Sunday, 24 June 2012

A Prayer by A. W. Tozer

I come to you today, O Lord,
To give up my rights,
To lay down my life,
To offer my future,
To give my devotion, my skills, my energies.
I shall not waste time deploring my weaknesses
Nor my unfittedness for the work.
I acknowledge your choice with my life
To make your Christ attractive and intelligible
To those around me.
I come to you for spiritual preparation.
Put your hand upon me,
Anoint me with the oil of the One with Good News.
Save me from compromise,
Heal my soul from small ambitions,
Deliver me from the itch to always be right,
Save me from wasting time.
I accept hard work, I ask for no easy place,
Help me not to judge other who walk a smoother path.
Show me those things that diminish spiritual power in a soul.
I now consecrate my days to you.
Make your will more precious than anybody or anything,
Fill me with your power
And when at the end of life’s journey I see you face to face
May I hear those undeserving words,
“Well done, you good and faithful servant”.
I ask this not for myself
But for the glory of the name of your Son.
Take Care

Friday, 8 June 2012

Those who honor me I will honor,...

...but those who despise me will be disdained. (1 Samuel 2:30)

I know there are some who will think I am fixated on this, but it has come to my mind again, through various recent events and circumstances, that China will be the next great Christian nation, and the sooner it becomes Christian, the sooner it will become great and the greater it will be.

Again, I believe the torch of greatness is being passed, blindly yet deliberately, even willingly, from our North American, western, society, westward, across the Pacific. Ours is a long slow suicide; a death by many small cuts, yet a death that seems inevitable, however many generations it takes, if each generation follows the apparent path of its predecessor.

But there is a great ferment in that country across the sea, yet underground, but unrestrainable; sure one day to erupt through the surface. To try to restrain it is like trying to keep by hand the lid on an unlocked pressure cooker.

God is opening doors there, and a door that God opens, no one can shut. (Rev 3:7)
The sooner that nation's leaders recognize this, and embrace it, the sooner they will find the blessing that is sure to come there.

"...(the) Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him..." (Romans 10:12)

Take Care

Monday, 4 June 2012

Western Civilization and Marriage - the Decline of Both

Coincidence; I think not. A fairly long, but informative article from Here...
...the knowledge economy have wrenchingly changed the working-class world. Still, Coming Apart is correct: you can’t grasp what’s happening at the lower end of the income scale without talking about family breakdown. In fact, the single-mother revolution, as I’ll call it, takes us a long way toward understanding the socioeconomic problems on everyone’s mind these days: poverty, inequality, and the inability of those at the bottom to move up. The single-mother revolution shouldn’t need much introduction. It started in the 1960s, when the nation began to sever the historical connection between marriage and childbearing and to turn single motherhood and the fatherless family into a viable, even welcome, arrangement for children and for society. The reasons for the revolution were many, including the sexual revolution, a powerful strain of anti-marriage feminism, and a superbug of American individualism that hit the country in the 1960s and ’70s.


...As of 1970, 11 percent of births were to unmarried mothers; by 1990, that number had risen to 28 percent. Today, 41 percent of all births are nonmarital. And for mothers under 30, the number is 53 percent.


...it has been an economic catastrophe for those women. Poverty remains relatively rare among married couples with children; the U.S. Census puts only 8.8 percent of them in that category...But over 40 percent of single-mother families are poor...

...low-earning men have lost ground, too. Knowing that women are now expected to be able to raise children on their own, unskilled men lose much of the incentive to work, especially at the sometimes disagreeable jobs that tend to be the ones they can get... ...scholars consistently find that unmarried men work fewer hours, make less money, and get fewer promotions than married men do.


...Decades of research show that kids growing up with single mothers (again, even after you allow for the obvious variables) have lower scholastic achievement from kindergarten through high school, as well as higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, behavior problems, and teen pregnancy. All these factors are likely to reduce their eventual incomes.


The positive solution to all this?...
“If young people do three things—graduate from high school, get a job, and get married and wait until they’re 21 before having a baby—they have an almost 75 percent chance of making it into the middle class.” Those are pretty impressive odds.
Read the whole article, if you have the time. There seems to be much talk and even protest these days regarding the gap between rich and poor, but, as harsh as it seems to say, the poor have contributed, in many cases, to that very gap.

Take Care