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Posted 11/20/14 at 1:17 PM | Larry Dozier
One day I realized that procrastination is just another way of demonstrating that I’m too busy. Too busy doing what? I was too busy being led by the deceitfulness of riches, the cares of the world and the lust for other things. It was like I had three rings in my nose and all three of them were leading me to failure and destruction. I thought that I was just too busy to have regular bible study, daily prayer and fellowship with others. I thought I needed to get a good education, work hard and achieve the American dream! However, I began to realize that my schedule had control over me, rather than me having control over my schedule. I working full time and going to college full time. I had no time left to do anything else, although in my desire to please others, I frequently overcommitted myself. And when that happens, no one is happy. FULL POST
Posted 11/17/14 at 3:40 PM | Larry Dozier
There is no discussion in the Bible of the proper limits of taxation. Taxation should therefore be discussed in terms of achieving other biblical goals and enforcing other biblical principles.
The supreme biblical goal of taxation is to finance a civil government that is incapable of doing more than the Bible says it should. If it is capable of doing more, it will. This is basic to fallen man: to be as God (Gen. 3:5). The state should be limited in a way analogous to the limits placed on the king in Deuteronomy 17. So, the biblical goal of modern politics is to shrink the state -- all branches -- to levels consistent with the biblical concept of civil government: negative sanctions only. The welfare state must be de-funded.
Taxation therefore should be discussed, above all, in terms of limiting the expansion of the state, especially the central government.
R. J. Rushdoony argued that Exodus 30 -- a man's payment of half a shekel upon reaching age 20 -- was a head tax. He was incorrect. The payment went to the priests, not to a civil magistrate ("captain"). The tip-off was that it was calculated as a shekel of the sanctuary, which was a separate, ecclesiastical coin. This was blood money. It was paid on a man's entry into God's holy army, which was both priestly and civil. I discuss this in Chapter 32 of Tools of Dominion: The Case Laws of Exodus (1990). FULL POST
Posted 10/25/14 at 3:19 PM | Larry Dozier
Written by Eric Buehrer, President of Gatways to Better Education (www.gtbe.org)
The Thanksgiving holiday provides a natural place in the curriculum to teach about gratefulness. There is no need, however, to wait until the week before the holiday to teach about the subject of gratitude. Instead, the holiday can become the culminating experience after numerous lessons on gratitude during the entire month of November.
Thanksgiving Day is inherently religious, and this, of course, makes it a ticklish subject for public schools. Some educators have responded by remaking the holiday into a lesson about Native American peoples.
However, while schools cannot endorse a particular religious belief, educators need not shy away from teaching about Thanksgiving Day. The President every year encourages all citizens (including children) to thank God for their blessings. Educators can inform students of the President's proclamation and discuss how they and their families might respond. (To find the proclamations from previous years, visit www.whitehouse.gov and do a search on the word "thanksgiving".)
The Supreme Court in Lynch v. Donnelly remarked, "Our history is replete with official references to the value and invocation of Divine guidance in deliberations and pronouncements of the Founding Fathers and contemporary leaders. President Washington and his successors proclaimed Thanksgiving, with all its religious overtones, a day of national celebration, and Congress made it a national holiday more than a century ago. That has not lost its theme of expressing thanks for Divine aid any more than Christmas has lost its religious significance." FULL POST
Posted 10/18/14 at 12:15 PM | Larry Dozier
In the National Tribune, 1880, an article appeared giving an account of the "Vision of Washington" at Valley Forge. The account was told by a gentleman named Anthony Sherman, who may have been at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 or who was given the story by George Washington. The story has been published several times.
Some people will say that it is substantiated by the fact that a copy of the account is in the Library of Congress; but this argument of authenticity could be misleading. The Library of Congress has copies of anything published. That does not indicate accuracy or inaccuracy of the content, but it does lend credibility to the story.
The soldier mentioned as having a first-hand account of the "Vision," Anthony Sherman, was a soldier in the Continental Army. According to his pension application, written by him, he states that he was at Saratoga under the command of Benedict Arnold at the end of 1777 and only joined the main forces in 1778 in New Jersey just before the Battle of Monmouth; however, that alone does not prove or disprove anything, because it’s basically irrelevant, since there is no credible and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. And it's of record that George Washington was a man of faith who prayed to God for "divine providence" with amazing results, but that's story for another article. FULL POST
Posted 10/7/14 at 2:38 PM | Larry Dozier
If I Wanted to Destroy America …
I’d convince Americans that their founding fathers didn’t really mean what they wrote in the US Constitution.
I’d redefine the word “expert” from being economic and performance-based to being academic and theory-based. FULL POST
Posted 9/5/14 at 12:18 PM | Larry Dozier
Deuteronomy 28 (NIV) Here’s a Reminder…Blessings for Obedience
If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. 11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. FULL POST
Posted 8/23/14 at 4:57 PM | Larry Dozier
Throughout the history of ancient Israel, the tribe of Issachar is portrayed as a family that was destined to prosper both physically and spiritually. The ancient Rabbis taught that the sons of Issachar were not only "mighty men of valor" (1 Chron. 7:1-5), but they were also called to serve the other tribes in the areas of finance and the ministry of God's Torah. Source: http://www.ascensionministries.net
"And of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command."
- 1 Chronicles 12:32 NAS
Today, we need believers with the Sons of Issachar anointing. They would be found sharing their wisdom in financial and spiritual matters. Righteous leaders would be seeking and following their counsel; thereby solving problems and creating material and spiritual prosperity. Do you know anyone like that? Do you know anyone that “knows the times and knows what to do”? If someone with the Sons of Issachar anointing was speaking to you right now, I believe that he would say: “That was then – This is now”. And “This is that - which was spoken by the Prophet Joel”. FULL POST
Posted 8/14/14 at 1:41 PM | Larry Dozier
According to Kevin Caruso of www.suicide.org, over 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death. And the most common mental illness is depression. Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.
Untreated mental illness (including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and others) is the cause for the vast majority of suicides.
Also, some people are genetically predisposed to depression, and thus they may not appear to be undergoing any negative life experiences, yet still become depressed, and may die by suicide.
So, some people die by suicide because of a depression that was caused by genetics. You probably have heard about some individuals who died by suicide and did not exhibit any symptoms or appear to have any serious problems. In these cases, it is possible that the person had depression that occurred because of this genetic factor.
It is very rare that someone dies by suicide because of one cause. Thus, there are usually several causes, and not just one, for suicide.
Many people die by suicide because depression is triggered by several negative life experiences, and the person does not receive treatment – or does not receive effective treatment – for the depression. (Some people need to go through several treatments until they find one that works for them.) FULL POST
Posted 8/6/14 at 12:41 PM | Larry Dozier
Has modern science proven that the Bible is scientifically unreliable or inaccurate? Has the widely touted evolutionary concept of the origin of man been scientifically proven? What evidence do the evolutionists use in support of this proposed scientific definition of the origin of man? As a Bible believing Christian, can I successfully defend the biblical account of creation, scientifically? These and other questions will be answered in this student manual.
First, we must understand that we live in an environment that continually preaches the ideology of the religion of Secular Humanism as defined by the US Supreme Court and The Humanist Manifestos I & II. For over 40 years, many American public schools have been dogmatically teaching evolution as scientific fact, rather than scientific theory. They have frequently pointed to certain dating methods as proof of an earth that is millions and billions of years old; however, after being questioned about their scientific methods, they have also admitted that the same scientific data could be interpreted as thousands of years old, but they do not mention that in the public school textbooks. In addition, it has been found that these same scientists have dated certain artifacts as millions of years old only to find out later they were scientifically proven to be completely wrong. Also, the print and broadcast media are persistently indoctrinating Americans with evolutionary ideology by saying that the world is “millions and billions of years old”, while the Bible clearly says that God created everything in six literal days according to the literal meaning of the Old Testament Hebrew word used in the book of Genesis. Further, Time, Nature and National Geographic magazines along with the Discovery Channel, the movie Jurassic Park, The Learning Channel and Animal Planet regularly affirm evolutionary ideology without questioning its accuracy or authority. As a result, pollster George Barna found that in the US “a minority of ‘born again’ adults (44%) and an even smaller proportion of born again teenagers (9%) are certain of the existence of absolute moral truth.” Adolph Hitler, a self avowed Secular Humanist, once said, “You don’t have to tell the people the truth. Just keep repeating a lie long enough and they’ll start believing it”. It appears that many public schools have allowed their teachers to use the same cynical, humanistic ideology as Adolph Hitler. FULL POST
Posted 7/31/14 at 12:26 PM | Larry Dozier
When a political leader told me that his ambition was to hold a high national office, I asked him how he could serve people more effectively in that office than in his present position. That was a new thought to him, because his main goal was simply to increase his personal importance.
In sharp contrast to this political leader is another government leader who deeply loves youth and their families. His position as a juvenile court judge was not just a job to him, but rather it was a means of carrying out his passion in life--to help young people learn to make wise decisions.
Two years after the first political leader talked to me, he was sent to prison for mishandling funds. However, the second leader was appointed as Director of the Department of Child Services in his state.
The command to be a servant does not mean that the desire to be great is wrong; instead it shows us what true greatness is and how to achieve it!
If we are to be great, we must first ask, "What is true greatness?" Greatness is not based on personal achievement that results in fame, fortune, or position. Rather, true greatness is what God does in and through us. (See Ephesians 1:19.) Peter did not have money, but he had the power of God working through him to carry out great works. “... Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6). FULL POST