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Bigger than sports

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2011 by rylanreed

This showed on Outside the Lines, ESPN, a day or two before the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  It’s an excellent story of sports and major events, and how at times the moment of a sport doesn’t and shouldn’t take over the attention of what ever the major event brings to focus about life.  Here is a transcript of what Bruce Smith said after he received the Heisman.

Another moment comes to mind for me, the day Nebraska played Penn St. in Football and how both teams came to the middle of the field in unity and prayer.  A great moment in sports, and a small starting block of healing for everyone involved.

Where are we at now?

Posted in Culture, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2009 by rylanreed

I thought this was thought provoking and an interesting read. Not sure who wrote it, as I received it in an email and can’t find the original source. It does seem true with what has happened with other countries in different centuries and how we have somewhat followed this pattern pretty close to the exact line of what it says for the sequence. I am definitely blessed to be living in such a great country as America, but there are just some things that we are doing right now that is pretty much killing us economically and spiritually.  How far have we fallen? That is the question that  I want to ask, and why has so many people forgotten where we came from and what our constitution is grounded upon?  We all need to shape up, or we will get shipped out, to places I’m sure we don’t want to be.  Here are a few other guys posts on the subject.

How Long Do We Have?

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;

2. From spiritual faith to great courage;

3. From courage to liberty;

4. From liberty to abundance;

5. From abundance to complacency;

6. From complacency to apathy;

7. From apathy to dependence;

8. From dependence back into bondage”

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:  Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143 million–Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000–States won by: Gore: 19; Bush: 29–Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2; Bush: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals and they vote, then goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

realize just how much is at stake, apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

Let the labor begin

Posted in Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by rylanreed

I know, I know, Labor day is over with and no one cares anymore… Just thought I would put this up and give an insight or two.

Since our Nation’s founding, working Americans have carried us through times of challenge and uncertainty and propelled America through eras of peace and prosperity. They have long formed the backbone of our Nation’s economy, and they will continue to lead our Nation to new heights in the years to come. Working Americans helped lay the foundation for our Nation’s progress over the generations. Brick by brick, they built the infrastructure that powered the engine of our economy. With firm resolve and commitment, they constructed our cities and towns, and with unparalleled skill they manufactured the goods and provided the services needed by Americans and people around the world. They have prepared our children for the challenges ahead and cared for the sick and the elderly. Today, we commemorate the many contributions labor has made to our Nation.

Throughout its history, the labor movement has given voice to the aspirations and concerns of millions of men and women. By fighting for decent working conditions, as well as fair wages and benefits, organized labor has stood for the rights of everyday Americans. With determination and commitment, labor has advocated for all working families and all have benefited from the fruits of their struggles.

Today, we find ourselves in an era of great challenges. The economic crisis we face is vast and complex. Americans understand the consequences: dwindling savings for young families, a daunting choice between prescriptions and groceries for our seniors, and fading hopes for a college education for our young people. Just as they have so many times in our history, working Americans will help our Nation emerge from this crisis and lead us into a new era of prosperity and progress. This Labor Day, as we honor our workers, and we renew our commitment to uphold the American Dream and the founding promise of our Nation: in America, we can make of our lives what we will, and all things are possible for all people.  ~~ President Obama

Let’s give a hand and a helping to the normal people who actually work 8-5, who understand what it’s like to pay their bills on time, live in a moderate house that doesn’t over-flow on what has been given to them, and are responsible for what is their’s to have.  Lets help them out with the “crisis” that is going on right now in the economy, instead of giving them more of a headach that they don’t need to bear.  Here is a great link to show how this holiday started.

Why is that in there?

Posted in Culture, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2009 by rylanreed

I have been reading through the book of Genesis, wanting to read through the old testament to understand from it of what I should be doing today and what God is speaking through it.  I read Ch. 38 today and was confussed of why it was in the Bible.  Now I totally believe that the whole Bible was written and breathed into by God through writers.  All of the Bible is from God and so it is all good.  I started to look up information about what others thought about this chapter.  This is what the ESV Study Bible Online says:

Readers are likely to be shocked by the sexually oriented content of this chapter, with its references to spilled semen and prostitution. Nevertheless, the unsavory account of Judah’s relationship with Tamar, which interrupts the ongoing story of Joseph’s time in Egypt, fulfills an important role in Genesis, for it focuses on the continuation of Judah’s family line and concludes with a birth account in which a firstborn twin is pushed aside by his younger brother. In light of preceding episodes, these features highlight the potential importance of Judah’s line through Perez (v. 29). Later, in ch. 49, kingship will be associated with Judah’s descendants, and biblical history reveals that from Perez comes the Davidic dynasty (see Ruth 4:18-22). Although this chapter shows Judah at his worst, it also accounts for a remarkable transformation in his life, which comes through in the remaining episodes of the Joseph story. Further, Judah provides a stark contrast to the chaste Joseph in Genesis 39: though he suffered for his chastity, Joseph’s behavior is the right way to bring blessing to the Gentiles.

The Word of God is for our benefit, even though a lot of times we don’t understand what it means, or why its in there.  It is for God’s glory and is fully God breathed.  Because His Word is living and active today, we can use it, learn from it, and follow in it for today’s lifestyle.

Silver medal for Jesus…

Posted in following Jesus, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by rylanreed

So, I was looking on the Relevant magazine web page, and saw one of their posts talking about Jesus taking the silver… now that sort of bugged me because Jesus should always take the gold since He is the King and Lord over all.  Anyways I checked what they read and it sort of disappointed me, but then I remembered where I came from and where the United States is going.  The Chicago Sun-Times posted a Harris poll about who the top ten hero’s are for America (from about 2600 or so people)

I am not putting down Obama and what he has done for the country and history so far, but it hurts me to see that people are putting a man that has really done nothing (except change history which is pretty big and I am excited to see what he will do) for the country yet.  Jesus Christ came to this earth 2000 years ago and died on the cross for all our sins, so that we could be children of GOD!  We need, as Christians, to get his great and glorious story out to those that are lost, so that they can be saved (through Christ and not by us at all, becuase only He knows who is saved and not) and know what is waiting for them, than what is going to be waiting for them if they continue to live their live for themselves.  I pray for the heart of America that it would turn back to the days of old with our forfathers and what this country was made for and what it was all about!