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America’s Historic Choice

Do the American people truly understand that we will make a historic choice this year? Our nation as we have known it these past 250 years, will never be the same if Obama continues as President. Or if the kids who put Obama in office put Ron Paul in office simply because he’ll legalize their drugs and cater to their self-centeredness.

New Hampshire has an opportunity to lead the nation. We can show the nation that we really understand the choice that lays before us. But contrary to what the Republican establishment would have you believe, Mitt Romney is not the man to lead us away from the abyss. Romney is a manager, but not a leader. He is a politician, but not a statesman.

For those who genuinely are undecided between Romney and Newt, perhaps this comparison chart will help:

We need a visionary leader who has known since youth that his destiny was to save his country from a great danger. Winston Churchill had such a vision and was such a leader. I am amazed at the parallels between Churchill and Newt Gingrich. But the most outstanding similarity is their prophetic grasp of the “big picture.” Both men saw and understood the dangers that faced their nation. And they both had clarity about how to face those dangers.

We need a leader who can lead us through an American renewal. We do not need a manager who will “manage the decay” and be controlled by the moneyed establishment.

Newt has enemies because his eyes were not on his next election. He did what needed to get done, what he had promised the American people who placed him in office. He got the job done, and both sides whined about it. Now the Republican establishment is repaying Newt’s defiance of the old guard by supporting the Massachusetts moderate–Romney.

For whatever reason, the Republican machine doesn’t yet understand that the only way to beat a liberal is to bring in a conservative, NOT a moderate. Americans want to see their values and nation renewed. They know that the Democratic party of today will never be able to create an environment free of baby-murder, true to Constitutional intention, friendly to faith, supportive of the nuclear family, national security, and historic Federalism (rights of the individual).

Massachusetts is not, nor has it ever been a conservative state. Romney did not win as Governor because he was a conservative. Newt has ALWAYS been conservative. He has a track record and the support of those who recognized the differences.

The historic choice lays before us: Will we continue down the path of medocrity and concession or will we take a bold new direction toward the renewal and restoration of the values that made this country the greatest force for good in the earth?

QUESTION: A moderate or a conservative?

Should Your Wealth Increase

With unemployment skyrocketing and more people without a regular income, the advice of King David from more than 2,900 years ago provides sage advice.

” . . . and if your wealth increases
don’t make it the center of your life.” (NLT)–Ps. 62.10b

This verse begs the question: Why not? Of course, in this context, King David, who wrote the verse above, is talking about the increasing wealth from extortion and robbery. But he also understands the immense temptations of increasing wealth, especially of new, increased wealth. He is a student of human nature and has had experience seeing what sudden, increased wealth can do to people. So I believe that this speaks to a wider increase of wealth.

Many believe that an increase in wealth would solve most if not all of their problems.The popularity of this view can be demonstrated from the  statistics of state lottery sales. Everyone wants to win–and win big! So they spend millions. According to one source, since New Hampshire began the first lottery back in 1964, 200 billion in U.S. and Canadian revenues has been raised. Last year, 2010, USA lottery sales totaled 58 billion. Among the states, New York and Massachusetts gained the most with sales of 6.2 and 4.5 billion respectively.** Many have placed their hopes in hitting it big.

Without heeding the word of wisdom in the above verse, a sudden windfall of new wealth could consume a person. Granted a thousand or even ten thousand might not affect a person, but what if somebody wins above their ability to navigate the dangers of sudden wealth? Or what if the gain outruns that person’s character? Money could become the center of that person’s life. The heart and attention would be deflected from God. That person’s soul could be forfeited.

Jesus said, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37For what can a man give in return for his soul?”  –Mark 8:36–37 (ESV)

Nothing is as important as the soul of a man or woman. No amount of money is worth forfeiting the gift of God. Biblical warnings, if acted upon, can protect those whose wealth increases.

Wealth can be both a blessing and a curse. Love of money, not money itself, is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6.10 & Heb. 13.5). So we’re duly warned not to set our hearts on increased wealth. If money becomes the center of focus, we lose. If we trust in our money instead of God, who provides every good and perfect gift, then we can easily become twisted in our souls. We can grow incrementally, greedy. We can feel invulnerable. We may deceive ourselves into thinking that we are somehow more important than someone who has less. We run the risk of forgetting where we came from. We can become self-important.

Sudden wealth can as easily be a wonderful blessing from God. The risks of misplaced trust can be overcome.King David gave us the key: “Don’t make it the center of your life.” Blessing attends wealth if the heart is fixed on God and others.

Wealth can be a blessing to many as it flows through the person who has placed quiet confidence in God alone as his/her rock of protection and provision. That way, with or without wealth, we are not only rich, but FREE!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>   My Prayer in Response to the Above Insight  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Father, it is very difficult sometimes to live without regular income in a world and time as expensive as ours; but Lord, you are my portion. With you, I have confidence that me and my family “will lack no good thing.” Father, should you increase our wealth, please guard our hearts. I desire that nothing distract me from holding you as my center and portion. Should wealth increase, grant me the wisdom and character to use it wisely and keep it in its proper place. May my gaze always be on You. May You alone always be my Rock and Refuge. I choose today no to trust in wealth (or money). Protect those around me in the same way. And should you choose to withhold and keep our daily trust in your provision, we will continue to praise and worship your great wisdom and daily generosity.

** Source for lottery statistics

©2011, David C Alves, from my Journal, day 11-18-10

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