Property Rights: A Fundamental Human Right


Excerpt from Imprimis: Property Rights and Religious Liberty

"James Madison wrote an essay on property in 1792 in which he connects property rights to all human rights, including freedom of religion, speech, and the press. Madison defines property as 'every thing to which a man may attach a value and have a right, and which leaves to every one else the like advantage' (emphasis in original)—the italicized words distinguish the natural rights of the Declaration of Independence from the kind of rights proclaimed by socialism, such as the right to a guaranteed income or to free education, which by definition make claims on the property of others...

End Times, Rapture, so what?



"The last days are here... let our lot be genuine life in Jesus Christ. Do not let anything catch your eye besides Him."
- Ignatius (Bishop of Antioch, appointed by Peter, companion of John, arrested by the Roman government and thrown to wild beasts in the Colosseum)

If you find yourself obsessing over the news and sermons on the end times, maybe it's time to ask yourself, "so what?"

So what if it is the end times? What does that mean to me and my faith? So what should I be thinking? So what should I be doing?

So...

Prayer (t): Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness



The Right to Life

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."
- Declaration of Independence

Of course, it should be obvious, the right to life is the first and most fundamental right.

Let's pray that we and our fellow citizens more fully understand the worth, dignity and right to life of all, including the most vulnerable among us.

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Merry Christmas



"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!

Oh what a great hope we have in Jesus!

I pray for Illinois and for it's citizens to know this great hope. I pray for revival among Christ's churches in Illinois to share the Good News through words and acts of love, mercy, and justice.

Prayer (t): Terror, Persecution, and Unity in our diversity



I was thinking about international events, the Berlin terror attack yesterday and church bombings in Egypt last week, in particular, and request that we pray for those that are victims of terrorism and persecuted for their faith.

Also pray for America and Illinois that we might find unity in our diversity, and what do we have to be united on? The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Liberty and Justice for all. E Pluribus Unum: out of many, one.

This is such an important message that transcends so much of what divides us.

An Appeal to Heaven



"An Appeal to Heaven"

As Randy starts his campaign for Governor of Illinois, I would like us, as prayer partners, to make a concerted effort to "appeal to heaven."

This was a slogan used on the flags of the first sea cruisers commissioned by George Washington personally before the official Continental Navy. Called the Washington's Cruisers or Pine Tree flag, it was a symbol of the dependence they put on God for their cause.

We need to depend on God as we passionately call upon His favor over Randy's campaign.

The Force: A Force for Good! Star Wars and the real battle of good vs evil.


BE A FORCE FOR GOOD!

Good vs. Evil, Jedi vs. Darkside, Spirit vs Flesh... there is a battle of good and evil.

Evil, the darkside

Prayer (c): Announcement Day



Lord, Jesus, our God,
You said "apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:15)

In faith we embrace Your words, Lord, and implore Your goodness. Help us to carry out the work we are about to begin, and bring it to completion.

I request good health, wisdom, courage, peace, and sound judgment for Mr. Stufflebeam, his family, staff, and supporters.
I pray for a good turn out of journalists and favorable reporting.

Advent



Advent: A holy season of the Christian church, also known as the season of Christmas.

A season of celebration of the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ, and of expectant and hopeful waiting for His return!

Adventus is the Latin word for ‘coming’, and is the exact Latin equivalent for the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming.” (1)

Discipleship: Scripture Story and Life Story Application



"The Bible is God's story, his declaration of the way the world really is. The Bible is not an exhaustive history of the world, but it narrates, in a progressive way over time, the story of God's actions and what they mean for the people of God."

"Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen helpfully structure the biblical narrative as a six-act play:"

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