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Study Course-Basic Christian Beliefs

28 May

I have a course on Basic Christian Beliefs for new Christians and as a refresher for long-time Christians, which is posted on Udemy.

It includes the following videos.

Introduction

A-In the Beginning

A video on the origins of the universe and how science proves the Bible.

B-What Must I Do?

A detailed discourse on what we have to do to be saved.

C-The New Man

A detailed discourse on how we come to God and learn to walk with Him.

D-The Great Commandment

A detailed discourse on how to live a life pleasing to God.

E-The New Life part A    Walking in Faith

A detailed discourse on the things that help us walk with God (the Bible, prayer, and  more)

F-The New Life part B    The Church

A detailed discourse on the Church and how it helps us walk with God.

It is available by posting the following link in your browser.

https://www.udemy.com/course/basic-christian-beliefs/?referralCode=45EA0BA6DAD6F47E7541

 
 

Violence and Gun Control-4-Q

28 May

People wring their hands and wonder what to do. The politicians and media come up with the obvious. Background checks-Practically all these mass shooters either obtained the guns illegally or had no record that would have stopped the sale, even with a background check. Take away everyone’s guns-The only guns you get are the ones of innocent people trying to protect themselves. Once they are disarmed, the criminals have a field day. Crime and violence escalate quickly. Most mass shootings take place in places where guns aren’t allowed. The shooters know that when they pick their targets. They don’t want to be interrupted by people with guns.  The guy in Texas wasn’t wearing a bullet-proof vest because he wanted to make a fashion statement. Once they are over, the investigations usually reveal a long trail so obvious a blind man could have followed it. The guy in Texas was a typical shooter. He was a loner, who felt no one cared. He was often bullied, then constantly in trouble, then labeled a trouble-maker, then spread his anger all over the social media, but at each stage, nobody listened. What would it take to get their attention? He bragged about doing something big, displayed his guns for all to see, but nobody listened. He killed his grandmother and broadcast that, but nobody listened. There is only one thing left. The more people he killed, the more people would pay attention, and they did.  By then it was too late. Why did he have to go that far before someone listened? In the beginning, all that was needed was for someone to show him they cared. One person or a small group could have stopped it at any point if they had only listened. The farther it goes, the harder it is to stop.

 

Violence and Gun control-4-P

25 May

While I don’t encourage people to carry guns, I don’t believe that limiting gun ownership will solve the problem. The shooter at Columbine High School had a variety of bombs in the school that he was going to set off after he shot a lot of people. Fortunately, he was stopped before he could set them off. Outlawing guns would not have stopped him. If he could not have gotten the guns, he probably would have still tried to set off the bombs. We need to stop the people that are going to do these things. The media played up the fact that this was totally unexpected, and no one knew about it until it happened. However, the shooter had broadcast that he was going to do something like that for almost two years, but no one paid any attention to him. On his way to school that day, he told a friend he met to turn around and go home because he should not go to school that day. Most school shooters have left a long trail of warnings which no one paid any attention to. A lot of incidents you have never heard about, have not happened because someone stopped to listen. In fact, the shooters are usually loners who were bullied or ignored and feel this is their way to get noticed. We need to reach these people before they reach the point of violence.

 

Violence and gun control-4-O

25 May

While the media continues to call for increased gun control, they ignore their own responsibility. After the shooting at Columbine High School hit the news, there were a number of similar school shootings that also drew extensive news coverage. In fact, the coverage probably encouraged the others by showing them that they could become famous by killing people. To someone who feels that no one will listen to him, it sounds like a good way to get people to remember them. However coverage of a particularly tragic school shooting ended abruptly. The media first broke the news that there had been a shooting and then abruptly cut off news coverage, without giving any details, when they apparently realized the repercussions from such coverage. Unlike the other events, only one person died but the shooter’s age made it particularly scary. I took note of it because the shooting took place at an elementary school on the school campus where I had gone to Jr. High school years before. I received the details from friends who still live there. A six-year old boy walked into his first grade class, pulled out a gun, and shot and killed a first grade girl, in front of his whole class. He had picked up the loaded gun that was laying around at home before he left for school. Most likely, he was influenced by the coverage of the school shootings which told him that the way to solve your problems is with a gun. We need to stop glorifying these people in public. When the publicity stops, they will need to seek other ways to get attention. Hopefully, ones that are less destructive.

 

Violence and gun control-4-N

25 May

After the tragic shooting in Texas, liberal politicians are again calling for gun control. Guns have never forced anyone to shoot someone. The problem is not guns. When I was young, there were just as many guns around but very few shootings and no mass shootings like we see today. People respected life and the rule of law. Since than we have seen a dramatic shift in our country. Liberals say it is alright to kill a baby if it will interfere with your happiness and their followers should attack conservatives because they interfere with the liberal politicians getting what they want. Liberal politicians have weaponized the judicial system to persecute their opponents and protect themselves with little concern for justice. They have continually accused former President Trump and other conservatives of various crimes but in spite of intensive investigation, have been unable to show any proof of guilt, yet there is clear evidence that Hillary Clinton committed numerous crimes and has never been prosecuted. They continually attacked former President Trump for one hour of missing tapes on January 6, but said nothing when the tape was found. Yet Hillary Clinton used her own computer as Secretary of State to avoid public scrutiny and when Donald Trump won the presidency, she destroyed the computer and all phones and I-pads, wiping their hard drives clean and even smashing them with a hammer to destroy the evidence, but the liberal media never reported it. When a man exposed the fact that Planned Parenthood was illegally harvesting and selling baby parts, the courts went after the man for exposing the crime and awarded Planned Parenthood millions of dollars in restitution for bad publicity resulting from exposure of their criminal activity. They are still trying to collect the money in spite of the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has already overturned his conviction twice. Such disregard for human life and the rule of law has infiltrated our society and led to increased killings and open disregard for the law. Yet liberal politicians refuse to accept responsibility for their actions.  Christians need to stand up in support of the value of life and the rule of law.

 

Ascension Sunday-May 29

25 May

Ascension Sunday reminds us of Christ’s ascent to heaven and is the prelude to Pentecost when the church should be launching its summer evangelistic efforts. Before it starts, the church should be clear on it’s mission. After Jesus rose from the dead and showed Himself to His disciples, He appeared to them in Galilee-Matt. 28: 16-20. He gathered them and told them to go and make disciples of all nations. A disciple is a student who is training to follow his master. We are to seek the lost and lead them to the Lord. Once they receive Christ, we are to baptize them, symbolically illustrating their death and resurrection in Christ. Then we are to teach them to do all that Christ has commanded us. That involves active training, not the passive attendance which is common in many churches today. Every church board should open every meeting with the questions “What can we do to win souls?” and “What can we do to train our members to be better disciples?” Now is a good time to finalize plans for a summer campaign to reach those who do not know Christ.

 

videos-book-Rebuilding the Kingdom-promo

23 May

 

Economics-Government Finances-II-E

19 May

The Bible says that there will be a world dictator who will seize control in the last days but it does not say when it will occur. It could be any time. For that to happen, there must be a world-wide crisis that will force the nations to unite under one world government. President Obama pushed the nation deep into debt to support his failing economic policies. President Trump reversed many of those policies, but President Biden has restored many of those policies. President Obama supported his spending by printing trillions of dollars of money which were not backed by anything. Currently, most nations are stockpiling American dollars because it is more sound than any other currency, so it has contained inflation. However, many nations are seeing the possible collapse of the American dollar and shifting to precious metals and other currencies so that we could face a sudden collapse in the value of the American dollar as other nations begin selling them off. If that happens, American dollars could become worthless overnight causing the collapse of our economy. If the United States collapses, it will take down a great deal of the world because they are so dependent on us and could easily lay the groundwork for a world-wide dictator to take power. I go into government and economics in “Truly In The World, But Not Of It-part B” under “Government” and “Economics”.

 

 

Economics-1-F

19 May

I think President Biden has figured out how to destroy this country.  Many businesses are closing or reducing business hours because they aren’t getting enough workers to stay open. Then he told businesses to fire everyone that isn’t vaccinated. When businesses are struggling to hire enough people, you don’t turn around and tell them to fire many of those they managed to hire. It will be a miracle if there is any economy left when he gets through. He doesn’t seem to have any idea how to run a business. President Trump knew how to run a business and  pushed for sound economic policies and the economy flourished until covid hit. While Covid was hard on the economy, President Biden’s economic policies have burdened the economy and made it difficult for businesses to recover. While President Biden blames the growing inflation on Covid, a lot of it is due to the money being poured into the economy by the government. When people have money to spend, but the supply of goods is limited, there is increased competition for the available goods and people are willing to pay more.  Businesses than raise prices to take advantage of the increased demand. It is simply a matter of supply and demand. While some of the problem with short supplies is due to businesses being shut down by Covid, a lot of it is due to government enforced business shut-downs and the fact that people don’t want to work since high unemployment benefits enable them to make more on unemployment then they would working.

 

Economics-1-E

19 May

When I was young, America was the greatest economic power on earth. America produced far beyond our ability to consume and exported food and goods throughout the world and money flowed in bringing great prosperity. Today, the United States has been reduced to a consumer country that imports goods and services from all over the world. As a result, money flows out faster than it comes in and is moving many jobs overseas. In addition, it has made us dependent on other nations for what we need. We have seen this amplified by Covid as we have faced restricted access from those nations. We are dependent on China for medicines and medical supplies, making it difficult to respond to Covid, and we are dependent on the Mid-east and Russia for oil, making it difficult to respond to the invasion of Ukraine. Those are just two of many things we depend on other nations for. The Bible says not to borrow because the borrower is the slave of the lender. In addition, government regulations have supported big businesses, leaving small businesses struggling so our production is being concentrated in larger and larger companies. This is extremely dangerous because it concentrates wealth in the hands of a few, but more important, it leaves us vulnerable to disruptions in production when problems occur. We saw that in meat when the largest meat producer had to shut down due to Covid and now with the shortage of baby food due to the shut down of the largest baby food producer due to contamination at its main plant.