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The Mission Field Commission

God gave this prayer to a friend of mine. Enjoy and let it challenge and inspire you.

These parents treat their children as if they were their homies in the streets,

They raise them up in immorality and teach them how to cheat,

This generation has deplorable values,

And they’ve glorified the term ďdeadbeatĒ.

There is a perversity that runs so deep, passed by blood between the sheets…

And our city sleeps…

The nation it creeps,

As it lurks in and out, across this poverty stricken house,

lying in doubt.

These people are lost, and in their follies they shout!

Sin runs so deep into the hearts of these streets…

Sight is given only to those viewed through the clip,

Faith built on greed, they’re being slain in mammon’s grip,

Pain evoked passions,

Will the demise ever quit?

Folks are getting tired of all same ol’ stiff lip,

Their darkened inner cities, just want things to be fixed.

Broken and tired, their emotions so mixed…

The catastrophic demise,

will surely arise,

If the Calvary doesn’t come quick!

People are sick.

These lands are ill filled by the ways of the stick.

And I must admit my blame in this,

For not doing my part to help the fix.

But time urgently speaks to all those who repent,

To gather your forces for this mission we’re sent.

Come to valley all you who are God-sent.

Make room in your tent,

Join the gospel event, for the time is so near.

Your place in this race is to speak the Word over fear,

There is opportunity now for the hurting to hear,

Be the hands and the feet and the bringer of cheer.

The mission speaks life, and brings peace to the tears.

Take up His commission and share salvation this year,

To this lost generation, for the Coming is near…

Ashley Lucas

Socialism Vs. Capitalism . . . Really?

So,

It seems that the common political theme of the day is a Socialism Vs. Capitalism debate. We are all familiar with both sides of the debate from a general perspective . . . but there is another perspective that is often overlooked, subsidies.

While many complain that capitalism is not working for us today, what we don’t realize is that we are actually working in a highly sophisticated socialism that is infecting us with diseases and hiding from us under the¬†facade¬†of capitalism.

Hailing back to my policy debating days, I remember spending hours pouring over the statistics and realities of farm life in modern America. Most simply put, when we purchase food at the store, the 99 cents per pound that we pay for produce is only possible because we have already paid a large down payment. The prices are only possible because our taxes have already paid for the price to stay low.

Wait . . . that is a redistribution of wealth.

The beauty of capitalism is that the currency of the consumer dictates what gets supported and what fails. This is not what we have now. As I said, we are actually living under a covert socialism that sends money to predetermined sources. Those who can lobby most are supported over those who the industry favors.

Our current system is socialism at its core . . . not capitalism.

What do we have to profit from this industry that is artificially “favored”?

Well, E. coli . . . trace its origin. It came after subsidies.

There is no competition. In reality, our food is produced by only a couple companies who receive the subsidies. Healthier, safer, farms producing better food cannot compete. This is not because the consumer would not favor the product, but because the favorability of the product has already been determined by subsidies.

I¬†guarantee¬†you, remove subsidies and make the playing field level, most of the big producers that are “favored” today would fall overnight and new, cleaner, safer producers would arise. Capitalism, if let to work without interference, will work.

Welcome to the Club!

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. She considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, but her father was a staunch Conservative.

One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his opposition to high taxes and welfare programs.

He stopped her and asked her, “How are you doing in school?”

She answered that she had a 4.0 GPA, but it was really tough. She had to study all the time and ever had time to go out and party. She didn’t have time for a boyfriend and didn’t really have many college friends because she was spending all her time studying. On top of that, the part-time job her father insisted she keep left absolutely no time for anything else.

He asked, “How is your friend Mary?”

She replied that Mary was barely getting by. She had a 2.0 GPA, never studied, but was very popular on campus, didn’t have a job, and went to all the parties. She was always complaining about not having any money, but didn’t want to work. Why, she often didn’t show up for classes because she was hung over.

Dad then asked his daughter why she didn’t go to the Dean’s office and request that 1.0 be taken off her 4.0 and given it to her friend who only had a 2.0. That way they would both have a respectable 3.0 GPA. Then, she could also give her friend half the money she’d earned from her job so that her friend would no longer be broke.

The daughter angrily fired back, “That wouldn’t be fair. I worked really hard for my grades and money, and Mary just loafs. Why should her laziness and irresponsibility be rewarded with half of what I’ve worked for?”

The father slowly smiled and said, “Welcome to Conservatism.”

Note, the original used “Republican” but due to resent trends “Conservative” is more appropriate.

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below.

She shouted to him, “Excuse me,can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.”

She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be a Republican.”

“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.”

The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Democrat.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?” “Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it’s my fault.”

Would You?

Answer this question first, would you vote to support a bill that legalizes and confers all the rights of marriage on a homosexual relationship?

Now consider this:

1) In Christian circles, the spending of millions of dollars for a new gymnasium is often said to be justified if it helps lead just one person to the Lord (I wonder how many really do?). In fact, it is a commonly versed principle that most courses of action are justified in that they may lead one person to the Lord.

2) As Christians, we are called to be Christian first and Americans second. All of our actions should be filtered through the principles of our God before we filter them through the principles of our nation.

3) God only commands two things of New Testament Christians, love God and love others. These two statements are the fulfillment and original intent of the laws and the prophets statement.

Now, with all of this considered, would you vote for a support a bill that legalizes and confers all the rights of marriage on a homosexual relationship if it helped lead one person to the Lord?

We justify actions that fit our mindset with biblical principles, but are we possible ready to accept and act on actions that follow a biblical principle but do not follow our mindset?

If . . . Then . . .

If one does not choose to worship God while they are on Earth, how does one expect to be able to worship God when they reach Heaven?

Christianity is a choice. The choice to accept God’s gift. The evidence of that is a worship of God. If people purport to be Christian but choose not to worship God on Earth, then why do they think they would choose to worship God in Heaven? Worship will still be a choice . . . and the consequence of not worshiping will be no different.