My, Too Cumbersome!

Written by Terry Dashner

My, How Cumbersome!

Terry Dashner……………….Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

His name is John Stossel. You might know him as co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20. He has written a really good book entitled, Give Me A Break How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Becamerepparttar Scourge ofrepparttar 105450 Liberal Media… (Perennial Currents 2004).

The reason I’m commenting on his book is because it strikes a nerve with me—a raw nerve at that. I love my nation. I think Government is, by and large, composed of good men and women who really do work forrepparttar 105451 common good. I believe most leaders are honest and pretty sharp; however,repparttar 105452 system they serve is broken. The Government has become so large and cumbersome that it impedes progress. Stossel’s book supports my reasoning. Let me share some of his insights.

“Last year,repparttar 105453 Agriculture Department paid subsidies of almost $200 million to make sure some sheep and goat ranchers made a profit. Why? Because in 1954, nine years after World War II, congressmen argued it was crucial to ‘national security’ that America have enough wool to make soldiers’ uniforms. Today most military uniforms aren’t even made of wool, but no matter,repparttar 105454 Agriculture Department still givesrepparttar 105455 farmers handouts.”

I thinkrepparttar 105456 United States would have surplus monies if it would trim back its leviathan Government and stop wasting money. For example, “Atrepparttar 105457 Pentagon,repparttar 105458 accounting discrepancies total $2 trillion. ‘They may have it. They just don’t know where it is,’ David Walker, head ofrepparttar 105459 General Accounting Office, told me. How can they not find that much money? Walker saysrepparttar 105460 Pentagon has bought things with it, but doesn’t know what. ‘They don’t know that they have it,’ he says. ‘They may buy it again.’

“No private company could get away keeping its books that way. The investors would be all over it. It would go bankrupt. The managers might go to jail. When I said that to Walker, he answered, ‘We’re not a private company.’”

Luck or Providence?

Written by Terry Dashner

Luck of Providence?

Terry Dashner……………..Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

Think of dominoes falling and not luck happening. What am I saying? Consider this. The milestones of human history are not free-standing monoliths, occurring by luck. They are, however, like dominoes—one event of time affecting another until milestones arise and provide a signature by which we identify human history. Does that make sense?

Listen to this. Author Bill Yenne in his book entitled, 100 Events That Shaped World History (Bluewood Books 1993), “…the Battles of Salamis and Plataea were significant because they preventedrepparttar annihilation of Greek civilization. This in turn allowed a great flourishing of Greek culture which gave rise torepparttar 105448 philosophies whose thought would come to formrepparttar 105449 basis for Western culture. The Battle of Waterloo andrepparttar 105450 World Wars changedrepparttar 105451 course of history. So didrepparttar 105452 invention ofrepparttar 105453 steam engine andrepparttar 105454 airplane. The flights ofrepparttar 105455 interplanetary spacecraft have cast a whole new perspective on our relatively tiny planet.” I agree with Mr. Yenne aboutrepparttar 105456 hodgepodge of events culminating into one great event, marking history for posterity. But, again, I seem to be inrepparttar 105457 minority group of people who are screaming loudly, “Hey! Things don’t just happen. There is an over riding hand of Providence, working throughout human history. Please, somebody, tell us this.”

Since they won’t tell you that God rules overrepparttar 105458 universe and nations—directing them byrepparttar 105459 counsel of His Sovereign will—I will tell you. In this brief document, I’m going to state a few of history’s milestones and tell you what could have happened had they not occurred. And since they did occur, God was in them working out His will to consummate all things underrepparttar 105460 authority of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. The nations ofrepparttar 105461 world will becomerepparttar 105462 nations of our God.

Okay, I got carried away. Let me get back torepparttar 105463 story. What if man had never become dissatisfied with drawing pictures on cave walls in order to communicate? “It wasn’t until around 3500 BC that people hadrepparttar 105464 idea of developing a set of simple, widely understood symbols—letters—that representedrepparttar 105465 sounds used in speech and could be combined in different ways to make up what we call sentences. Such a system is called a phonetic alphabet” (Bill Yenne). Had not God moved man torepparttar 105466 point of writing as a form of communication, there would have been NO Bible. God is all about communication. So much so that He sent usrepparttar 105467 “Word” and it “…became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1-14). Never underestimaterepparttar 105468 power ofrepparttar 105469 written word. It wasrepparttar 105470 written and disseminated word that changedrepparttar 105471 course of human history.

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