Founded On The Rock


The left and the right have different approaches to the question of what is our responsibility to the poor.  Both sides agree that sometimes we need to help our neighbors. What we can’t agree on how is that should be accomplished.

The left would create an ever-expanding welfare state that will help the poor and redistribute the wealth.  The right believes that charity should come from the individual.  In both cases, wealth changes hands, the difference lies in the freedom of choice in making that sacrifice.  Sacrifice only has moral value when we alone are free to make that choice.  So, if government takes and gives to the poor, the choice to honor God with our substance is limited more and more as taxes turn into theft as the tax rate steadily increases.

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. -Proverbs 19:17 (ESV)

When charity becomes an entitlement, the government not only enslaves the taxpayer through the wealth redistribution schemes, but also the recipient as they join others on the governmental plantation.

It is no wonder that America is steadily losing ground on the world stage. The welfare state dependent mentality sucks all creativity out of the community as it’s grip tightens to maintain control of the sheep.  We The Sheeple have been led down the road toward a collectivist state, waiting to be told what to think and what to do so that we don’t disturb the security bought through compliance.

We The People are so much more than sheep. We built this nation on a foundation of rock, not of sand.

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. [3] 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49 (ESV)

The ruin of the house that is America will indeed be great if We The People don’t heed the words of the Lord and of our Founders.  Our nation was built by men of great faith and principles. They honored God in their words and deeds.  They knew that it was only with the hand Divine Providence that would allow them to prevail against the odds.  We The People must turn again to Divine Providence for guidance to help us find our way back from the brink of self-destruction.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. – The Declaration of Independence

It’s time to return to our foundation on the rock and trust that Divine Providence can rebuild our unity so that once again we are un-hyphenated Americans joining together to repair that crumbling foundation lest it disintegrate into sand…

God Bless America!

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Hey Dude, Where’s My Melting Pot?


E Pluribus Unum…out of many one.  These words were placed on the National Seal by our Founders with great wisdom.  Immigrants once brought their hopes and dreams to our shores to become Americans. We The People are made up of many richly diverse backgrounds, which at one time, added flavor to the great melting pot that was the American culture. Now, through hyphenation and multi-culturalism We The People are losing our American identity that made us one people and don’t know who we are any more.

If we are Asian-American, Mexican-American or African-American out of political correctness, when does an individual become simply American? When does their loyalty lie with America first by joining together, arm in arm, to face both our problems and the world in unity?  It’s heartbreaking to see a Mexican, or other Latin American Country’s flag here in Texas flying over a small business owned by someone who has chosen to live in this country and reap the benefits.

We The People, if we are to survive as a nation, must again be E Pluribus Unum.

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The Death of American Exceptionalism


Why on earth would anyone be ashamed to be an American? Perhaps the world wide apology tour that President Obama had a little something to do with that. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that We The People’s memory of our Founders fades with every text book and documentary that tears them down into obscurity. Or could it be part of the socialization of America? Perhaps, it is all of the above.

F. A. Hayek, a member of the London School of Economics, wrote about similar concerns during World War II.

“How far in the last twenty years England has traveled on the German path is brought home to one with extraordinary vividness if one now reads of the more serious discussions of the differences between British and German views on political and moral issues which appeared in England during the last war.” F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

How is it that something that once seemed impossible due to the national character of that nation now seemed inevitable? Looking back from the perspective of decades, Hayek’s concerns were valid.  Today, the British face socialized healthcare and student riots due to tuition increases. In his writings, Hayek was concerned about the loss of the national identity.

“…but while the people of England were then proud of their distinctive tradition, there are few of the political views then regarded as characteristically English of which the majority of her people do not now seem half-ashamed, if they do not positively repudiate them.”  F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

The American historical landscape has change significantly since Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson made their lasting mark on our nation.  America now is facing a crisis of identity for We The People and the world. Are we the America that won an impossible fight and freed ourselves from the British, invented the light bulb and created the best quality health care in the world? Or are We The People evil because America dared to prosper?

This shift in national pride happened in England when the British people began to embrace collectivist ideas. The same shift has occurred here in America as evidenced by the election of a President who doesn’t believe We The People individually have a right to succeed.  We The People can’t be trusted to care for our neighbors voluntarily, or determine for ourselves how exactly we’ll spread that wealth around.

“It’s not that I want to punish your success; I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they’ve got a chance to success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” Barak Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign

How far We The People have strayed from the Founder’s intent:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” The Declaration of Independence

What is charity, when one has the right to choose, becomes theft when the government gets involved. Each of us has a right to pursue the American Dream. No one has the right to take the fruit of another man’s labor.

God Bless America!

Read it for yourself: The Road To Serfdom.

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Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado


Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference

Max Lucado, in is usual down to earth style, has  challenged believers to Out Live Your Life.

We are given a choice…an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope?

He uses inspiring stories to bring us to the understanding that regular people, like you and me, can be used by God for his purpose.

God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Max Lucado peppers each chapter with biblical examples and scripture to help the reader grasp the reality that God can and will do extraordinary things through ordinary people.

Each of us has a built in set of assumption that we use to view the world we live in.  Lucado makes the reader face head-on their prejudices with pointed examples and more scripture.

And us? We are still pondering … “God has shown me that He doesn’t think anyone is unclean or unfit.”

This was particularly stinging for me. Even though I try never to judge a book by its cover, we all find ourselves making assumptions about people because of their labels: biker, divorced, fat or homeless. How often are we wrong?

Labels relieve us of responsibility. Pigeonholing permits us to wash our hands and leave.

You will not be able to sit comfortably by after reading Out Live Your Life if you have allowed any part of this book to soak in.

I recommend this book for anyone who has ever wondered “Why am I here?”. For those who are interested, it even has a discussion and action guide at the end.

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To Be Saul or To Be David


Guest post by Robert W. Ray

Saul was tall, handsome and picked by God himself.  Saul had all the traits of a leader; commanding presence, strong authoritative voice and a personality that made people want to follow.   He also had the I’m in charge attitude once he became king.  He constantly went to the prophet of God for his answers or for a voice of direction.  He reads like a pretty good guy until he falls out of grace with God, and even then he apologies and cries and ask forgiveness.   So what’s the deal?  He did what he thought needed to be done to be the leader; a take charge type of guy.   A sacrifice needed to be performed and the man of God was late, there was a war to fight, we’re burning daylight here.   Lets Git ‘er Done and he performed the sacrifice without the prophet of God.

He did what I, and most leaders, would have done.  We have a goal.  The goal is from God.  We proceed to perform and get it done.  People follow people who lead, sheep need a shepherd, and it’s what we do!  How is doing what God chose us to do so wrong?  Simple.  We do what we do in our own abilities.  We take our dependence off of the One who put us here; the One who made us leaders of men.  We do what is right in our own eyes.  God save us from or selves.

When we look to do what we think needs to be done, at that crucial point in time to make all the pieces of the puzzle come together, we leave out the biggest part of that puzzle… God.  By stepping up to the plate, and taking charge, we leave God out of the process and move on in our own pattern and in our own strength.  We might know the right path to take, or in Saul’s case the correct pattern of events that need to take place, to ensure victory.  But, without God, that is all it is, a pattern. It’s not divine, it’s not ordained or predestined by God.  It’s us moving as men, blind and afraid that if we don’t do it right in the people’s sight they won’t follow.  And we become failures.  You’re only as good as your last victory.  We simply become performing dogs for the circus and the people are waiting for the next big trick.  Sit, jump through the ring of fire, roll over, play dead!  We leave God in the shadows of the stands, and then want to blame Him when there is failure.  It was Gods fault.  He didn’t come through.  I stepped out on faith and He let me fall.   So when the big trick falls apart and we land on our faces, bloody and bruised, now we want to pull God out of the stand and tell everyone it was His fault.  We point our fingers we cry and claim ignorance.

God does not want a performance and He won’t perform at our command. He insists on being God!

David on the other hand started out just as good a guy as Saul. People loved him.  He could fight. He could lead. He was a man’s man. Good looking and daring.  Later in his rule as king he made great mistakes; takes another man’s wife, gets her pregnant, tries to trick he husband into sleeping with her to hide his misdeed and when that fails he has her husband  murdered.

Then why does Saul have the kingdom torn from his hand and not David?

People say it was pride, Saul’s arrogance to perform the sacrifice, his not waiting on the man of God. All this sound good but David did all of this and more. Why is David called a man after Gods own heart?  David didn’t fool God.  He didn’t hide the truth from Him. What is it that made David be the lineage that Jesus comes from?  There is only one thing.  David had a direct relationship with God. He didn’t use the prophet of God as a middle man. He didn’t go to a seer or a which to get answers.  David went directly to God and then he would act on what God told him to do.  Not the people.  Not what he thought was right, but what God told him to do.  David refused to be the trained dog.  And when David does blow it he doesn’t blame God he goes into the house of God and weeps for forgiveness.   The difference is relationship.

Saul was tall, hansom, and picked by God himself. Saul had all the traits of a leader, commanding presence, strong authoritive  voice and a personality that made people want to follow. He also had the “I’m in charge” attitude once he became king. He constantly went to the prophet of God for his answers or for a voice of direction. He reads like a pretty good guy until he falls out of grace with God, and even then he apologies and cries and ask forgiveness so what’s the deal, he did what he thought needed to be done to the be the leader, a take charge type of guy. A sacrifice needed to be performed and the man of God was late, there was a war to fight “We’re burning daylight here” “ Lets Get’er Done”  and he performed the sacrifice without the prophet of God.

He did what I and most leaders would have done, we have a goal. The goal is from God. We proceed to perform and get it done. People follow people who lead, sheep need a shepherd, and It’s what we do! How is doing what God chose us to do so wrong? Simple we do what we do in our own abilities, we take or dependence off of the One who put us here, the One who made us leaders of men. We do what is right in our own eyes. God save us from or self’s.

When we look to do what we think needs to be done at that crucial point and time to make all the pieces of the puzzle come together, we leave out the biggest part of that puzzle, God. By stepping up to the plate, and taking charge, we leave God out of the process and move on in our own pattern, our own strength. We might know the right path to take, or in Saul’s case the correct pattern of events that need to take place to insure victory. But without God that is all it is “a pattern” it’s not divine, it’s not ordained or predestined by God, it’s us moving as men. Blind and afraid that if we don’t do it right in the peoples sight the wont follow. And we become failures.” You’re only as good as your last victory.” We simply be come performing dogs for the circus and the people are waiting for the next big trick. Sit, jump through the ring of fire, roll over, play dead!  We leave God in the shadows of the stands, and then want to blame him when there is failure. It was Gods fault, He didn’t come through, I stepped out on faith and He let me fall.   So when the big trick falls apart and we land on our faces, bloody and bruised, now we want to pull God out of the stand and tell everyone it was His fault. We point our fingers we cry and claim ignorance.

God does not want a performance and He won’t perform at our command, He insists on being God!

David on the other hand started out just as good a guy as Saul. People loved him, he could fight, He could lead. He was a man’s man. Good looking and daring. Later in his rule as king made great mistakes,  takes another man’s wife gets her pregnant tries to trick he husband into sleeping with her to hide his misdeed and when that fails he has her husband  murdered.

Then why does Saul have the kingdom torn from his hand and not David?

People say it was pride, Saul’s arrogance to perform the sacrifice, his not waiting on the man of God. All this sound good but David did all of this and more. Why is David called a man after Gods own heart, David didn’t fool God , He didn’t hide the truth from Him. What is it that made David be the linage that Jesus comes from? There is only one thing , David had a direct relationship with God, he didn’t use the prophet of God as a middle man, he didn’t go to a see’er or a which to get answers. David went directly to God and then he would act on what God told him to do. Not the people, not what he thought was right but what God told him to do. David refused to be the trained dog.  And when David does blow it he doesn’t blame God he goes into the house of God and weeps for forgiveness.   The difference is relationship.

Saul was tall, hansom, and picked by God himself. Saul had all the traits of a leader, commanding presence, strong authoritive  voice and a personality that made people want to follow. He also had the “I’m in charge” attitude once he became king. He constantly went to the prophet of God for his answers or for a voice of direction. He reads like a pretty good guy until he falls out of grace with God, and even then he apologies and cries and ask forgiveness so what’s the deal, he did what he thought needed to be done to the be the leader, a take charge type of guy. A sacrifice needed to be performed and the man of God was late, there was a war to fight “We’re burning daylight here” “ Lets Get’er Done”  and he performed the sacrifice without the prophet of God.

He did what I and most leaders would have done, we have a goal. The goal is from God. We proceed to perform and get it done. People follow people who lead, sheep need a shepherd, and It’s what we do! How is doing what God chose us to do so wrong? Simple we do what we do in our own abilities, we take or dependence off of the One who put us here, the One who made us leaders of men. We do what is right in our own eyes. God save us from or self’s.

When we look to do what we think needs to be done at that crucial point and time to make all the pieces of the puzzle come together, we leave out the biggest part of that puzzle, God. By stepping up to the plate, and taking charge, we leave God out of the process and move on in our own pattern, our own strength. We might know the right path to take, or in Saul’s case the correct pattern of events that need to take place to insure victory. But without God that is all it is “a pattern” it’s not divine, it’s not ordained or predestined by God, it’s us moving as men. Blind and afraid that if we don’t do it right in the peoples sight the wont follow. And we become failures.” You’re only as good as your last victory.” We simply be come performing dogs for the circus and the people are waiting for the next big trick. Sit, jump through the ring of fire, roll over, play dead!  We leave God in the shadows of the stands, and then want to blame him when there is failure. It was Gods fault, He didn’t come through, I stepped out on faith and He let me fall.   So when the big trick falls apart and we land on our faces, bloody and bruised, now we want to pull God out of the stand and tell everyone it was His fault. We point our fingers we cry and claim ignorance.

God does not want a performance and He won’t perform at our command, He insists on being God!

David on the other hand started out just as good a guy as Saul. People loved him, he could fight, He could lead. He was a man’s man. Good looking and daring. Later in his rule as king made great mistakes,  takes another man’s wife gets her pregnant tries to trick he husband into sleeping with her to hide his misdeed and when that fails he has her husband  murdered.

Then why does Saul have the kingdom torn from his hand and not David?

People say it was pride, Saul’s arrogance to perform the sacrifice, his not waiting on the man of God. All this sound good but David did all of this and more. Why is David called a man after Gods own heart, David didn’t fool God , He didn’t hide the truth from Him. What is it that made David be the linage that Jesus comes from? There is only one thing , David had a direct relationship with God, he didn’t use the prophet of God as a middle man, he didn’t go to a see’er or a which to get answers. David went directly to God and then he would act on what God told him to do. Not the people, not what he thought was right but what God told him to do. David refused to be the trained dog.  And when David does blow it he doesn’t blame God he goes into the house of God and weeps for forgiveness.   The difference is relationship.

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Ronald Reagan Still Speaks the Truth


Ronald Reagan’s words are still true today. We The People face the most important election in our lifetimes.

“Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) and the Republican Study Committee present to you a new video featuring President Ronald Reagan reminding us that the out-of-touch voices of the Democrat Party don’t speak for all Americans.” ~ Griffin Media Group

Get everyone you know out to to vote Nov. 2nd so we can turn our country back to its founding principles and preserve/restore the hard-won freedom our country has taken for granted for far too long.

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The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead


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The Skin Map is the first book of Stephen R. Lawhead’s new Bright Empires series. The first thing to pique my interest was the creative chapter titles. Throughout the novel, each chapter title made the reader want to find out more.  Chapter 13: “In Which Respectability Suffers a Serious Setback” and Chapter 20: “In Which Luxor’s Nefarious Trade Is Advanced” increased my desire to turn the page and see what happens next.

At first, the main character, Kit, was the everyman plodding through his blah existence in a blah relationship.  Enroute to meet Wilhelmina, his other blah half, the world as he knows it is forever changed in Chapter 1: “In Which Old Ghosts Meet”.  The reader is quickly drawn in as the story unfolds to reveal unimaginable adventures for both Kit and Wilhelmina.

Drawing on both historical and mythical tales as a loose framework, Lawhead builds an intriguing world “In Which It Is Darkest Before the Dawn”.  Adventure, romance and the premise of instantaneous travel brings twists and turns that keep this tale interesting.  The Skin Map within the story is the object of obsession for both the good guys and the bad guys.  I was left wishing the next book of the series was already available. I recommend this book for a well-told story and an adventure to boot.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Skin Map is the first book of Stephen R. Lawhead’s new Bright Empires series. The first thing to pique my interest was the creative chapter titles. Throughout the novel, each chapter title made the reader want to find out more.  Chapter 13: “In Which Respectability Suffers a Serious Setback” and Chapter 20: “In Which Luxor’s Nefarious Trade Is Advanced” increased my desire to turn the page and see what happens next.

At first, the main character, Kit, was the everyman plodding through his blah existence in a blah relationship.  Enroute to meet Wilhelmina, his other blah half, the world as he knows it is forever changed in Chapter 1: “In Which Old Ghosts Meet”.  The reader is quickly drawn in as the story unfolds to reveal unimaginable adventures for both Kit and Wilhelmina.

Drawing on both historical and mythical tales as a loose framework, Lawhead builds an intriguing world “In Which It Is Darkest Before the Dawn”.  Adventure, romance and the premise of instantaneous travel brings twists and turns that keep this tale interesting.  The Skin Map within the story is the object of obsession for both the good guys and the bad guys.  I was left wishing the next book of the series was already available. I recommend this book for a well-told story and an adventure to boot.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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