Bible Influences on America!

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Posted 12/1/12 at 1:30 PM | Larry Dozier

Scientific Studies on Prayer – Does Prayer Really Work?

Have you ever seen or experienced medically documented miracles as a result of your prayers? Or maybe it was the result of someone else's prayers? I certainly have! And for many years, I was a Christian skeptic. As you may know, there is religious teaching in Christianity today that does not believe miracles can happen as result of prayer like they did in the first and second centuries. But, I believe that miracles can happen like they did back then; and me and others have a lifestyle that confirms it. Perhaps some day I will write an article about my Top 10 Prayer Miracles, during my 44 years as a Christian. In the mean time, here are some scientific studies providing evidence that prayer does make a difference.

Reader's Digest, - Dec. 2004

"The Healing Power of Prayer: Have a little faith-and lower your risk of depression, heart disease and more"

"...in...Yale University School of Medicine doctors reported that poor people...who believed in a higher power were less likely than their non-spiritual peers to be depressed..."

"Doctors at Italy's University of Pavia found that adults who [prayed] had improved lung and heart function. In a study of 999 cardiac patients from Mid America Heart Institute of St. Luke's Hospital, those who unknowingly had others praying for them fared better than those heart patients who didn't receive intercessory prayers." FULL POST

Posted 11/29/12 at 12:01 PM | Larry Dozier

What Religion was Jesus?

One day a friend of mine challenged me to collect all of the words that Jesus Christ spoke, according to the New Testament. Of course, a red letter addition of the Bible is helpful here. Then, it was suggested that I collect them into one document, read them and summarize what Jesus actually taught and emphasized, while not considering my preconceived ideas or religious teachings. Upon completion, I would never be the same again!

In this article, I want to share with you some of what I learned during that study, while encouraging you to try doing the same thing. If you will join me, I believe that it will shock you, enlighten you and challenge you.

First, we will answer the following questions. Who did Jesus claim to be? What did he teach? And what ideas did Jesus emphasize the most?

Jesus claimed to be…

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35 NKJ)

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12 NKJ)

And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. (John 8:23 NKJ) The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things." 26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." (John 4:25-26 NKJ) FULL POST

Posted 10/31/12 at 3:31 PM | Larry Dozier

God! How Could You Let This Happen?

Have you ever been angry with God? Perhaps it was because he did not answer your prayers the way that you wanted; or maybe for another reason? I sure have! When I was in my late 20's, I became angry with God and decided to go my own way. The late Frank Sinatra's popular song, “My Way”, became my new slogan – my mantra. I had been enjoying a good, thriving relationship with God for about 10 years, but became offended because God did or allowed some things into my life that I didn't like and I thought those things were “unfair”. After all, I thought, I've been serving God for the past 10 years and I had done a lot of good things for God, but I felt like a victim. How could God let these things happen to me, especially after all of the things that I had done for him? Have you ever felt that way? Or, perhaps you feel that way right now?

This article is the result of what I have learned from God’s compassionate correction, redirection and revelation that ultimately led me into a new life of answered prayer, joy, love and peace that passed all understanding regardless of my circumstances. This new way of life was referred to by John the Baptist and Jesus Christ as “The Kingdom of God” or “The Kingdom of Heaven”. John the Baptist predicted it and Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled and taught about it. FULL POST

Posted 9/17/12 at 9:23 PM | Larry Dozier

Gay & Glad Used to Mean “Happy”? - What Happened?

The progress of the “Gay Agenda” began its advancement in the 1950’s & 1960’s as high profile individuals began to do scientific studies about homosexual behavior. As this information was completed and published, it added more fuel to the “free love” fire of the 1960’s. And in 1973, it eventually influenced the American Psychiatric Association to remove “homosexuality” as an "illness" or a “deviant lifestyle” classification in its diagnostic manuals. The national impact of this gave homosexuality more credibility by calling it an “alternate lifestyle” and suggesting that it may be genetic.

Later, the “Gay Activists” began to take advantage of the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, claiming that their civil rights were being violated. After all, they proposed, the US Constitution and civil rights laws specifically gives protection to homosexuals because you cannot discriminate due to a person’s race, religion or sex, although many felt that the word, “sex” in the U.S. Constitution was referring to “male or female”, not homosexuality or sexual preference. FULL POST

Posted 9/17/12 at 8:54 PM | Larry Dozier

A Biblical Solution to the Youth Exodus!

According to a recent study completed by the Barna Group out of Los Angeles, as many as 60% of Christian students who leave for college never return to Church. Subsequent studies conducted by individual Christian traditions report statistics as high as 80-90%. Experts refer to this as faith attrition. Regardless of the real number and what we may think about survey statistics, the Christian Church appears to be facing a serious challenge, and there's no credible reason to believe that the Orthodox tradition is immune to it. Of course, the million-dollar question is why? (Source: www.ocf.net)

Another recent study conducted by Mark Regenerus, a sociologist from the University of Texas and author of Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers, the roots of secularization are found to run much deeper than the public campus. He cites data from the National Study of Youth and Religion, which suggests that secularization does not begin in college but only materializes there. In most cases, the intersection of first-time freedom and the distorted moral opportunities afforded on most campuses reveal what is latent in the hearts of students. We have to look much deeper than the campus if we hope to find the real roots of the problem. (Source: www.ocf.net) FULL POST

Posted 8/22/12 at 6:24 PM | Larry Dozier

Is America’s Cup of Iniquity Full?

The “Cup of Iniquity”- What is it?

In His infinite wisdom, God allows a nation to have power until it fills up its cup of iniquity, and when it does, the Bible says He removes that nation from power. (See Daniel 2:21; 4:17; Leviticus 18:24-28.) What makes this process so remarkable is that God, even within the chaos of sin, always accomplishes His plans and purposes on Earth! We may try to explain the outcome of earthly events by analyzing the actions of the players, but somehow God always works things out for the good of those that are called according to His purpose (Romans 8: 8).

The Full Cup Principle

The Bible says that God is love. (1 John 4:8) The Bible also says that God has wrath. (Colossians 3:5, 6; Revelation 15:1) Because God’s character has both properties, it is sometimes difficult to reconcile these two attributes. So, let us consider how the perfect balance works between God’s love and God’s wrath. Bible history reveals that God follows a consistent principle when dealing with humanity. I call this principle the “full cup principle” because the Bible often uses the metaphor of a cup to indicate the fullness of an experience. For example, consider the words of Jesus just before He was arrested and crucified, “. . . My Father, if it is possible, may this [bitter] cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39, insertion mine) Jesus did not want to endure the experience of a bitter death on the cross, but He was willing to do it if this was the only way to save the human race. The metaphor of a cup can be used to indicate a joyful experience. Consider David’s well known words, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup [of joy] overflows.” (Psalm 23:5) King David uses the metaphor of an overflowing cup to express joy beyond containment! From these two examples we see that a cup represents an experience. The contents of the cup indicate the type of experience. FULL POST

Posted 8/11/12 at 12:09 PM | Larry Dozier

The Signature of God

The Bible & American Culture. How Well Do You Really Know Them?

On the aluminum cap, at the top the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, are displayed two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there. It is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk.

Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone you know, but these words have been there for over 120 years. They are at 555 feet and are 5.125 inches high, perched at the top of the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles, which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America.

Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words: Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but were very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world. So, what do those two Latin words, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say "Praise be to God!"

Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, "Laus Deo" ...............Praise be to God! From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles L ’Enfant, a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the South, the Capitol to the East, and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. But, why is there a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross, because the words separation of Church and State was not, is not, in the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights. FULL POST

Posted 8/3/12 at 12:06 PM | Larry Dozier

How the West Was Lost!

The Bible & American Culture - How Well Do You Really Know Them?

A strong nation is not built on strong local communities as some have said, but on strong families. When the community is emphasized at the expense of the family, social problems develop that are beyond the power of a democracy to solve.

The only alternatives are total anarchy or total dictatorship. Either one becomes God’s judgment on a nation for rejecting the principles and the standards of the Bible.

Under a dictatorship, families lose their freedom to openly worship God because the dictator becomes the new “god”. See the history of Israel’s captivities – Daniel 3:1-30.

In our day we are seeing an assault on the family. We must become aware of these sources so that we can wisely build a spiritual wall of protection around the family and use the family as a strong base to turn our nation back to God.

1. Fathers lose biblical convictions.

2. Parents neglect family responsibilities.

3. Men and women demand more rights.

4. Government provides more services and greater taxation.

5. Agencies get more powerful and establish more controls over every area of life.

6. The US Constitution which protects our freedoms becomes subordinate to arbitrary laws made by bureaucratic officials. FULL POST

Posted 7/31/12 at 8:22 PM | Larry Dozier

Is Alcoholism a Sin or a Disease?

The Bible & American Culture - How Well Do You Really Know Them?

Is Alcoholism a Sin or a Disease?

For about the last 100 years, therapists have been teaching that alcoholism is a “disease”. Wikiepedia.org says, The modern disease theory of alcoholism states that problem drinking is sometimes caused by a disease of the brain, characterized by altered brain structure and function.[1] The existence of alcoholism as a disease is accepted by some within the medical and scientific communities,[2] although critics exist. The American Medical Association (AMA) had declared that alcoholism was an illness in 1956. In 1991, The AMA further endorsed the dual classification of alcoholism by the International Classification of Diseases under both psychiatric and medical sections.

I have certainly had my own struggles. I also worked full time at a national drug rehabilitation facility for three years as their Education Manager. While working there, I noticed that the disease concept was difficult to integrate with biblical faith and principles. As a result of the alcoholic disease theory concept, I also learned that a patient is treated completely or primarily from a psycho-social/physiological perspective, not considering the spirituality of its patients. By “spirituality” I am referring to the invisible influences of human behavior that are usually associated with morality/immorality and attributed to religious experiences or the absence of the same. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/12 at 2:51 PM | Larry Dozier

The Chinese Government Affirms the Bible!

The Bible & American Culture - How Well Do You Really Know Them?

While the USA has been suffering from a bad case of amnesia concerning her biblical and Judeo-Christian influences, Chinese intellectuals, representing the Chinese government, have concluded that it is precisely these influences that have made the United States of America so successful.

Former editor of the Sunday Telegraph, Dominic Lawson, in a review in the Sunday Times of Niall Ferguson's new book, Civilisation: The West and the Rest, carries a quote from a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Science, trying to account for the success of the USA to date. He said:

One of the things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world. We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we had. “Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. “But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. That is why the West is so powerful. “The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this. FULL POST

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