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

A Letter From Fred: Sweet Lorraine Song

Here’s a great story and song.

Fred Stobaugh charmed the globe as a 96 year-old songwriter, but his legacy might be as a marriage healer.

YouTube documentary, which tells the main story (#1 video), and 5 more videos that tell the followup story of the song (appearing on the View, going to a middle school, and more.).

#4 (below) tells of a middle school teacher who connected her 7th grade students to Fred’s story, an ultimately Fred himself. This lady has made a big difference in her students!

#1

#2

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#4 – A middle school teacher, and Fred, have a impact on students.

#5 – A second song: Took Her Home

#6

This is a great Illinois story. I hope it can teach us the importance of relationships, marriage, and family.

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.

Great Podcast on “Submissive Wives & Obedient Slaves,” etc.

Podcast: “Understanding the Bible 43: Submissive Wives & Obedient Slaves??” – Jesus at 2 am podcast.  Sept. 16, 2014.  (Sermon by Kirk Winslow)  [Sept 17, 2014 at iTunes.]

Colassians 3:18 – 4:1

Lots of great ideas on ‘wives being submissive’ and more.  BTW, ‘wives being submissive’ is misleading.

(The following comments are somewhat in random order. The podcast itself is more coherent.)

Paul is directing wives, slave, children, and fathers.  He is not telling person A how person B should act. He is telling person A how person A should act.

Every time he tells person A how to act, he immediately tells person B how to act toward person A.  For example, he tells wives how to act then he tells men how to act.

The roman culture is a big factor.  The household and roles in the household, were very important in roman culture.

These verses are (according to the podcast) suggestions to the listener so that things work. They are practical suggestions for the culture of the day.

7 verses prior (Col 3:11) Paul said we are all equal (at the same time)  See also Gal 3:38 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Near the end of the podcast, he summarizes: at times we need to voluntarily choose to give up our rights for the greater good.  This is what I like, and need, to do.  Personal sacrifice – for the benefit of another.

Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most by Charles Moore

I came across a very nice Christmas story, titled, Christmas Presence: Giving What We Need and Want Most. It is written by Charles Moore.

Here is an Audio Recording of the story. (.m4a file) (On an iPad, you may need to download it.)

The text of the story can be found at:

http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/holidays/christmas-readings/christmas-presence

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I know this is a message I need to remember.