Surprise! I Love My Amazing Church

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Wednesday’s I try to focus on the Church. This week I am taking a look at Surprise! I Love My Amazing Church.
I say I love my church, but do I? Do you?
Let’s take a walk and discuss this issue. Since it’s a sensitive subject I will deal primarily with what we should be doing, not with I’m doing.
What is Love?

  • I ask that first because people today don’t know what is love. Let me begin with what it isn’t. Love is not Do this for me and I’ll love you. That’s lust or Hollywood love. Did you know that the word love meaning lust is not in the Bible. Other words are used to describe lust.
  • Love is not you did something for me therefore I love you. It is very close to the previous love I mentioned, so we’ll just treat it as two sides of the same coin.

Then there is Brotherly Love.
Brotherly love is in the Bible and it is found first in the Gospels. In John 13:34-35 Jesus says, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
That command is repeated throughout the New Testament. In Greek it is Phileo or brotherly love. It is never used in a command to men to love God. Rather it is used as tender affection one for another.
Do we practice tender affection one for another. I see this in two practical applications.

  1. First there is love for all men. As a Christian we should love our fellow man. That does not mean to overlook his faults. The world teaches that love means to accept the whole person, including the parts we don’t like. But that is not in the Bible. In fact just the opposite is spoken of. If we love our fellow man than we should be willing to warn him when he is doing something that might bring the judgment of God upon him. That is one motivation for soul winning; to go out and warn people of judgment and to tell them of Jesus Christ who died for them.
  2. Second there is love for other Christians. This type of love involves fellowshipping with the brethren. It is said you are known be the company you keep. We should be spending time with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. It also carries the meaning of helping them. While this aspect can also be used in our love for all men, love for the brethren takes it to a higher level. At this level you are willing to go the extra mile. Why? Because this man or woman is a fellow Christian, a believer, a born again child of God. And God wants us to be a conduit for Him to bless them. Do we practice that?

There is Sacrificial Love.
The love that exists between a man and a woman is said to exemplify the love between Christ and His Church. In Ephesians 5:25-29 we husbands are told to love our wives as Christ loves the Church. What a great love that is.
This is called in Greek ‘agape’ and is defined as “the attitude of God toward His Son.” But it goes further in that it is God’s attitude toward all men generally as expressed in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Then there is His love toward Christians in particular as seen in John 14:21, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
In John 3:16 God so loved the world that He was willing to sacrifice His Son that anyone could turn to Christ and be saved because Christ died for them. It is the Good News that has turned this world upside down. It is because of God’s love toward me through His Son Jesus Christ that God extended to me His hand on May 9, 1973 and pulled me out of the miry pit and saved me for eternity! And if you’ve received Christ as your Savior, He’s done the same for you.
But according to Ephesians God wants us to love our wives as Christ loved the church! That means ignoring hurtful words; that means loving her in spite of any faults she may have. And by the way, wives are suppose to love their husbands. It would appear that our marriages are to be pictures of Christ and His Church.
So How Do We Love the Church?
Obey.
This is extremely hard. But we are to be obedient. If you follow that out it implies at least two things:

  1. Obey the Word. God has filled His Word with commands for us to follow. Not only commands but principles that He expects us to use in our lives, our marriages, our careers, and our worship.
  2. Obey the Pastor. If obeying God’s Word is difficult obeying God’s man is even more difficult. Why? Because pastors are men, fellow humans with failings. And when you are in the church you get to know your pastor and his faults. Yet we are called to obey him in the things that are in the Word. That is key. It does not mean obey your pastor when he tells you to go do thus and thus. There is always the Word of God. If he tells you to do something contrary to the Word, you don’t do it. But you better be sure of where you stand.

Serve.
God created the Church for His people. We are strongest when we attend church faithfully. But He didn’t command us to go to church, sit in the pew and do nothing. God has something for all of us to do. His callings upon our lives are not eternal. He may call us to serve in a particular area and later call us to another area. That is His prerogative.
I have used this illustration before. Ushering is an area of service. You can even find verses related to ushering in the Bible. It is a time honored ministry and it is an important ministry since the usher is usually one of the first persons to meet you at the church door. He welcomes you, he helps you find a seat, and he, hopefully, is a godly example. But should everyone aspire to be an usher? When I first got saved I was soon asked if I would usher. I promptly said yes and then went home and asked for God’s blessing. What did I do wrong? I didn’t check with God until after I made the decision. Throughout that whole year I felt miserable. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, but I had dictated what ministry I was going to practice.
When the following year came up and I needed to make that decision again, I did it right. I went to God and asked Him if it was where He wanted me to serve. I’ve been ushering ever since!
Now some people contend with me that we should start serving immediately as a walk in faith. And to an extent I agree. If you walk into the church and see trash on the floor. You don’t need to pray over it. You pick it up and get rid of it. But performing a service unto God, whether it is ushering, singing, working in the sound room, typing, accounting, etc., is something you need to have God’s approval. Put Him first!
It is not a walk of faith if God isn’t first in your life.
Another illustration of godly service. I was visiting a church and the woman who was obviously their best singer stood up. She announced that she wasn’t singing that day not because of sickness; not because she had to leave suddenly, but rather because she didn’t feel spiritual that day. She made is sound spiritual, but it was selfish. We are to serve God where He puts us, as long as He puts us, and as long as He enables us.
Do we love God enough to serve Him in the church?
Follow.
Following God includes obedience and service, but I’m including it here as it pertains to our personal life. We are constantly being attacked by the world with ungodly temptations. Sometimes they come dressed as godly and sometimes they make no effort to disguise themselves, but they are still temptations.
God left us in this world to be a light but we have to be strong and keep that light visible. It is a dark world out there. Wickedness abounds.
I have not found a magic formula to keep away from temptations. You can’t. From the time you get up in the morning and the time you go to bed there are manifold temptations. Some are sly, some are sneaky, and some are bold.
I have found that spending time in God’s Word and in prayer strengthens me when I’m weak. It is like having necessary and healthy food. It doesn’t guarantee godliness or health, but it sure helps! And just because you walked with Christ yesterday doesn’t mean you will today. He’s always there willing and wanting to hold your hand, but you have to let Him.
We need to make a practice of following Jesus in all areas of our lives. If we practice that then Jesus will walk with us and even carry us on occasion.
Do we love God enough to allow Him to direct our steps?
Why did I call my church an Amazing Church? It is simple. My church and any church that loves and serves God has the power of God upon it and is therefore Amazing.
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Remarkable Insights from Pauline A New Home

FeaturedRemarkable Insights from Pauline A New Home

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Tuesday’s I try to focus on Insights. This week I am taking another look at Remarkable Insights from Pauline A New Home.

‘At that moment the President was still building his Cabinet, which currently held Vice-President Sarah Adams and Secretary of State Mark Taylor. But today he welcomed Jessica Harper into his office.
The twenty four year old Jessica was a graduate of Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, Michigan. She had majored in education and had planned to continue for a Masters Degree. In fact, she had already enrolled at the time of her arrest.
“Have a seat Miss Harper. May I call you Jessica?”
“Yes, although some simply call me Jess.”
“Any preference?”
“Jess is reserved for friends and I have a hunch that we’re going to be friends, so Jess is fine.”
“Does that mean you are accepting the position of Secretary of Education?”’

The above quote is taken from my novel Pauline A New Home. If you’ve read the book you know that President Adams was in the process of forming his cabinet shortly after the Christians landed on Pauline. Today’s insights come from that necessary step as the Christians formed their new government.
Whenever a new government is formed the new leader needs men and women around him that he can trust to carry out whatever agenda he may have for his government. It matters little if it is an existing government on Earth or a brand new government on some distant planet, you need government and you need the right people to run it.
In our country the President, who is elected by the people, selects people he feels will help him administer his government. These men and women are then submitted to the Senate who either approves of disapproves. If approved then they run their respective department in a manner that supports the Presidents will.
Representative Democracy.
Here in America we have what is called a Representative Democracy. This is not the same as Democracy. In Democracy you have the people making laws, etc. It is unwieldy and closely resembles mob rule. Representative Democracy is where the people elect representatives to make the decisions for them. If the people are unhappy with their representatives they have the right to replace them.
When first formed it was truly unique. Since then other countries have tried to copy us with limited success. As with the government on Pauline our government adopted a Constitution based upon Biblical principles. Some people have challenged this fact, but while the Bible is not mentioned in the Constitution the ideas either came directly from the Bible or indirectly.
Some countries modified their constitutions or charters. Great Britain had already adopted a form of government that has largely continued to this day. In their government they have a King or Queen born for the job and a Prime Minister chosen is the leader of the winning party and appointed by the King or Queen. Many countries have followed this pattern.
But to my knowledge no country has truly imitated the United States. Not that we haven’t tried to export it. But it remains unique. The problem is that our type of government is linked to the Christian faith in spite of the detractors. When we remove God from our government we run into trouble.
Wall of Separation
For example, there are many politicians who insist on a “wall of separation” between the government and religion. They claim it is constitutional, although the term is nowhere found in the constitution. It first appeared in a letter by President Thomas Jefferson to a group of Danbury Baptists in 1802. They were worried that the government would do as governments in Europe, namely run the church. His letter was to reassure them, that they were protected by a wall of separation, namely the 1st Amendment. That wall was to keep government out of the church, not to keep the church out of the government.
Unfortunately in today’s world politicians don’t want to be bothered with morality (look at their lives if you doubt that). So they reinterpret the wall statement to mean the church is to be kept out of the government. Most Americans today don’t know this because modern history books reflect the current view rather than historical fact. It’s called revisionism!
This tearing down of the relationship between church and state causes additional problems!
Based on the new understanding God was kicked out of our schools. Bible Scripture has been removed from buildings; Bible knowledge has been banned from our schools; and Bible standards are systematically being removed from all public institutions.
Persecution of Christians.
Christians find it rough in colleges where toleration is preached but persecution is practiced. Every year we read of Christian college students being barred from this activity or that activity. But it’s not’s just colleges. It is showing up in government. We recently witnessed the attempt to destroy a good man whose only crime was that he was religious. Whether or not you believe the woman who claimed to be a victim, her story lacked credibility and was even denied by people she claimed were there. Plus, of course, she didn’t remember how she got there, how she left, where there was, and a lot of other details.
Crime.
We also see a rise in criminal activity by our young people. If they kill someone the finger is pointed at the NRA whether or not the killer was a member (usually not). The real culprit is not the gun used but the fact that our government has removed absolutes from our lives. Children grow up with no moral absolutes, therefore having their consciences instructed by TV and the movies. The only absolute they are taught is that the end justifies the means.
Of course, this thinking doesn’t apply to speed limits on the road. Try telling the policeman that the speed limit is only a suggestion since there are no absolutes.
Violence.
Our children are growing up in a violent world. That’s a fact. I grew up watching westerns, cops and robbers, and war stories. That didn’t make me violent. My parents were not particularly religious, but they instilled in me some absolutes. And every one of them can be traced back to the Bible.
The Bible teaches Christians to love one another. Not the love as expressed in Hollywood, but a love that is based on respect for one another; a love that truly cares for others. Christ is our example, but the world denies Him. They’ll use His name but ignore His Word (Bible). Is it any surprise that children that have grown up without Biblical teachings is violent to others?
Apathy.
The other side of violence is apathy. Women can be raped and no one will help her; people can be beaten and murdered while people look the other way.
Why?
“Because they are not concerned with human life except their own. So instead of stepping in, or calling 911, or providing the police with the needed information, they look the other way and keep their mouths shut. It is a tragic day we live in.
Abortion.
The Bible clearly teaches that abortion is a deadly sin.
“If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,” Exodus 21:22-23.
Homosexuality (aka transgender, gay, etc.)
In the Book of Romans (1:22-28) the subject is dealt with clearly. But if people don’t read the Bible, if they don’t go to church, or are taught otherwise in school it is going to be a rampant problem. Today immorality has taken the position of being the new morality. And it all began with the removal of God and His Word from our schools!
Family
The family is the basic unit of our government. When we have strong families we tend to see more respect for government, we value absolutes, and we are more agreeable with one another. But today the family is being attacked on almost every level.
Call to Action
There is issue after issue where the Bible has expressed itself, but today most people either are unaware or don’t care. And the results are tragic!
Those of us who are Christians have got to do more than protest. We need to take political action. That includes taking moral stands. It includes using the power of the vote. And it includes being a daily example.
I speak to everyone including myself. We are in danger of losing America!
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A Last Minute Recount Controversial if Dishonest

FeaturedA Last Minute Recount Controversial if Dishonest

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at A last minute recount controversial if dishonest.
First, a word about Veterans Day. I am a veteran (1964-68 Vietnam War), so I definitely appreciate veterans of any service that served their country. Yesterday was the official anniversary of the end of WWI. During the celebration of this event the French President made the statement that nationalism and patriotism are opposites thereby suggesting that globalism and patriotism are kindred spirits.
That is far from the truth. Nationalism and patriotism are two sides of the same coin. In both cases you are loyal to your country, putting your country first. Globalism is actually a route to the One World Government that many people favor these days. It will be a sad day when that happens and it will nullify the bloodshed on countless battlefields to protect and guard our nation.
While we  have an independent nation let’s honor our veterans no matter what war they fought in. But not just in holding celebrations, etc. but in taking care of them. Previous administrations have left our warriors sick, dying, and homeless. That is tragic and unacceptable!
Now for the Recount.
Here in Florida we are looking at the possibility of another recount of up to three elections. These elections affect who will be our next Governor, who will represent us in the Senate, and who will be the AG Commissioner.
Currently at least one recount is going forward, the senate race between Senator Bill Nelson and Governor Rick Scott. The recount seems centered in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. But it could expand to the entire state.
Now I understand that the law says that if the difference is less than .5% of the electorate a recount is mandatory. This law came into existence as a result of the 2000 Election that had a major impact not only on the state but upon the United States.
Problem #1 – why set such a high percentage? A half a percent may seem low but when you translate that into votes you discover that it is in the tens of thousands of ballots. But while I question the reasoning, it is the law. And while I question the wisdom, I accept it. The truth is I can’t do much else. But looking forward I think that percent should be lowered since we live in a divided state. If they don’t do something now we can expect recounts every major election or at least every four years.
Problem #2 – I see the same counties involved that have messed up in previous elections. They have had the opportunity to get their houses in order, but obviously have failed to do so. In this modern age of computers and high tech such mess ups are inexcusable. And I am not the only one to notice. Even the liberal media has noticed!
And why is Broward County refusing to even say how many votes remain uncounted. I think that in itself smells. Rightly or wrongly it is perceived as a cover-up. This needs to be addressed perhaps with a new law.
I’m glad that Governor Scott is stepping into this mess. While Gillium says to count every vote that is not what is at issue. We want only legitimate votes counted. Not dead people, not illegal immigrants, only registered voters who went to the polls (or mailed it in). We the people of the State of Florida have a right to expect the State to vigorously defend the vote and insist on clean procedures. It appears that the State needs to look over the shoulder of all counties and guarantee fair and accurate counting.
On Thursday of last week Scott was victorious in court and the counties were ordered to turn over all relevant records to the State. Hopefully, this order will shortcut the entire recount process and make the best of a very messy situation.
I lived in Michigan when the 2000 election took place. Then as now Broward and Palm Beach counties couldn’t do their job. The election of a new President was held hostage until the result was finalized by the Supreme Court.

  • Forty Nine other states were able to have accurate voting. But Florida couldn’t. Was it because Florida had a large immigrant community? Other states have similar communities and they didn’t experience these problems.
  • Could it be that the ballots were too confusing? That’s an argument for standardized ballots.
  • Could it be fraud? That’s always a possibility.

Florida became the laughingstock of the country and deservedly so for the way it handled the votes in 2000. Countless jokes were passed around with Florida the butt of them. It ended up going to the Supreme Court. But while they settled the matter, it created widespread discontent.
Supposedly the problems have been fixed since then and the election was supposed to go smoothly.
Well, you sure fooled me!
Problem #3 – who’s guarding the hen house? We have the same people recounting the ballots that did the initial counting. In fact, it has been stated in the media, liberal media at that, the counters are partisans. In a Democratic county that means they are Democrats making judgments about signatures and other issues that affect the legitimacy of ballots.
In addition they will be hiring more counters that have to be trained. This is like having the fox guard the hen house! It certainly doesn’t give one a sense that this is honest and aboveboard. Rather it tickles your nose and you begin to smell something funny. A smell that alarms you.
The perception is going to be that they have been dishonest no matter who wins! Once again the state of Florida will be the laughingstock of the nation.
I can hear the joke now: Who’s going to go to the cemetery to verify who voted or not? The answer: The undertaker and he’s a Democrat.
That admittedly is not very funny, but then again neither is the recount. But it shows the reputation that Democrats have earned over the years. Is it a correct reputation? No one knows, but it is a perception.
Problem #4 – What’s this about the military and absentee ballots not being counted? History shows that the military tends to vote strongly conservative and the absentee ballots lean Democratic. Now we’re hearing that both may not have been counted. However the recount goes, they need to fix this, especially on the military side of things. People who serve our country overseas should not be robbed of their right to vote even as they continue to serve.
But that is exactly what happens when you don’t count their vote or count it incorrectly. Neither the military nor absentee ballots should be treated so shamelessly. This is a right that cost many Americans their lives! We live in the best country in the world where everyone, including the poor, has a right to vote and participate in the election of representatives who will hopefully rule the country like we want.
How did this happen?
Well, there are plenty of theories. Here is a partial list:

  • Voter mistakes. Somehow thousands of Floridians voted in the wrong precinct or didn’t write their name correctly or whatever. Thousands of voters? That’s hard to believe.
  • Machine foul-ups. But how could the machines mess up thousands of ballots and not be discovered? Are we to believe that the workers are incompetent? The sheer size suggests it’s more than that.
  • This can be done regarding thousands of votes. So far no evidence has been discovered proving such a crime. But the magnitude of this problem at least suggests the possibility.

Just a guess but I suspect that local political powers manipulate the vote. Perhaps by submitting votes by people lying in the grave (there were reports of traffic being held up by zombies walking to the voting center), or perhaps votes by non-citizens or perhaps messing with the machines themselves. However they do it, it is hard to believe it is incompetence. Rather it is like voter fraud.
So what is going to be the result?
That’s a good question. The Democrats are hoping that the recount will result in flipping the original results tabulated on Election Day. That would be an acceptable outcome if only real votes are counted. But I for one am not sure that will happen.
I was watching the news and some of the ballots they showed on screen showed only one person receiving a vote on the entire ballot! That raises a question: who goes to the polls and only votes for one person? I have never heard of such a thing and I’ve been voting a long time. It smells like fraud. Is it possible that they only voted for one person? Yes. But would thousands of people do it? I really doubt that.
As mentioned earlier it looks now like the race to become governor is no longer over. The ongoing recounts are narrowing that lead. It looked like DeSantis won fair and square, but now the recount is also impacting that race.
And then there is the AG Commissioner race. This was a race hardly visible until the last few days of the election. And now it is also up in the air.
It’s a Total Mess!
Because these counties failed to do their jobs right all of us in Florida are losers! Why?
Because once the recount is completed we still won’t know who actually won. We’ll know who the recounts said won, but not necessarily the true vote.
And that means we will never have complete confidence in whoever is chosen. It means we will be suspicious of the winner whoever eventually wins. We will doubt the person’s honesty. But more serious than that we will doubt the whole election process.
And if we doubt the election process, how long will we trust our elected officials? It is the kind of situation that leads to unrest and could lead to rebellion. We must guard our nation’s credibility not only with other nations but with ourselves!
What happens after the recount?
Well, if history is any indication the recount could go to a machine recount. Now this may mean that recounting by selected counties could go to the State level and require all counties to do a recount. This could also require more hours and overtime, as well as add additional millions of dollars to the cost. But if that doesn’t settle the matter it could end up going to the U.S. Supreme Court!
What can be done to prevent future mess ups?
How about standardizing the ballots? I realize each county has its own offices and issues to be voted on, but why not have a standardized ballot so that the Broward ballot regarding State offices and Amendments appears exactly in the same place as in Lee County or any other county.
This is a simple change that at least creates a uniform ballot.
Another change would be videotaping of the equipment while being operated. During early voting and Election Day voting have the machines videotaped. Not just at the voting places but they would videotape every step of the election process.
In Michigan, where I grew up, we would go to the voting place and they would have a list of registered voters. They would match our name to the record and then we were allowed to vote. Here in Charlotte County I believe a similar practice was followed, but was it followed in Broward and Palm Beach? I don’t know. That’s a simple practice that should reduce fraudulent votes.
But the use of partisan workers (there is no such thing as non-partisan) makes the process suspicious and susceptible to fraud or other issues. Considering the magnitude of the votes I think making the process as automatic as possible is a great idea. But as long as we have people to contend with there will always be opportunities for corruption.
In Conclusion.
You can never eliminate partisanship entirely. It is part of human nature. But a long drawn-out recount serves no one. I hope that the recounts will be quick, honest, and transparent. If not you can’t blame people for suspecting the worst!
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Sometimes People Miss It

FeaturedSometimes People Miss It

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Sometimes People Miss It.
Normally I write Insights on Tuesdays, but today I’m tackling another subject. I opened my newspaper today and began reading about Trump’s planned visit to Pittsburgh which is the site of the horrendous massacre. In the very beginning of the article I read this:
“… some members of the Jewish community and others objected to President Donald Trump’s plans to visit, accusing him of contributing to a toxic political climate in the U.S. that might have led to the bloodshed.
“… Some Pittsburghers urged Trump to stay away. “His language has encouraged hatred and fear of immigrants, which is part of the reason why these people were killed.”
REALLY?
If I was a betting man (I’m not) I would bet that 100% of the Jews in Pittsburgh are either LEGAL immigrants or descendants of LEGAL immigrants! I have neither read nor heard of any problem that anyone in government has with Jewish Immigration or any legal immigration.
Although for some strange reason U.S. Jews tend to be liberal, in contrast to the citizens of Israel, there has been no toxic language leveled against them by this Administration. Sometimes the people miss the truth even though it’s there to be found.
PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NEVER DENIGRATED JEWS
I can’t speak for before his Presidency but President Trump has consistently taken actions favorable to Israel. In fact Nikki Haley, U.N. Ambassador, has taken strong steps at defending Israel on the world stage.
His language toward the Jewish nation and Jews in general have been kind not harsh. In fact, in Israel he is highly regarded. Yet a retired college professor lays the blame at his feet! Others claim he is Anti-Semitic.
PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS MOVED OUR COUNTRY CLOSER TO ISRAEL
Speaking of Trump and Israel let’s take a closer look:

  • He moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem against worldwide condemnation (which is rooted in Anti-Semitism)
  • Sided with Israel against Iran
  • Canceled the treaty with Iran

These are just a few of the things he’s done within his first two years in office.
BAD LANGUAGE/ACTIONS DID NOT ORIGINATE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP
The charge is consistently made that Trump originated the anger in this country. That is not only bad history it’s simply untrue. I’ve been watching the “divide” in America for decades. Both sides have contributed to the anger long before Trump ever thought of running for President.
But there is strong evidence that the current vitriolic language began on the night Hillary Clinton lost the election. The Democrats have never gotten over it. This is stunning! We’ve all seen people get upset before over lost elections, but never to this degree. Here we are closing in on two years of his Presidency and they are still angry, petulant.
It is true that during Obama’s Presidency he was accused of not being American born. But this never rose to the extent of the charges and anger being directed against Trump. By the way, that charge against Obama was started by the Clinton campaign or so documentation indicates.
WE LIVE IN A SAD DAY
When I was young I could discuss politics with friends, neighbors, and others. We would sometimes disagree, but it was kept calm, dignified. I simply felt they had a right to disagree and a right to be wrong; I’m sure they felt the same about me. But no one ever called me names, threatened me, or in any way disparaged me unless you include being called stupid. That was as strong as it ever got.
Now if you have a Trump sticker on your car you might be risking your car or your life or both. That is a sad day. And what makes it even sadder is that Trump is proving to be an excellent President in spite of the hate, anger, and news media bias. History will show him to be one of our better Presidents, maybe even great.
Sometimes people miss it! They become so wrapped up in their own hatred that they miss a good man. Some Jews are so liberal that they are willing to vilify a man who is a friend of Israel, which one would have thought important to them.
SPEAKING AS A CHRISTIAN
I don’t know President Trump’s relationship with Jesus Christ. But I do know that he is pro-Israel! As a Christian that is important to me. The Jewish people have not ceased from being God’s chosen people. Right now they are living in the times of the Gentiles as shown in the Bible, but their day will come again. When the Son of God returns He will look favorably upon countries that befriend Israel. President Trump has chosen the right path to follow.
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Do We Really Want Socialism?

FeaturedDo We Really Want Socialism?

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Do We Really Want Socialism?
In recent years the Democratic Party has made a hard left in their vision for the future of America. There is little left of the party of Roosevelt and Kennedy. Now the Democrats are increasingly faced with a choice between a Hillary Clinton or a Bernie Sanders. In fact, although Hillary beat out Bernie (apparently with a little trickery) Bernie’s influence seems to be greater than Hillary’s. More and more the party is talking socialistic solutions or outright socialism.
BUT DO WE WANT SOCIALISM?
Since the election of Trump we have seen what the economy can do when unleashed from burdensome regulations. In fact, the mere promise of relief from these regulations spurred the beginnings of the current thriving economy. It is almost as those industry leaders were biting at the bit hoping against hope that Trump would be elected. Shortly after his election the economy began showing signs of coming to life.
Those regulations were put in place by the Obama Administration and were essentially socialistic solutions.
SO WHAT IS SOCIALISM?
According to the Simple English Wikipedia: Socialism is an economic system where the ways of making a living (factories, offices, etc.) are owned by a society as a whole, meaning the value made belongs to everyone in that society, instead of a group of private owners. People who agree with this type of system are called socialists.
To put it simply, that means if you own a mom and pop store and manage after a lot of hard work to make a profit that profit must be shared with the community. Or perhaps you are a factory worker putting in 8, 10, or 12 hours of work, maybe including weekends yet your income will be shared by your neighbor who could be but isn’t working anywhere. After all, everyone is supposed to be equal.
In other words, there is no reward or incentive for work.
WHAT ABOUT HEALTHCARE?
Oh, they make that sound good. Universal coverage! But the question is who pays for it. They will tell you the rich, but the ugly truth is that eventually you pay for it. That payment could come in the form of unemployment, higher taxes, and higher costs. It could also cost in the way your health is managed. Forget having any personal control, nor your doctor having the final say. It will be some board or individual, a stranger that has no more interest in you than in any statistic.
BUT WON’T THAT REDUCE MEDICAL COSTS?
Did ObamaCare reduce costs? No. In fact by the time the Trump Administration had taken office ObamaCare was already suffering because of increased premiums, especially upon younger people. While ObamaCare still exists the Trump Administration has been able to tweak it here and there. One such tweak was to eliminate the ACA Individual Mandate beginning in 2019. It is true the Congressional Budget Office estimates a rise in costs, but take a closer look at this supposedly nonpartisan entity. First, is it even possible to be nonpartisan? That is doubtful, at best. Second, the CBO tends to exam submissions by expectations that the Left provides. I think the CBO would be more honest if their critiques were based on expectations of the entity submitting the material to be analyzed. Or perhaps in the spirit of transparency they provide dual analysis by comparing the costs in the expected economies that the Democratic and the Republican parties assume.
SOCIALIST MEDICAL CARE IS BAD FOR OUR HEALTH.
While there are some glowing positives (in Canada for example) there are major problems. In Canada not everything is covered. Doctor and hospital visits are covered, but that is not so for prescription drugs, dentistry, vision care, rehabilitative service and home health care. While this is similar to the U.S. Canadians have the added problem of long wait times for non-emergency, specialty procedures like knee and hip replacements and non-urgent advanced imaginghigher than those in America. And, for those of us getting older, long wait times can be a major problem!
SOCIALISM IS REPRESSIVE.
Socialism is repressive. It was a major part of Communism. There have been reports that in China (a Communist country) whenever they have relaxed the rules and allowed some capitalism the economy has benefited. The problem with capitalism is that it thrives in a free country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed whether it’s a little girl selling lemonade or a multimillionaire investing money. Socialism is against both. By the way, children selling lemonade, etc. have been forced out of business by cities with overreaching socialistic governments.
It could be argued that the little capitalism that was allowed in the old Soviet Union contributed to its downfall. The desire for freedom can never be fully suppressed. Humans are willing to make big sacrifices just to be free. Our own founding fathers risked and in many cases lost their wealth and health, and in some cased lost family members and their own lives. All to be free.
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Church and Politics

FeaturedChurch and Politics

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Wednesday’s I try to focus on the Church. This week I am taking a look at Church and Politics.
Is the Church Prohibited from Participating in Government?
To answer that question you must look at both the Bible and the Constitution. First the Bible:
There are no Bible verses that prohibit Christians from participating in government. On the other hand we know that God has used His people in government.
The first one that comes to mind is Joseph who God prepared for high office. Aside from his two dreams, Joseph also experienced treachery, slavery, and imprisonment. But when you take a closer look you see that he was put in positions of responsibility that not only were instructive but nurturing him toward eventual high political position, namely the second highest person in Egypt. Today he’d be called a Prime Minister.
The second one that comes to mind is Daniel. He was taken as a teenage boy to serve King Nebuchadnezzar. Although essentially a slave he rose to be the most prominent advisor in the kingdom. He was so good that the Persian Empire made him the equivalent of a governor and, at that, the highest among the governors.
The third example is Nehemiah. A servant (slave) in the Persian court his job was to taste the food given to the king. Although not usually considered an influential job it was important as he was a defense against assassination. But God raised him up and caused him to have a good reputation with the king. The king not only allowed him to go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and the city, but he gave Nehemiah his authority! Nehemiah went back, became the governor, and built the wall.
In the New Testament I don’t recall any governors, but we do know that men high in the military called centurions became Christians. Christ never condemned people for being rulers, although he did condemn those who were corrupt.
In addition we as Christians are to be light and salt, which by definition requires being used.
So Biblically Speaking Christians are not prohibited.
So What About the Constitution?
We now know that the Constitution was the product of mostly Christian men praying and deliberating to hash out the Constitution. When you research it you learn that the Bible was instrumental in both the Constitution and the Amendments. If you would like an in-depth book on the subject read America: A Journey of Faith and Freedom by Caleb Garraway.
What About Separation of Church and State?
Glad you asked. Revisionists have removed from our history books the truth about that phrase and revised our history to match their agenda. But here are a few facts:

  • It is not in the Constitution
  • It was a letter from President Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists
  • It was in response to their fear that Government might someday impose religion upon them (as did England)
  • He wrote reassuring them that there was a wall protecting them from the government
  • It was never about keeping religion, specifically Christianity, out of government
  • As citizens we are to participate, which includes voting and serving (if God leads)

In fact our country was great because of Christian involvement and to be great again it will need Christian involvement.
My Opinion
I labeled this my opinion because I don’t have hard facts at hand to prove my contention, just the memory of a man who’s lived a long time. I grew up in the 50s. Since I was a child I don’t remember any sermons. However, the mindset was that because politics is dirty Christians shouldn’t be in it! Serving in government was considered almost sinful.
In addition, pastors felt they shouldn’t even preach about the evils that existed in government. I don’t recall any well-known pastor standing up against the Congress and the Supreme Court when the attacks upon Christian influence in our schools began. Christians buried their heads in the sand!
But decisions made in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, have had a detrimental effect upon our society. Today we have more violence all around us than prior to the 50s. Children grow up to be disrespectful, rebellious, and extremely violent. What’s the reaction? They say we need more gun control. But the real need is to have God in our children’s lives. And with that godly discipline. Returning to our Biblical heritage will solve most of our problems.
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Insights: Perished The World That Was

FeaturedInsights: Perished The World That Was

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Tuesday’s I try to focus on Insights. This week I am taking another look at Perished The World That Was.

As the roar of the Falls fell upon their ears, they stood. Eve reached up and wiped the tears from Adam’s face while ignoring her own. Adam started to say something and froze.
She turned to see what he was staring at. Only a few feet away they saw the finger of God writing upon the flat side of a large rock. Stunned, they watched.
When the writing stopped and the finger disappeared, Adam drew closer and read the words aloud.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
He looked backed at Eve, smiling radiantly.
“Eve, this is God’s Word, His very own writing. It tells of the creation!”

The above is taken from the book Perished The World That Was right after Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden. They had left the Garden in tears bearing the burden of their sin. Moreover they weren’t certain that God would still love and care for them. While the method of God’s revelation to them of the first chapter of Genesis is fictional the fact that He wrote the first chapter is now known.
How Can You Know That God Wrote the First Chapter?
Because of his signature.
God actually wrote Genesis 1:1 to 2:4. In the early chapters of Genesis the writers identified themselves in what is called a Toledoth. While there is still some debate generally it is believed that these Toledoths were to identify who the writer was of the preceding passage. In other words they served as subscripts.
In Genesis 2:4a it is believed that “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created” is the signature of God. If you study it out through the book of Genesis you discover that this is strongly supported.
Why Is This Important?
Because knowing who the Author of the first chapter is clears up some confusion. For instance, some people think of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are two different accounts about Creation. But this shows (as does the context if one bothers to actually read it) that these are not two different accounts. Chapter two is complimentary to chapter one and shows creation more from Adam’s perspective.
In chapter one only the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are present. In that chapter God tells us what He did (think of it like a painter with broad strokes) while in chapter two Adam is present and writes in the finer details of the creation of man (think of thin strokes within the broad strokes).
It is in chapter two that we get a description of the Garden of Eden, Adam’s first home, the naming of the animals, and the creation of Eve. To put it in modern vernacular it would go like this:
[Chapter 1] God created man in His image
[Chapter 2] And this is how God created man, placed him in a home fit for him, and created a wife for him.
Obviously there is more to those chapters that what I just wrote, but it gives you the overall picture of how to view the two chapters. Back when I was in school, we learned to start with an overall statement, then provide the statement and finally to recap the statement.
Understanding these two chapters is important because the rest of the Bible is based on them (along with chapter 3) and is referred to by the prophets as well as Jesus Christ. It leaves no room for evolution, the gap theory, or any other man-made theory. It clearly shows that God created the heavens and the Earth, the hills, vegetation, trees, fish, animals, and finally man.
It is the Word of God.
Moses had access to the written history of man which was passed from father to son over many generations. These were written not oral. Adam and Eve were created perfect and thus had mental acuity that we have yet to achieve. I believe they were genius’ and would still be considered that if they walked the Earth today. They didn’t know their writings would find a way into the Bible, but they faithfully recorded the facts as they were revealed by God to them.
When Moses got hold of these writings (from his father-in-law?) God the Holy Spirit guided him into copying only that which God wanted him to record. It is an amazing example of God both Inspiring the Word and Preserving the Word. We have a completed Bible we can trust explicitly!
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Early Voting

FeaturedEarly Voting

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Early Voting?
Early Voting Starts
Today is the first day of Early Voting in many parts of Florida and in other states as well. If you missed voting by mail you might want to take advantage of early voting.
Aside from control of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate (worthy of everyone voting) there are numerous other issues right here in Florida that need your vote. They are:

  • Governor of Florida
  • U.S. Senate race
  • Other offices
  • 13 amendments

But I’m Thinking of Not Voting
That is your right. But I contend that not voting is very foolish. Our founders were very wise in creating a Representative Democracy. While it is true it is based on Biblical principles, it is also true that it hinges upon an informed voter. True, it is not easy to be informed with the biased media these days, but there are manifold resources available to you to keep informed.
I Don’t Like the Candidates
That again is your right, but it doesn’t justify not voting. Whether you are a conservative or liberal you have the right to vote bought by the blood of others. You need to vote. But when people don’t vote it weakens our government and results in the wrong people being elected. Take a look at this:

  • In 2008 and in 2012 the Christian right stayed home in large numbers. If they had  voted, the statistics show that there wouldn’t have been eight years of President Obama. They stayed home and he got elected, giving us ObamaCare and continuing the recession through most of 2016 (forget the experts that said it was over years earlier – they forgot to consider the people without jobs).
  • In 2016 the Christian right got out in large numbers and President Trump was elected. The recession came to a grinding halt, the economy is surging, other nations may not like President Trump but they’re giving him what he wants, and we now have the most conservation Supreme Court in years.
  • In 2008, 2012, and 2016 conservative voters either not voting or voting strongly influenced the outcome. Your vote is extremely important.

I liked Obama
That’s fine. I still urge you to vote. A Representative Democracy thrives when all people, even those of differing viewpoints, get out and vote. It is your right, exercise it.
But There’s a Blue Wave Coming
Did you read last Friday’s blog? A Blue Wave is becoming more and more unlikely. Especially after the American people witnessed the Democratic version of tolerance and cooperation during the Kavanaugh hearings. It was a shocking display of arrogance, deceit, and violence.
In addition they tried to deflect our attention from their offenses to Kavanaugh’s passionate defense of his record. They wanted him to roll over and let the lies stand. I found his defense passionate, detailed, and compelling. The Democrats showed the world what kind of government they would install.
But if you, a conservative, don’t vote that opens the door for another blue vote. In effect your vote could actually go to someone or something you don’t support.
What About the Florida Issues?
Here in Florida we not only have some very controversial elections, we also have amendments (some 13 I believe) that will impact our lives. I have been researching these amendments and know how I’m going to vote. However, each one of us needs to make up our own minds. Don’t depend on the media, also search them out on the internet.
Conclusion
Get out to vote! I heard one man say he was going to exercise his right not to vote. That is extremely dangerous. I want my candidates and issues to win, but I’d rather have someone vote contrary to my vote than not vote at all. Why? Because is we don’t vote we will lose that right and probably a lot of other rights as well!
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Church Splits

FeaturedChurch Splits

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Wednesday’s I try to focus on the Church. This week I am taking a look at Church Splits.
One of the tragedies in Christianity is church splits. I’ve heard of churches splitting over where the organ sits, the color of the carpet, personal reasons, and more. But there is only one Biblical reason for a church split: doctrine.
We are to be true to the Bible. It is the Word of God. The Bible is the authority upon which a church exists and ministers. When a church departs from doctrine it loses its authenticity.
What Should We Do When Our Church Leaves Biblical Doctrine?
The first thing to do is to try to stop the church from going that way. If you wait until after the church has already moved, then you’ve probably waited too long. The time to correct a church’s slide from the Bible is before it slides.
If the church has already moved then it is time for you to look for a church that still upholds the Bible as the Word of God.
How Do I Know If The Church is Leaving Bible Doctrine?
First of all you need to learn Bible doctrine. Your pastor should be teaching and preaching doctrine. But there are reliable resources outside your church. Then you compare what the preacher is preaching to what the Bible says.
What Reliable Resources Are There?
One is the Sword of the Lord which is a reliable resource. This is a publication founded by the late Dr. John R. Rice and it still upholds the Bible after decades of existing. There are others but this is one of the best. Solid, fundamental doctrine is important. So be sure of your resource. There are outfits that claim that they teach correct doctrine but when you examine them you discover that they don’t.
Here are some critical doctrines:

  • Divinity of Jesus Christ
  • Christ the foundation of the church
  • Salvation by Grace alone
  • Baptism by immersion
  • Church government
  • Rapture before Tribulation
  • Security of the Believer
  • and more

Another Sign of Leaving Good Doctrine
One of the interesting things I’ve seen over the years is a pastor leaves the KJV Bible yet continues to preach the doctrines he learned from the KJV. Now everyone has the right to use the “Bible” of their choice. But Bibles that are not translated from the Texus Receptus are corrupted right from the start. You could call them commentaries rather than Bibles because they only contain portions of the Word of God. The KJV Bible can trace its heritage all the way back to the 1st Century, while the other versions that claim to be older don’t have a continuous record for their text. Instead they compare copies to copies (there are no originals today) to prove their claims and ignore history.
While the history of the Bible can be an exhausting study there are books that detail both the history of the Textus Receptus and the other texts (such as the Alexandrian and the Westcott and Hort). But the primary point I’m making here is that doctrine is based on the Word of God. When you start substituting inaccurate versions, which omit portions of Scripture, for the true version you end up with error. We see this play out frequently.
So if your church moves to a modern version of the Bible you should be alarmed.
Does That Mean They’ve Left Good Doctrine Already?
In one sense, yes they have. Because these newer versions leave out key words and verses they are considered in “Error.” The Bible used in the pulpit is itself a doctrinal issue. That said, other doctrines may remain true for some time. I know of one church (unnamed) where the pastor no longer uses the KJV and uses a different version, yet he still preaches the same solid doctrines that he learned from the KJV. The problem there is that it is a step in the wrong direction. It may take a short time or a long time before the next step is taken, but the way has been paved. And when that pastor leaves he will leave a church that no longer has the whole Word of God and is therefore vulnerable to error.
What if All My Friends Remain?
That is their choice. Each of us is responsible for our own lives. I was in a church that departed from the tenets of the Bible. In their case they were getting rid of a pastor who preached the Word of God faithfully and led a strong moral, Christian life. They had no Biblical basis for this (although they claimed to have Biblical backing, yet never revealed it). I fought it and lost. I not only had friends in the church but I had positions within the church. Some of my friends stayed though they agreed with me. But I left it all and God gave it all, and more, back to me!
It Will Hurt
Yes it will. When the church split first began I didn’t know what to do. It bothered me so much it affected me at work. I finally broke and told God that if He wanted me to leave I would do so. The moment I told Him that I felt the Peace of God upon me! That lessened the hurt and enabled me to leave, but it still hurt. Especially when they called me names. By the way, that church is no longer an independent Baptist church.
Church splits are harmful not only to our testimony to the world but to the individuals involved. In the end you must choose what you believe is the right thing for you to do. That is between you and God. So pray hard about it.
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If you would like to review any of these books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or ePub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.