Day: April 23, 2013

America’s history is a weapon

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A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

John F. Kennedy


America; the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”  A nation that guarantees “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  A “shining city” set on a hill with “equal justice under law.”  A “beacon of light” to all mankind.  The bastion of “freedom and democracy.”  “wind swept and God blessed” from “sea to shining sea.”

For over four centuries Americans have  professed and lived these values.  We’re a nation founded by people of virtue, honor, integrity and a deep and abiding love of God and appreciation for the sanctity of human life.  On the base of the Statue of Liberty are the words:
Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to…

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A Family in Trouble

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If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.

Abdul Kalam

Malachi 4:4-6

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4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.

5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

Matthew 1:1-2

New International Version (NIV)The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

1 This is the genealogy[a] of Jesus the Messiah[b] the son of David, the son of Abraham:

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,

Isaac the father of Jacob,

Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,

Luke 1:16

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16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.

Many of America’s thirty million white-tailed deer find themselves endangered not by guns, but by the cars of our expanding suburbs. I was reminded of their plight when a mature doe dashed through traffic just ahead of me. As I watched, I wondered what had driven her to take such a chance, and why she then stopped on the other side and gazed and saw two small fawns looking helplessly at their mother across the busy street. Instead of following, they turned and walked back into the woods.

This family is not alone. We too can find ourselves in circumstances of separation and danger we did not anticipate. Reading Malachi and Matthew reminds us that we are troubled children of troubled parents who desperately need the help of our Father in heaven. Sometimes we need His help to see and avoid repeating the sins of our fathers( Nehemiah 9:2-3). Sometimes we need His help to turn back to the example and care of loving parents (Luke15:18).

Only from our heavenly Father can we find the perfect forgiveness, example, and inner grace we need. He knows we are fallen children of fallen parents, and even now He offers us the help of His Spirit and the rescue of His Son.

Each day we learn from yesterday
of God’s great love and care;
And every burden we must face
He’ll surely help us bear.

It’s never too soon to turn back to God.

Following Orders

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our time masterminding the future, but recognize our marching orders: to do the best we can for history and the planet.

Huston Smith

I am very thankful for today. I have my story and before I share a favorite story of mines I want to tell you about the motivation I have to be successful in “This Life” of today. I am a convicted felon, disenfranchised from employment and housing and the contract of living in America. But I found something out this morning about motivation. I have to keep moving inspite of my challenges that plague my life. I found out how to see myself. I looked into the scriptures by the leading of the holy spirit and found a snap shot how to look at Aaron.

I looked at Romans 8:27 and then my inner man began to speak crystal clear about that text. He said Aaron, if you want to be a conqueror, you must first be conquered. I said to myself that I am only experiencing as much victory in Jesus as Jesus is experiencing in me. If there is an area of repeated failure in me, that’s a good sign there is an area of my life over which Jesus Christ is not yet Lord. If you want to to be conquerors, you must first be conquered. Today I was “arrested” in a unique way other than I have been accustomed too. It was at this moment I recognized being “arrested” by Jesus and given comfort to stand in-spite of my challenges.

One of my favorite stories of Arturo Toscannini, the great symphony conductor, was this:

Proverbs 14:29
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29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,
but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

An orchestra was playing Beethoven's Leonore Overture, which has two great musical climaxes. Each of these musical high points is followed by a trumpet passage, which the composer intended to be played offstage. The first climax arrived, but no sound came from the trumpet oFfstage. The conductor, annoyed, went on to the second musical high point. But again, no trumpet was heard.

This time, the conductor rushed, fuming, into the wings, with every intention of demanding a full explanation. There he found the trumpet player struggling with the house security guard who was insisting as he held on to the man's trumpet for dear life, "I tell you, you can't play that trumpet back here! You'll disturb the rehearsal!" Like the security guard, we often jump to conclusions when we try to judge the actions of others. The trumpet player knew what the conductor had directed him to do; the security guard didn't. We are called to obey the conductor, and allow–even help–others to do so as well. Ignorance is always swift to speak.