Monthly Archives: November 2016

The teaching of roman-catholicism

( Before you listen to this commentary you should I Billy have love ones and friends in the Catholic Church. I also know there are many people who belong to the Catholic Church who love the Lord. However there are some views in the Catholic Church which do not line up with the Bible. We must always put the Word of God ahead of tradition, or man made teaching. It doesn’t matter if it is something Billy Graham said, or the Pope said. The Bible should be first. )

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González, now 22, returns to public eye to praise Fidel Castro( Thank you President Clinton, and Janet Reno ) 

HAVANA — Elián González, the boy who found himself at the center of a controversial custody battle between his father in Cuba and his relatives in the United States 16 years ago, on Sunday praised Fidel Castro, who, he said, made it possible for him to return to his home country.

González, now 22, appeared on a government-run television program and said Castro, who died on Friday at the age of 90, was like a father and a friend to him.
“He is my father who, like my father, I wanted to show him everything I achieved. That he would be proud of me. That’s how I was with Fidel,” González said in a subtitled portion of the interview posted online by NBC Latino. “If I learned something and wanted to show him, and there are still many things that I wanted to show him. … And that in a public event he said he considered me a friend, it was an honor.”
González was 5 years old when his mother and several others voyaged by boat from Cuba to get to the U.S. His mother died, but the boy survived and was rescued by fishermen. He was later taken to his relatives’ home in South Florida. What followed was an international tug-o-war waged by Castro, who had led demonstrations demanding that González be returned to his father.
In April 2000, heavily armed federal immigration agents raided the relatives’ home in Miami. González was found in a bedroom halfway inside a closet as Donato Dalrymple, one of the fishermen who rescued him from the Atlantic Ocean, carried him in his arms.
A picture from the raid shows González, crying as he looked at the armed federal agent. Agents reported that the boy was calm afterward. He was later reunited with his father, stepmother and 6-month-old half-brother.

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Goodbye, Fidel CastroWHY UTOPIANISM ALWAYS FAILS

A brutal communist dictator has gone on to meet his reward. And too many seem confused about the legacy of Cuba’s Fidel Castro.
LISTEN to the commentary here or read it below. 

John Stonestreet
On Friday, Fidel Castro died at the age of ninety, far older than many of his opponents lived to be. If you’ve been subjected to the fawning epitaphs of many in the media (or read about one NFL quarterback’s ridiculous defense of Castro) please keep this in mind: While exact numbers are difficult to come by, the number of Cubans murdered by Castro’s regime numbers in the tens of thousands, if not more.
In 1998, I found myself standing less than a hundred yards away from Castro. I’d spent a year in Jamaica right after college, and while I was there, Castro came for a visit. Looking back, knowing what I now know about Castro, the esteem in which he was held was amazing: He was met with a hero’s welcome by both public officials and the people… not to mention, streets and sidewalks that had been in disrepair for decades were fixed, and gutters were finally unclogged and cleaned up to honor him.
The obvious question was: Why? And the best answer my Jamaican friends could come up with when I asked was that Castro had “stood up” to the United States for decades.
Implicit in their answer is the idea that Castro had stood up to them because he had the best interests of the Cuban people in mind. A sentiment shared by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he called Castro “a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century.”
But what twaddle that is! Castro certainly was larger than life, and as I learned that day, an amazing public speaker. But oratorical skills cannot mitigate the consequences of evil ideas. Only people who didn’t actually have to live under Castro’s rule would call his treatment of the Cuban people “service.” The Cuba Archive has identified at least 15,000 Cubans who were shot, hanged, bombed or otherwise died in Castro’s notorious prisons.
This is the legacy of the man that today’s version of what Lenin once dubbed “useful idiots” are praising.
daily_commentary_11_29_16In addition, Castro’s idea of “service” included making Cuba a satellite of the Soviet Union. He allowed the USSR to place nuclear missiles on the island, thus giving his people a potential front-row seat for Armageddon.
And then of course, there’s Cuba’s horrendous human rights record. According to Human Rights Watch, “During Castro’s rule, thousands of Cubans were incarcerated in abysmal prisons, thousands more were harassed and intimidated, and entire generations were denied basic political freedoms.”
If this is “service,” I’d hate to see “evil.”
But let’s be clear: what happened in Castro’s Cuba is fully consistent with the historical record of communism and all other attempts at man-made utopias, a word which, you should recall, means “no place.”
All utopian visions attempt to reinvent man and refashion him along ideologically-inspired lines by force of state-level coercion. And that never works. Human nature just isn’t that malleable.
The 2001 film “Enemy at the Gates,” about the siege of Stalingrad during World War II, offers one of the clearest and concise critiques of communism I’ve ever heard. As he lays dying, Danilov, a commissar whose job it was to try and create this “new Soviet man,” tells the hero, “I’ve been such a fool, Vassili. Man will always be man. There is no new man. We worked so hard to create a society that was equal, where there’d be nothing to envy your neighbour. But there’s always something to envy. A smile, a friendship, something you don’t have and want to appropriate.”
Danilov is only mistaken on one point: there is a “new man.” But humans are only made new by a means that Castro tried so hard to destroy during his entire reign: the Christ of Christianity. And I pray this lesson isn’t lost on the rest of us.

A walking talking dead man 

My wife and I were staying at a little place that we had when we could get away from our work and from our ministry for a little while, and there were some next door neighbors there. We got to know them along the way, John and Vicky. And they stopped to ask us one day if they could pick some of our mushrooms. Yeah, for use in witchcraft.
As Halloween approached, we noticed that they had built a ceremonial circle at their place, which is really somebody else’s property, technically. But it had become someone else’s through encroachment over the years. My wife was pretty troubled and so was I by the thought of this occult ceremony happening right close to where we would stay occasionally. We had to leave soon, but we felt led to pray, “Lord, do whatever it takes to break up the satanic activity there.” We were stunned by the report from a neighbor who had tried to watch that property at Halloween. He said, “Oh, you know, last week there was a terrible accident near here, and one guy is paralyzed with a broken neck. And John, the guy in that house, was killed.”
Well, we were wiped out. Well, back in the Spring, we were back at that place, and as we walked the perimeter, we saw a young couple at the house where John and Vicki had lived. Except it was John and Vicki! We couldn’t believe it! Then John told us his story. Yes, there had been an accident. Yes, his neck was broken in three places. But, miraculously, he survived. He had planned to give his soul to the devil, he said, at that Halloween ceremony in his yard, but the accident stopped him and turned him to Jesus Christ. John said, “I’ve been involved in unspeakable evil. But that night I left the darkness and chose the light. I gave myself to Jesus.”
Since then apparently John and Vicki have stopped smoking and drinking and doing drugs. They even got married. They burned all the clothes and the attachments of their old life, and apparently really got into God’s Word. Well, we were pretty blown away by the mighty miracle God had done. John himself summed it up. He said, “In a way, what you heard about last Fall was true. The man who lived here was in a terrible accident, and that man did die that night.”
I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “A Walking, Talking Dead Man.”
John realizes what it means to belong to Jesus Christ. It actually means a death and then a new person. Our word for today from the Word of God talks about that in Colossians 3, beginning in verse 2, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”
What happened to our neighbor John is exactly what’s supposed to happen to you if you know Christ. It’s supposed to be the death of the old you. Your circumstances may not be dramatic, or your sin, but the same miracle of a new you is what Jesus died to accomplish.
See, if you have followed the steps to a wonderful, new you, and that guy next door was a good example, first, you go to your own funeral. You declare a point in time where you say, “This is the end of the way I have been living. ‘My way’ dies today.” Secondly, you starve the old you. That means burning all your bridges to the old you, eliminating any things or any associations that keep the old you alive.
Finally, you feed the new you, consuming God’s Word along with reading and websites and radio and music that uplifts you and uplifts Jesus, and connecting yourself to other believers who will help you grow. Maybe you’ve tried to have a foot in both worlds – a little old you and a little new you. That can’t be done. You’ve got to make a clear-cut choice, against the darkness and for the light of Jesus.
A funeral for the old you. And, because of Jesus, the birth of a whole new you.

Using the Bible to punish your child 

( Below is something I posted on a Facebook board. The topic was having your child copy from the Bible when he , or she is bad. )

Ok I will never tell somebody how to parent unless of course they are abusing their child. I heard a youth speaker say this once if you make your child write from the Bible it will not be a book about God’s love. That is a fear I have. The Bible should be a guide book. Not a book used for punishment. I know many good and Godly parents will disagree with me. Those of us who love Jesus our goal should be to see children’s hearts changed. I believe there are times children need to have strict punishment. However I think parents should be careful about making their children write from the Bible when they are bad. Just a thought.

82-year-old elementary school volunteer Dick Leeper has been ‘Grandpa’ to hundreds of kids

The 82-year-old has walked through the doors of Council Bluffs’ Roosevelt Elementary almost every school day for 16 years. While his friends are enjoying retirement on the golf course, Leeper is ambling down the school hallways with a smile. He gets hugs and fields morning greetings from the children and staff as he makes his way to Anne Brooks’ fourth-grade classroom.
He comes before 8 a.m. — he wants to be there when the kids arrive — and rarely leaves before noon. Officially, he’s there to help Brooks’ students with reading and math. Unofficially, he’s also there to brighten their days and do everything he can to be a positive influence.
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Thanksgiving 2016SQUANTO AND THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD

Hi, I’m John Stonestreet. Today, we want to share a classic Chuck Colson BreakPoint commentary on Thanksgiving, Squanto and the providence of God.

John Stonestreet
Most of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving; at least we know the Pilgrim version. But how many of us know the Indian viewpoint?
No, I’m not talking about some revisionist, politically correct version of history. I’m talking about the amazing story of the way God used an Indian named Squanto as a special instrument of His providence.
Historical accounts of Squanto’s life vary, but historians believe that around 1608, more than a decade before the Pilgrims arrived, a group of English traders sailed to what is today Plymouth, Massachusetts. When the trusting Wampanoag Indians came out to trade, the traders took them prisoner, transported them to Spain, and sold them into slavery. It was an unimaginable horror.
But God had an amazing plan for one of the captured Indians, a boy named Squanto.
Squanto was bought by a well-meaning Spanish monk, who treated him well and taught him the Christian faith. Squanto eventually made his way to England and worked in the stables of a man named John Slaney. Slaney sympathized with Squanto’s desire to return home, and he promised to put the Indian on the first vessel bound for America.
It wasn’t until 1619, ten years after Squanto was first kidnapped, that a ship was found. Finally, after a decade of exile and heartbreak, Squanto was on his way home.
But when he arrived in Massachusetts, more heartbreak awaited him. An epidemic had wiped out Squanto’s entire village.
daily_commentary_11_24_16We can only imagine what must have gone through Squanto’s mind. Why had God allowed him to return home, against all odds, only to find his loved ones dead?
A year later, the answer came. A shipload of English families arrived and settled on the very land once occupied by Squanto’s people. Squanto went to meet them, greeting the startled Pilgrims in English.
According to the diary of Pilgrim Governor William Bradford, Squanto “became a special instrument sent of God for [our] good . . . He showed [us] how to plant [our] corn, where to take fish and to procure other commodities . . . and was also [our] pilot to bring [us] to unknown places for [our] profit, and never left [us] till he died.”
When Squanto lay dying of fever, Bradford wrote that their Indian friend “desir[ed] the Governor to pray for him, that he might go to the Englishmen’s God in heaven.” Squanto bequeathed his possessions to the Pilgrims “as remembrances of his love.”
Who but God could so miraculously convert a lonely Indian and then use him to save a struggling band of Englishmen? It is reminiscent of the biblical story of Joseph, who was also sold into slavery, and whom God likewise used as a special instrument for good.
Squanto’s life story is remarkable, and we ought to make sure our children learn about it. Sadly, most books about Squanto omit references to his Christian faith. But I’m delighted to say that my friend Eric Metaxas has written a wonderful children’s book called “Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving.” I highly recommend it because it will teach your kids about the “special instrument sent of God,” who changed the course of American history.

Thanksgiving Quiz by Kerby Anderson

Thanksgiving Quiz by Kerby Anderson

Give thanks to God not our opinions ( a Thanksgiving thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi: I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible on this Thanksgiving Day.

The Bible in Philippians 4:6 reads… 

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    Thanksgiving should always be the attitude for the believer in Christ. In our me first culture we have forgotten the need to say thanks. It use to be when you got a birthday gift, or a Christmas gift, or any kind of gift you would not think twice about writing a thank you note. Parents also demanded that their children, and teens wrote thank you cards to those who blessed them with gifts. Sadly that is not the case today.

Years ago in the funny papers there was a comic strip called Shoe. One year there was a talking animal in Shoe who was saying grace. He prayed God thanks for everything but the green beans they are not good for anything. This older animal told him to hold it. 

The mature one then told the younger one we are to give thanks to God not our opinions. 

 You might ask how are we to give thanks to God. Good question. You might do what I do around every Thanksgiving. I write a thank you letter to God in which I note how God has blessed me this last year.

 Most of all we can thank God for sending Jesus to us. Because without him there is no hope.

That is a thought on the Bible. 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving season.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 
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Third graders learn from special dog, and dog learns from special kids 

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