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If you were a CEO of a company, and there’s a protest against your company’s support of an narrow, controversial political agenda, and a boycott has been employed against the company,

What would you do when there’s 11.6% drop of sales while all your competitor’s sales are increasing?

http://www.afa.net/aa090606.asp

That’s Ford’s irrational support for the Homosexual agenda

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Since its almost Christmas, I thought I share this poem …

The Story Of The Birth Of Jesus
Once a cold night in December,
Began a story we all remember,
With angels singing praise,
And nearby Shepherds daze.

That night in a lonely manger,
Could not have been lonelier,
For a young pregnant virgin,
With no room in the inn.

A Holy Child was born,
In a place that’s not adorn,
For the Child was a King,
Salvation He will bring.

A bright star marked the sky,
And Wise Men even came by,
Searching for the mighty One,
God’s Holy Son.

Shepherds who worked at night,
Saw an angel gleaming bright,
As they headed for the manger,
That one night in December.

In that lonely manger,
There lay the Savior,
By the Virgin Mother,
And Joseph besides her.

Of what they witness in the stall,
They praise God for what they saw.

And when they went away that night,
From that manger site,
The Good news got around,
That in a little Judea town,
A little child wrapped warmly,
Was a child of God’s Glory.

This story, now many years old,
And millions of times retold,
Reached many different places,
And all kind of races.

Many have been blessed,
Because of the birth of Jesus.

By Jimmy Li

For more poem read this.

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Kitten staring intently at the table he's sitting on. My cat has caused me to ponder about the relationship between mankind and God. Does God design us to have pets so that we may feel a similar inexpressible joy that cry out in our hearts for cute furry animals?The picture is not my cat, but demonstrates my point.
I suspect that, this feeling is probably more deep and powerful for a father holding his newborn child in his arms for the first time. An inexpressible but unquestionable feeling of joy.

I came across this verse upon reading 1 Peter 1:8-9:

“Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of our faith, the salvation of your souls.”

If God has blessed us, as images of God, to feel this way toward our children and pets given and designed by Him, how must God feel about us, with his perfect love, patience, and joy? I can’t imagine with my limited and imperfect joy, which makes me remember John Piper’s reflection in one of his sermons:

He used to be afraid of heaven as a child, because he thought heaven -worshiping God forever- would be incredibly boring after awhile. It wasn’t until later on his life that John Piper concluded we spend an eternity with God because we as finite beings, with limited minds, would take an eternity to see the glory of God.

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I was trying to make an avatar for my account, but unfortunately it scaled my photo down so small you can’t read the text on it anymore. I made it after watching parts of the Lord of the Ring marathon on the television network TNT.

Gandalf’s resolve was unshakeable, whom the actor portrayed extremely well- showing fear and dread, yet a unshakable determination, proclaiming, “You shall not pass!” I thought about how God could give unshakable boldness and courage, even against something so frightening, and so evil and powerful. So then I made my avatar:

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I had memorized this verse from the ESV Fighter Verses I purchased earlier in the year from DesiringGod.org. The entire passage I had memorized months ago was Psalm 62:5-8:

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my slavation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”

Although I didn’t remember the verse completely, I still knew it was there and where to look for it. Even though my memory is shot, I’m glad the Holy Spirit still helps me remember.

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http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/014524.php

If the US announced to the terrorist a truce, and allow the terrorists to flee Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving behind their weapons, because the US would win,

The world would laugh

Yet these Terrorists thinks they are going to win…

And is going to ‘allow’ American soldiers to leave, and leave behind their heavy weapons in Iraq for the Jihadists too…

Funny

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I’m reading a book and slowly digesting through the Chapter titled, ‘The Philosophy of Politics”

I thought this paragraph was insightful:

“When one asks, which government is better, one must explain the better: Better for what? THe German government was pretty good at waging war, but the American Government was better.  The British Government is pretty good in stability, but the French government has been better at alternating premiers.  Perhaps the problem should be expressed in other words.  The clearest expression may be, What is government good for?  What is the the purpose of government?  ANd this is the question that underlies many of the controversial issues of our legislative chambers.”

(From “A Christian View of Men and Things”, by Gordon Clark, pg. 68)

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Indeed, when people complain about the government (liberals or conservatives, liberterian or socialists, Theonomists or Anarchists), people judge the government according to a particular theory (the question that follows would be, is it cogent?), standard (on what basis are these standards justified?), value (how are these values arrived at?) and ultimately their entire life and worldview.  To state it another way, criticism of our government assumes a certain expectation of our government that is dictated by our philosophy of what a government is and is not (or ought not be).

 Sometimes it might sound like its going tangent, but a critical analysis of the foundation and presuppositions of an objection/criticism/argument might actually bear much fruit for future discussion/debate/dialogue and at the minimum, understanding where others are coming from…

At the same time, we too have to be conscious of our own standard, value and whether what we believe cohere or is consistent with the rest of our life and worldview

For a Bible-Based Christian, one ought to begin with the Bible and deduce from Scripture any proposition that might concern the area of our discussion (be it with a biblical view of Marriage, how is Church to be conducted, a Christian view of Christian love, etc) and not just the area of political philosophy, but all spheres of life

That is at the Heart of Presuppositional Apologetics

This is what makes me stay up till late in the night reading and thinking

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The question of why it excites me is because I love the Lord and want to see things from His Perspective; I want to submit under Him and see the Beauty around me of doing things and thinking things His Way

At the very core of it, its one of many ways one worships God… 

Okay, gotta go to sleep now, long day ahead…

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