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Dec
01

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CLAPHAM!

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‘Tis the season to celebrate the declaration of the angelic hosts who 2000 years ago proclaimed, “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men…for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord!”

So, we celebrate Christmas, with all of its beautiful trappings of lights, Christmas trees, presents and families gathering together for a wonderful and memorable time of feasting and festivities.

Yet, there are those who would question whether it is right to celebrate Christmas the way we do?  Do we not lose the meaning of the message in all this external extravagance?

To that I would respond, yes, there is a danger of missing the message.  And

When I look at the Christmas lights and various and multi-colored decorations I am reminded of the One who was sent as the “Light of the World” by the Father of Lights.  And if we think about it, God is the One who is the most excessive and extravagant of all living in creative splendor and glory far beyond the imagination. And He knows how to make an entrance and throw a party! God loves to find opportunities for a good celebration.  And He loves to do for His children exceeding abundantly more than we could ask or think.  God is the supreme “family man,” since He created the family unit and constantly seeks to add more to His family.  As far as He is concerned the more the merrier!  He loves family and He loves to celebrate with His family.

The giving of gifts is also a reminder to us of THE ULTIMATE GIFT-GIVER, our heavenly Father who gave the gift of His Son to save mankind.  Many traditions during the Christmas season also include the giving of self to others in need which is the greatest reminder of our Savior’s love and sacrifice for us.

So finally, as we celebrate Christmas this year let’s take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  Before we get carried away with the hustle and bustle of the demands of the season, let’s remember we are celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace; so take time to allow His peace to prevail and His joy to fill you and overflow in all that you do.  And let the lights and decorations, the gifts and family gatherings be beautiful reminders of the true joy of the season.

This is what Christmas means to us here at Clapham as we pray it will be for you as well in your Christmas celebrations!   So to all of you we wish you a wonderful and magical, peaceful and joyful, Jesus filled… MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CLAPHAM!

 

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President Obama has said that it is irresponsible to not raise the debt ceiling and, as a consequence, to not pay our bills as a nation.  He goes on to add that raising the debt ceiling is to cover spending that Congress has already approved, hinting, as appearances go, that somehow this is all Congress’ fault.

First of all, as the facts go, the President has done his share in increasing debt in our nation.  In fact, he, along with his support in Congress, has roughly added the same amount of debt to the tally as our previous President but in half the time!

Second, he is stating the obvious in such a way as to make people believe it justifies the necessity of raising the debt ceiling.  Of course (!) you need to raise the debt ceiling for spending that has already been approved one way or another! That is always the case.

One big question to interject here is if President Obama thinks it is irresponsible to not raise the debt ceiling, why was he opposed to raising it when he was a Senator?

Here is another question.  What is more irresponsible, to increase your limit on your credit card so you can go on paying bills with money you don’t actually have, or to take what is popularly termed these days as austerity measures?  To take such measures means to simply find a way to live within your means, make serious adjustments or to work with creditors to restructure payments while you are also restructuring your budget.  Is it not more irresponsible to keep on raising your credit limit until the inevitable financial crash of far worse proportions happens?

Many people do not realize that one of the main components to the economic philosophy of the liberal/progressive/democratic political machine is something called deficit spending.  This is a term connected to the overall philosophy of Keynesian economics.  It actually endorses borrowing money and creating debt as the main economic driver!

How important it is to sort through the political rhetoric these days.  The bottom line is this:  If we as individual Americans know how important it is to live within our means, should we not expect the same from our government?  In the Old Testament book of Habakkuk it states, “Woe to him who increases what is not his-for how long-and makes himself rich with loans?  Will not your creditors rise up suddenly, and those who collect from you awaken?  Indeed, you will become plunder for them.”  May we heed the wisdom found in this passage of Scripture.

We face consequences if we get in financial trouble, and we need to hold our government accountable to the same standard before it is too late…and we all have to pay a price far worse than anything we could have imagined.

The good news is there is still hope and there is still time…if we make the necessary adjustments now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan
28

A LITTLE NUGGET ON FAITH

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*Mark 11:23: “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.

*II Corinthians 4:13: “But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed therefore I spoke,’ we also believe, therefore also we speak.”

*Hebrews 1:3: “And He [Jesus] is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.

[A TRUTH TO PONDER]:

THE WORD SPOKEN CONFIRMS/ESTABLISHES FAITH & RELEASES THE POWER OF[FAITH]!

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Jan
26

Did You Know?

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DID YOU KNOW? By David Barton / Commentary By Daniel Tostenson
Though from the beginning of its inception America and its leaders have been tolerant of other faiths and religions than that of Christianity, it does not negate or alter the fact that America was founded by Christians, on Christian principles…
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Jan
26

What Changed?

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WHAT CHANGED? By Daniel Tostenson
How did we get here, to this prestigious position among the nations of our world? The answers to our present position lie most definitely in the uniqueness of our past. And what a truly unique heritage we have, a heritage that is forever a part of our recorded history… 
 
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We enjoy tremendous freedoms in this great country of ours that are guaranteed for us as certain “unalienable rights” (That our founding fathers seemed to believe were given to us by our Creator, I might add).  We are free to think, believe and speak out what we believe with very few restrictions.  For example, one can believe in God or some form of spirituality or not believe in God or have any religious moorings at all.  However, in recent years there has been alot of activity from aggressive atheist groups attacking public religious expressions, specifically that of Christianity.  They have had success in restricting the free public expression of the Christian faith in a country that was founded on a Judeo/Christian philosophy.  This ought not to be in a nation whose history is replete with evidence in support of this fact.  Yet, ‘tis the season for increased attack, I suppose, as we approach Christmas with its nativity scenes, religious yule-tide carols and greetings of “Merry Christmas,” all of which have caused great “offense” and “emotional pain” for those who are forced to endure such affronts to their intellectual bastions of reason and humanistic sensibilities!

Since they seem to think that their mission is to rid the world of the “myth” of religion and to set everyone free from the shackles of myths and fables and everything that resides outside of their understood realm of intellectual reason. I have felt it necessary to briefly explore  the evidential basis for their “belief system” to determine whether the foundation upon which they stand is as sound and superior as they espouse.

At this point I interject a quote from the Bible speaking of those who do not believe in God.   Psalm 53:1 states, “The FOOL has said in his heart, ‘There is NO God’…”

So, the debate, then, centers on the main question of which camp has the stronger authoritative/evidential basis supporting its philosophical worldview , or more specifically as the Bible puts it, who really is the fool?

Stay tuned for Part II….

 

 

 

 

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Dec
11

A MANHATTAN DECLARATION BLOG

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MUST READ: MY GAY ROOMMATE

When it comes to policy, God’s purpose for each human life is not an argument that yields great results in the public square. www.patheos.com

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Dec
02

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First of all we have to ask, is Christianity a part of our nation’s historical development and identity? If yes, then we must follow up with the question…to what extent?

In 1892 the United States Supreme Court, in the case of the Church of Holy Trinity v. United States, made this statement in their ruling: “No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people…this is a Christian nation.”

In 1854, the U.S. Congress declared: “Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle”.

The 1811 Supreme Court of New York case, The People v.Ruggles, it was declared,”We are a Christian people and the morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity and NOT UPON THE DOCTRINES of those imposters [other religions]…We are people whose manners…and whose morals have been elevated and inspired by means of the Christian religion.”

As David Barton puts it, “America granted broad religious toleration to other religions not in spite of, but because of Christian beliefs.” No where else in the world is there such tremendous freedom of religion… so established and protected upon the bedrock of Christian truth.

It seems obvious that America is founded upon the “bedrock of Christian truth,” and that all Americans, be they Christian, Muslim, Budhist, Atheist or another, should join in a chorus of “God bless America” for the tremendous freedoms we enjoy because we are founded on such a bedrock of individual liberty and freedom.

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[The following excerpt is taken from an article covering a speech made by PM David Cameron of Great Britain in 2011. In the speech Cameron stated that Great Britain is in essence a Christian nation. See the entire speech at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16224394]
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In a speech in Oxford on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the prime minister called for a revival of traditional Christian values to counter Britain’s “moral collapse”…The PM said it was wrong to suggest that standing up for Christianity was “somehow doing down other faiths”…
Mr Cameron also said it was “easier for people to believe and practice other faiths when Britain has confidence in its Christian identity”.
“Many people tell me it is much easier to be Jewish or Muslim here in Britain than it is in a secular country like France,” he said.
“Why? Because the tolerance that Christianity demands of our society provides greater space for other religious faiths too.”

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This is EXACTLY why we need to make the same distinction again regarding Christianity in this nation. Our moral goodness and greatness is at stake. And for the sake of freedom and liberty for all creeds and faiths, we MUST hold to our historical Christian roots as the prevailing philosophy upon which has been established our spiritual and moral foundation.

Daniel Tostenson
The Clapham Society

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