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Below are quotes from our home page which we hope will cause you to stop and think.


During the 1980s, North Carolina’s U.S. Senator, the late Jesse Helms, wrote an interesting article about America’s drift from her religious and political moorings. Helms wrote at that time something powerfully astute. He said, “It is debatable at just what point the United States began to drift away… But I think we reached that point when many Americans turned away from the idea of salvation through Christ to that of salvation through technology or science or material affluence or the welfare state.”

William Carr (Pawns in the Game): Today it is common practice for people, especially those who act willfully or unwillfully [as agents of evil], to blame God for the sorry mess in which we find ourselves. The intelligent person will admit that God cannot be blamed. He gave us our Free Will, He gave us the Commandments as our guide, He gave us Christ as a teacher and living example. If we obstinately refuse to accept the teachings and example of Christ, if we also refuse to obey the Commandments of God, how can we reasonably blame any agency other than ourselves for allowing the Forces of Evil to gain supremacy?
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/08/ toward_a_saner_government.html

I am a Catholic convert from the Mormon church and as a girl and a young woman I was given many lessons on modesty, but one lesson that really stuck with me was a teacher saying, "Modesty is respect for other people. It's not about whether or not YOU are comfortable dressing like that, it's what you are forcing everyone else to see." That really hit home for me.
Maran Lathem comment on YouTube video “The Case for Modest Clothing” by Brian Holdsworth

"True discipleship is tested with 'if you hold to my teaching (John 8:31b).' It may be one thing to follow a Jesus whom we have engineered in our religious consciousness; it is quite another to stay with Jesus when he discloses who he really is.” –Gary M. Burge, NIV Application Commentary, p. 259 (see also Mini-Bible Lesson #37)

"God did not put you in this world to be successful. He put you in this world to be faithful.” –Dr. Peter Kreeft

"Be careful how you live; you may be the only Bible some people read." --Wings of Silver, p. 52.

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“Humanism with its lack of any final case for values or law, always leads to chaos. It then naturally leads to some form of authoritarianism to control the chaos. Having produced the sickness, humanism gives more of the same kind of medicine for a cure.”
–Francis Schaeffer, The Works of Francis Schaeffer, Vol. 5. The Christian Manifesto, p. 430

“You’re born looking like your parents. You die looking like your decisions.”  -- Anthony Zuniga

"We are never defeated unless we give up on God."
--Ronald Reagan

Chisholm also said, “You always have to be optimistic that people can change, and that you can change, and that one act of kindness may make all the difference in the world.”
–Shirley Chisholm, first Black U. S. congresswoman

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” ― George Orwell

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"Be careful about anyone saying we need to label or categorize information in order to control or remove speech from the discussion.

You were not born with a requirement to believe everything you are told; rather, you were born with a God-given brain that allows you to process the information you receive and make independent decisions."

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/19/you-were-born-with-a-brain-allowing-you-to-process-information/

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Interpreter's Bible, Vol. 8, p. 530

"It was Christ who discovered and emphasized the worth of woman. It was Christ who lifted her into equality with man: not, indeed, into sameness of duty, for nature itself precludes that. Yet as Paul has it, in Christ there is neither male nor female in the sense that both alike are dear to God, and both alike are called to service of the kingdom, and both alike can and should reach the same lofty spiritual goals."

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All About Lying

“We know they are lying. They know they are lying. They know we know they are lying. We know they know we know they are lying, but they are still lying.”  --Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

“It is a sin to tell lies, but it is also complicity to listen to them. You don’t want to be the devil telling lies, but you also don’t want to be the sons of the devil listening to them.”   --Doug Wilson

“…speaking and living the truth is the best way to show kindness. Being nice to avoid conflict is a trap that only causes problems down the road.”  --R. Blackwell (in comments below above youtube podcast)

Do these quotes remind you of what is going on with our governments and leaders and other influencers in the world today? Have you been guilty of going along just to get along? Or to be kind? Where do we draw the line against dishonesty?

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"When a man mints coins --- they are all alike, but when the Divine mints people, each of them is uniquely different even though they all come from the same mold."
— Jewish Saying

“We must be faithful in little things because there are no little things; we must be faithful in God’s absence because God is never absent.” 
--Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8, pp. 232-233.

“Jesus declared, “everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40b).  Children have multiple teachers in their life: parents, grandparents, pastors, friends, television, school teachers, books, and curricula.  All of these have an influence.  Naturally, the greatest influence will be that which spends the most time with the child actively educating.  A typical student spends about seven to eight hours a day every weekday being taught at school according to the curriculum.  This is far more time than all the other active education sources combined.  Most children are educated in a government school with a secular humanistic curriculum.  So, if 90% of their education comes from a secular curriculum, wouldn’t we expect about 90% of them to become secular adults?  Statistics confirm this.  About 90% of students from Christian homes that attend public schools graduate with a secular worldview.[1]  Jesus was right.”

--biblicalscienceinstitute.com Education: Objections to Biblical Principles by Dr. Lisle, Mar. 11, 2022.

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“Biblically, parents are responsible to ensure that their child’s education is Christ-focused with the goal of learning to reason and behave rightly (in a way that is consistent with God’s character) for the glory of God (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalm 78:3-7).  A biblically-sanctioned education must have the goal of producing graduates with a biblical worldview, faith in Christ, love of God, and a deep conviction for the truth of Scripture.  Is this the goal of public education?  If we are honest about it, we must admit that government schools do not seek any of these things.  They have nothing to do with right-reasoning to the glory of God – the very purpose of education!”

Biblicalscienceinstitute.com, Education and the Myth of Neutrality by Dr. Lisle, Mar. 4, 2022

Dr. Lisle has three good articles on The Purpose of Education, Education and the Myth of Neutrality, and Education: Objections to Biblical Principles. If you are a parent or grandparent who cares for the disposition of your children’s souls, you should read these articles. They are true eye-openers, and help explain one of the most powerful reasons that our children are deserting the Christian faith as they graduate from high school or go on to college. It also explains the weak, doctrinally deficient faith of so many in the Church today.

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“To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance. To see them in tandem is conversion.”  -- Max Lucado

"Man is free to choose torment without God rather than happiness in God; he has a right to hell, as it were."
Nicholas Berdyaev, Freedom and the Spirit,1935; p. 324.

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"Moving forward to a new spring necessitates a biblical and theological recovery of the gospel. Both the earliest Christian witness and the Methodist revival focused on what God was doing in and through us, not what we humans are working at. Their focus was on God, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! I am tired of a spiritually atrophied Unitarian United Methodism which acts as if the Holy Spirit is not real. I have had it with a vague deistic theology which condescends to Jesus as an interesting teacher but denies his kingship. The Lord is calling us back to the center of the Christian faith in the great doctrines of the incarnation, sin, salvation, and sanctification in both their personal and social dimensions. Wesley's dying breath was anchored on the incarnation: 'The best of all is that God is with us.'"

Mike Lowery, Bishop of Central Texas Conference of the UMC, quoted in Good News, Sept/Oct 2021, p. 11

"God knows the end from the beginning, and he knows you and our needs far better than even you do. Don't ask, 'Why is this happening to me?' Rather, ask the question, 'How should I respond?' Otherwise, you'll miss the beneficial role suffering plays in life." (from Encouragement for Life by Charles R. Swindoll, p. 115)

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WALLACE: How are we going to get rid of racism until...?
FREEMAN: Stop talking about it. I'm going to stop calling you a white man. And I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You`re not going to say, "I know this white guy named Mike Wallace." Hear what I'm saying?

Stop talking about it. Interesting idea, isn't it? I doubt Cory Booker would approve. 'The Squad" would doubtless go apoplectic. Nevertheless, it's the only way to end racism—stop talking about it. We already have laws against it, for a long time now, as we should. And they should be strictly enforced. But the rest of the blah-blah has got to go. It only makes people hate each other. It creates racism rather than solves it. –Roger L. Simon, online at PJ Media, July 16, 2019

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Edmund Burke’s observation is timeless:
“Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites… in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

"How can you satisfy those who claim that people are guilty of racism by virtue of their race, irrespective of any individual acts of racism? Those accused are given no chance to make their case; there is nothing they can do to acquit themselves, because they are convicted as a matter of who they are, not what they've done." David Limbaugh, 7/31/20 on JewishWorldReview.com

"I don't let compliments go to my head, or let insults go to my heart." Dennis Prager

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