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


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?”



13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luke 19:13

We live between the 1st and 2nd Comings of Christ. Our calling is to follow Jesus’ commandments. That is, to love.

J.C.Ryle wrote a nice piece on this.










Go Where You Are Needed

From Crawford Loritts https://www.moodyradio.org/programs/living-a-legacy/2017/04-2017/2017.04.09-go-where-you-are-needed-part-2/

April 2017 – Go Where You Are Needed, (2 Parts)


After a while Christians have a tendency to hang around Christians.


7 barriers that make it hard for Christians to go to/reach out to/be with unbelievers


  1. (over time) We Get out of touch with our own neediness.
  2. Fear
  3. Be aware of self-righteousness (becoming a Pharisee – back door Pharisee)
  4. View Christianity as our mission. (Christendom does not equal the Gospel)
  5. We overemphasize the differences that we have.
  6. We are not intentional. (we drift toward a Christian culture)
  7. Diminished relational skills


A Pharisee is one who forgets that he needs to grace of God



  1. Look for prepared hearts.
  2. Frequent the dark places.
  3. Make loving and engaging the lost a priority.
  4. Don’t forget how to enjoy yourself when hanging out with non-Christians.


(expect criticism)


4 aspects of Mercy




Extension of healing and help

My Prayer this Advent

My prayer this advent is that I better learn to understand and grasp the following by AW Tozer* on the reason Christ came to earth.

[This is taken from Day 1 of From Heaven: A 28-Day Advent Devotional]

Dwell With

Unite To

Dwell In

[*This was written at a time when the term ‘men’ was used for humankind. I believe Tozer meant this in a gender-neutral manner.]

Treasured Truths – Adoption

Notes from the Treasured Truth podcast (Pastor James Ford, Jr.) [5 parts (podcasts) in Moody Radio app]

Gal 4

God ‘removed’ slave or free, male or female, etc. (In Gal 3 he removes barriers.) However, this was on a spiritual level. He did not remove the physical/practical differences – e.g. Males and females are physically and practically (inherently) different)

When he gave everyone sonship. Sons, in that culture, received an inheritance. Girls did not receive an inheritance. So everyone (including girls) rec’d sonship. This mean everyone gets inheritance. Back then, women did not have rights.

We are adopted as a child of God (and you are sons).

Pastor Ford’s FAITH: Forsaking All, I Trust Him.

Word: anachronistically: to see from a parent perspective.

God sent Jesus at the perfect time.

  • Pax Romano – time of peace
  • Garrisons
  • Roads
  • Rome: Domination without assimilation. The did NOT require a change in culture, language, and god.
  • Greek language was widespread (NT in Greek)
  • Synagogues dotted everywhere

*Disclaimer: These notes are in random order. There is a lot of meet here. (Needs to be sorted/organized)

Eph 1: 3-14 is an amazing summary of the Gospel. (And strongly related here to Gal 4)

Security of Christ

Sufficiency of through Christ

Strength is from Christ.

Parental incorporation – adopted into the family of God.

  • The Father (back then) had the right of adoption. [We are chosen (not ‘had’ as a natural child)] We are adopted because he wanted to. [podcast part 2 begins roughly here]
  • Given the family name. Identity/Identify Christians
  • Severs all legal (and social) ties to the natural family. In this case, we are no longer tied to Adam (with a sin nature). We are tied to Christ.
  • Placed permanently in the new family.
  • All debts and obligations are settled — like they never existed.

God (Christ) is our peace. He does not ‘give us’ peace. By his internal dwelling we have peace. The indwelling of Christ.

God has chosen us. We are going to do things which will bring glory to God.

5 rolls given to a man for the household  Pastor, provider, protector, priest, and  patriarch.