Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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What's Wrong America?

Eric Massa, Democrat representative, NY said “I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district…..I will vote against their opinion if I actually believe it will help them.” This is a statement similar to that made by our Vice President, Joseph Biden, during the Judge Bork confirmation hearings. He stated that he was not elected to do the will of the people, but rather to use his own good judgment. He said his mail and phone calls were running 87% in favor of Judge Bork, but he was going to vote against his confirmation.

Since what we are supposed to have is a representative government (Think maybe that’s why it’s called the house of representatives?), I use the above illustrations to show the contempt that some of our representatives have for their constituents. If they truly have had an epiphany, they should let us in on the wonderful revelation. Barring that, they should either resign or be run out of office. What better examples could you have of malfeasance in office, abuse of power, and self-righteousness, and down right arrogance?

The seeds of revolution are everywhere: disruption of town meetings, tea party gatherings, floods of phone calls and e-mail to elected officials. Average Americans have taken to the streets, not community organizers, but real American citizens. What is the response of those who are against the American people? Intimidation, physical and verbal assaults, and a general belittling of these Americans in the media, as well as face to face, with the elected officials and their thugs. Community organizer is an innocuous term for people who use intimidation and violence to further their cause. They use the tactics of the union organizers of old. They are at least partially responsible for the financial trouble the country is in now. They used their tactics to intimidate banks and other institutions to give below prime mortgages among other things.

What is wrong with us? Are there not a few good men and women who will run for office and not be corrupted? The sheer arrogance of those in office is truly overwhelming.

The present crop of those in power are so arrogant and elitist that they truly believe they know how you should live your life better than you do. Only they know how to make us little sheep happy. They, collectively, have robbed us repeatedly over the years by diverting funds that should have been set aside for the future, and now we have to worry that the programs we count on will even be solvent when we need them. We are partially responsible for their superiority complex because we have treated them like celebrities. They have a better retirement plan than the people they represent. They have a better health plan than the people they represent. They have an income much higher than the majority of the people they represent. They have a package of perks that are the envy of most high-ranking business executives. What does this all amount to? I say it is equivalent to robbery from the people of the United States of America. Americans have entrusted them to do, and counted on them to do, what was right and just for the people they represent. We didn’t vote them into power to consolidate their power and amass wealth at our expense. Did you know that thirty two of our senators voted to give social security benefits to illegal aliens? Did you know that one hundred years ago almost fifty different forms of taxes that we have today didn’t exist?

I know all this sounds very negative, and I am sorry if I have offended some of you good people. The good news is that we don’t have to pay back the money that our government is borrowing and printing. That dubious honor will fall to our children and grandchildren.

Rick Rahn

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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A Man's Ways Are Right In His Own Eyes

In today’s current atmosphere, America is being divided. At first glance, it seems that we are divided by politics supposing that it is either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party that is the “party of redemption,” depending on what party one stakes their hopes and beliefs upon. When in reality, it is neither the left/right nor liberal/conservative that will ever bring about true healing and restoration to our country.
The most fundamental question should not be to what “Party” you are to look to for salvation of our selves as individuals or as a nation. The basic question is, not just for America, but for all of mankind is - Are we going to choose God’s ways or man’s ways? God says, (Deut.30: 19,20) I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
The present chaotic situation of America is not caused merely by the policies of either Bush or Obama. I don’t believe either man is evil or deliberately trying to destroy our country or us. Neither party is out to bring destruction intentionally. The basic problem is that as we become a more secularized individual, nation, or world in the broader picture, we are going to sow the seeds of our own destruction. (Prov. 14:12) “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Prov. 12: 15) “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” What “counsel” are we to look to for discernment and wisdom?” (Proverbs 3:1-8)

1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands;
2 For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
4 And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones.

And Jesus said, (Matt. 22: 37, 38, 39) "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
God has told us (Exodus 20) “ Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” God’s wisdom is life and health. (Prov. 4: 20-23) “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Who is really at fault for our decent into a godless society? Yes, the Lord has forewarned us that these things will come to pass before the return of our Lord and Savior. But He has also told us “If my people will humble them selves and pray, then will I hear from Heaven and heal their land.” As Christians, we are to be a light unto the world that others might be drawn to Christ as they see Him manifested in us.

How sad that we, as individuals, and as a nation, have chosen to look to the opinions and wisdom of mankind rather than the wisdom of the Lord. The global community is becoming as those who sought to build the tower of babble in an effort to become our own gods and leaving the way of the one true God. In every direction of our society, we are seeing God and His ways being cast aside, ridiculed, and mocked. As a result, we are seeing the manifestation of the evil of the spirit of anti-Christ within our society. Yes, we were a Christian nation founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Now it is illegal to even display the Ten Commandments. We are becoming a culture of death rather than life. As the State becomes superior to God, perversion and death will prevail more and more. The life of an unborn child has already been devalued as a “choice” for; after all, it is not really a human being but merely a blob of flesh. There are even those that teach that a child is not a human being until it reaches the age of being able to “reason” that there is a tomorrow. Our elderly people are no longer valued as being wise and productive to society, so giving them the “choice” of ending their “useless” lives is all for the better good of society. And of course, those born with imperfections and disabilities, will never reach the level of productivity that is needed for the good of society; therefore, especially if a time of crisis should arise, they too should be “chosen” to give up their right to life for the good of humanity. Can we not see that these “choices” are turning away from the will of the Lord? Again I put forth to our remembrance: (Deut.30: 19, 20) “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days.”

The Lord is the giver of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The State is the one that IF it gives, it can and does take away any and all rights as it deems necessary and right to do so. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. This same liberty is found in no other.
The Lord told us that these times would come and that there would be a turning away from The WAY. We are to exhort one another to be not deceived by ourselves, others, or Satan. We are to study the word that we can be workmen that need not be ashamed. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and be a doer of the Word and not just a hearer. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.

Yes, God gives us the right to choose Him and His ways, or to choose our own way. However, we must remember, (Prov. 14:12) “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” The Lord is a gentleman. He will not force Himself upon anyone or into any place where He is unwanted. If we continue to choose to be a secular nation and world, then how can we then be surprised when the blessings that we once experienced are no longer ours to enjoy? God has not condemned us. We have chosen to condemn ourselves. We will reap the consequences of our own choices and actions.
(Prov. 1: 28-31) “Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord; they would none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.”

But this is hope for those who choose to turn to the Lord and trust in Him and follow after Him: (Prov. 1: 23, 33) “Turn you at my reproof; behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” The reward of heeding wisdom shall be ours. (Prov. 2: 1-7) “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom; out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous; he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.”

Lord, I pray, let it begin in me. And may your grace and love be shed abroad in all of our hearts that we may hunger and thirst after thee, to know you, love you and serve you as our Lord and Savior all the days of out lives. Have mercy upon us and upon our land. Forgive us, oh Father, for our sins and teach us thy ways. May we each be a blessing unto thee and find favor and understanding in thy sight. Our everlasting hope and salvation is in thee alone, our Almighty God. In Jesus name, Amen

Virginia Rahn (Ginnybug)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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Our Christianity

I am a Born Again Christian, but I don’t consider myself religious. I espouse those things in religion that conform to the Word of God. This is essentially the same thing that Thomas Jefferson said: “I am a Christian in the only sense in which He wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others.” I interpret this to mean that he believed what the Bible says. When it comes to religion, you eat the meat and spit out the bones. All things that pertain to religion should be compared to the Bible for verification.

Hebrews 9:12 says: Where in the olden days, the blood of animals was sacrificed before God, the blood of Jesus was offered once and for all; obtaining eternal redemption for us all. This established the New Testament. Hebrews 10:19-20 says; Jesus’ flesh is the veil that was split in two , from the top to the bottom, to give us direct access to God. In the past, the high priest was the only one who entered through the veil into the Holy of Holies to intercede for the people.

How long must we suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, before we realize that the Lord Jesus has established the better way of justification? Outrageous fortune is the way of the world, but God’s way is better and more satisfying. Accept the slings and arrows of this life by yourself, or accept the help that is available through God.

Some examples of God’s grace through faith are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and Solomon. We know these people are in Heaven because the Bible talks about some of them being there. They got there through faith and a personal relationship with God. Jesus simply made it easier to obtain this relationship; by grace through faith. The laws of the Old Testament were given by God in order for people to know the difference between good and evil so that a right relationship could be established. The grace of the New Testament is given because it is impossible to live up to God’s perfection. It was credited to Abraham, and others, because they were right with God due to their great faith in Him. Through Jesus, we are credited with that same faith by our acceptance of what He did for us; accepting Him as our Lord and Savior and making Him Lord of our lives.

Hebrews 6:14 says: “But strong meat belongeth to them that are full of age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” The longer you walk with God, and study His word, the better able you are to make the transition from milk to meat. Salvation is the first step in your growth in the Christian life. “A testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength while the testator lives.” Only after the death of Jesus could the New Testament have been ordained. Where under the law a priest would go into the temple to intercede for us, now Jesus is interceding for us, with the Father in Heaven. No longer do we need a man to be our go between. Hebrews 10:16 says; “I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” That is why the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us.

As we walk in the light as Jesus did , we will have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus: we will be continually being filled. We need to constantly pray for the filling of the Holy Spirit, because we leak. The cares of this world often overwhelm us. We need the power of God in our lives at all times. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to keep being filled with the Spirit.

In 1 Corinthians 14:10-13 we see that none of the gifts of the Holy Spirit can pass away until Jesus returns. The Holy Spirit had already been given when Paul wrote this passage. Only when that which is perfect is come, meant the second coming of Christ. If we deny any of what the Bible says are the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we diminish the power and will of God in our lives. Some say the Bible qualifies as that which is perfect but to which version (translation) do they refer? I have personally seen the manifestation of some of the gifts of the Spirit that supposedly petered out when Peter petered out. The Lord is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

It is my contention that the “heart” spoken of in the Bible is actually the soul; or synonymous with it. “Out of the heart, the mouth speaks” , “guard your heart, because it’s the wellspring of life” The word heart appears in the Bible 1223 times, hearts appears 20 times. In the Bible, fear, love, courage, anger, joy, sorrow, and hatred are always attributed to the heart. The heart was considered to be the seat of the emotions and passions as well as appetites and embraced likewise the intellectual and moral faculties, although these are necessarily ascribed to the "soul" as well. This distinction is not always observed . My wife and I used to minister under the ‘Spirits Nest Ministries’, which meant the heart was the home (nest) of the Holy Spirit.

When your heart is right with the Lord, there are those in the world that will recognize it is. As a salesman, I used to drive my managers crazy. When asked to set sales goals, I would always say that I would sell as much as possible and not a penny more. Then they would set goals for me, and I would ask if I should stop when I reached the goal; they usually got the point. There is only so much you can do in this life, and no more. One hundred percent is all there is. I know that we can “do all things through Christ”, but it is God who extends our capacity, not ourselves. All we can do is what we know is right, according to the Word, and stand upon the Word. I present the following examples:

1. While working with a research laboratory equipment company, I was always frugal with my expenses, and everyone in the company knew it. I was attending the national sales meeting in Portland, Oregon . The vice president and international sales manager announced that we were going to have to cut our travel expenses by twenty percent. I raised my hand and he called on me. I asked which day I should stay home, since the twenty percent cut was needed. An immediate and sustained hush fell over the auditorium. I had not known that the president of the company was sitting behind me. I couldn’t understand the silence or the length of it, because I was friends with the VP. I then heard laughter behind me and the president said, “Rick, you don’t count” (Well done, good and faithful servant ). Everyone started breathing again.

2. Another time, while working for a pharmaceutical company , I was at the home office in East Hanover, New Jersey for advanced training. A movie was shown of a mountain climber that was obviously presented to show us how persistence pays off. The climber struggled, bloodied his hands and legs, bruised himself and eventually got to the top of the mountain. A helicopter then took him back down. When it was over, the national sales manager entered canter stage in an auditorium filled with salesmen and management. He asked.” what have you learned from the movie”. I raised my hand and he called on me. We knew each other pretty well. I said that the movie showed that through diligence, determination, persistence and making the extra effort we would eventually reach our goal and find that the competition got there first in a helicopter. His stunned expression indicated that I might be in trouble. In a few seconds, however, he smiled and said “perhaps we should invest in a few helicopters”. He thanked me for what we now call “thinking out of the box”. ”I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and
as innocent as doves.”

Hebrews 11:13 says: Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses all died in faith having not seen the promise fulfilled. In the same way, since Jesus told of His return, we are waiting, and seeing afar off waiting in faith. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” While we are waiting, we should not be stagnant. We should be looking (with the help of God) to bring others into the kingdom of God. Are you living in a way that others will see the Lord in your life? We should always keep John 3:16 and Romans 10:9 at the ready. That is the great commission. “It doesn’t matter if you get on board; He’s going to do it.” Jesus said that if we fail to tell the world about Him, the stones would cry out. Will you be used of the Lord? The Spirit of the Lord will never force Himself on you. He will never make you do anything that you don’t want to do. He is a gentleman and a quiet, gentle Spirit.

Rick Rahn
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Once Upon A Time

Long, long ago and far, far away ------wait a moment; it wasn’t all that long ago nor for that matter, all that far away. Millions upon millions of American citizens like me were trained by our government to hurt people and break things in order to defend and protect the constitution of our country from its enemies both foreign and domestic. We took an oath to that effect when we went into the service of our country and I don’t remember our being absolved of that oath when we were mustered out of the service. The key word to concentrate on now would be domestic. Over and above any threats from the outside world, there are dangerous things going on within our boarders. Right now, today, as somewhat to a lesser extent in the past there are forces at work in this country diligently striving to dismantle all of the values we hold dear. Have you ever observed vultures tearing apart a dead carcass? That is a good analogy as to what those currently in power are attempting to do to our constitution. You may not agree with me but surely you will agree with what you see. We have to keep in mind though, that there are those that are so blinded in their hearts that they will not see.

What are the weapons that we have at our disposal today in order to keep the oath we took? We can vote, we can pray, we can assemble, we can demonstrate, and we can insist that our elected officials live up to the oaths that they took. We can fight with all legal means and diligence at our disposal, given to us by our constitution. Our founding documents state that God grants our rights and liberties, and that no men or governmental decree can take them away. Our constitution, as it was originally written, created our country unique in it’s sovereignty. It does not need tuning up or being overridden by international law. Our country was created to be unique and exceptional as it would be One Nation Under God.

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country”. It’s time for the silent majority to raise our ugly heads and make our voices heard. I started this off sounding like a fairy tale because that’s what we’re being fed by those presently in power…fairy tale after fairy tale. Ever heard of bate and switch? How about misdirection? How about “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”. What we are up against is people who harbor disdain for anyone who disagrees with their efforts to redesign our country. They are so self absorbed that they can’t believe that anyone could see things differently than they do and still be considered sane.

Keeping in mind that while we normally think in terms of liberal and conservative, democrat or republican, globalists are a different category altogether. They are so far left that the real liberals don’t recognize them. They have a plan that would interfere with their own rights as much as ours. They have a problem seeing the forest for the trees. Their emotions get in the way of reason. Perhaps I shouldn’t lump all liberals into this same category because just as there are moderate conservatives {traditionalists} such as myself, there are moderate liberals. They are not all socialists and Marxists. Those far left globalists however seem to be very adept at pulling the wool over the eyes of a great many of those who are less left. I have even heard praise recently, by these people, for the National Socialist Party and their success in overcoming an economic crisis in a European country in the nineteen thirties. They either don’t know history, or choose to ignore it, the same way they ignore the truth. Facts don’t seem to mean very much to these people, which could be the reason they don’t mind bending the truth. Does Zig Heil mean anything to anyone?

I have been told that it’s all about the money; that it’s not ideology behind what is going on but rather greed. I know that the love of money is the root of all evil, but I have a hard time believing that there are those that would destroy the greatest nation in the history of the earth simply to enrich themselves. I would not judge some one as a traitor who was being lead by their belief system, no matter how different than mine. However, one who was inspired simply by filthy lucre would engender a somewhat stronger reaction. Our forefathers paid too high a price, and our heroes since have paid too dearly for us to let our freedoms be squandered. “The essential principles of our Government... form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety." {Thomas Jefferson}

There is a vast difference between righteous indignation and unreasoned anger. It is my opinion that those presently in power are trying to make us ‘street rat crazy’ so that we may be easily dismissed. We must think like Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. when confronted by people like these. Acorn, the unions and other groups are out there with the express purpose of inciting us to riot. If we do – they win.

Things we should remember when inserting our selves into the public discourse.

{1} If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. {2}. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. {3} It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,…... {4} Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. {5} It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. {6} Love never fails., {7} When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. {Some quotes from 1 Corinthians 13 NIV.}

I once had life explained to me by a professor of psychology. He said all things could be explained by thinking in terms of little children arguing and fighting on the playground. Let us put away our childish ways and stand like adults against the tyranny we face. "If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." {Ronald Reagan} "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." {Thomas Jefferson}

If I remember right, Readers Digest used to be written on a sixth grade level so that most people could cope with reading it. The congressional bills are written in such legalese and mumbo jumbo that they are almost impossible to understand. Think there might be a reason for this? If we can’t get those whom we pay to know what is in the bills to read them, where do we go from here? How dare they vote on something they haven’t read and therefore don’t know what it contains. Chimpanzees can do that and they are a lot cheaper to maintain. “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. Therefore: 1. In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties. 2. Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.”

{The Peter Principle} Isn’t number one what we have in congress today?

“If you, Mr. President, Congressmen and Senators, knuckle under on this and refuse to do something meaningful it means that you care nothing for the kind of country your children and grand-children will inherit. But I guess that doesn't matter as long as you get re-elected.
Shame on you.

One of the big problems in America today is that if you have the nerve to say anything derogatory about any group of people {except Christians} you are going to be screamed at by the media and called a racist, a bigot and anything else they can think of to call you.

Well I've been pounded by the media before and I'm still rockin' and rollin' and when it comes to speaking the truth I fear not. And the truth is that the gutless, gonad less, milksop politicians are just about to sell out the United States of America because they don't have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to face reality.” {Charlie Daniels}

"To secure these [inalienable] rights [to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness], governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed... Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." {Thomas Jefferson}

Remember that from the heart the mouth speaks. We must keep our hearts in the love mode and our fists open. The same God that created you created the ones that are responsible for what is happening today. A civil discourse on our part will let the Lord work on their hearts. At the same time, they should know we are coming. You that would overturn our nation, we are coming for you.

“In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some right wing, Christian, afterthought. We declare this because Christians founded this nation, on Judeo Christian principles and this is clearly documented. “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.” {Thomas Jefferson}

Rick Rahn