Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Gary Wooten teaching Dinah Queen Rearing
Five Graphs Took
Which Victor plowed hoping to level
Dinah made a purple swirl dress Saturday.
Victor boxing with Dad
Saturday, April 26, 2008
John MacArthur on page 21 of his book Why Government Can’t Save You speaking of Romans 13 says:
“…the Apostle [Paul] under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gives this command without qualification or condition. We are to obey every civil authority no matter how immoral, cruel, un-godly or incompetent he or she might be…”
Mr. MacArthur’s conclusion is wrong because only to God can we yield complete obedience. If we place the civil magistrate in God’s place we have made him god, thereby breaking the 1st commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”
Last year at our church’s annual Old Paths Christian History Conference one of the speakers, Pastor David Whitney, of Pasadena, Maryland, reminded us that “Courts do not make law” and also that “All law that is contrary to God’s law is NO LAW AT ALL!”
Friday, April 25, 2008
I discovered Anthony Burger this morning looking for great music for Melody to grow her tastes and style on. I ran into Anthony on a list of recommended artists I’d taken from talking to Mark Almond, from Piano for Life.
Uncle Sam told me about him years ago, when he performed in
As an infant, learning to walk Anthony fell into a floor heater, receiving 3rd degree burns on his face, hands and legs. He had to be carried on a pillow for a year, with three medicated baths a day. The Drs. predicted he would never be able to move his hands.
Burger said in his biography that “gradually, the Lord healed my hands because he had a job for me to do.” Anthony started playing at age 3.
Mr. Burger passed away two years ago while performing with the Gathers on a
Monday, April 21, 2008
Red & Green
Who needs a race car when you can mow the lawn?
But, oh my, what a rough ride! Victor decided the lawn needed to be leveled.
A nest in the rose bush
Dad, could you weld the pedals on my bike?
Victor Painting Supers for Bee Colonies
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Tables are set
Luke played Vision Forum Music special for Melody
Our neighbor, Emma, Dinah's dear friend, tells the stories of a life well lived.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
"Modern man has a will to fiction. His basic reality is his imagination, and he lives out his life in his imagined world instead of reality.
Is it harmless to live a lie? Never before in all of history have people lived so extensively in terms of their dream worlds rather than reality. They watch television...movies, read fiction and believe that the world of their imagination is better than God's reality.
When an artist asked permission to paint Cromwell’s portrait, Cromwell granted it on the condition that he be painted warts and all…We want to be seen as we imagine ourselves to be.
Our God is a consuming fire. Too many…reduce God to Father Christmas.
Because we do not live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4) we are the victims of our sins, and of those who choose to exploit our sins. The prerequisites of all blessings from God include the confession of sin…
When men and nations persist in sin and avoid confession, they become self-righteous and Pharisaic. They insist in living in illusions about themselves, i.e., in living a lie, in an insistence that their private fictions are public realities. We have a world today passionately devoted to its fictions.
If we do not take the fall of man and original sin seriously…We will then become good Pharisees, denouncing evil in someone else. If we believe in the fall and man’s original sin, his will to be his own god (Gen. 3:5), then we identify the real problem, and we see its locale: in all of us. We know the remedy, Jesus Christ, and we know that His will must be done, so that His Kingdom may come. That will of the Lord is set forth in every word of the Bible. That book tells us, “Thou art the man,” but it gives us the power to work, as the invisible rulers who will not rule. We find it much easier to blame others."
The Roots of Reconstruction p. 401 R.J. Rushdoony
The Roots of Reconstruction p. 401 R.J. Rushdoony
Friday, April 18, 2008
"To prove definitely to myself that I did not need salt during extremely hot weather, I went to
"The college boys gobbled the salt tablets and guzzled quarts of cool water...at lunch they ate ham sandwiches, drank cola drinks, and cheese sandwiches. We rested a half-hour after lunch and continued our rugged hike across the red-hot blazing sands. Soon things were beginning to happen to the strong, husky college boys...first three of them got violently ill and threw up all they ate and drank for lunch...they got dizzy and turned deathly pale and a great weakness overcame them. They quit the hike cold! They were driven back to Furnace Creek Ranch in poor condition. But the hike went on with seven athletes. As we hiked, they drank large amounts of water and took salt tablets. Then suddenly five of them got stomach cramps and became deathly ill. Up came the water and some of the lunch—these five had to be driven back to the ranch.
"That left but two of ten hikers...it was now about 4 p.m. and the merciless sun beat down on us with great fury... almost to the second, the last remaining salt-tablet athletes collapsed in the hot burning sun and had to be rushed back for medical care...
"I felt as fresh as a daisy! I was not full of salt tablets and I was not full of food because I was on a complete fast. I drank only the warm water. I finished the 30-mile hike in around 10-1/2 hours...and I had no ill effects whatsoever! I camped out for the night and next day arose and hiked another 30 miles back to the ranch without food or salt tablets.
"The medical doctors gave me a thorough examination and found me in perfect condition."
~Paul Bragg p. 16-17 The Miracle of Fasting
Thursday, April 17, 2008
For one week, Freedom Generation summer camp will contribute to just that. With classes like One Nation Under God, Economics 101 and the French and American Revolutions Compared, students learn how to impact their future. Speakers and workshops are featured along with great camp activities: swimming, hiking, camp fires, skits and camp volleyball.
With six locations across the nation, we are privileged to have one at
Huntington Lake, from camp Keola
The Western camp dates are June 15-21, 2008
I have been a part of this camp for 12 years, first as a camper and now counselor and volunteer speaker. This year I plan to give 500 years of American history in one hour and Freedom to Fascism, Dad is to teach Our Government: the Legislative Branch, a great talk that shows the brilliance of our founders design and how we can change the future.
Camp is always encouraging and invigorating.
View his bio at: http://www.jbs.org/node/2121
other speakers include Eagle Forum California president, Orlene Koehle and JBS immigration spokesman, Sam Antonio will serve as camp director.
Sign up soon!
To restore freedom, we must pass it on.
Less Government under the Constitution,
More responsibility, under the Ten Commandments
And with God’s help, a better world.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
WE MOURN THE LOSS OF MICHAEL BILLINGS
by Howard Phillips Nov. 21, 2007
God determines the hour and the occasion for our passing, and it is not for us to question His decisions.
We, nonetheless, must grieve at the death of Michael Billings, who at the age of 19, was an accomplished theologian, activist, and leader. A scholar in residence at my son, Doug’s Vision Forum, he helped train interns and was as much an expert on the writings of Dr. R. J. Rushdoony as any other living person.
The son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Billings of
Michael died on November 4 in a car accident as he was returning to
Monday, April 14, 2008
“I am much afraid that schools will prove to be great gates of Hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.”
Friday, April 11, 2008
When we got there, next to the powder horn on the Palace Green, there was Mr. Ford and his wife in full costume, explaining the development of colonial liberty. Then Dan introduced a young man – a kid – who hadn’t gotten over acne yet. Mr. Ford had great hope for Michael and said he would likely be one who would be here to lead the celebration 50 years from now at the 450th. When Michal spoke, it filled us all with hope. I thought “If Doug Phillips died tomorrow, we will be ok – God is raising up others to carry the torch!”
After the two hour tour, we gathered around, Mom meeting Mrs. Ford and other ladies from
Months later, looking something up on Visionforum.com, the headline on Doug’s blog sent a chill through me: “Michael Billings in the words friends and admirers.”
God hadn’t taken Doug, but He had taken Michael at 19 ½ years old. Our thoughts are not His thoughts. His ways are greater than ours.
Friends of Michael collected his speeches, letters and memories into a book, named for his first sermon: Life Is But A Vapor, The Life & Legacy of Michael G. Billings, edited by Wesley Strackbein.
Here are some excerpts:
“True greatness is not achieved by striving for prominence over others or by grasping for power, but by exhibiting a humble, self-effacing attitude of service to all.”
This being said, Michael’s philosophy of humble service was not one that left any room for weakness or cowardice. Rather it called for bold preaching and decisive action. As Michael stated:
“Humility is not a synonym for weakness or incompetence. It does not mean that we cannot teach vast crowds with great authority, face grueling intellectual debate, or confront the hypocrisy and error of our day. For Christ our Lord did all of these things.”
“What I want to say to pastors, fathers, leaders, all of us—to each and every one of us—[is] that it begins with us… We must infuse the faith of our fathers into the life of our country. Colonial
“How dreadful it is to commit even one sin against God; to be guilty of just one act of contrariety or rebellion towards the Infinite Being, the infinitely great and omnipotent God, the One in whom all the angels in heaven declare is Holy, Holy, Holy”
“Ignorance of God is a terrible vice.”
"Young men… it is appointed for you a day to die, and no matter how strong and healthy you may seem now, the day of your death may be very near. “You must not boast of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Remember always that tomorrow is the devil’s day. Satan does not care how spiritual your intentions are, how holy your resolutions are, if only they are determined to be done tomorrow."
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