Monday, April 17, 2017

The Highest Calling Of God

One of the most frequently mentioned attributes of God is the fact that He is not a respecter of persons. He shows no respect (or acceptance) based on appearances, natural abilities, beauty, levels of intelligence, wealth or position. He does, however, according to scripture, respect (or accept) correct offerings, prayer, obedience to His covenants, His commandments, His statutes and to humility.

There are 13 different references to the fact that "God is not a respecter of persons". Both the Apostles Peter, who was the leader of the Apostles, and the Apostle Paul, who wrote half the books of the New Testament, stated that "God is no respecter of persons". Acts 10:34 and Romans 2:11.

We all die; no exceptions; no respect of persons; but God has "devised means that His own, even those banished, will not be expelled from him permanently". "For we must needs die... neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him." 2 Sam.14:14. Every Christian knows the means, by which God, through Christ, devised to restore believers from their sinful "banishment"... separation from God's perfect will for them. God has given every Christian spiritual gifts and a calling which we cannot neglect or avoid without consequences. And God will not change His mind about your gifts and calling. "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." Rom.11:29

So what is God's highest possible calling for you or me, or anyone else for that matter? Is it the ministry, the mission field, deacon, bishop, Apostle, President, Senator, fame, or fortune? No! The highest calling of God for you and every other person is the one he gifted you for and called you to be, called you to train, educate, cultivate, live and do with the talent gifts he gave you. That may be anything from a janitor, nursery keeper, deacon or pastor.  There are not any useless members of the church ... if they are doing the thing God gifted them and called them to do. The Apostle Paul spoke of our spiritual gifts and callings as all equally important ... if we are obedient to the ones our Creator, God, gave us.

1 Cor.12:4-26 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of (languages); to another the interpretation of (languages): But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the bodIf the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
So let us answer the call of God and cultivate our spiritual gifts, use them for his glory and be content with our own calling without envy or jealousy of someone else's gifts or callings. We will be judged by our faithfulness in fulfilling our own gifts and calling ... not someone else's. Yours, used for Him, are God's highest calling.

"And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear..." 1 P.1:17.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Christian Easter Greeting From Texas Governor

Common Sense Commentary: Our Texas Governor, Greg Abbott may be unusual, as he is physically handicapped and in a wheelchair, but he is even more unusual as a spiritually mature Christian giant in a nation of mostly nonspiritual, political midgets in our national and state Capitols. May God bless and sustain Brother Greg Abbott as he leads Texas and serves our God at the same time. He is proving it can be done and sets the example for 49 other State Governors, our President, Congress, the Supreme Court and all other political leaders. Here is his Easter Greeting from the Texas State Capitol in Austin. RB

"He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you 
when he was yet in Galilee, saying that the Son of man must 
be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, 
and the third day rise again." Luke 24:6-7

Today we remember His sacrifice and celebrate His resurrection 
so we may have eternal life.

I hope you are able to spend this Easter Sunday surrounded by 
your loved ones, and that you experience the gratitude of new 
life that springs eternal through faith in Christ.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott and I wish you a joyous and blessed 
Easter Sunday.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

True Hypocrites Never Know They Are One, But Feel Justifiably Entitled

So what is a ...

Jesus defined and identified true greatness vs. hypocrites:
"....He that is greatest among you shall be your servant. Not your grand superior, his excellency, or holy eminence.... "your servant". Which means he/she is truly concerned with you, your needs, your hopes and your welfare and his or her position of leadership is secondary to his honest commitment, love and protection of those he leads. Otherwise.... he/she is a hypocrite. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Hypocrites are narcissistic. They boast, prance, seek the limelight, are self-centered, covet titles, recognition and exalt themselves above their brethren, employers or employees.

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Hypocrites are more interested in harnessing up people to their own agendas, their own entourage, their own income and their own welfare than they are in making their followers successful or getting them more secure, more successful and into the kingdom of heaven.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Hypocrites constantly emphasize their own needs, desires, security, pleasure, comfort, incomes and authority, but have little or no sincere interest in the needs of the givers, their followers, staff, clients, customers or anyone else. They motivate others, even the poor and widows, to sacrifice but do little sacrificing themselves.... all the while making a show of flowery, impressive prayer.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."  Matt.23:11-15. Hypocrites are often very successful in recruiting people to their cause ... as opposed to the cause of their employer, their customers or the cause of Christ and the salvation of souls. They are often very adept planners, promoters, and builders of business ... for their own sake... not for other people's good or God's glory. A hypocrite is an insincere fake.

The opposite of hypocrisy is consistent transparency.  Since no one, except Jesus, little children and the severely retarded, is completely transparent and exactly what they appear to be, I suppose we are all a bit deceptive and therefore a bit hypocrital. But to constantly pretend to be what we are not is beyond the pale and is the same thing as lying and a true hypocrite.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Just One Seed Irrefutablly Testifys .... "Creator"

There is just one preeminent, crowning, truth in the universe, without which nothing else in the universe makes sense .... "Creator God".

If there was nothing but a single beam of light in the universe, or one star or one flower, tree, bee, or seed .... any one of these things 
would conclusively prove the existence of a creator. One seed has within itself the sleeping, hidden, but infinite power to produce a bush, tree or other plant with hundreds or thousands of new seed of its exact kind. And each of those seeds have that same power so that one seed compounds itself, in one year, to become dozens or hundreds or thousands more seed like itself. Just short years later that one seed has become billions more seed, then trillions and quadrillions. So how did that marvelous miracle happen from within a single, tiny seed? There is no logical answer except a Creator... God. To say it just accidentally happened is to ignore a miracle as big as the universe and mark a person as spiritually and logically blind. 

Mustard seed faith also has within it that same kind of divine, exponential, power. "Jesus said unto them ... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." 

So our Creator put His own limitless power in mustard seed faith which he put in the tiny mustard seed. True faith is, indeed, limitless ... though it seem small. It is limitless in the since it can move mountains, claim God's promises, call forth miracles and literally change an eternal soul's destiny from hell to heaven. It is also limitless in the longevity of its effects. An answer to a single prayer of faith does not end with God's fulfilling that prayer, but the first person affected.... affects others and they still others and they still others. It is like that beginning little mustard seed being sown, and a mustard tree springs up and grows large .... filled with thousands or millions of other seeds, and each of those seeds, themselves become trees full of seeds. "It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth...." Mk.4:31. It is like a grain of mustard  seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree...." Lk.13:19. The same thing happens with mustard seed faith. It lives and passes on and lives again and again and again throughout eternity.

Even so, it is with Jesus Christ; He lived His life on earth in faith and died, rose again and gave his eternal life to each of His disciples who in turn gave the gospel message of life to others and they to others. It was that process which has grown into a forest of Christians all over the world and is still spreading and growing and sowing mustard seed faith till Jesus returns to take home His harvest of believers.

Jesus spoke of this mysterious power of proliferation in Matt. 13: 18 & 23...
"Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower ....He that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."  

If you truly have faith, though it seem small, sow it and keep sowing it untill the Master of the sower comes to take you home.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cancer, A Plague Of These Last Days Has Also Struck Our Family

No One Is Immune ....

Mrs Blair and I would like to ask all of our Christian friends to pray for God's tender mercies in the healing of our daughter Mary's bone cancer. She is in a great deal of pain and seriously ill, but that is no more difficult for the Great Physician than a fever. He can even heal that... if it is within His perfect will. Pray for her husband Rick and her four children. While you are praying for Mary, also pray for our daughter Kaye who had a small breast cancer removed and is having reconstructive surgery next week. Her prognosis is very good. Also remember our daughter Danice's husband, Jerry, who also has cancer. We are praising God that the cancer my brother, Tommy, had has been pronounced "Totally healed", by his doctor.

Cancer seems to be one of the plague signs of these last days. It is increasing at a devastating rate of occurrence. But praise God, we have a better and a higher hope in Jesus.

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelations 21:4

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Automatic End Result Of God Knowing The Future Exactly

It is another way of saying Pre - destined. 
God's "foreknowledge" of future events are certain to happen and therefore His foreknowledge  IS "predestination".

"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate...."

Common Sense Commentary: "For many are called, but few are chosen." Matt.22:14. Why would God "call" the lost if they were predestined for hell by His own "pre-choice"? He wouldn't ! So the "chosen" are chosen because they willingly accept His "call".

The average person, including some Christians, cannot comprehend the true meaning of God's "foreknowledge", and therefore misinterpret the automatic, self acting, end product of it...predestination. The word simply means to know before. There are three "time" aspects to God's foreknowledge, past, present and future. He knows every detail about everything in the present, He has always known it in the eternal past and He will continue to know everything about everything in the eternal future. Theologians call it "Omniscience" (all knowledge). All knowledge includes "Foreknowledge". Predestination results from human personal choices and is therefore self determined though known of God's unchangeable "Foreknowledge".

God's foreknowledge speaks to His knowing everything about the future, what He will do, create, bless, destroy, determine, and how we, as individual, free moral agents, will respond to what we see, hear and feel about what happens to us and around us.

It was God's sovereign will to give us, "in His image and likeness" a free will because He did not create us to be His little empty headed dolls, toys or chess pieces to be moved only by His hand at His own will. If that were true there would be no sin, or else He would be responsible for our sins. Only because we have a free will are we accountable for our every thoughts, words and actions. We, not God, are totally responsible for our own will to sins or not to sin, to accept Christ or not to accept Him. We are not mindless puppets on a string. So God's foreknowledge is the self acting root of its automatic fruit, a clear enlightenment in every soul, a drawing to Christ, an invitation to every person, an acceptance of their response, a choosing of the believing responders, an election of believers, a fore ordination of them, and a destining of them to eternal life by God's grace through their faith in Jesus Christ. All of that is called predestination and is the automatic fulfillment of God's foreknowledge. In fact, His foreknowledge IS predestination. What God knows will happen ... will happen. Foreknowledge is also the root of prophecy. Prophecy does not determine events, it is the verbal expressing, by the prophets, of events God foreknows He will do and how we will react. God, Himself will do many of those foreknown things, Satan will do others and people will do the rest. God does not choose, determine and execute all the evil stuff Satan and men do, though He allows it under His sovereign will to give His angels, as well as Adam and Eve and every human a free will to choose and act upon their choices.

God foreknows whether you will respond to the "Jesus light", answer His calling, accept His invitation, repent of your sins, believe on His Son Jesus ... and be saved. "(Jesus) was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John 1:9. (Every man and every wo man).

God knows if you will respond to that "Jesus Light", but will not force you to believe. If God decrees some to be saved without consideration of their own willful decision to believe, He also decrees others to be damned without consideration of their willful decision to reject Christ.

Please don't miss reading the verses below.... 

"...God is no respecter of persons" Acts 10:34. 
For God to accept one and reject another for no reason would be "respecting" the one over the other. He does not do that.

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." John 12:32.

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom.10:13

"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." John 12:46

"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ...." 1P.1:2

"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son... Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." Rom.8:29-30 

These verses are often overlooked in reference to predestination.
"And Jesus answered ....The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,  And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden (invited) to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden ,...all things are ready: come unto the marriage.....But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise....Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid (invite) to the marriageSo those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they foundboth bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests..... For many are called, but few are chosen."" Matt. 22:1-14. 
The kingdom of heaven is like that.

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Rev.22:17. "Come" is not a command but an invitation to "whosoever will".

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Lifeboats: Survival Of Last Resort... As In Titanic/Iceberg

The USS America Headed Into Icebergs

First class passengers were rich... pretending to be richer. Second class passengers were pretending to be first class passengers. Third class passengers, locked out of first and second class decks, were happy to be on Titanic's maiden voyage.... Many headed for a new life in America. Everybody was impressed with Titanic's luxury and safety. One of the builders had said, "God himself couldn't sink this ship." It was midnight, April 14, 1912, in the freezing North Atlantic. The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank at 2:20 am. Getting in a lifeboat, in those troubled, freezing seas, was unthinkable. Not getting on a lifeboat was certain death in 28-degree sea water miles deep and hundreds of miles from any rescue. There were only half enough lifeboats for the 3,327 passengers. Very few men, the lifeboat coxswains, and most women and children survived. But far more 3rd Class women passengers and their children did not survive. That was a major failure on the part of the owners, the Captain and crew. A few men begged, threatened lawsuits or pretended to be women, to get on a lifeboat. But if the crew let one such man on a lifeboat, it would set a president and they would have to let every man on, and that would have sunk the lifeboats and drown men, women, and children. So letting any man on, except coxswains, was a serious failure. All of this while the ship's band played "Nearer My God To Thee" and some passengers drank their last cocktail of the evening. 

Laws, rules, standards, and boundaries must be set in a civilized society and everyone must obey them or soon nobody will, and lawless anarchy will reign.

There are some things a Christian just must not do unless there is literally no other choice, and then only if it is not sinful or harmful to others. If I were a Jewish citizen in Nazi Germany and the Gestapo hammered on my door, and I sent my wife and children out the back door to a hiding place, what would I do if the Nazi officer demanded where my family was?' I would lie. If they shot me and I didn't die, I would pretend to be dead, a deception. Yes, I know, you would tell them where your family was, and when they shot you, you would tell them you were still alive so they could correct their mistake. Which is the greater sin, to give your family up to the Nazi ovens or a Charles Manson, or not telling them the truth? I do not believe God would hold that against me or punish me for lying to the devil's advocates. David, writer of the Psalms, deceived an evil king. Before God made him King of Israel, he lied, by deception, to the evil King of Gath, in 1 Sam. 21:10-15. "And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands? And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: Why then have ye brought him to me?Have I need of mad men....
"David therefore departed thence, and escaped...." 1 Sam. 22:1
David's pretending to be insane caused this vicious king to avoid him and have him kicked out of his kingdom. Released, David survived to become the King of Israel, fight many battles and write the Psalms.
Though there may be exceptions to most rules and laws, loosening up the importance of what is acceptable, rules and laws must be obeyed to maintain a peaceful society. Until that is, they have reached critical mass and obedience is no longer possible, and the stability and peace of that nation is dying. Then, I believe, the overthrow of that government must begin. But when a civilized nation acquiesces to an everything goes society, the rulers violate the laws with impunity, and even reward error and evil, ignominy and collapse will always follow. And it happens automatically unless that government is replaced by a better one. That is exactly what Constitutional Conservatives are trying to do in America today. All the candidates in the last election were flawed, but some less so than others. Some were at least adherents of our U.S. Constitution, the foundation of all our laws. The fact is that all of us are also flawed in some way or another. But some of us are basically law abiding and love our country more than a personal, greedy agenda or a political party. There is no such thing as a perfect candidate or perfect voter, but we must always make the most of what we have and choose our best options. Pray for our President, Congress and Supreme Court. RB

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tim Tebow And Benjamin Watson... Two Of America's Finest Young Men

To understand which direction this country is going, if this same thing had happened 30 years ago, the headline would have been, Tebow And Girlfriend Break Up. If it happened 50 years ago, the headline would have been, Tebow Dumps Loose Living Girlfriend. But today
the Main Street Media Mocks the guy who has morals and spiritual convictions. The difference in Tebow and most of the other famous athletes, in the news, who wear gold crosses around their necks is, Tebow lives up to the spiritual guidelines of the Bible the others claim to believe. God bless this virile young man for his stand ... and send a young lady of equal Christian Commitment to him. RB

Sports media mocks Tim Tebow over abstinence pledge From Fox News Opinion

Tim Tebow’s alleged relationship with former Miss USA model Olivia Culpo is over. Because, according to reports, Culpo is allegedly upset that the couple isn’t having sex, since Tebow has decided to remain abstinent until marriage.
So long story short, it's a report that should have come as no surprise since Tebow has already had one relationship end because of his moral stand and maybe, just maybe, God-forbid engender some sense of begrudging respect from the media elite for at least having the courage of his convictions, has instead triggered a few juvenile headlines and one-liners from a legion of sports reporters who would never be allowed in the same room as a Miss USA, current or former. Unless they bought a ticket.
First up is the New York Daily News, who ran with this ultra-original header:
 “Tim Tebow still can’t find the end zone as girlfriend Olivia Culpo breaks it off over lack of sex”
 Followed-up by this quip:
 “For once, it's not Tim Tebow who's having trouble scoring - it's his girlfriend.”
 At the risk of being graphic here, the report wasn’t that Tebow “can’t find the end zone,” the problem was that Tebow would not enter the end zone. Nor, was he having “trouble scoring.” He chose not to score.
 “Apparently an NFL job isn’t the only thing Tim Tebow can’t hold onto.
The New York Daily News reports former "
Miss USA Olivia Culpo broke up with Tebow because he wouldn’t have sex with her due to his abstinent lifestyle.”
 Well, again, he didn’t really lose her, so much as he let her go in order to stay true to his pledge. It’s called making a choice based on deeply held religious beliefs. Something the liberal sports media might know about if they would ever even attempt to make any choices based on deeply held religious beliefs.
But here’s the thing, why is it hard to just report that Tim Tebow and his possible girlfriend allegedly broke-up because he doesn’t want to have sex?
Isn’t that the journalistic news piece here? Isn’t that the critical information? Is this what CBS and others have come to, that they can’t report an abstinent athlete parting ways with his girlfriend whom, he apparently deeply loved, without indulging in playground mockery? As if Tebow was some kind of sexually awkward clutz who couldn’t entice a woman into the horizontal if he was the last man on Earth?
I would accept that this was mere Tebow mockery because Tebow’s NFL career flamed out, if the same sports media hadn’t treated Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson the exact same way when news of his abstinent relationship became public earlier this year.
Instead, I’ll have to see it for what it is. Yet another smear of a Christian athlete. 
An Equally Exemplary Roll Model For Young Christians is Benjamin Watson Of The New Orleans Saints

Thank God for those wonderful Americans who are not stilted in the mud and mire of propaganda, lies and political correctness, but have the honesty, courage and love of Christ, as Benjamin Watson has, to tell the whole truth about racial conflict in America, and give the only remedy. Fantastic young man ...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tocqueville Predicted How America's Freedoms Would End

And Compared Christianity Vs. Islam Nearly 200 Years Ago

From American Minute 
By Bill Federer

Alexis de Tocqueville compared Christianity vs. Islam, and predicted how America's freedoms would end! 

On April 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. 

After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote: Democracy in America in 1835, which has been described as "the most comprehensive ... analysis of character and society in America ever written." 

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: 
"Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention ... In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country ..." 

Alexis de Tocqueville continued: 
"The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other ... They brought with them into the New World a form of Christianity which I cannot better describe than by styling it a democratic and republican religion." 

In Book Two of Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: "Christianity has therefore retained a strong hold on the public mind in America ... In the United States ... Christianity itself is a fact so irresistibly established, that no one undertakes either to attack or to defend it." 

In the 1840's. Alexis de Tocqueville traveled twice to Algeria. He wrote to Arthur de Gobineau, October 22, 1843 (Tocqueville Reader, p. 229): "I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Mohammed. ... So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion to be feared, I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself." 


Alexis de Tocqueville stated in "Travail sur l'Algerie dans oeuvres compl├Ętes" (1841): 

"I came back from Africa with the pathetic notion that at present in our way of waging war ... If our sole aim is to equal the Turks, in fact we shall be in a far lower position than theirs: barbarians for barbarians, the Turks will always outdo us because they are Muslim barbarians." 

In Democracy in America, 1840, Vol. II, Book 1, Chapter V, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: "Mohammed brought down from heaven and put into the Koran not religious doctrines only, but political maxims,  criminal and civil laws, and scientific theories. The Gospels, on the other hand, deal only with the general relations between man and God and between man and man. Beyond that, they teach nothing and do not oblige people to believe anything. 
... That alone, among a thousand reasons, is enough to show that Islam will not be able to hold its power long in an age of enlightenment and democracy, while Christianity is destined to reign in such age, as in all others." 

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: 

"In the United States the sovereign authority is religious... There is no country in the whole world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth." 

In 1895, Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert compiled The Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, which included the statement from Alexis de Tocqueville: "Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts -- the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims." 

How will America's freedoms be lost? 
Alexis de Tocqueville predicted how Americans would lose their freedom a little at a time (Democracy in America, Vol. 2, 1840, The Second Part, Bk 4, Ch. VI): 

"I had noted in my stay in the United States that a democratic state of society similar to the American model could lay itself open to the establishment of despotism with unusual ease ... 

It would debase men without tormenting them ... Men, all alike and equal, turned in upon themselves in a restless search for those petty, vulgar pleasures with which they fill their souls ... 

Above these men stands an immense and protective power ... 

It prefers its citizens to enjoy themselves provided they have only enjoyment in mind. It restricts the activity of free will within a narrower range and gradually removes autonomy itself from each citizen ..." 

Alexis de Tocqueville continued: 
"Thus, the ruling power, having taken each citizen one by one into its powerful grasp ... spreads its arms over the whole of society, covering the surface of social life with a network of petty, complicated, detailed, and uniform rules ... 

It does not break men's wills but it does soften, bend, and control them ... It constantly opposes what actions they perform ... 

It inhibits, represses, drains, snuffs out, dulls so much effort that finally it reduces each nation to nothing more than a flock of timid and hardworking animals with the government as shepherd... a single, protective, and all-powerful government ... 

Individual intervention ... is ... suppressed ..." 

Alexis de Tocqueville added: 

"It is ... in the details that we run the risk of enslaving men. For my part, I would be tempted to believe that freedom in the big things of life is less important than in the slightest ... 

Subjection in the minor things of life is obvious every day ... It constantly irks them until they give up the exercise of their will ... and enfeebles their spirit ... 

It will be useless to call upon those very citizens who have become so dependent upon central government to choose from time to time the representative of this government ..." 

Alexis de Tocqueville concluded: 

"Increasing despotism in the administrative sphere ... they reckon citizens are incompetent ... 

It is ... difficult to imagine how men who have completely given up the habit of self-government could successfully choose those who should do it for them ... 

The vises of those who govern and the ineptitude of those governed would soon bring it to ruin and ... revert to its abasement to one single master." 

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Taps...Day Is Done...Safely Rest ... God Is Nigh

A visit to Frontier Forts of Texas ... With God

There are 24 Military Bugle Calls. A few are outdated to an earlier time before technology rendered them un- necessary. But, on any Army or Marine base, many of them are still in order and used regularly. A few of them are Reveille, Mess Call, Church Call, Sick Call, Fire Call and Taps. Bugle calls are a part of military service which still carry the ageless spell of the military atmosphere. I have visited many of the historic, old military Forts in Texas, dating back to the mid-1800s. There are few things I enjoy more than, in the spring, walking over those hallowed grounds, the old, often restored, barracks, stables, bakeries, and armories. These are not the stockade type forts with tree trunks standing upright encircling the fort, but wide open, usually on high ground with a Texas breeze blowing through them. Of the 50 or so forts that were in Texas, protecting the settlers from Indians, Mexican bandits, and the Stage Coach routes west, my favorites are Fort McKavett, Fort Davis, Fort Concho, Fort Stockton and Fort Phantom hill, in that order. All of these Frontier Forts were West of the early settlements, out in Indian country. I have often stood on the parade field of one of these old forts feeling the mystique of the Frontier fort, or near the barracks', rifle racks smelling the distinct aroma of cosmoline, or in the mess hall... the thirsty smell of well water and of lie soap, or at the bakery with the smell of fresh bread, or the stables where the smell of leather, hay, and horses wafts through the air. And, always, hearing, as clearly as it would have been 175 years ago, the company bugler blowing taps over a fresh grave in the post cemetery.... or at the last call of the day, as the post lamps and lanterns were blown out and sun-browned, raw-boned soldiers took their rest as Taps died out on the cool, dry air of a Texas evening.

Those experiences always leave me with a deep feeling and almost longing emotion to have lived in those early days of Texas. I sometimes feel I was born 150 years too late to have lived in my natural generation. But God had other plans for me... and He is always right.

The tune to Taps carries with it these fitting words....
Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Fading light, dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. Thanks and praise, for our days, 'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky; As we go, this we know, God is nigh. Sun has set, shadows come, Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds Always true to the promise that they made. While the light fades from sight, And the stars gleaming rays softly send, To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Faith: Little Is Much When God Is In It

The open door of any particular, great opportunity usually closes the moment we pass it by. If the Spirit of God moves your heart to say a word or write a letter to a person in crisis, do it immediately. That same moment of need will never cross your path again. So often, opportunity requires a seeking soul whose desire was already in anticipation mode when the unseen eye triggered that sacred door. Each such individual opportunity is similar, in longevity, to  bodily exercise, which is fleeting. "For bodily exercise profiteth little.... (This word "little" is not in reference to the quality or value of exercise, but to the shortness of its life-span. The benefits of a strong, healthy body are many, but those benefits are temporal and begin to diminish within a few hours and must be repeated again and again. Whereas .... godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come". 1 Tim.4:8. Profitable in this life and for eternity. 

Even so, our faith must be continually fed with the Bread of Life (God's word) and prayer. Faith is born, is sustained and grows stronger by way of the word of God. ".... Faith cometh by hearing ... the word of God." Rom.10:17.

When Jesus said, to His disciples, "Oh ye of little faith", four times in the book of Matthew, he wasn't suggesting that they were capable of faith equal to His own, but to the general weakness of our human condition. All of us humans are weak in faith, in varying degrees, but even small faith is very powerful. Little is much when God is in it a single mustard seed ..."...A grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth." Mk.4:31. So it is with our faith. Though it be small...It has within it great power ..."And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matt.17:20.

 "It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew ... a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it." Luke 13:19.

An example of the power of "little faith" is found among the Apostles and disciples of Jesus in Acts 12:1-18. King Herod had murdered James and Jailed Simon Peter who was deep inside prison, locked up and in chains, being guarded by a quaternion of soldiers day and night, but was praying. The church, Apostles and disciples of Jesus, were also praying together that God would deliver Peter safely from prison. The faith of all of them, including Peter was mustard seed small because when God caused Peter's chains to fall off and the prison doors to open up, Peter couldn't believe it but thought he was dreaming. When he showed up at the door of the house where his friends were fervently praying for his deliverance, they couldn't believe it either. When Peter knocked on the door, the little girl watching the door ran and told the others that Peter was at the door. Those great Christians told her she must be crazy because Peter was locked behind three iron doors guarded by armed soldiers. When she insisted it was Peter, they said it must be an angel but couldn't possibly be Peter. Peter was still knocking on the door... out side. That certainly does not sound like they had great faith in their prayers or in God's power to deliver. And these were people who had seen Jesus Crucified, resurrected and ascending into heaven. So don't be too hard on yourself that neither are you a great spiritual giant full of faith. But strive to be faithful in Christ, do your best, stay prayed up and in God's word. Give witness to all Christ has done for you and in you .... and praise him for His perfection ... not yours. Little is much only when God is in it. RB

In the harvest field now ripened
  1. There’s a work for all to do;
    Hark! the voice of God is calling,
    To the harvest calling you.
    • Refrain:
      Little is much when God is in it!
      Labor not for wealth or fame;
      There’s a crown, and you can win it,
      If you go in Jesus’ name.
  2. In the mad rush of the broad way,
    In the hurry and the strife,
    Tell of Jesus’ love and mercy,
    Give to them the Word of Life.
  3. Does the place you’re called to labor
    Seem so small and little known?
    It is great if God is in it,
    And He’ll not forget His own.
  4. Are you laid aside from service,
    Body worn from toil and care?
    You can still be in the battle,
    In the sacred place of prayer.
  5. When the conflict here is ended
    And our race on earth is run,
    He will say, if we are faithful,
    “Welcome home, My child—well done!”

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Why Do I Believe The Bible Record

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 
2 Tim.3:16.

Why do I believe the Bible record of our Creator God, our Savior, Jesus, and His promise of eternal life?

Because there is nothing else in existence to equal it's witness.

Because there is no other book so consistent, blessed and powerful.

Because sinful humanity has no other written guide to redemption.

Because the Spirit of God has thoroughly convinced me of its truth.

Because there is no other word of forgiveness and salvation so certain.

Because there is no faith in anything else so perfectly simple and vivid.

Because there is no other god in the universe so true, loving and good.

Because most Christian believers are the finest people I have ever met.

Because all things have worked together for my good and God's glory.

Because it has given me faith, joy, peace of mind and eternal life.

Because my faith in Christ and His word is my life and eternal destiny.

Because by it I know God is real, Jesus my Savior, heaven my home.

Because the Holy Spirit of God bears witness with my soul it is true.

Because I would know nothing of Christ without the Bible record.

Rayburn Blair, a sinner saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Science Researchers Conclude Humans Have Etermal Souls

This Is Not News... But An Awakening...

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Gen.2:7.

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." Matt. 22:37.


Researchers claim that humans have souls which can live on after death

By George Harrison - The Sun

SCIENTISTS have claimed that death may not be as final as we once feared – and that humans have souls that can leave the body after their hosts kick the bucket.

It may sound like a supernatural myth, but the idea that human consciousness lives on after death has been put forward by a number of well-respected scientists.

h British physicist Sir Roger Penrose explains how the human conscious lives on after death And the British scientist at the forefront of the eerie theory claims that humans have souls which don't die along with the body.

We may not know exactly what consciousness is, but physicist Sir Roger Penrose believes that it's just a packet of information stored at a quantum - or sub-atomic - level.

Sensationally, he claims to have found evidence that this information, which is stored in micro tubules within human cells, leaves the body after a person dies.

The researchers argue that humans have souls which leave the body upon death, and can live on without it forever. Sir Roger has argued that when a person dies temporarily, this quantum information is released into the universe, only to return to the body's cells if the host is brought back to life.

He argues that this explains why people can have near-death experiences, and believes that this quantum information amounts to a soul leaving the body.

The physics expert said: "If the patient dies, it's possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul."

Sir Roger claims to have found evidence that human consciousness can live on after a person dies And Sir Roger is not alone in believing this, since his theory is backed by researchers at the renowned Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich.

Experts there argue that our physical universe is just a perception, and that once our bodies die there is an infinite life beyond.