Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | March 26, 2012

Why I Support Dr. Ron Paul for President

Ron Paul is for the liberty and freedoms of American citizens, We the People. His message of liberty speaks to our hearts, it arouses passion and enthusiasm. God gave us liberty, He made us to love freedom and desire it. Ron Paul said “The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free.”

Ron Paul is a man of integrity. You can trust him. He is consistent. He speaks what he believes, not just whatever will enhance his personal gain. He’s been saying the same thing for decades. Things which he predicted years ago have now come to pass, to the shock of many skeptics. He truly knows what he talks about. He can’t be ‘bought’. He won’t flip flop or compromise.

Ron Paul’s principles which he teaches and lives by are Biblical, Constitutional, and moral. He has been married 55 years, has 5 children (who are all still married to their spouses), and 18 grandchildren. 5 people in his family, including himself, are doctors. As an OBGYN, Ron Paul has delievered over 4000 babies, and not performed a single abortion.

Ron Paul wants to bring our troops home, and have peaceful, non-interventionalist, relationships with all other countries. He wants to build our national defense. So many people don’t understand this foreign policy, and are scared of it. They think of Ron Paul as an isolationist who wants to keep America reclusive/secluded. But his views are constitutional, and in line with our founding fathers. And anyone who really studies this policy can understand and appreciate it. Thomas Jefferson said in his first inaugural address “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with ALL nations– entangling alliances with NONE”. Washington said that “temporary alliances” could be justified for “extraordinary emergencies” but other than that “harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.” (Ibid., p. 235)

Ron Paul is the only veteran presidential candidate- wouldn’t you expect him to know something about what the wars ‘over there’ are really like? And why is it that he gets more donations from active military than all the other candidates and Obama combined? Wouldn’t they understand? Do we really have enough respect for our troops to their voices?

Ron Paul is the tax payer’s friend. He has NEVER voted to increase any taxes. He believes we should be able to keep every penny we earn. He wants to do away with the income tax, which is unconstitutional. He is called ‘Dr. No’ because of all the times he’s voted no on unconstitutional bills.

Ron Paul the only candidate with a plan to substantialy reduce our spending and debt. He has a consistent record of voting to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote sending government back to it’s limiting Constitutional levels.

Ron Paul is the only one who truly wants to get rid of abortion. Being an OBGYN doctor, he has delievered over 4000 babies, and never once murdered a baby. He has submitted bill after bill, in attempts to restrict and outlaw it. He’s fought to repeal Roe Vs. Wade. You can’t be for liberty without being for life. To quote Ron Paul on the issue, “Those who seek a pro-life culture must accept that we will never persuade all 300 million Americans to agree with us. A pro-life culture can be built only from the ground up, person by person. For too long we have viewed the battle as purely political, but no political victory can change a degraded society. No Supreme Court ruling by itself can instill greater respect for life. And no Supreme Court justice can save our freedoms if we don’t fight for them ourselves.”

Ron Paul is the only candidate who talks about the true role of government, and it’s limits under the Constitution. His principles are largely founded on the 10th amendment; limiting the Federal government to it’s strict confines, and leaving the states free to do as they choose. Many people are unfamiliar with the principle, due to lies spread by the media, polititians, etc. Because of that, they misunderstand and fear Ron Paul’s ‘stance’ on things such as drugs, homosexuality, prostitution, abortion, schooling etc. However, Ron Paul actually wants to allow the STATES to excercise their Constitutional right choose for THEMSELVES what their laws will be–NOT letting the Federal government do such!

Ron Paul the only one that can really beat Obama. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum all have pasts with well known flaws. They’re flip floppers and in the race for power. Obama would have plenty to attack them on, and destroy them. Ron Paul has a clean, consistent record, with no ‘skeletons in the closet’. Ron Paul can appeal to the left on numerous issues, such as anti-war, anti-drug war, ending the Fed, civil liberties, ending corporate welfare and opting out of Socialism Security. He won’t try to dominate Congress or the states. He’s the only GOP candidate who is strong where Obama is strong. He polls best among young people, Democrats, blacks, independents and voters in the Northeast where Obama won every single state. “

If not Ron Paul, what other option do we have? More progressives, power hungry men who will further enslave our nation? More war, more debt, more laws, less liberty. We have to put someone we can trust up there. Ron Paul can’t work miracles and suddenly fix everything, but he is dedicated and determined, and will do whatever he possibly can towards liberty.

So many of those who don’t like Ron Paul simply misunderstand him. They don’t know what he really believes and wants. They listen to the mainstream media and either don’t hear at all about him, or hear negative twisted things about him. One reason his most enthusiastic supporters are the youth is because they are on the internet so much. These youth are worried about the future of our generation, and they do research online to find the truth. They don’t just listen to the regular biased media and make descisions based on what they are told. So if you don’t like Ron Paul, please, research him on youtube, google, etc and give him a chance! You might be glad you did!

For liberty,

Madelyn Stanley

*Script originally written and given as a speech for a local Tea Party gathering

 

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | September 18, 2011

~Liberty, the Pillar of America’s Greatness ~ My first speech ever!

*speech given at a local Tea Party rally on Constitution Day, September 17th*

Hello Everyone!

I’d like to start by thanking our Tea Party leaders for giving me the opportunity to speak today in honor of America, the greatest nation on earth.

Liberty is what makes America so great. It is what our forefathers fought to achieve and pass on to future generations. Today those hard-earned freedoms are in grave danger. The future of America’s greatness depends on us uniting together and returning to the founding principles on which all our liberties stand. Our government would have us to believe that some liberties are unimportant when it comes to national security and modern convenience. Yet it is these so called “small liberties” which set us apart from all other nations!

In order to protect American liberty, it helps to first understand the foundation for it. This foundation lies in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, both of which are largely influenced by the main source of liberty, the Bible. To start with the Bible, Galatians 5:1 tells us to “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ” We are promised in 2 Corinthians that “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Seeing therefore that true liberty comes from Christ, how can it survive without Him? America was made great because we had freedom to worship the God of the Bible. We had freedom to serve Him, preach His word, and to speak of Him in public WITH OUT FEAR. Because we honored God, He blessed us abundantly.

Now, however, we’ve allowed the government to take Christ out of our society. We are not allowed to speak of Him in public schools, politics, etc. Biblical standards of morality and virtue are rapidly disappearing, being replaced by crime, immorality and corruption. God hates evil. Until we as a nation return again to Christ, He cannot freely bless us.

Another foundation for our liberty is The Declaration of Independence. It states that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights, given to us by God. It tells us that when the government body continually abuses and usurps it’s authority (the Constitution), it is our right and DUTY to overthrow that government, providing new leaders who will be more faithful to our future liberties. We must exercise that duty when necessary, or else the tyranny we and our future generations face will destroy America.

In order to secure American liberty, our founding fathers formed one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, political documents in history, our Constitution . What makes it unique is the idea that personal liberty is given directly from God, NOT the government. Perhaps this is best explained by Jefferson when he said “When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny.” According to the Preamble, the Constitution was made to ensure that government would: “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

So why does our Constitution not seem to be working now? The answer is simple: Our current government no longer respects the Constitution. It is ignored, trampled on, and called inadequate by those who desire dictatorial, criminal powers. Seldom do our elected officials consider whether a bill they are trying to pass is Constitutional or not. Jefferson prophesied this downfall when he warned “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” In order to regain liberty we must study the Constitution ourselves, and re-chain our elected officials by holding them accountable to it.

Two great weapons we have in defending liberty are truth and knowledge. In the gospel of John, Jesus promises us “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The Bible also warns in Hosea that nations are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Knowledge is power and truth can set one at liberty. Doesn’t it make sense then that the more knowledgeable we are and the more we walk in truth, the stronger we are in our fight for liberty? In a world of lies, truth can be hard to discern, but the more diligent we are, the better we will be able to recognize truth and use it to our advantage.

To conclude, in Psalms the Lord presents a challenge for us by asking “Who will rise up for me against the evil doers and Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”

If only we would unite together and answer with Patrick Henry, when he so bravely proclaimed the following combined quotes: “”It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so clearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it.””… So why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? 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!”

Thank you for listening, and may God bless our efforts in uniting for liberty!

Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | September 3, 2011

Words of Wisdom ~ Joy In the Lord


Have you ever asked yourself “Does God really care whether or not I’m joyful?”. If you have, you’re not alone! In fact, most people have probably asked it at one point or another when life gets rough. So what is the answer?

First of all, what does joyful mean? Is it the same as happy? Some may use the terms synonymously, but I believe joy is much deeper, related with spiritual/eternal things. Joy is an attitude, not emotion. Happiness would be the temporal, excited emotion of something good happening, i.e. receiving a gift, or a fun get-together. Once the “thing” leaves, so do the associated emotions.

On the other hand, with joy being an attitude, we can choose our reaction to circumstances. For example, someone gets a great job. They are so happy! But then they lose that job. Are they still happy? Hard times and tragedy in life are inevitable. But there is always the choice to decide to be joyful anyway, trusting that God will work things out for the best. Actually, Christian history has proved that the greatest joys can result from the most painful experiences.

Joyfulness is of the Lord, not of ourselves. We should always choose to be joyful, but only through the Holy Spirit can we do this.Those who do not know Christ cannot experience true joy. Those who do know Christ and His joy refuse to exchange it for anything. To add, faked joy isn’t real joy at all. We can pretend we’re joyful, pretend we’re trusting for the best, but deep inside we know it’s just hypocrisy. No, true joy is pure, effortless joy!

So why is it so important that we rejoice? The answer is simple; our rejoicing brings glory to Christ! And isn’t that our main purpose as Christians? “Man’s chief end is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” When we are sad, discouraged, complaining etc, that doesn’t bring glory to God. It says “look at me, God isn’t taking care of me like He should”. We want to honor Christ, not dishonor Him.

Do I claim to “rejoice evermore”? Nay, far from it. I’m still but a mere baby in Christ, I’m only beginning to learn. There are plenty of times I feel like it’s not even possible to rejoice during such a trying time. But I know His Word is true, and by His grace I will continue to grow in this God-given joy!

As always, please don’t just take my word for these ideas…or dismiss my words as impossible. Look at the Scriptures to find out for yourself! Below I’ve listed merely a few of the numerous verses found on the subject, from the Old and New Testament. I pray you will be encouraged and blessed by them!

Old Testament:

Isaiah
29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Nehemiah 8:10
…for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for thejoy of the LORD is your strength.

Job 41:22
In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.

Isaiah 55:12
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…

Psalms:

5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
30:5 …weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

New Testament:
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

John

15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

Romans

14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.


1 Peter

1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

~~~~~Soli Deo Gloria! ~~~~~

Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | September 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Benjamin!


Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

Wow, how fast this first year of Benjamin’s life has flown! It seems just yesterday we were awaiting his arrival, and yet now here he is, already 1 year old! He has been such a delightful baby, always ready to give you his biggest smile. 🙂 He sleeps through the nights well, and is rarely fussy unless he really needs something, i.e. nap, food, clean diaper. He hasn’t started walking yet, but that will come soon! He’s already climbing things, roaming the house whenever he gets the chance, and loves his ‘johnny jump-up’ (the thing he’s in on the last picture). One last little note: Benjamin is at the “tongue stage”….where he’s repeatedly sticking out his tongue! You have to admit, it makes him even more adorable 😉

Along with pictures taken on his birthday (August 23rd), I’ve also included a few from when he was younger. And for more pictures from his his birthday, visit this link: ‘Benjamin Paul’

To view pictures and the story from when he was born, click here: ‘Welcome, Little Benjamin Paul!’
…And the story and video of when we found out Mom was pregnant with him: ‘Our Christmas Blessing’

Wait, don’t stop here!! There’s more pictures! Click the link below! 🙂
‘Benjamin Paul’*Photography credit goes to Mom 🙂 *

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | August 22, 2011

Trip to Mt. Nebo ~ Pictures!


“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.” ~ Psalm 36:6


Last month my family and I took a little trip and visited Mt. Nebo. Mt. Nebo is a beautiful mountain in Arkansas, rising 1,850 feet high! The view from the main lookout was breathtaking…an amazing example of God’s magnificent creation!

Though no camera could capture the complete beauty, we (Mom, Christopher (age 16), and I) tried anyway. Below are some of the results! 🙂 You can click on each one to see it clearer. And if you’d like to see more pictures of the outing, go here:Trip to Mt. Nebo

Soli Deo Gloria!

“Up in the horizon” all of us except the youngest

“I’m sitting on top of the world” ~ My four younger sisters

 

“1…2…3…” ~ Want to guess? 😀

“Testing. Mom’s. Nerves…” ~ Yes, the backdrop is real! 🙂


“Now What?!” ~ Note: he survived!

“For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies”
~ panoramic shot

“Oh say, Can you see…”


“From the mountain, to the prairie…”
“O’re the land of the free,
and the home of the brave”
 


“Sisters!” ~ The five of us at a town park

“Sisters…In Christ!” ~ Me and a dear friend on top of Nimrod Dam

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | August 21, 2011

How God Saves His Enemies ~ August 21st

How God Saves His Enemies [click here to download] (August 21st, 2011)

Acts 7:58 “And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.”
Acts 8:1-3 “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

To reject God’s Word is to hate it, even though you may not realize that hate. All sinners are inwardly enemies of Christ. Man cannot naturally love God and His Word in it’s entirety.  Sin brings out the enmity in one towards God.

1 Timothy 1:11-16 “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

God can save anyone, even the worst of sinners, as Paul claimed himself to be. No one deserves to be saved. We all deserve to go to hell. But God had mercy on us and sent His Son that those who believe might be saved. All truth is liberating. Men will attempt to intimidate by condemning/judging. Let them accuse, it doesn’t matter if we are friends of our Saviour. The past is past; as Christians we are now seated in Heavenly places.

1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
Philippians 3:17 “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.”

Paul is a pattern Christian, a model for others. By following Paul, you follow Jesus. Paul wasn’t “special” in a sense that makes him better than us. The same Lord that lived in him, making him the man he was, can also live in us. True Christians follow Jesus, so by following them, you are following Him. In your spirit, learn to discern whether or not someone is in tune with Jesus. If one’s words and actions are consistent with Scriptures, he is a worthy example.

Acts 9:1, 4, 5, 6 “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest…..And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”

Can God bring a man down? Absolutely. God and God alone can save us. We could sooner create a new world than save even our most beloved acquaintances.  Only He can send the truth revealing light of salvation. When Jesus intervenes, He takes over.  Paul thought he was persecuting “fanatical” Christians. He thought he was doing good. What he did not realize was that he was actually persecuting Christ.

Lord means boss. Is Jesus your boss? Do you believe God can talk to you? Can you recognize His voice?  In this passage we see the power of the name of Jesus demonstrated. Paul was an enemy of Christ. In one sentence from God, his life changed radically.

Most churches today are little more than religious social clubs. They just haven’t seen the light. The spirit of conviction isn’t there. Do we even believe in conviction of sin anymore? Conviction causing weeping, and life changing repentance? Theologians and religious folks don’t get to heaven, followers of Christ do. Our God is a consuming fire. We stand no chance against Him. Will you be His enemy or friend?

Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | August 16, 2011

Your Belief System, or, Raising your Expectations ~ August 14th

Your Belief System, or, Raising Your Expectations [click here to download] (August 14th, 2011)

2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

A system is a bunch of elements that work together. Your body is a system. You have a belief system. It effects how you see yourself and others. If things are going wrong in our lives, it means some parts of our system are not working. For instance, my body could be 99 % healthy, but that other 1% can painfully dominate my senses. Likewise, when something is wrong in belief system, it effects my actions/life.

Acts 3:1-11 “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; (3) Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. (4) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. (5) And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. (6) Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.(7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. (9) And all the people saw him walking and praising God: (10) And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. (11) And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.

To have faith in something, you act on it. As we study God’s Word, we show our faith by acting on the Word. By doing this, we “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” Peter believed God would heal the cripple. He acted on that belief. A miracle was the result.

We are made in God’s image. The way we see ourselves is the way we see Jesus. How do you see yourself? Fearful and weak? Joyful and strong? Merciful and forgiving? Doubting and non-trustworthy? “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” How did the cripple see himself? What was his belief system? How did he change after being healed? How do you change your belief system? By studying the Word and praying for understanding. The more we tune our beliefs to God’s Word, the stronger we are in Christ.

Do we see ourselves as sufficient Christians? Do we see ourselves as able to perform miracles through Christ? What do we expect? Faith broadens our expectations. Beliefs will grow, whether they are negative or positive. Beliefs determine your expectations. “Ye have not because ye asked not.” We study the Bible to raise our expectations. Attempt great things for God, expect great things from God. When you are content to live without miracles, you will not get them. We should always be pressing on to higher ground. God wants us to abound in life by one, Christ Jesus.

Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | August 2, 2011

Blessings or Curses? ~ July 31st

Blessings or Curses? ~ Part 1 [click here to download] (Morning, July 31st, 2011)

Blessings or Curses? ~ Part 2 [click here to download] (Evening, July 31st, 2011)

Galatians 3:13-14 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

We needed the blessing of Abraham by the Holy Spirit that we might be delivered from the curse of the Law. Christ bore the curse for us, so we don’t have to be under it.

Deuteronomy 28-14:
(1) And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. (2) And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. (3) Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. (4) Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. (5) Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. (6) Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. (7) The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. (8) The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (9) The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. (10) And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. (11) And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. (12) The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. (13) And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:(14) And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

We are the Israel of God. God “waits to be gracious“. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” The Bible is the Word of God. God wants to “spoil” us. We simply have to follow His word and obey Him. We must learn to hearken to Him. Blessings upon blessings are in store for those who do. Health, prosperity, victory, fruitfulness, good weather, authority, etc are part of the blessings. Through Christ we are free from the curse, and under the blessing.

Deuteronomy 28:15-20:
(15) But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
(16) Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. (17) Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.(18) Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. (19) Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. (20) The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

Most people people stop reading this chapter after it gets into the curses. But the reason to study the curses is to realize what Christ has redeemed us from, and to help us know better how to fight Satan, who would like us to believe we are still under the curse.

If you don’t obey God, then who do you obey?  In everything you do, you either obey God or the world/Satan. There is no in between. Putting anything above God or His Word is idolatry. Idolatry is serious sin. We “cannot serve God and mammon”. We are either under His wrath or mercy.

Deuteronomy 28:21-45
(21) The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. (22) The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.(23) And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. (24) The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed. (25) The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.(26) And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away. (27) The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. (28) The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: (29) And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. (30) Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. (31) Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them. (32) Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand. (33) The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: (34) So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. (35) The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. (36) The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. (37) And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee. (38) Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it. (39) Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them. (40) Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit. (41) Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.(42) All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume. (43) The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. (44) He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. (45) Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:

We can’t just blame the devil for all our troubles. Satan is  under God, and can only do what God allows him to.  This chapter plainly shows that the Lord sets such curses upon us, as punishment for not following Him. Deseases, divorce, unfaithfulness, family division, slavery, and debt, etc. result under the curse.  Others benefit from our labors. Drought, bad weather, famine, etc are other parts of the curse. It’s our responsibility to hear God.  “He that believeth not, the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Deuteronomy 28:46-68
(46) And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
(47) Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; (48) Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee. (49) The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; (50) A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: (51) And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. (52) And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee. (53) And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee: (54) So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave. (55) So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates. (56) The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, (57) And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates. (58) If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;(59) Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. (60) Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. (61) Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. (62) And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God. (63) And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. (64) And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. (65) And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: (66) And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:(67) In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. (68) And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.

Look at the wickedness and immorality found everywhere. Unrighteousness destroys nations. The world is at war with God. It can only lose.  When a nation rebels enough against God, He turns it’s enemies loose on them. Wickedness is released. Only reformation and revival can save the nation. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Denying and curing God does not change a thing. Man cannot make it without God. When God smites, we cannot recover except through Christ. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God…” “No man shall save thee…”

Who is under the curse? All those who do not follow God habitually. Jesus is the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament. “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.” “Our God is a consuming fire.” He is just.  Why would you reject the blessing for the curse? If you don’t go to heaven, you go to hell.  What do you want, the blessing or the curse? It is your choice. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “…Whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” “God is not willing that any should perish”. “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” And now, with Joshua, we say “Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve” (Joshua 24:15).  There is no in between.


Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | July 22, 2011

Once to Every Man and Nation

A beautiful song I found recently and decided I had to share. I hope you enjoy!


Once to every Man and Nation
(Thom­as Will­iams)
Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,

And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light.

Then to side with truth is noble, when we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and ’tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.

By the light of burning martyrs, Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calv’ries ever with the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.

Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | July 10, 2011

70 Years!


70 years ago today, my wonderful father was born. Happy Birthday, Dad!! A loving father to 14 children (9 still at home) and grandfather to 7, Dad has always been there for us, providing us security, love, comfort, instruction, and much more. He has been an amazing example of our Heavenly Father, as fathers are meant to be. He has raised us in the Biblical standards, constantly teaching and guiding us that we might also live our lives for God’s glory. By God’s grace he is still healthy and vigorous, daily praying and working almost non-stop. And with his youngest child but 10 months old, he plans to stay around for quite a while longer! Thank you Lord, for blessing my family with such a rare leader as Dad!

In honor of Dad and all fathers out there, I’d like to share this beautiful song written and sung by the talented Laura Nelson and her family. I’ve added the link to an audio file from their CD (no copyright infringement intended:) below.

Happy Birthday, Dad, I love you!!

I remember Sunday mornings, when I was very small
I’d stand beside my daddy as he led those old church songs
And as I held his hand I felt ten feet tall
And as we sang together my heart learned to sing alone.
Chorus
I remember some years later after church one Wednesday night
My heart was deeply troubled, I knew something was not right
So me and Daddy talked to Jesus as we knelt down side by side
The Saviour heard his praying, cause he saved my soul that night.

Chorus

I can’t forget the hours my daddy spent with me
Teaching everything from the G chord to the keys of geometry
And when I needed a friend he was always there for me
Wish I were half the friend that he has been to me.

Chorus:
Daddy gave me something that money could not buy
Nor thief can ever take away, words cannot describe
He lived for his family, he gave us all he had.
Daddy’s gift was precious, cause Daddy gave us love.

http://www.4shared.com/embed/682076781/ce5ffcd1

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