Your opinion is wanted

House to House, Heart to Heart is taking an opinion poll on multiple issues affecting America that are most important to you.

This poll is being advertised in the latest issue of House to House, Heart to Heart.

Feel free to fill out the poll yourself, as well as share it with whomever you think would be interested.

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Where do we focus most of our energies?

Our mission is the whole world

Where do we put most of our time, energies, and money?

Do we talk mostly to ourselves? Is our preaching, teaching, and writing directed largely to the saved? Do our offerings get spent on keeping the saints secure and, perhaps, comfortable?

Yes, we must edify the brethren. But if our time, energies, and monies were easily measurable, would we discover that they are devoted more to ourselves than to the lost?

Some even doubt the need to evangelize. Not a few are willing to let the rest of the world enter perdition with no effort to save them. Others have little sense of the church’s Main Mission.

God wants to save everyone. Nothing is clearer in Scripture than this. Equally clear is that he has put his people in the world to proclaim his salvation to all. That is their task.

God does not do what he has given us to do. He may raise up a faithful people to do it. His providence is still at work. But we are right that he will not appear in visions or dreams to preach the gospel.

God has give us the task of mission, and he fully expects — and equips — us to do it.

Mostly, the church of America dabbles in missions. Will the Lord of the harvest not hold his people accountable for their failure?

#america, #ministry, #mission, #offering, #time

Mozilla becomes the byword of a watershed moment

Some events at first don’t appear to be defining moments, and some of those seem far removed from the greater flow of History. The Mozilla debacle appears to be shaping up as one of those moments in America. (Mozilla is the sort-of non-profit company that maintains the Firefox browser.)

Those of you who know me know I’m not a political creature. And I have some serious differences with Mr. Prager, author of this piece, but here he hits it head on.

http://patriotpost.com/opinion/24678

For the record, I abandoned Firefox the day after the CEO stepped down.

#america, #firefox, #homosexual-movement, #mozilla

How many states does it have to be before the foundation is gone?

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

The scripture reference above wasn’t written to the nation of America, but America should pay attention to the whole principle of the chapter, not to mention the single verse!

You want to destroy a nation? You don’t need bombs or bullets. That only affects the outside. Destruction comes from hitting the underpinnings that strengthen the core. Go for the family. Go for the spirit. Go for the moral compass and make it spin till north is south and south is north. Put light for darkness and darkness for light; put sweet for bitter and bitter for sweet – you know, the tried and true stuff (Isaiah 5:20).

From the first state that began the 50 (Delaware) to the last state that entered the union (Hawaii) there are now 15 states (plus D.C.) that have legalized homosexual marriages. That’s the wrong alpha and omega my friend!

But how many states does it take to constitute the foundation? I guess it depends upon which end of the pyramid is touching the ground!

Look to politicians to lead a nation and you get politics – politics that destroy! But America thinks that she’s immune to such ends. America best think again. Two-hundred and some odd years are nothing in almost any scheme of things. There are toilets in Europe older than America! But we won’t be outdone will we? Instead of paying attention, it seems as if we’re more than happy to become the leading spiritual toilet of the western world. Go ahead and let politicians lead, but don’t be surprised when they flush it all away.

What will be the outcome of the not-so-United-States? When will the cracks give way to the sink hole? It’s not for me to say, but America will speak for herself. And what she’s saying isn’t sounding too good.

But I do know this for sure – the LORD is still in his holy temple. He still reigns no matter how wild the eagle may want to become. For the foundation of a nation can be washed away, but the word of God will live forever (1 Peter 1:23-25).

The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalm 11:4-6)

#america, #ethics, #god, #homosexuality, #morality, #politics, #sin

The furnace warms and the fire builds the…

The furnace warms and the fire builds; the purge is simply a matter of when, not if. The metal of America is mixed with dross and ready for the cleansing catharsis. In another day God refused to wink at his privileged people but declared, “Indeed, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst. As silver is melted in the midst of a furnace, so shall you be melted in its midst; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have poured out My fury on you.’” Are we less privileged today than Israel of old? Are we better caliber of character than ancient Judah? The Spirit declares, “No!” America has gone a whoring and filled the land with abominations. Though she professes “in God we trust”, she has the forehead of a harlot and refuse to be ashamed. Will God be patient forever? I think not. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

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Absolutely by Ken Joines

Here’s an article from “Ken’s Newsletter” that was sent out last March entitled “Absolutely”. It’s worth the read.

Is there such a thing as absolute truth? Some say no, that what is right for you may not be right for me; that if your standards work for you, that’s fine, but don’t try to impose them on me.

Try this: Imagine playing a Super Bowl with no absolute rules determined by the NFL. The Steelers would be starting 13 players instead of 11; they voted on it in Pittsburgh. Unanimous approval. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has reprinted the rulebook and they are going to take five downs on every possession. The Colts will be using this huge trampoline to help halfbacks on short-yardage plays.

Or imagine two big jets trying to merge on the same runway. They would no doubt need to initiate something like a Frequent Survivor programs.

So how in the world can anyone imagine that we can maintain any semblance of stability as a nation when we have abandoned absolutes. If forty years ago someone told me we would be confused about whether abortion is wrong, about whether sex outside of marriage is wrong, about whether we should be giving out condoms at school, I would have dismissed it as unthinkable.

You see, in the past, people violated God’s rules, but there was a general understanding that there was a standard that existed. But today this culture denies that any criterion exists and we can all just live as we please. And the only thing that is absolutely wrong is when I stand up and say something is wrong. We are told we are supposed to tolerate anything except those who will not tolerate everything.

Are there any absolute truths?

This may be the most critical question of our time. If we answer correctly, logically, we can restore stability to this nation. If we answer incorrectly, we sign our death warrant as a culture.

Consider the first and last phrases of the Great Commission: “All authority has been given to me … … I am with you always even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20). Would you please consider just what this means. It means first that there is a source of absolute truth and the source is the person of Jesus Christ. Truth is not just moral code written by some sitting council and vulnerable to change. Truth is embodied in a person who is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” He said I AM the truth. And he walked out of his own grave to prove his right to say it. Continue reading

#america, #articles, #christianity, #current-events, #truth

Meeting the crisis of our times

Speaking before the Cincinnati Council of World Affairs, Admiral Arthur W.Bradford asked this question, “How can American democracy meet the crisis of our times?”

He then gave this answer, “Americanism means the qualities of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood, thus the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

You see, the real basis of this world struggle is spiritual. The above qualities, which are recognized as the basic traits that have made America great, are fundamentally spiritual qualities.

The Chinese wall was built centuries ago to keep rude invaders from the culture of the Chinese. The wall still stands. The Mongols just bribed the gate-keepers and got across.

The greatest thing you can do for America today is to get right spiritually and then become a center of contagion to revive those virtues that make a nation worth saving.

—Jack Bates

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#america, #virtue