Why I Am a Christian (David Wood, former atheist)

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America blessed again: Mid-Term Elections 2018

I VOTED! 2018

Once again the miracle: a peaceful rearrangement of national power on the basis of the votes of individual citizens.

Early voters wait in line in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday, November 4. John Minchillo/AP

Galleria at Sunset, a mall in Henderson, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Lewiston, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP

Sunueva Laundromat, Chicago. John Gress/Reuters

A sign directs voters to a new polling location in Parker, Florida. Hurricane Michael destroyed many schools and other buildings typically used as polling stations. Terray Sylvester/Reuters

Century Baptist Church in Bismarck, North Dakota. Hilary Swift/The New York Times/Redux Pictures

Lloyd Salters votes at Caplinger Woods RV & Campgrounds in Stockton, Missouri. Charlie Riedel/AP

 

 

Sarah Salem swims at the Echo Deep Pool in Los Angeles as voters cast their ballots nearby. Jae C. Hong/AP

Kristen Leach votes with her 6-month-old daughter, Nora, in Atlanta, Georgia. David Goldman/AP

Falcon Wien, 2, huddles under the coat of her mother, Sarah, as she votes in Mount Kisco, New York. Richard Drew/AP

Garry Henning leaves a polling station after voting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 4. Nick Oxford/Reuters

Some of the pictures from CNN Politics In Pictures: The midterm elections

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America in Peril: Mid-term Elections 2018 My mixed feelings about President Trump

I violently oppose Trump’s nuclear policy–it has now been shown that ionizing radiation can destroy DNA down into the 4th generation. (Note added: And I don’t believe the Founding Fathers would have included assault or automatic weapons in those guns citizens need for the “common defense.”) But he is God’s choice for our country for this time for His own reasons and God is using him to give Christians an amazing and probably narrow window of freedom of speech and religion and a time of unprecedented spiritual harvest. Trump may just be using us as a stepping stool to a higher personal goal (“weapons in space”–the “I will’s” of Satan?) but maybe it takes someone like him, who does not cave before or tolerate lies and political game-playing and does not care about man’s praise or censure to deal with the mean-spirited, coarse and violent mob that the Democratic party has become; maybe it takes a big bully to throw over their tables and shatter their greed and malevolence–no one else could have faced down that bully Kim Jung Un and save Hawaii from being annihilated.

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America in peril: mid-term elections 2018 Why we left the Democratic Party

The party once known for its compassion, fairness and reasonableness has slipped so far off its moorings it is now led by left-wing extremists taking the law into their own hands to push through biased and disastrous policies, some of them based on sheer nonsense  (24 genders–and counting?) or out-and-out lies (fetuses are “blobs of tissue,” even at nine months’ gestation). Many of us former Democrats (Jerry and I included) have switched parties– We believe it more accurate to say we didn’t leave our party. Our party left us.

IMMIGRATION We want just and compassionate immigration.We want to be able to welcome immigrants who come into this country through the front door, instead of climbing through our windows. If they are legitimate refugees, not just poor but trying to escape persecution, we want to make a way for them to find refuge in the United States–without having to allow in with them some of the very kinds of persecutors they are fleeing.

The most vocal and influential liberals/ Democrats are demanding completely open borders–undocumented, unchecked, no restrictions. They also want all these illegal immigrants to immediately be allowed to vote–which may be some indication of their motives.

In the oncoming caravans, two at last count, there are migrants from 20 countries. “Over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership. Those include a number of violent criminals,” according to the Department of Homeland Security. Men “dressed alike with similar haircuts” have been caught on camera giving money to women if they will move to the front, presumably to provide a human shield. Among the thousands of women, children and angry men approaching our border, “only 0.095 percent [are] gang members,” one article* reassures us. That doesn’t reassure me–0.095% cyanide can ruin–fatally–a perfectly good cup of coffee. There should be a way to separate the two groups and let in only the vulnerable ones who need protection.

Where the president would vet prospective immigrants (like most civilized countries do), refusing to let in the terrorists among Muslim immigrants, liberals are deliberately misinterpreting his words to make him out to be racist and anti-Muslim. He’s not against apples; he just doesn’t want to buy the rotten ones.  Is that unreasonable?

Journalists who used to pride themselves on keeping editorial opinions out of news stories and to use direct quotes without creative manipulation now literally “make up news,” exactly as President Trump has charged. For instance, his declaration, “We will get the criminal immigrants the hell out of our country!” was cropped to read, “We will get the immigrants the hell out of our country!” Liberals are deliberately making up false “facts,” purposely inciting chaos, rage and revenge to topple this administration.

Which brings us to freedom of speech. Does it include freedom to lie?

FREEDOM OF SPEECH We want to have the same right of free speech the liberals grant themselves, the same right our Constitution grants all citizens.

Instead, Democrats have been drastically restricting freedom of speech–for conservatives. Areas on secular–and even some Christian–campuses, where free speech, like smoking, is allowed–are becoming smaller and fewer, with warnings to students and staff from their administrations to avoid the areas altogether when pro-life or other conservatives are speaking! At those same colleges liberals are hired and given tenure, allowed to not only dispense their opinions in the classroom but to radicalize and recruit students for liberal causes. At The Event Sunday night (see video on previous post), one conservative speaker declared the truth: “There’s a free speech area in this country–and it’s called the United States of America!”

FREEDOM OF RELIGION: We want what the Constitution promised all of us–what the original settlers from Europe sought in coming here–the right to freely worship God as we wish, without coercion or retaliation.

Our Founding Fathers prayed regularly in public, even opening their sessions of Congress and the Supreme Court in prayer and gratitude to a Supreme, beneficent Being. They engraved the Bible’s Ten Commandments into the very walls and cornices of their public buildings and had them taught in our schools. In the 1960s, when liberals forbade God to come to school (!) by banning prayer and this standard of moral behavior established in His Word, students were no longer taught not to steal, lie, covet and kill. “Politically correct” replaced “eternally true and morally correct.”

We’ve seen the disastrous results of removing distinctions between right and wrong.  “Freedom of religion” has been distorted to mean “freedom from religion.” The separation of church and state intended by our founders was one which forbade the establishment of a religion by the state. It was to keep government from interfering with our private religious beliefs. It obviously did not mean forbidding people to speak openly about their faith or letting their beliefs inform their political views–because the founders themselves did that all the time.

Freedom of religion has always meant, until recently, that individuals were not required to perform actions or take oaths which went against their religious convictions. For instance, those who object to war on religious grounds can serve in a non-combative role as conscientious objectors. As established, private bakers, florists, and party planners had the right to recuse themselves from helping with events they could not morally endorse.

Not so any more. Democrats are embracing the growing alphabet of genders, forcing public schools to teach and encourage the most graphic and even debauched forms of sex as well as hostile pro-LBGTQ agendas from pre-school up. They are not satisfied with tolerance but demand preference and celebration–branding everything else, including the Bible itself where God calls same-sex activity an “abomination,” as “hate crimes.” California nearly voted in a bill that would have outlawed quoting or counseling from the Bible on this subject.

Liberal Democrats’ insistence that these increasing numbers of arbitrary genders be recognized as legitimate is causing chaos–everything from legalizing all kinds of same-sex marriage to letting men who claim they identify as female use bathrooms for women only (attacks have been reported) to requiring other people to use their own personally preferred pronouns to refer to each of them–one young woman we know wants to be referred to as “they.”

The biggest non-negotiable–for Republicans as well as Democrats–is “women’s reproductive rights.” As they use the term it means a woman has the sovereign right to take the life of her baby (with no rights at all for the baby’s father), thus snuffing all rights, reproductive or otherwise, for their unborn females, for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy and even during natural birth. Doctors use scissors to pierce the back of the full-term baby’s neck and drain the brain to kill the baby before delivering it–for two reasons. First, because if a live baby is separated from her mother’s body, she instantly becomes a citizen under the law with all the rights and protections of any other American citizen. (Can’t kill a baby then–everyone knows that is murder.)

Secondly, if the doctor can carefully preserve the brain and organs of a near-born, they can be sold to labs (collagen for hand lotion, face cream, experiments, etc.) for a profit.  Leaders of Planned Parenthood have been caught on camera arranging and laughing over such sales. They hardly need to traffic in aborted babies; they receive over $528 million of our tax dollars every year.  Back-alley abortionist turned legal abortionist, Dr. Kermit Gosnell was recently convicted on murder and manslaughter charges, resulting in a life sentence in prison. Unfortunately he is not the only one doing late-term abortions in conditions so dangerous, unethical and unsanitary that women, too, die from infection and complications. Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

Yet Democrat extremists protect even this barbaric kind of abortion as a sacred “right.” Health inspectors don’t check abortion clinics lest they raise the ire of these fanatics. These feminists don’t care about women’s health or safety any more than they care about babies’ lives–and we care about both.

In fact, Democrats make no secret of the fact they want to jackhammer up the foundation of this country–our Constitution. This determination on the part of the liberals extends to those elected to office who had to swear allegiance to that same Constitution! I’m sorry to have to say it but in areas that are unacceptable to us, the Democratic Party has become the party of selfishness, disrespect for the law and legal authority, hypocrisy, and moral bankruptcy including murder.

 

Oh, and one last issue:

ISRAEL: We want to continue supporting the Jewish people, who are heirs to the land  given to Abra(ha)m through his son Isaac as an unconditional gift from God.

The Democrats, with other anti-Semites, believe the land is “Palestine” and that the Jews are occupying it illegally–which is interesting because Jews were not only promised the land by God 4000 years ago but in 444 BC Nehemiah called Jerusalem “home” and “the city where my ancestors are buried,” long before Arabs settled there. Nehemiah was allowed by the king of Persia to return from captivity to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and on the way he met an Arab, an Ammonite and a Horonite who tried to stop him. He told them, ““The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.” (Nehemiah 2:20)

The name “Israel” first appears in the Bible as the name given by God to the patriarch Jacob (Genesis 32:28). The prophets Isaiah (chapters 11 and 43), Jeremiah (chapters 23 and 31), and Ezekiel 37 all speak of the Jews being regathered to their own land.  Isaiah 11:1-2 specifically names “their own land” Israel— 4,000 years before it existed. In 1947, the United Nations granted the land as a sanctuary state in perpetuity to Jews who were escaping genocide under Hitler. David Ben Gurion, its first prime minister, called the new state “Israel” because he said, that was its name–in Scripture.

Amir Tsarfati cites Zuheir Mohsen, leader of the Sa’iqa faction of the PLO (1971-79), among others who confirmed the Jews’ prior claim to the land in The Deception of the Nations. in a March, 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw, Mohsen said in part, “…the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new tool to continue the fight with Israel and for Arab unity.”

Democrats want to let that small nation and its beleaguered people, surrounded by powerful countries wanting to finish off the genocide Hitler nearly accomplished, to be “driven into the sea” as their enemies vow to do.

When God gave Abraham the land of Israel He said, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” Genesis 12:3. We believe America has been blessed because we have blessed the Jews–and we don’t want that to change.

 

*https://www.lawfareblog.com/whos-really-crossing-us-border-and-why-theyre-coming

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America in Peril: mid-term elections 2018 The Event

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
The Declaration of Independence laid the foundation for this country’s government: an acknowledgement of one God, a personal God who created nature (essentially the universe and everything in it) and laws which govern it. This God bestowed certain “self-evident” and “inalienable” rights which human governments were established to secure and protect for their people: the right to life, to liberty and to the pursuit of happiness.

The Constitution of the United States which followed provided the blueprint, the specifics, for the building to be established on that foundation.  It described three branches of power–judicial, legislative, and executive–based on the example within the Godhead itself: “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King.” Isaiah 33:22
This mid-term election of 2018 will determine whether our country remains–or rather, returns–to this foundation or slips farther off it.
The “self-evident” and “inalienable” rights in these founding documents are being challenged, as, in fact, is the authority and relevance of the Constitution itself–even by members of Congress who have taken an oath of allegiance to it:
–The fact of the existence of a sovereign God Who reigns over us is being replaced by humanism and atheism
–The fact of God-designed natural laws to which He holds us accountable is being thrown over for lawlessness and self-will.
–The right to life is being denied to tens of thousands by the specious claim to “a woman’s right to her own body.” A baby is not part of the mother’s body. Her body is a sacred vessel to contain the separate body of her baby. Though the two temporarily use the same nutrients to sustain them, they are not merely organs or extensions of her. They have their own heartbeat and brain waves before she knows they are underneath her heart. They each have unique DNA, fingerprints, combinations of physical, mental and emotional characteristics. They may not share their mother’s gender or blood type. Mothers’ wombs, designed to protect the most vulnerable members of our families as they grow toward viability, are now the most dangerous places for a pre-born baby to live.
–The right to liberty, specifically the primary rights to freedom of speech and freedom of belief. Individuals, small businesses and people of faith are being deliberately hounded, sued, and crushed in spirit, forced to compromise their conscience or lose their livelihoods and reputations.
    –God created us “male and female.” God designed marriage to be consist of one man and one woman, the two becoming one flesh under God.  That design has been trampled  by our judicial branch–usurping the power given exclusively to the legislative branch.
    –In the Scripture our country’s foundation was laid upon, the unborn child is declared to be “fearfully and wonderfully made” and known intimately by his or her Creator in the womb. The rights have been stripped from the unborn as we take out contracts on our own babies, offering them as living sacrifices to the Canaanite god Molech of child sacrifice.
–The right to the pursuit of happiness, disconnected from the One who made us and in Whose presence is our only true happiness, leads us to pursue happiness in the addictions, obsessions and compulsions that cannot satisfy and will only destroy us.
This outcome of this election is crucial and both sides recognize that. We, for our part, pray not that “our side” wins but that the God who has blessed us throughout these past two centuries and had mercy on us when we have been so far from deserving it, will have His way in this election and be glorified in its results.
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America in peril: Mid-term elections 2018

“Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1

Spiritually, this contest began when God created the universe and everything in it, including all mankind, and declared it “Very good.”

He had, however, programmed us with a variable capable of turning everything “very bad.”  That variable is free will. He created us in His image, with capacities to experience and live out of love, joy, peace, patience, truth, kindness, self-control.

He wanted beings like Himself who would enjoy His company as He enjoyed ours, receive all the good things He wanted to share with us and respond to His love–but voluntarily. For that reason, He was willing to take the risk that by giving us free will, we would choose differently. We could choose to despise and turn our backs on Him, even to deny His existence. Instead of love, we could choose hatred, bigotry and violence. Instead of life, we could choose death. Instead of light, we could choose darkness.

He took that risk.

The natural response of His creatures should have been gratitude. That was the bare minimum we owed Him. And, because He was sovereign, we owe Him respect and obedience.

But we used His gift of free will to trample on His love, spurn it, pervert it into lust and greed and arrogance. There was no fear of God before our eyes. We became our own gods.

After many warnings, appealing to us for our own sakes to turn back and be safe, be saved, from the consequences of our appalling choice, He gave us up. He let us go our own way.

Two thousand years ago, the Bible predicted, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

That time is here and this schism–between those who will have God for their King and those who won’t, who want His throne for themselves–is what is tearing our nation in two

I hope this passage is not describing a majority of American voters this coming Tuesday. The choice at the polls is literally the continuation of America as a country “under God,” blessed, prospered, by God, the most free, most generous, most God-honoring and God-honored nation in history–or a hell of rebellion, malice, brutality, violence, and anarchy.

 

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New links

Phoenix original crew 1954

Original crew, Phoenix of Hiroshima: Moto Fushima, Nick MIkami, Mickey Suemitsu, Ted (16), Jessica (10) with Mi-ke, Barbara and Earle Reynolds, 1954

LINKS ADDED (this page, lower right):

I have finally fixed the link to my former blog His Scribe and at a friend’s suggestion added links to all my published books. Here’s the list chronologically:

Jessica's Journal 001

Jessica’s Journal, my first book, is long out of print so I have posted it in full online, Peter Spier’s colorful illustrations and all.  It is taken from the diary of our adventures on the yacht Phoenix which I kept as part of my “boat-schooling.” My parents, both authors, typed it up and sent it to their agent. I was 11 when I wrote this part (Hawaii to New Zealand) and it was published when I was 14.

My parents, Earle and Barbara Reynolds, wrote All in the Same Boat about our entire 3-1/2 year trip around the world. https://wordpress.com/view/reynoldsallinthesameboat.wordpress.com

Dad wrote a sequel, The Forbidden Voyage, about our sailing the Phoenix into the Pacific Proving Grounds (1958) to protest nuclear testing. (He was an expert in radiation, having just completed a 3-year study for our Atomic Energy Commission on 4,800 Japanese children who survived the Hiroshima bomb.) http://forbiddenvoyage.blogspot.com/

To Russia 001

 

Then I wrote To Russia with Love, about sailing to the USSR (1961) with our family and a friend Tom Yoneda (and two cats) to protest Soviet nuclear testing.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, two pro-life books:

–Gianna: Aborted and lived to Tell About It (Focus on the Family/Tyndale House, 1995) is the true story of a baby who survived a late-term abortion.

Gianna: Aborted...and Lived to Tell About It (Living Books)

–Compelling Interests, a novel about abortion from the hearts of people on both sides is a thinly fictionalized story of many individuals and passionate–for or against–  abortion because of its impact of their lives, played out against the actual history of abortion before it was legalized in 1973 until a future day when it may be overturned. Characters include a woman traumatized by a back-alley abortion that motivates her to start the movement to get it legalized. A mother of four who founds a home for pregnant women. A couple who are only able to have one child, who is stillborn. A Supreme Court justice. A baby saved from abortion who finds herself pregnant at 14 and seeks an abortion herself.

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Then, back to the Phoenix for The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat–

BRAVE LITTLE BOAT cover

 

–and MUM: The Conscience, Courage, and Compassion of Barbara Reynolds, 1915-1990

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A novella, New Every Morning: He hurt her. Now he is at her mercy. A different kind of love story, a gentle look at a father-daughter relationship tangled up with Alzheimer’s, incest, alcoholism and the Christian faith. I consider it a “beyond forgiveness” story.

New Every Morning: He hurt her. Now he is at her mercy. A different kind of love story.

 

And, for comic relief, a collection of true, illustrated stories of a multitude of animals, including The Dog Who Only Ate Tacos.

Books Dog

 

Is that all? (It’s enough!)

Note:  Jessica’s Journal and To Russia with Love were published under my maiden name, Reynolds.  Gianna,  was published under the name of my late husband: Shaver.  The rest, including my two novels, were written under my current name: Renshaw. We have tried to standardize and re-issue as many as we can under Renshaw.

Links will take you to sites where you can read a summary of the book and/or order a copy. Books available through Amazon are also available through Barnes & Noble.

 

 

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