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All across this beautiful land in many towns and Cities and villages;  Dedicated folks will place American flags on Veteran’s graves and we will honor fallen soldiers from conflicts and wars.

My father was a Korean Combat Veteran he received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean service Medal with 2 bronze service stars, the UN Service medal and an overseas service Bar.

Fortunately, my father wasn’t killed or wounded, but as a Combat veteran Awarded for Performing duties while under fire, either could have been his experience.

I am proud of my dad’s courage and dedication to do what he was called upon to do.

He, like many veterans, didn’t talk much about his experiences in Korea, but I could tell it certainly had an impact on his life.

I  don’t presume that I can add  anything of much consequence with my WORDS in  light of the silent Testimony of those we honor on Memorial Day—– those who gave the Ultimate sacrifice in honorable service.

But We Must ATTEMPT to honor them — not for their sakes alone, but for the sake of our Democracy—This Notable Experiment we call AMERICA.

Let’s HONOR THEM Not only with our WORDS and Flags and Flowers….BUT let’s honor them With our Actions and dedication as we STRIVE to KEEP AMERICA STRONG.

We can honor our Fallen Veterans by doing our best to preserve freedom and liberty for ALL!

Each fallen Veteran stands as a memorial to cost and pursuit of keeping America strong and prosperous—— Their deaths remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply.

In light of their sacrifice we MUST Not GROW WEARY or FAINT in our Commitment to Keeping America as that bright shinning “LIGHT ON THE HILL”.

Some may say, “There are no more Heroes”.

I agree with former President Ronald Reagan,—-  You Just don’t know where to look.

I see Heroes in the shadow of the White Crosses of Arlington

I see Heroes at Heartbreak Ridge

I see Heroes at the Battle for White Horse Mountain

I see Heroes in rice patties of Vietnam

OUR Former President is Correct when he said,

“The willingness of some to give their lives so others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery”.  

He went on to say about our nation’s fallen soldiers,

“As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.”

Memorial Day is more than America’s unofficial kickoff to summer It is a DAY TO remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

In the Words of Longfellow,

“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.”

God Bless the Families of our Fallen Patriots and God Bless AMERICA.

 

Dr. Smiley is the Senior Pastor Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.  The 2600 member congregation is a vibrant Christian fellowship that is locally, regionally and globally engaged.  Dr. Smiley’s is the founder of “TomSmileyMinistries”. His messages are broadcast on WDUN 550 and his”Blog” entries and thoughts on God, Faith, Current Events, and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/  His Books, “Runaway Lives: overcoming emotional undercurrents”, “Angels all Around”, and “Uncommon Common Sense” can be ordered at his TomSmileyMinistries website. Contact Dr. Smiley at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

 

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As a Grandfather, my heart is so sad. I can’t believe the pain that this most recent school shooting has caused, pain which will last way pass the news cycle.  I must say that I am really upset because we all know what we can expect from those who “supposedly lead us–the “same ol, same ol”.  No real ideas, no real action, no inclusion of real life saving changes (which I will discuss in a moment).

Empty Commentary

Expect hollow and empty commentary from “ talking heads “ lecturing on the need for more restrictions on guns.

Few will mention the REAL causes of Gun Violence, i.e.,  a heart problem, a culture of death and violence, drug abuse that is destroying homes, TV & video games that glorify death, family breakdown, a broken political system that has our nation fractured and, NOT TO MENTION, the cultural acceptance of a major news network (ABC), who supports and encourages its employees in calling “MENTAL” any Christian who claims to speak with Jesus.

How long must we endure these empty, hollow speaking heads lecturing us on matters they have neither the mental capacity or moral integrity to discuss?

Politicians

I have respect for many of the men and women who serve us in government.  However, I am sick and tired of those politicians who hate guns so much, who want to remove my guns, who insist on restricting law abiding citizens from owning Guns…….WAIT FOR IT….WHILE at the same time being  protected by their ARMED personal security details for every shopping trip, family vacation trip or travel to and from work.  Here is an idea:  Until you, Mr./Mrs. Congressperson; Governor, Senator,  fix the problem of School Shootings using sensible, practical workable solutions, NO ARMED Security Detail for you as you travel about.  Enough of Political Hypocrisy.

Courtroom Shootings

When was the last Courtroom Shooting reported?  When was the last judge, juror, bailiff or recorder shot in a courtroom?

We can protect judges in courtrooms ( and we should) but not providing the same level of protection for kids in school is wrong.

To speak about restricting gun laws is just empty talk. Courtrooms operate in the world of our exact same gun laws yet NO SHOOTINGS THERE.  Why?  Obviously it is not a “gun law” issue.

No, the answer is courtrooms have taken practical steps to addressing the danger.  Schools have more options that are not being utilized. We owe our teachers and students more!

Ideas

Metal Detectors In Every School.  This maintains such common sense it’s impossible to believe that it doesn’t already happen. This is a bigger failure in the era of post-Columbine than the popularity of the AR-15. How do the largest schools in our nation (Stoneman Douglas is one of the largest at over 3,000 students) not have access points controlled through a metal detector daily? Our courts, government buildings, airports, sports stadiums, conventions, and plenty of other public gatherings demand them.

Implement enhanced school campus security at major entrance points to the campus.  We know how to do this.  Fort Stewart has a major public highway running through it; yet, the military has in place protections from intruders who drive through the installation.

Install Camera and Video resources in schools  and use trained volunteers to staff them.  A trained “eye” can detect an issue before it becomes one.  (Many local churches are using this technique now.)

Increase school security details both–paid and volunteer.  Consider:  There are many Veterans who have the desire AND ability to provide armed security at our schools.  These men and women have had extensive weapons training and if the call went out they would step up in volunteering to help protect our children and administrators in our schools.

Allow for the training and arming of teachers and administrators who want to participate.

Reinforce Doors, Windows, Buses, Locks: Though these things left to themselves were installed and still did not stop the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, they are able to stop some of the carnage. At the Stoneman Douglas high school, the shooter attempted to shoot through the reinforced glass of the classrooms in an attempt to shoot victims outside the building, but was unable to because of the technology of the glass. That piece of hardened, thickened glass saved lives.

Yes, I’m ready to be called “mental” by the elites and nay sayers.  But Wait, most of them have implemented many of these security measures in their children’s private schools and certainly in their walled personal home compounds which are staffed by their security details paid for by my tax dollars.

These are but a few ideas.  There are many more.   GET TO WORK.  Our children deserve it!

Dr. Smiley is the Senior Pastor Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.  The 2600 member congregation is a vibrant Christian fellowship that is locally, regionally and globally engaged.  Dr. Smiley’s is the founder of “TomSmileyMinistries”. His messages are broadcast on WDUN 550 and his”Blog” entries and thoughts on God, Faith, Current Events, and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/  His Books, “Runaway Lives: overcoming emotional undercurrents”, “Angels all Around”, and “Uncommon Common Sense” can be ordered at his TomSmileyMinistries website. Contact Dr. Smiley at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

 

Just read where North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has banned Christmas; INSTEAD He Commands the People to Celebrate The birth of his Grandmother….Well here is a news Flash for Kim Jong Un.

“for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” ….. {P.S. HE is KING of KINGS; Lord of Lords}.

Don’t fear, don’t be dismayed;

Unjust Rulers {Herod} may have their day.

Tyrants  {Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein} may run roughshod over people unable to do anything about it.

Evil  Dictators {Kim Il Sung, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin} may think themselves invincible,

But Jesus’ birth announcement PROCLAIMS…JESUS IS KING OF KINGS.

It is by the Clear and True Word of God that I say to Kim Jong Un and all the Despots like Him;

“…AT the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.

Pray for the Opposed and Persecuted church.

Given that so many of our Brothers and Sisters in Christ are living under the Threat of a “Raised FIST” at LEAST let us resolve to proclaim Jesus in the threat of a “Raised Eyebrow”!

Please don’t be ashamed of Jesus, Don’t ever back up on Who JESUS is.

Remember the words of Jude, “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.  For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord”. 

Peace and Merry Christmas!

Dr. Smiley is the Senior Pastor Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.  The 2600 member congregation is a vibrant Christian fellowship that is locally, regionally and globally engaged.  Dr. Smiley’s is the founder of “TomSmileyMinistries”. His messages are broadcast on WDUN 550 and his”Blog” entries and thoughts on God, Faith, Current Events, and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/  His Books, “Runaway Lives: overcoming emotional undercurrents”, “Angels all Around”, and “Uncommon Common Sense” can be ordered at his TomSmileyMinistries website. Contact Dr. Smiley at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

 

How can some churches affirm Same-Sex Marriage and relationships and others NOT affirm Same-Sex Marriage and relationships?

Aren’t they both reading the same Book?

The short answer is THEY ARE. (But read on.)

The really more basic question that must be answered FIRST is,  will the Church lose her biblical conviction and courage and morph into an unrecognized entity of this current age?

Recently, Same-Sex Marriage has come back on the local news scene with the decision of FBC, Macon to affirm same-sex marriage and with a new Gainesville, Georgia local “gathering” whose purpose is to affirm same-sex marriage and provide an officiate for same sex weddings.

I find it unfortunate that the First Baptist Church in Macon Georgia now joins a list of other formerly strong evangelical churches, led by the Episcopal Church from years ago, in affirming same-sex marriage and that these new “affirming” groups are gathering throughout local communities supporting and encouraging same-sex marriage and homosexual relationships.

The Question: Are they reading the same Book? (Read on.)

Some local clergy and lay volunteers who affirm same-sex marriage and homosexual lifestyle like to throw around reasons such as God is Love, God is BIG, Love is Love, Love is Good; and the list goes on ad nauseam.  Those clichés may sound and “feel good” but none of them convey what is really happening.

Actually, such clergy and lay volunteers are professing that they have decided to forsake the Scripture ascertaining NOW that they have some “NEW KNOWLEDGE” that the Church did not have 2000 years ago.

They are reading the same Book BUT they believe they have been enlightened with NEW KNOWLEDGE that allows the belief — the Bible NOW does not mean what it says.

What really makes this frustrating for a person like me, who holds to a Biblical Worldview, is that as I follow and affirm 2,000 years of consistent Biblical orthodoxy, this “new crowd” is coming along claiming “SPECIAL REVELATION” and asserting that I am the one being intolerant and divisive.

Understand, I am holding to 2000 years of Biblical Orthodoxy; and yet, I am the one being labeled divisive.

The clear “bottom line” (for anyone who has even a hint of intellectual integrity) is those who deny Biblical Authority on ANY subject claiming “Special Knowledge” are really 21st century Gnostics.

Yes, we are reading the same Book BUT Gnostic thinking claims that deeper truth can be found apart from God.

However, Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Instead of searching our corrupt, flawed “inner selves” for answers, believing we have received new and special knowledge, we should instead test everything against the revealed Word of God (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

In the end, it is God’s truth alone that can be trusted.

So, when the Bible affirms marriage being between a man and a woman or lists homosexuality (and other activity as well) as sin, it is the modern day Gnostic that says, “No, you are wrong. We have Special Knowledge.”

This is what happens when churches abandon Scripture so they can feel good.

It is sad that the 21st century Church is having to  fight Gnostic Hersey from the 1st Century all over again!

Yes, we are reading the same Book BUT some NOW think that deeper truth can be found apart from God. They choose to believe, at their own peril, that the Bible NOW does not mean what it says.

We were warned of this in Scripture in Jude.

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

N. T. Wright, Anglican Bishop of Durham, noted scholar and theologian, has indicated that it is NOT intellectually honest to remove the biblical admonition to refrain from same sex activity or promote marriage as something other than between a male and female.

Clergy and local lay ministry volunteers, I urge you to hear these words of the Anglican scholar and author, J. I. Packer when he was asked about the affirming or blessing of same-sex marriage.

He said, “Asking God to sanctify sin by blessing what he condemns is irresponsible, irreverent, and blasphemous. It is completely unacceptable as church policy. I will not do it.”

Given that many Christians around the globe are “standing against a RAISED FIST,” I am willing to stand against the “Raised Eyebrows” in my own community and say as J. I Packer did, “I WILL NOT DO IT!”

 

Dr. Smiley is the Senior Pastor Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.  The 2600 member congregation is a vibrant Christian fellowship that is locally, regionally and globally engaged.  Dr. Smiley’s is the founder of “TomSmileyMinistries”. His messages are broadcast on WDUN 550 and his”Blog” entries and thoughts on God, Faith, Current Events, and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/  His Books, “Runaway Lives: overcoming emotional undercurrents”, “Angels all Around”, and “Uncommon Common Sense” can be ordered at his TomSmileyMinistries website. Contact Dr. Smiley at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

 

The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed what my dad told me years ago -defend yourself and those weaker around you.

My dad was a quiet man who, as much as possible, sought to avoid conflict or physical altercation.  I remember my dad taking very specific personal stances on matters with others who disagreed, but I never saw or heard him use physical force or verbal abuse to make his point.

While he did not promote fighting or verbal assault, my dad taught me and expected me to never sidestep defending myself or the weaker ones around me.  It is a character trait that is very much part of my being.

I remember my dad and mom supported me regarding an incident on a school bus on my first day at a new school.  I was on the bus for the first time as a new student and knew no one.  Sitting alone on the back seat, I noticed an older boy picking on, threatening and physically hitting a much younger student. My mom learned later that this was a common occurrence on that bus.  I went to the defense of the younger student and stopped the altercation.  The pledge of an after-school “settling up” with the bully never materialized as the bully failed to show.

Now, when all the “zero tolerance” propaganda started on school campuses, I gravely disagreed. Such ideas and rules such as: “Don’t eat a sandwich in such a way that it might look like a gun.”, “Don’t wear a shirt with Christian scripture on it.”, “Don’t bring a 2-inch pocket knife onto school grounds.”, and “Don’t defend yourself or the weaker ones around you” NEVER MADE SENSE TO ME.

Hard to Believe:

Recently I read and saw a video of a bully hitting and abusing a special needs child.  A high school junior coming up on the scene immediately rush over, and with one blow, he ended the altercation, rescuing the special needs child.

The odd thing was the school suspended the rescuer along with the bully.  Notice that those enticing and encouraging the fight were not suspended, those who filmed it were not suspended, those who stood by and did nothing were not suspended, but the rescuer was suspended.

When I read and saw this incident, I remarked to myself, “My dad would not have stood for that!”  He would have approved of my rescue attempt and would have stood for me in my defense.

Recently, a parent did just that.

When his daughter was expelled for defending herself in a physical altercation, her parent went all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court to get the daughter cleared and reinstated.

In its first decision in a school discipline case, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled zero tolerance policies on school fighting cannot deny students the right to assert they were defending themselves. The court said Georgia law gives students the legal right to argue self-defense as a justification.

Georgia Code states, “A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when…he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such other’s imminent use of unlawful force.”

In essence, the State’s highest court ruled that Georgia’s laws on self-defense and defending the weak prevails over school zero tolerance policies on fighting.

I am so weary of some school administrators and school board members who are so very blinded by their own pseudo-intellect that they have little or no common sense.

The Court got this one right!

Read more about it:

State Supreme Court: Georgia students can argue self-defense to justify school fights

Dr. Smiley is the Senior Pastor Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.  The 2400 member congregation is a vibrant Christian fellowship locally and globally.  Dr. Smiley’s is the founder of “Life with Smiles Ministry”. His messages are broadcast on WDUN 550 and his”Blog” entries and thoughts on God, Faith, Current Events, and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/   His Books, “Runaway Lives: overcoming emotional undercurrents”, “Angels all Around”, and “Uncommon Common Sense” can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website. Contact Dr. Smiley at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

 

As I watched and observed the behavior of those in Charlottesville and in Seattle, I can’t help but think of Captain Woodrow F. Call of “Lonesome Dove” fame.

Following an ugly incident when he had to take up for a young boy being abused by an angry adult, he said, “I hate rudeness in a man, won’t tolerate it.”

The violent events last week in Charlottesville and Seattle are at their core rude, ugly, hateful and mean-spirited.  There is NO PLACE for such behavior, especially in the name of God.

I unapologetically proclaim that those who demonstrated or fueled hatefulness, racism, discrimination and violence do NOT represent God in any form or fashion.  They are wrong and deceived.

It would appear, too many people have forgotten or choose to ignore…..that there is only one race—the human race.

Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are really not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race.

More importantly, all human beings are equally created in the image and likeness of God.

God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us.   The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups and all human beings.

It is important to understand and to proclaim, “God does not show partiality or favoritism and neither should we.  We are to love our neighbors as ourselves.”

What makes all forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination so ugly is that such opinions are an affront to the work of Christ on the cross; Christ Died for all.  Since God’s Love is impartial we need to set that as our standard.

Stop mistreating any person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died.

Final Thoughts:

Those who practice racism, prejudice and discrimination need to repent.

Victims of racism, prejudice and discrimination need to forgive just as in Christ God forgave you. While racists may not deserve your forgiveness, we deserved God’s forgiveness far less.

I pray that Galatians 3:28 would be more fully realized in our association with one another: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Please let’s all try turning off the television and begin to love our neighbor.

 

Addendum August 16, 2017

Let me be very Clear….as I was about Jim Jones, a deceiver, and David Koresh a false teacher…..I renounce anyone who professes to be Christian, who professes to know God that seeks to use GOD’s Word to advocate that one part of the HUMAN RACE is Better than another Part of the Human Race, I renounce anyone who would insinuate that God’s Word or HIS Character shows partiality to any Race, group, or Nation of people. I Denounce any Group who misapplies, misinterprets or misrepresents what God says in His Word about the Value, Worth and Dignity of all people. I can’t speak for Others, But I Do Speak for Lakewood Baptist, we will Proclaim the TRUTH about Jesus and we will affirm the Truthful Teaching of God’s Perfect Word. See ME if you need additional enlightenment on this matter.

 

 

I remember my brother and I got into a scuffle with two neighborhood boys after two of them jump on me.  My Big brother immediately came to my aid and well as they say, “the rest is History”.

After the “incident” the father of the two called my mom to complain.  Naturally I was concerned as to the potential outcome of that phone call.

I was so relieved upon hearing my mom say, “Well sir, THERE are TWO sides to every story and I will ask Tom and Jim what happened and get back with you”.

Today our Society NEEDS TO HEAR the OTHER Side of the “Climate Change”, “Global Warming” discussion.

The major news media outlets are now known to be engaged in societal change over journalist integrity.

We see this FACT in the discussion of  “Climate Change”.

I have heard till “ad nauseam” the worn and inaccurate leading headline, “97% of Scientist agree with Global warming.

My first problem with this false statement is the “Smugness” it implies.

For instance when the worn out response:  “97% of climate  scientists agree with climate change” is used the implication is:  Who are you to challenge them?

These people are not gods.  They are NOT always Correct or even honest.

Second, when you hear the 97% rule, you should ask, “ What exactly do the climate scientists agree on’?

The Truth is that it is likely that 97% of people making the 97% claim have absolutely no idea where that number comes from or where areas of agreement exist.  Usually, the response, “well the climate is changing”. Really?  Now that is enlightened news!

I remember President Obama stating, “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.”

TWO Problems Mr. Former President, “Not only are  you sloppily equating “scientists” with “climate scientists,” but more importantly you ADDED  “dangerous” to the 97% claim, which is not found in the literature you paid for or commissioned.

Here is a Side to the Story you may not have heard.

According to a Forbes Magazine article from 2015, by James Taylor, Since the end of 2012, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. This is important because current data is contradicting the asserted global warming claims that polar ice caps are receding due to global warming.Since the end of 2012, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average.

This is important because current data is contradicting the asserted global warming          claims that Polar ice caps are receding due to global warming.

Updated NASA satellite data show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar ice modestly receded for several years.

By 2012, polar sea ice had receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as “proof” of a global warming crisis.)

Regardless, global warming activists and a compliant news media frequently and vociferously claimed the modest polar ice cap retreat was a sign of impending catastrophe.

Al Gore even predicted the Arctic ice cap could completely disappear by 2014.

The Earth has warmed modestly and the Earth will likely continue to warm modestly as a result of natural and human factors.

The modest retreat – like that which happened briefly from 2005 through 2012 – would not be proof or evidence of a global warming crisis. Such a retreat would merely illustrate that global temperatures are continuing their gradual recovery from the Little Ice Age.

The TRUTH:

I believe that globalwarmingmag.com  reported “President Donald Trump has been excoriated for his decision to have the United States exit the Paris Climate Accord and for having opinions on Global Warming very similar to my own. However, one very influential man — John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel — has his back” (and mine).  In a series of tweets and emails Coleman sent to Al Gore and various Democratic supporters and organizations, he called out climate alarmists with a barrage of facts based on actual science and not wishful thinking.  As it turns out, if you chart global temperatures back into the ’70s, there are absolutely no signs of global warming.  There’s been less than one degree temperature change since 1978 and no warming to speak of since 1998.”

So where is the government getting their information from?

It turns out that the government has been manipulating climate computer models. This means that the American taxpayers are being charged $4.7 billion a year in taxes that are being used to fund organizations that carry out meaningless studies based on bad science.

The sad truth is that the American people are paying fake scientists to lie to them.

It is Factual, if you chart global temperatures back into the ’70s; there are absolutely no signs of global warming.

YES, as a Christian I should be concerned about the environment.

I believe that God appointed man to be the steward of this world certainly not a destroyer of it.

However, we should not allow environmentalism to become a form of idolatry, where the “rights” of an inanimate planet and its non-human creatures are held in higher esteem than God and man created in His image.

My Point, like that of many of others, printed and verbalized,  is we should NOT penalize America on the basis of fake science promoting a false narrative. With global warming, as with any other topic, it is crucial to understand what the facts are, whom those facts come from, how they are interpreted, and what the spiritual implications are.

Be informed!

  •  This Blog is a culmination of various sources, ie, Forbes and globalwarming.com and others not specifically noted,  on the topic of Global Warming,  all of whom I am greatly indebted.

Dr. Smiley is the Senior Pastor Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.  The 2400 member congregation is a vibrant Christian fellowship locally and globally.  Dr. Smiley’s is the founder of “Life with Smiles Ministry”. His messages are broadcast on WDUN 550 and his”Blog” entries and thoughts on God, Faith, Current Events, and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/   His Books, “Runaway Lives: overcoming emotional undercurrents”, “Angels all Around”, and “Uncommon Common Sense” can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website. Contact Dr. Smiley at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

 

 

 

 

 

Let the debate begin……President Trump has announced his Tax Reform.

I’m sure he will be Criticized by the opposition.  I’m just getting familiar with the Tax Reform recommendations but so far I say “GO”! (I do reserve the Right to amend my thinking as I Learn more and talk to professional tax folks whose opinion I respect).

Here are the POINTS I LIKE:

  • Reduce the Current 7 Tax Brackets to 3:  10%, 25% and 35% respectfully.
  • Double the Standard Family Deduction
  • Repeal the Death Tax
  • Keep TWO Deductions; Charity and Home Mortgage Interest (good comment from a friend regarding those with paid off mortgages. I could support a couple more deductions but I hope the reduction in taxes paid will offset the deductions we presently receive.)
  • Reduce Business tax from 35% to 15

Beware of the Smoke Screens

You will hear “How can we pay for it”?  That isn’t even a legit Question.  We Don’t have to “Pay for it”.  IT IS OUR MONEY.  We should be able to KEEP MORE of our income especially if our Representatives will Cut Waste, Fraud and Out of Control Spending.

Second, What about the Deficit?  First is my belief that this kind of Tax Reform will create more Taxable Revenue.  Second, Interesting how those asking about the Deficit didn’t “BLINK” when Obama Ran the Deficit up from 10 Trillion Dollars to TWENTY Trillion DOLLARS in 8 years.

The plan would eliminate the federal tax deduction for state and local income tax. If you are in a State where taxes are high, like New York or California, you would lose a valuable deduction. The simple answer to this Smoke Screen…Reduce Your State and Local Tax Burden.  Why should every tax payer fund deductions for another State’s out of control Spending?

Will President Trump reveal his Tax Returns?  WHO CARES.  We have more than enough information regarding the President’s Tax Return.  I am not interest in HIS Tax Return; I am interest in REDUCING MY TAXES.

Finally, we will hear……”This only helps the Rich”.  Not TRUE.  Tax Reform and Tax Relief will help us All.

I am hopeful we can see Good Tax Reform and Tax Relief PASSED.  GET TO WORK.

Dr. Smiley is the Senior Pastor Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.  The 2400 member congregation is a vibrant Christian fellowship locally and globally.  Dr. Smiley’s is the founder of “Life with Smiles Ministry”. His messages are broadcast on WDUN 550 and his”Blog” entries and thoughts on God, Faith, Current Events, and Islam are available at https://tomsmiley.wordpress.com/   His Books, “Runaway Lives: overcoming emotional undercurrents”, “Angels all Around”, and “Uncommon Common Sense” can be ordered at his Life with Smiles website. Contact Dr. Smiley at tsmiley@lakewoodlife.org

We have a severe Ideological divide in the Country;  shouting, arguing, name calling won’t move us forward. Perhaps Persuasion with facts and details may move the minds and attitudes of people. Study, read, be prepared to give sound reasons to your positions. The World Needs a Strong America.

more to come……

 

It isn’t often that I find myself “looking for words” but I have to admit that on the Eve of the 2016 Presidential Election I am struggling to express how I am feeling.

There a few presuppositions that I hold which inform my heart and desires.

First, I hold an uncompromising Biblical World View.  This of course is opposed to a Humanist World View or even a “Christian World View”.  (The problem with a “Christian” World View is that the word Christian has been so misused and abused that in many cases I am not sure what some people even mean when they speak about a Christian World View.)

In addition I love this Country.  I see the good, the positive and the generosity of this Nation and its people.  Two grandfathers and my Dad were combat veterans and I have a strong respect for those who serve this nation.

Moreover, I believe that the Sanctity of Life, a Supreme Court whose Justices revere the Constitution, a fair and balanced tax code, smaller government, personal accountability and an immigration policy that seeks to assimilate new Citizens who will love America are ALL Critical to the survival of AMERICA.

I also believe that a strong America is important to the Global Mission of the Great Commission.  A strong America can be that “beacon on the hill” that spreads the life giving message of The Gospel.

Given all that I feel, my heart hurts.  My heart hurts that there are so many who don’t respect the rule of Law, who don’t have a love for all Life, every color, every age and every social standing.

My heart hurts because I see current policies that creates vast government bureaucracies , policies that don’t promote self reliance and personal accountability and policies that penalize the hard working class of our nation.

My heart hurts because there is a sense of “entitlement” expressed by many in this nation who have contributed so very little to the greatness of this nation.

I don’t know what Tuesday, November 8th will reveal but I know Who is my King.  I know that above EVERYTHING Else I will trust, proclaim and worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

I KNOW  God’s sovereignty is defined as His complete and total independent control over every creature, event, and circumstance at every moment in history.

I KNOW God is subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent, God does what He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases.

I KNOW that God, the One True God, is Unlimited in HIS power, unrivaled in HIS majesty, and not thwarted by anything outside Himself, our God is in complete control of all circumstances, causing or allowing them for His own good purposes and plans to be fulfilled exactly as He has foreordained.

I hope you KNOW this God, the One True God, by acknowledging the Gift of Jesus. (I would be honored to share more about how You could be assured of  eternal life at death and purposeful life here while you wait).

I don’t know how I will feel on November 9th, but am confident in KNOWING God really does care about us and I can rejoice in our God’s sovereignty, because it is overshadowed by His goodness, His love, His mercy, His compassion, His faithfulness, and His holiness.

I believe God’s Love wants what is Best for me; I believe God’s Wisdom knows what is Best for me; I believe God’s Power will accomplish what is Best for me.

I hope God Blesses America!

 

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