Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Absolutes



Absolutes do exist.  God has given us absolutes in the 10 Commandments. The world is under God. We know that God exists through His creation.  Man is without excuse. 

Next, these 10 Commandments are on what the laws in the United States are based. The world has lived by them when they have been made known, and people have chosen to be obedient to God.

Now the current struggle in our society has to do with all of the commandments, but the 5th Commandment is extremely grievous because of what the Supreme Court has forced on our society.  The 5th Commandment says that we are to honor our father and mother.  How then can a child living with 2 mothers or 2 fathers honor this Commandment? We must think about the children—each child needs a mother and a father.  It is a basis for the stability of society.  This is how God has designed the family and marriage.

We must admit that at present we don’t live in Roman times as some have claimed.  Many say that Christians can have no influence in society.  But we do live in a time, which enables Christians to have a voice in the public square.  We can pray, vote for, speak, write, and teach good things.  Keeping God’s laws will make life easier and more peaceful.  We have enough trials and tribulations in this life without making life harder by rebelling against God.

Unfortunately, I think that with the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage, God has kindly given the U.S. over to the Devil so that the sinful nature will be destroyed--- I Corinthians 5:5.  I hope it is a good thing, as the government will have to get out of the churches and all Christian ministries.  Christians will have to pledge their lives and treasure to standing for God’s laws.  I expect to see more Christians going to prison in this country in my lifetime. 

I pray that Christians will tell the truth to society in love, and hold some back from destruction.  Jude 1:23.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

News Quest

I never thought I’d be a news junky. All the time I was growing up my dad read newspapers and watched news reports on TV.  I was never interested in current events until when, back in 1990, Dr. James Dobson, on a Focus on the Family radio program, said that Christians should be interested in our government.  Here’s why—

In I Timothy 2 the Bible says 1:”First of all, then I urge that entireties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

In addition to prayer, the Bible says in Ephesians 2: 10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

So, if we are aware of what is going on in our country, and if we pray, God may have some good works that He has prepared for us to do for Him and our country. One good work we can easily do is to vote.

Because of media bias there is a need to be informed about alternative views to the broadcast TV stations. I listen to independent podcasts produced by different organizations.  I have listed podcasts to which I subscribe.  If you would like to subscribe or listen to any of these go to I Tunes, or oneplace.com. Click on the link to open.

1.The World and Everything in It--This podcast is a half hour newsmagazine that summarizes the day’s top news and features commentary from a conservative Christian perspective. The quality is excellent, and you can forward to the next segment in case you’re not interested in what’s being discussed. Great coverage and commentary!

2.CitizenLinkThis podcast is a family advocacy organization that inspires men and women to live out biblical citizenship that transforms culture.

3.Albert Mohler the briefing -- This 20-minute podcast is a worldview daily analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations.

This one is a compelling look at current events, Bible Prophecy with interviews of well-known authors and prominent leaders from around the world.

Weekly Standard Podcasts deliver unique analysis of the events shaping the news and the world today - from a conservative perspective. Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes lead an all-star roster of the best conservative thinkers including: Stephen F. Hayes, Andy Ferguson, Jonathan Last, Dan Halper and many more. Learn more about The Weekly Standard and our weekly magazine at WeeklyStandard.com

The Daily Commentary is a radio talk show produced by the Family Research Council. It features interviews with congressional leaders and pro-family Washington insiders presenting perspectives on government activity that directly affect our faith, family and religious freedoms.

7.Breakpoin
This podcast was started by Chuck Colson and is carried on by others.

How do you keep up with the news?


 








Monday, June 22, 2015

I Once Wrote A letter To Elizabeth Elliot


December 21, 1926- June 15, 2015

Elizabeth Elliot has gone Home.  She left us this past week. I once wrote her a letter and asked her about the process to becoming a published writer.  She graciously answered me and gave me good advice.  I also asked her if she thought Abigail went behind her husbands’ back to do what was right in I Samuel 25:2-38.  I still have her letter and someday I will write about her answer.  

Here is a tribute to her, which was broadcast on the radio during a  "Revive Our Hearts" program. Click here to read or listen.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Israel, AP History Exam Bias, Transracial Woman




Here are some video clips of subjects I thought would be of interest.  First anti-Israel sentiment has started in Ireland and spread across Europe and to the college campuses in the U. S.  Click on the link to open:


Next, Susan Hanssen explains how the A.P. History exam is biased against the United States.  Click on the link to play:


I’ve decided that I have become transager—I started identifying with people who were 20 years older than me, and so I feel 20 years older than I am.  Therefore, I’m actually 91 years old!  Here is a woman who identifies herself as black even though she is white.  Would she be transracial?








Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hang In There Baby!


Sometimes all the darkness that surrounds us on a regular basis gets to me.  But as they say it is "darkest before the dawn."  I liked this quote Ray Ortlund published on his blog today.  Click here to view. I think it says God's timing is perfect.  He will solve it all.  No worries!


“Let us then as Christians rejoice that we see around us on every hand the decay of the institutions and instruments of power, see intimations of empires falling to pieces, money in total disarray, dictators and parliamentarians alike nonplussed by the confusion and conflicts which encompass them.  For it is precisely when every earthly hope has been explored and found wanting, when every possibility of help from earthly sources has been sought and is not forthcoming, when every recourse this world offers, moral as well as material, has been explored to no effect . . . and in the gathering darkness every glimmer of light has finally flickered out, it’s then that Christ’s hand reaches out sure and firm.  Then Christ’s words bring inexpressible comfort, then his light shines brightest, abolishing the darkness forever.”
Malcolm Muggeridge, The End of Christendom (Grand Rapids, 1980), page 56.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Testing Is So "Testing"

EWU Campus 1963


In 1962 Victor Goertzel, a physiologist specializing in psychotherapy, and Mildred George Goertzel, director of a school for emotionally disturbed children wrote, “Cradles of Eminence: A Provocative Study of the Childhoods of over 400 Famous Twentieth-Century Men and Women.”  In the book they relate andidotes from many highly productive people like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Winston Churchill.  These prominent people of the Twentieth Century liked teachers who supplied materials for various projects about which the students were passionate.  When it was time for testing, what was learned by memorization of various facts and statistics in their preparation for testing, caused them to loose focus, creativity, and their passion.

Einstein is quoted as saying, “Why should I memorize something I can so easily get from a book.”  Now it would be said, “that I can so easily look up on the Internet.”

All this is to ask-- is there an answer to the right balance for testing and for learning? Educators, parents, and students rely on tests to determine how students are progressing in their educational pursuits.  But if these tests are detrimental in the long run should they be relied upon to determine success in school?

It has been reported that the United States is falling behind in our ranking in relation to other countries.  This standing has been disputed. In an article by Marion Brady, veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, he writes:

An illustration: As I write, my wife is in the kitchen. She calls me for lunch. The small television suspended under the kitchen cabinets is tuned to CNN, and Time cover girl Michelle Rhee is being interviewed.
“On international tests,” she says, “the U.S. ranks 27th from the top.”
Michelle Rhee, three-year teacher, education reactionary, mainstream media star, fired authoritarian head of a school system being investigated for cheating on standardized tests, is given a national platform to misinform. She doesn’t explain that, at the insistence of policymakers, and unlike other countries, America tests every kid — the mentally disabled, the sick, the hungry, the homeless, the transient, the troubled, those for whom English is a second language. That done, the scores are lumped together. She doesn’t even hint that when the scores of the disadvantaged aren’t counted, American students are at the top. If Michelle Rhee doesn’t know that, she shouldn’t be on CNN. If she knows it but fails to point it out, she shouldn’t be on CNN.”

So what is the truth?  In my own experience I don’t recall testing being such a big deal. I attended public schools in Alexandria, VA.  My aunt and uncle, college professors in Wisconsin, believed that my siblings and I had an inferior education. But of the five children in my family we all attended these schools through high school for my older brother, my younger sister, and me, and through Jr. High for my two younger brothers.  All five of us are college graduates. 

The only testing I recall was when I was in 10th grade and then again when I was a senior. I don’t recollect being prepared for these tests.  The tests I took in Virginia were the ACT and the SAT. When I decided to attend college in Washington State I was required to take their CEE or the Washington Pre- College Test.  Again I do not remember any preparation for the test.

When our son was applying for academic and music scholarships for college we sent him to a class to teach him how to take the SAT.  He believes the class was of no help in raising his scores.

In some cases these tests add to stress for teachers and students in the public schools.  In certain schools each month, 18 or more students will move in, or the same number, will move out of the school. It is unlikely that the new students will be in the same place on the test.  Another problem is using computers for the tests.  There are not enough computers.  Worse yet, some students don’t know how to use computers, and also may not speak English. 

So the conversation will continue.  I’m still impressed with Marva Collin’s Socratic teaching technique.  She started with no books.  Her students were children who lived in a ghetto.  All learned and became productive members of society.  Maybe we just need good teachers and not bother with the tests!  What do you think?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Red And Yellow Black And White





I don’t remember for sure, but I think that I learned all the Sunday school songs I’m familiar with at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA.  One of the songs I wish every child could learn is “Jesus Loves The Little Children.”  The words are:

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus died for all the children
Of the world.

Jesus rose for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus rose for all the children
Of the world.

The video above says red and yellow, black and white.  Later brown was added. I would say the red stands for American Indians, yellow for Asian, black for African, Middle Eastern, Mexican, South American,or South Pacifica, and white for European. How would you define race by skin color?  The whole point is that Jesus loves children no matter what color they are.

We have had a firestorm of difficult race relations in the United States recently.  In California and Arizona there is the problem of high school Mexican citizens wanting to celebrate their Mexican holidays at school and becoming angry if high school American citizens wear American flag T-shirts to school on those days.  We have had looting and burning in Missouri and Maryland because of black men who were killed by police in questionable circumstances.  The most tragic situations are the black on black crime in Chicago, Cleveland, and other cities.  Worse still are the radicalized Muslims who want to kill Jews and anybody who does not submit to Sharia law.

Christians need to spread the word that God loves all of us.  He is our Creator.  He wants us to love each other.  But the only way that will happen is if we are brothers and sisters in the Lord.  I Peter 2: 9  "But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSIONso that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;"   In a mysterious way Christians become the same race no matter what the skin color!

Because of what has been given to us, those who know Jesus are called to a higher standard.  The hope is that those without Christ will turn to Him through our good works and the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Bible tells us that God’s judgment is coming onto the earth and onto the people who do not believe.  We must have compassion on the unbelievers before it is too late.

Of all the hurting people in the world Christians have the best chance of getting rid of all bitterness in our losses, and to forgive those who have betrayed us. Here is a book recommendation which may help. Click here.

 Love is the only answer. Christians show our love by spreading the Gospel and making disciples.