A Declaration

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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Churches that Abuse

Churches that Abuse

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Recovering from Churches that Abuse

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One of the most crushing things that a Christian can experience is coming to the realization that a church to which one belongs was in error, abusive, or causes damage to its own followers. These two books, Churches that Abuse, and Recovering from Churches that Abuse explore the experiences of many who suffered at the hands of the leaders who were to care for them. Ronald Enroth is the author of these two works and he not only details members experiences but he also names the churches and groups who dealt the damage to these individuals.

As a member of a church organization that for many years I felt earnestly sought the will of God and cared greatly for souls, I found my jaw dropping at some of the parallels in these pages that resembled my own experience. Though my departure from this organization was a conflict between myself and the Pastor, I never thought that the organization would fall into the category and definition of these two books. Abusive? Yes, but not necessarily to me, but then maybe I am in denial on that point. However, I have taken severe damage from this organization and by the Grace of God I gain healing and move on in my walk.

These two books, Churches that Abuse, and Recovering from Churches that Abuse, not only defines and identifies what church abuse is, but it shows just how common it can be. Anyone who finds themselves in this type of relationship with their church need to read these books. Realize that you are not alone and that God does care for you and that there is healing that He can truly impart.

These two books are out of print but they are hosted in HTML and PDF format. Click on the links below the images of the books for a direct link to each.

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Thomas Jefferson, a Christian or deist?

Much has been debated about the faith of Thomas Jefferson. Some say that he was a deist, one who believes in a god but not necessarily the Judeo-Christian god, and others claim he was a Christian. I am not sure why there would be so much debate over this man’s faith, except to probably debunk the idea that the United States was established on Christian principles by Christian men.

Some, like Richard Dawkins, and those of his ilk, often use another quote made by Jefferson which they think calls into question the terms of his faith. The quote goes like this, “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” From an atheist standpoint there is no god so, to them the inferred question of the existence of god is taken in the negative, making this quote the smoking gun to Jefferson agnosticism or atheism. However, from a Christian standpoint there is a god so, the same question is taken in the affirmative. Therefore, this quote isn’t the slam dunk on Jefferson faithlessness that atheists suppose. Rather, it is a testament to Jefferson’s belief that God is a rational and reasonable concept.

Below is a quote of Thomas Jefferson from a letter written to Benjamin Rush, a scientist, physician, and political leader from Philadelphia. I think this should shine a little light on Jefferson true faith.

Dear Sir,

In some of the delightful conversations with you, in the evenings of 1798-99, and which served as an anodyne to the afflictions of the crisis through which our country was then laboring, the Christian religion was sometimes our topic; and I then promised you, that one day or other, I would give you my views of it. They are the result of a life of inquiry & reflection, and very different from that anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other (emp. added).

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Argument for a Deity

The following was written by a scientist that lived in the late 17th century early 18th century. This scientist had a profound impact on the enlightenment period which did wonders at debunking religious dogma and Christian belief. Yet this man made a rather insightful argument for a deity.

The following is an excerpt from Newton’s Opticks (1704) written by Isaac Newton.

Whereas the main Business of natural Philosophy is to argue from Phenomena without feigning Hypotheses, and to deduce Causes from Effects, till we come to the very first Cause, which certainly is not mechanical; and not only to unfold the Mechanism of the World, but chiefly to resolve these and such like Questions. What is there in places almost empty of Matter, and whence is it that the Sun and Planets gravitate towards one another, without dense Matter between them? Whence is it that Nature doth nothing in vain; and whence arises all that Order and Beauty which we see in the World? To what end are Comets, and whence is it that Planets move all one and the same way in Orbs concentric, while Comets move all manner of ways in Orbs very eccentric; and what hinders the fixed Stars from falling upon one another? How came the Bodies of Animals to be contrived with so much Art, and for what ends were their several Parts? Was the Eye contrived without Skill in Optics, and the Ear without Knowledge of Sounds? How do the Motions of the Body follow from the Will, and whence is the instinct in Animals? Is not the Sensory of Animals that place to which the sensitive Substance is present, and into which the sensible Species of Things are carried through the Nerves and Brain, that there they may be perceived by their immediate presence to that Substance? And these things being rightly dispatched, does it not appear from Phenomena that there
is a Being incorporeal, living, intelligent, omnipresent, who in infinite Space, as it were in his Sensory, sees the things themselves intimately, and thoroughly perceives them, and comprehends them wholly by their immediate presence to himself: Of which things the Images only carried through the Organs of Sense into our little Sensoriums, are there seen and beheld by that which in us perceives and thinks. And though every true Step made in this Philosophy brings us not immediately to the Knowledge of the first Cause, yet it brings us nearer to it, and on that account is to be highly valued.

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And I think it’s just a catastrophic mistake to have somebody like Dawkins address himself to profound issues of theology, the existence of God, the nature of life. He hasn’t committed himself to disciplined study in any relevant area of inquiry. He’s a crummy philosopher. He doesn’t have the rudimentary skills to meticulously assess his own arguments.

— David Berlinski commenting on The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

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Hank Johnson (D-GA) Guam will capsize!

Have you ever been on an island and had the uncanny fear that the island that you are visiting might capsize? Yep, Hank Johnson has that fear too.
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PC Security

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If you were ever worried about the security of your PC and wanted to know what steps you could take in securing your investment and safeguarding your critical data. Take a look at the following… Oh, and ah this wasn’t my project so kudos to the sap that lost his site due to overwhelming traffic and this is a joke so leave it to the professionals.

One of the greatest fears computer owners face is the risk of someone breaking into their home and stealing their investment. The effects of data loss, alone, can be devastating! This page will cover a very effective method of protecting your personal computer.

Most criminals will not steal what they are unable to carry. If you make your computer so heavy that it is extremely difficult to lift, the risk of it being stolen is greatly reduced! This is accomplished by following these simple instructions…


What You’ll Need

  • Large Container
  • Shovel
  • Large Screw Driver
  • Water Supply
  • Concrete Mix
  • Minimal Amount of Wood

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