• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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The Young Conservative Anthem

In their own words:

Young Conservatives is a group with a devout mission to spread the love and logic surrounding true conservatism. Our greatest enemy lies in the lack of understanding of the conservative movement. In a technological era driven fiercely by the main stream media, those who taut the true conservative message of individual responsibility, moral absolutes, and small government are slanted as intolerant, racist, “bible and gun clinging”, corporate fat cats who could not care less about the environment nor the well being of their fellow man. Being Christian or conservative or a combination of the two is not viewed as popular in American Society. This group clearly proves otherwise. Don’t feel afraid or silenced, and always speak your mind.

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Justice Clarence Thomas: The Voice Of Sanity On The Fairness Doctrine

constitution_quill_penFor the first time, a U.S. Supreme Court justice is offering some legal insight about the so-called Fairness Doctrine, suggesting the off-the-books policy could be declared unconstitutional if it’s revived and brought before the bench.

In written discussion on [the] ruling cracking down on indecent language on television, Justice Clarence Thomas called the policy “problematic” and a “deep intrusion into the First Amendment rights of broadcasters.”

The doctrine requiring broadcasters to air opposing viewpoints on controversial issues was brought to an end in the 1980s under the direction of President Ronald Reagan’s Federal Communications Commission.

There has been widespread fear, though, the policy could be resurrected during the term of President Barack Obama.

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Overwhelmed With Fear?

Quoting John Calvin:

“Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.”

Elementary Thoughts: Attitude – Part 4

principalThe seeds we sow as parents are the words we speak to and about our children. The seeds we sow are our actions as we interact with our family. The words our children hear us speak fall like seeds into their fertile spirits. Our actions in relation to our family and others are seeds for the spirit too. They take root there. They grow there and, someday, they will yield fruit. The questions we should consider early in our children’s lives are “What fruit do I want to produce? What are the qualities and characteristics I want to see mature in my children? What do I have to do, as a parent, to help my children achieve these goals?”

The Bible teaches us that words are very important, especially God’s Words. In Deuteronomy 11:18 19 we find, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” The fathers of Israel were instructed to deliver a message to their children. The message was the plan of God for their lives. When the fathers failed to repeat and teach God’s Words to their children, their sons and daughters turned away to other gods. This, in turn, brought destruction upon their lives.

The great breakdown in American society over the past several generations is that parents in our country have increasingly failed to deliver God’s Word in a consistent manner to their children. By their actions, they have also failed to live consistently according to God’s Word before their children. Thus, they deprive their children not only of the instruction they need, but also of the role model after which to pattern their lives. Christianity in America has become a “cultural Christianity” highly diluted by the prevailing attitudes of pragmatic materialism and secular/spiritual pluralism. The message communicated to the children of “cultural Christians” by their parents is no longer clearly based upon the Word of God. It is mixed with personal preferences, materialism, and situational biases. Situational ethics and the attitude that all beliefs are equally valid have pervaded modern thought. This lack of a moral compass has served only to embitter and discourage our children. It encourages the belief that there are no absolute standards of truth or right and wrong. It has caused them to devalue human life. Where there is no consistency and clarity of values, there is no truth by which to chart your course through life.

Where there is no absolute truth, there is no security and no valid means to determine how one should live and plan for the future. Where there are no absolute standards by which to live and plan your life, there is no future. When a child is not given a vision for the future, the whim of the present moment takes precedence in all his decisions. His immediate urge is to find momentary satisfaction and relief from his inability to understand what tomorrow may bring. (Continued tomorrow)

The Gold Standard And Inflation

gold4Quoting Gary North:

With the destruction of the gold standard, beginning in 1914 with the outbreak of World War I, citizens around the world have seen the destruction of purchasing power in every nation through monetary inflation. Not one currency has maintained its purchasing power of 1914. There is a reason for this: not one currency is redeemable on demand in gold. In 1912, Ludwig von Mises’ monumental book appeared, “The Theory of Money and Credit.” The 20th century can be regarded as confirmation of Mises’ suspicion that governments cannot be trusted to manage their monetary systems for the benefit of the people. The 20th century is a lasting testimony to the naive view asserted by Keynes that governments are more trustworthy than they had been in the 19th century.

Home Grown Jihad In America

islamFrom: CNN.com

An Arkansas man was arrested Monday in connection with a shooting at a Little Rock military recruiting center that killed one soldier and wounded another, authorities said.

Police identified the suspect as Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe.

Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad — a 24-year-old Little Rock resident formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe — faces a first-degree murder charge and 15 counts of engaging in a terrorist act, Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas said. The terrorist counts stem from the shots fired at an occupied building.

While authorities continued to investigate a motive, Thomas said Muhammad is a Muslim convert and, based on preliminary interviews with him, investigators believe there were “political and religious motives” in the shooting.

Military officials initially believed the shooting was a random act, but Thomas said police believe the shooter acted alone “with the specific purpose of targeting military personnel.”

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Private William Long was the 24-year old Army recruiter who was mowed down outside the Army recruiting station where he worked by Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, a Muslim convert formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe. Muhammad wounded another soldier, Private Quinton Ezeagwula. The jihadist had recently returned from Yemen, where he studied his new faith under an Islamic scholar who apparently forgot to tell him that it was a “religion of peace.” Muhammad had been under investigation by the U.S. Federal Task Force on Terrorism.

Returning To The Core Teachings Of Christ



From: The Pen of Eric Rauch

The “Back Page” of the April 2009 edition of Christianity Today contains an article by Chuck Colson called “Doctrine Bears Repeating.” In the article, Colson argues that the church needs to get back to teaching doctrine. Citing several examples of rampant biblical illiteracy among church-goers as evidence, Colson makes his point unavoidably clear with his final words: “The greatest challenge for serious Christians today is not re-inventing Christianity, but rediscovering its core teachings.” This one sentence accurately summarizes the primary issue facing the modern church. Ironically, the modern church is doing everything that it can to avoid this very issue.

If you spend any amount of time in the church today, you will undoubtedly hear the phrase “doctrine divides.” These two words are almost always followed up by six others—which serve as a mission statement of sorts—and go something like this: “I have no creed but Christ.” Although this pious-sounding series of words is meant to end theological discussions, it does nothing of the sort.

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