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Lies, Lies, Nothing but Lies

It is true that some have a lifestyle of lying while others see absolutely no problem with occasional misleading. And then there are those that see it as somewhat honorable to lie so long as the outcome is good in their view. Such is the case with Dr. Jonathan Gruber, a renowned professor serving the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and key architect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare. This man, Dr. Gruber, admitted to lying to the people of the United States of America in respect to what the ACA actually contained and has done so with no remorse.

Nancy Pelosi is no better at telling the truth. Well, actually she may be a little better than the good professor in that at least she was truthful in declaring that the healthcare bill had to be passed in order to see what was in it. Well, perhaps it should have been read before it was passed but that is another story. The fact is that Mrs. Pelosi declared very recently that she did not know who Dr. Gruber was even while evidence proves otherwise show that this political leader is one that adheres to the idea that the ends justifies the means. It seems that Gruber and Pelosi truly see the American people as being too stupid to know what is good for them so they must be lied to.

While on the matter of lies President Barack Obama simply cannot be ignored. After all the ACA is the President’s signature piece of legislation. It is now a law that is showing more and more than it has little to do with health insurance and much to do with redistributive wealth. This is why there are so many taxes and “fees” written into the legislation. Never mind the fact that the good President promised that if you like your doctors and plans you would be able to keep them and that this law would add not one dime to the country’s debt. Consider the fact the President Obama most recently denied knowing Dr. Gruber and his significance in developing the ACA when in fact Dr. Gruber visited the White House multiple times and met with the President at least once for four hours. And all this is taking place during the most transparent presidency of the United States of America. Oh the lies that seek to bolster some while tearing down others. Then again perhaps the American people are too stupid to realize they have been bamboozled!

Unfortunately public figures are not the only ones touting lies for socialist or selfish reasons. Many choose to lie under the guises that white lies harm no one. The fact is that lies are lies and Scripture provides no colour codes for any lies. As in the case of Dr. Gruber lies have a way of presenting themselves to be lies even when best covered. This is the case in marriages as well with public figures. How many wives have feigned miscarriage when the reluctant mothers really had an abortion? How many husbands have declared that they were working late when in fact they were out having a good time with the boys? And the children, little children, begin lying from a young age all because they want that cookie. Oh the lies, the lies!

Perhaps all would do well simply to spill out the truth. If the people would have known about the heavy taxes and loss of certain privileges perhaps there would have been a political uprising which may have halted the formation and passing of an unpopular law. If spouses would be honest with each other perhaps there would be no unwanted pregnancies and no sneaking away just to get a breather. Lies do little to build confidence rather they do much to tear at the fabric of a people. So, politicians, families, bosses and employees let’s just stop with the multiplicity of lies and be straight forward. After all the end result of lies is death and destruction.

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Thought For the Day

Do we love the Lord with passion from a deep wellspring? Is it love to be tolerant of those committing evil? Or is it instead a apathy? How do we stand before God a say”I loved my neighbor” and yet bridled our passion in order to not offend man? Our God is not a shallow god! His passions run deep! To feel His love is almost indescribable!  “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” – Revelation 3:14-22 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation3:14-22&version=NIV
Oh Lord, please do not let me forget that fire of your love and presence, in Jesus name I pray! I Love you Lord!

The Comfort of Christ

He comforts us every time we have trouble so that when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. – (2 Corinthians 1:4, ERV)

 

Not all pain and suffering are bad. Often our pain has a purpose. The very comfort that we receive from Christ, grows in us a compassion and empathy for others who suffer in a similar way. God can use our experiences to express His goodness through us, as we are able to listen and understand others in a way that those who have not experienced similar suffering could not. May we embrace His goodness and grace in our times of trial and trouble, so that we may be equipped to offer comfort and compassion to those who experience similar trials one day.

 

God is our comfort,The Comfort of Christ

through trial and pain;

when troubles do come,

His presence is plain.

Look for His goodness,

despite suffering;

kindness extended,

Love’s true offering.

Just past our trials,

Christ often brings due;

a chance to extend,

how He loved us through.

Embrace His goodness,

regardless of pain;

trust in His purpose,

allow Him to reign.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are always good, and that You comfort us when troubles come so that we too, can comfort others as we have been comforted by You. Forgive us for thinking that there could not possibly be a purpose in our pain or trials, and help us to keep our eyes fixed securely on You. Thank You that even in the midst of our suffering, You provide Your peace, Your presence, and tangible evidence of Your love for us. Help us to trust You more, so that we may go forth in faith, allowing You to speak through our places of pain to touch lives for Your glory. May many come to know of Your loving kindness, and come into a saving relationship with You. Be exalted, O God, as we trust You to be our comfort, so we too, can comfort others. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power. – Daniel 2:23

Creating Bonds in the Body

There should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. – (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)

 

First and foremost, we are called to be a part of the body of Christ. We were created for relationship with God and with people. His intention was not for us to hide out with a few fellow like-minded souls for His sake, but rather to invest in the bigger body of Christ. We are called to contribute the gifts that He has placed in each of us, and to love and care for one another, despite our differences. Our hearts ought to celebrate the strengths of our sisters and brothers, not become points of envy nor contention. When someone is suffering, we are invited to walk beside them and extend our strength and support, and as one is honored, we are meant to rise up and rejoice alongside them in their accomplishments. Unity in the body comes as we live life together – in sorrow and in celebration. As we are able to be real with one another, we are creating bonds in the body as Christ intended. May we go forth this day in faith, with genuine concern for the body of believers around us. Let our hearts be united in purpose as we seek to serve Him well.

 

Let not division,Creating Bonds in the Body

find way enter in;

for though we’re many,

we are all for Him.

No gift is greater,

but all are the same;

granted by Jesus,

to spread His great Name.

Build up the body,

united in Him;

grieve when there’s mourning,

rejoice when they win.

Walk with each other,

united in love;

as God intended,

our hope from above.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You created each of us with different gifts for different roles to build Your church. Thank You that no role nor gift is greater than another in Your eyes. Thank You that You ask us to love one another the same – to suffer with the suffering and to rejoice with those who are honored. Forgive us for seeing ourselves as less than or greater than we ought to, and help us to focus all of our attention on what we can accomplish for You and in You, rather than anything that is focused on self. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may operate in the light of Your love. Lead us to love well, so that we may invest in the lives of those around us. Show us how we are to grieve with those in mourning and celebrate with those who are rejoicing. May many come into a saving relationship with You as we seek to honor You in all that we say and do. Be glorified, O God, as we live and love as Your body of believers. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; …write them on the tablet of your heart. – Proverbs 3:3

Etiquette for Christian Youth

Etiquette for Christian Youth  (click here for printable download)
Source: http://www.letgodbetrue.com/index.php

(My disclaimer: I did not write these rules, the writer seems a little steamed at the youth and messy people ( it sounds like it was written by a catholic nun I had in 8th grade.) It’s a good review for the upcoming youth,  but I don’t agree with everything – like the no flip flops rule and  I like my sloppy clothing style, I always wear blue jeans and comfy is what I’m all about, I havent tucked in a shirt since 1990 and I always eavesdrop. However, just for fun, I’m going to try this on my teens and try to keep a serious face and see what happens. Who knows, maybe they’ll listen )

Courtesy, Decorum, and Manners
1. This is merely an introductory presentation of a very large and wide subject to make you all think a little.
2. Your soft skills may contribute more to your success in any endeavor than occupational or technical skills.
3. There is not enough emphasis or instruction on these subjects today, though they were recently important.
4. As the world implodes and degenerates morally and socially, proper decorum will appear abnormal.
5. As Christians, youth must glorify God, adorn the gospel, and aim high maritally and professionally, at least.
6. Recall recent “C” character traits: cautious, circumspect, conventional, conscious, conservative, classy.
7. For more scriptural reasons for this study, see … http://www.letgodbetrue.com/pdf/great-men-in-public.pdf.
8. First impressions are important for spouses, jobs, good service, influence, and the gospel. Beware of it.
9. Perception (appearance) is valued over reality (substance), so wisdom adjusts to it (Pr 17:28; Eccl 5:3).
10. A dull man dressed well is perceived smarter. Which man is hirable? The sloppy or the refined one?
11. You are youth, with foolishness bound in your hearts, so listening to others, not youthful peers, can save you.
12. We do not want you to be ordinary any more than you want an ordinary job or spouse. Be extraordinary.
13. You do not have a right to your own opinions, for others, adults, set proper behavior to be void of offence.
14. Daniel 1:3-4,8 has four parts of a man: genetic package, academic training, soft skills, and fear of the LORD.
15. When a person exploits these four parts diligently, the results are outstanding, by God’s grace (Dan 1:17-21).
16. Joseph, Ruth, David, Daniel, and Esther adjusted to situations and took their various kingdoms! Copy them!

 SPEECH
1. Gracious speech (gentle, kind, cheerful, positive) goes far (Pr 11:16; 22:11; Eccl 10:12; Col 4:6).
2. Fewer words are better, to save yourself from gaffes and the rule of fools (Pr 17:28; Eccl 10:13-14).
3. Foolish talking or jesting is not convenient and should be replaced with thanksgiving (Eph 5:3-5).
4. Never be guilty of backbiting, slander, talebearing, or whispering, and stop others from doing so.
5. Replace fretfulness and anger in conversation with love, graciousness, cheerfulness, and kindness.
6. If you cannot say anything kind or edifying, say nothing at all, for silence adorns better than choler.
7. Do not repeat personal history that others have heard about you – how boring! In fact, never tell it!
8. Do not hold a private conversation within a small group, especially when eating a meal together.
9. Do not zone out in a group, if the discussion is not about you e.g. leaving, cell phone, yawn, etc.
10. Do not answer for someone else in a group discussion, even if you know the answer and could.
11. Do not correct a person in a group for a minor fact that does not affect the issue being discussed.
12. Do not talk over others that are talking, even when they are slow and you wish they would hurry.
13. Do not publicly ridicule anyone, especially siblings, the younger, parents, or anyone not present.
14. Learn the art of communication, which is less talking and more listening. Ask questions about them.
15. Too much talking, even about good things, is offensive. Much speaking is the sure mark of a fool.
17. Share conversation, especially at meals, by allowing others to talk more. Keep your answers short.

COMMUNICATION
1. Communicate all details clearly. Repeat them periodically. Follow up with confirmation if possible.
2. Emails are not texting or tweeting, so avoid shorthand or abbreviations successful people do not use.
3. Use proper letter-writing protocol when writing emails, for it reflects intelligence and education.
4. Communication skills are one of the most important soft skills – love speech and writing classes!
5. Those who can communicate clearly, easily, and graciously will advance very fast (Prov 22:11).
6. Be a good listener, because that is a big part of communication, and will protect you from errors.

CLOTHES
1. Fads and extremes are for fools. Classic clothes say… intelligent, educated, mature, and successful.
2. Men and women still wear the classic outfits and components they wore 70, 50, and 30 years ago.
3. Clothing standards are set by mature adults over many years, not by family, you, or especially peers.
4. Today’s casual, sloppy, rebellious choices are not attractive or becoming. Dress above the rabble.
5. “Being your own man” and other absurd statements of ignorance and arrogance will take you down.
6. Girls should learn our female modesty suggestions are followed by much of corporate America.
7. No matter what the event and the clothing chosen for it, make sure your clothing is clean and fits.
8. Do not play the peacock looking about you to see how dandy you look in hope others will believe.
9. Modesty must be observed not only by that which is covered but also by the shape the cloths reveal.
10. For any job, you should dress like your manager or the job you want, not the job you already have.
11. Flip flops are for the beach to keep your feet off the hot sand or hot asphalt or for public showers.
12. Blue jeans were taken from farmer’s overalls, so remember that they do not belong in most places.
13. An untucked shirt is for going to the beach or bed – it is not fit for any place outside your house.
14. Comfort does not determine how you should dress – proper behavior is seldom very comfortable.
15. A sport coat with slacks of the same color does not make a suit. It is shameful. Get yourself a suit.
16. Never wear a short-sleeved shirt under a sport coat or suit jacket. The bare forearms prove a fool.
17. Quality is better than quantity or variety; those able to promote or sponsor you know the difference.
18. Quality clothes based on informed purchases for your situation will also boost your confidence.
19. Identify the most successful persons in your industry, company, or situation and copy them.
20. There are websites and books to teach you how to dress for any job, function, or situation. Use them.
FOOD /EATING
1. Use the utensils from the outside in: appetizer fork, then salad fork, then dinner fork, etc.
2. Never touch your food with your fingers … unless you are at Bucky’s eating ribs with friends!
3. Never talk with food in your mouth. If you take proper amounts, your mouth will soon be empty.
4. Only put in your mouth a small amount to chew so that it may be quickly masticated and swallowed.
5. Do not look around while drinking, but keep your eyes downward toward the glass you are using.
6. Be temperate with food and drink – eat too little rather than too much – avoid dullness or elation.
7. Drunkenness and gluttony are equal sins to be avoided and hated by godly young men and women.
8. Avoid pensiveness, fretting, anger, or business when eating – keep meals a happy experience for all.
9. There are specific rules for table conduct, and you should learn whatever else you need to know.
10. Do not put your elbows or arms on the table. Keep your arms at your side and hands in your lap.
11. Dress appropriately for any meal, which should be a step or two up from attire for events around it.
12. Consider the appearance of over-drinking or over-eating and do not allow even the hint at such.
13. Remember basic courtesy of words, such as please, thank you, excuse me, it is excellent, etc.
14. Do not begin to eat until the host begins to eat. Do not begin to eat dessert until the host begins.
15. Do not leave a dinner table without explaining, in proper terms, why you are leaving your company.
16. Tip generously, but do let it reflect the level of personal and professional service provided.
17. Never put a knife near your mouth. It is made for cutting only, not for scooping or sliding food.
18. Do not use toothpicks in public to clean your teeth. Wait until you are in private or at home.
19. Do not let your teeth touch your silverware. It is annoying. God gave you lips for clearing your fork.
20. Never take the last portion or piece on a table, unless the host presses you to do so after deferring.

CELL PHONES
1. Unless on call for life or death, reduce to vibrate in public settings and check calls later or in private.
2. Do not call anyone before 9:00 A.M. or after 9:00 P.M., unless circumstances require such a call.
3. Never receive or send text messages or receive cell phone calls during dinner. Turn it to low vibrate.
4. Never interrupt a conversation with someone to check your cell phone. Check it later in private.
5. Texting is a child’s game, unless necessary; you will give an account for every idle word you text.
6. Texting is a child’s game, unless necessary; adults seeing you at play will discount you as a child.
7. Since texting allows immediate and private words, how much of texting is slander or whispering?
8. Tweeting is for the fan club of fools, as nothing important is communicated by the unimportant.
9. Do not call anyone in the presence of others unless absolutely necessary and understood by the rest.
10. Cell phones are a recent invention that has added little value and much nuisance. Value them rightly.
11. Never let your cell phone ring in any assembly or meeting of any kind. Keep the thing on vibrate.
12. Never flinch or reach for your pocket when it vibrates, for you indicate to others you are distracted.
APPEARANCE / HYGIENE
1. How many showers in a day would be too many? 4! How many showers in a day are too few? 1!
2. Body odor or bad breath is unacceptable at anytime for any reason. There are very simple solutions.
3. Remember carefully, you cannot smell your body odor or your breath before others are offended.
4. Facial hair should be appropriate to the situation or event, and it should be impeccably groomed.
5. Body weight says more about you faster than anything else and will affect your jobs and a spouse.
6. Remember that youth have the worst body odor, the greasiest hair and skin, and need showers most.
7. Parts of your body visible with clothing e.g. hair, face, teeth, hands, etc. must be impeccably clean.

CARRIAGE
1. Never touch any body part in public that you do not expose to public view e.g. crotch, butt, etc.
2. Never touch your hand to your face or hair unless absolutely necessary. It is annoying and childish.
3. Stand tall and erect without slouching and sit the same way. Walk with head up and shoulders back.
4. When sitting, feet should be flat on the floor and legs together. Who invented crossing legs? Why?
5. Never sing, hum, or whistle to yourself in the presence of others. It is annoying and insensitive.
6. Do not drum with your fingers or tap your feet in the presence of others. It belies boredom.
7. If you must cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do so in private or in a handkerchief or turn your head.
8. Never chew or gnaw your nails, especially in public. Keep your nails clean and short. Clip at home.
9. Do not encroach on another’s space, which is one pace from them. It is offensive for you to enter it.
10. Do not point with your finger at the person to whom you are talking. Let body language be relaxed.
11. Details from posture to the content of your car trunk should enhance your character and reputation.
12. Do not walk too fast – spastic look of the immature; do not walk too slow – slothful look of fearful.

CARRIAGE
1. Never touch any body part in public that you do not expose to public view e.g. crotch, butt, etc.
2. Never touch your hand to your face or hair unless absolutely necessary. It is annoying and childish.
3. Stand tall and erect without slouching and sit the same way. Walk with head up and shoulders back.
4. When sitting, feet should be flat on the floor and legs together. Who invented crossing legs? Why?
5. Never sing, hum, or whistle to yourself in the presence of others. It is annoying and insensitive.
6. Do not drum with your fingers or tap your feet in the presence of others. It belies boredom.
7. If you must cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do so in private or in a handkerchief or turn your head.
8. Never chew or gnaw your nails, especially in public. Keep your nails clean and short. Clip at home.
9. Do not encroach on another’s space, which is one pace from them. It is offensive for you to enter it.
10. Do not point with your finger at the person to whom you are talking. Let body language be relaxed.
11. Details from posture to the content of your car trunk should enhance your character and reputation.
12. Do not walk too fast – spastic look of the immature; do not walk too slow – slothful look of fearful.

POSSESSIONS
1. Your house should be as clean and orderly as the hotel or restaurant where you entertain guests.
2. Your vehicle must be kept clean at all times, in preparation for the angel that needs a ride (He 13:2).
3. The trunk of your vehicle should be kept clean as well, for the need to haul something for a friend.
4. Interior decorating is not a fetish of the rich and famous, for the virtuous woman used it wisely.
5. If you have too much stuff in your bedroom or closet, throw it out before your survivors must do it.
6. Keep quality and useful items that enhance your life; throw everything else away to be organized.

VISITING
1. Do not pretend you are a doctor and give medical advice when visiting a sick person or in a hospital.
2. Do not try to be a stand-up comic for those cast down or sick, for your contrariness aggravates them.
3. Make all corrections of another person in private, unless it must be done publicly for good reasons.
4. Hospitality is a Bible duty and is more than at restaurants. Saints are to be given to it (Rom 12:13).
5. Seek to have prayer at the beginning and the ending, even meals out, to keep things honoring to God.
6. Invitations to your home and a restaurant may have starting and ending times to avoid confusion.
7. True entertainment is more than creating a teen hangout – it is structured with designed hospitality.

HONOR
1. Always show cheerful deference without any fretting to both parents, no matter the issue at hand.
2. Do not wander near others talking – you are eavesdropping. They will invite you, if they want you.
3. Young men, it does not matter you are male, have absolutely no authority over your female peers.
4. Your example is greater than your words, so let your conduct do your preaching, not your speech.
5. A gentleman will give up his seat for a woman or for an older man, if he has any character or class.
6. When a person older than you enters a room, you should stand up and show them honor (Lev 19:32).
7. Never wear a hat while eating in any setting or during any prayer. Uncover your heads, young men.
8. Guys protect girls by giving up their seats, walking next to the street, opening doors for them, etc.
9. Tip housekeeping for your hotel room, barbers for doing a good job, and other low-level servants.
HABITS
1. Unless recovering from surgery, do not oversleep, but establish habits of only necessary sleep.
2. Smoking cigars is a stinking mess at best, so be considerate of the 98% that despise cigar smoke.
3. While speaking to your age group and those under it is necessary, prefer the group above you.

MEETINGS
1. Always be early to public assemblies and take your seat before the announced time for it to begin.
2. Never be early (or late) to a private function unless instructed to be so for a surprise to another guest.
3. Never assume you are invited anywhere without an invitation – do not boldly tag along with a friend.
4. Leave a private event when it ends. Do not linger thinking that the host enjoys your extra company.
5. If you invite a person out to eat, let it be known if you are paying or splitting the tab with your guest.
6. Do not whisper to the person next to you, unless there is a life or death matter that must be disclosed.
7. Do not fidget, turn sideways, turn around, look sideways, or any other immature motions of a child.

INTERVIEWING
1. Know the industry and company and what is expected in employee attire and dress one step above it.
2. Do not dress two steps above those around you, for that is offensive and will undermine your cause.
3. Be prepared. You should research the industry and company and prepare answers for all questions.
4. Follow up. Distinguish yourself from other applicants by classy, gracious, enthusiastic follow-up.

MONEY
1. Never offer to pay for something e.g. a meal and then forget to follow through and actually pay.
2. Do not assume an invitation means they will pay for your meal. Make a full effort to pay yourself.
3. Do not spend beyond your income, even if you can, because perception of a spendthrift will hurt.
4. Living within your means is a duty of the gospel, and even an appearance of evil should be avoided.
5. Repay debts as soon as possible – personal borrowings – by eliminating all discretionary spending.
6. Make sure in any arrangement involving money that each party fully knows who is due how much.
7. The more you use a checkbook, debit card, or credit rather than cash the better paper trail you have.

FACEBOOK
1. It is for children and fools who have no friends but want to pretend they have a large circle of them.
2. Your page should reflect the sober, serious, gracious, and edifying content of good Christian speech.
3. Your posting to your own or other accounts should be weighty and sober, not frivolous and foolish.
4. If this is a large part of your life, it shows you are a loser. Close it and learn to interact with adults.

CHURCH ASSEMBLIES
1. Be in your place before church assemblies are to begin for quiet meditation and preparation.
2. Move forward in your seating to leave back rows available for visitors or those with young children.
3. Services are short enough to avoid leaving for any reason – it is solved by planning and temperance.
4. Families sitting together are family worship for best results – youth with youth create temptations.
5. Coughing, clearing throat, sneezing, yawning are unacceptable and unnecessary. Use inventions.
6. Greet visitors with a friendly and relaxed greeting. There is no need to press them or question them.
7. The nursery is to get young children out of the adult assembly. Worship should occur there also.
8. Ties are always appropriate for a Sunday service, just as they are for an interview or a decent job.
For Further Study:
Note: Most sources are not by Christians; we do not endorse content or intent of any; these sources are to show a generation rejecting manners that they are wrong. These are not in any order, and they are only a suggestion that much more information is available for those that want to polish their image against the rebellious, anti-establishment appearance and conduct now promoted among youth. Adapt practically like Joseph, Ruth, David, Daniel, and Esther to take your kingdom like they did!
Dale Carnegie Leadership Courses
2. Final Touch Finishing School
3. Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette
4. The Art of Manliness: Reviving the lost art of manliness.
5. The Etiquette School of New York
6. Young Marine Etiquette
7. Dining Etiquette at a Glance
8. Email Etiquette at a Glance
9. Wikieducator Business Etiquette and Grooming
10. Etiquette School of Ohio
11. Beaton’s Classes for High Society (New York and London)
12. Book Advertisement (BJU): Man in Demand
13. Book Advertisement (BJU): The New Christian Charm Course
14. Book Advertisement: Dale Carnegie Updated for Digital Age
15. Book Advertisement: Choosing Civility
16. Book Advertisement: Business Etiquette & Professionalism
17. Book Advertisement: Freakin’ Fabulous
18. Book Summary: Dress for Success (John T. Molloy’s original edition; 1976).
19. Typical Website: Dressing for Interviews
20. Typical Website: Dressing for Interviews

Again I Voted for Freedom

Yes, I did it again. I found my way to the early voting polling place recently. You have heard the story of how I did this very same thing in Baltimore a couple years ago. Yes, I voted early because I bemoan those long lines and loud people. What I bemoan even more is the lack of freedom that some seek to impose on this wonderful nation. With that I had no choice but to return to the polls as had been in the past in order to cast my mark for freedom. Yet before my vote was cast I paid attention to what was going on. I listened to the arguments of the contestants and knew that again I had to vote for freedom.

This is another matter that had to be taken personally. This is because there remain some in these United States of America that choose not freedom. Consider the many fights over individuals flying the United States flag on their property. This is a flag that resembles a free land. The red stands for the shed blood of those before us while the white stands for the purity of a free people and the blue for the loyalty of same. Well, I have had my fill of those who attack those choosing to express patriotism by flying the flag of the United States of America. That is a flag that I joined the Marine Corps to fight for. It is that flag that I learned to respect as a boy scout. It is because of the flag that I again voted for freedom.

As important as that flag is there is one thing more important than the flag that some want to trample upon. You see not only I am a natural born citizen of the United States I am also a staunch Christian to which I make no apologies. The Bible is in fact the Word of God and it is upon that Word that I stand. And when some tell me that I have to keep my Christian worldview to myself my freedom is greatly infringed upon. Even more Romans 6:7 declared that “He who the Son has set free is free indeed.” Well, I choose to walk in that freedom. I choose to wear that freedom on my sleeve and I will not hold back the truths of the word of God simply because some choose not freedom. While I love my country I love my God even more so once again I voted for freedom.

There is another document that affords me freedom. In fact much of the freedom by this document comes from the freedom of the Word of God. The Constitution of the United States of America specifically affords the citizens (not illegal immigrants) specific freedoms and specifically limits the government. A big government is not the mark of a free people rather a small government that allows freedom to live and breathe without the hand of a tyrannical government making and forcing decisions that have nothing to do with freedom. My vote went toward a small manageable government not one seeking to dictate my every move. Yes, I enjoy the freedom to worship and all other freedoms afforded by the Constitution so that again I voted for freedom.

In order to have freedom one must first have life. If life is prematurely snuffed out then there is no freedom. This is why I stand for those who would be killed before they are born. These people are not choices rather that are human beings that have been formed in the wombs of their mothers. How dare we decide who should live and who should die? How dare we abort simply because that new life would be an imposition? That unborn person deserves to be free and for that unborn person I voted. Life and freedom most definitely go hand in hand so again my vote was cast for freedom.
Economic freedom is another that only builds a strong people. The idea of raising the minimal wage (for which no such idea can be found in the Constitution) serves only to push some out of employment while raising the costs of goods and services. That is not freedom. That will only pull freedom from some and redistribute wealth to those who were pushed out of the work force. Instead I voted for the freedom of the free market wherein businesses are not over taxed. I voted for the freedom of hardworking people setting the course for their only lives. I voted for the freedom of energy independence. I voted for a nation to be prosperous and competitive in every possible way. I will not give in to the idea that economic freedom is tantamount to the love of money. So because I want economic freedom for me and mine again I voted for freedom.

The list of freedoms I voted for are nearly endless. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and the entire Godhead and I will fight for the freedom to worship until I can fight no more. I love my country and vowed to defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic. I voted to secure the freedom of a free loving people so I encourage one and all to join me in not just a right but also a responsibility as again I voted for freedom!

Staying Salty

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” – (Mark 9:50)

 

Jesus used salt to illustrate three qualities that should be found in His people: (1) We should remember God’s faithfulness, just as salt when used with a sacrifice recalled God’s covenant with His people. (2) We should make a difference in the “flavor” of the world we live in, just as salt changes the flavor of food. (3) We should counteract the moral decay in society, just a salt preserves food from decay. If we lose the desire to “salt” the earth with the love and message of God, how can we possible be effective in all that we are called to do? - (NIV footnotes for Mark 9:50)

 

How can we have salt in ourselves, and be at peace with each other? The best way to remember God’s faithfulness, is to spend time in His word. As we read story after story of how God has been faithful throughout the ages, our own faith is built up, and we cannot help but recall God’s faithfulness in our own lives as well. When His word and our own testimony are fresh in our minds, they come out in the words that we speak. People notice the flavor of our words, and desire to taste and see for themselves. As peace permeates in places where chaos reigns, the desire for the difference is discernable. Opportunities for His hope to be heard abound. May we go forth as salt, being at peace with one another today.

 

Holy faithfulness,To Season the Earth

like salt of the earth;

covenant promise,

through Jesus’ birth.

Because Jesus came,

and made way for us;

we now can go forth,

with truth to discuss.

May each of our words,

bring salt and bring life;

Christ’s message of love,

peace where there was strife.

Let us each go forth,

as salt of the earth;

extending His hope,

so all find new birth.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are salt and light, and that when we come to You, You equip us to be as salt unto those around us. Thank You that You help us remember Your faithfulness, because You are indeed faithful, and You use us to make a difference in the “flavor” of the world that we live in. Thank You that in You, we are able to counteract the moral decay that is happening around us. Forgive us for not seeking to stay “salty”, and help us to never lose our desire to “salt” the earth with love and Your message. Grow our faith, God, so that we may season those around us in such a way, that they too, seek You with their whole hearts. May many come to know You as their Savior and King as we love others as You so lavishly love each of us. Be glorified, O God, as we allow our salt to spread around us while we remain at peace with each other. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. – James 5:13

One to Many

We never quite know the far-reaching impact that one act of obedience may have. For Paul, when he had arrived on Malta via shipwreck and snakebite, he was invited into the home of a chief official on the island. Upon arrival, Paul learned that the father of Publius, the chief official, was sick in bed and suffering. Paul went to him and prayed for him and he was healed. When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. – (Acts 28:9) Paul’s following of the Holy Spirit’s prompting to touch one who had fallen ill, resulted in the healing of many, and consequently, the further spreading of the good news of Jesus, throughout the island.

 

What potential impact do our acts of obedience have on others? Kindness to a stranger, a touch to the hurting, encouraging words to one who is discouraged? We need not know the outcome to act as Christ calls us to move. For each of us, have also been the recipient of another’s faithful obedience. May we go forth this day in obedience to all that the Lord asks.

 

A moment in time,One to Many

responding in faith;

to what God has asked,

most memorable wraith.

All who are open,

ready to go forth;

will be granted word,

sent out by the Lord.

He looks for the heart,

that’s ready to serve;

does tremendous things,

His strength to observe.

May we be ready,

with yes and amen;

to go where He asks,

and do as He says.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the many examples of the faithful who have gone before us. Thank You that You show us that You use hearts that are willing and faithful to follow what You ask, regardless of circumstances or appearances. Thank You that Your ultimate good will come, even out of the most ugly of circumstances. Forgive us for our lack of faith in the midst of trials, or for our lack of movement when You are asking us to move. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may move mightily in all things and at all times, as You ask us to move. Let us love and encourage and be Your hands and heart to those around us, as You so clearly make You love evident to each of us. May many come to know You as their Savior and King, as we seek to serve You in all that we say and do. Be exalted, O God, as we follow Your leading today. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. – 2 Corinthians 3:5

With Them I Stand

It is true that I have been told that I rail too much against homosexuality. And I do rail against the immorality and godless practice of not homosexuality alone but also against all things that are an offense to the Word of God. My cries will not soften as I see this nation emboldening a group of people that are less than two percent of the population and are setting the course to change the culture of morality in this nation. Consider, for instance, a fairly new law in Houston, Texas wherein the lesbian mayor seeks to employ tactics of “fairness” in discriminatory practices in favour of the local LGBT community. Among the fair things required are that those that feel they are a certain gender at any given time are allowed to use the bathroom of choice depending on feeling rather than actual gender (http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/18398-houston-city-council-passes-pro-homosexual-law-opponents-vow-to-fight).

This resulted in the people of Houston putting forth a petition in order to overturn the law. And of course the fair authorities declared that there were not enough names on the petition even though the numbers far exceeded the required amount of signatures. This did not sit well with the citizenry of Houston so that there was another legal uprising which included at least five pastours in Houston. Needless to say the lesbian mayor (whom I choose not to mention) decided that she wanted no dissenting voices from the clergy. With that decision it was further decided that the people of God had to turn over their speeches to congregants particularly in respect to discussions on homosexuality (http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/frighten-every-american-believes-freedom/). The clergy members continue to stand against the tyranny of a few that seek only to push an agenda that is largely unwanted.

I stand with these men of God. I, too, stand against the immorality of homosexuality. The law in place in Houston is an unjust law on many fronts. Among the ideas presented is the fallacious idea of illegal discrimination against homosexuals. Perhaps the, ah, good mayor of Houston should be reminded of the idiom coined by Augustine, “An unjust law is no law at all.” Wait a minute! This mayor is certainly not familiar with the teachings of Church fathers so perhaps she should be reminded of the constitutional amendments. Never mind, she apparently is not familiar with those either. Nonetheless the fact of the matter is that the few homosexuals not only in this country but also in Houston suffer no discrimination. They have jobs and are not denied housing. The Supreme Court, and other lower courts, have even chimed in and declared that States banning same sex marriages are acting anti-constitutionally. This seems strange to me as I have found no place in the Constitution that supports heterosexual marriage. How then can there be clauses for same sex marriages?

The fact of the matter is that this mayor does not care about anything except her own agenda. Her agenda has nothing to do with what she was elected mayor to do. Now, I really don’t care how homosexuals choose to live. Yes, it is an offense to God and directly opposed to His Word. Still God has provided choices if we will walk in a holy manner or live according to the rudiments of the flesh. Well, I choose holiness and so do those faithful ones in Houston. I stand with them and will not bend to the winds of perversion which seek only to destroy a nation whose founding is predicated on the freedom Scripture provides. I will not give in to the feel good legislation that causes only a few to feel good for but a moment of time. I will not give in and I will not give up!

If it sounds like I am taking this matter personally you can bet that I am. I am more than weary of political hacks telling me what I can and cannot preach over the pulpit. I am sick and tired of my fellow clergy members being threatened because they stand on the Word of God. I have had more than I am willing to take and I am fully in support of the First Amendment which affords me not only the right to worship God but also the absolute write to say what I will in respect to same. Yes, dang blast it, I have had enough and will not sit idly by while my country is being run over not only by illegal immigrants but also my rights are being stripped away piece by piece. Well, enough already! It is time for Christians to stand and to stand uncompromisingly.

You men of God down in Houston, I stand with you. No, I do not hate homosexuals I just love the Word of God more. And, it may as well be stated that I won’t marry some heterosexual couples never mind homosexuals. I simply will not go against the teachings of the Word of God because I fear God way more than I will ever fear man. No, I will not succumb to the threats of imprisonment or to ruthless tactics of the IRS. Yes, there are some that stand on the principles of God and it is with them I stand!

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