John Quincy Adams on the Bible

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), the sixth President of the United States, served as the Chairman of the American Bible Society in 1844. He was still serving as a U.S. Congressman at age 76. In a speech that same year, given to the American Bible Society on February 27, he shared his beliefs about the Bible:

Science: Are we in the Matrix? Evidence of design



A recent article describes how science is pointing to design, but instead of looking to the Designer, "our most prominent scientific and tech thinkers seriously propose we are living in a computer program."

Why would secular scientists, that normally make fun of Christians for pointing out the evidence of design all around us, be suggesting that we are living in a created simulation? Because the evidence of science points to a creator! Yet they refuse to follow the evidence to the truth and instead move to un-scientific philosophies. "embracing the Matrix Scenario and the idea of infinite universes allows their propounders to remain materialists in good standing."

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.

So they are without excuse.

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Science: Creation and the great eclipse of 2017



August 21, 2017
Peoria, IL
92-93% coverage
Begins: 11:50:37
Maximum: 13:17:20
Ends: 14:41:5

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Disciple: Notes from Stuart Briscoe



Notes on being a disciple of Jesus Christ from Stuart Briscoe's message delivered at Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Week 5, 2017.

The word disciple is used 100's of times in the new testament. One of the first actions Jesus took in His ministry was to recruit disciples.

the four critical rules of firearm safety


"Do not unsheath me without reason. Do not wield me without valor."
- unknown

The Four Critical Rules of Firearm Safety:

1. Consider all weapons to be loaded at all times.

2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not want to put a bullet through.

3. Never put your finger on the trigger unless you want to shoot.

4. Know your target and what’s behind it.

Civil Government: The Mayflower Compact



An example of an agreement to form "a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid"

Mayflower Compact (emphasis added)
Agreement Between the Settlers at New Plymouth : 1620

Liberty: The Higher Law and Moral Framework of Liberty



Samuel Adams taught that people will not give up liberties or be subdued if they have knowledge and virtue. But if they are ignorant and immoral (un-virtuous), they will be defeated without foreign invaders. Krisanne Hall says "with knowledge there is power." (1)

What informed the founders that they would be willing to give their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to fight for liberty?
They had knowledge! (2)

Forgiveness: Set yourself free!


Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Church: Mission of the Church



"We exist to glorify God."
"To glorify God means that we see God more clearly, enjoy Him more deeply, and communicate His goodness and greatness to others more completely."

Three necessary means:
1. Doctrinal Soundness
2. Relational Wholeness
3. Missional Faithfulness

By Prayerful Dependence

Ioannes (John) 20:19


"Pax vobis" "Peace be with you." John (Ioannes) 20:19

Pax = peace
Vobis = with you (bis = you will [singular])

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