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What the Bible Says, Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
By Evangelist Russell Kiddman
What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Murmuration - it is something amazing to see.
No one knows why they do it. Yet each fall, tens of thousands of starlings dance in the twilight above England and Scotland.
The birds gather in shape-shifting flocks called murmurations,
having migrated in the millions from Russia and Scandinavia to escape winter's frigid bite.
Scientists aren't sure how they do it, either.
The starlings' murmurations are manifestations of swarm intelligence, which in different contexts is practiced by schools of fish, swarms of bees and colonies of ants.
As far as I am aware, even complex algorithmic models haven't yet explained the starlings' aerobatics, which rely on the tiny birds' quicksilver reaction time of fewer than 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions and predators in the giant flock.
Two young women were out for a late afternoon canoe ride and fortunately one of them remembered to bring her video camera. What they saw was a wonderful murmuration display, caught in this too-short video.
WASHINGTON (BP)--The State Department's second report on global religious liberty presents a challenge for the U.S. government to act against persecution, the chairman of a federal commission said.
The Rev. John Alderson, Jr., founder of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson, was born in New Jersey on March 5, 1738.Â His father, the Rev. John Alderson, Sr., who came New Jersey in 1719, and his grandfather, the Rev. John Alderson of Yorkshire, England, were distinguished ministers of the gospel, the latter of the Established church.Â the former, born in England in 1699, came to America in 1719, settled in New Jersey, married Jane Curtis, became a Baptist minister, served Bethlehem Church, New Jersey, and later located in Germantown, PA.In 1755, he moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, where he had the pastoral care of Lynville's Creek Church.Â While there, the call came to his son, John Jr., to enter the ministry.Â In 1775 John took charge of the Lynville Creek Baptist Church upon the removal of his father to Botetourt County.However, in 1774 and again in 1776 Rev. John Alderson, Jr. made two missionary tours across the Alleghenies into the Valley of Greenbrier.Impressed by the need for a constant missionary effort on behalf of the settlers there, he determined to make that region his home, and in 1774 he went with his family to live and teach the gospel of Christ west of the mountains.Â It is said he was eighteen months making the journey across themountains, coming in the first wagon to make such a journey.On reaching Jackson's River, he learned that the Indians had attacked the home of Col. James Graham in Greenbrier, killing one member of his family and taking another prisoner.Â Consequently, he delayed there several months, reaching his destination in October.The Indian depredations continues for a number of years.Â The inhabitants, for their mutual protection, mostly resided in forts.Â So, protected by an armed escort through the woods, from one fort to another, this zealous minister traveled in pursuit of his dangerous vocation.M. Alderson organized the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, North Alderson, on November 24, 1787, with twelve members, including himself, his wife, and his brother, Thomas, a Revolutionary soldier who had just returned from his battle of Yorktown which had occurred thirty-six days earlier.In 1784, the congregation built a log church on a lot given by William Morris, a brother in law of Rev. John Alderson, Jr.Â they having married the Carroll sisters, Nancy and Mary.Â These sisters were distant relatives of Charles Carroll of Carrollton.The twelve members organized into the Greenbrier Church petitioned the Ketochton Association, from which Mr. Alderson had come, to receive them into its membership.Â This was done.Â But in 1796 they united with the New River Association, which had recently been formed with ten churches.Â In 1800, Rev. John Alderson, Jr., with the aid of Rev. James Johnston and Rev.Josiah Osborne, the latter two having recently come into this section, petitioned and obtained leave to form a separate Greenbrier Association. The first meeting was held in Big Levels (Lewisburg) Church in 1801.Mr. Alderson founded nine churches, from Greenbrier to the Kentucky line, in about forty years.Â He closed a long life, in the full confidence of his brethren, on March 5, 1821.Â He was buried just a few feet back of the church.His contemporaries speak of him as "A man of much more than ordinary ability" and as "one of the leading men of his day."Â Besides the trials incident to work upon the frontier, he had, like his father, the distinguished privilege of suffering in behalf of Christ for the promotion of religious liberty, having been imprisoned for preaching and performing marriages contrary to the laws of the Established Church of England.Â Paul's list of perils might well be applicable to this "Apostle to the Greenbrier."He established a numerous family.Â A number of his descendants have been zealous heralds of the cross in this and other states.Â One or more members have gone into nearly every state in the union from this church.From the Greenbrier Church have come at least a score of churches, while through the instrumentality of agencies which he set in motion thousands of men and women have been led into the Kingdom of God.Â Â The twelve original members of the Greenbrier Church have grown to 685, and the four original churches, in the Greenbrier Association, to fifty, with 6,354 members.Â The fourth church building of handsome stone stands on the same spot where the first log building and the two successive frame buildings stood.Â Many of his descendants are members of the church he founded even to the eighth generation.The twelve original members of the Greenbrier Church have grown to 685, and the four original churches to fifty with over 6,354 members.Â The fourth church building is on the same spot where the first log building and its successors stood.In connection with the life of the Rev. John Alderson, Jr. some one has said the beautiful words inscribed upon Moody's tomb are strikingly appropriate: "The world passeth away, and the dust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever."Dale R. Hart D.D.Pastor, Author, conference speaker, camp meeting preacher.
One doesn't have to have a university degree in political science or pour over electoral maps from the last few elections to realize that the name of our great nation is quickly becoming a misnomer. There are, and have been for several years undercurrents of globalism that dare to chip away at our sovereignty as a nation. Cries for the demise of unilateral action ring from many quarters. From the United Nations Headquarters in our own nation, lectures abound from our enemies about the need for diplomacy and cooperation.From this, one thing is clear: Everyday we inch closer to new doors of division. Our enemies know that a divided house cannot stand. Therefore, I posit, that we now more resemble the Polarized States of America, rather than the United States of America. With the northeast and west coast as blue as the sky and the center and heart of our republic as red as the blood shed that forged her over two hundred years ago. There no longer exists a common goal or direction, but rather a series of cyclical battles over control of the White House, courts, and legislature. Race, religion, economics, and sexual orientation all now divide a nation that once looked through the lenses of our founding fathers and said, in unison - â€œWe the people, in Order to form a more perfect Union...â€ Who were those people? Citizens, not guests. That more perfect union has been replaced for political correctness and an ever-growing desire to be just like the rest of the world. Let me remove any ambiguity â€“ what made us great for so long is that we were different from the rest of the world. Our policies were different. Our leaders were different. Our determination to succeed was different. We were welded together by common convictions which helped define us as Americans. Therefore, let's not cry again to return to the Egyptian bondage of excessive taxation. Please don't pine for the European system of socialized medicine. Wipe completely from our imaginations a Shariah, and thereby radical, Islamic system of finance for a nation whose forefathers founded it upon the Holy Bible itself. The great melting pot has boiled over. Today, people no longer know what it means to be an American. â€œOne nation under God, indivisible...â€ Remember? But, now even that is taboo. Educators, right now, are in the process of putting the Pledge of Allegiance in the same moldy closet as common sense because of the possibility it might offend someone who happens to be a visitor in our country. We will soon be led by a president who has a public record of disrespect toward our national anthem, and not many people seem to care. Political correctness has parsed every thought and threatens to emasculate those who actually try to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves.Yet, for this I will be accused of spewing hate, of being a zealot who isn't really patriotic. Yet, much better men than I have been accused and have suffered more than a few measly barbs in the form of jeering words. Water â€“ meet duck's back. If in today's upside down culture, standing for core beliefs and biblical principles held by so many bygone Americans makes me a zealot, then so be it. I'll gladly stand, guilty as charged.Yours for Portugal,Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN. For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
Coward. That's what the Attorney General of the United States just called you. A coward. No, you're not the only one who lacks the courage to do something unpleasant. Apparently the entire nation is, and just to make sure that he topped the icing with a nice red cherry, he also denigrated over 200 years worth of our majestic heritage. His words are forthcoming, but I want to make sure that you understand that in the mind of Mr. Eric Holder, the greatest nation on the planet is made up of a bunch of milquetoasts. He must have gone to the same history class as our finally-proud-of-my-country First Lady. His exact words, according to an AP story were, â€œThough this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.â€ He said, â€œwe have always beenâ€ cowards. Besides being both childish and elitist, I think it was a good strategy. I mean, didn't schoolyard insults always promote tolerance in your neighborhood? Consider it on this level: I think Chavez and Ahmadinejad alone fulfill the slander quotient for our nation. Apparently some people are just not content to leave well enough alone. Do they teach all law students to call everyone sissies while sounding extremely pious? Don't answer that. Instead, let's take a quick roll call. The most racially integrated nation in the world, made up of people from every nook and cranny on the globe, that since its inception has championed freedom of speech and religion around the world? Check. Plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty that reads, â€œGive me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me...?â€ Check. Thirteenth Amendment? Check. Interracial president? Check. AG using his pulpit for race-baiting during Black History Month? Check. Don't believe me about the race-baiting? Disagree with Mr. Holder and see what you get called â€“ a racist. State publicly that the government can only force segregation so far and you instantly become a bigot. What Holder doesn't get is that you can't socialize or regulate friendships. Most often people choose their friends based on something much deeper than skin color. I learned from organized sports that there's only one color â€“ the one on the jersey. From the military I learned that the only colors that really matter are the ones on the flag, and from the Bible I learned that God concerns himself with only a few colors â€“ the crimson stain of our sins and white purity which comes with forgiveness in Christ. I'm Caucasian, meaning my skin is a lighter tone than others, but that has nothing to do with the color or size of my heart. No, I don't have a problem talking about race and I doubt you do either. Yet, I do have a big problem with a high ranking government official perpetuating a culture of guilt and divisiveness. He would have done better to call me a honky or a cracker. He could have called me white bread. I would have been less offended. That doesn't really bother me. Call me a racist if you want. My friends know better. Just don't call me a coward. Those are fighting words. Yours for Portugal, Bro. Michael Andrzejewski Bro. Michael Andrzejewski currently serves with his wife and five children as a missionary to Portugal and is sent out of Milledgeville Baptist Church in Milledgeville, TN.Â For more information about their ministry please visit MBC Portugal Missions.
God is not a patriotic American.Â Before you try to crucify me for making a statement like that, let me explain what I mean.Â God has no preferential treatment among nations.Â He would be just as pleased to bless Pakistan, South Africa, Ukraine, or America.Â It is all the same to Him.Â In fact, I believe that Scripture teaches clearly that God would be very happy to bless every nation on earth.Â Yet if this is true then why is it that God has blessed America so abundantly as compared to every other nation on earth.Â The current international climate seems to indicate that God does favor America...that perhaps God is an American patriot.Â Scripture defines two standards by which God judges nations.Â Those nations that practice these two principles, he blesses.Â Those who ignore these two end up living in the dark ages for thousands of years.Â God has blessed America so greatly not because we are the bastion of liberty or because of our national pride, or because he is an American patriot.Â He has blessed America only because we have historically followed these two principles.Â So what are the principles that either drive nations to great blessing or to their knees?Â "Righteousness exalteth a nation..."Â ~ Proverbs 14:34 The first principles is our nation's relationship to righteousness.Â God has blessed America because our nation has spent great effort promoting righteousness.Â Historically many of our nation's laws were grounded in the Word of God.Â Historically speaking our nation has been a religious people that promoted doing right.Â Now our nation is quickly sliding down the road of embracing immorality and pure ungodliness as right.Â On April 27, it became legal to marry men with men and women with women in the state of Iowa.Â This only follows the trend of a few other states and helps to pave the way for others to come.Â Even our president touts to the world that we are not a Christian nation.Â And although you might debate about the idea that we may have once been a Christian nation, I believe that I must agree with our far left liberal president on this issue.Â Today we are not a Christian nation.Â The truth is that our nation is not characterized by rightousness as it once was.Â In the 1800's a man named Alexis de'Toqueville came to America from France to observer and study the American model.Â Our fledgling nation was rapidly expanding, our industries were booming, and our economy was strong.Â After his study he cam to this conclusion, "Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret and genius of her power.Â America is great because America is good.Â And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."Â Would he come to that same conclusion if he were to have made his visit to America today? "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." ~ Genesis 12:3 The second principle is our nation's relationship to Israel.Â Isn't it Ironic that within a week of American diplomats urging Israel to pull out of Gaza our nation was hit with one of the worst hurricanes our nation has experienced.Â No friends, I don't believe it is ironic that Hurricane Katrina followed on the footsteps of these events.Â I believe that it was the hand of an almight God who was simply following through on a promise that he made to an old man all those years ago.Â If our nation continues to turn her back on the people that God has chosen to safeguard, then soon God will turn his back on our nation.Â They are currently passing a bill in Congress that will make it illegal for preachers to proclaim the truth about the wickedness of homosexuality.Â Preaching against sin will soon be classified as "hate crimes."Â The world looks on us as if we are crazy, divisive, and exentric.Â They believe that so much, in fact, that they are willing to pass laws to illegalize our preaching against sin.Â They must silence us.Â Yet they fail to realize this one thing.Â We are not the enemies to the government.Â We are not the enemies to this nation.Â Their sin is.Â The preaching of rightousness from the pulpits across this nation is the only thing that can save our nation from total destruction.Â We must once again elevate the Word of God and the power of the cross in our churches.Â We must stand up, stand up for Jesus ye soldiers of the cross!A new stimulis package is not going to save our economy.Â Rightousness will.Â Prison reform will not curb crime in America.Â Righteousness will.Â Increased education spending will not save our nation's youth.Â Righteousness will.Â Righteousness will.Â Righteousness will.In Christ,Nicholas Z. Cardot
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