I just need to keep track of all these great videos. What better place than my blog, right? I mean, that’s what this thing is for.
Excerpted from Promises to Keep: Daily Devotions for Men of Integrity, a daily devotional. This section comes from June 21 written by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey and their book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.
It seems safe to assume that God enjoys variety… He didn’t stop with a thousand insect species; he conjured up three hundred thousand species of beetles and weevils along. In his famous speech in the Book of Job, God pointed with pride to such oddities of creation at the mountain goat, the wild ass, the ostrich, and the lightning bolt. He lavished color, design, and texture on the world, giving us Pygmies and Watusies, blond Scandinavians and swarthy Italians, big-boned Russians and petite Japanese.
People, created in His image, have continued the process of individualization, grouping themselves according to distinct cultures. Consider the continent of Asia for a crazy salad. In China women wear long pants and men wear gowns. In tropical Asia people drink hot tea and munch on blistering peppers to keep cool. Japanese fry ice cream. Indonesian men dance in public with other men to demonstrate that they are not homosexual. Westerners smile at the common Asian custom of marriages arranged by parents; Asians gasp at our entrusting such a decision to vague romantic love. Balinese men squat to urinate and women stand. And when the British introduced the violin to India a century ago, men started playing it while sitting on the floor, holding it between the shoulder and the sole of the foot. Why not?
Whenever I travel overseas, I am struck anew by the world’s incredible diversity, and the churches overseas are now are now beginning to show that cultural self-expression. For too long they were bound up in Western ways (as the early church had been bound in Jewish ways) so that hymns, dress, architecture, and church names were the same around the world. Now indigenous churches are bursting out with their own spontaneous expressions of worship to God. I must guard against picturing the Body of Christ as composed only of American or British cells; it is far grander and more luxuriant than that…
Blacks in Murphy, North Carolina, shout their praised to God. Believers in Austria intone them, accompanied by magnificent organs and illuminated by stained glass. Some Africans dance their praise to God, following the beat of a skilled drummer. Sedate Japanese Christians express their gratitude by creating objects of beauty. Indians point their hands upward, palms together, in the namaste greeting of respect, that has it origin in the Hindu concept “I worship the God I see in you,” but gains new meaning as Christians use it to recognize the image of God in others.
The Body of Christ, like our own bodies, is composed of individual, unlike cells that are knit together to form one Body. He is the whole thing, and the joy of the Body increases as individual cells realize they can be diverse without becoming isolated outposts.
Undoubtedly there are more important things to focus on but frankly, I’ve never grown up. So stuff like this still crack me up.
I’ve had some uber long burps in my life, possibly 18 seconds but I could never be ready to belt one out at an established time. I’m all about the impromptu and LOUD burp. TMI I’m sure.
We’re so small. So VERY small. And yet, in the mind-blowing complexity of our universe there are “things” so much smaller than us.
To think there are those among us with the audacity to claim knowledge when it’s so apparent we have only scratched the surface of what there is to know.
Great job on this project Cary and Michael Huang!
Here’s what I received in an email. It’s my belief that this is the kind of thing that revisionists have over time removed from the text books we use to teach our youth.
OUR REAL ROOTS
Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal intervention.
It is the same congress that formed the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.
Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is what he said:
“An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
These sentences have been erased from our textbooks.
Was Patrick Henry a Christian? The following year, 1776, he wrote this.
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”
Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well-worn Bible:
“I am a Christian, that is to say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also.”
Consider these words from George Washington, the Father of our Nation, in his farewell speech on September 19, 1796:
“It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Was George Washington a Christian? Consider these words from his personal prayer book:
“Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ.”
Consider these words by John Adams, our second president, who also served as chairman of the American Bible Society. In an address to military leaders he said:
“We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
How about our first Court Justice, John Jay? He stated that when we select our national leaders, if we are to preserve our Nation, we must select Christians.
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, was the sixth U.S. President. He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.
On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”
In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution:
“The congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”
William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the “Schoolmaster of the Nation.”
Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey:
“The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology.”
Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first: Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student Handbook rule number 1 was that students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the scriptures:
“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him (Proverbs 2:3).”
For over 100 years, more than 50% of all Harvard graduates were pastors!
It is clear from history that the Bible and the Christian faith, were foundational in our educational and judicial system. However in 1947, there was a radical change of direction in the Supreme Court.
Here is the prayer that was banished:
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee. We beg Thy blessings upon us and our parents and our teachers and our country. Amen.”
In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading was outlawed as unconstitutional in the public school system. The court offered this justification: “If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could and have been psychologically harmful to children.”
Bible reading was now unconstitutional, though the Bible was quoted 94 percent of the time by those who wrote our constitution and shaped our Nation and its system of education and justice and government.
In 1965, the Courts denied as unconstitutional the rights of a student in the public school cafeteria to bow his head and pray audibly for his food.
In 1980, Stone vs. Graham outlawed the Ten Commandments in our public schools.
The Supreme Court said this: “If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments were to have any effect at all, it would be to induce school children to read them. And if they read them, meditated upon them, and perhaps venerated and observed them, this is not a permissible objective.”
Is it not a permissible objective to allow our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments?
James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this:
“We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”
Today we are asking God to bless America. But how can He bless a Nation that has departed so far from Him?
Most of what you read in this article has been erased from our textbooks. Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth about our country’s Christian roots. I , Mary Jones, the designer of this web page, encourage all who read and agree with the words herein, to share it with others, so that the truth of our nation’s history may be told.
“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we seek the truth, we cannot know it.”
Anytime the arrogant Skip Bayless gets posterized on national TV, it’s good stuff. This time when Jalen Rose does it, it’s magnificent. Why? Because you can just taste how much Jalen doesn’t like Skip.
America pretty much feels the same as Jalen.
After posting about Jake Barnett, I went looking for a video that I thought I had posted on 21st Century Paladin years ago but couldn’t find it. Something ate it. I’m positive.
But I’ve re-found it and here it is–one of the most impressive musical minds ever. Derek Paravicini is a true gem.
It’s so cool to see how God created the human brain to adapt, not only to normal life experiences but to also repair and even re-focus like with Jake Barnett. This 13-minute 60 Minutes piece is astounding! (If only there weren’t any commercials in the embed.)
What the heck did they put in the formula? Vegas had the game at Kentucky -6.5 and true to form, Vegas is very close.
Rolling in the 1st half, up 14 at the break, the Cats held the reigns to #8 and the Big Blue Nation celebrates!
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
Brings us today’s outlandish story:
Can you imagine that? Ryan Kitchin must be doing EVERYthing his Mom tells him from here on out. Don’t you think?
Saw this on Twitter and thought I’d share, given that it’s March Madness. From their site:
With the cost of higher education rising every year, we wondered whether there was correlation between the numbers of NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships and the cost of attendance at these elite universities.
Kentucky didn’t do too badly here. If #8 happens in a few weeks, will these numbers change?
It could be a blessing or a curse, this obsession with college basketball. I should be fair, it’s really just Kentucky basketball but it’s truly an addiction as any member of the Big Blue Nation will attest.
And today… it begins.
Great list of words used wrongly. (Did I just use “wrongly” wrongly??) I like the part when they call “ultimate” the most misused. Anyone with teenagers knows that “awesome” is a far more frequent offender, but perhaps not so far from the word’s true meaning.
Check out all 10 of the misused words.