forgave one another for all that they knew the other could never be.

William Faulkner, The Fire and the Hearth
Quoted by Steve & Margaret Noll who were sharing their marriage
experience with a group of Students at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry

Know this: You should judge every person by his merits. 
Even someone who seems completely wicked, you must search
and find that little speck of good, for in that place, he is not wicked. 
By this you will raise him up, and help him return to G-d. 
And you must also do this for yourself, finding your own good points,
one after the other, and raising yourself up. 
This is how melodies are made, note after note.

Reb Nachman of Breslov

"When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I
shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I
learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead
of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not
love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first,
second things are not suppressed but increased." --

C. S. Lewis

I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen,
not only because I see it, but because,
by it, I see everything else.

C. S. Lewis

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away."

--George Carlin

If you are unwilling to defend your right to your own lives, then you are merely like mice trying to argue with owls. You think their ways are wrong.   They think you are dinner.

--Terry Goodkind in "Naked Empire" >>

America is at that awkward stage. 
It's too late to fix but still to early to start shooting the bastards.

Attributed to Claire Wolfe

"If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the Devil are at that point attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is tested. To be steady in all the battlefields besides is mere flight and disgrace, if the soldier flinches at that one point."

Martin Luther

"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

Delivered on the floor of the British Parliament
by Sir Winston Churchill
at a time when few considered war
with Nazi Germany to be necessary.
from The Gathering Storm, p. 348

The first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together.    If we are going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb, when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things -- praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts -- not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs.

C. S. Lewis, during WW II

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire-building by George Bush. 
He answered:

Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.  The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.

The room became very quiet. 
Your webmaster does not agree with everything Colin Powell says or stands for,
but he puts his finger on something in America which can hardly be matched anywhere --
directly related to our submerged, but still alive, Biblical foundations.
Pray that we will come again to stand firmly in that tradition.
 

The enemy is behind us. 
The enemy is in front of us. 
The enemy is to the right and the left of us. 
They can't get away this time

A marine general.

Unable to serve Jesus, my Lord, directly,
my students (among others) become the appointed agents
authorized to receive what I owe my Master.

Kenneth G. Elzinga, Prof. of Economics, U. of Virginia

One wrong premise,
and logic does the rest....

Unknown

I would not give a nickel for simplicity
this side of complexity,
but I'd give a year's wages for simplicity
the other side of complexity.

Attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes

WHERE GOD AIN'T!!!!

He was just a little lad,
and on the week's first day.
He was wandering home from Sunday School,
and dawdling on the way.
He scuffed his shoes into the grass;
he found a caterpillar;
He found a fluffy milkweed pod,
and blew out all the "filler."
A bird's nest in a tree o'er head
so wisely placed on high,
was just another wonder
that caught his eager eye.
A neighbor watched his zigzag course, and
hailed him from the lawn;
Asked him where he'd been that day,
and what was going on.
"I've been to Bible school, " he said, and
turned a piece of sod.
He picked up a wiggly worm and said,
"I've learned a lot of God."
"Mm, a very fine way," the neighbor said,
"for a boy to spend his time.
If you'll tell me where God is,
I'll give you a brand new dime."
Quick as a flash his answer came!
Nor were his accents faint.
"I'll give you a dollar, Mister,
if you'll tell me where God ain't!"

Author Unknown

My children are important
because of what they are in God,
not what they are in society.

Rosanna Ward
in a paper written at Oral Roberts U. on School-to-Work
which treats people as "human capital" for the good of the economy.

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies,
becomes unable to recognize truth,
either in himself or in anyone else....  
Having no love in him, he yields to his impulses,
indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure,
and behaves in the end like an animal.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamozov

"How miserably such reasoners deceived themselves!
How little they knew of the depth, and the strength
and the intenseness of that feeling
of resistance to illegal acts of power,
which possessed the whole American people!"

Daniel Webster, Boston,1825, in his Bunker Hill Oration,
on the occasion of the dedication of the Bunker Hill monument.
The British had expected other cities in America to rejoice
in the closing of Boston to gain the advantage of trade going their way.
The other cities responded instead by sending wagon loads of
supplies so that Boston could withstand the siege.

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We seek not your counsel, nor your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you.
May your chains set lightly upon you;
and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." --

Samuel Adams

It seems to me that since the 'Fall' ---
without even thinking it odd ---
That man has had no trouble at all ---
believing that he can be God.
How he would do this I cannot conceive, ---
tho, he certainly thinks that he can ---
And yet, he cannot bring himself to believe ---
that God can become...a man.

From the BC Comic strip for Christmas 1997, entitled,
"A birthday card to my sponsor, from Wiley"

The Archbishop of Nigeria (representing perhaps half of the [Anglican] communion) has declared that the Church of Nigeria will not accept any money from the American Church because he wants to insure that their representation is not compromised.

Another African Bishop said,

"We will stand against the American liberal agenda, but you must understand, for us to stand against the liberals is going to be costly. We may well lose funds, and those funds are not for peripheral projects but for medicine and food. For us to stand is a life and death matter...some of our people may die. But we must stand, for there is more to lose than life."

From the Rev. Bill Atwood, The Ekklesia Society

"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

-- James Madison --

"Our republic and its press will rise or fall together.
An able, disinterested, public spirited press,
with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it,
can preserve that public virtue with out which popular government
is a sham and a mockery.
A cynical , mercenary, demagogic press
will produce in time a people as base as itself."

Joseph Pulitzer, 1904

One might add to that that our republic and its churches
will rise or fall together..., with the rest of the quote standing almost as is.

Speaking the truth is the most significant political action
available to any of us--not voting, but speaking the truth.
This view is based on the familiar biblical notion
that the Word is central. The word is the truth;
the expression of the truth by human lips
moves culture and history toward the government of God.
There is no higher form of political action,
nor is there one that contributes more
to the wholeness of human community.

John K. Stoner, Mennonite Life, Sep. 1996

Truth does not fight truth. The closer you get to truth,
the more your opponent must rely on falsehood, knowingly or not.

Unknown

Clarity always favors truth, unclarity always favors falsehood.

Ayn Rand

We, the people, are the rightful masters
of both congress and the courts -
not to overthrow the constitution,
but to overthrow men who pervert the constitution.

- Abraham Lincoln (of all people)

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force;
like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. 
Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

George Washington

....Give Me Liberty or Give me Death.

-- Patrick Henry, 1775
Makes an impact in a day of terrorism.

...."If you [the Republican Party] abandon that line of [moral] principle,
there are Americans that will fight...
few, many -- or alone if we must --
to make sure it prevails."

-- Alan Keyes on abortion , 1996

....."Men don't follow Nobles. They follow Courage!"

-- From "Braveheart", the movie (1995?).

"The Bible characters never fell on their weak points
but on their strong ones;
Unguarded strength is double weakness."

Oswald Chambers

"...I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion,
because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of
the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.
And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child,
how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"

Mother Teresa

1. Am I a soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause or blush to speak His name?

2. Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize and sailed thru bloody seas?

3. Are there no foes for me to face? Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace, to help me on to God?

4. Sure I must fight if I would reign, increase my courage, Lord;
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy word.

"Am I a Soldier of the Cross?" hymn by Isaac Watts.
The Bible and Watts Hymnal were the two books mandated
by Thomas J0efferson when he was president
of the Washington, D.C., schoolboard, 
to be studied by all students.  

Forbid that that we should ever consider the holding of a commission from the King of kings a sacrifice, so long as other men esteem the service of an earthly government as an honor.  I am a missionary, heart and soul.  God Himself had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician.  A poor, poor imitation I am, or wish to be, but in this service I hope to live.  In it I wish to die.  I still prefer poverty and missions service to riches and ease.  That is my choice.

David Livingstone - Missionary to Africa

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep
to gain what he cannot lose.

Jim Elliot - Missionary to the Quichua Indians in South America.
He was slain by them.  
His wife, Elizabeth, returned to tell them the Good News and minister to them.

If Jesus Came

Would you have to change your
clothes before you let Him in?
Or hide some magazines, and put
the Bible where they'd been?
Would you hide your worldly music
and put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right
in, or would you rush about?
And I wonder..if the Saviour
spent a day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing, the
things you always do?
Would you go right on saying, the
things you always say?
Or would life for you continue
as it does from day to day?
Would you take Jesus with you
everywhere you go?
Or would you maybe change your
plans for just a day or so?
Would you be glad to have Him
meet your closest friends?
Or would you hope they stay away
until His visit ends?
Would you be glad to have Him
stay forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great
relief when He at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know,
the things that you would do,
If Jesus came in person, to spend
some time with you.

Author Unknown

MY COMMITMENT AS A CHRISTIAN

I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power. 
The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made. I'm a disciple of His.
I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.
I'm finished with low living, sight-walking, small planning,
smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions,
mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.
I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won't give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up,
prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop,
preach till all know, and work till He stops me.
And when He comes for His own, He will have no problems
recognizing me-- my banner will be clear!

--written by a young African pastor and tacked on
the wall of his house--discovered by those who
entered his house after he was martyred.

If it could be demonstrated that
any complex organ existed which
could not possibly have been
formed by numerous, successive,
slight modifications, my theory
would absolutely break down.

Charles Darwin
(Darwin was, apparently, an honest scientist.
At least he did what few today have the courage to do,
specify the conditions under which his theory could be invalidated.
Note: the specified conditions for the falsification of his theory have been met.)

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