Rational Versus Irrational Thinking

By Russell George

Many people aren’t thinking right. If we don’t think right, we don’t do right. Rational thinking is that which stands to reason. Those who think rationally have good reason for thinking the way they do. To the contrary, irrational thinking is thinking that doesn’t stand to reason. In this article we are going to consider some irrational ways that people are thinking.

Perhaps you have heard someone say, or read the words, “If it feels good do it.” Some think that means that if something feels good to them they should have a right to do it. They haven’t stopped to think that they have to put some limits on that. When we are tired after a long day’s work, it sure feels good to go to bed and sleep. There are other things that feel good and are legitimate, but not all things are legitimate just because they make us feel good.

Think of the bad behavior that can and does result from this irrational way of thinking. What’s to stop a man from thinking he has a right to rape a woman because it makes him feel good? Those with rational thinking ask, “What does that do to women’s rights?”

Teenagers suffer from irrational thinking. A teenager sits down beside a friend of his and hands him a pill. He says, “Hey, take this. It will make you feel good.” He takes it and, sure enough, it makes him feel good. He seeks out his friend and asks for more of those pills. He is willing to pay money for them. He ends up being a drug addict with all the bad effects. If he had been thinking rationally, before he took that first pill, he would have asked himself, “Where will this lead to?”

The same tragic end comes to those who start drinking alcohol because it makes them feel good. Thousands of lives are being snuffed out every day as the result of alcohol and drug abuse. Tragically innocent people are also losing their lives every day on the highways because drug or alcohol addicts crash into them.

The news media is making us increasingly more aware of another manifestation of irrational thinking. Somehow some have accepted the irrational notion that we can fight bad behavior with bad behavior. Those who have a rational mind know that we correct bad behavior by means of law and order. That’s the way it has been done in the past with good results.

This all started some months ago when a bad policeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota killed a man by keeping his knee on his neck until he suffocated. As a result, some people started responding with violent protests in the streets to protest “police brutality.” It looks highly suspicious that it was planned as a means of taking down the police.

It is irrational thinking to think we don’t need the police. The founders of our country included the judicial as one of the three branches of our government. Their duty is to see that the laws are enforced. They can’t do that without the police. They knew that men, by nature, are wicked. Adam’s sin was passed on to the entire human race. The Bible clearly says that men, by nature are evil. Romans 3:10-12 says. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Crime is rapidly increasing in cities where the police are restricted. Bad people hate and fear the police but good people are grateful for police because they are peace keepers. Letting criminals have their way will relieve the problem of over crowded prisons, but we will have to build bigger cemeteries to make room for all those who loose their lives because of man’s inhumanity to man. On what side do you think rational thinking people should be?

Bad behavior is best corrected by law and order. That way the one practicing bad behavior is made to pay. The irrational way in which some are responding today is like children who throw a temper tantrum when they don’t get their way. If parents respond by giving in to the child they will live to regret it. It is sad that some homes today are ruled by the children, not the parents.

Irrational thinking has always been a part of the human race, but it seems as though we are seeing more of it in our day. If we look for an explanation for the reason we can’t help but lay the blame on the way children are being educated in our public schools. Our public schools are not teaching children how to reason and think for themselves. In years gone by nearly all the high schools taught a course on logic. It isn’t being taught any more. One reason for that is that most colleges and universities have been taken over by liberals. That’s where teachers receive their training.

To do some research on this subject, I went to google.com and typed in “Logic in secular education.” I found a site that asks people why they think logic isn’t taught in our schools. I think only one person said that they thought it was because the liberals want to produce a generation of people who will willingly subject themselves to the ruling class. Personally, I think that is the main reason for not teaching logic. Some said that it’s because logic is contrary to people’s religious beliefs.

The truth is that, as Christians, there are things that we believe that unbelievers don’t think are logical. That may be true, but it’s because we believe in an all-powerful, all-wise God. With God, there is nothing impossible. Matthew 19:26 says, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

The truth is that God wants us to be rational thinkers. Proverbs 2:5-6 says, “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Just because something seems right doesn’t make it right.

In Isaiah 1:18 we read, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” When we reason with someone, we present the truth we want them to accept. Then we ask, “Now, doesn’t that stand to reason?” God is gracious. He doesn’t demand that we accept what he says just because he says it. Often we should, but God also asks us to think about it and ask ourselves, “Now isn’t that to your advantage?”

Let’s get back to rational thinking. It promotes peace and harmony in society. Have you asked God to forgive your sins? If not, why not. There is much to gain and nothing to lose. Jesus has paid the penalty. All you need to do is accept it. If you think rationally you will say, “Yes, God. I need your forgiveness.”

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Let’s Learn from History

September 17, 2020

Let’s Learn from History

By Russell George

We can and should learn by observing what is going on around us. There is also a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and discernment that we can obtain from history. We can learn what works and what doesn’t. An ignorance of history causes us to make the same mistakes our forefathers made. Seldom is anything gained by making mistakes. Often we hear our senior citizens say, “Don’t make the same mistake I made.” We won’t hear those words from our forefathers who lived before we were born. We must read history to learn from them.

History can be a boring subject if it is just presented to us in books that state the facts of what worked in the past and what didn’t work. We can learn from those books, but it is much more interesting if we read it in books about people. There are biographies and autobiographies. A biography is a book written about a person. An autobiography is a book written by someone about his life. Both are interesting because they are about people. We can learn what made them successful. We can also learn from the mistakes they made.

It is unfortunate that many public schools aren’t teaching history. If they do teach it, it is an abbreviated version of it. Some books are being written that are a perverted version of history. They are written to put forth an ideology that the author wants to propagate. They aren’t an honest version of history.

A knowledge of history gives us discernment. It is especially beneficial for young people because there are many paths in life they can take. If they have a knowledge of history, they can learn from others who took the path they are thinking about taking and see where it leads to.

I grew up in the sand hills of Nebraska. My friends and I sometimes talked about how much fun we could have if a city boy moved into the neighborhood, or even if he was just in the neighborhood visiting his grandparents for a week. We would invite him to go snipe hunting with us. If he asks any questions about it, we would tell him, “We will tell you how we do it before we leave.” We would ask him to come to one of our houses where our mother had prepared a meal. All of our friends would be there also. After the meal, we would say, “Now let’s go snipe hunting.” As we made our way out to the pasture after dark, we would put a burlap sack in his hands. We would tell him, “Snipes are little animals that live out here in the hills. They are about the size of a bunny rabbit. They live in holes in the ground. They feed on cow piles. After dark they like to come out and run up and down the cow paths looking for cow piles. We catch them in a sack like we put in your hands. You will need to straddle the cow path and hold the sack open over the cow path. We will go on over the hill and if we see any we will chase them your way. Oh, here is a cow path. You need to stand here and hold the bag open over the path. We will go on over the hill and chase them over the hill.”

After we got over the hill out of his sight we would run around the back side of the hill and go back home, leaving him out there holding the bag.

For you city slickers, I need to explain some things to you. Snipes aren’t animals. They are birds that live in swampy areas. Animals don’t feed on cow piles. If you don’t know what cow piles are, I’m sorry but I can’t think of the proper words to explain that to you. If you are ignorant of history, you may find yourself out some night holding a bag over a cow path or an even worse situation.

History is a part of life. All of us have a history from the day we were born until the present. Everyone who has ever lived has a history of his life. It may not have been recorded or written but those who knew him know his history. All of us have had successes and failures. We can learn from one another; even those we have never known if we read their history.

From history we can learn to appreciate what our forefathers did for us. Those who came before us had to clear the forests where farmers now cultivate their crops. Some cleared the forests to make pasture where their cattle could feed. It might have taken two men several days to cut down a big tree and cut off the branches. They just had their axes and what was called a “crosscut saw” that two men used. They used their horses to drag off the branches and the trunk to a place where they could burn it. Then they had to dig around the stump, cut off the roots, and tie their horses to the stump to see if they could pull it out. If they couldn’t, they had to dig some more and cut off the tap root. With the power tools we have today, three men might be able to clear out 50 trees in a day. We have chain saws to cut down the trees and cut off the branches. Then a man comes in with a power caterpillar tractor and drags it all off to the burn pile.

It was hard labor also that enabled our forefathers to build roads for us. They had to clear a path through the trees to make the roads. The hills were partly leveled with dirt scoops pulled by horses. They had two handles on them that the operator lifted when he wanted it to bite the dirt and fill the scoop. Then he walked behind it while the horses pulled it down to the valley where they dumped it by lifting the two handles to make it bite the dirt and turn upside down. It would take about a half a yard of dirt at a time. The operator spent the day walking up and down the hill behind that scoop. Several other men worked with him at the same time. Today just one man with a modern earth mover in just a day or two could do what it took several men 10 or 20 days to do.

Our forefathers didn’t complain about the work they did. They did it with an eye on the future. They might have gotten paid for building roads. If they staked a claim on an acreage of forest land they had to clear the trees without getting paid for it. As they worked, they anticipated the day when the land they cleared would be green pasture or a field of corn.

Reading history makes us appreciate what we have today. We should be willing to do our part to make this world a better place for our children and grandchildren. History also helps us make wise decisions. You can’t afford to be ignorant of what history can teach you.

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Things Can’t Go On This Way

September 9, 2020

Things Can’t Go On This Way

By Russell George

Are you praying for revival? Every day it becomes more evident that we need it. Things can’t go on the way they are going. If they do, the time will come when our society will self destruct. Every day there are more hurting and heart-broken people.

If you are the member of a growing healthy church you need to thank God for it. Keep doing all you can to keep your church the way it should. You need to look around and see what is going on around you. More and more good Christians are finding themselves in a small church that keeps getting smaller. Every year there are fewer members and less money is coming in. The church is struggling to pay their bills. They are forced to drop missionaries they are supporting, or cut back on what they give them. It’s getting harder to pay their pastor.

People in these churches face the fact that the day is coming when the church will be forced to close its doors. That’s heartbreaking for them. Their church has been a part of their life for years. It may be that they were married in the church. If they are up in years, some of their children may have been married in the church. They can think of many funerals they have attended in their church.

They are like the farmer, many years ago, who had a horse he dearly loved. His horse had served him for many years. It had taken him to and from where he wanted to go. It had pulled his buggy or carried him on its back. It had pulled his plow, pulled his cultivator, and helped him harvest his crops. Now his horse is getting old. He asks himself if he should sell his horse and buy a younger one. He doesn’t want to part with it. Shall he keep riding it until it dies in its tracks?

Christians in a dying church face a similar decision. They ask, “Shall we stay with our church until it dies? Or should we leave and join a church that is still active and growing?” They know that if they do that it will hasten the day when their church will die. If you know Christians in that situation they need your prayers. They have a hard decision to make.

We would like to think that people themselves would realize that things are going from bad to worse and start seeking a solution. A careful study of church history shows that there is no indication that they have ever sought a solution, much less a solution in God. The thinking of modern man is, if there is a problem, throw money at it. That is never the solution. Things continue to go south. The war on poverty is a classic example. For years now the government has been giving money to the poor, but it hasn’t helped. Just giving money to an unemployed man takes away his initiative to look for a job. If there is a problem, we need to ask ourselves, “What’s causing the problem?”

In church history we do find what appears to be the only solution for a rapid deterioration in moral values. It is revival. Every time there has been a revival it is accompanied by a greater respect for and desire to live by biblical moral values. Not everyone, of course, is touched by a revival, but those who are become more upright in their way of life. They pass it on to their children so the revival goes on having a beneficial influence on the culture.

Aren’t you convinced that we need a revival? Aren’t you convinced that we need a return to righteous Godly living? If not, how much worse must it get to convince you? Many times people don’t get concerned until it starts touching them personally. That shows a lack of compassion.

A revival could give new life to dying churches. It could spare multitudes of people from the pain and heart break caused by divorce and separation. It would decrease the number of school shootings. It would give discernment to millions of people so they would no longer go to the polls and vote for candidates just because they are running under the party they are identified with.

When God sends a revival he does a mighty work in the lives of Christians. He convicts them of their sin and they repent and start living for God. They are a testimony to the unsaved around them. God also does a work in the unsaved in times of revival. They too are convicted and see their need of having a relationship with God. They see Christians enjoying life with a purpose and being blessed by God. Psalm one presents to us the blessed man. Verse 3 says, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Many of the unsaved see that and say, “I want that for my life.”

What hinders revival? James 4:2 says, “Ye have not because ye ask not.” We won’t be very likely to get anything from God if we don’t ask for it. Christians need to be praying for revival. Perhaps we aren’t praying for revival because we don’t see the need for it. We need to be grieving because people around us are grieving because of sin. Our prisons are full. Every prisoner has left broken hearts behind. Their parents are suffering. If they are married, their spouse, and perhaps children are suffering. Our big cities are being overrun by homeless people. Many of them have left loved ones behind who are suffering. Many times their parents don’t know where they are. Many are lost and bound for an awful eternity. Doesn’t that matter to you? If not, you need to ask God to give you more compassion. I Peter 3:8 says, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one for another.”

II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” We need to come to God, grieving and pleading that he will send revival because you say, “Things can’t go on this way.” Please also read my article entitled “Revivals.” It is on my web page. randrforchristianliving.org

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Vote Smart

August 18, 2020

Vote Smart

If you can’t vote smart, it’s best that you don’t vote at all. If you don’t vote smart, you are in danger of helping to put someone in office who is irresponsible. You may think you are voting smart, but if you can’t see that what some political candidates are advocating for are things that aren’t in any way good for our country, you will be voting dumb if you vote for them. You will suffer along with everyone else if they get in office.

It shouldn’t take much smarts to see that there are candidates running for offices who are openly in favor of things that are not for the good of our country. Some of our great cities are being destroyed by terrorists who are looting, burning, and destroying private property. The elected officials who should be sending in the police to arrest them and put them in jail are instead telling the police to stand down. If the police make their appearance, they are shouted down and their cars are burned. Even worse they are calling for the police to be defunded. In so doing, they are approving of these terrorist groups. Are these the kind of leaders for which you would vote? If so, for the well-being of your fellow Americans, it’s best that you don’t vote.

We desperately need our police. Just because a few do irresponsible things doesn’t give us reason for being against all of them. We need to support them. Cities without a police force are going to be ravaged by gangs that break into supermarkets and carry off truckloads of merchandise. What’s to stop them if there are no police? We need police to maintain law and order. A society can’t exist without them. If there are no police, what will you do if someone breaks into your house and steals at gunpoint everything of value that you own? Please, don’t be guilty of voting for leaders who are too dumb to see that we need our police.

The police are authority figures. Their job is to maintain law and order. Our country is under an ever greater threat by terrorist organizations who would like to overthrow our government by violent protests. It will be relatively easy for them to do that if there are no authority figures (police) to stop them. That’s why they want to get rid of the police.

We have reason to be amazed at the tremendous increase in knowledge that we have seen in our lifetime. Computers have placed at our disposal tremendous depths of learning. Knowledge, in terms of technology, has increased, but at the same time, we are going backwards when it comes to knowledge about human behavior. What is the explanation for this?

Much of the blame for this deterioration in the knowledge of ethics must be placed on the public schools where more and more children are being taught to hate America. They are being taught moral relativism. That is, that in terms of human behavior, there is no absolute truth. They leave it up to us to decide what is right and wrong. That means that what is right for me may not be right for you. That leaves people with double speak, and they say, “the only absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth.”

Obviously it isn’t working. It’s time for us to get back to what Christians have always believed. There are absolute moral standards. If someone tells a lie, he is guilty of immoral behavior. When someone goes to court he is asked if he will swear to tell the truth, the absolute truth, and nothing but the truth. If he says “yes” to that question and tells a lie, he needs to be sentenced for it. There are also standards in other moral issues. There can be no law and order if these standards aren’t absolute.

Micah 6:8 says, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” It is our duty before God and our fellow men to do justly. God’s Word clearly tells us what is just and good. We will never see peace and prosperity again unless we get back to that.

We need to vote intelligently. That means we need to be informed about the candidates before we go to the polls. You aren’t ready to vote if you just go and vote for the candidates running under the political party of your choice. Over the years political parties have changed. They may no longer adhere to the same standards they had when your parents and grandparents voted. Often there are more than one in a political party that is running for the same office. Sometimes those who are holding an office need to be voted out and replaced by someone more competent. Without having good government, we won’t have peace and prosperity. We won’t have good government unless we vote smart. Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

There are candidates running for office in the federal government who are advocates of a form of government that would take from us the privilege of voting. If you are a homeowner, it would also take that privilege away from you. They don’t tell you these things. They just tell you all the things you will get free. It is called socialism. It brings everyone to the same level of poverty.

In the Old Testament we read of how the prophets of God plead with God’s people to make the right choices. They begged the people to have the right relationship with God. In the past, when their ancestors were in the right relationship with God, they had victory over their enemies. They could cite the exciting story found in Joshua chapter six. It tells how God’s army marched around the city of Jericho once a day for six days. On the seventh day they marched around the city seven times. When the priests blew their trumpets the walls of the city fell, and the army went in and captured the city.

Later, when the people fell away from the Lord, they lost the power they once had. Wicked nations began to have power over them. In Joshua 24:15 we hear Joshua pleading with his people saying, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

If you vote right, you will be doing your part in helping our country return to the prosperity we once knew. In the past, our forefathers didn’t know what it was to see thousands of homeless people camping out in the streets of the cities. No one received welfare checks from the government, but no one starved to death. They all worked hard and provided for their needs. The majority had enough respect for God that they obeyed the moral laws we find in the Bible. There were still people in prisons, but not as many as there are today. If we return to those days, we will not only live right, we will also vote right.

Please, please, when you go to the polls, vote smart. Get your news from a reliable source. Think about what is best for your country. If you don’t vote smart, you will have to pay the consequences. All the rest of us will suffer with you. Vote with those of us who want to make America great again.

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Your Duty To Your Spouse In a Care Facility

By Russell George

Senior citizens sometimes come to a time in their life when their spouse is suffering from physical or mental problems that are so overwhelming that they can no longer care for them. The best solution may be to put him or her in a long-term-care-center. It is a difficult thing to which they both must adjust. This article was written to help you if you find yourself in that situation. My only qualification for writing this article is that I have had to deal with it because my wife has been in a care center for nearly three years.

With all trials, there is a right and wrong way to respond to them. The wrong way is to run from them. A man may say, “My wife can’t do anything for me anymore. It’s depressing to see her the way she is so I just won’t go to see her any more.” If it’s a wife facing the situation with her husband she may say, “There isn’t anything my husband can do for me anymore. Every time I go to see him he says something that embarrasses me. I think I’ll just leave him in the care of those at the care center and not go to see him anymore.”

Now let’s think of some positive ways to respond. If you love your spouse, you won’t abandon him or her. If you are a genuine Christian, you will no doubt remember that on your wedding day you made a public commitment to “love and to hold your spouse till death do us part.” You can’t go back on that promise.

It’s a terrible thing to be abandoned by the one you have loved over the years. It’s not their fault that they are where they are now. They need your love now more than they ever needed it. The least you can do is go and show them compassion and let them know that you care.

Christian couples are fortunate in that, in times like these, they can call upon the Lord for strength to endure. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” I have often told my wife that I see no reason why we can’t replace the word “do” in that verse with the word “endure.” There is another promise we can claim in Philippians 4:19. It says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” II Timothy 2:3 tells us to

endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” My dear wife keeps claiming promises like these and finds strength to endure. Not only does she have dementia. She also has constant pain in various parts of her body. You too can claim these promises to enable you to stand by your spouse in his or her time of need.

We may not know why God calls upon some of us to endure hardness in the later years of our life. It gives us an opportunity to experience the truth of promises of God like Isaiah 41:10. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Don’t ever let Satan tempt you to think that God has forsaken you. He is with us through it all. If your mate is suffering, keep on encouraging him or her to claim and keep claiming the promises of God. We suffer with them. Great will be our reward in Heaven if we keep on trusting God until the end.

If you aren’t a child of God you can’t claim these promises of God. It’s still not too late to become a child of God. It’s just a matter of asking God to forgive you of your sin. He can do that because Christ died on the cross and took your penalty. If you become a child of God not only will he open the door to claim these promises of peace and the strength to endure the hard things you are going through, but he will also give you the assurance of a home in Heaven for all eternity. You need to make the decision to trust in Christ for salvation. Then, if your mate still has the mental capacity to understand, you can encourage him or her to make the same decision.

It’s never easy to lose our mates. We have done life together. We have shared the joys of life. We have upheld one another in times of trials. Some lose their mate suddenly. It might be as the result of an accident or a stroke. Others see the health of their mate deteriorate gradually over a period of weeks, months, even years. This article was written especially for those of you who are going through that experience with their mate.

Please, don’t abandon your mate when he or she has to be left in the hands of professional care givers in a care center. They need you now more than ever. Twice I have been a resident at a care center. Fortunately, both times it was just for recuperation after I was discharged from the hospital. When I arrived at the care center, I was so weak that I couldn’t even sit up in bed without help. Physical therapists helped me get my strength back and, after just a few days, I was able to walk out, go home, and care for myself. I can say, “I sat where they sit.”

The days are long and lonely for them. It’s a great consolation for them to know that someone cares enough to come and spend some time with them. It gives them consolation. You just need to put yourself where your mate is, and you will want to visit him or her as often as possible.

Please, for the love of God and the love of your mate, don’t abandon him or her when they have a special need that only you can meet. If we truly love our mate, nothing we do for him or her will be a sacrifice for us.

There is no copy write on this article. I don’t expect to get any remuneration from it. If some thank me because they have been helped by it, that will be sufficient remuneration.

Feel free to make copies of the article and give them to anyone you know that you think might be helped and encouraged by it.

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A Fortunate Father

June 26, 2020

A Fortunate Father

By Russell George

I am a fortunate father. I would like to tell you why. My wife, Margaret and I have six children. We owe our good fortune to God and to our children for the good decisions they have made in choosing their mates and being yielded to the Lord.

On the 15th of September, 2017, I had what I thought was an upset stomach. Several times in the afternoon I had to rush to the bathroom to vomit. I didn’t think it was anything serious, but they tell me that later in the evening I fainted. I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. When they got me to the hospital, studies showed that I had sepsis. They put me in an induced coma. After three days I woke up. I was groggy. I couldn’t talk because I had a breathing tube down my throat. I realized that three of my sons were in the room at my side. Again and again, as I lay in the bed in the emergency room, I thanked God for my three sons who cared enough to leave everything and make a one day trip to be at my side. Fortunate is the man who has children who would be willing to do that for their father.

After our first child was born, I left Margaret and the baby in the hospital. When I got back to our little apartment, I fell on our bed and burst into tears. They were tears of gratitude, but also because I felt overwhelmed by the responsibility of being a father. In the subsequent years, God added to us four sons and another daughter. Each child gave us additional burdens to bear, but also some tremendous blessings.

Most of our children spent a few of their early years in a Christian school. For the most part, however, they were home schooled. four of them went on to get a college degree. It is a great satisfaction to me that all six of our children have continued walking in the paths of the Lord. Three of them are in full time Christian service. Now I would like to share something about each one.

I’ll start with Debra, our first child, and go on with the rest. Debra enrolled in a Christian college where she was trained to be a teacher. After she graduated, she spent one and a half years teaching in a Christian school. Then she returned to Argentina as a single missionary and to help many missionaries there who were home schooling their children. She did that for 26 years. She lived with us and was a tremendous help. After we retired from the mission field, she stayed on in Argentina until God brought Steven Anner into her life. He had been a missionary in Mexico until his first wife died. He has been a blessing to us. He and Debra are now missionaries to Honduras.

Then there is Kevin. He has a special ability to work with electronic things. He has designed and now manufactures a kit that he sells to airports that enables them to test the flight instruments on small airplanes. He married a girl in the Bible college he attended for four years. He had two sons by her before she died. Then he went to Argentina and married Diana, a girl who grew up in the second church we started there. He had seven more children by her.

He and his family moved to Paraguay with intentions of opening a creation museum there. That never materialized, but in the time they spent there they won a number of people to the Lord who still keep in contact with them. While he was in Paraguay he continued manufacturing and selling his airplane testing kits. He had a lot of problems importing parts he needed for them so they moved back to the States. They now live in northeastern Texas.

After him is Brian. He married Liesl, a girl he met in the Bible college he attended. After he graduated from Bible college, he felt called to go back to Argentina as a missionary. After raising support, they went to Argentina and have worked there for many years in a Bible institute and helping students start churches. They have five children.

Then comes Darrell. He spent two years in Bible college. He married Alma, a girl he met in El Paso, Texas. She speaks Spanish, our adopted language. He has spent 27 years serving our country. He spent 7 years in the Army and is now retiring after spending 20 years working with the Border Patrol. They have one daughter.

After him is Calvin. While getting more training after he had been serving the Lord full-time, he met Jennifer, who was a single missionary. They were married and have continued to serve the Lord in reaching Hispanics with a special burden for Cuba. He has made several trips to Cuba where he preaches in the underground churches and teaches classes to pastors. They have four children. They now live in the Rio Grand Valley of Texas where he teaches in a Bible college.

Last of all is Priscilla. After she finished high school, she enrolled in a Bible college in the States. Since she was born and raised in Argentina, she found it extremely difficult to adapt to the North American culture. She came back to Argentina and lived with us and helped us until she married Javier Callisaya. Javier was the architect who drew the plans for the last church we started in Argentina. He started attending the church. He is dearly loved by our family. They have one daughter. They still live in Argentina where Javier teaches classes on the building trade and Priscilla teaches English classes.

With a family like that, how can I help but feel fortunate? Margaret and I don’t take the credit for it. We give it all to the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” We tried our best to do that. I have known others who, to all appearances, were good parents, but some or all of their children have been a disappointment to them. You see, every child has a mind of his own. They are free to make their own decisions. They can choose to abandon the good teaching they received from their parents and go the way of the world.

It has always been my desire to, with God’s help, leave this world a better place than it would be if I hadn’t been here. Imagine how much better world this would be if all men had that desire and succeeded in leaving their children with that desire.

If you feel that you have been a disappointment to your father, you could make him extremely happy this Father’s Day by repenting of your waywardness and getting right with God. In any case, Father’s Day is a time to tell your father what he means to you and thank him for all he has invested in your life. Don’t neglect to do that.

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Getting to The Bottom of Our Problems

By Russell George

Before we can get on top of our problems, we need to get to the bottom of them and start there. We need to find the cause of our problems and deal with that. Many in our day aren’t thinking right. A superficial solution may modify the problem a little, but it doesn’t stop it. Many try to get on top of problems instead of going to the bottom of them and fixing them.

Our nation is facing some serious problems. Rioters are looting and burning businesses in sections of our cities. Homeless people are living in tents on the sidewalks of residential areas. Many think that the only way to stop the rioters is with a police force that is big enough and strong enough. Yes, that is necessary, but what is the cause of the problem? How do those people justify their behavior? Who is putting them up to what they are doing? Who is paying them to do it? How can we help those pathetic people think right and stop doing what they are doing? The problem is in the minds of men and we won’t solve the problem until we get them thinking right.

Our schools are failing to educate children. Many children are spending a dozen years in school and still they haven’t learned the basic skills of reading, writing, and math. Why? Isn’t it because they have no desire to learn? Fun and games is all they care about. Teachers haven’t done their job just by teaching the classes. Children won’t be educated unless we motivate them to want to learn. They need to see that their future depends on learning. Teachers need to be motivators before they can be teachers.

In great part, the problems we are facing today are because we aren’t looking to God for help. Christians have the solution to many of the world’s problems. Many of the problems we are facing are behavior problems. Force can be used to stop bad behavior, but it really doesn’t solve the problem. They say, “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” Putting a criminal in prison will stop him from doing violence in society, but the problem isn’t really solved until we have changed the hearts of criminals. Not enough effort is being made to change the hearts of prisoners.

Our problems keep on getting worse because people aren’t thinking right. Proud, arrogant people take offense if someone tries to help them see the error in their way of thinking. They attack the one who tries to help them with words of ridicule. Our politicians are attacking one another, on the news medias, with words of ridicule. If things go on this way, in the not too distant future, they may start attacking one another in the streets with knives and guns. That will lead to civil war. If someone tries to correct someone of the same skin color, he is slandered as a hate monger. If he tries to help someone of a different skin color, he is called a racist.

It is difficult to know how to help people. We as Christians need to pray that God will give us much wisdom to know how to help people whose minds are so twisted that they don’t know how desperately they need help. Many have no respect for God or his Word. They don’t know how to think. They can’t be helped unless someone can win their confidence and convince them that they need to learn how to think right.

Here is something to illustrate the fact that there is a right and wrong way to solve behavior problems. Let’s suppose that you have a neighbor whose name is Joe. He and his family just moved into the house next door to you a little over six months ago. After they moved in, you and your wife went over to get acquainted with them and offer to help them if you can in any way. A few times you had a short conversation when you happened to meet. One Sunday morning you invited him over to your house for coffee and you talked for a while. Once he mowed your lawn for you when you were sick.

One day you got word that Joe was in jail because one night he went downtown and broke into a store and stole some things. The police arrested him when he was carrying the things out to his car.

You were disgusted with Joe for doing a thing like that. You decided to go down to the jail and have a talk with Joe. The jailer took you to the cell he was in and you began to cuss him. You called him a dirty bastard and went on to use more words that were even more indecent. As you walked out you said to yourself, “I sure told him a thing or two.” Did you help Joe? Did you convince him that he should never again do what he had done? No. All you did was make him angry with you.

Jerry and his family live on the other side of Joe’s house. Jerry and his family are Christians. After Joe and his family moved in, Jerry and his wife took a bouquet of flowers over to Joe’s house. They welcomed them and invited them to come to their church. About two weeks later they invited Joe and his family over for a meal. Jerry’s wife and Joe’s wife became close friends.

When Jerry and his wife heard where Joe was, they went over to console Joe’s wife. Jerry decided that he too should go to the jail and talk to Joe. He took a candy bar and a pack of gum for Joe. He greeted him with a smile and said, “I’m sure sorry to hear what happened. Don’t worry about your lawn. I’ll mow it for you.” Jerry went on talking. He told Joe that he loved him and wanted to help him any way he could. He had his Bible under his arm. He pulled two tracts out of it and gave them to Joe. Then he read some Scripture with him. He assured Joe that he would be praying for him and left.

The next week Jerry went back to visit Joe again. They talked for a while. Before he left, he said, “By the way, they are taking up an offering to enable the store owner to replace the merchandise that was stolen and replace the door that was beyond repair.” He said, “I put $10.00 in the offering.” Again, before he left, he assured Joe that he was praying for him.

After Jerry left, Joe sat down on his bed and burst into tears. He was ashamed of what he had done. He said to himself, “I hope I never do anything like that again.” Which one helped Joe? Was it you or Jerry? The answer is obvious. One would hope that the story ends with Joe and his family going to Jerry’s church. Also that they accepted Christ as their Savior and experienced what it says in II Corinthians 5:17. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Then they began to add the fruit of the Spirit to their lives. They are listed for us in Galatians 5:22-23. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” We might also add that Joe saw the need of going to the store owner and asking forgiveness for what he had done. As a result, the store owner was so moved that he and his family also started attending Joe and Jerry’s church. That’s getting to the bottom of a problem.

Christians in the right relationship with God are never a menace to society. To the contrary, they are an asset. They know how to think right. We need more of them. Are you one? If not, you can be by humbling yourself and asking God to forgive you of your sins and make you a child of his.

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The Virtue of Discernment

By Russell George

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad.” I Kings 3:9

We are all on a journey to the future. What we find in the future depends, in great part, in the decisions we have made. We can’t make wise decisions if we don’t have discernment. Every new day is a short span of our future. We get to enjoy a little bit of what we have invested in the days, months, and years past. Galatians 6:7-8 talks about sowing and reaping. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

We reap according to what we have sown. If we haven’t sown anything, we can’t expect to reap anything. If we have sown to the flesh it says we will reap corruption. That word “corruption” can be taken in two ways. It could mean that what is sown to the flesh will be consumed by our fleshly appetites. After it’s gone, it’s gone. Corruption, of course, also means that which is corrupt or immoral. In contrast, if we have sown to the spirit, it will go on yielding life into the future.

Romans 8:5-6 says we have two minds. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” We have a carnal mind and a spiritual mind. That word carnal means fleshly. Our body has sensations and desires that demand to be met. The carnal mind deals with those things. Children and young people look to their parents to provide for the satisfaction of those needs. At the same time, children and young people need to be learning so that as they get older, they themselves will be capable of meeting those carnal needs. With our spiritual mind we make decisions about what we should or shouldn’t do. That is where we need discernment.

Where do we get discernment?

Wisdom is a close relative of discernment. Proverbs 4:5 says, “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not.” If you have wisdom and understanding, you will also have discernment. The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about wisdom. If you spend much time in the book of Proverbs you will gain in discernment. You need to not only read the book of Proverbs, but also to study and meditate on it. If you can get a commentary on Proverbs, it will be a great asset to you. As you read in Proverbs you need to stop often and meditate on what you have read. To meditate is to ponder on what you have read. Ask yourself questions. What does it mean? How can I apply this to my life?

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” When you are thinking about doing something and aren’t certain about whether you should or not, these are some questions you can ask yourself. It takes discernment to answer these questions.

Is it true? Discernment will help you discern between truth and untruth. Is it honest? Is it a half truth or a lie? Discernment will tell you that. Is it pure? Would I be ashamed of myself afterwards if I did that? Is it of good report? Will I lose the respect others have in me if I do it? Discernment will help you answer these questions.

People have been fed the lie that “Everything is relative”. They say that there is no absolute truth. That way of thinking leaves people confused. We need to get back to what we used to call “good common sense.” Discernment will help us do that. If you get a bad pain in your side, you will no doubt go to the doctor. You better hope that he hasn’t bought into the lie that there is no absolute truth. If he has, he has a right to think that there is no right and wrong way to treat medical problems. If he thinks that way he may examine you and say, “I think you have appendicitis. Stop by the pharmacy and get a bottle of aspirin. Take one of them twice a day, and I think you will be alright.”

Just as there is a right and wrong way to treat medical problems, there is also a right and wrong way to live. You need to agree with God and say, “Yes God. You are right. Help me to live the way I should.

God wants you to have discernment. That’s why he has placed it at your disposal. Discernment comes by agreeing with God. We agree with God if we have the right relationship with him. That comes when we acknowledge that we are sinners and ask God’s forgiveness for all the wrong that we have done. He can forgive us because Jesus paid the penalty for our sin when he died on the cross. Romans 5:6-8 says, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

In gratitude to God for all he has done for us, we should want to please him. That means we will want to live our life in a way that will please him. We will want to do what he says is right. The more we saturate our minds with the Word of God, the more we will know what is pleasing to him. Psalm 1:1-2 tells us that the blessed man delights day and night in the law of God. Verse three goes on to tell us what the result will be. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” God’s people don’t suffer when they do his will. To the contrary, they prosper. Sometimes they suffer persecution from unbelievers, but that just comes from living in a wicked world.

Don’t miss the blessing of having discernment. It will make you successful. It will enable you to have peace, satisfaction, and enjoy life a whole lot more than you could without it.

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Tell Me the Truth

April 27, 2020

Tell Me the Truth

By Russell George

Liars are incompetent people. They can’t be trusted. They have a character trait that disqualifies them from being given responsibility. If you are known to be a liar, you have a black mark on you. It says “Be careful. He can’t be trusted.”

Liars do their best to cover up the truth about who they are. They don’t go around bragging about all they have gained by telling lies. The truth of the matter is it is often to your advantage to tell a lie. You can gain by telling lies. You lose however big time when the truth is known. You go from being a trusted person to being an outcast in your society.

If someone is confronted with the truth about a lie they have told, their first response is often to try to justify themselves. They may deny it. If that isn’t possible, they may say, “I really didn’t mean what I said.” They may look for a way to say that it was a half – truth.

Many dishonest people are millionaires but they aren’t being brought to justice for the wrong they are doing because they have people higher up in the government who cover for them. Corrupt politicians pay people in the news media to lie for them and cover up for them so they can get elected and do as they please. Many are living in luxury because they are skillful at deceiving people. They steal from honest, hard working people, but they may go to their graves without having spent a single day in prison. Others, who are lacking in discretion, have spent years in prison because of what they stole.

Many aren’t taking into consideration the fact that after death they will be judged by an all wise, all powerful God who will give them what they deserve. If there is no God, or no fear of God, people feel no restraint against getting what they can by deceiving people who have a lack of discernment.

There would no doubt be much more corruption in our society if it weren’t for some courageous radio and television talk show hosts who call attention to the lies we are being told. Liars are incompetent people. When you go to vote, you need to vote for honest people. Don’t put in office more liars. They are incompetent. They can’t be trusted.

In the past, people had stronger convictions about lying. Parents didn’t let their children get by with it. More people were in church where they were taught that it’s a sin to lie. Children were reprehended in school for lying.

Children are born with a sin nature. Included in the sin nature is the tendency to lie. Parents, first of all, need to set the example by telling the truth. Then they need to teach their children that it’s wrong to lie. It often takes some corporal discipline to get them to control their tongue. I learned from a child that it’s wrong to lie. I learned it from my parents. I also remember being taught in school that it’s wrong to lie. It’s debatable whether it’s true or not, but I was taught that when George Washington was a boy, he took an axe and cut down a cherry tree. When his father saw what had been done, he asked George if he did it. He said, “Yes father. I can’t tell a lie.”

Liars are losers. It may not seem that way. Yes, they have gained along the way by telling lies, but in the end, they will be losers. It is a help to us to turn to the Bible and see what it says about lying. We cannot expect God to put his blessing on those who do what God hates. Proverbs 6:16-19 says that God hates liars among others who do wicked things. These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

In the Bible, lying is given some ugly names. In Psalm 39:1 it is called sin. “I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.” In Proverbs 6:16-19, that is quoted above, it is called an abomination. In James 3:6 it is called iniquity. “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” Revelation 21:8 tells us where liars shall find themselves in the end. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Some don’t like to see a plaque in federal buildings with the Ten Commandments on it. I wonder if it isn’t because the commandments prohibit things they are doing. Among those things are: “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”

Yes, it is a sin to tell a lie. You nee d to agree with God about that. If you sometimes resort to telling a lie you need to ask God to forgive you and ask him to help you get victory over it. God will help you resist the temptation. If you do lie the Holy Spirit will make you feel so ashamed of yourself that you will say, “I’ll never do that again.” If you have recently lied to others, you need to confess it to them, and ask them to forgive you. It is more honorable to confess than to deny or make excuses. To deny that you lied, when you did, is to lie again. Be a winner, not a loser. Those who tell the truth always come out on the winning side in the end. There are two things you need to do to be a winner. You need to be honest. Tell the truth. You also need to increase your wisdom so you won’t be deceived. Studying the book of proverbs will be a tremendous help to you in that.

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Are You Guilty of Unjustified Unbelief?

By Russell George

Many people have Christian friends who are encouraging them to trust in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and to let God have his way in their life. They must admit that those friends are happy and seem to be living a good life. However, they say to themselves, “Oh, I don’t know. I think I’m alright. I think I’ll just go on the way I am. Most people around me think and live the way I do.”

Most people don’t struggle with unjustified unbelief. They know that there are people who don’t believe the way they do but they don’t give it much thought. Since the majority of the people in this world don’t believe like Christians do, they just accept the thinking of the majority. They don’t give any thought to the possibility that the majority might be wrong.

The thinking of many in our day is controlled by what is being called “the bandwagon effect.” It is also called “group think.” People are reluctant to accept a way of thinking that contradicts what everyone around them thinks. They fear that doing so might have a bad reflection on them. Almost without thinking, they accept the thinking of the majority.

In spite of the great advancement in knowledge that we have seen in the last century, there is still abundant evidence that the majority of people are unwilling to face reality in some areas of life. Our society is on a downward spiral that is bringing shame and hardship on a vast sector of our population. We need to take a serious look at what is causing the growing number of deaths from suicides, and alcohol and drug addictions. Why is there a growing number of homeless people living in tents on the streets of our cities? Isn’t that an indication that we are failing to prepare the coming generation to make their way in life? The only logical explanation is that the majority of people aren’t thinking right about the moral values and priorities they should have.

Back in the 1700rds in the history of our country There took place what is often called “the great awakening.” Much of the credit for it should go to servants of God who held crusades around the country and people by the thousands came and stood in the open air to hear them. They were men like John and Charles Wesley, Gilbert Tennent and George Whitefield. By their preaching people by the thousands came to the realization that they were sinners and needed to accept the forgiveness for sin that Jesus made available for them when he died on the cross. They gave their lives to God and started living the way God says we should. They came to the realization that they were unjustified in their way of thinking and needed to give God a place in their life.

As the population expanded they moved west and formed new settlements. They planted churches where they could worship God. They taught their children to have faith in God. The moral values that they practiced and promoted resulted in a peaceful and prosperous society. They had guns but no one ever thought of using them to kill people at random. There were no tent cities of homeless, abandoned people. The transformation that resulted from the great awakening continued to have an impact on society through the 1800rds. In the late 1900rds it began to be abandoned.

If you have already put your faith and trust in Christ to forgive your sin and make you a child of God, then I invite you to pray with me that we will have another great awakening. Some call it a revival.

If you are still on the bandwagon with unbelievers, I plead with you to start thinking seriously and open your eyes to the reality that we are on a downward spiral to ruin and destruction. Are you going to let things get worse without doing anything to stop it? If enough people like you will humble themselves and get on God’s side we can make a tremendous change in our society. You need to accept the fact that your negative attitude toward Biblical Christianity is unjustified.

It’s urgent. Make that decision now. Then you need to get a Bible and start reading it. You also need to find a Bible believing church and start attending it regularly. There you will find new friends who will accept you and encourage you in your walk with God. You also need to start telling your unbelieving friends on the bandwagon that you no longer believe like they do. Make a copy of this article and give it to them. Invite them to go to church with you. You will be surprised that some of them will.

If you have children, start teaching them to put their faith in God. If your children are all gone from the nest you may be able to have a good influence on your grown children and grandchildren. Turning from unbelief to faith in God is nothing to be ashamed of. Some of your old unbelieving friends may criticize you and make fun of you but in the end you will be the winner and they will be the losers. I also encourage you to read my article entitled “Unjustified Unbelief.”

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