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Politicians today — ugh!

A few comments on our politicians.

The 2016 presidential election was a life-time low. Neither party was able to put up a viable candidate. I did not support either candidate.

Historically it is interesting (but sad) as to why Donald Trump won.

For myself, I do not put myself in either (any) camp politically.

I’m naturally conservative and like it when we are good stewards of money and resources, but I also believe we need to administer to the less fortunate, feed the hungry, help the needy, and lend a hand.

I’m hoping that in the next presidential election we can find someone who is:

  • Honest,
  • Thinks things through and listens before making decisions,
  • Takes a balanced approach of
    • Being responsible and
    • Meeting the needs of our country and it’s people and
    • Can work with individuals from both parties.
  • A bridge-builder.
  • (has enough personality and political sense to get elected.)

“As a parting shot” here’s an (ugh) article titled, The First Porn President.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/the-porn-president/559523/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

Let’s all hope that things get better.

Beloved and Baptism

Fayette’s story

You are Beloved, precious child of God, and beautiful to behold.

http://www.fbcxmacon.org/media-blog/2017/1/10/1817-i-am-beloved-matthew-313-17

Billy Graham was FAT

At Billy Graham’s funeral, youngest son, Ned Graham said:

“I just want you to know my father was ‘FAT’ – he was faithful, he was available, and he was teachable,” said Ned Graham, his youngest child. “Faithful, available, teachable, may we all be that way.”

http://www.wral.com/mourners-to-say-goodbye-to-billy-graham-america-s-pastor-/17385929/

My prayer is that I will be faithful, available, and teachable.


The billy Graham Association has an event center called the Cove. Grandson Will Graham is one of the leaders

https://www.thecove.org/Event/list-events-by-type/personal%20spiritual%20retreats?m=4&y=2018&typeid=10

Have Thine Own Way Lord

Have Thine Own Way, Lord | by Adelaide A. Pollard
  1. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
    Mold me and make me after Thy will,
    While I am waiting, yielded and still.
  2. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Search me and try me, Master, today!
    Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
    As in Thy presence humbly I bow.
  3. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
    Power, all power, surely is Thine!
    Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.
  4. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
    Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
    Christ only, always, living in me.

Colossians says be available

The Christian Life

Col 3:12

Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,

Churches in Europe

It has been said that in Europe people only go to church 3 times, to:

  • Hatch
  • Match, and
  • Dispatch

How to Adore God Part 1, #1.

on praise and worhip

Running to Win

February 19, 2018

https://www.moodymedia.org/radio-programs/running-to-win-15/how-adore-god-part-1/

Multiple parts follow.

James A Garfield

I learned to appreciate James Garfield listening to Play the Man by Mark Batterson on RightNow Media.

Born in a log cabin in Ohio.

Only ordained preacher to become US President. (our 20th)

Only president that didn’t run for president.

The 1880 Republican National Convention, they were deadlocked after 35 ballots. They nominated James A Garfield, who hadn’t been running and had not been previously nominated. We was chosen as the Republican nominee and went on to win. Inaugurated in March 1881.

Was shot in his first year as president. After a extended illness (and infections) he died some 200 days after holding office.

I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else. James A. Garfield
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/james_a_garfield_150413

He was a teacher, preacher, college president, officer in the Civil War, scholar, politician, proponent of education for all, and family man.  (and a hard worker, because of all that he did)

He was left-handed. As a teenager pulled canal boats along the canal in Ohio. Out-going. Friendly. Moderate Republican.

Last, but certainly not least, he found a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem.  The Pythagorean Theorem can be proven in scores of ways and we’ve had it since the Greeks, but it is significant that Garfield found new, cogent proof in 1876.

He’s an inspiration.

Videos and Audio

2-hour plus excellent video from CSpan: Life Portrait of James Garfield

5 Crazy facts

LibroVox has a reading of his “Presidential Farewell and Last Addresses,” which, sadly, was his Inaugural address.

RightNow Media

BrainyQuotes

“The Perfect Gift” by JJ Heller

I heard this song this Christmas. It’s a good one.

https://youtu.be/_mDftjVZXPs

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jjheller/theperfectgift.html

 

2 days after Christmas quick reflections

When the angel appeared to the Shepherds in Luke 2:10-11, we often pick up on the bright lights and fear. I find it noteworthy that, beyond he/r calming their fear, s/he lays out much of the gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This baby is

  • Good News
  • Joy
  • For all people
  • A Savior
  • Messiah (promised one)
  • the Lord (God)
  • For You (each one of you)

I like this video and that it has lettering.


The Christmas letter from Stefan, Beth, Jeremiah, and Titus Helm had good words and the question, “How does your heart respond to the amazing truth that God came as a man and lived among us?”