Bible Influences on America!

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Posted 12/19/14 at 1:33 PM | Larry Dozier

2 Steps from Hell

And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. (Mark 4:19) (KJV)

It's very interesting that our greatest earthly enemies are three things that are in the world, and not three people (See Ephesians 6). Oh, we like to blame people for our problems, don't we?

Could God be giving us a big hint that we need to learn how to take dominion over things, not people? Keep reading and I'll share some more.

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:38-42). FULL POST

Posted 12/14/14 at 3:37 PM | Larry Dozier

Do You Understand the 2 Kinds of Prayer?

First, I will provide a general definition of what Biblical Prayer is. And then I will define, differentiate and deliver the two basic kinds of prayer as taught in the Bible.

What Is Prayer?

Prayer is not an insignificant, religious activity that some religious people made-up. It’s an essential activity that mankind needs to learn in order for the will of God to be done on earth. In this article we will discover how God won’t cause any of his will to happen without mankind praying. In the Kingdom of God, nothing happens until somebody prays!

God has chosen the mystery of prayer as the primary way to bring the will of God to earth. Prayer is a work. The church says to God, “We want your will.” After the church knows the will of God, they open their mouths and ask God for it. This is called prayer. If a church doesn’t have this prayer ministry of agreement with God's will, that church is not much use on the earth. FULL POST

Posted 12/6/14 at 1:07 PM | Larry Dozier

What Is the Real Name of Jesus?

 How "Yeshua" Became "Jesus"

The first letter in the name Yeshua ("Jesus") is the yod. Yod represents the "Y" sound in Hebrew. Many names in the Bible that begin with yod are mispronounced by English speakers because the yod in these names was transliterated in English Bibles with the letter "J" rather than "Y". This came about because in early English the letter "J" was pronounced the way we pronounce "Y" today. All proper names in the Old Testament were transliterated into English according to their Hebrew pronunciation, but when English pronunciation shifted to what we know today, these transliterations were not altered. Thus, such Hebrew place names as ye-ru-sha-LA-yim, ye-ri-HO, and yar-DEN have become known to us as Jerusalem, Jericho, and Jordan; and Hebrew personal names such as yo-NA, yi-SHAI, and ye-SHU-a have become known to us as Jonah, Jesse, and Jesus.

The yod is the smallest letter of the alphabet, which is why Yeshua used it in His famous saying in Matt 5:18: "Until heaven and earth pass away not one yod ("iota" in the Greek text) or one kots will pass from the Torah." For emphasis, Yeshua incorporated in this saying a well-known Hebrew expression: lo' yod ve-LO' ko-TSO shel yod, "not a yod and not a 'thorn' of a yod," i.e., not the most insignificant and unimportant thing. When Yeshua declared that heaven and earth might sooner disappear than the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet, or the smallest stroke of a letter, He was simply saying that the Torah ("Law" or "Teaching") of Moses would never cease to be. FULL POST

Posted 11/20/14 at 1:17 PM | Larry Dozier

Are You Too Busy?

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

Taxation & the Bible

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

Thanksgiving - Using the Holiday for Teaching Gratefulness

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

President George Washington's Vision

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...

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.

  • That “the pursuit of life”… written in the US Constitution didn’t apply to a “fetus”, because a fetus isn’t a human being.
  • That the American Founders were deists not Christians, although primary documents demonstrate that 7 out of 8 of the first colleges were started by Christian denominations.
  • That God did not have a hand in America’s success, although our founders instituted the traditional prayer that begins every meeting in the US Congress.
  • That prayer and the Bible in public schools are unconstitutional, removing the plumb-line of American values.
  • That the Bible is outdated and doesn’t really mean what it says, after all, only the uninformed would claim that the Bible is for today.
  • That the Bible is only a religious document and not useful for practical application.

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

America’s Heritage & Current Events

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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

That Was Then – This Is Now!

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

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