VFNRadio First Hour September 6,2013

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Grateful to Live in a Blessed Land?
LISTEN NOW! John, Pat, and Chris discuss how grateful they are to live in the United States.  John shares about meeting a woman who just left Cuba after living most of her adult life in that country.  They continue to discuss what she felt like when she came to America when she saw the abundance of prosperity.  She describes how she marveled at the cleanliness of the public restrooms as she traveled through the United States.  She continues to shares how in Cuba they didn’t have any cleaning supplies and how they had to invent ways and combine salt with certain leaves to clean their bathrooms.  They continue to discuss how the woman felt when she landed in America.  She was so excited and happy to arrive in this great country.  When she arrived at the parking lot, she froze in shock when she saw the abundance of cars parked in the parking lot.  In Cuba they are still driving cars from the 1950’s.  They share how blessed we are to be living in this nation and the importance of pausing to recognize not everyone around the world lives in such great blessings and our need to honor God, the one from whom all blessings flow.

Duck Dynasty Dominates Top Book List with 2 Best Sellers
Greg, John, and Pat discuss how the cast of the popular reality television show “Duck Dynasty” has two books on the C-Span top sellers.    The number three book on the top 5 is calledHappy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson and number 5 is called The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty by Willie and Korie Robertson.  Some may think because the cast of the show speak slowly and are from the South, they may doubt their intelligence and that would not be a wise thing to do.  Phil Robertson and Willie Robertson are both college graduates and Phil even taught school.  Just another reason you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Fatherhood Under Siege
Greg, John, and Pat discuss a recent video where a young 7 year old boy was on a program with a drill instructor that was trying to motivate the young boy to do right and was yelling in a loud voice.  The drill sergeant asks the boy “Do you want me to be your daddy?”  The audience was anticipating the boy would say no but the young boy thought for a second and said “yes” to the surprise of the audience and the drill sergeant.  The drill sergeant asked him “Why do you want me to be your daddy?”, and the boy replied because “I have no daddy.”  Fatherhood is under siege and the children are paying for it.  An estimated 24.7 million children live absent from their biological father.  It is said that two years after divorce 51% of children in sole mother custody homes only see their father once or twice a year, or never.  It is also said that 42 % of the fathers fail to see their children at all after divorce.  Satan is doing everything to take the father out of the lives of his children.  If we are going to honor fatherhood once again in this country then we are going to have first honor Father God.  We can’t get things right horizontally until we first get things right vertically.  Father God must be honored if we are going to see true and lasting change in fatherlessness in America.

Seeking Biblical Perspective to the Crisis in Syria
Greg, John, and Pat discuss the importance of seeking Biblical perspective to the crisis in Syria.  They discuss how God is a God of Justice.  Money should never be a motive for saying no to helping someone who is experiencing injustice.   They discuss how Hitler gassed innocent Jews for being Jewish!  It was evil and we have suffered much because we as a nation stayed silent and turned boats away full of Jews that were all killed later. If we stand by and allow someone to gas their citizens don’t think God, who is just, will not balance the scales and gas our soldiers in a war or our families and children.  The question is who says the United States of America is the only nation that needs to act and take action in Syria.  The truth is that the Arab League which is comprised of 22 Arab nations should be taking the lead as opposed to supporting the United States to take action when Syria is one of their rogue nations.  They continue to share how the United States is not targeting President Assad but could actually hurt and kill the Syrian people.  President Assad alone should be the one who pays the price.   Finally, we need to turn to Israel for wisdom in this matter for there is no one on earth that understands this as well as they do and most likely are empathetic for the victims who were gassed by their own nation while the world does nothing.   Not to mention that they are the only democracy whose safety hangs in the balance. So if we should follow anyone’s advice and wisdom it should be Israel and if not publically stated it should be privately sought so they don’t become more of a target than they are now.  They continue to share the importance of this context.  If God’s Word, the Bible, can be taken out of context imagine what men’s words can do.  We must always consider context of what’s going on and the fruit of those involved.  We’re talking about potentially sending our sons, daughters, fathers and mothers to war.  You don’t have to look too far to see the devastation our soldiers have faced in recent times because of the wars and military deployment with the loss of arms, legs and their lives.  They shared that they are not saying no about dealing with this horrific tragedy, they are just saying CONSIDER CONTEXT in deciding how to respond. There has never been a leader in America that has so rapidly led us down a road away from God, and into the arms of Islam and those who speak openly about our destruction like the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Koran speaks evil of Christians and Jews whereas Muslims consider them the infidels.  The only option for Christians and Jews according to the Koran is either to convert, go into servitude, or death. In President Obama’s first international speech at Cairo University he paved a way for radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood  to take over Egypt only to have Egypt cry out against the USA for assisting “terrorists” to be their President and eventually they had him removed.  The President of the United States said this during his speech at Cairo University, “And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” Also at the United Nations President Obama said ‘The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.’
As Americans we chose a President to lead us, whose platform was to remove Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – booed God and forced GOD and JERUSALEM back in but America voted no. With all this in mind with Syria surrounded by 22 Arab Muslim Islamic nations who are unified, one of which Syria, – IT WOULD BE NATURAL FOR US to put our efforts behind supporting and encouraging them, the Arab League, to deal with Assad.  Dealing with Asaad means not hurting the Syrian people.   If someone deserves death and loss it’s not the victims of the one who is bringing that death, Asaad.  We must pray protection for Israel and support Israel.  We must also pray for the reported 100,000 victims of this civil war in Syria including those who it has been reported have been gassed.  Finally to compare what and how the Jews were gassed by Hitler to what is happening in Syria couldn’t be further from the truth.  There are some obvious things to consider namely:
– Israel was not at war with Germany,
– They were upstanding citizens
– They worked, lived and played
-They owned businesses and employed Germans
– They were a blessing and were blessed

This is completely different.  The Jews were hated by Hitler and Satan.  There was a progression to this atrocity.  They were identified, led into the ghettos, and finally led to board the trains that would take them to their deaths.   Even today Christians are being persecuted in Egypt and America remains silent.  It is being reported that if America bombs Syria, Christians in the region will be attacked.  They continue to discuss what could have sealed America’s fate was Secretary John Kerry’s statement as protesters with red stain on their hands meant to look like blood, lifted their hands behind him “America is the only irreplaceable nation in the world.”  This cannot be any further from the truth.   The minute America bombs Syria we will see a shift downward for Christians and the Jews in how the world will relate to them.

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