Re-Posted by Dr. Shanon Brooks on August 29, 2013 monticellocollege.org/
“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)
by Richard Baxter (12 November 1615 – 8 December 1691) English Puritan church leaderIt is a great duty of husbands and wives to live in quietness and peace, and avoid all occasions of wrath and discord. Because this is a duty of so great importance, I shall first open to you the great NECESSITY of it, and then give you more particular directions to perform it.
(1) Your discord will be your pain, and the vexation of our lives. Like a disease, or wound, or fracture in your own bodies, which will pain you until it is cured; you will hardly keep peace in your minds, when peace is broken so near you in your family. As you would take heed of hurting yourselves, and as you would hasten the cure when you are hurt; so should you take heed of any breach of peace, and quickly seek to heal it when it is broken.
The Fourth Turning, by Howe & Straus
Strauss and Howe will change the way you see the world--and your place in it. In The Fourth Turning, they apply their generational theories to the cycles of history and locate America in the middle of an unraveling period, on the brink of a crisis. How you prepare for this crisis--the Fourth Turning--is intimately connected to the mood and attitude of your particular generation. Are you one of the can-do "GI generation," who triumphed in the last crisis? Do you belong to the mediating "Silent Majority," who enjoyed the 1950s High? Do you fall into the "awakened" Boomer category of the 1970s and 1980s, or are you a Gen-Xer struggling to adapt to our splintering world? Whatever your stage of life, The Fourth Turning offers bold predictions about how all of us can prepare, individually and collectively, for America's next rendezvous with destiny.
New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real.. Months before publication, One Second After had already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future...and our end.