Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Proclamation 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor--and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be--That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions--to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

President George Washington

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Life will give you whatever you will accept

I believe that your life will turn out exactly as you allow it to. If you accept being average and ordinary, life will make you average and ordinary. If you accept living with financial hardships, life will give you hardships and heartaches. If you accept being unhappy, life will deliver that, too.

It all depends on your attitude, your expectations. Basically, if you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.

Friday, November 14, 2008

If A Voice Could Be A Weapon

I was having one of my wonderful conversations yesterday with my highly intelligent and very creative daughter. We were both expressing our frustration with the bureaucracy in Washington. Our question and bottom line was, how do you change it? Do we finally all just give up and go get a job at Taco Bell? How do you get the message out that the power is in our hands? Her comment was "If a voice could be a weapon" and that got me thinking. What we hear coming out of Washington is the self fulfilling prophesy that things are bad and that they will get worse unless Washington fixes it by printing, or borrowing, more money and handing it out like candy to a spoiled child. My frustration lies in that I have been watching Washington and financial policies for 30 years and they have brought us to where we are now. The primary demise of our financial services industry lies in the fact that Congress was pressured by special interest groups to loan to individuals hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase homes they would never be able to afford. Again, like giving candy to a spoiled child. But, in my opinion, even this didn't fully collapse our economy. I believe the rhetoric coming from our so called leaders has contributed greatly. When members of Congress and the the Administration take to the airwaves and tell everyone "We Are Doomed", well then the market tends to follow. All that does is give them more power. They have used their most powerful weapon, their voice. And this ever increasing power kills the spirit of initiative.

It's time to fight back. Use your voice! Things look bad right now when you are looking through the prism of their words, but the reality is this; Home prices and interest rates are low. You can still buy your primary home with a 3.5% down payment. As far as the stock market, now is the perfect time to start investing. Now is the time to begin acquiring shares for the long term. This is the market where wealth is created. For those who are in the market and fearful of loosing their retirement wealth, there are exciting new guaranteed products that will protect your income for life.

The government can not fix the problems we face on a daily basis in our business. We have to fix it! Fight Back!  

Use your most powerful weapon, use your voice.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Give Us A King

I posted this blog on Nov 7, 2007, but thought it would be worth re-posting at this time.

America is at a crossroads, we must choose between two worldviews. Can man deliver us, or do we trust in God to deliver us? As I listen to one Christian leader after another make their endorsements, I am reminded of the people of Israel in the Old Testament. God had delivered the people from Egypt, he had given them their land, but they had joined themselves with the world around them and had become dissatisfied. Things just were not going right for them. “Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” They needed someone who could solve the problems of their world. But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord and the Lord said to Samuel “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.”As I watch the way the Republican primaries are unfolding, I am sick with disappointment. When, as people of God, we are looking for “A true fiscal conservative” to lead us, we must remember the warning that Samuel gave the people of Israel; With a King, comes a Kingdom.

As we stand at this crossroad, I urge you today, revisit I Samuel chapter 8 and consider the cost. There is a Godly choice to make; compromise is not necessary, it never is.




Hindsight is 20/20
Nov 11, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Some Things Never Change

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be
refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of
officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the
assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome
become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead
of living on public assistance."


-----Cicero, 55 BC

Lemming or Leader

Where's My Voice?

Where do I start? I’ll just tell you my story and if you find yourself relating, then maybe you will jump in and join us.

I’m 53 years old and have seen things change drastically in our society in my adult life. As a child all adults were my boss and my teachers believed pretty much the same thing as my parents. An undisciplined life brought shame to you and your family and most families had a mom and a dad. And of course, just about everyone went to church or they were embarrassed to admit that they didn’t.

Today it seems like we live in an upside down world. In 2005 37% of all U.S. births were born to unmarried parents. Forty seven percent of adults in their 30’s and 40’s have lived in cohabitating relationships. Forty Three Million unborn babies have lost their lives since the U.S. Supreme Court made Roe v. Wade (and its companion Doe v. Bolton) the law of the land. As of July 8, 2008, Massachusetts and California permit same-sex couples to marry. The states of Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and New Hampshire offer civil unions.

How did we get here? Is anyone in particular to blame? Can we fix it and how? Well, I have an opinion, so here goes. I believe the church got comfortable. We gorged ourselves on the blessings of God and left the things of the world and society to the undisciplined. As things spiraled down the church was told they didn’t have a place in making the rules of society and many believed it. Now we are left standing alone on the prairie wondering “Where is My Voice?” “Can anyone here me?”

Now is the time to be heard. Christian Coalition (http://www.cc.org/) has been speaking up in a five fold manner since 1988. Christian Coalition offers people of faith the vehicle to be actively involved in impacting the issues they care about - from the county courthouse to the halls of Congress. The Coalition is a political organization, made up of pro-family Americans who care deeply about ensuring that government serves to strengthen and preserve, rather than threaten, our families and our values. To that end, we work continuously to identify, educate and mobilize Christians for effective political action.

Effective citizenship begins with knowledge. Since its inception, the Christian Coalition has worked to provide critical education and political training to the pro-family community in order to challenge and equip individuals and churches to make a difference at all levels of government.

Today, Christians need to play an active role in government again like never before. If we are going to be able to change policy and influence decisions, it is imperative that people of faith become committed to doing what Ronald Reagan called "the hard work of freedom". We are driven by the belief that people of faith have a right and a responsibility to be involved in the world around them. That involvement includes community, social and political action.

Ok, maybe your not 53 years old and maybe you didn’t live in the “Good Old Days”, maybe you are a young family starting out, and you’re shaking your head wondering what is going on here and what you can do about it. We want you to join us. We need your voice and your ideas. Come get involved on your schedule.