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I am re-blogging this from the site of Queen of Liberty.
if you catch no other video today, make sure this is the one. So powerful a message from our President, Ronald Reagan. A tribute to God, our nation and the Constitution’s First Amendment right to Religious Freedom.

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To My fellow Patriots: After this sad week in America, please watch this comforting Reagan video on God.
Thank you to John Silvius for sending me such a perfectly appropriate video.


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Samson’s life is one of contradiction. First, he was to be “a  Nazirite, set apart to God from birth” (Judges  13:5), yet he continually broke his vow. The Spirit of God came upon him  many times, giving him great strength to fight the Philistines, the oppressors  of the Israelites. At the same time, however, Samson was a womanizer and a  vengeful man, full of sin. Samson’s life illustrates that giving in to  temptation leads to sin,  that God will use even a sinful man to enact His will,  and that God will not let us escape the consequences of our  sin.

The life of Samson – giving in to temptation leads to  sin
Samson’s story begins with a violation of God’s law. He wants  to marry a Philistine woman despite his parents’ protests and in violation of  God’s law about intermarriage with pagans. His mother and father accompany him  past the vineyards of Timnah (Judges 14:5)  to obtain his new bride when a lion attacks and is killed by Samson. As a  Nazirite, Samson had to follow the laws written in Numbers  6:1-21. First, he was to “abstain from wine and other fermented drink  and…not drink vinegar made from wine or from other fermented drink. He must not  drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins.” By passing by the vineyards of  Timnah, he invited temptation to violate this portion of his vow. Had he not  walked so openly into temptation, he would not have encountered the lion,  another source of later sin. When Samson came back by the carcass of the lion,  it was filled with a honeycomb, which he ate. This was a clear violation of the  second part of the Nazirite’s law: “Throughout the period of his separation to  the Lord he must not go near a dead body” (Numbers  6:6). Samson seemed to know what he was doing was wrong because when he gave  the honey to his parents, “he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from  the lion’s carcass” (Judges  14:9).

The customary feast described in Judges  14:10 was, literally, a “drinking party.” Although Scripture does not  indicate whether Samson drank wine or fermented drink, it was yet another source  of temptation that ultimately led to sin. In this case, Samson offers a wager on  a riddle, and his wife betrays him and gives the answer to his riddle to her  countrymen, the Philistines. In response, Samson murders thirty  men.

The life of Samson – God will use even a sinful man to enact  His will
Samson willingly went into situations that led to sin, but  each time, God used him for His glory. God created Samson to “begin the  deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines” (Judges 13:5). Even sinful men cannot prevent God’s will.  When Samson killed the lion, it was his first recorded test of strength. It gave  him confidence to face the Philistines. He murdered 30 Philistines out of  vengeance in order to pay a debt. Later, Samson swears to “get even with the  Philistines” (Judges 15:3)  and to “get [his] revenge on [the Philistines]” (Judges  15:7). Both occasions were for personal reasons and were not godly, but God  used them as a springboard to launch Israel out of their oppression. Despite  Samson’s sin, God’s will would not be thwarted.

The life of  Samson – God will not let us escape the consequences of our sin.
Even though God’s will is unstoppable, Samson still experienced the  consequences for his sin. When he met Delilah and she begged to know the secret  of his strength, he broke the final part of the Nazirite law: “During the entire  period of his vow of separation no razor may be used on his head. He must be  holy until the period of his separation to the Lord is over; he must let the  hair of his head grow long” (Numbers  6:5). After Delilah’s countrymen cut his hair, Samson still expected God to  be with him. “He awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and  shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the LORD had left him” (Judges 16:20). He had  gained confidence from previous violations which appeared to have gone  unpunished, but his continual willful disobedience had reached an end. When  Samson had finally broken all of the Nazirite laws, he had to face the  consequences of his actions.

The lessons we can learn from Samson’s  life are that if we willingly and repeatedly walk into temptations which lead to  sin, we will suffer the consequences of our disobedience even though God still  uses us to accomplish His will. In the end, Samson understood the true source of  his strength, but he never understood his true purpose. “Then Samson prayed to  the LORD, ‘O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once  more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes’”  (Judges  16:28). We see from this verse that Samson was more concerned about revenge  than about doing God’s will, and it cost him his life. “Thus he killed many more  when he died than while he lived” (Judges  16:30). God’s will was done, but the many blessings Samson might have seen  were never realized.

Accountability to God

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. —Hebrews 9:27

It was the belief in the accountability of man to his maker that made America a great nation. Among those earlier leaders was Daniel Webster whose blazing eyes and fiery oratory often held the Senate spellbound. In those days the Congress was composed of strong, noble statesmen who carried the weight of the nation in their hearts and minds.
Someone asked: “Mr. Webster, what do you consider the most serious thought that has ever entered your mind?”
“The most solemn thought that has ever entered my mind is my accountability to my maker,” he replied.
Men like that cannot be corrupted and bought. They do not have to worry if someone listens to their telephone calls. What they were in character and in deportment resulted from their belief that they would finally be accountable to God. Echoes from Eden, 130.
“Lord, help me to live my life today in such a way that, should You call me tonight to stand before You and give account, I would have nothing of which I would need to be ashamed. Amen.”

Debt and God’s Plan

Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Proverbs 3:1-3

Proverbs 22:7   (Enslaved by Debt)

Personal debt has skyrocketed in our Western culture. Easy credit, a desire for material goods, and an unwillingness to save and wait have led many people down the path of financial bondage. The Bible doesn’t forbid borrowing, but it clearly warns us of its negative consequences. Our verse today describes the borrower as the lender’s slave.

Every dollar you borrow costs you a measure of freedom. Your paycheck is no longer entirely yours; a part of it must be set aside to repay your creditor. As the interest adds up, the financial burden may necessitate longer working hours. For Christians, the obligation to repay debt oftentimes hinders the ability to give to the Lord’s work or help people in need. Instead of getting the first part, God gets leftovers or nothing at all.

The consequences of accumulating debt reach beyond monetary issues. The burden of mounting bills creates emotional and relational stress. In fact, financial problems are one of the leading causes of divorce. Even our relationship with the Lord is affected when we let our appetite for the world’s goods override our obedience to biblical principles. Although God promises to supply our needs, how often do we jump ahead of Him and provide for ourselves with “easy payment plans.”

The next time you are tempted to charge a purchase that you really can’t afford, stop! Go home and ask the Lord if He wants you to have it. If He does, ask Him to provide it. Then wait. True freedom comes to those who rely on the Lord’s promises instead of their credit cards.

Romans 13:1-8   (Dealing with Debt)

Every citizen has the responsibility to submit to governmental authority. Obeying the laws of the land which do not contradict scriptural commands is an essential part of honoring the Lord. Verse 7 of today’s passage says, “Render to all what is due them.” Just as we are obligated to pay our taxes, we’re also to repay all of our debts (v. 8).

The Lord expects anyone who borrows money to be diligent about making regular repayments. By withholding what is rightfully due, we are guilty of stealing from the lender. Not only that, but we also ruin our testimony for Christ. Since the offense of defaulting on a loan is serious, we need to be diligent about getting ourselves out of debt and staying out.

Perhaps this is hitting close to home. As daunting as the task of debt reduction may seem, you are not alone. God wants you to be financially free, and He will show you the way. However, His method is usually not a fast fix, but a slow and steady approach, which will also effectively train you to avoid future debt. Confess that you haven’t been a good steward of your resources, commit to making some sacrificial changes, and consistently work toward your goal. Then watch the Lord faithfully lead you out of debt.

Does a mountain of debt seem bigger to you than almighty God? If so, your focus is on your own inabilities instead of His faithfulness. For those who turn to the Lord in genuine repentance and surrender, He’ll supply the needed resources as well as the persistence to repay what is owed.

Malachi 3:7-18    (God’s Financial Best)

The multitude of Bible verses that speak about money prove that God is very interested in our personal finances. Because this is such an essential element of our lives, He uses money to train us in stewardship, teach us self-control, and test our obedience to Him.

Perhaps the greatest area of the Lord’s testing involves our willingness to give. Old Testament law commanded financial contributions for upkeep of the temple and support of the Levites serving there. And the New Testament tells believers to regularly set apart a portion of their income for kingdom work (1 Cor. 16:2).

However, fears and excuses sometimes keep us from faithfully carrying out this God-given responsibility. After all, giving away the money we need to pay our bills seems foolish. But the Lord promises overflowing blessings to those who obey Him in this matter. In fact, He invites us to test Him in this to see if He will prove faithful (Mal. 3:10).

By neglecting our responsibility to give to the Lord, we commit four sins. We express unbelief in His integrity and power, ingratitude for all He’s given us, and rebellion against His commands. And since the first part of our income belongs to Him, withholding it amounts to robbing God.

Don’t think that your financial situation will somehow prove too much for God and cause Him to break His promise. The trustworthiness of His Word depends on His character and omnipotence and is unaffected by your monetary challenges. Trust Him and give generously.

Agenda 21: a Documentary

As a Christian and American citizen, this should  be a difficult and troubling view not to be missed. Yet, totally enlightening. If you Love America, this is a MUST SEE film… it will, without doubt, explain what’s REALLY going on in America, and it’s take over.  Why the Administration is pushing so hard their agenda and so much more. A must view for American who love America. Please reblog this to help get the word and truth out to all!!!!!