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Level of Resolve

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The wrestle of Jacob

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I have been a student of politics and religion for decades.  In America, these two subject areas are thought of to be isolated processes.  Although, this idea was not how the  founding fathers envisioned it.

Originally the doctrine of separation of "church and state" was applied, just as the constitution defined it:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Who shall not make a no law respecting the establishment of a religion or the free exercise there of?  The Congress of the Federal Government.  Not the state, county or local governments - although many of those government institutions have adopted similar language in their localized constitutons.

What would happen if the income tax were abolished?

For those of you that don't know me personally, I have been a strong proponent that the federal income tax is illegal.  It is written in such a way so as to suggest it may even be voluntary.  Most people assume it applies to everyone and everyone has to pay.  They do not even consider that there may be a way to opt out.  They were taught that to not pay the tax would be "un-American" and "un-Patriotic".

I Want Your Money Preview

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Two versions of the American dream now stand in sharp contrast. One views the money you earned as yours and best allocated by you. It champions the traditional American dream, which has played out millions of times through generations of Americans, of improving one’s lot in life and the entrepreneurial spirit of daring to dream and to build big. The other believes that the federal government, using taxpayers’ money, should play a major role in leveling out the nation’s wealth to guarantee outcomes to all, regardless of effort. How America chooses between these two views of the role of government, at this crucial juncture, will have everything to do with the future we and our children and our children’s children will enjoy.

Trapped by Community

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Every few years someone tries to gather what they believe the elect of Elohim  are together.  They will buy a small farm or ranch. When given resources they'll build apartments and other communal structures: meeting rooms, dining areas, food pantries, laundry rooms, etc...  Their intent is noble for most and should be commended overall.

They want Elohim's people to be able to pool resources in preparation for the coming tribulations that the Bible speaks about in the End of Days or the time period just before the coming of Messiah.  In this way, before that tribulation , all could enjoy a better standard of living.  During the tribulation, all might have a better chance to survive.   I've visited and have friends in some of these micro-communities.  Mostly good people with good intentions and good families.  You probably have one near you and don't know it as they tend to blend in well with the surrounding communities and are msotly law abiding good people.

Shut your mouth... For better relationships

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I read an article on MSN a few months ago on personal interactions in a group.  I actually spent the next several weeks meditating on what the author discussed.  I realized that the very things that annoyed me about some people in conversation I  was guilty of doing.

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