Action plan to Live Not by Lies

Faces of CourageLive Not by Lies and stop supporting those who tell the lies. It is better to be divided by TRUTH than united by lies!

What actions can conservatives and especially conservative, Born Again Christians implement to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community?

We have to get back to living, working, and moving forward. WE HAVE TO OPEN UP THE ECONOMY OURSELVES, regardless of mandates, orders, or regulations from governments—federal, state, or local.

Protests? Ya, probably. But more than that, we simply go back to work.

Our government is based on the consent of the governed. WE decide. We aren’t the property of the State. We aren’t products shaped by the State. We weren’t born to be medical guinea pigs all our lives.

We need to stop submitting to restrictions and stop hiding quietly in our homes while our community and businesses are destroyed.

Organizing and maintaining this is going to require some risk in order to encourage others to join.

For example, if we want business owners to refuse to enforce lockdown rules then when a business owner makes a courageous decision and faces off with health or law enforcement officials, we need to be there to back them up. This means we do it respectfully but with full Constitutional knowledge as part of our armor. This is called “Creating-a-Wall-of-Worry”

The following is an excerpt from: Its time for conservatives and especially Christian Conservatives to unite against the globalist Reset https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/12/brandon-smith/the-new-confederacy-yes-its-time-for-conservatives-to-unite-against-the-globalist-reset/    

“Many police and sheriffs are not onboard with the enforcement of illegal mandates, but those that are, need to understand that there are potential consequences for doing so. The wall of worry is a deterrent, and the larger the group of people involved the better. Police are not going to risk escalation of a fight over lockdown mandates if they realize that fight could go badly for them. And, if people in their own departments are against the lockdowns, the consequences double if they seek to enforce them. They should be the ones worried, not us.

Health Department officials are even less likely to push the issue in the face of opposition.

By extension, if your local sheriff’s department or police department is standing against the unconstitutional mandates and the state or federal government threatens them with repercussions, YOU must be there to offer help and support. They are taking a risk for you, so you must be willing to take a risk for them.

I am also hearing considerable chatter that many medical professionals including doctors and nurses are going to REFUSE to take the poorly tested and questionable Covid vaccine for fear of damaging side effects. And why should they? Why take a vaccine for a virus that only threatens less than 0.3% of the public outside of nursing homes?

Medical professionals are under immense pressure to take the vaccine or lose their license to practice. Conservatives MUST defend them if they rebel against mandatory vaccination.

This means helping them to set up their own clinics outside of the controlled system where they can continue to aid people and still make a living. This means networking liberty-minded patients that need treatments for various ailments to doctors and nurses that will not demand they show a medical passport and will not report them to the government. This means protecting doctors and nurses from retribution should government officials try to punish or arrest them.

Communities will need to build their own localized economies, using barter and trade and maybe even creating a local currency scrip (hopefully backed by some kind of commodity). They are going to have to insulate themselves from the lockdowns economically in order to defy the lockdowns in a practical way. Otherwise, anyone that does not conform to medical passports and contact tracing will be denied access to the establishment-controlled economy and die of poverty. We have to create alternatives. We have to offer people a choice outside of tyranny, otherwise many will go along with the tyranny.

Finally, conservative communities are going to have to provide for their own security. Regardless of how the election situation actually ends, and even if Trump stays in the White House and refuses to concede, martial law is an unacceptable scenario. Conservatives don’t need it anyway. We should be establishing localized security (otherwise known as militias) composed of any able-bodied person in the community that wants to join. These militias would have to form as unofficial organizations, as it is unlikely that state politicians will sanction them.”

 

Specific Actions We Can All Take Now:

  • Educate yourself on the true nature of progressivism in our three major institutions of influence:
    • The media – news, entertainment, literature, and art
    • The education system
    • The Church
  • Live Not by Lies: Refuse to support lies and the liars that tell them.
    • DO NOT support any form of social justice – BLM, Critical Race Theory, LGBTQ, Feminism,….
    • Do not support any entity [social media, business, association, church, etc] that supports the lies with your money, engagement, or otherwise.
  • Have alternative ways of mass communicating with like-minded people (share email addresses and text numbers at very least.)
  • Create small groups to support each other – emotionally, financially, physically, and mentally. Help those whose jobs are being threatened to find another job, or maybe the church could hire them in a business they created for just this purpose or maybe even help them create their own BIZ.
    • Play “Spot the Lie” within these small groups and with your kids. When watching a movie, reading a book, seeing a fake news piece, or maybe even discussing the latest sermon, ask and then discuss “What’s wrong with that message.” This is part of Biblical Worldview (BWV) study. Then just as critically Discuss the Truth.
    • Share ideas and talk about better ways to fight back while staying within the confines of a Biblical Worldview
    • Each member should be encouraged to join or form at least one other small group – it’s called creating circles-within-circles. Periodically several of these groups could get together at one time to get to know each other and share thoughts and ideas.
    • If you belong to a church that still has some sense of courage and integrity, work with them to create this community through small groups. Churches should be our last safe space and good true Christian churches need to stop supporting the lies. This means not only creating that community but helping to employ those who lose their jobs or maybe even helping people start their own business. The day is upon us where Christians, real, true Christians, will lose their status, lose their jobs, will be marginalized, and maybe even imprisoned or killed. All for drawing that line in the sand and refusing to support the lies.
    • Teach a Biblical Worldview [BWV]. A BWV teaches us a way of life that brings us clarity in chaos, peace in problems, and boldness in bad times. A BWV is a way of dealing with reality so that we See, Judge, and Act like Jesus because we think like Jesus.

How can we identify the line in the sand where we need to actively resist the government? – Frank Turek

    • One: If they compel you to sin – ex. If they force you to have an abortion
    • Or Two: If they prevent you from doing something God has told you to do – ex. Worshiping God.

 

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Choose Courage

Faces of CourageOne of the great gifts you can give yourself is Courage.

The Greek word parresia (παρρησία) is used 31 times in the New Testament. It means boldness, confidence, courage, and fearlessness.  All words found in the Bible that relate to the concept of parresia.

Jesus spoke with parresia like no one ever had. He spoke with courage because He only spoke Truth.

His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking PLAINLY (παρρησία) and not using figurative speech!” (John 16:29 ESV)

Jesus answered him, “I have spoken OPENLY (παρρησία) to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. (John 18:20 ESV).

Because Jesus spoke with parresia, He inspired others to find their own Voice and speak in courage as well.

Now when they saw the BOLDNESS (παρρησία) of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13 ESV)

Parresia (παρρησία) is the truth spoken without shame. Unfortunately, parresia is in low supply, not just amongst our culture but sadly, in our church as well.  The American church no longer influences our culture. Rather sadly, too many of our churches are influenced instead by the political correctness of progressive Marxism.

Parresia (παρρησία) is what the church needs to effectively preach the gospel and once again place its influence on our culture.

How important is Truth?

Scripture tells us to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11, ESV). Paul tells us (in Ephesians 6:14) that truth is the very first thing we should put on. When Paul mentions truth, he is clearly talking about the truth of Scripture (e.g., Ephesians 1:13; 4:25; etc.)

What truth is:

  1. Truth is universal. It is true for all people, all places, all times, all cultures
  2. Truth is absolute. It is not relative.
  3. Truth is timeless. It is true yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
  4. Truth is objective. It is not based on feelings or opinions. Truth is discovered, we don’t make it up or create it.
  5. Truth corresponds with reality, to the way things really are. Truth is ‘telling it like it is’.
  6. Truth is based on God. Only God provides an unchanging, universal reality upon which truth is based.
  7. Truth is knowable, unarguable, and self-evident. God has made us and the world in such a way that truth can be known.

Here is the great evangelical disaster – the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this – namely accommodation: the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age.” – Francis Schaeffer

We desperately need a “Church” which stands strong on truth; that will not knowingly support a lie.

“If we are not preaching the gospel well enough for the non-elect to reject it and us, then we are not preaching the true gospel.”

Sometimes it takes Courage to remain silent but often times it takes more courage to speak out when you know that what you are going to say is unpopular.

 Finding men and women who are good is easy; finding good people who also have courage is unfortunately rare.

Find Your Voice:

Have the courage to stand up to lies and speak the truth.

Find the courage to share your thoughts not because you think it will change the minds of people who think differently than you but to show people who already think like you that they’re not alone and maybe inspire others to find theirs.

What are you willing to defend?

You either love truth or love lies – which are you?

Progressive leftism needs to constantly foment, hate, fear, resentment, oppression, class/group inequality, and ingratitude.

The progressive-left needs you to be ungrateful because happy people don’t vote LEFT.

Without the order of a Biblical Worldview, you get chaos.

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The Education of Eldridge Cleaver – a former Marxist

Marxist IndoctrinationIn the mid-sixties groups of Marxist agitators moved in amongst the blacks in America to promote direct action by violence. One of those was Eldridge Cleaver, who had been trained in Marxist ideology/religion and tactics while serving a 15-year prison sentence in California state penitentiary.

In 1967 he became the Minister of Information for the Black Panthers. In his books, Cleaver describes the rationale behind their philosophy of violence.  It was to destroy the whole economic and social structure of the United States so that blacks could enjoy equal rights under an American Communist regime.  And here we are, 50 years later, and now with the help of the education system, media, and progressive churches, America must fight off the lies and liars once again.

During the summer of 1968 over a hundred American cities were racked by Marxist violence via the Black Panthers, but the burning was always in the Black ghettos. The idea was to put the Black population in direct confrontation with police in order to solidify their apparent need to become a racial bloc for the coming revolution.  Their game plan was, as it is today under the Democratic Progressive Marxist Party to sow hatred, ingratitude, insecurity, and racial and class tension.

Progressivism [aka Marxism/Communism] can’t function without having people feel those things.

This is simply Satan’s latest attempt to conquer and divide.

But, the burning and fire-bombing backfired. The Black community wised up pretty fast and realized it was only homes and neighborhoods of blacks that were burning.

In a shoot-out with police, nineteen Black Panthers were killed and Eldridge was wounded. He and his wife would later flee to Cuba and then moved to other Communist countries.

After nearly eight years as an exile in Communist and Socialist countries, Eldridge Cleaver asked to be allowed to return to the United States and face the consequences of his earlier transgressions. He and his wife were no longer atheists. They were no Communists. The years behind the iron and bamboo curtains had dispelled the propaganda concerning “equality” and “Justice” under Communism. Cleaver told the press: I would rather be in jail in America than free anywhere else.”

He then went on to say: “I was wrong and the Black Panthers were wrong…We [black Americans] are inside the system and I feel the number one objective for Black Americans is to recognize that they have the same equal rights under the Constitution as Ford or Rockefeller, even if we have no blue-chip stocks. But our membership in the United States is the supreme blue-chip stock and the one we have to exercise. (Laile Bartlett, “The Education of Eldridge Cleaver,” Readers Digest, September 1976, pg. 65-72)

Eldridge paid his final debt to society by 1981. Soon after he began speaking engagements in schools, churches, community gatherings, and even prison groups to describe his new and profound appreciation for America. He described the despondency he felt when he finally realized that human rights and human dignity under Communism was a LIE! He described the long and strenuous intellectual struggle with his Marxist atheism before he recognized its fraudulent fallacies. He assured his audiences, just as John Locke had done long ago, that a persistent pursuit of truth would bring them to the same threshold of reality that he now enjoyed, where the Creator could be recognized and thereafter have a place in their lives.

[Source: Well Versed by Dr James Garlow]

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Why Are We Quiet?

In August 2015, George Barna released results from a survey that revealed why Conservatives do not speak up. It’s not so much because they are afraid of the political correctness of today’s progressive Marxists, and being called names like “bigot”, “intolerant” or “hateful”.

They are quiet because they don’t know what to say; they don’t know how to state their convictions in a Biblical way.

They lack a Biblical Worldview.

Just one year prior to this survey, Pew Research discovered that people want their pastors to speak up on social and political issues.

As one courageous old-time pastor once said “If we are not preaching the gospel well enough for the non-elect to reject us, then we are not preaching the true gospel.

Why are churches and their pastors themselves afraid to speak the full truth?

It all began July 2, 1954, when Lydon Baines Johnson [LBJ] became angry with two prominent Texas businessmen who opposed him in his reelection bid for the Senate. During the campaign, they accused him of being too soft on communism in America.

When a bill overhauling the tax code was going through the senate, LBJ added a few words to the proposal in what became known as the Johnson Amendment. It passed with no discussion and only a voice vote. [You see, lack of courage and corruption was already running rampant through the halls of congress].

The amendment effectively silenced and muzzled all pastors. Nearly all churches are classified as not-for-profit 501 [c](3) charitable organizations by the IRS.

The Johnson Amendment inadvertently made it illegal for a pastor to oppose a candidate from the pulpit.

First, Here’s an oddity: There are 29 different 501 [c] not-for-profit categories, but the only one suddenly silenced was the church!

Second: What does it mean to oppose or endorse a candidate?  That’s unclear. If a pastor says “vote to oppose abortion” and one candidate/party is pro-life and the other is pro-choice, did the pastor endorse a candidate?  The IRS cannot give a clear answer to this question.

Third: The First Amendment guarantees no governmental interference into the pulpit – NONE. The IRS has no authority to dictate what a pastor can and cannot preach from the pulpit, and they know it. At the urging of the Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF], more than 3,000 Christian pastors have intentionally violated this amendment since 2008 by endorsing or opposing a candidate/party from their pulpit and the IRS has not taken a single church to court.

Why Not you ask?

Probably because they do not want the Johnson Amendment to come under Constitutional scrutiny.

Once again, this is a clear example of how our churches/pastors have bought into and supported the lie. They have been more influenced by culture than they have influenced culture instead.

There are three major institutions of influence in America:

  • Public education
  • Media – News, art, literature, entertainment
  • The Church

Any ideology (worldview) that controls any of them controls any or all of them, controls its people by controlling the culture. Progressive Marxism controls education and the media nearly 100% and now a vast majority of our churches.

A silent pulpit produces an uninformed and politically illiterate electorate.

Before you offer up the tired old objection of “separation of church and state” – know this: There is no such clause in the Constitution or Bill of Rights.

This is just another lie that has been taught for at least five generations and no one questions it’s validity

The phrase actually comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist of Connecticut on January 1, 1802, in which he used the phrase “wall of separation” to assure them that the federal government would never intrude into church life.

If we are going to make sense of our world, we must study worldviews.

[Source: Ch 1 Well Versed by Jim Garlow]

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How Much Has Living in Fear and Submission Cost Us?

Live Not by Lies Fact or Fake“If we are not preaching the gospel well enough for the non-elect to reject it and us, then we are not preaching the true gospel.”

In 2020 it became painfully apparent we have very few pastors who were willing to be the watchman. Far too many are not only themselves living in fear and submission but preaching it in their words and their deeds.

What has this cost us?

Well, if the global progressive Marxists win the day, the church will be the first to feel their wrath.

All because too many in our church, especially our pastors, are influenced more by the culture than themselves have influenced the culture by teaching things like a Biblical Worldview and Politics according to the Bible.

 

Christians are born for combat, confrontation, and judgment and it’s part of why we are feared and persecuted. 

No totalitarian authority nor authoritarian state can tolerate those who have an absolute by which to judge that state and its actions.

And if there are no absolutes by which to judge society, the culture of society becomes THE absolute.

Christians, not the namby-pamby professing christians, but the Born Agains with a Biblical Worldview (BWV), have that absolute in God’s Word.

Because Christians have an absolute universal standard by which to judge not only personal morals but the state, we become enemies of the totalitarians in authority.  [Source: How Should We Then Live? By Francis Schaeffer]

A time of persecution and painful testing is coming. Lukewarm, shallow, professing christians – those who practice progressive theology, WILL NOT come through this with their faith intact. They may well be the ones Jesus is speaking of in Matthew 7:21-23.

If we Christians do not speak out against the tyrannical authoritarian government growing in our country called Progressive-leftism or Progressive Marxism, eventually our children will become enemies of society and the state.

Here is a sentence to memorize: To make no decision in regard to the growth of totalitarian government is already a decision.

In any atheistic political ideology like Marxism, socialism, communism and now the new progressive-leftism of the Democratic Party, the elite rule and the rule is based on arbitrary absolutes handed down by these atheistic elites.

Under this progressivism, the absolutes can change from day to day and because their power comes from the Mob Rule philosophy, and because this atheistic religious ideology controls the media, education, and most of the church, it’s easy to convince the naive public that the “mob” approves, thus they win.

Civil Disobedience by Martin Luther King

How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?

The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust.

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust (personal note: and laws based on a lie, like the COVID shutdown laws) laws.

I would agree with St Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.’

“Now, what is the difference between the two?… A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law of God. An unjust law is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it the terms of St Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and God’s natural law.”

Some have interpreted the following passages (Rom 13:1; Dan 2:21; Rom 13:1-7; Titus 3:1; 1Peter 2:13-14; 17) as an absolute grant of authority, meaning the government is to be obeyed at all times and in all circumstances. But the injunction to obey is conditioned on the assumption that the officials are carrying out the purposes of God. Thus, if rulers are acting contrary to God’s laws or His delegation of authority, if they are not acting as God’s servant, then Christians are not bound to obey them; in fact, we may be morally obligated to resist.

Born Again Christians with a Biblical Worldview don’t share our thoughts because we think it will change the minds of people who think differently than us. We share our thoughts to show people who already think like us that they’re not alone. We share so others might be encouraged to find their own Voice and consequently inspire others to find theirs.

 

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Live Not By Lies

Live Not by LiesNever Knowingly Support a Lie!

“The elites and elite institutions are abandoning classic liberalism for progressive Marxism that regards justice in terms of groups. It encourages people to identify with groups – ethnic, sexual, and otherwise – and to think of Good and Evil as a matter of power dynamics among the groups.

A utopian vision drives these progressives, one that compels them to seek to rewrite history and reinvent language to reflect their ideals of social justice.

Further, these utopian progressives are constantly changing language, standards of thought, speech, and behavior.

Under this Progressive/Marxist religious ideology, you can never be sure when those in power will come after you as the villain for having said or done something that was perfectly fine the day before.

“You will not be able to predict what will be held against you tomorrow. You have no idea what completely normal thing you do today, or say today, will be used against you to destroy you. This is what people in the Soviet Union saw. We know how it works.” – A Soviet-born émigré who teaches in a university deep in the US heartland. [Source: Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher]

Because progressivism uses language that is soft and endearing, it catches those without a Biblical Worldview, unawares, and makes it hard for Americans schooled in Progressive/Marxism in the schools, churches, and media to recognize what is happening.

Most Americans born after the early 1960s have no idea that communism [aka Marxism, socialism, and now progressivism] is a militant atheistic ideology/religion and declares Christianity its mortal enemy.

In my estimation, 50-80% of Catholics and so-called evangelicals are at best “professing christians” and thus will be the ones most shocked when these progressives come after them – even though the vast majority voted for them.

There is an old Eastern European saying [from the communist days] that “You can vote yourself into Communism, but you have to shoot your way out.”

Progressives once in power will gut the Constitution starting either with the First Amendment or the Second.  If history is any indicator, my guess would be the Second Amendment. And besides, they have been using soft-totalitarianism to gut the First Amendment for the last 20 years.

If America does not get their spiritual lives in order, there is slim hope of resisting this soft-totalitarianism before it turns into hard-core totalitarianism.

In 2003, the Barna Research Group conducted a nationwide survey and determined that only 4 percent of Americans had a “biblical” worldview. When George Barna, who has researched cultural trends and the Christian Church since 1984, looked at the “born-again” believers in America, the results were a dismal 9 percent.

This calculates out to approximately 7.5M Americans are True, Real Christians who are Born Again AND have a Biblical Worldview.

On the eve of his forced exile from then Soviet Russia, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn published a final message to his fellow Russians titled “Live Not by Lies”.

In this essay, he challenged the pessimistic claim that the totalitarian system was so powerful that the ordinary man or woman cannot change it.

Nonsense, he said. The foundation of Progressive/Marxist/Communist is an ideology made up of lies. The system depends on people’s fears of challenging these lies for its very existence. This is how so few elites, can control billions of people worldwide.

There are only three institutions of influence in America.

  • Education – specifically public education.
  • Media – news, entertainment industry, literature, and art
  • And finally – Churches.

Progressive Marxism controls the first two nearly completely and probably the majority of the churches.

Our duty as Born-Again Christians is to NEVER knowingly support lies.

We must be willing to live outside the mob, courageously defend truth, and be willing to endure the consequences.

We may have to live in this world of lies but we do not need to choose to allow the world to live in us.

You may not have the courage or strength to stand up in the public square and say what you truly believe, but you can at least refuse to affirm the lies through any form of acquiescence.

Sometimes being a dissident means speaking up and sometimes it may mean keeping silent when you aren’t expected to.

We need to Stand in Solidarity:
A time of persecution and painful testing is coming. Lukewarm, shallow, professing “christians” – those who practice progressive theology, WILL NOT come through this with their faith intact. They will be the ones Jesus is speaking of in Matthew 7:21-23.

It is time to start preparing for “living not by lies”.

  • When you can, stop giving your business to progressives.
  • Distance yourself from Big Brother/Big Tech surveillance
  • Find new ways to communicate with fellow Christians.
  • Join or form a small “underground” group to be your new “safe” community of like-minded people. While at the same time, keep your enemies close.

Can keeping silent be a lie?

Yes!

When you hear or read something that is a lie, instead of setting the record straight you either say nothing (which is a way of agreeing) or you agree just to keep the peace, be faltering, or to be “kind”.

Never Knowingly Support a Lie.

It is better to be divided by Truth than united by lies.

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When your worldview is wrong, EVERY decision you make is wrong

what is your worldviewEveryone has a worldview; it helps us to form our thoughts, our values and make the decisions we make.

According to Barna Research, 83% of American adults claim to be Christian but upon further digging, George Barna discovered a disturbing reality: Only 8% of these “professing christians” have a Biblical Worldview and worse yet, and the real reason the church has lost its influence on the culture, only about half the Christian leaders have a Christian Biblical Worldview.

Listen, we need worship, prayer, fellowship, Bible study, and evangelizing, but if our clergy, our churches continue to ignore their responsibility to redeem the culture, Christianity will continue to be marginalized and eventually relegated to private small group (illegal) gatherings; not dissimilar to any other “progressive”, “communist”, “socialist”, “marxist” nation.

The churches biggest failure of the past 70 or so years has been the failure to see Christianity as a life system, or worldview, that governs every area of our lives.

Only when the Church realizes that the final hope of redeeming the culture is to recognize the battle now is principle against Principle, worldview against Worldview.

Only then can we effectively evangelize a culture that now lives by a lie.

Evangelizing the gospel and helping to renew the culture are both ordained duties of The Way – True Christianity.

Real, True Christianity offers the only strategy to live in harmony with our world.

Far too many of our clergy and the churches they lead have been more influenced by culture than their influencing the culture they and their flock live in.

This is why we are in the situation we currently find ourselves – a citizenry that has been influenced by Marxist Progressive Leftism.

This worldview of Satan controls completely, two of the three major institutions of influence – public education and media (news, entertainment, literature, music, etc.)

And, unfortunately, this satanic worldview now preaches from the pulpit of far too many of our churches as well. They preach what they call Progressive Theology.

How do you recognize if you belong to one of these churches?

In her book “Another Gospel?” Author Alisa Childers gives the following description of progressive churches:

“Progressive christians” tend to avoid absolutes.

They view the Bible as primarily a human book and emphasize conscience and practices rather than certainty and beliefs.

They also tend to redefine, reinterpret or even reject essential doctrines of faith like the Virgin Birth, the deity of Jesus, and His bodily resurrection.”

Warning Signs to Look for to determine if your church is a progressive theology church:

In addition to the watering down of the gospel and leaning into every social justice narrative like Racial Injustice & Black Lives Matter, Political correctness, Climate Change, Critical Theory, Illegal Immigration, etc., they also are:

– an open advocate of homosexuality and gay marriage.

– take a liberal stand on abortion

– allow for the ordination of both men and women, including non-celibate homosexuals

– do not teach that Scripture is inerrant

– teach that the Bible is not to be taken literally

If we are going to make sense of our world, we must study worldviews.

Only the Biblical Worldview gives us a way to understand both the physical and moral order of things.

Only a Biblical Worldview covers all areas of life and thought.

Only a Christian Biblical Worldview offers a way to live in alignment with the real world.

 

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How do civil wars happen?

Tyranny Vs LibertyAn interesting read from an anonymous source about how a civil war looks in today’s America.

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge.  That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results [like conservatives did with Obama], you have a country. When you stop accepting election results [like Leftists have with Trump], you have a countdown to a civil war.

The Mueller investigation was about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this. The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn’t really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There’s a pattern here.

What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win. It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

 That’s a civil war.

There’s no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.

This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement. You can hate the other party.  You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country.  But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship.

Your very own dictatorship.

The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to Democrats, is it’s own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s inherently illegitimate. The Democrats lost Congress. They lost the White House. So, what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can’t scratch his own back without his say so, that’s the civil war.

Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that’s not the system that runs this country. The Democrat’s system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.

If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do anything. And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. His power is unlimited. He’s a dictator.

But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can’t do anything. He isn’t even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the White House has ‘discretion’ to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn’t even have the ‘discretion’ to reverse him.  That’s how the game is played That’s how our country is run. Sad but true, although the left hasn’t yet won that particular fight.

When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren’t even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state wasn’t allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries.

The Constitution has something to say about that.

Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.

Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding: The professional government is a guild. Like medieval guilds. You can’t serve in if you’re not a member. If you haven’t been indoctrinated into its arcane rituals. If you aren’t in the club. And Trump isn’t in the club. He brought in a bunch of people who aren’t in the club with him.

Now we’re seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them.  They spy on them; they investigate them and they send them to jail. They use the tools of power to bring them down.

That’s not a free country.

It’s not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an ‘insurance policy’ against Trump winning the election. It’s not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition. It’s not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media. It’s not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn’t supposed to win did.

Have no doubt, we’re in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government.

 

The Differences Between the Left and the Right:

The Conservative understands that the brokenness in the world starts with the brokenness in us.

The right believes it is our choices, not our circumstances that are the cause of all problems.

The left believes the brokenness is caused by our poverty, lack of education, or in other words – circumstances.

To be truly Conservative, the means are just as important as the end.

To the progressive liberal, the end justifies the mean.

The Republican Party is dominated by people who favor smaller government, lower taxes, strong defense, traditional moral standards regarding abortion and marriage, the promotion of a Constitutional Republic democracy, strong loyal nationalism and the promotion of a free market economy. These are consistent with biblical teachings on government and a biblical worldview.

By contrast, the Democratic Party has come to be dominated by people favoring larger government, one-world government by elitists, higher taxes, more reliance on negotiations rather than superior military force in defeating our enemies, opposition to biblical moral standards on abortion and homosexual “marriage” and promotion of a more Socialist leaning economy that is highly controlled by the government. These views are at odds with biblical teachings regarding government.

Why Christians are feared and persecuted:

No totalitarian authority nor authoritarian state can tolerate those who have an absolute by which to judge that state and its actions.

Christians, not the namby-pamby professing christians, but the Born Agains with a Biblical Worldview (BWV), have that absolute in God’s revelation.

Because Christians have an absolute universal standard by which to judge not only personal morals but the state, we become enemies of the totalitarians in authority.

Source: How Should We Then Live? By Francis Schaeffer

If we Christians do not speak out against the tyrannical authoritarian government growing in our country, eventually our children will become enemies of society and the state and the current civil war will destroy them.

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Cash is the Ultimate King

Cash-Is-King

Successful businesses do two things #1 they make money and #2 they generate cash.

You can make a profit and still go out of business because you have a negative cash flow.

Remember this statement: Cash is King and in the context of the following discussion, this means positive cash flow – taking in more cash then you are spending.

Positive cash flow will keep the doors open, long after profitability will. [Amazon is a good example – 20 years of no profit???]

Making money is about your profitability and cash is about the wealth-generation of your business.

You can’t spend profit; you can only spend cash.

Positive cash flow gives you the financial cushion – and confidence – to implement changes AND make your BIZ more attractive to future potential buyers because they won’t have to commit funds to working capital.

Let’s define cash flow before we discuss how to improve it.

Cash Flow is the total amount of money coming in & going out of your business.

We know that the majority of small businesses fail within the first five years. U.S. Bank conducted a study and discovered the following reasons for this. They found that 82% of the time, poor cash flow management or poor understanding of cash flow contributes to the failure of a small business. (from Jessie Hagen of U.S. Bank, cited on the SCORE/Counselors to America’s Small Business website http://www.score.org )

  • 82% – Poor cash flow management skills/poor understanding of cash flow
  • 79% – Starting out with too little working capital [cash or line-of-credit]
  • 78% – Lack of well-developed business plan, including insufficient research on the business before starting it
  • 77% – Not pricing properly or failure to include all necessary items when setting prices
  • 73% – Being overly optimistic about achievable sales, money required, and about what needs to be done to be successful
  • 70% – Not recognizing or ignoring what they don’t do well and not seeking help from those who do

How do you know if you have a cash flow problem?

To state the obvious: You know you have a cash flow problem If your expenses exceed your cash…then you have a cash flow problem.

If you take in $400 today and spend $500 you have a cash flow of $900 but a negative cash flow of $100

Too many small BIZ owners think that the answer to cash flow problems is to sell more and increase revenue and far too often that only exacerbates the problem.

When you chase growth based on Revenue too often it causes you to make bad decisions because you are operating from the notion that everyone is your market and every product or service you sell and inventory should be sold – there is nothing further from the truth.

When revenue is your end-game and everyone or everything -is your-market is your mind-set, you spend money foolishly on things that don’t matter for customers that don’t matter.

When you take an 80/20 view to cash-is-king, you will discover that you have expenses and inventory for the 80% that are generating little to no profit.

There are several factors to consider before leaping to the “sell, sell, sell!” mindset to reverse a cash flow problem.

  1. Track & Categorize your spending. Make this categorization your first step. You need to know exactly what you’re spending and where you’re spending it.

 

  1. Benchmark Best Practices. You need to know how other businesses within your industry and market are spending their money and use those benchmarks to spend similarly. You don’t want to spend more cash than you have, so regardless of the benchmarks you’ve discovered from other companies, adjust accordingly depending on your available cash.

 

  1. Manage Your Spending. “It takes money to make money,” is a common belief and can cause business owners to fall prey to overspending, especially in the early stages of their business. While it’s true it does take money to make money, not all expenses are created equal. Stay aware that every dollar you spend is subtracting from your profit margin, so be especially diligent during the early stages of your business, it is important to consider the cost Vs benefit of every single expense.

 

10 Ways to Improve Cash Flow

  1. Reduce your Delivery & Invoicing Turnaround Time

Once you sell something, expedite the turn-around time for delivery & invoicing. The faster the delivery & invoicing, the faster you will receive your cash.

Amazon is a great example of perfecting the Cash-Is-King model. Not only does faster delivery ensure a delightful customer experience but also improves their cash flow.

  1. Improve Your Inventory Model – stock & sell only what your TOP clients [the 20%] are buying 

Inventory only what your TOP clients buy and turns quickly.

Think of it this way – and keep in mind, this is an extremely abbreviated way to explain this principle. In real life, you may experiment and track over a bit longer period of time, but this will give you the gist of the principle:

You own a bunch of soda vending machines with 10 rows of different flavors in each row and you fill them every week.

At the end of week one, rows 1 & 2 are completely sold out. Rows 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 are partially full and rows 9 and 10 are still full – they had no sales.

Replace rows 9 & 10 with one of the flavors in rows 1 and 2.

The next week you discover rows 1, 2, 9 & 10 are now also completely sold out.

You continue with this tracking and sequence until all the rows sell out completely every week.

It will mean you may only be selling 2 or at most 3 flavors, but think about the positive effect on your profit and cash flow.

 

  1. Have a CYA Cash Reserve

You should maintain some cash reserves to tackle business downturns like economic depression, sudden fall in sales or natural calamity (like the current COVID-19] etc.

As a thumb rule, you should never have less than 90 days cash reserve and as you build your BIZ, shoot for 10-12 months.

Example: If your business’s monthly operational expense equals $10,000 then you should go for a CYA cash reserve of $30,000 as a minimum and $100,000 to $120,000 optimally.

 

  1. Tweak the Payment Process

Instead of collecting the sale amount after delivery, can you make the customer pay in advance. One way might be to simply offer them an attractive discount for pre-payment.

The earlier the payment, the stronger will be the cash flow.

 

  1. Negotiate for More Favorable Credit Terms

Ask for longer payment and terms (example: lower interest rate, extend out payment times, etc) on your payables (those you owe money to) and shorter terms on your receivables (those who owe you money).

Implementing Win-Win negotiation skills become crucial in this strategy.

 

  1. Stay on Top of Receivables – know what the probability of non-collection rate is for your business or industry.

As receivables age, the probability of collection diminishes.

There comes a point where, for cash flow forecasting purposes, you should no longer consider a receivable as collectible. For my dealership that was 120 days.

Here’s an example from a local small business:

Cash_is_King_Receivable_matrix
Someone in your organization needs to be responsible for and held accountable for consistent follow-up with your customers to help in faster payment of receivables.

You can use multiple communication channels like phone, email or post.

Remember that you need to follow up regularly & frequently. 

For smooth execution of this strategy, I recommend using a spreadsheet for tracking the due dates, payment date, 1st follow-up date, 2nd follow-up date & so on.

Also, the follow-up personnel needs to be in direct contact with the owner for daily or at a minimum, weekly updating of this sheet – I call it the Cash-Is-King meeting.

  1. Consider Leasing of Assets

Leasing requires little to cash up front and means taking possession of an asset in return for periodic installments. This ensures that there is no immediate cash outflow burden.

You can lease things like:

  • Real Estate – Office, warehouse, plant
  • Production machinery
  • Computers
  • IT Equipment
  • Autos

You will need to factor the cost difference (outright purchase is generally cheaper in long-term) before committing to improve cash flow via this strategy.

  1. Take on Only Expenses that Generate Revenue

Most businesses or startups get carried away with unnecessary expenses like:

Fancy/prestigious office space or office furniture

Over-marketing: Marketing to an audience that doesn’t care. Implement 80/20 Sales & Marketing.

Over-Marketing example: Marketing to an audience that doesn’t care. A restaurant where 80% of their customers come from within a ten-mile radius but they advertise on regional tv or radio stations with a 100 mile radius.

Over-hiring: If you have to let someone go or they quit, before re-hiring, ask:

  • Are there parts of the job that someone else on our current team would like to do?
  • Do we even need to hire for this position? Is there anyone or a team of people already with us that could do this job?

How do you know if an expense is really worth it? Simple. If the expense helps your business to generate revenue keep it; If it doesn’t, consider getting rid of it.

Maintaining control of your expenses is critical to not only sustaining profit but also positive cash flow.

When you take an 80/20 view to cash-is-king, you will discover that you have expenses and inventory for the 80% that are generating little to no profit.

 Track & Categorize your Expenses.  You need to know exactly what you’re spending and where you’re spending it.

For each expense ask the following questions:

  • Does my business absolutely need this product or service?
  • If the answer to question 1 is NO, then eliminate it.
  • If the answer to question 1 is YES, then ask:
  1. Do I currently have the least expensive plan, delivery system or item that covers my current needs? If the answer is “no” then change your plan, item or delivery system. (For example, instead of paying an assistant to schedule your appointment, you might use an online scheduling program).
  2. Can I renegotiate my contract? This is always worth trying.
  3. Is there another, less expensive provider that can give me the same result? If so, then switch.
  1. Increase Income Through 80/20 Marketing & Selling Tactics
  • Determine who your Ideal Top Customers are – the 20% that generate 80% of your revenue, profits & cash flow.
    • Fire the deadwood
  • Identify your Unique Offering
  • Create your one-line Unique Selling Message which answers these questions:
    • What does your product or service do that your competitors does not?
    • Why should I buy from you instead of someone else?
    • What guarantee can you make that no one else can?
  • Nurture and protect your Ideal Top Customers
    • Do you have an email list? Are you using effectively? Are you sending out emails at least weekly with offers?
  • Build a referral system from your Ideal Top Customers
  1. Bring in a Guide

Last but not the least, you may deem it prudent to hire a guide to help implement Cash-Is-King strategies and tactics.

It could be a CPA or some other type of Guide. [Is this where we might collaborate w/Tony Busch?]

Such professionals can help you to understand your cash flow problems in more detail, and guide you through implementing solutions.

Conclusion

So, we have covered possible practical ways to improve your cash flow, prune expenses and prune inventory. All are equally important & powerful.

You may decide to use or not to use any one of them depending on your particular case.

No matter what business problems you face, positive cash flow gives you the financial cushion, the time and confidence to implement changes for growth.

Without cash, you are down & out.

And as I stated earlier,

Never forget this: Cash is the Ultimate King. The more cash you have, the better chance for your business to grow fast and sustainably.

 

 

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Raising Responsible Adult Citizens

Raising Responsible AdultsRaising responsible, mature adults should be the desired end result of all parents.

Three Characteristics of Maturity:

  • Self-control – not ruled by emotions and passion
  • Wisdom – rational
  • Responsible – 1st Habit of Private Victory of Highly Effective People

Liberalism is the natural characteristic of the human heart. It is the natural result of our fallen nature.

From birth, we are driven by emotion and passion.

We want what we want when we want it and we refuse things we do not want.

Children start off with the will to be gratified; we need to be taught self-control, wisdom, and responsibility.

“The emotional intelligence of parents today is depriving children the opportunity to learn through adversity. Most adolescents from affluent families have all the useful accessories – cell phones, credit cards, computers, and cars – but they have few of the responsibilities that build character…indulged children become susceptible to self-absorption, depression, anxiety and lack of self-control.” – Ed Shipman

Ten principles for shaping our children’s character and grooming them with self-control, wisdom, and responsibility:

1. Children must be helped, through proper training, to rein in their passions.

Children start off life with the will to be gratified. If that will is allowed to go unchecked, a child will grow up to be ruled by his passions rather than reason. A person ruled by his or her passions will then make decisions based on what gratifies them rather than on wisdom or responsibility. Such a person will not be governed by objective logic or personal integrity, but by what is merely expedient.

To prevent that from happening, the primary goal of parental training must be to help children learn self-control.

The military learned long ago that the best followers make the best leaders – group consensus destroys effectiveness.

Children, because of their innate desire for gratification, do not need to exercise leadership, but to follow strong leadership. This is why, for the first few years of their lives, we must offer strong leadership, giving them little say in the decisions we make for them.

Children raised to think they should have a say in all decisions that affect them grow up self-centered, demanding, impatient and ungrateful.

Parents who encourage their child to always speak his mind may never have to second-guess his opinions but they inadvertently feed his contempt for authority.

As our children head into adolescence it certainly may be wise to solicit thoughts and opinions from them. After all, we love them and they are people who deserve the respect of having their thoughts and feelings heard but, the family is not a democracy.

Childhood is a season of learning to accept leadership with grace and humility.

2.  Children’s happiness must not be the driving force of the home.

Watching children laugh and play is a tremendous joy, even for the biggest curmudgeon however, we must not live to gratify our children’s every desire and make our decisions based on their responses.

The happiest children seem to be those who are secure in their parents’ LOVING authority.

They obey the first time they are spoken to and know they will be rewarded with the trust of their parents and be held accountable with disciplinary consequences if they obey.

They are happy because they have found safety within the boundaries established and enforced. They are at peace because they do not have to carry the load of helping their parents run the home.

3. Children must not be indulged.

Indulging our children with everything for which they cry, beg or pout does NOT satisfy their will-to-be-gratified – it actually does just the opposite.

Indulging them includes things like buying them every new fashion-wear, video game or getting them a cell phone with unlimited minutes.

We indulge them when we offer freedom to do whatever they want, whenever they want, with minimal accountability or when we permit them to talk back and voice their opinions about every instruction they receive. And we inflate their sense of self-importance when we make family decisions based not on what we think is wisest or best, but on their moods and reactions. An indulged child ultimately runs the roost. Constantly gratifying our child’s desire for pleasure creates in them a sense of entitlement and a general lack of appreciation.

The truth is that life does not give us everything we want and we better instill that early in our child’s training.

4. Children must not be rescued from every hardship.

When our children are infants we listen for their cries to know when they are suffering some discomfort and need our attention.

The problem is that too many parents never distinguish the difference between their will-to-survive and their will-to-be-gratified as they get older. They continue to rescue them every time they pout, cry or grumble.

Examples of rescuing are when we permit them to complain ungratefully about what they have been served for dinner, or worse, mom goes back to the stove to cook them something different. Or, jumping in to provide entertainment in response to the complaint of being bored.

Whenever their feelings are hurt, we do them no favor by rushing to their defense by attacking the offender.

However, we DO harm them ourselves if we do not teach them how to endure offenses and handle the inevitable “difficult people” in life. We must model for them that other people’s words or opinions of us need not determine how we react. If we are not careful, we will raise our children to be thin-skinned social wimps who blame others for their own inability to handle offenses.

Learning to face and overcome life’s hardships is a key part of developing maturity.

5. Children must be allowed to suffer the consequences of their actions.

When we continually rescue them from having to suffer the consequences of their actions, we keep them from developing a proper sense of responsibility.

Responsible people are not only reliable to their duties but do not depend upon others to clean up their messes or pay for their own obligations.

Restoration and restitution are key expressions of responsibility.

If we do not hold our children accountable for themselves but rescue them from the consequences of their actions, they grow up to believe that the pursuit of pleasure without consequences is their supreme right. They develop a “victim” mentality, thinking they are not responsible for the circumstances they have brought upon themselves.

Parents also teach irresponsibility by issuing too many warnings or reinforcing bad behavior. When a child is caught sneaking dessert before dinner, parents encourage bad behavior by merely admonishing him not to do it again and allowing him to finish eating what he took. This is no different than what is happening in many of our public educations schools today of the teacher permitting students to turn in assignments past the due date without any penalty.

Consistently allowing children to behave irresponsibly without consequence encourages future misconduct.

6. Children must be required to obey the first time they are spoken to.

An important key to remember is that parents must give directives just once.

Parental directives must be spoken calmly and only once, with an appropriate disciplinary consequence for disobedience.

When an authority figure habitually repeats directives or gives multiple warnings, it produces several negative side effects in our children.

  • Children permitted to continually disregard instructions grow up with their will-to-be-gratified strengthened.
  • Children consistently permitted to disregard their parent’s voices will lack the capacity to obey quickly at the threat of danger.
  • Those that have authority but are reluctant to exercise it, foster disrespect in those they lead. Parents who lose their children’s respect can often trace it back to this.
  • When parents repeat themselves, their anger may build until they are driven by rage to bring punishment. Raging parents can be tempted toward abusive parenting.

7. Children must be taught to obey without always knowing the reason why.

If parents establish firm behavioral boundaries for their toddlers, without offering a reason why they should obey, and limiting their personal choices, by the time their child is four years old will have learned self-denial and will be well on the path to self-control.

If children are offered reasons to obey before they have learned to obey without them, they will not learn the self-denial that is the foundation of self-control.

To grow in wisdom, children must be taught the reasoning behind parents’ commands but the time in childhood to begin making them wise is only after they have demonstrated they can consistently obey without needing to know why.

Children must learn that they are to obey first and then return for a full reason why.

Sassy and argumentative children who think their parents owe them convincing explanations usually get their way because parents justify all their instructions.

Children raised in such homes tend to grow up insubordinate toward teachers, law enforcement, employers and others in positions of authority.

8. Children must be required to treat parents and other adults with respect.

Respect for all authority, whether for people or rules, is learned in the home. Being required to obey parents and communicate respectfully teaches self-restraint and emphasizes that not everything one feels or thinks needs to be expressed. It reinforces the self-control inherent to maturity and helps children grow up to be good citizens.

9. Children need oversight of their moral diet.

By virtue of their years and life experience, parents have a greater understanding of cause and effect than their children. They know the wisdom behind the statements such as, “Eat your spinach,” You need your sleep,” and “Stay out of the street.” All a child knows is that he craves junk food, likes to stay up late, and the street seems a fun place to play. Because the average child has little life experience and his thinking is clouded by his “will-to-be-gratified,” he is the last person to know what is good for him. Parents must realize that they do not need their children’s permission to be parents – they already have that role. They must simply act on that authority, without apology. Children will not protect themselves from their appetites, so parents must take charge and protect them physically, mentally and morally.

Studies overwhelmingly show that children who saturate themselves with entertainment marked by senseless violence will be more tolerant or prone to violence; those who watch movies or music videos containing sensuality will increasingly express themselves sexually; children or adults with a diet of entertainment involving illicit relationships will treat marriage and wedding vows with less honor.

A child’s character is formed primarily by what good goes into him, and not only by what is kept from him.

And no one is in a better position to sow into his like Mom and Dad.

Unlimited use of computers, video games, television, etc. has become standard diversion tactics for too many parents.

Parents must decide that their children are worth a daily investment of time in teaching them character and a Biblical Worldview.

10. Children must be loved.

Parental love means doing what is best for children no matter how they might respond. One very poor reason modern parents are so soft on their children is because they crave their acceptance.

America has raised a crop of insecure parents who fear their children’s rejection.

Parents more than fifty years ago knew that life was hard and took the responsibility of preparing their children for the coming life very seriously. Today’s parents are afraid to let the kids cry. Afraid to make them mad and dread the thought that their children may hate them.

When we give to get affection back, we ARE NOT loving them – we are using them to elicit good feelings about ourselves.

When our children are young and vulnerable, they dearly need our leadership if they are to grow up to become mature, responsible adults.

There are some parents who may be congratulating themselves right now thinking they are really good parents because the negative consequences we’ve discussed don’t apply to them or their children. Let me caution you, however.

There are some who intimidate their children into subjection but fail to win their hearts. Their children may submit to discipline and control, and listen respectfully when parents speak, but their hearts will be far away. A parent who does not have their child’s heart will eventually discover that all compliance and respect was simply an expression of self-preservation. Such a child may patronize his parents and outwardly honor them during his early teen years, but flee their authoritarian rule the first chance they get.

Parents who are able to maintain influence over their children’s hearts, which is crucial in the first 12 years of their lives, are those who have cultivated rich, loving relationships with their children.

A character formed in childhood is a key element to true maturity.

Influencing behavior is not the same as influencing hearts.

Parents who give supremacy to their child’s happiness tend NOT to raise happy children.

Here’s how we can help our children and grandchildren to develop an informed and thoughtful Biblical Worldview (BWV):

1. Talk about Worldview early and often.
2. Explain non-Christian worldviews.
3. Strongly encourage your kids to read good books. Books by design are sequential and linear. The internet is not. A book takes you from pg 1 to page 2, then 3 and so on. On the other hand, start on page “Google” and you go wherever Google determines.
4. Discuss ideas whenever possible.
5. Ask good questions [Smart Questions (SQs)]

Sources: Born Liberal Raised Right by Reb Bradley, A Practical Guide to Culture and Tactics by Greg Koukl

 

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