Issues!

What political issue affects you the most?  Is it the government takeover of your healthcare? Could it be the failing economy or the government indoctrination of your children in our schools?  Is it the fact that the government is running a corrupt I.R.S., taking tax-payer’s money to fund even more corruption? Perhaps it is the fact that our current president and his minions have made a mockery out of the United States of America on the world stage with an absolutely abhorrent foreign policy? Could the most important issue be the fact that our precious Veterans have been abused and ignored by a government-run system that, also, is wrought with graft and corruption?  Maybe the biggest issue is the fact that our nation has been invaded by throngs of people who come here illegally (by their very presence on our soil, they are breaking our laws; they are criminals!)? Is the most important issue the eradication of our privacy? What about the issue of gun control? What about the creeping masses of Islam who want to turn our nation over to Sharia Law? What about the social deviants and miscreants who demand that we all accept their alternative lifestyles as normal? And, what about the culture of people who refuse to work for a living, yet demand that hard-working, tax-paying citizens furnish everything they want? Is the growing persecution of the Christian Church an issue for you? Or, maybe it is the politicians who want to repeal the 1st Amendment of the Constitution? What does the growing divide between genders, generations and races mean to you?  These are just a few of the issues we face; there are many more.

Every issue is important! None of these issues should be ignored. We, as Citizens of this country should be informed on all issues and we should be engaged with others on a regular basis. These are not just national, state or local issues. These are also work, church, neighborhood and Family issues.  Every Citizen in this country is affected by everything that goes on in Washington, D.C, in our own State Legislatures, County Commissions, City Council, School Board and every other entity that is supposed to be manned by We the People. This country was not designed to be managed by a hierarchy of professional politicians! This country was designed to be run by the Citizens.  The Constitution is the Law of our Land, written and ratified to protect the People from an overwhelming and overpowering government. The Constitution protects the Rights of the People by hindering government’s reach into our lives. And, we have allowed the socialist parasite to come in and suck the life out of our Constitution and the freedom out of our Nation.  Shame on all of us!

While Conservatives bicker amongst ourselves over every aspect of the political war we are fighting, liberals are pushing the socialist agenda with ease. Perhaps Conservatives should stop getting caught up in the symbolism over substance idiocy and straighten up! You can shout cute, little Conservative “sayings” until you are blue in the face. You can get Moan Labe, Tea Party or Patriot Pride tattooed on your forehead; it doesn’t matter one bit in the big picture if you are unwilling to step out of your comfort zone and make an actual difference in this fight against socialism. We need to stop worrying about what the Republican Party elitists do and say (they are nothing more than Democrats, anyway) and start returning the Republican Party to the Conservative base.  When the Party Elite moves in and pushes a liberal Republican in a Primary, and the Conservative candidate loses; learn from it! When a Conservative candidate wins against the Party Elite’s choice; learn from it! We are not going to get every candidate that we want and we need to dispense with the childish pity party every time we don’t get our way in an election.  My point is this: If we sit around and whine and cry that the candidate that the voters just elected is not what we wanted, the socialists win.  Citizens need to be reminded often, this is not a Democracy it is a Representative Republic. We the People have a duty to make sure those we elect to political office represent us. Too many people get excited and active for a few months leading up to an election, cast their vote and then go right back to ignoring what the politicians do. It is up to us to hold their feet in the fire! It is up to us to make sure they do exactly what we want them to do. THEY work for US!

The silliness and outright idiocy that people display during an election is sickening. There are coffee shop brain surgeons everywhere. They know more than God about all things and they have no problem letting you know how smart they are.  There are pundits who claim that they have all the answers to America’s problems, and we can fix everything with some lame-brained  “five point plan”.  The truth is simple; no one has all the answers! We must learn from history and the mistakes we’ve made. We must return to, defend and protect the Constitution. We must get over our petty differences and get real about fighting the socialist parasite or we will lose our freedom forever.  If we let the government continue to grow and allow the overwhelming bureaucracy to suck the very life out of America, then the next generation will have to explain to their children why rooting for a favorite sports team or going to a movie was so much more important than preserving freedom.

Dear Reader, please forgive me for sharing my anger in this post.  My purpose in this fight is to support and encourage my fellow Conservatives, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so, because Conservatives have been acting like a bunch of kindergarten brats. Our freedom depends on us, and if we are too busy pulling each other’s hair out and calling each other names, we can kiss it all good-bye. So! Are the issues important to you? Are you going to do your best to get informed and share what you learn with those around you? Are you going to stand up and speak up against tyranny? Or are you going to wallow in self, and choose oppression by default?

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Your Voice

The Primary Season is almost over. The candidates that will be on the ballot in November have been chosen. It is time for us to roll up our sleeves and get serious about supporting the candidates who share our Conservative values. It is time to encourage our families, friends, neighbors and whomever else we can reach with the truth to get active in the process of maintaining our precious freedom. Yes, Dear Reader, our freedom depends on us! From now through November the posts on this blog will be shorter and more frequent in order to cover as many of the important issues as possible.

What about you? Do you think your voice matters in this process? I do! So, I am going out on a limb and offering this space to you.  Several of my wonderful Blogger Pals have written Guest Posts for this blog. It is wonderful to be able to share my blog with others who have something important to say, but what about people who do not have their own blog to share their views? Everybody has a voice. Opinions and ideas must be shared. I am not looking to showcase professional citizen journalists, but I am interested in opening the door for average people to speak up. Everybody has issues that are near and dear to their own heart. To name just a few: Common Core (public education), Healthcare, Taxes, Racism and Bigotry (dividing race, gender and generation), Moral Decay, Foreign Policy, the Economy, overwhelming Government Regulations, Crime and much more. What issue sparks your passion? Do you want to tell others about it? The do it!  If you want to share your views with others via this blog please take a look at my Guest Post Guidelines page, write your thoughts and share them!  This invitation is open until November, so there is plenty of time.

The political conversation in America is of utmost importance and we should all be engaged in the process of gathering information and sharing truth with as many people as will listen. I encourage you to join me. If you are interested in writing a post for this blog; write it. If you are interested in knowing what others think; read, comment and share. You can sign up to have email notices sent to you when a new post is published here. If you don’t like the conversation you can always unsubscribe. Let us work together, stand together and speak up together in order to maintain our freedom. Let your voice be heard! Complacency is not an option.

Frustration!

Hello Dear Reader,

Please forgive me for not having posted here in so long. The times we live in are so frustrating, it has been difficult for me to sort out my thoughts and come up with a coherent post for you. It is my purpose to support and encourage my fellow Christian Conservatives in this fight for our Freedom. With all of the evil that is taking place in America it is hard to know where to start. I have been posting Devotion posts over on The Determined Christian. Spending time in God’s Word has helped me realize that it truly is evil that we are fighting, and the only way we can win is to trust in Him.

My book projects are heavy on my heart and I have been spending a lot of time in prayer and research trying to get closer to making these projects a reality. For the next week, I will be completely engulfed in prayer, Bible Study and writing. Perhaps Jesus will bless me with a way to clearly focus on the correct words to share with you to encourage you in this political chaos and pending persecution that we face.

Thank you for your patience and God bless you.

Unity of Spirit

There is a disturbing trend among Conservatives that needs to be addressed and fixed, immediately. There is a growing divide among professing Conservatives that is going to destroy our chances of maintaining our Freedom. One thing that the leftists have going for them is that they all think alike. When you wonder how they got elected, all you need to do is look at the ignorant masses that voted for them. They all stand together in their avarice for other people’s money and in their hatred for everything the Constitution gives us. If you call yourself a Conservative, it is time to open your eyes.

We face overwhelming challenges in the coming months leading to the 2014 mid-term election. We face even bigger challenges going toward the General Election in 2016. From every local office, county, state and federal, we need to get our act together, encourage and support Conservative candidates. Bickering about one or two issues and thinking that your idea is the only one that counts brings nothing but division. Think! The oldest tactic in the book is to divide and conquer, and the leftists dance with glee when they see Conservatives at each other’s throats over issues that they are firm on. You either believe in Conservative values or you don’t; it is that simple. Instead of trying to appease leftists, media and the politically correct, we need to stand firm in our convictions. We need to adhere to our Conservative values and use plain old common sense when it comes to dealing with the issues. This isn’t about being the smartest person in the room; this is about fighting an overwhelming government that, if left unchecked, will throw us into absolute tyranny.

I don’t quote Scripture in this blog often, but I feel it necessary to drive this point:

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV)

The Apostle Paul was trying to encourage his fellow Christians to get along so that they would be better able to spread the Gospel. We Conservatives need to get over our petty differences and work together to maintain our Freedom. Idiotic infighting does nothing but destroy our cause. Granted, there are some people out there who call themselves Conservatives who are nothing more than vile, leftist scum. There are also nominal Conservatives who prefer to be complacent and want to ‘get along’ with the leftists because they don’t want to get their hands dirty. Then there are the people who claim to be Conservative, but really they are nothing more than anarchists looking for violent fight to get into. The reality of this struggle to maintain our Constitution and our Freedom falls on those of us who prefer to use the common sense that God gave us. We not only have to push against the liberal/socialist agenda, we also must defend against those who say they are “on our side”, but are just as destructive as our enemy. Real Conservatives need unity, and we need it now. All of the bickering is just stirring up a lot of dust in hopes that no one will be able to see that we are not actually getting anything done. We have forgotten how to work together for peace and prosperity. The last time Americans pulled together in unity was during World War II. Our fight for freedom today, is just as important as it was then.

Arguing with idiots (no matter what side of the political aisle they’re on) will get us nowhere. It is time that we stand strong and stand together in unity of spirit. We need to arm ourselves with truth, promote Conservative values that lead to Freedom and fight the socialist agenda that leads to tyranny.

May God have mercy on us and give us strength, courage and wisdom.

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Making God Laugh

There is an old Yiddish saying, “We make our plans, and God laughs.”  It is always good to be comic relief for The Creator of the universe and everything in it.  I am proud to say that I must make God laugh every day. In keeping with my purpose, I have made some plans for my writing projects.

First, I must address the book and the e-book that I have in the works. When I signed up for a crowd-funding site, I didn’t expect to get a great response. Although there have been a lot of ‘shares’ on Facebook and Twitter, the donations have been few. I am extremely grateful for those who have felt compelled to donate, and I will do everything within my power to hold up my end of the deal; letting people down is the last thing I want to do. So, since it looks like I will not have enough to get A Declaration of War: Fighting Evil in the 21st Century to the publisher as soon as I had hoped, I will put it aside until the funding is available. It will not cost as much to get the e-book, A Wretch Like Me on the market and available to readers everywhere. So, I plan to focus my attention on getting A Wretch Like Me into your hands as soon as possible. I have already renewed my domain names for both blogs; Voice of a Patriot and The Determined Christian, thanks to the generosity of my donors.

Coming up on Voice of a Patriot, I am going to be posting as often as possible about current political issues. The economy, national security, the state of our educational system and many other subjects that deserve our attention will be brought to light here. I welcome comments and suggestions for content.  I have neglected my work on The Determined Christian, and I plan to spend more time writing for Christ. Beginning soon, I will start posting short devotionals that will include Scripture, prayer and a brief commentary. It is my hope to post these devotionals at least 3 times per week.

The economy is horrible (in spite of what the liberals would have us believe). The expense of living has become almost unbearable for a lot of people. Because I made a choice many years ago to stay at home to take care of my Mom, my income has been non-existent. I have never applied for, nor used, government assistance to get by. The thought of going on welfare or using food stamps turns my stomach. Honestly, begging for money from strangers to fund my work has been unsettling to me, but I would rather ask people for help directly than take it via government subsidies.  I have been writing for free for many years (I do not advertise on my blogs). Only God’s Will and time will tell if my writing is actually worth a reader’s attention. I submit myself to God and to you, Dear Reader, and I pray for strength so that I will not let you down.

So, my plan is to write, to share the Gospel, to support and encourage my fellow Conservatives. I pray that while He laughs, God will bless my efforts to reach as many people as possible. Thank you, Dear Reader, for your continued attention to my feeble words. May God bless you with His abundance of joy and peace.

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Book Review – The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends

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TC Avey is the author of this wonderful book and she also writes the great blog,    Wisdom of a Fool.

The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends is a short book that consists of three separate conversations between husbands and their wives. Each of these conversations is a glimpse into the intense personal relationships of couples facing tragic times due to the loss of Christianity in America. These distinct exchanges between these couples are eye-opening and heart-wrenching. I read this book all the way through in about an hour and sat here, stunned. TC has an extraordinary way of using fiction to shed light on reality. While this book is fiction, it is also a deep, thought-provoking look at some of the things we fear could happen in our country if we don’t start doing something.

At the end of each chapter, TC proposes questions to further provoke thought. I studied each question and found myself answering with Scripture in mind. At the end of the book is a great list of resources and links to articles that show, very clearly, that reality isn’t so far removed from fiction.

The gist of The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends is the blatant removal of Christianity from America and the results of such a tragedy. Politically speaking, we must preserve Christianity in order to preserve liberty, because no other religion or political system is capable of supporting freedom as Christianity does. Countries that have completely removed Jesus Christ from their political systems are nothing more than slave states powered by tyrants.

TC paints a bleak picture of what America without Christianity would be like. However, she also shines a great light on the Hope that we have in Jesus Christ. I believe her purpose in writing this book is to open the reader’s eyes to the dangers we face and promote action toward preserving our freedom.

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

~William Wilberforce~

Are you willing to face reality? I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Once you read it, you will start looking at everything that is going on in America in a new way. It is my prayer that everybody reads it; that everybody starts praying, and that everybody stands up and fights for our freedom.

To get a closer look and perhaps purchase it, please click here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you TC Avey for having courage in your convictions and for writing this great book.

Freedom is Calling – Guest Post by TC Avey

Freedom is Calling

Have you ever heard the phrase, “with great power comes great responsibility”?

Have you ever considered that FREEDOM is a power? That it comes with great responsibility?

As an American Christian I live in abundant freedom.

Under the U.S. Constitution, no one can take away my “unalienable rights” without due process of law.

Under the Cross of Calvary, my Salvation was purchased at no cost to me and I am now free from the penalty of sin and death.

I am FREE!

I am also Responsible.

I’m responsible for my conduct, again, both as an American and as a Christian.

As an American, I must abide by the laws of the very Constitution that grants me liberty.

As a Christian, I am challenged do die daily to myself and follow my Savior.

As an American, I should help preserve the Constitution and the liberty I enjoy through various patriotic acts, such as voting and helping American’s understand their rights. I can also exercise my rights through the gifts given to me by my God.

As a Christian, I am called to use my gifts and abilities to further God’s kingdom and to share His love with others.

Together, these Rights and Responsibilities mean I am NOT free to live a life of selfish indulgence.

The world tries to tell me what my “rights” are: The right to have fun, to have things handed to me and so on.

But the world is wrong.

Being an American, and a Christian, means life is about more than me and my pleasure.

I must work to ensure others are afforded all the same liberties I enjoy.

Not just here in America, but around the world.

But I’m not sure everyone really WANTS this type of freedom…at least not if it is attached to such a high price.

We like all like our freedoms, but do we like them enough to WORK to keep them?

My book, The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends, confronts people with this hard truth.

Freedom comes at a price.

Freedom is worth preserving.

Freedom is for everyone.

Freedom is in danger of eroding under the “rights” the world is peddling.

While many are deluded into believing freedom should cost them nothing, others are working to take their freedoms away.

My book will challenge you to view the world differently.

To view Christianity differently.

America may not always be free.

But where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Freedom…and NO ONE can take that freedom away.

But you can give it away.

It’s up to you.

Freedom, and its responsibilities, are calling.

Will you answer?

BIO- TC Avey is a Christian devoted to God, family and friends. She is passionate about encouraging Christians to live a life dedicated to Christ as well as helping them understand the importance of preserving our national freedoms through knowledge and love. She blogs at Wisdom of a Fool. You can also follow her on Twitter. Her book,   The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends, is available on Amazon, April 7th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Announcements

After years of fighting it, I have finally decided to join Facebook. As soon as I figure out how to share my Facebook page with you, I will pass it along to you. In the meantime, there is a share button at the end of each post, and I think I’ve managed to get the settings straight, so when I publish a blog post it is shared there.  Also, if you would rather find me on Twitter you can follow me @VoiceofaPatriot  I look forward to interacting with you in either or both places.

Next week I am going to devote my space here to promoting my good friend TC Avey’s new book, The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends. TC will be guest-posting here and I will give you a review of her book.

My GoFundMe site has received a lot of interest, but alas, the donations have been few. I am grateful to those who have stopped by, for those who have donated and for those who have prayed.  I hope to reach my goal by the end of April, but with the sad state of the economy, I won’t be surprised if I do not. So, the publication of A Declaration of War: Fighting Evil in the 21st Century and A Wretch Like Me will be in limbo until I do meet my funding goal. I wish I could afford to go ahead with publication of both of these projects, but like with most people, money is scarce. That is why I started the crowd-funding site, in hopes that a few people would be able to afford a few dollars each to help me get on my way. I leave it in God’s capable hands; His Will be done.

Finally, the political season is heating up, and as we move toward Election Day I will be posting as often as possible. We are fighting an evil parasite that is sucking the life out of our nation. America’s spirit has been damaged and it is up to you and me to repair it. Anything and everything we can do to defeat the socialist agenda we must do. We stand strong when we stand together.

Until next time! May God bless you with strength, courage and wisdom.

Evil is as Evil Does

There is a growing sentiment across our nation that the circumstances we are facing are caused by evil. The growing and overwhelming government encroaching into every aspect of our personal lives leaves us without the freedoms that America once offered to the entire world.  Moral decay has increased in our communities to what may seem to be a point of no return.  We deal with Spiritual Warfare within our families, neighborhoods and even in Church.  Yes, evil is here; it always has been. We have the choice to let evil grow and completely take over our lives, or we can recognize it and fight it.

The title of the book I am about ready to publish is A Declaration of War: Fighting Evil in the 21st Century. After much prayer and research I have compiled information that will help my readers recognize the evil we face in government, community, family, church and personally. I firmly believe that you must first recognize your enemy and get to know him before you can fight him.  Once the enemy has been understood, then the War against him may begin.  Fighting evil is not pretty, but it is necessary in order for freedom to prevail. In this book I will also describe a few ways to fight the evil and, perhaps, help my readers to stand strong in their convictions against it.

Also, I am writing an e-book that describes the wonderful grace that God offers us. A Wretch Like Me is a brief, simple look at the many ways God comforts and guides us in our daily journeys. The first book is about fighting evil; the second is about enjoying good.

My two blogs, Voice of a Patriot and The Determined Christian have allowed me the luxury of writing about Conservative politics and my Christian faith. It has been a blessing to be able to share my thoughts with my readers. But, blogs are limited, and I would like to reach a larger audience through the publication of my books. Because I am just a blogger, and not a noted author, I must self-publish my work and at this point I cannot afford to do that. So, I am asking for your help.  With your help, I will be able to send A Declaration of War: Fighting Evil in the 21st Century to my publisher by the first week in May 2014, and within 4 months the book will be available.  A Wretch Like Me (e-book only) could be available by mid-June 2014.

It is my prayer that my feeble words may be able to reach into the darkness and bring a little Light into the lives of my readers. Yes, evil is as evil does, but we must also recognize that Good is as Good does. Please consider helping me get my work into the hands and hearts of people who need to be encouraged in these precarious times we live in. Every little bit helps get me closer to my goal. And, please pray that these projects I am asking you to support will be fruitful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you are interested, please click on this:

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Thank you for your time. May God bless you with His abundance of joy.

A Bold Move

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Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.”

“Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and get you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.”

(Luke 11:5-8 NIV)

Dear Reader, I am about to do something very bold; start a crowd-funding account to see if I can gather the funds to get a book to the publisher and to keep my 2 blogs up and running for the next year.  The economy is terrible and people all across the country are having a hard time making ends meet (including me), so this move I am making doesn’t come on a whim. After a lot of prayer and research I have found that crowd-funding is a popular and growing industry. People from all walks of life with many different purposes have crowd-funding accounts set up to gather money for everything from medical emergencies to taking that once-in-a-lifetime vacation. My reason for doing this is simple; I want to get my book(s) published and be able to keep writing both Voice of a Patriot and The Determined Christian.

Most of you know that I have a 24/7 responsibility taking care of my Mom (age 84). I don’t get paid money to do this, but the rewards I reap are countless blessings. Taking care of Mom is the greatest thing God has ever allowed me to do. However, God has also compelled me to write; that is why I started the blogs. I do not advertise on the blogs because I do not want to take the chance that an advertising agency might place something on my blog that would not be pleasing to my readers. Yes, you can write a blog for “free”, if you can afford to keep up with the costs that support it. My blogs are supported by a Web Host, and really, that doesn’t cost very much, but Interned service and electricity in the rural area I live in are expensive, so the actual cost of keeping both blogs over $1,000 a year.

I have a manuscript almost completed that I would like to submit to WestBow Publishing (a division of Nelson Publishing). I have had a couple of very nice conversations with WestBow and feel comfortable that my book will be published with the utmost of professionalism and care. This working title for this book is A Declaration of War: Fighting Evil in the 21st Century. In this book I will describe some of the evils we face in our government, community, family and our personal lives and try to give some solutions to help fight that evil. Going through WestBow means that I must pay for a publishing package that allows the book to be available in hardback, paperback and e-book forms.

Because I have been spending a lot of time researching things that are evil, I also have a project in the works that is about good; A Wretch Like Me. This will be a long, thoughtful look at the amazing Grace God offers us through His Son, Jesus Christ. This book will be published through Smashwords, which is a free e-book publisher, but because I am a technidiot I will have to have a professional format it for me. This book will be available as an e-book only.

Mom and I joked about venturing into the world of internet panhandling, but really this is a serious matter. The reason I write is to provoke thought and promote positive action. Writing is not a ‘dream’ for me; it is my purpose, indeed it is my ministry. If you are interested in helping me achieve my goals, please click on this link:

My GoFundMe site

Thank you, Dear Reader, for your support and encouragement. May God bless you with Joy!