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Jesus Is Our Rescue
by Billy Graham
The primary message about Jesus in the New Testament is that God loves you. Some of you feel unloved. Some of you feel depressed, or you feel you don’t have purpose and meaning in your life. God is there to rescue you from that situation. If you repent, He will forgive your sins, because when Jesus died on the cross God laid on Him the sins of all of us.
Repentance means that you say to God, “I am a sinner, I’m sorry for my sins, I’m willing to turn from my sins. But Lord, You have to help me. I’ve tried so many times to give up things I know that are wrong, and I just can’t do it.”
Then, by faith, receive Jesus, who died on the cross for you. Open your heart and say, “Yes, Lord Jesus, come in. I’m ready to follow You.”
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“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address.” -Billy Graham
What an amazing life and ministry. So many lives have been changed due to this man preaching God's powerful word. Here is just one of them: Chuck Colson
"Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again." Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan
January 29, 2016 by Chuck Chapman
What are some of the best qualities we find in men? Chuck Chapman has a list.___
Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
Character is reflected in our behaviors, and often our behaviors are influenced by our beliefs. By defining our virtues, we solidify our beliefs about our values. Once defined, we have a blueprint to guide our actions as we strive to live a virtuous life. Here are 25 foundational virtues that I use as my map for living.
HONOR is respecting those over you and acting in a way that is deserving of respect from those under you. Honor is the reputation and alliance that you earn from those you serve and those who serve you.
COURAGE isn’t the absence of fear, it’s the strength to move forward in the face of fear. Courage is perhaps the most vital virtue to develop. When we feel the fear and do it anyway we develop courage.
COMPASSION The ability to step outside of yourself and perform an act of selflessness: this is the foundation of compassion. To be compassionate is to value others above yourself for the sole purpose of contributing to the greater good.
RESPECT The respect you show to others is a reflection of your self respect. For this reason, respect is something you do for yourself. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with others, but you simply value yourself enough to give others respect.
LOYALTY Staying true to yourself and standing by someone else’s side when they face adversity is mastery of loyalty. Never giving up on someone, no matter how hard it gets, for as long as it takes: that is the true measure of any great relationship.
HONESTY You are only as good as your word. If your word isn’t worth anything, then you have lost a piece of your soul. Being honest is difficult, but it is the bedrock of character. A house is only as strong as its foundation.
PRUDENCE Prudence is the capacity to face reality squarely in the eye, without allowing emotion or ego to get in the way, and do what is best for the team.
GRACE Grace is giving something to someone who hasn’t earned it, doesn’t deserve it and yet we give it anyway. Simply put, grace is giving someone dessert even though they didn’t eat their vegetables.
FORGIVENESS When we forgive we are giving up our right to collect on a debt. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind,” said Gandhi. When I no longer have the need for revenge, then I have forgiven.
HUMILITY Humility is the leadership quality of taking the brunt of the blame when things go south and giving away the majority of the credit when things go well. The leader who practices humility will never ask anyone to do what they themselves cannot do. Humility is leading from a position of service.
AUTHENTICY Being true to yourself isn’t easy. Pulling off the mask that hides your flaws and living in the fullness of who your are creates a contagion that gives others the courage to do the same.
EXCELLENCE Excellence is striving is to be better than the day before, never giving in to the voice that says, “That’s good enough.” Excellence has a price tag, and the price is practice, practice, practice.
KINDNESS There is strength in kindness. A simple smile, a kind word or even an arm on a shoulder can change someone’s life for the better and thereby change the world … Kindness is your super-power.
GRATITUDE Did you know you can’t be resentful and grateful at the same time? Try it.
To be truly grateful is to consider all the gifts you have been given and to understand that no matter what, there is always something for which to be grateful.
PATIENCE There is no truer act of love than patience … just ask anyone who has raised a two-year-old.
COMMITMENT Do what you say you’re going to do without excuse. Suit up, show up everyday, and give your best effort.
TENACITY Tenacity is the ability to stick it out and never give up, to keep going when things are tough and there is no end in sight. This is the only way to live a life of contentedness because regret only happens when we give up.
TACT Be honest, but be tactful. Remember there is another human being on the other end of your words. Strive to live by the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
GENEROSITY Maya Angelou said, “People won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Be generous with how you treat everyone … they will feel amazing and so will you.
EMPATHY Empathy is the ability to put aside your ego, step into someone else’s shoes and experience their emotions. When we do this, we create connection. The number one emotional need we all have is for connection.
CONTENTMENT Dissatisfaction is the misconception that you need more than what you already have. Contentment is a mind-set: it’s choosing not to look at lack but see the abundance that already exists.
ASSERTIVENESS Unapologetically go after what you want in life. Be assertive and let the world feel the full weight of who you are. Live with passion … without being a jackass.
COOPERATION The most important virtue for success is the ability to cooperate. If you can’t play well with others you’re going to get kicked out of the sandbox. Learn to cooperate and you’ll be successful.
ADAPTABILITY “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome” is the mantra of the United States Marine Corps. Adaptability is the ability to be flexible to change and gain the advantage in any situation. Things that aren’t adaptable break … things that aren’t adaptable don’t survive.
INTEGRITY Integrity is the solidarity of our virtues; it is the quality by which we live out our values and prioritize our principles. It is the culmination of character in action. To act with integrity is to be a good man.
Originally published on and available as a free ebook download www.tobetheman.com
In his book The Stride Toward Freedom, Dr. King lays out the six principles for resisting evil nonviolently.
1. Nonviolence is resistance not passivity: It is the courageous, active confrontation of evil by the power of love.
2. Nonviolence seeks an end to hostilities by winning a friend: The end result should be redemption and reconciliation.
3. Nonviolence attacks injustice not people: It recognizes that evil doers are also victims and not evil themselves.
4. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate: It avoids both physical and internal violence.
5. Nonviolence believes suffering is redemptive and transformative: Like Christ on the cross, it takes on suffering without retaliation. It is the willingness to take on suffering in order to right wrongs.
6. Nonviolence believes the universe is on the side of justice: God is the God of justice and the sacrificial cross of Christ has already defeated evil.
Active peacemaking is not the absence of conflict, but rather the practice of confronting evil by forcing it out into the open in the hope that one’s adversary will repent. From this perspective, peacemaking is no longer passive, but active.
Ask your son or daughter if they have any enemies, and why? Have they mustered the courage needed to face them, and if so, how? What would it look like to apply Dr. King’s principals to that relationship? Because if we’re honest, retribution is easier than reconciliation. Christ’s command to love our enemies isn’t simple, but it is a liberating action for both the oppressed and oppressor.
Marriage is simply between a man and a woman. It was "born this way" and laws or cultural whims cannot change it.
"Marriage is, has always been and can only ever be between a man and a woman. It was 'born this way.' It can be nothing else, that is the truth. People who identify as homosexual have the same dignity as all other human beings and should be treated with the utmost respect. But truth is still truth. Legislating a falsehood and imposing it on society and children does not change the truth." Craig Manners 7th December 2017
The 7th December 2017 saw the announcement that Australia's Federal Parliament had removed government protection of true marriage and implemented a law which outlaws truth and replaces it with a lie. This single law change not only undermines the truth of what marriage is but it effectively subjugates once free citizens, restricts vital freedoms of religion, speech and conscience and gives free reign and power to the continuing rampage through our society of a movement hell-bent on destruction, division and chaos. Where such laws are introduced only bad things thrive and follow.
"But the years of peace and plenty were not to last. Quickly the days turned sour and the watchful nights closed in. The West's love of self had grown too fierce. A sickness had begun to grow - a sickness of the mind. And where sickness thrives bad things follow." (A slightly changed J.R.R. Tolkien quote from The Hobbit)
"The Postal Survey was mailed out to 16,006,180 Australians. Of these, 7,817,247 voted 'Yes'. That is less than 50% (in fact it is 48.84%). So in spite of the fact that less than 50% of the people of Australia voted to redefine marriage it appears our politicians are hell bent on redefining something that can never be redefined." Warwick Marsh
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” J. R. R. Tolkien - and other helpful quotes in light of 15th November 2017.
“Folks, it’s so very easy to be courageous on issues where our Christian convictions are in agreement with talk show hosts and the larger cultural ethos. But we’re not just called to proclaim the truth when it’s easy. Faithfulness means standing up for what’s right precisely and especially when it’s unpopular—even when it will cost us, socially, financially, maybe even mortally.” John Stonestreet
“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him.” Unknown (maybe Martin Luther).
“The Lord hath promised the crown of life to those who love Him. Only lovers of the Lord will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or sulk, or slink back to the world.” Charles Spurgeon
“Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances we know to be desperate.” G. K. Chesterton
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” J. R. R. Tolkien
“If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!” Proverbs 24:10
“Do not take this lightly! It is a horrible thing for a man like myself to look back and see my country and my culture go down the drain in my own lifetime.” Francis Shaeffer
5 Million Australians do not want marriage foundations undermined by a law change. Time to "fight back for decency."
“Faithful defence of marriage and gender is an act of Christian witness – indeed one of the boldest acts of Christian witness in this secular age.” Albert Mohler, Jr.
“Faithful defence of marriage and gender is an act of Christian witness – indeed one of the boldest acts of Christian witness in this secular age.” Albert Mohler, Jr.
"Let it not be said I was silent when they needed me." William Wilberforce. (We can easily say this of the children today as Wilberforce said it of the slaves in his day).
“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.” Former President of the United States of America Ronald Reagan.
"When people's concerns are dismissed as just the sorts of worries of a bunch of deplorables you can understand why they get very, very unhappy." Tony Abbott on the Trump victory. 11-11-16. (We should add the other names to “deplorables” such as bigot, hater, homophobe, islamophobe, rabid, dinosaur etc.)
"We are called to be the people of the truth, even when the truth is not popular and even when the truth is denied by the culture around us. Christians have found themselves in this position before, and we will again. God’s truth has not changed. The Holy Scriptures have not changed. The gospel of Jesus Christ has not changed. The church’s mission has not changed." Al Mohler
I am convinced by the testimony of the Holy Scriptures that homosexual behavior is sinful, unhealthy, unnatural and dangerous to one's character and soul, as well as to society. I am also convinced by science (biology) and common sense that it is outrageous and dishonest to suggest a man can "marry" another man. That is simply not "marriage." Even the Romans, at the height of their sexual debauchery and depravity did not suggest such a nonsense. (1)
What would change my view and have me support the idea of same-sex "marriage"? Well, unlike the many politicians, actors, musicians and media participants who change their views as often and as easily as the wind, I consider myself fully convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my foundation, and like Martin Luther 500 years ago, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Therefore I cannot and will not pretend that a man can "marry" another man, because acting against one's conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen.
(1) Interestingly the Roman Empire did not last much longer after this degenerate peak was reached following the cultural anesthetizing of the collective Roman conscience (neither did Sodom & Gomorrah before them).
Champions needed to stand up to cultural Marxist bullies and defend children and freedom. This is what one looks like in Serbia.
The Cultural Marxist's "long march through the institutions” has captured Australia. Now for the "long march to regain freedom."
It’s the Culture, Stupid
By Bill Muehlenberg
Oct 19, 2017In Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign he used the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.” That economics is important is true, but it is far from the whole picture. In the ideological and political realm, economics is just one part of how social change takes place.
In many ways the real issue is the culture. Simply put, if you can change the culture, you can more easily change politics, laws, and most other things. Thus those who are involved in the culture wars must know that to affect real change, lasting change, you have to do more than just tinker at the edges of legislation or political campaigns.
You have to focus on the culture. Sadly the other side knows this. Thus we speak of cultural Marxism. Even the Marxists realised long ago that trying to change a nation from without with tanks and bullets was not working. So they learned that it was better and easier to destroy a nation by subverting it from within.
Thus the Italian Marxist Gramsci spoke of the “long march through the institutions”. He taught that capturing a culture by taking over key institutions of power and influence was the way to go. So the cultural Marxists deliberately targeted schools, courts, the media, the arts, politics and even churches.
They knew that aiming at changing the culture would be the best way to implement their goals. They chose evolutionary change over revolutionary change. And they have done exceedingly well at all this. All throughout the West the secular left basically owns our institutions.
They are running things and calling the shots: the media, academia, law and politics are all pretty much under their control. They knew the value of targeting the culture and they have therefore been hugely successful in promoting their agenda items.
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