WTH is Wrong With America - Part 3

Re-Posted by Dr. Shanon Brooks on November 15, 2014

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Before we talk about how to increase personal financial autonomy, let’s be very clear on the current state of financial autonomy for the vast majority of Americans today.

A few Google searches produce a frightening collection of articles, books, newscasts, editorials, and government statistics all pointing to a condition never before experienced by the United States of America–WE ARE BROKE. WORSE, WE ARE IN UNRECOVERABLE DEBT.

The United States government has put the nation in debt several times before over the past 200 years. But it was always recoverable. Today not only are we swimming in a bottomless pit of national debt, the middle class has adopted the policy for their personal affairs. Over the past year, I have interviewed every couple in my classes and in other environments (over 150 couples now) to assess their financial health. These couples range from low to high middle-class income levels, which means anywhere from $40,000 to $500,000 gross annual income. Virtually every family I have interviewed has admitted to living at or above their income.

Who Must Lead the Reformation

Posted by Don Pinson on October 23, 2014

What will it be like when liberty is gone in America?  What will it be like when you can’t tell your children about your faith in Jesus for fear that they might innocently repeat it, be reported to social services, and then be taken away from you?  You think that can’t happen in America?  This is satan’s main design with the push for homosexual law.  And what has caused us to get to this point of nearly losing our liberty?  As humbly, yet as honestly as I know how to say it:  It’s because our Pastors have backed out of the realm of civil government.  We’ve lost the Biblical understanding of it, thus God’s people have been taught by our example---and sometimes by our words---to stay out of government.  Yet, this is so different from Biblical examples of government leadership.

Turning Our Hearts

Submitted by Stacey Buffinga

America has a sin problem. Have we turned our hearts away from GOD?

America was indeed founded by bible-believing Christians and based on Christian principles. When they founded this country, the Founding Fathers envisioned a government that would promote and encourage Christianity. It was because of this that America became a great nation and a beacon of light and hope for others.

Unfortunately, today I can see that this no longer rings true, overall American culture has quickly decade in the last 40 years and it is picking up speed, in the wrong direction. Just look at the current events and the vile words and actions that are coming over the airways, movies and television programs of today.

2ndTimothy 3: 1-5 has this to say.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Christianity in Home Life

by Charles Orr

Nowhere is Christianity more beautifully displayed, than in the home. It changes the home of wickedness, strife, and contention — into a peaceful and delightful Eden. It converts the home of the wicked — into a palace. It drives away discontentment, uneasiness, fear, and darkness — and showers contentment, peace, and sunlight into every heart.

Recently we saw some people speaking their testimonies in a public meeting, and telling of the blessedness of salvation. Yet in their homes, we found them irritable, impatient, and contentious, which is very unlike Heaven.

But, thank God, true Christianity brings a Heaven to the home — as well as in the public life. Christianity is Christ in the heart, and where Christ is, there is Heaven; consequently a Christian has a Heaven within him, and he has this Heaven at home as well as abroad. Praise God!

Christianity in home life makes all . . .
  love and kindness — between brothers and sisters;
  love and dutifulness — between parents and children;  love, peace, harmony, honesty, and faithfulness — between husband and wife.

WTH is Wrong With America - Part 2

Re-Posted by Dr. Shanon Brooks on October 1, 2014

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I mentioned in Part One that there can be no political autonomy without financial autonomy. I think the collapsing of American political autonomy is clear to the most casual observer, but what exactly is financial autonomy?

If I have a job and can pay my rent and have enough money for food until my next pay check – isn’t that being responsible? Aren’t I free to do as I please?

What Is Financial

Let’s take a minute and really drill down on this definition.

Financial refers to the monetary resources of a government, a company, an organization, or an individual; revenue.

Autonomy is of Greek origin and literally means “having one’s own laws;” self -governing or not being subject to outside control. It refers to a kind of independence or freedom known to few in America today.

The word “free” has Saxon and Hebraic roots.

In Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language, free is defined as, “being at liberty; not being under necessity or restraint; not enslaved; not in a state of vassalage or dependence.”

Since our language has the capacity to describe a certain state of being – that of financial Autonomy, I ask the question – Why are so few Americans financially free?

Why are so many of us, a pay check or two away financial disaster? America is the freest nation on earth…or is it?

Book Review - Our Home by C.E. Sargent

Our Home, by C. E. Sargent

Our Home Vol I & II was written to help parents become what they should be. All aspects of home life are covered, with examples and ideas of how to establish the kind of home the Lord expects of us. This book is about the sanctity of family and family life. Discusses time-honored virtues and values only found within the family circle. Deals with raising and educating children.

Eric Wilson’s Review: I struggled with this month’s review, do I have to like it or be willing to pass this book on to a friend? After consideration I deemed I do not have to “love” every book I read nor am I the final arbitrator of a classic so…. There were some good parts but also some less good parts to borderline ridiculous. This book was recommended by Glenn Beck, Dr. Brooks, and DeMille, all whom I respect and trust their opinions. That said there is a whole lot of great nuggets of principles, values, virtues, and helpful foundational thinking for family and the life education of children. That said there are also other parts that I would question but understand the author included. Over all thought it was not well written, the author’s perspective is from a college aged kid, with neither children nor experience, at the dawn of the first turning with a clear artist archetype (if you don’t understand the last statement read the Forth Turning by Howe and Straus). To a middle aged father of three, Calvinist, and nomad archetype at the leading edge of the forth turning I just could not connect with this book fully. I said all of that to say this, read it for yourself with a discerning mind. There is a lot of great information you can glean and people a lot smarter than me that recommend this book.

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WTH Is Wrong With America - Part 1

Re-Posted by Dr. Shanon Brooks on September 23, 2014

I've been angry for a while now.

When I turned 50, I took pause and reflected on my life, presuming that I was at the halfway point (yes, I intend to live to see 100).

I thought about my childhood in the 60’s and early 70’s.

I reminisced my high school years and realized that my topsy-turvy life to that point had pretty well mirrored the turbulence of the era.

I remembered my fear of possibly being drafted into the Vietnam Conflict (I missed it by several years, but the possibility still seemed very real at the age of 15) and my full participation in the Cold War aboard a nuclear submarine shadowing Soviet ships of war.

Shortly after my military discharge, I became painfully aware of the poor state of my country and just how much had been lost, and I dedicated the balance of my life to the restoration of the America given us by her founders.

But then came 9/11 and the torrent of bad choices made by the American citizenry and its political leaders following that tragedy. The Patriot Act, the continuation of wars that we could never hope to win with the adopted management policies—that were and still are being used—the gargantuan unjustified economic bailouts and the rapid decline of the US dollar by the alarming leadership of the Federal Reserve, and the unabashed implementation of socialized medicine by all three branches of the federal government destroying any hope of restoring liberty and personal responsibility.

Book Review - Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, "Who is John Galt?”. Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form with this classic Atlas Shrugged to express her vision of existence. This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor—and the motive power of every man? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story.

Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life—from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy—to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction—to the philosopher who becomes a pirate—to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph—to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad—to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels.

Attention Span: Our National Education Crisis Part 1

Re-Posted by Dr. Shanon Brooks on August 29, 2013

On October 16, 1854, in Peoria, Illinois, Stephen Douglas finished his 3-hour address and sat down. Abraham Lincoln stood.
He “reminded the audience that it was already 5 pm,” and then told them that it would take him at least as long as Mr. Douglas to refute his speech point by point, and that Mr. Douglas would require at least an hour of rebuttal [1].
He recommended that everyone take a one-hour dinner break, and then return for the four additional hours of lecture. The audience amiably agreed, and matters proceeded as Lincoln had outlined.
“What kind of audience was this? Who were these people who could so cheerfully accommodate themselves to seven hours of oratory?”[2]

Prosperity verses Adversity

“In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.” Ecclesiastes 7:14

The use of the word “day” tells us that the time of prosperity and adversity is short in the grand scheme of things.  In the day of prosperity, when everything seems to be going well… health, money to pay bills, no conflict, good relationships, peace…  be joyful for this is the gift of God for you to enjoy.  But there will also be a day of adversity… sickness, sorrow, trouble, debt, strained relationships, conflicts and great wars.  Consider… God is the author of both, and has set them one against the other so we will not be able to find true satisfaction in anything but God Himself!  Consider prosperity and adversity for what they really are… vanity!  The only truly satisfying thing there is, is being in Christ and beholding His face.  May we find nothing in anything else!

-          Todd Nibert (Todd’s Road Grace Church Lexington, KY)