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.


#america, #morality, #opinion-polls, #politics, #survey

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.

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

#america, #judgment, #just-a-minute

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

The little Bible book of Jude declares “Just…

The little Bible book of Jude declares: “Just as Sodom and the surrounding cities, which indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” A recent poll says 52% of Americans approve of same-sex marriage. That’s the pollster’s wording. It should be, 52% approve of perverseness, 52% approve of Sodomy, 52% approve of decadence so corrupt that before this generation it was illegal, immoral and the worst of sins. But what did Jude say? God destroyed Sodom “as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” Note the words: “example”, “punishment” and “eternal fire”, not a brief and over with destruction. If Sodom is an example of what God does to those who practice and approve as such, then woe to America. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#america, #just-a-minute, #sodom

Here’s a Few Randomly Ordered Thoughts

I’m going to “borrow” one of Randal’s post themes to share a few thoughts with you this morning:

I have bought my last bag of Oreo’s! Don’t know why? Google “Oreo and Controversy” and you’ll probably find out real quick. I’ll do just fine with the generic version of the cookie.

A young man came walking through the county I live in the other day while carrying a cross (on wheels of course). He had decided to walk from Texas to Washington D.C. to draw attention to the nation’s behavior and to raise money for missions that were important to him. The local radio station caught up with him to ask him what was going on. In the interview he said when he got to D.C. that he was going to hold a prayer service and pray that the nation’s leaders would listen with their heart and make the right choices. I’m not knocking the young man’s intentions, there are several things admirable about them, but the whole reason that America is suffering from some of the problems we have is that our leaders are already listening with their own hearts instead of listening to God’s word! (see also 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Daniel 5:18-28 and Proverbs 13:34)

I love being a father. My first child has taught me two things. Lesson One: I can understand how some parents could want to have 7 children! Lesson Two: I can understand how some parents could want to stop at one! 🙂

I saw a story about a couple who tore down a $4.2 million mansion just so they could have a better view! I don’t know about you, but it sounds like they’re doing better than all right in this economy. I can think of a Bible verse or two that describes the foolishness of such behavior too.

Want to know a simple way to make your wife smile guys? Put supper up in the fridge when they cooked enough for leftovers on purpose, but they’ve forgotten about it because they’re doing “little things” like bathing and dressing and feeding and putting your child to bed. She got up this morning and remembered that she didn’t put up the food, only to find that “super-man” had saved her day. Maybe I should have referred to myself as “supper-man” instead. I love being married. My wife and her family have helped me in ways that I can’t even explain.

I’ll be back with a sermon outline for Psalm 71 in my next post. It’ll be the “bare bones” but I promise it’ll help you preach the text (one worth preaching I might add) without a problem.

#america, #greed, #marriage, #politics, #random-thoughts

Write 100 words on 9/11

An invitation to TFR Fellows and maybe a guest or two:

Sunday is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Send me a one-paragraph thought of up to 100 words, and we’ll publish them Sunday morning as a collection on Forthright Magazine. We must receive it by 4 p.m., US Central Time, on Saturday. Do the word count. We’ll attribute each paragraph to the writer. Send a plain-text email to me at randal(at)fastmail(dot)fm.

UPDATE: The collected thoughts are located at this link:

#911, #america

Dead the announcer of “Hi-Yo, Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!”

Fred Foy’s ‘Lone Ranger’ lead-in became the best-known introduction in radio history.

Fred Foy, whose voice at one time was better known to the average American than the voices of Presidents Harry Truman or Dwight Eisenhower, died Wednesday at his Woburn, Mass., home.

He was 89 and a genuine legend in the radio and television world – because in the 1940s and 1950s he was the voice who introduced the Lone Ranger.

Foy’s breathless cry of "Hi-Yo, Silver!", which introduced the Lone Ranger’s daily and weekly adventures, became the best-known introduction in radio history and one of the most imitated and parodied broadcast monologues ever.

Fred Foy's 'Lone Ranger' lead-in became the best-known introduction in radio history.

The full introduction went like this: Continue reading

#america, #lone-ranger, #popular-culture, #radio, #television

Some More Indicators Of Declining Morality In America

Here are some more indicators of declining morality in America.

Note the contrast between Jeremiah 10:23 and Proverbs 3:5-6.

#america, #decline, #indicators, #morality

Religious Churn (Part 1)

Do you know what a churn is? It’s a container (or machine) in which cream or milk is agitated to make butter. The word “churn” can also be used in a more general sense to describe shaking or agitating an object. For example, the storm churned the lake. It is understood that to churn something requires continued motion.

According to a new survey that was just released pertaining to religion in America, it would appear that many Americans are in a religious churn. In other words, there is a constant shake-up or turnover of membership among churches in the USA. Many people are willing to hop from one church to another for various reasons, even if they were reared in that particular religious group.

This intriguing report, called the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, was released by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The entire report is 143 pages long and was based on data gathered from a sample size of 35,556 respondents. Luis Lugo, the Pew Forum director, stated that Americans “not only change jobs, change where they live, and change spouses, but they change religions too.”

Apparently, many people have little difficulty leaving a church and embracing a new one. The data shows that 28% of American adults have left the faith of their childhood for another one. And that does not even include those who switched from one Protestant denomination to another; if it did, the number would jump to 44%. This religious churn applies across the board. Researcher Greg Smith affirmed: “There’s no group that is simply winning or simply losing. Nothing is static. Every group is simultaneously winning and losing.”

It appears that even in religious groups that have maintained relatively steady numbers, there is a remarkable amount of adherents coming and going. For example, if you examine the numbers for the Catholic church since 1972, you would get the impression that its population had remained fairly stable–at about 25% of adult Americans (the current figure is just under 24%). But the Pew report shows that of all those raised Catholic, one-third have left Catholicism. In other words, roughly one out of every ten people in America is an ex-Catholic. However, Catholicism has made up for the losses by adding converts (2.6% of the population) and, more significantly, has enjoyed an influx of new immigrants, mostly Hispanic.

Another example that I found interesting pertains to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their churn is also masked due to the apparent stability of their overall numbers. Yet, the report shows that they have a turnover rate of over 60%. Essentially, two out of every three individuals who were raised in that religious group are not with them any longer. Yet, the Jehovah’s Witnesses maintain roughly the same number of converts because of their aggressive evangelistic methods (e.g., extensive doorknocking and literature distribution).

Although the report does not speculate on the implications of its data, the director did draw some conclusions. Lugo suggested: “What it says is that this marketplace is highly competitive and that no one can sit on their laurels, because another group out there will make [its tenets] available” for potential converts to try out. While this dynamic “may be partly responsible for the religious vitality of the American people,” he says, “it also suggests that there is an institutional loosening of ties,” with less individual commitment to a given faith or denomination.

Some have described the religious state of America as a “buyer’s market.” There is a lot of competition religiously for adherents and there are so many religious choices available. Many are content to pick and choose what they like, and they have no problem leaving a religion they grew up in if they believe there is something else available that is better. In my opinion, this competition has led many groups to dilute their particular beliefs or compromise long-standing convictions in order to attempt to appeal to a wider base of people. However, once new adherents are attracted to a particular religious group, how will that group keep them (i.e., stop the churning)?

My purpose in this lesson was essentially to provide a glimpse into this fascinating survey (which is available on the internet at I also want to share some thoughts from God’s word on this subject matter, and, Lord willing, we will do that in our next lesson.

[From 02/28/08, Part 2 tomorrow, if I don’t forget!]

#america, #religious-churn

Worthy Work

Was in Collinsville (IL) last evening; head Brad Harrub on science (creation and evolution), “God” in relation to America’s founding, children and their reading material, and why the problem starts in the home, not in the schools (perpetuated there). He did a good job. If Collinsville was not so far (100 miles), I would go again this evening. Left the St Louis area just ahead of severe thunderstorms and two tornado touch downs. The works associated with what Brad and others do are works to be supported.

#america, #children, #science

America will never be destroyed from the…

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln

#america, #destroyed, #falter, #freedom, #outside