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A Welfare-Financed Deadbeat Dad Killed Michael Brown – Protest That!

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“I Know How to Stop Violence Against African Americans, Governor Wilson!”

By Dr. Patrick Johnston

 

I know how to stop the looting, Governor Wilson! Encourage property owners to shoot looters on sight. No one has a duty to surrender their property and liberty to mob lawlessness.

I suspect that not a shot would be fired.

One thing that’s typical about crime is that you can’t enjoy the benefits of it if you aren’t alive. That’s an equation that’s easy for courageous armed, law-abiding citizens to turn in their favor.

When you look the facts square in the eye, and resist the guilt-trips from the race-baiters, you’ll realize just how much this would cure the violence in the cities! Who, after all, is doing the looting and the burning? The same ones doing the burglarizing, the raping, the drug-peddling, and the murdering – crimes of which African Americans suffer disproportionately. For every George Zimmerman shooting a Trayvon Martin, there are a thousand African American thugs killing other African Americans. And now, with white guilt peaking and white business owners abandoning their downtown property to the mobs, the thugs just cannot pass up a politically correct opportunity for thuggery inside the beltway of St. Louis and in other big cities around the nation.

A blogger on LifeSiteNews.com brought my attention to some startling facts to which we should pay close attention. The FBI reports that in 2012 in the U.S., 5,538 black males were murdered compared to 4,093 white males. That’s 34% more black males being murdered than white males.

Isn’t this evidence of racism? Half a statistic is like half a boat – it does more harm than good.

Let’s round out this subject to bring it into focus. The FBI reports, between 1976 and 2005, African Americans, comprising 12% of the population, committed 53% of all felony murders and 56% of non-felony murders. The Centers for Disease Control reported last year that young black men are 14 times more likely to commit murder than young white men. (That’s a 1,400% increase!)

Whites are almost 200% more likely to be killed by an African American than an African American is to be killed by a white person.

Does that help you see through the media-propagated fog and bring the issue into tighter focus?

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Don’t Be Deceived by the Green Beans Photo

 
Eighty percent of our produce this year came from 20% of our garden. The melons shriveled, the tomatoes cracked, the peas dried up, the strawberries were covered in knee-high weeds thanks to the bad-timing of an out-of-town conference and a vacation, and I planted more pepper plants than peppers harvested. But the green beans were awesome. 
 
However, don't be deceived by the green beans photo. It wasn’t as easy as it looks. It looks like the lush vines and the bumper crop were as easy as 1 - 2 - 3, but it was as hard as chewing glass into sand. I had to re-plant three times this year due to the little hungry slugs that would come up and eat the leaves off the seedlings as soon as they burst through the ground. So I replanted and bought some Seven pesticide powder and sprinkled it on them. But it rained and the powder washed off, and the little slimy demons were at it again. So I replanted, and tried again. At least three, and in some areas four times!
 
It may seem to you that you have been trying to teach the same lessons to your kids over and over again, and they just don’t get it. Do you give up? Do you let the kid have was he's temper-tantrumin' for? Do you let the teen have the cell phone even though you know they're sinnin' with it? Do you let her go out with that guy even though you know they are in a lustful relationship? Do you just give up and let the devil's slugs eat your seedings? No way! In the parable of the sower, Jesus mentioned that the devil tries to steal the sown seed. Do you quit sowing? No - you plant the seed again and try to beat the devil off! Don't come under the judgment of Eli because you refuse to "restrain" your kids and tolerated a famine of the word in your home (1 Samuel 3-4).
 
God didn’t give up trying to teach Israel. He gave the law and reminded them of it over and over again. When they spurned the law, He sent prophets to warn over and over again before He sent judgment. He’s patient. “The servant of the Lord,” Paul wrote, “must not strive, but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient…” Don’t be frustrated with teaching the same lessons to your kids repeatedly. Keep sowing! One day it may take, and then you’ll get that bumper crop of the fruits of the Spirit!  
 
Don't be deceived by the family photo. It's not as easy as it looks.
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The Lesser Hills of Kinder County

 

By Dr. Patrick Johnston

 

To marry the woman of his dreams, he would have to conquer her father’s heart;

but to win the heart of this hard Amish man, he’ll have to sacrifice everything.

 

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Part 1 of 8. Vermin Under the Vine

Boy, did our sweet potato harvest look like it’d be a booming crop this year! The sweet potatoes are one of kid's favorite things to grow. Picking beans and tomatoes isn’t nothing compared to pulling a sweet potato out of the ground the size of a bowling ball! This year, the vines were spreading out all over the place! We couldn’t wait to see what awaited us in those mounds.

What we found, however, was disappointing. Half of our sweet potatoes had pits created by mouse or chipmunks, as evidence by the teeth marks! Some sweet potatoes were completely hollowed out by the vermin.

Our kids might look good on the outside, but what's in their heart? They may smile, get good grades, have stable relationships, but what’s on the inside? What’s under all that veneer. Jesus reproved the Pharisees that they were pretty on the outside but were like whitewashed tombstones, full of corruption on the inside. They looked like the most spiritual of all, and Jesus called them "Snakes!" and "children of your father the devil!"

When it comes to raising our kids, let’s not just aim for outward excellence, but as Romans 16:19-20 says, “Be excellent at good and innocent of evil. And the God of peace shall soon crush satan underneath our feet.”

In another part of the garden, we used mole poison in a jar to keep the rodents at bay - and it worked and potatoes were flawless. However, in the rodent-eaten part of the potato garden, I trusted in an “old wives’ tale” that ivory soap would keep ‘em out. So I cut up some ivory soap and tossed it around so I wouldn’t have to use rodent poison. There were even teeth marks in the ivory soap! Wouldn't be surprised if some PETA freak started that rumor about ivory soap.

Don’t let “old wives’ tales” replace the tried and true measures of the word of God. Replacing the “commandments of God” for the “traditions of men” is severely frowned upon (Mark 7:6-9). God’s Word includes the best parenting advice because God is the best parent. God commands us to spank because He spanks (Heb. 12). It is loving and godly to spank your kids when appropriate; the Bible says you "hate" them if you don't (Prov. 13:24). Put the Word of God in their mind from dawn to dusk - God commands it because it is loving (Deut. 6). You cannot improve on His love, Moms and Dads.

 

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The Republican Donut

By Dr. Patrick Johnston

 

The wrong diagnosis leads to the wrong remedy

A 250-pound man with powdered sugar on his OSU sweatshirt was in my office recently complaining of an infected toe. "It's an allergy to that new blood pressure drug," he insisted. "My toe got red and started draining yellow as soon as you put me on it."

A careful history and examination revealed that the patient had uncontrolled diabetes and a severe diabetic foot infection. "It's not the BP drug," I informed him. "It's your donuts. If we don't get your diabetes under control, a surgeon's gonna have to amputate your toe or foot to save your life."

Identifying the symptom's easy - "my toe has an open ulcer." Finding the cause, however, is more complex, especially for the ignorant. Coincidence is not conclusive evidence. Just because the patient's symptoms began when he started medication for his blood pressure, that doesn't mean the med caused it. Needless to say, without discovering the true cause of his symptoms, we would never have cured it.

The greatest single threat to American liberty is... (drum roll, please)

Listen up religious conservatives: God is a greater threat to American liberty than Obama. People are scared, but they are more scared of liberals than they are of offending God.

According to new U.S. Treasury data this month, a record number of people have renounced their citizenship so far this year, at a pace to break the record which was last year when 2,999 Americans abandoned citizenship. In 2013, the front pages of newspapers all over the country reported hundreds of thousands of people added their names to online petitions encouraging the secession of every state in the union since Obama was re-elected. With health insurance premiums going up, illegal aliens continuing to come across our porous southern border, traditional marriage under assault from leftist judges and gay activists, and the value of the dollar increasingly threatened by irresponsible money-printing practices of the Federal Reserve and the government’s refusal to abide by a budget, the number of discontented Americans continues to grow. However, let us keep the true cause of our loss of liberties at the forefront of our minds. Just because our freedoms and prosperity began dwindling dramatically when Obama took office, it does not mean that Obama is the principle cause. The bottom began to drop out of the economy before Obama’s presidency even began; the seeds of the inevitable economic disaster were planted and watered by leaders of both parties.

Why is God a greater threat to American liberty than Obama? There are three sins that repeatedly are mentioned in the Bible as reasons God punishes and destroying nations:

1. the shedding of innocent blood,

2. sodomy, and

3. idolatry.

Judgments are pronounced in Scripture not only against the nation of Israel - the "apple of God's eye" - but also Gentile nations (Jeremiah 18:7-10). Nations that slaughter as many people as our nation has - almost 56 million since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion-on-demand - deserve tyranny. When we promote homosexuality at taxpayer expense to our nation's public school children, in our federal and state bureaucracy policies, and in allowing tens of thousands of sodomites to march the city streets at annual gay pride parades (they march nude in Columbus, Ohio) - we deserve tyranny. Nations where the public proclamation of God's law and Jesus' lordship in our courthouses and schoolhouses can get you sued, expelled from your teaching position, or booted out of office - such nations deserve tyranny.

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By Dr. Patrick Johnston

 

Karate’s been good to Elijah this year. It has a way of toughening up a kid who otherwise has been one of the gentlest Johnstons – Elijah Hudson, now seven. He promoted to yellow belt last month, and you’d have thought he won the local Tuff Man Competition! His kicks are higher, his punches stronger, and his “Hyah” is now ear-drum-shattering! We were absolutely floored when he practically chased a more experienced and much larger orange belt opponent around the ring at the last tournament, beating him soundly!
 

Our karate class is a self-defense class, which means we focus on defending against an attacker on the street. In a street fight, there are no rules, no referee, no tapping out, and no trophies. One of our exercises is sparring against two opponents at the same time. How do you handle two people attacking you at the same time? It’s a helpful skill to master. Well, Grace, nine years of age, was taking on Elijah and Sensei Brad, who is our amazing black belt instructor. As is common when you’re sparring with two people, the person being attacked can easily strike or kick too hard inadvertently. Well, Grace delivered a front snap kick right in Elijah’s “breadbasket.” It knocked the breath right out of him! It was horrifying to see my seven-year-old son gasp with fear in his eyes, unable to breath for about 20 seconds. I let him rest his arms on my shoulders, and as tears streamed down his face, I reassured him that momentarily his lungs would work and he’d be just fine.

Sure enough, the spasm in his diaphragm soon eased and he was all better. “That was awesome son! You handled that like a yellow-belt!” We high-fived and then I told him, “Now, get back out there and show Sensei Brad what you’re made of!”

 

Part of me wanted to tell him to take a break, get some water, take some time to recuperate from that horrifying feeling that you cannot breathe and are about to die. But I knew that what was best for Elijah was to get out there and fight! Everyone watched in awe as Elijah ran back out into the ring and started throwing fists and punches again.

 

As parents, we are called not only to press our children on to their intellectual and physical potential, but also spiritual. Our children may get the breath knocked out of them, but don’t let them sulk or retreat. They may fall into a moral sewer, but don’t let them wallow in it. They may drop the shield of faith and get stung by one of the devil’s fiery darts, but it’s not time to take a sabbatical from the battlefield and nurse wounds. It’s not time for you to coddle them, Mom, or scold them ad nauseum, Dad, or put them in time-out until your bitterness subsides and your anger is assuaged with their misery. It is not time to lower our expectations of their performance. The best thing to do when your kid gets kicked in the gut is to press that two-edged sword back into their hand and prod them back into the ring.

 

Mom and Dad, don’t expect defeat from your kids – expect victory! If Job was “perfect and upright, and one who feared God and avoided evil” – and this before the cross and the resurrection – then why can’t my son be like that? With the intercession of the Son of God and with the infilling of the Holy Spirit, doesn’t my son have an edge? If the parents of John the Baptist “were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” – and that was during the Old Covenant – then why can’t my daughters be like that in the New Covenant based upon a superior atonement and better promises? If it was said of David that he “did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” – and this before Jesus’ blood was shed and the Bible was completed – then why can’t my children have such victory?

If your children experience defeat, expect repentance, forgive them fully and quickly, and help them move on toward victory over sin. Let’s have high hopes for our children. God does!

 

  • “Oh that there was such a heart within them, that they would fear me and keep My commandments always, that it might be well with them and their children forever.” (Deut. 5:29)
  • “Stand in awe and sin not.” (Psalm 4:4)
  • “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee (Psalm 119:11)
  • “Go and sin no more,” Jesus told the woman caught in the act of adultery. High expectations indeed! (Psalm 119:11)
  • “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you,” Jesus told a lame man he healed.
  • (Jn. 5:14)
  • “Awake to righteousness and sin not.” (1 Cor. 15:34)
  • “This is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication…” (1 Thess. 4:3).
  • “[Jesus] bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.” (1 Pet. 2:24-25)
  • “As Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God” (I Pet. 4:4-5).

 

Why don’t we experience more victory? Because we don’t expect it. Because we don’t believe God for it, and we cannot rise above our faith. To expect defeat in our lives and in the lives of our children is to disbelieve God and His Word. It’s to turn back from the parted Jordan River and the Promised Land beyond for fear of giants on the other side. It is to spurn the grace that “teaches us to live godly and righteously in this present world” (Tit. 2:12). It is to wander in the desert longing for the mundane familiarity of Egyptian bondage. Pray and believe for your children to have victory over sin. If they get kicked in the gut and fall flat on their face, put their mouthpiece back in, pick up their sword and hand it back to them, and encourage them to get back onto that battlefield and start swinging for the glory of God

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Our fun family song went viral on facebook! Check it out.

For several years, we have been singing this song that we found on YouTube by Susan Harrison.  Someone captured it on video in North Carolina and posted it on their facebook page.  As a result, we were interviewed by media, and a production company contacted us about a potential reality show. Our 15 minutes of fame was fun while it lasted.  Enjoy.

by Dr. Patrick Johnston

I planted the watermelon seeds myself in the basement a month ago. I watered them daily, gave them broad spectrum light, "hardened" them by taking them out a little in the sun every day for a week before I planted them. Planting our 40 plants was a family affair, with four of the kids helping. 

But in as little as 24 hours, most of the plants were destroyed! The leaves were eaten by yellow-and-black cucumber beetles. 

It made for a great spontaneous teachable moment in the garden. You guys are like these little plants, I said to them. You're just getting started in life. Your Mom and Dad and your Father in heaven have cared for you and loved you, just like I have these plants. But look how a young little plant can be destroyed mercilessly by these beetles in one day! Sin is no less deadly, kids. "Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, or whether it be right." "Exhort one another daily, lest ye be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Abstain from sin like your life depends on it - because it does! How do you stay out of sin? (I break out the container of "Seven" pesticide powder.) "I will hide His Word in my heart that I might not sin against God" - I say as I sprinkle the powder on the half-eaten plants. "Pray that ye enter not into temptation." "Take the shield of faith, that is able to quench every fiery dart." Kids, God has given you the weapons to fight the devil and the faith to have victory, but if you don't use them, you won't bear fruit, and if you don't have fruit, if you are an unprofitable servant, the Bible says that you'll be cast out where the worms that eat at your flesh will never die and the fire that burns your body will never be quenched.

It was a brief conversation, but I imagine much more memorable than simply reading a few Bible verses to them! Then today we went out and saw that 10 to 20 beetles had died under each watermelon plant! Take that, cursed cucumber beetles! Hooray for pesticide! I know, all my organic readers are gonna' hate on me now.

Remember Deuteronomy 6's admonition. Teach your children the Word, when you wake, when you play, when you work and when you lay down. "From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, and they are able to make you wise unto salvation." It's one of the most important things you do every day, Dad and Mom.

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alansmithh
alansmithh

You're just getting started in life. Your Mom and Dad and your Father in heaven have cared for you and loved you, just like I have these plants. But look how a young little plant can be destroyed mercilessly by these beetles in one day!

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C Kelly
C Kelly

This is very good!  These are the moments I "wait around" for.  The moment that arises when we aren't expecting it.  When our children look to find an answer to a question that will mold their heart forever.  Will I be there?  And if I'm not, who will be watering the precious souls of my children?  And with what kind of water?  This is a job I have gladly accepted and even covet.  These moments are not to be despised!  They are to be treasured as the beautiful opportunities they are.  So glad you shared.  It's an example to us all.  : )  -Courtney K.