Once upon a time…

My Pondering

These things started changing in the sixties, decade I was born, and forces have been chipping away at it for 60 some years.

It wasn’t ALL good prior nor ALL bad currently but there is a significant difference which has eroded our core essence of what made America the bright beacon of them world.

Right vs. wrong was clearer.

Absolute truths were understood.

Patriotism was important.

Honor was earned and respected.

The Providence of God was desired.

Prayers were offered in the school.

Manners and decency were expected.

How times have changed but that doesn’t mean we can’t take the best and leave the rest.

It’s a two-way street. Our Police 👮‍♀️ need to be respectable, our President honorable, Our Military strong and honorable as well, our Babies not aborted, our Parents walking the talk, our Elders engaged and we know our God never changes. He hasn’t moved, we have.

One thing for certain is we need God in ALL we do, think and feel. A relationship with God is personal and up to the individual yet reverence for God should be held high in our institutions. As our money still bears, ‘In God we trust’.

When a Communist comes to America

When Boris Yeltsin Knew The Soviet Union Was Dead: “If The People See This There Will Be A Revolution”. A Trip To An American Grocery Store Changed Everything.

In 1989, Boris Yeltsin, 58, was elected to the new Soviet parliament and the Supreme Soviet, where he was a leader of the reform bloc.
He was the former Mayor of Moscow, and was already well known in the United States after he became the first person in history to resign in protest from the Politburo.
On September 16, Yeltsin and his parliamentary colleagues had an usual request. They had just finished touring the Johnson Space Center in Houston and there was free time in the schedule.
They wanted to see a typical American grocery store. They had heard “rumors”, and wanted to see it for themselves. They soon arrived at nearby Randall’s Supermarket.
He walked down every aisle and stopped to inspect numerous products.
He had many questions for the store manager about the wide variety of products. He asked about shortages and waiting periods.
Yeltsin was told there was nothing unusual about Randall’s, and its customers were not “the elite.”
The New York Times said he was constantly nodding his head in amazement.
“He marveled at the produce section, the fresh fish market, and the checkout counter.
“He looked especially excited about frozen pudding pops. The fact that stores like these were on nearly every street corner in America amazed him.”
Yeltsin said that if the Soviet people, who had to wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. supermarkets, “there would be a revolution. . .
“Even the Politburo doesn’t have this choice. Not even Mr. Gorbachev.”
Yeltsin’s official biography was published in 2001, one year after he left office as the first elected President of Russia.
The biographer wrote about the Houston visit and said that on the plane ride to Yeltsin’s next destination, Miami, he was despondent. He couldn’t stop thinking about the plentiful food at the grocery store and what his countrymen had to subsist on in Russia.
In Yeltsin’s own autobiography, he also wrote about the experience at Randall’s, which shattered his view of communism. Two years later, he left the Communist Party and began making reforms to turn the economic tide in Russia.
Yeltsin wrote “When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people.
“That such a potentially super-rich country as ours had been brought to a state of such poverty! It was terrible to think of it.” The Houston Chronicle commented “You can blame those frozen Jell-O Pudding pops he was given at Randall’s.”

– Unkown

Jesus and the Democrat

“JESUS AND THE DEMOCRAT”

I hope you get a smile out of this one.

A Republican, in a wheelchair, entered a restaurant one afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee. The Republican looked across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus sitting over there?”

The waitress nodded “yes,” so the Republican requested that she give Jesus a cup of coffee, on him.

The next patron to come in was a Libertarian, with a hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus, over there?”

The waitress nodded, so the Libertarian asked her to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, “My treat.”

The third patron to come into the restaurant was a Democrat on crutches. He hobbled over to a booth, sat down, and hollered, “Hey there honey! How’s about getting me a cold mug of Miller Light?” He too looked across the restaurant and asked, “Isn’t that God’s boy over there?”

The waitress nodded, so the Democrat directed her to give Jesus a cold beer. “On my bill,” he said loudly.

As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the Republican, touched him, and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.” The Republican felt the strength come back into his legs, got up, and danced a jig out the door.

Jesus passed by the Libertarian, touched him, and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.” The Libertarian felt his back straightening up, and he raised his hands, praised the Lord, and did a series of back flips out the door.

Then, Jesus walked towards the Democrat, just smiling.

The Democrat jumped up and yelled, “Don’t touch me … I’m on disability.”

Who printed the first Bible in the United States?

My Pondering

Our founding father believed the Holy Bible was essential and instrumental to the nation’s well being.

Three years prior, the Congress ordered 20,000 copies to be imported as there was a shortage due to the English blockades.

Here is their official proclamation:

Whereupon,
RESOLVED,
THAT the United States in Congress assembled highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitken, as subservient to the interest of religion, as well as an instance of the progress of arts in this country, and being satisfied from the above report of his care and accuracy in the execution of the work, they recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize him to publish this Recommendation in the manner he shall think proper.

12. Journals of the Continental Congress (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1907), Vol. XIII, p. 574, September 12, 1782; The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments (Philadelphia: Robert Aitken, 1782).

According to historian David Barton:

Robert Aitken then proceeded to print his Bible, now known as the Aitken Bible or the Bible of the Revolution. That Bible – approved by the Founding Fathers in Congress – was the first English-language Bible to be printed in America. 13Records show that of the 10,000 originally printed by Aitken, 30-40 total copies still exist (5-10 of which are in private hands); one of these existing Bibles is at WallBuilders.

(Incidentally, on May 30, 1783, the Rev. John Rodgers, a military chaplain and close friend of George Washington, suggested to his Commander-in-Chief that one of these congressionally approved Bibles be given to every member of the Continental Army. Washington was highly pleased with the suggestion but regretfully noted that Roger’s proposal had arrived too late – Congress had just disbanded the Continental Army, retaining only a skeleton force.

https://archive.wallbuilders.com/aitken-bible-congress/

Is is a gross error to believe our Founders wanted to separate the Christian religion from government. This lesson in history dispels that notion unequivocally.

Here is a relevant sign for our current Congress: