Sobering Thoughts from Oswald Chambers

by Richard Rose 5. July 2012 05:44

July 5th

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5.

Don’t calculate without God.

God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the things we have calculated on without taking Him into account. We get into circumstances which were not chosen by God, and suddenly we find we have been calculating without God; He has not entered in as a living factor. The one thing that keeps us from the possibility of worrying is bringing God in as the greatest factor in all our calculations.

In our religion it is customary to put God first, but we are apt to think it is an impertinence to put Him first in the practical issues of our lives. If we imagine we have to put on our Sunday moods before we come near to God, we will never come near Him. We must come as we are.

Don’t calculate with the evil in view.

Does God really mean us to take no account of the evil? “Love … taketh no account of the evil.” Love is not ignorant of the existence of the evil, but it does not take it in as a calculating factor. Apart from God, we do reckon with evil; we calculate with it in view and work all reasonings from that standpoint.

Don’t calculate with the rainy day in view.

You cannot lay up for a rainy day if you are trusting Jesus Christ. Jesus said—“Let not your heart be troubled.” God will not keep your heart from being troubled. It is a command—“Let not …” Haul yourself up a hundred and one times a day in order to do it, until you get into the habit of putting God first and calculating with Him in view.

Chambers, O. (1986). My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering.



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Happy Independence Day

by Richard Rose 4. July 2012 00:36

May you experience the joy of true freedom  today through the love of Jesus Christ. Enjoy the holiday and keep Him in you heart and celebration. 

But we must remember that in celebrating our freedom, it came with a price. A.W. Tozer commenting on the church notes that God's blessing seems most present when the "Church" is wild about obeying Him. Listen to this thought: The only way to power for such a church is to come out of hiding and once more take the danger-encircled path of obedience. Its security is its deadliest foe. The church that fears the plow writes its own epitaph: the church that uses the plow walks in the way of revival.

Tozer, A. W. (2007). The Best of A.W. Tozer Book One (243). Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread.



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Who rules?

by Richard Rose 3. July 2012 08:09

As I was in W.Va. Friday evening with my family, we experienced the severe weather that impacted the area. When the wind hit, we saw branches breaking off of trees and going straight up in the air. I had never seen that before. That storm knocked out power throughout the southern part of Ohio, much of W.Va., Va., and other areas. One minute it was sunny and 90+ degrees, within 10 minutes things changed for millions of people. We saw that again to a lesser degree Sunday evening when another storm came through and the wind ruined docks at Tappan Lake marina. We sometimes think that things are under control, but God steps in to remind us that He still is on His thrown and quite capable of changing our world without warning.



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News from Washington

by Richard Rose 29. June 2012 00:02

I found Joel Rosenberg's post very interested and wanted to share it with you in light of the Supreme Court Ruling yesterday. Let me know what you think.

 

SUPREME COURT DECISION MAKES IMPLOSION MORE LIKELY

Health law to add $1.15 trillion to national debt.

Joel C. Rosenberg

(Washington, D.C., June 28, 2012) -- A disastrous, appalling decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court today. The Court upheld the individual mandate and socialized medicine, saying both are constitutional, despite the fact that a recent poll found 68% of Americans want all or part of the law repealed.

The federal government can now force us to buy what we don't want. Washington politicians and bureaucrats will become the final arbiter of our most personal medical decisions, rationing care for many and denying care to some who are not deemed worthy of receiving it, especially if the care is expensive. The "Affordable Care Act" (nicknamed "Obamacare") nationalizes 1/7th of our economy, imposes one of the largest tax increases in American history on an economy already struggling, massively increases government spending, and will increase the national debt by $1.15 trillion, according to a recent study.

This, despite the fact that we already have a crushing federal debt of more than $15 trillion, and another $65 trillion in unfunded liabilities related to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid coming at us with breakneck speed. Our ship of state is hurtling towards massive debt icebergs, yet rather than slow down or change direction, we are accelerating our deficit spending.

Bottom line: the implosion of the American economy has just become more likely.

Consider the facts (links to all these facts are on the blog):

* Congressional Budget Office report says "Affordable Care Act" could cost 20 million private sector employees to lose their health care coverage

* Full CBO report (PDF)

* Study finds "Affordable Care Act" will impose more than $500 billion in tax increases on U.S. private sector

* Study finds "Affordable Care Act" will increase budget deficit by more than $1.15 trillion

* Full study (PDF)

* Top doctor's chilling claim: British National Health System kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year

* "Up to 20,000 people have died needlessly early after being denied cancer drugs on the NHS"

[To read these stories in full -- and/or to read excerpts from IMPLOSION, and/or to find links to the latest news and analysis of events and trends in the U.S., Israel, Russia, and the Middle East -- please go to: http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/.]



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Facebook Presence

by Richard Rose 27. June 2012 06:19

As I mentioned on our Facebook page, it will be my intent to write regularly on this blog. This is just a test to make sure it is working correctly. If you would like to make a comment that would help me to know that the comment section is also working.

Pastor Rick



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