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Deuteronomy 28

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Scriptures: Deuteronomy 28

Toddler’s Rules Of Ownership

1. If I like it, it's mine.

2. If it's in my hand, it's mine.

3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.

4. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.

5. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.

6. If I'm doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.

7. If it looks just like mine, it's mine.

8. If I think it's mine, it's mine.

9. If it's yours and I steal it, it's mine.

Sounds like kids but I get that feeling every once in a while relative to our elected official s

Is the blessing of God upon this nation?  Are we living under the blessing or the curse?

Would people who died for our nation in previous years consider offering the same sacrifice again?

A nation is more than a political structure or a set of geographical parameters.  It is a set of values that are worth dying for.   The highest value for many today is their own welfare because the nation does not provide a vision that captures the imagination of her people.

Law reflects but in no sense determines the moral worth of a society.  The values of a reasonably just society will reflect themselves in a reasonably just law.

The better the society, the less law there will be.  In Heaven there will be no law, and the lion will lie down with the lamb. The values of an unjust society will reflect themselves in an unjust law. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell there will be nothing but law, and due process will be meticulously observed.

n      Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Here are some interesting definitions:

Communism:  You have 2 cows, the government takes 1 and gives you part of the milk.

Socialism:  You have 2 cows, the government takes 1 cow and gives it to your neighbor.

Fascism:  You have 2 cows, the government takes both, and sells you the milk.

Naziism: You have 2 cows, the government takes both and shoots you.

Bureaucracy:  You have 2 cows, the government takes both, shoots one, milks one and pours milk down the drain.

Capitalism:  (Of course we understand this one) you have 2 cows, you sell one, and buy a bull.

Romans 13:1 ¶ Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2  Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4  For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5  Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6  This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 ¶ Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour.

We should be extremely thankful today for what we have and the freedom that we enjoy.

Here are some interesting definitions:

Communism:  You have 2 cows, the government takes 1 and gives you part of the milk.

Socialism:  You have 2 cows, the government takes 1 cow and gives it to your neighbor.

Fascism:  You have 2 cows, the government takes both, and sells you the milk.

Naziism: You have 2 cows, the government takes both and shoots you.

Bureaucracy:  You have 2 cows, the government takes both, shoots one, milks one and pours milk down the drain.

Capitalism:  (Of course we understand this one) you have 2 cows, you sell one, and buy a bull.

World Statistics

I know we have seen this before but I think it is worth seeing every so often.........

If Earth's population was shrunk into a village of  just 100 people -- with all the human ratios existing in the world still remaining -- what would

this tiny, diverse village look like?

That's exactly what Phillip M. Harter, an MD at the Stanford University School of Medicine, attempted to figure out. This is what he found........

57 would be Asian

21 would be European

14 would be from the Western Hemisphere

8 would be African

52 would be female

48 would be male

70 would be nonwhite

30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian

30 would be Christian

89 would be heterosexual

11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59 percent of the entire world's wealth, and all 6 would be from the United States.

80 would live in substandard housing

70 would be unable to read

50 would suffer from malnutrition

1 would be near death

1 would be pregnant

1 would have a college education

1 would own a computer

The following is an anonymous interpretation:

Think of it this way... If you live in a good home, have plenty to eat and can read, you are a member of a very select group.  And if you have a good house, food, can read and have a computer, you are among the very elite.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more fortunate than the million who will not survive  this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of  battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... you are ahead of  500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear  of harassment, arrest, torture, or death...you are  fortunate.  More than three billion people in the world  can't.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace...you are among the top 8%  of the world's wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still  married...you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful ... you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on shoulder ... you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

At the same time we should realize that we live in a sin-sick country.

When minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual politically-correct generalities, but what they heard instead was a stirring prayer, passionately calling our country to repentance and righteousness.  The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies

of the prayer from India, Africa and Korea.  Commentator PAUL HARVEY aired the prayer on The Rest of the Story on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired !!

        

THE  PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance.  We know Your Word says, "Woe on those who call evil good," but that's exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess that:

We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.

We have worshiped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.

We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn children and called it a choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it political savvy.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.  Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your will.  I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Our hope is not in our leadership.  The system handcuffs people who would lead in change that we would love to see.  The gospel however was never meant to be clothed in or empowered by a political system.  It loses it’s authority when it grasps at power.

Our hope can never rest securely in the system.

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.

From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years.  These nations have progressed through this sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back again into bondage.

Ø      We live in a country in which our government profits from the vice that they feed and then in return they employ it’s citizens to try to undue the damage that they have facilitated.

Ø      We live in a country that tolerates the religion of all but those who founded it.

Ø      We live in a  country that has rejected the knowledge of God as primary and foundational to all truth.

Brownies Make The Difference

Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why some music, movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them to bring into the home or to listen to or see.

One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to refute. The father listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a particular PG-13 movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated PG-13 because of the suggestion of sex--they never really showed it. The language was pretty good--the Lord's name was only used in vain three times in the whole movie.

The teens did admit there was a scene where a building and a bunch of people were blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn't too bad. And, even if there were a few minor things, the special effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed.

However, even with all the justifications the teens made for the 13' rating, the father still wouldn't give in. He didn't even give his children a satisfactory explanation for saying, "No." He just said, "No!"

A little later on that evening the father asked his teens if they would like some brownies he had baked. He explained that he'd taken the family's favorite recipe and added a little  something new. The children asked what it was.

The father calmly replied that he had added dog poop. However, he quickly assured them, it was only a little bit. All other ingredients were gourmet quality and he had taken great care to bake the brownies at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would be superb.

Even with their father's promise that the brownies were of almost perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The father acted surprised.  After all, it was only one small part that was causing them to be so stubborn. He was certain they would hardly notice it. Still the teens held

firm and would not try the brownies.

The father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see was just like the brownies. The movie industry would have you believe just a little bit of evil won't matter. But, the truth is even a little bit of poop makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting and totally unacceptable.

The father went on to explain that even though the movie industry would have us believe that most of today's movies are acceptable fare for adults and youth, they are not.

Now, when this father's children want to see something that is of questionable material, the father merely asks them if they would like some of his special dog poop brownies. That closes the subject.

Posted From [Laughs On-Line]

We do not need legislation to reform our own lives.   If you want to go on a diet in your home – does everyone have to follow the same diet?  You want to lose weight then do it – make choices yourself without resenting others people who do not follow your example.

Our attitude toward this is so important as we try to respond positively as instruments of change.

Ø      First of all we concentrate on ourselves and we realize that if we are to see clearly to direct others we must make sure that our own house is in order. .  In light of the scandals within the church in recent years we need to be very cautious when we come across as being judgmental.

Luke 6:41  "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42  How can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. 43  "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44  Each tree is recognised by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn-bushes, or grapes from briers. 45  The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. 46  "Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?

Ø      Prophets of gloom – no thanks.  There are folks who believe that the world has been getting worse and worse and will keep doing so until the end of time.  The truth is that the heart of unregenerate man has never changed over the years

 

Romans 1:18  The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 ¶ since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20  For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24  Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25  They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is for ever praised. Amen. 26  Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28  Furthermore, since they did not think it worth while to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29  They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30  slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31  they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32  Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practise them.

If anything we are more aware today than any other generation.  We watch wars live – we see crime in “real TV” and the graphic nature of the news as much as anything else awakens us more than ever to our nature as human beings without a Savior and Lord.

Ø      Our recourse is not to enter into an adversarial relationship with the world in which we live.  Jesus had compassion on those that he came to die for.  He saw them as blind and deaf – literally unable to see and hear until they became sufficiently sick of their blindness and their deafness.  One of the primary and absolutely necessary checkpoints in the pilgrimage to faith is to realize that we are sinners and to admit it without qualification.  The facade of self righteousness will keep a person from Christ the deliverer.

Ø      The tendency to cloister in our Christian sub-culture will make us ineffective as well.  That has been tried before in days when people felt that sin was something that could be avoided by cutting off the sources of temptation.  They saw the danger as something from without and failed to see that as much as anything else it is an internal problem that can not be run away from.  You cannot run away from your sinfulness.  It follows you.  No matter where you go, there you’ll be.

Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?  10  "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."

Romans 7:18  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. {Or my flesh} For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.

I believe that the most powerful thing that we can do as a church is the thing that we do less than we do anything else and that is to pray.

Really we are more prone to take any other avenue than this because we unconsciously believe that we are more likely to change things than God is.

Prayer is political action. Prayer is social energy. Prayer is public good. Far more of our nation's life is shaped by prayer than is formed by legislation. That we have not collapsed into anarchy is due more to prayer than to the police.

  Prayer is a sustained and intricate act of patriotism in the largest sense of that word--far more precise, loving, and preserving than any patriotism served up in slogans. That society continues to be livable and that hope continues to be resurgent are attributable to prayer far more than to business prosperity or a flourishing of the arts. The single most important action contributing to whatever health and strength there is in our land is prayer.

n      Eugene Peterson, Earth and Altar. Christianity Today, Vol. 30, no. 1.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Before we criticize we need to pray.

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