Showing Honor and Patriotic Respect for Former Presidents

When I was growing up, I always looked forward to February. I knew that we would have two days off from school to celebrate the birthdays of two of our more famous presidents, Abraham Lincoln on the 12th of the month and George Washington on the 22nd. 

These were federal holidays but in 1971 they were adapted, as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Thereafter, a single federal holiday was to be celebrated on the third Monday of February and known as Presidents’ Day, to show honor and patriotic respect to all of our former presidents.

Patriotism seems objectionable to the progressives of our modern generation. Their “cancel culture” seems to have problems celebrating great national milestones, tolerating and praying for authorities and leaders, as prescribed in scripture here and here or demonstrating individual maturity and self-control to be able to peacefully protest perceived social hurts and harms in our present society.

Our nation’s common history, culture and values need to be acknowledged, articulated and honored by school children, brave members of our military and the cultured elite alike, “from sea to shining sea.” Some would add “at athletic events,” as well! Unless mutual respect, civil tolerance and civic pride again prevail among us, everyone will soon “bite and devour one another” (Galatians 5:15a).

Instead, let us consciously come together and restore honorable patriotism to our nation! If we fail to remember and respectfully reflect on our uniquely American heritage and freedoms, selfishly use or abuse them for personal or political gain or fail to courageously secure and support them for others we all will be in danger of losing our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms:

  • freedom of religion.
  • freedom of speech.
  • freedom of the press.
  • freedom to peacefully assemble.
  • freedom to protest our government, and
  • freedom to elect our leaders.

All of these freedoms became our American creed and have been secured by the wisdom and dedication of our Founding Fathers, former Presidents and congressional leaders, for nearly 250 years.

Law and order must again prevail in our land. Anarchy is, ultimately, an expression of “the lawless one,” whose work will be empowered by Satan (2 Thessalonians 2:9). Historically, it yields to tyranny, which maintains its powers by suppression of God-given freedoms and by cruel, violent oppression or death. May that never succeed in this “land of the free and home of the brave!”

For all its human faults, this great country’s mutual freedoms and liberties still provide, as Abraham Lincoln correctly described it, “the last, best hope of earth.” May our Creator and sustainer continue to restrain evil and protect and bless the U.S.A.!!

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After Thoughts: Would you join me in singing aloud this great prayer?

“Our fathers’ God, to Thee, Author of liberty, to Thee we sing:

Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light;

Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King!”

“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” Samuel F. Smith, 1832

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How Did Jesus Explain the End of the Age? (Part 2)

“Learning about the End of This Age from Noah’s Worldwide Flood”

In telling His disciples about the unknown day or hour of His future return to earth as the “Son of Man,” Jesus referenced the spiritual condition of those on the earth in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:38-39). Their depraved lifestyles made them oblivious to divine warnings of judgment. We can learn about the end of this age by reviewing the biblical record of Noah’s worldwide flood, in Genesis 6-8.

First, the fountains of the great deep were broken up (7:11-12), perhaps by undersea earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, causing massive waves coursing across the oceans and above the mountains. Some believe this is when the original dry-land mass of Earth (Gen. 2:6-13) was broken apart into the continents and islands we now know. 

Then, abnormal rainfall from the protective celestial canopy above the earth (spoken of in Genesis 2:6-8 and in 7:11 as the “windows of heaven”) caused the floodwaters to rise above the highest mountains by nearly thirty feet. All mammals and men who were on the dry land died. “…Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive” (7:19-24). 

After raining for “forty days and forty nights,” the floodwaters eventually receded over a period of 150 days (7:24) and the ark landed on the mountain range of Ararat, at the conjunction of modern Turkey, Iran and Iraq. After being shut in the ark for one year and approximately two weeks, Noah and his family disembarked from the ark and released the animals onto dry land at God’s command, so they “may breed abundantly on the earth and be fruitful and multiply” (8:17)! 

Noah– “a Preacher of Righteousness”

Noah, the righteous preacher (2 Peter 2:5), built an altar and led his family in worship of a merciful God (8:20-21). That Creator-God placed a rainbow in the sky as a sign of the covenant He made with Noah, that He would never again destroy the world by water (Gen. 9:11-17).

However, the apostle Peter has warned that God is going to destroy the world a second time (2 Peter 3:6-7)–with fire, at Christ’s Second Coming, as part of “The Day of the Lord” trumpet and bowl judgments, as described by John in the book of Revelation, chapters 8-11 and 16. The earth will be purged by fire and cleansed of all sin but not annihilated. It will continue to exist in a new form during the glorious millennial Kingdom reign of King Jesus. Faithful disciples of our Lord will then rule with Him for a thousand years on this renewed earth!

A Crucial Lesson for Family and Friends

There is a crucial lesson for us to learn from the Noahic Flood. It involves Noah’s father and siblings.

His father, Lamech, was 182 years old when Noah was born (Gen. 5:28) and he lived an added 595 years (5:30). Since Noah was 500 years old when he had his three boys, Shem, Ham and Japheth (5:32), it would appear Lamech would have only been 682 years old. In his remaining 95 years, he would have known and had the opportunity to  influence his grandsons and lived through most of the “Noah and Sons” ark-building experience of nearly 100 years. 

Lamech would have witnessed Noah’s “preaching” by example and words to his contemporaries of the coming judgment of God. He died at 777 years of age (Gen. 5:31), just five years before the unprecedented and devastating, world-wide flood. Did he exercise his family headship and spiritual responsibility to lead his family in righteous obedience and worship of our holy God before he died? Sadly, we don’t know but nothing in Scripture indicates he did.

Lamech’s other children (Noah’s siblings, Gen. 5:30) would have had the same exposure to the wicked and morally corrupt world and the righteous witness of Noah and his warnings of a future judgment of a righteous God. But, sadly, we note that they were not in the “ark of safety” when Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives entered the ark and God shut the door (7:13-16)!

Justice and Judgment in our “Post-Christian Society”

We all have people around us today–family, friends, neighbors and colleagues–who are living through the cycles of life, “eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.” They may seem to us as good people but Paul says “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Since “the wages of sin is death” (6:23), if they are not “in Christ” and remain indifferent and unrepentant, they are as oblivious to God’s pending and righteous judgment as the people of Noah’s day!

Time is running out for our modern “post-Christian society,” with its deviant thinking and destructive perversions. Justice and judgment at Christ’s Coming are now sooner than when we first believed! It is time to seriously plead with those who you can yet influence for righteousness and draw them with you to our only hope (1 Peter 1:3-5)–Jesus Christ, our ark of safety!

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After Thoughts:

NOAH FOUND GRACE  IN THE EYES OF THE LORD, traditional spiritual, b/w video with Tennessee Ernie Ford

MY DAUGHTER, THE PREACHER: My married daughter, Carmen Quevedo, is a member of the executive pastoral team at our church and she was asked to share her study of Noah and the Ark, comparing it to this past year of Covid-19 experiences. [YouTube video of 1.24.2021, 9 am]

Check out this website for the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky, featuring a Creationist Museum and Christian theme park. The centerpiece of the park is a large, life-size representation of Noah’s Ark, based on the Genesis flood narrative contained in the Bible.

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How Did Jesus Explain the End of the Age?

Part 1

Just days before our Lord’s death, burial and resurrection He withdrew from the crowds in Jerusalem and walked with His disciples across the small Kedron Valley and climbed up part of the mild slope of the Mount of Olives, which overlooked Jerusalem from the east.

His disciples used this private time with Him to ask Jesus important questions about the destruction of the temple, His Second Coming and the final judgment at the “end of the age” (Matthew 24:3). He told them that no one knows the day or the hour of His future coming. “Only the Father knows,” He said (24:36; Modern English Version).

We Can Know The Signs of His Coming

However, in the immediately preceding parable of the fig tree, Jesus taught that men can know signs of the end of this age and the general period of His coming (24:32-35). When the fig tree is tender and the branches put out leaves, one can understand that summer is near. It doesn’t indicate the day or hour that summer will begin, only the general time period. Thus, the prophetic “fig tree” is a sign of anticipation and approximation.

The generation of discerning believers living in the days preceding the Lord’s coming will know they are in the last days because of these indicators (24:33). What the last-day disciples will not know exactly are the day and hour of our Lord’s soon return (Rev. 22:12-13). The unsaved world will be in the dark about these important, future prophetic-events.

Noah’s Flood Teaches Us about the End of the Age 

Our Lord Jesus went on to compare the Biblical account of Noah’s flood (Genesis 6-8) to teach critical truths leading up to His return: “For as in the days before the flood, they [the unsaved] were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark,” (Matt. 24:38).

He did not say the pre-flood generation was gluttonous or intoxicated nor that there was anything inherently inappropriate or unwholesome in marriage. Actually, sexual expressions within the bonds of marriage are sanctified (Heb. 13:4). His issue was that the unrighteous ones were oblivious to the reality of their personal sins and would be unprepared for the impending judgment by a holy God.

The original events (recorded in Genesis 6-8) showed how the people of that age were morally twisted or “wicked” and the culture was filled with “violence” or lawlessness and God determined to destroy that generation (the 10th from Adam and Eve) and start over (6:1-7).

In the context of that evil society (6:11-13), “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” God saw him as “a just man and blameless among his contemporaries.” Almost like a tombstone epitaph, v. 9 says simply, “Noah walked with God.” This is the same term used of his great-grandfather, Enoch, of whom Scripture says, “Enoch walked with God, and he was no more because God took him” (Gen. 5:24).

It seems that Noah’s walk with God consisted of faithful obedience to “all the Lord commanded him” (Gen. 6:22; 7:5). The degeneration of the human race was rapidly happening all around him but Noah was viewed as righteous and blameless in God’s sight, if not also in the sight of the unrighteous and guilty ones around him. 

Deviant Thinking and Practiced Perversion

The apostle Peter calls Noah a “preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:8),” although no scripture specifically shows him as “preaching” or proclaiming anything. Apparently, Noah’s nearly one-hundred years of righteous living before an ungodly world, while he was very visibly obeying God in building a really big boat/ship, was the testimony and witness God desired of him.  Undoubtedly, he repeatedly explained to those who came to watch or mock that the ark was intended for saving lives–not just the various animal kinds, but precious human beings who would turn to God in repentance, humility and obedience.

God, who knows the very intentions of our hearts, saw that mankind was wicked and corrupt and human thoughts were “only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). As in our day, society in Noah’s day had lost its moral conscience and discernment of values, decency and relationship to God. Deviant thinking and practiced perversion weaken and ultimately destroy a civilization.

According to Genesis 6:14-17, the ark was to be 450 feet long (equal to 1.5 football fields in length), 75 feet wide (the same length-to-width ratio is consistent to ship dimensions today), and 45 feet high, with a capacity exceeding that of 500 railroad stock cars. Its bargelike shape made it difficult to capsize. Food and animals were loaded onto the ark in the numbers and kind which God ordered.

Then, God affirmed Noah, by saying, “You and your entire household go into the ark, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me among this generation” (7:1). Noah, his wife, his three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth and their three wives all boarded the ark (6:18-22). Please remember that; we’ll mention it again, next time in Part 2 of our study: “Learning about the End of This Age from Noah’s Worldwide Flood.”

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After Thoughts:

Check out this website for the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky, featuring a Creationist Museum and Christian Theme Park. The centerpiece of the park is a large, life-size representation of Noah’s Ark, based on the Genesis flood narrative contained in the Bible.

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Biden’s Radical Trans-Sexual Agenda

President Obama used to remind us that “elections have consequences.” This was harshly impressed upon us again, as President Biden used his first day in office to initiate the Democrat’s radical, trans-sexual agenda via one of his many Executive Orders. It was a disturbing day for our children and a sad day for women’s sports in America! 

By twisting the historic meaning of the word “sex” in the Title IX education amendment of 1972 to include something other than biological “male or female,” Bidden has created a monster!

Under this socially-radical and disturbing Democrat-decree, any educational institution that receives federal funding must now admit biologically-male athletes to women’s teams, compete for women’s scholarships, share locker rooms and other biologically-separated spaces, including forcing female members of our military to shower with biological men.

Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Christiana Holcomb wrote that this reckless action will  “gut legal protections for women by denying female athletes fair competition in sports, ignoring women’s unique health needs, and forcing vulnerable girls to share intimate spaces with men who identify as female” (Washington Times).

 Parsing the consequences as simply as possible, author Ryan Anderson explained: “Boys who identify as girls must be allowed to compete in the girls’ athletic competitions, men who identify as women must be allowed in women-only spaces, health care plans must pay for gender transition procedures and doctors and hospitals must perform them” (Daily Signal).

Emilie Kao, an attorney with the Heritage Foundation, says America’s new 46th president – despite all his talk about “unity” – has shown he is “committed to advancing a radically divisive transgender agenda and has set women back decades.”

The lunacy of this extreme, “progressive” political-policy denies acknowledged-reality from all of human history and “established science” that only two sexes – male and female – exist in the human race” (Matthew 19:3; Genesis 1:27, 5:2). It is one or the other, not both.

These gendered individuals may express their biological masculinity or femininity in varied and diverse ways, according to their unique physical and emotional makeup. They are each unique individuals of equal worth, purpose and value to our Creator-God.

Mis-guided Gendering

The Bible clearly states, “But from the beginning of the creation God ‘made them male and female'” (Mark 10:6). There is nothing “equal” in pitting biological boys against biological girls.

Christian author and Bible teacher Larry Tomczak correctly clarified, “People can protest all they want, yet the Scriptures and scientific fact prove that men and women are different and men possess larger bones, lungs, bone density, muscle fiber and something called testosterone. This explains why the fastest female sprinter in the world, Allyson Felix, has a lifetime best in the 440-meter that was handily beaten by 300 high school boys in recent statistics.”

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