Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung – christianaudio.com Free Book April

ChristianAudio.com is offering Kevin DeYoung’s, Taking God at His Word for the April Free Book of the Month.

There isn’t really a “go to” book on Scripture. Sure, there are plenty of theological books on Scripture, and lots of popular-level works on how to read Scripture, and more and more books on the whole story line of Scripture. But there is not one book that people turn to for the basics on the Bible. We need a book that college freshmen will read when they have questions, a book that mentors can use and small groups will employ, a book that a Bible class in high school or college might assign. We need a book on the Good Book that is relevant enough to get a hearing, but timeless enough to be read with profit twenty years from now.

That’s the sort of book popular author, pastor, and blogger Kevin DeYoung has aimed to write. Addressing the issues of our day—questions related to the reliability, authority, and readability of the Bible—DeYoung tackles these head on, but without complex terminology or a long list of footnotes. Taking God at His Word serves as a comprehensive and comprehensible introduction to a classic, orthodox doctrine of Scripture for the average man or woman in the pew, helping Christians across the globe gain confidence that the Bible really is knowable, necessary, and enough.

Crony Capitalism

Crony Capitalism is not capitalism, it is Cronyism. When Progressive Socialist Democrats criticize what they call “capitalism” or “crony capitalism,” they are not criticizing what they think they are criticizing, they are, in fact, attacking the very thing they are trying to promote – larger, more invasive government.

Please stop lying about guns not saving lives

If you are one of the people who continues to lie about guns in civilian hands NOT saving lives, then you are willfully ignorant, a deceiver, or stupid. I do not like attributing any of those to people, but one must be true. (If I have overlooked a possibility, please let me know.)

Example:

Gun Hero of the Day: Asst. Chemistry Professor Syed Hamid Hussain

Socialism kills

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“Socialist revolutions, to be sure, have occurred throughout the world, but never where Marx’s theory had predicted—in the most advanced capitalist countries. On the contrary, socialism was forced on poor, so-called Third World countries. And those revolutions unwittingly condemned the masses to systemic poverty and political dictatorship. In practice, socialism absolutely failed to create the nonalienated, self-managed, and fully planned society. It failed to emancipate the masses and instead crushed them with statism, domination, and the terrifying abuse of state power.”
Marxism
http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Marxism.html

Democide

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Democide – “the murder of any person or people by their government, including genocide, politicide and mass murder.”

Many people think that every tragic death caused by a criminal with a gun or accidental firearms related death means that access to guns by law abiding citizens should be more tightly controlled and restricted. Often these people view those who argue against restricting firearms ownership in any way as monstrous and uncaring.

The main reason we view the basic human right of private arms ownership as essential to human thriving and freedom is that we don’t view the debate through the lens of each tragedy, but through the lens of history.

The proposed gun sales ban – worse than you suspected

Democrats’ Gun Sales Ban Isn’t Tied to the ‘No Fly’ List — It’s Even Worse http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/12/foghorn/democrats-proposed-gun-sales-ban-isnt-actually-tied-to-the-no-fly-list/

In short, it’s the holy grail of gun control: an arbitrary, secret government list where they can designate anyone at any time for gun rights removal.

Character

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Though their characters are in general much less correct, and their merit much inferior to that of the man of real and modest virtue; yet their excessive presumption, founded upon their own excessive self-admiration, dazzles the multitude, and often imposes even upon those who are much superior to the multitude.
Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments

Choices and decisions

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From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia…could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.

Abraham Lincoln

It would appear that we have made our decision. It appears that the implosion has begun.

As we wish to be seen by others

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Man naturally desires, not only to be loved, but to be lovely; or to be that thing which is the natural and proper object of love. He naturally dreads, not only to be hated, but to be hateful; or to be that thing which is the natural and proper object of hatred. He desires, not only praise, but praiseworthiness; or to be that thing which, though it should be praised by nobody, is, however, the natural and proper object of praise. He dreads, not only blame, but blame-worthiness; or to be that thing which, though it should be blamed by nobody, is, however, the natural and proper object of blame.
Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments III.I.8

The people we admire…

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There are people that our society tells us that we should admire, and there are people whom we should admire.

We desire both to be respectable and to be respected. We dread both to be contemptible and to be contemned. But, upon coming into the world, we soon find that wisdom and virtue are by no means the sole objects of respect; nor vice and folly, of contempt. We frequently see the respectful attentions of the world more strongly directed towards the rich and the great, than towards the wise and the virtuous. We see frequently the vices and follies of the powerful much less despised than the poverty and weakness of the innocent. To deserve, to acquire, and to enjoy the respect and admiration of mankind, are the great objects of ambition and emulation. Two different roads are presented to us, equally leading to the attainment of this so much desired object; the one, by the study of wisdom and the practice of virtue; the other, by the acquisition of wealth and greatness. Two different characters are presented to our emulation; the one, of proud ambition and ostentatious avidity. the other, of humble modesty and equitable justice. Two different models, two different pictures, are held out to us, according to which we may fashion our own character and behaviour; the one more gaudy and glittering in its colouring; the other more correct and more exquisitely beautiful in its outline: the one forcing itself upon the notice of every wandering eye; the other, attracting the attention of scarce any body but the most studious and careful observer. They are the wise and the virtuous chiefly, a select, though, I am afraid, but a small party, who are the real and steady admirers of wisdom and virtue. The great mob of mankind are the admirers and worshippers, and, what may seem more extraordinary, most frequently the disinterested admirers and worshippers, of wealth and greatness.
Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments (Part I, Section III, Chapter III)

If I ran for President – Coolidge Style

If I ran for President, my motto would be “cool as Coolidge”

President Coolidge!

“I promise to do as little harm to America, Americans and the World as possible in the next four years!”

I will not make you promises I do not intend to keep. I will not promise actions that make everybody worse off. I will not steal from your neighbor to give stuff to you!