Romans 13:1-2 – Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (NIV 1984)
In Congress, July 4, 1776 – The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, Continue reading “Revolutionary Declarations”
Psalms 127:1 – Unless the Lord builds the house, its builder labors in vain. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – There are so many things that we build in life without God’s involvement. How much better they would turn out if we included Him.
My Advice – As you build a career, family and relationships, make sure you include the Lord every step of the way. All of these are much too important to leave God out of them.
THE RED DRAGON – Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. (Revelation 12:3-6)
Identity of the Dragon – Later, in Revelation 12:9, the dragon is unmistakably identified as “that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan.”(1) This arch adversary and accuser of the Church is depicted as an enormous (denoting strength), red (denoting terror), dragon (denoting fierceness and cruelty). It is described as having seven heads, a possible veiled reference to pagan Rome (Rome was situated on seven hills). It also has ten horns, perhaps a reference to Continue reading “Red Dragon & A Male Child”
John 18:37 – “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (NIV 1984)
My Musings – There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. ~ Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) British prime minister. In our day, I think we can add a fourth, the internet.
The truth seems to be such a rare commodity these days. We seem to want to devise what it is that we want to believe, what it is that we want to be the truth, and then craft the “lies, damned lies and statistics” to support it. Nothing seems more contradictory to me than the phrase “spin the truth.” The truth needs no spinning. It stands on its own and is never afraid of open and honest debate. Lies on the other hand fear openness and debate. Here are a few gems on telling the truth that I picked up, on the internet no less. A touch of irony there, don’t you think.
- A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. ~Edgar J. Mohn
- Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half. ~Author Unknown
- A half truth is a whole lie. ~Yiddish Proverb
- Once you start telling lies, all your truths become questionable. ~Author Unknown
- The truth is more important than the facts. ~Frank Lloyd Wright
- If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain, 1894
- No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. ~Abraham Lincoln
- Truth fears no questions. ~Unknown
- The truth needs so little rehearsal. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
- It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. ~ Noel Coward
- In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell
My Advice – Honesty is, and always has been, the best policy. But it should be more than a policy, it should be who you are.