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1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillips & Arthur Morey

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What if the year we have long commemorated as America’s defining moment was in fact misleading? What if the real events that signaled the historic shift from colony to country took place earlier, and that the true story of our nation’s emergence reveals a more complicated―and divisive―birth process?

In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution by puncturing the myth that 1776 was the struggle’s watershed year. Mythology and omission have elevated 1776, but the most important year, rarely recognized, was 1775: the critical launching point of the war and Britain’s imperial outrage and counterattack and the year during which America’s commitment to revolution took bloody and irreversible shape.

Phillips focuses on the great battlefields and events of 1775―Congress’s warlike economic ultimatums to king and parliament, New England’s rage militaire, the panicked concentration of British troops in militant but untenable Boston, the stunning expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and many hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands. These onrushing events delivered a sweeping control of territory and local government to the Patriots, one that Britain was never able to overcome. 1775 was the year in which Patriots captured British forts and fought battles from the Canadian frontier to the Carolinas, obtained the needed gunpowder in machinations that reached from the Baltic to West Africa and the Caribbean, and orchestrated the critical months of nation building in the backrooms of a secrecy-shrouded Congress. As Phillips writes, “The political realignment achieved amid revolution was unique―no other has come with simultaneous ballots and bullets.”

Surveying the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and perception he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. He mines rich material as he surveys different regions and different colonies and probes how the varying agendas and expectations at the grassroots level had a huge effect on how the country shaped itself. He details often overlooked facts about the global munitions trade; about the roles of Indians, slaves, and mercenaries; and about the ideological and religious factors that played into the revolutionary fervor.

The result is a dramatic account brimming with original insights about the country we eventually became. Kevin Phillips’s 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.

This book, in my opinion, is perhaps the greatest historical account from numerous sources (American, British, Spanish, and French archives) which details the not just the infancy of the Revolutionary War, but also to it’s maturity. A great resource, though it may be a tough read at times it is without a doubt a great worthwhile read for those interested in the Revolutionary War time period.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Learning to Pray The Journey Study by Billy Graham  

“You will only make this journey once. What kind of journey will it be?”

Is prayer really that important? Doesn’t God know what we need? Do you look forward to praying-or dread it? It is never a mistake to pray, but we do need to understand fully what prayer is and its role in our lives.

Learning to Pray looks at the incredible privilege we have of speaking directly with our Creator at any time. God wants to be in fellowship with us. Learn to speak to God through prayer, offer him praise and thanksgiving, and listen for an answer. Talk to God and get to know Him better as you journey on life’s path.

The Journey Study Series is based on Billy Graham’s best-selling book The journey, the culmination of lifetime of spiritual insight and ministry experience. Each chapter explores the joys, triumphs, and conflicts we all encounter on our journey through life.

Use for self-study or shared experiences in small groups

six weeks of lessons

sidebars offer a scriptural journey through God’s word

questions for starting group discussions

insight-filled scripture passages to study

Each chapter includes thought-provoking questions, commentary, Scriptures, and insights to help you on life’s journey. Each lesson teaches the secret of walking with God on life’s path. Understanding God’s truths will make life’s journey easier and let Him fulfill His promise to lead you home.

A very good addition to the book The Journey: Living by Faith in an Uncertain World by Billy Graham it truly helps one to understand. Also, it is quite an aid in delving into the very essence of prayer by routing out the bare bones meaning. Everything always comes back to the basics.

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Doc Murf

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Jesus, an Obedient Son Kindle Edition by Michael Phillips

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For many years, best-selling author Michael Phillips assumed he clearly understood the life of Jesus. Though Jesus was in truth his Savior, and even his Lord, Phillips felt challenged to understand more of the remarkable life lived two thousand years ago in Palestine. Then came a crisis in his spiritual pilgrimage when circumstances forced him to open the book of his life in a new way, and delve more deeply into the fundamental why of Jesus’ life.

Challenged to discover the New Testament imperative for his life, Phillips takes a fresh look at the Bible to find out what is the essence, the foundation, of spirituality. Boiled down. The raw reality of the gospel. No frills. No excess baggage. No trite little phrases learned in Sunday school or youth group.

He discovers a key that gives validity to an entire life’s purpose and perspective as a Christian for right now. Not in some grandiose, far-reaching way . . . but the link between belief and practice, between eternity and now, between Christianity as a world religion, and Christianity as a practical guidebook for going about the business of life in the trenches. For if ever a man walked in harmony between ultimate purpose and the next five minutes, that man was Jesus Christ. And that key to Jesus’ life was obedience.

An intriguing insight into what would Jesus be like in the here and now. How would he look, act, choose his disciples, etc. Much, in fact, would be the same excepting the surroundings; and quite possibly the trial. A very interesting look and feel. Many interesting tips on how we should be and what our outlooks should be based upon…biblically speaking.

 

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Left, Right, & Babyboom is a short collections of essays written by people in politics from all sides of the Nolan Chart. This book was composed and edited in 1986, by David Boaz, one of the leaders of the Cato Institute, a Libertarian Think- Tank in Washington, D.C. There are a total of 15 different essays in this 122 page paperback book, and each one is written by a different author.

The basic premise of this book is that the American Political landscape is going to change in the coming years, as the baby boom generation matures. Baby boomers are known for their tendency to be economically conservative (more Republican) and socially liberal (more Democratic). This combination of traits will move politics in a Libertarian direction, in the coming years. Today, the nations politics are more conservative overall. That’s mainly due to the fact that there are so many older voters (pre- baby boom generation)who tend to be conservative on most all issues, economic and social.
Some of the ideas presented here are interesting. The writers point out that, prior to the 1970’s, political analysts tried to peg everyone as being either liberal, moderate, or conservative. Someone who was conservative on economic issues (against government control of the economy) and liberal on social issues (against government control on personal decisions) was considered to be “inconsistent” in his/her thinking. Likewise, someone who was liberal on economic issues and conservative on social issues was also viewed as inconsistent. If anything, what’s really inconsistent is to be conservative on ALL issues, or liberal on ALL issues. In other words, in the past, if you were 100% pro- liberty, or 100% pro- government, you were labeled as unusual in your thinking. Times have changed!

The various contributors of this book agree that politicians has better pay attention to the coming changes in the political landscape. If they ignore these changes, they will likely be replaced by more Libertarian- thinking leaders.

The sad but true fact, reading this book just recently, I often wonder what will get the American people to act against their representatives? The old adage seems to be true:

A complaining American is a Happy American!

Well, I am telling you…we are an ECSTATIC country! All anyone wishes to do is bitch and complain about the circumstances surrounding them. I believe that one day the rhetoric that is spewed from our leadership and our representatives will cause people to eventually choose a Liberty minded individual for the political seats throughout our country. I am hoping it is long before all of our rights are abolished.

Ahhhhhhh…to read about the good old days where the people got sufficiently mad at their representatives and then traipsed them down the street with tar and feathers…most did not survive, mind you. I am truly losing faith in my countrymen and my country’s leadership!

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Doc Murf

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Why Jesus Died ! by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

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Some have said He died as a martyr, others that He died as our example. But there was far more involved in the death of Jesus than heroism or illustration. Dr. McGee explains the importance of Jesus’ death for all mankind.

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Jonah: Dead or Alive? by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

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Jonah is the book of the Bible which perhaps has been criticized more than any other. Unfortunately, many Christians thoughtlessly cast aspersions upon this important book in the canon of Scripture without realizing that they are playing into the hands of the critics and innocently becoming the dupes of the skeptics. You hear even Christians say, when they hear a tall story, “My, that’s a Jonah!” What they really mean is that it is something that is hard, or maybe even impossible, to believe.

Is the Book of Jonah “the Achilles’ heel” of the Bible? It is if we are to accept the ridiculous explanations of the critics. The translators of the Septuagint were the first to question the reasonableness of this book. They set the pattern for the avalanche of criticism which has come down to the present day. The ancient method of modernism is to allegorize the book and to classify it with Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver’s Travels. Today liberalism uses the same tactics. They make of it an allegory, saying that actually it never took place at all.

Jonah is an historical character and the author of this book. I want to turn to an historical book, 2 Kings, where we read: “In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years” (2 Kings 14:23). As far as I know, no one has ever questioned that Jeroboam II lived, that he was a king in the northern kingdom of Israel, and that he reigned forty–one years. This is an historical record. We read further: “And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant, Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gath–hepher” (2 Kings 14:24–25, italics mine). Jeroboam was a real person, Israel was a real nation, Hamath was a real place, and it is quite unlikely that this man Jonah is a figment of the imagination. This is an historical record, and it is reasonable to conclude that Jonah is an historical character.

I found this book to be quite interesting, as well as revealing. I have been listening to Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s commentary on this book for roughly a week or two, which is pretty much all that is written in this book. Each and every time that I listen to it I tend to pick up something that I passed over during the previous times. I never placed much stock in this book and therefore never paid much attention to it. about two months ago, while in prayer I sought guidance and this was what had been dropped into my lap, so-to-say! There are an abundant of lessons to be gleaned from this little four chapter book, lessons we can all use within our lives, both to live our lives for God’s glory and to spread His word to all those who are lost.

 

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The Book of Revelation Unveiled

The fundamental message of the book of Revelation is simple. It promises that God will institute universal peace, prosperity and cooperation over all the earth immediately after the return of Jesus Christ. It reveals how this wonderful new world will be established and why it will never be destroyed or superseded by any other way of life or social order.

I found this to be a short and informational read on the Book of Revelation, not all-inclusive mind you but very good and well written. Of course, we will not know “other” interpretations of any given book in the Bible until it actually happens. But, with that said, and standing by the belief that the Bible is the Word of God, then it is all true – that which has happened and that which will transpire! If you believe & obey you are alright; if you do not believe then you very may well be in for a world of hurt.

Blaise Pascal’s wager was that if there is a God and a true religion, shouldn’t you seek him and it out and follow it? (Severely paraphrased, but that is the essence of it.) In other words it would be illogical not to believe in God.

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Oldest Koran predates ‘prophet’ Mohammed: Islam was plagiarized for political agenda

Thought this to be rather interesting, y’all may like it!

The Muslim Issue

Should we become historians, or what? For how many years now have we relentlessly – and been the first – stated that the Koran is not one book but a compilation from torn bits and pieces acquired from loot during the raids and robberies committed by an illiterate Arabian desert band of criminals. The only authentic sections of the Koran that actually was written from the time of the warlord of Islam is the Hadith, which reveal the most heinous and vicious savagery that sounds too cruel to be real. The new findings basically give a strong historic argument to the claim that Mohammed was no prophet. Nor did he get the message of the Koran “from heaven” so he was also no messenger of Allah either.

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The Purpose of Disappointments

Here is something you may like!

Aura E Martinez

Disappointments…..it’s just one of those things that we will get for as long as we live because they are a part of life. It sucks to be disappointed but they are a part of life and it is necessary to accept this. So if this is part of life, then what is the purpose of disappointments? That’s what I would like to discuss in today’s post.

There are different kinds of disappointments. Some disappointments will come from people, others from circumstances. Some will come from ourselves, believe it or not. There are many possible reasons as to what led to that disappointment such as expectations that one may have, needs that were not met, even miscommunication or no communication from the other person or even from yourself (unfortunately, miscommunication or no communication is a big one and it shouldn’t be this way).

It is important whenever you are disappointed to understand…

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APOLOGETICS IN CONVERSATION by Vincent Cheung

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This short guide introduces principles that enhance a Christian’s performance and effectiveness in informal debates. Although they are easy to understand and implement, they are invincible weapons that ensure victory in our intellectual confrontations with the non-Christians.

This is a great primer for those interested in apologetics for their faith.

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Doc Murf

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