China is becoming more assertive on the world stage. She has the confidence of knowing she holds America's economic house in her hands, that her military is becoming ever more able to deal directly with the American military, and that much of the world is tired of what they see as America's attempt to force her will upon the world. When Crimea voted to leave Ukraine China was quick to accept the results and recognize it as legitimate. China knows the matter of Crimea and Ukraine is a very personal and of direct concern matter to Russia because of their location. At the same time, China knows America has no vital interest in what's occurring there. If America pushes Russia and China into a much closer partnership and alliance, that would be a very dangerous matter. Presidents from Nixon to Reagan understood this and worked to avoid such. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union many American leaders have dismissed Russia as no longer a threat while at the same time ignoring the growing threat China is. Our leaders cower over what they say is about 35,000 ISIS fighters and wring their hands at how difficult it is to deal with them. Do they think America would fair better facing a billion Chinese, a couple million Russians, advanced modern military systems and possible nuclear warheads? Not to mention the total, instant collapse of the American economy if China dumped all of America's debt on the market and refused to give America any more credit.
Yes, the government wants as many people dependent upon them as possible. That makes it easier for the government to demand more taxes from those who do work and to make more laws and grab more power for themselves because they know all those dependent upon the government will vote for such. This is why it doesn't matter which Party we look at, neither want or plan to make any serious cuts or reforms of the government. Both sides play the "count the votes" game and they base their actions on what they think will be best for their elections, not what's actually best for the country.
I'm not familiar with Travis Burke but I know some folks who make similar claims against John R. Rice and trying to associate him with Pentecostals. Mostly this is due to taking him out of context or stretching something he said into something he never intended. The book sounds like a potentially interesting read.
They are fewer and harder to find around here than they used to be. It also differs from place to place as to what age one can begin getting the discount. Many places that still do discounts used to give them starting at age 55 but now it's not until 60. Most of the discounts used to be decent but today most are very small. Many of the local schools used to let anyone 55 and over in to games for free but depending upon the school its now either 60 or 65 or there is no discount.
No doubt there are many obstacles in our way. The devil certainly doesn't want scripturally sound radio and TV broadcasts covering the land. In some cities they have public access TV which is open for anyone to use. I've heard people who live in or near cities complain about some of what's broadcast on them, even white power folks had a program on one of those years ago. Some of the Charismatic churches take advantage of the free broadcast opportunities but it seems so rare that sound Baptists take advantage of such. For a short time there was a public access channel on the (at that time) one and only cable provider network in the area. Someone asked our pastor why there were only Charismatic and Pentecostal preachers on there. Our pastor, like myself, wasn't even aware of the public access channel at that time. Our pastor checked into it, recorded a few "shows" and they began airing on that channel. Unfortunately, only a few aired before that public access channel disappeared and never returned.
You got that right! So many parents and grandparents have just let the kids do whatever they want and we are certainly reaping what we've sown. They expect everything handed to them, to have their own way, to live at a level they are unwilling to work for, and all because the entertainment industry tells them it's their right and their parents have babied and catered to them their whole lives. This is why many "children" are living with their parents tho they are in their 20s or 30s. Not just living with them, but sponging off them too as they expect their parents to pay for their meals, smart phone bills, TV, etc. If ever really bad times hit this country there are going to be millions of younger people out there without a clue what to do or how to do it.
Praise God, whatever happens here, my citizenship is in heaven! The larger a government gets, the more corrupt it becomes. That's one of the foundational reasons the American Founders wanted a very limited central government. Whereas once our central government had barely any impact at all upon individual citizens, today it's all over us. Democrats, Leftists, Liberals, openly applaud big government, want more of it and don't care what the Constitution says. Republicans, so-called conservatives, claim they are for smaller government, that the Constitution should be followed, but then they do the opposite. What candidate for president in 2016 has a plan to truly diminish the federal government and begin the process of shrinking the federal government back within constitutional bounds?
It may seem dark at the moment, but don't lose hope. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, keep moving and you'll get there. God won't abandon you; let God be your light. It may take some time, but in the end, everything will be alright.
I actually take my new place on that Board in January. The old Board had their final meeting recently and the next meeting will seat the new members; of which I am one. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers on this.