Meditation on a New Day

A Meditation For Today

“Then David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.’ “  (1 Chronicles 28:20, ESV)

Help us, O Lord! behold we enter
Upon another year to-day;
In Thee our hopes and thoughts now centre,
Renew our courage for the way ;
New life, new strength, new happiness,
We ask of Thee; oh, hear and bless!

—- Johann Rist

Many people think of the first day of January, at the beginning of the new year, as the time to make resolutions, the time to begin over again. Yet every day can be a day of new beginnings. Everyday we can resolve to start afresh, to walk more closely with God, to read our Bibles more faithfully, to invest more time in prayer, especially for our loved ones.

Will there be challenges? Oh, yes! And difficulties, and problems. Yet, as King David said to his son, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you….” We can press on, knowing that, “No testing has overtaken you that is unusual for human beings. But God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your strength. Instead, along with the test he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

In a sense, our future is as blank as the silent years of the life of Jesus Christ. Let us begin today with firm resolution to allow God to write on those blank pages that, as Enoch did of old, we walked with Him. Let us allow Him to use us according to His will and perfect plan for us. As the Apostle Paul has said, “None of those things [facing imprisonment and death] move me….” (Acts 20:24) “Brothers,… one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, all who are mature should think this way….” (Philippians 3:13-15, HCSB)

Yes, let us leave those things behind that have been a hindrance to us, and, in this new day, let us press on for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us begin this new day, new week, new month, new year, with sincere dedication to being all that God would have us to be, to achieving all that Christ in us, our hope of glory, has for us to achieve. Let us accept all of today’s limitations, all its obstacles and hindrances, all its disappointments, its narrow and commonplace conditions and meet them as from the hand of a loving Heavenly Father who knows what is best for us and what will help us become more conformed into the likeness of Christ.

Let us walk with Him with patience, with obedience, putting ourselves in cheerful subjection, serving our apprenticeship. Who knows what opportunities may come to us? May we, as obedient children, be ready to receive from our Father’s hand all that He has for us. May we walk in the path He has chosen for us and not seek to go our own way, that we may be in that place where He can shower blessings on us.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
(Psalms 1:1-6, ESV)

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Forty Reasons for Gun Control

Current Events, Politics

1. Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, & Chicago cops need guns.

2. Washington DC’s low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis’ high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control.

3. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing an increase in murder rates after gun control is imposed are “just statistics.”

4. The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994 are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates, which have been declining since 1991.

5. We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid.

6. The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals.

7. An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you.

8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun in her hand and a dead rapist at her feet.

9. When confronted by violent criminals, you should “put up no defense — give them what they want, or run” (Handgun Control Inc. Chairman Pete Shields, Guns Don’t Die – People Do, 1981, p.125).

10. The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about guns; just like Guns & Ammo has some excellent treatises on heart surgery.

11. One should consult an automotive engineer for safer seatbelts, a civil engineer for a better bridge, a surgeon for internal medicine, a computer programmer for hard drive problems, and Sarah Brady for firearms expertise.

12. The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1787, refers to the National Guard, which was created 130 years later, in 1917.

13. The National Guard, federally funded, with bases on federal land, using federally-owned weapons, vehicles, buildings and uniforms, punishing trespassers under federal law, and whose members receive federal paychecks, is a “state” militia.

14. These phrases: “right of the people peaceably to assemble,” “right of the people to be secure in their homes,” “enumeration’s herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people,” and “The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people” all refer to individuals, but “the right of the people to keep and bear arm” refers only to the state.

15. “The Constitution is strong and will never change.” But we should ban and seize all guns thereby violating the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments to that Constitution.

16. Rifles and handguns aren’t necessary to national defense! Of course, the army has hundreds of thousands of them.

17. Private citizens shouldn’t have handguns because they aren’t “military weapons”, but private citizens shouldn’t have “assault rifles” because they are military weapons.

18. In spite of waiting periods, background checks, finger printing, government forms, etc., guns today are too readily available, which is responsible for recent school shootings. In the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s, anyone could buy guns at most hardware stores, army surplus stores, gas stations, variety stores, Sears mail order- all with no waiting, no background check, no fingerprints, no government forms and there were no school shootings.

19. The NRA’s attempt to run a “don’t touch” campaign about kids handling guns is propaganda, but the anti-gun lobby’s attempt to run a “don’t touch” campaign is responsible social activity.

20. Guns are so complex that special training is necessary to use them properly, and so simple to use that they make murder easy.

21. A handgun, with up to 4 controls, is far too complex for the typical adult to learn to use, as opposed to an automobile that has only 20.

22. Women are just as intelligent and capable as men- but a woman with a gun is “an accident waiting to happen” and gun makers’ advertisements aimed at women are “preying on their fears.”

23. Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering, maniacal, homicidal butchers but revert to normal, rational, law abiding citizens when the weapon is removed.

24. Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun shows.

25. More than 42,000 thousand people die each year in automobile accidents and 2,500,000 are injured, but 32,000 die from guns (80% are`suicides) and 200,000 are injured; obviously guns are are the far greater problem.

26. Any self-loading small arm can legitimately be considered to be a “weapon of mass destruction” or an “assault weapon.”

27. People can’t be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which people will abide by because they can be trusted.

28. The right of Internet pornographers to exist cannot be questioned because it is constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, but the use of handguns for self defense is not really protected by the Bill of Rights.

29. Free speech entitles one to own newspapers, transmitters, computers, and typewriters, but self-defense justifies only bare hands.

30. The ACLU is good because it defends certain parts of the Constitution, and the NRA is bad, because it defends other parts of the Constitution.

31. Charlton Heston, a movie actor as president of the NRA is a cheap lunatic who should be ignored, but Michael Douglas, a movie actor as a representative of Handgun Control, Inc. is an ambassador for peace who is entitled to an audience at the UN arms control summit.

32. Policemen operate with other armed officers as backup, which is why they need larger capacity pistol magazines than do “civilians” who must face criminals alone and therefore need less ammunition.

33. We should ban “Saturday Night Specials” and other inexpensive guns because it’s not fair that poor people have access to guns, too.

34. Police officers have some special Jedi-like mastery over hand guns that private citizens can never hope to obtain.

35. Private citizens don’t need a gun for self-protection because the police are there to protect them even though the Supreme Court says the police are not responsible for their protection.

36. Citizens don’t need to carry a gun for personal protection but police chiefs, who are desk-bound administrators who work in a building filled with armed cops, need a gun.

37. So-called “assault weapons” have no purpose other than to kill large numbers of people. The police need assault weapons. You do not.

38. When Microsoft pressures its distributors to give Microsoft preferential promotion, that’s bad; but when the Federal government pressures cities to buy guns only from Smith & Wesson, that’s good.

39. Trigger locks do not interfere with the ability to use a gun for defensive purposes, which is why you see police officers with trigger locks on their duty weapons.

40. Handgun Control, Inc. says they want to “keep guns out of the wrong hands.” Guess what? You have the wrong hands!

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The Slippery Slope


A Republican congressman seeking a $25 billion bailout of the troubled U.S. auto industry made a stunning statement about taxpayer funds to benefit Detroit, claiming, “It is not your money.”

Michigan Republican Congressman Joe Knollenberg was chastising those in opposition to the auto bailout. Apparently it’s not the taxpayers money, it’s not your money — it’s his.

Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Mich., made the remark during a discussion with Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto on Tuesday, November 18 as they debated spending billions of federal dollars to prop up the Big Three car-makers.

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About us….


These pages are the collaborative effort of a number of scholars. We bring a blend of theoretical, educational, and practical experience to our endeavor.

We’ve been students at half a dozen colleges, pursued advanced degrees at nearly as many universities, and taught, cumulatively, for about seventy years.

We’ve been, in no particular order, seminar presenters, teachers, corporate trainers, facilitators, business owners, property investors, landlords, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, authors (both fiction and nonfiction), publishers, sales managers, computer technicians, machinists, mental health clinicians, graphic and media designers, taxi cab drivers, federal law enforcement agents, city police officers, and on and on.

All of which is to say that while we’ve been students and teachers of the theoretical, we’ve also been out there in the real, dusty, sweaty world. Ivory tower? Perhaps. But with practical, down-to-earth experience as well- and plenty of it.

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