We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Relief from a Tyrant

How do you handle things when you’ve been wronged? When I was young I had a difficult boss.He rarely smiled and every Friday he met with me to go over my weaknesses. I just loved Fridays!

Those early years were God’s training time for me but I so much resisted these weekly exercises.I can remember times when I would share my plight with another colleague, both of us agreeing that we were being unjustly wronged by a roughshod boss who cared only for himself. Enough was enough…I wasn’t going to take this anymore. So I confronted him and told him that if he continued to treat me like a dog, I was going to quit.

I will never forget his response. “You’re not here to serve me, you’re here to serve God and if you’re going to quit here, you’ll quit every time the going gets tough.”This wasn’t the change of heart I was looking for and the next few years didn’t get any better . . . until . . . until I read I Samuel 24, which tells the story of God giving Saul into the hands of David in the cave, while defenseless King Saul was relieving himself.

Poor David (that’s how I felt about me) has been fleeing from the hand of Saul for a couple of years now. God has already made it known that David will be the next king so now is a perfect opportunity to rid himself of this godless tyrant.

But David said something that struck my heart. He said, “God forbid that I should do this thing to the Lord’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord’s anointed.” Twice David points out that the man who is making his life miserable is indeed God’s anointed. David’s understood that his difficult boss was God’s preparation for kingship. The day I understood this truth was the day that I was able to move forward in my preparation for leadership. Until we learn to follow we will never be able to lead.

To read more about David’s preparation for kingship, check out A Tale of Three Kings.

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Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Weigh In on our Government today

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
– George Washington
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroy ourselves.”
– Abraham Lincoln
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe
-Thomas Jefferson
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
-Thomas Jefferson
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
-Thomas Jefferson
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
-Thomas Jefferson
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
-Thomas Jefferson

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9/11 Intesity of Borrowed Time

This is a must see video:

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