Please keep the families of the four officers who were murdered in your thoughts and prayers. I know how difficult it is for them, coming out of a similar situation myself. Lets also pray that justice will be served, and that the police will find this villain rapidly.
Happy Thanksgiving, to you all!! May we be truely thankful this Thanksgiving for: family, our country, freedom etc. May we also be thankful for our soldiers, who have to spend the holidays in foriegn lands away from friends and family defending our freedoms. Enjoy the feast!!!
Our Dad's memorial service went very well. Thank you to all who attended. We have been overwhelmed at the support each of you have given us.
This past Saturday, Jonathan and I were invited to build a computer. Now as most of you know, we are not techies whatsoever, so this was going to be huge learning experience. Much to my surprise it was really easy, and was just like building an erector set. Now we can build a computer, but don't ask us to fix it. Here are some pictures of the process.
This is all the hardware that goes inside the computer. The monitor shows the computer working with all the pieces sitting on the desk.
This is the computer tower completely empty, waiting for the hardware to be installed.
Now that no one reads our blog I thought I should probably make a post. Things have been pretty busy around here. As I am sure most of you already know, my Dad's cancer returned in full force this past January, and things have been touch and go for the entire year. You can see what has been going on at bryanpollock.blogspot.com.
I have also left the police explorers for various reasons, and have switched over to the Civil Air Patrol. Josiah, my younger brother, has also joined with me. It has been a lot of fun, and I would recommend it to anyone!!
A dream of mine also came true a couple weeks ago. For many many years I have wanted a dog, I am now the proud owner of a black lab named Duke. It has been a semi challenge training him, but slowly and surely we're getting there. I will try to upload pictures of him sometime soon.
I will try to update this thing better in the future!!
This is an essay I was requested to write by my parents. In light of the holiday tomorrow I thought it applicable to publish this. I know this is a divisive issue. If you have bones of contention with me or questions, I would like to hear them. Please do not get me wrong. I am loyal to my country and am willing to lay down my life to annihilate any country that would try to mess around with us.
Here it is.......
The War of Independence has shaped not only America, but the world around us. As the land of the free, countless millions have fled tyranny and oppression to benefit from the freedoms we experience every day. For many Americans, the War was just and necessary. We were taxed without representation, and no longer served by our leaders. Politically, this was an appropriate answer. But as Christians we must ask, was this War biblically justifiable? I, for one, do not think so.
In evangelical circles this is a topic of much disagreement. It is difficult to say that our founding fathers were wrong in rebelling against the ordained authority. The central point of this position comes from Romans 13. In the text, Paul clearly states that all authority comes from God, and to rebel against that authority means you have rebelled against the ordinance of God. (Rom 13:1, 2) Since the King of England was the ordained ruler of America, he was the man deserving of our servitude and respect. Obviously, he made mistakes and passed law that wasn’t accepted by the Americans or the British. He was an imperfect man in a position of power in a fallen world. As a ruler he didn’t authorize anything deserving of rebellion. Had he openly gone against the Word of God and disobeyed God’s law we would have to enjoin with Peter in Acts 5:29 by obeying “God rather than men” but still swearing allegiance to the king’s civil authority. It has also been said, to discredit Romans 13, that the orders from Paul to obey our civil magistrates is only prescribing the way it should be and not imperative. The context of the text does not allow that statement whatsoever.
The book of Romans is divided into two sections; the indicative or doctrinal teaching, and the imperative or the command section. From chapter 1 to the benediction in chapter 11 we have the indicative section. Beginning in 12:1 we have a whole new tone of writing; the imperative. The opening of chapter 12 illumines this; “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship… [Italics mine].” Presenting our bodies is not a doctrine we must learn and apply to our lives, but a physical disciplining of our fallen nature. Paul is no longer teaching them doctrine, but showing them the way a Christian must live based upon the previous doctrine. We can look back at earlier texts and see the doctrine he taught. In Romans 3, he taught that Jews and Greeks are all under sin; in Romans 5, that every man was a partaker in the fall of Adam through which came death; and the comforting doctrine of predestination and election Paul taught in Rom 8, to name a few. All of a sudden, however, we have a dramatic shift from the indicative to the imperative beginning in chapter 12.This imperative section does not end at the final verse of chapter 12, but carries over into 13, clearly making the obedience of our civil magistrates regardless of their secular beliefs or laws, imperative! The Puritan, Matthew Henry, in his Commentary on the Whole Bible, most likely used by 18th century preachers and theologians, understood the application of Romans 13 to mean obedience to all magistrates of any level:
“…Our Lord Jesus was so reproached, though he told them his kingdom was not of this world: no marvel, then, if his followers have been loaded in all ages with the like calumnies, called factious, seditious, and turbulent, and looked upon as the troublers of the land, their enemies having found such representations needful for the justifying of their barbarous rage against them… The Christians were then in those persecuting times obnoxious to the sword of the magistrate for their religion, and they needed not make themselves more obnoxious by their rebellion… God as the ruler and governor of the world hath appointed the ordinance of magistracy, so that all civil power is derived from him as from its original, and he hath by his providence put the administration into those hands, whatever they are that have it. By him kings reign, Prov. 8:15. The usurpation of power and the abuse of power are not of God, for he is not the author of sin; but the power itself is. As our natural powers, though often abused and made instruments of sin, are from God’s creating power, so civil powers are from God’s governing power…” With commentators such as Henry, it is preposterous to claim that the interpretation of Romans 13 was different at that time period. Only preachers ignorant of exegesis, or intentionally twisting Scripture for their own ideology would be guilty of such a crime. Indeed there were such preachers. One in particular, Jonathan Mayhew, was not a biblically grounded preacher whatsoever. When it was time for his ordination, only two pastors appeared due to his radical views on salvation. In order to receive his ordination, a second summons was required and this time he was ordained. Through his preaching against the English Monarch between 1750 and the 1760’s, Mayhew has been credited as the instigator of much of the rebellion in the New England area. His sermons were not based upon properly exegeted texts of Scripture. He, too, read from Romans 13, but did not see the beauty of the sovereignty of God. His conclusion did not even come close to that of Robert Haldane, a Scottish theologian of the late 18th , early 19th century, who writes this in his great commentary on Romans:
“Resistance to the government, then, is resistance to God; because government is God’s ordinance or appointment. If God has appointed every government that exists in the world, His people are bound to submit to every government under which their lot has been cast. There is but one exception, and that is when anything is required contrary to the law of God. Then duty is plain. We are to obey God rather than men. The people of God, then, ought to consider resistance to the government under which they live as a very awful crime – even as resistance to God Himself. They are bound to obey, not good rulers only, as Dr. Macknight unwarrantably limits the words, but oppressive rulers also, if they do not command what God forbids.”
The Scriptures are clear; resisting a God-ordained authority is opposing the ordinance of God. In hindsight, the political motivations leading to the war were inadequate reasons for rebellion. There were no laws (that I have found) that clearly disobey the Word of God.
Well, what do we do now, born into a country that rebelled against its authority? We can be sure that what transpired did not surprise God. He has sovereignly ordained the rebellion and the foundation of this country. But a country born in rebellion, will be prone to rebellion. The nature of the American people epitomizes this. We hate to be told what to do, dislike interference from the government on any matter and revolt at the thought of our rights being infringed. So far our country has remained solid, in part because of the nature of the church around the beginning of our country, and God’s outpoured blessing upon us. We as citizens must be loyal to our elected leaders, even the ones we disagree with, pray for them, and participate in the election process that is part of our Constitution.
Yesterday, I passed the Tacoma Police Explorers Physical Fitness test. That means I only have to do an oral board review, then I am officially in the program. Here are some pictures from yesterday's test....
This past Monday was my birthday, and for the most part it was just a normal day. In the morning Mom took Sarah, Jonathan, and Me running. We came home and had a wonderful breakfast of eggs and hash browns. I then caught up on my school work, since the previous week I didn't do any. After dinner the Langfords came over for cake and games, they showed up around 6:30 and we started playing catch phrase. After that we had cake and I opened my presents. From my parents I got a chin up bar and dumbbells (that are coming), and from the Langfords I got a Monte Carlo cowboy hat. We then played several rounds of Mafia. It was indeed a wonderful day!!!!
This past week I had the honor of paging, at our State Capitol. I was sponsored by Sen. Don Benton who my sibling and I campaigned for in November. The week was long and hard but definitely worth it. My days started at 5:00 am to get dressed, eat breakfast, read my devotions etc. And then at 7:00 my friend Devin Reilly, who was also paging, picked me up and headed to Olympia. Our work started at 8:00 at one of the four stations assigned to us, where we would deliver messages from one office to another, grab supplies for someone, or just sit and wait for a call. I would say that being on the senate floor was my favorite spot. You were able to watch politics in action, plus you were pretty busy delivering messages to the Senators from people on the outside.
For two hours every day we had page school. It was a program that helped us understand how our government works. During the week they had us do research and write up a bill. I teamed up with Devin, and we did a bill on the luxurious state of our jail system and how the inmates aren't being punished. If you want to hear more about the bill just make a comment. On Friday we had a mock legislature hearing in one of the committee rooms. That was a lot of fun and our bill passed with a vote of 2 nays and 3 ayes.
On Thursday, the Christian Homeschool Network (CHN) had their annual Day at the Capitol. I was able to on the floor while the senate passed the homeschool resolution, and it was great to see over 400 homeschoolers in the gallery's. Here is a video of the Homeschool resolution being passed, and you can see me behind the Senator. I am sitting down in the right corner wearing a Burgundy jacket. You can watch from the beginning, but I don't came in until 00:07:00
It was a tremendous experience and would highly recommend anyone to do it!!!
Here is an alarming video, courtesy of the sons of Ishmael, that drips with the "peaceful" religion of Islam. We are in Iraq and Afghanistan killing these people so they don't kill us. We need to stay there until the job is entirely done.
Our southern border needs to be secured, and more agents need to be present, authorized to use lethal force at any inclination of harmful behaviour or intentions.
We can find comfort when we hear the wicked rail against us, because we serve the One, True, Living God, who is in control. Let us not fall prey to fleshly fear but rest in His sovereign hand.
I cannot vouch that this is a straight across translation. However, the participation of the audience and the speaker's use of English words coincide with the subtitles. As a result, I am left to guess that what he is saying is the same as the subtitles.
1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies. 2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie. 3. Post them here for everyone to guess. 4. When someone guesses correctly, write the name of the movie above the quote. 5. NO Googling, using IMDb search, or other search functions. 6. Tag 5 people.
SamuelY: Night at the Opera #1. (1st person)You live here all alone? (2nd person) Yes. Just me and my memories. I'm practically a hermit. (1st person)Oh. A hermit. I notice the table's set for four. (2ndperson)That's nothing - my alarm clock is set for eight. That doesn't prove a thing!
Mom: Patton #2. We're gonna keep fighting. Is that CLEAR? We're gonna attack all night, we're gonna attack the next morning. If we are not VICTORIOUS, let no man come back alive! .
Melissa: Mr. Bean's Holiday #3. This film is for all of us who hunger for truth. For all of us who cry out in pain. For those whose souls yearn to sing. (translator) He says it's a very good film.
SamuelY: Ben-Hur #4. In His eagerness to save you, your God has saved the entire Roman fleet.
Mom: Casablanca #5. (business owner) How can you close me up? On what grounds? (Police Captain) I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! [a croupier hands the Captain a pile of money] Your winnings, sir. (Police Captain) [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
SamuelY followed by Graydon: Longest Day #6. You know those five thousand ships you say the Allies haven't got? Well, they've got them!
SamuelY: True Grit #7. (Marshal) Mr. Rat, I have a writ here says you're to stop eating Chin Lee's cornmeal forthwith. Now it's a rat writ, writ for a rat, and this is lawful service of the same. See, doesn't pay any attention to me. [shoots the rat] (Chen Lee) [Runs into the room] Outside is place for shooting! (Marshal) I'm servin' some papers!
Paul: The Lost Battalion #8. (Lieutenant) Most of my men never been in combat before. (Captain) We planned it that way. You've never been in a fight have ya'? (Lieutenant) Nothin' like this. (Captain) That's why you walk in front of the troops so you get the most experience and tell them what to do.
SamuelY: The Searchers #9. (Texas Ranger) Somethin' mighty fishy about this trail, Uncle Ethan. (Ethan) Don't call me "uncle." I ain't your uncle. (Ranger) Yes, sir. (Ethan) No need to call me "sir," either. Nor Grandpa, nor Methuselah. I can whup you to a frazzle.
SamuelY: Sergeant York #10. (Sergeant) Now look Ross. That's not a teaspoon you got there, it's a shovel. Lay into it. (Ross) Okay, General. (Sergeant) Dig soldiers dig. Dig your way straight down to China. (Soldier) Okay, Sarge. (Ross) China? What's the idea of going to China. I thought the war was in Europe.
SamuelY followed by Melissa: Secondhand Lions #11. (person 1) Well look, you fight this one first. And then I'll let you fight the other three after, okay? (fighter) Yeah! Watch this, kid.
Mom: David Copperfield #12. (lawyer) Mr. Dick. Will you go round to the Guildhall and bring a couple of officers. (Mr. Dick) I shall return post haste with the forces of the law.
Ian Mac: Magnificent Seven #13. (Bandito) Now, to business! I could kill you all. You agree? [Dead silence] Well, you don't disagree.
Isaiah: You Can't Take It With You #14. (Grandpa) If it's illegal to manufacture fireworks without a permit, then I guess we're guilty of that too, because we've been doing it a long time. (Daughter) I don't feel guilty, do you, Essie? (Essie) No.
SamuelY: Shenandoah #15. Lord, we cleared this land. We plowed it, sowed it, and harvest it. We cook the harvest. It wouldn't be here and we wouldn't be eating it if we hadn't done it all ourselves. We worked dog-bone hard for every crumb and morsel, but we thank you Lord just the same for the food we're about to eat, amen.
For the sake of humanity, we have decided to tag no one!!!
Homeschoolers seem to be recipients of some pretty cruel stereotypes. What's really sad is the fact that in some cases they are true!!!
The best stereoptypes actually come from homeschoolers themselves. We know when the subject matter is truly rich. These following videos are examples of homeschoolers who understand the value of making fun of themselves.
If you are a homeschooler and feel terribly low, left-out or rejected from society after watching these films, I encourge remedial self esteem courses.
Jonathan (aka "The Intellectual Cypher")-- Is a 17 year old student at home. He is the second oldest in a family of 9 children and the oldest boy. He plays the violin, loves to fish, enjoys intense discussions over many topics and is planning on becoming a pastor.
David (aka "The Cowboy")-- Is a 16 year old homeschooled student. He is Jonathan's brother, which makes him the 3rd child in a family of 9 children. He plays the bagpipes and loves country music. He is planning on enrolling in the Army ROTC program and studying animal science to prepare him for running a ranch.