Whenever you have felt grateful, have you not also felt happy?

Happy Thanksgiving

by Harvey Bluedorn

Can you imagine a thankful person who is not happy, or an unthankful person who is happy?

Unthankful or ungrateful people feel they are somehow entitled. The more one feels entitled, the less grateful one becomes. A spoiled child is an ungrateful child who feels entitled. Ungrateful self-entitled persons become angry persons. They feel entitled to lash out and hurt other people who don’t give them what they feel entitled to.

So ungratefulness spawns unhappiness, and unhappiness makes people selfish, resentful, and mean.

By contrast, gratefulness makes people happy, and happy people are generous, respectful, and kind.

Whenever you have felt grateful, have you not also felt happy? And the more grateful you felt, the greater was your happiness! And the more you felt like passing it on – you were more generous, respectful, and kind.

Grateful persons are not unhappy, and selfish, and resentful, and mean. They do not see themselves as victims who are entitled.

So gratitude spawns happiness, and happiness spawns goodness.

The expression “happy thanksgiving” is almost redundant. If you are truly thankful, then you are also happy.

Those who know the Lord are forever grateful and happy. They rejoice to give Him the praise and the glory.

Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.


These are the reasons why I am proud to be a Republican

I have to admit to you all, this last election cycle took a real toll on me. At one point I told my children that I was thinking of walking away from politics. The thought of me walking away was upsetting to them. My children have been raised in this political arena. My oldest, Kayla who is home from law school to help out tonight, has walked many parades, made thousands of phone calls and knocked on hundreds of doors for several of our candidates. My younger children were walking in parades before they were born and stuffing literature bags before they could even read. They have sacrificed a lot so I could do this “thing” that I love to do. My son Caleb, who is 12, asked me why I wanted to walk away. At that point I told him because I was ashamed of what our own Party was doing in this election cycle, that I just didn’t know if I could keep up the good fight, because quite frankly I was losing faith in what I was fighting for. Destroying, not simply defeating a man, but destroying a man; is this what we as a party stand for now? My son sat there quietly for a few moments and then said to me “But mom, if you quit, who will fight?” It took a 12 year old to remind me why I do what I do. What I stand for, what I fight for. Why I am a Republican. Please let me take a few minutes to spell out to you why I am a Republican.

R – Ronald Reagan. I am not talking about his policies, which were great, but I am talking about HIM; his character, his ability to communicate, to work with people – not against people, to get things done, his positive leadership. I want to be like Reagan!

E – Example. I want to be an example for my children and others of what hard work and honesty can achieve. I want to show by example that you don’t have to bully or threaten people to get them to follow your lead. I want to show people that when you treat others with respect, you will earn the respect and trust of others.

P – Principles. I stand firm in my principles and for the principles in our party’s platform. I will not waiver on these. Even Lincoln is quoted with “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” I am flexible and able to compromise on many things, but not the core values that I hold dear.

U – Unlike the Democrat Party, I will not deny Jesus Christ and will not be a member of any party that does. Somewhere along the line, the Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, whatever you want to call them convinced a large portion of the American people that we must keep politics and our faith separate. Through the IRS they have bullied pastors into silence. Through fear and intimidation, the ACLU and others like them have eroded our religious freedoms; the very foundation of our republic. When a Christian is fined and forced to do something against their faith, we as a nation are on the wrong path. This is why this country in is the mess it is in. If all God-fearing people will stand together, if we simply exercise our God-given freedoms, we can bring back the standards that made this country the beacon that it once was, the example that other nations have always strived to be.

B – Be upfront and honest. I don’t play political games. Life is too short and I don’t have the time nor the patience to do the political two-step. I am consistent and you know where I stand – on my principles. No one should have to be afraid to take a stand for what they believe in or to take a stand against what they don’t believe in. I do not trust any man or party that demands complete submission from its members. I cannot, no I will not, be bullied into silence and I will not be ashamed to stand up for what I believe in. It is our first amendment right to criticize our Government, even those in our own party. If we, as elected Republican office holders, don’t hold those in our own party feet to the fire, who will?

L – I will come back to this one

I – Integrity and honor. As I told the minority leader, I don’t do what I do for a state job. I am not doing this to build up my own little fiefdom of personal favors owed to me. I do this because I believe. I believe in this country and state, I believe that there is a right and wrong, a good and evil, and when the day is done, I want to do everything I can do to make sure that our party is on the side of right and is conducting business with integrity and honor.

C –
N- We CAN, with hard work and sheer determination, make our country, our state, and our county an example of what our founding fathers intended when they formed this great experiment of representative government over 200 years ago.

Now back to the L. Legacy. What kind of legacy do I want to leave for my children — not just a personal legacy, but the legacy of our party? Is what we all witnessed during the last election cycle, is that what we want our party to become? Are we really going to get down in the mud using Democrat tactics? Are we willing to sell our souls for a win? For money? For power? For control? Nope. I am not willing to sell out our legacy for any of the above. WE are supposed to be better than this. WE are supposed to be better than the dirty politics of the Chicago machine. WE are supposed to be setting an example of what honor, integrity, honesty, for Pete’s sake what common decency is. I would rather lose with my honor intact, with my conscience clean, than to win by lying, cheating, or by selling out my principles. As a friend of mine has said, I will fight to death for this great nation, for my faith, for my family, for my friends, but I am not willing to go to hell for anyone.

These are the reasons why I am Proud to be a Republican. This is why I will continue the fight.

Terri Koyne
Chairman, Macoupin County (Illinois) Republicans

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Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God

By Joe W. Vann

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. –Romans 13:1-7

For many Christians throughout history, the text of Romans 13 has been used to justify inaction against the tyrannies of their day. German Lutheran pastors hid behind it in the time of the Nazis, giving sermons to their congregations that justified submission in the face of Nazi tyranny as “obedience to the Higher Power.” Hitler was happy to let them continue preaching.

Other Christians, however, have resisted this interpretation. In American history, Jonathan Mayhew, the man who was the first practitioner of what King George the Third would later dub “The Black Regiment,” was one Christian who correctly interpreted Romans 13 not as an excuse for inaction but rather as part of a Christian call to arms.

On 30 January 1750, Mayhew delivered a sermon “Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers with Some Reflections on the Resistance Made to King Charles I.” Its critique of the proper Christian response to tyranny would lay the philosophical groundwork for the American Revolution.

As Peter Kershaw writes:

John Adams called Rev. Mayhew “the morning gun of the Revolution.” Adams also dubbed him a “transcendent genius.” Robert Treat Paine called Dr. Mayhew, “The Father of Civil and Religious Liberty in Massachusetts and America.” No one today should underestimate the significant contribution that the Rev. Jonathan Mayhew made toward the cause of liberty and American independence. Mayhew preached several sermons on Romans 13. The sermon . . . was considered so important that it was printed and widely distributed throughout the American Colonies. Mayhew was also famous for his election sermons (in Mayhew’s day it was common for preachers to preach a sermon to the governor and the legislators immediately following an election). The message of Mayhew’s sermon challenging passive obedience and non-resistance to all rulers was radical and unmistakable — the king must repent of his tyrannies or face the consequences of his subjects forcibly throwing off the chains of tyranny. Mayhew’s sermon was even sent to the king and the British parliament as a “remonstrance.” Mayhew’s habit of serving remonstrances on tyrants became a common practice with many other patriot preachers, as well. King George branded these “nonconformist” clergymen as the “Black Regiment” (mocking them for the black robes they wore). Mayhew’s sermon resulted in the motto for the American Revolution: “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”




A test of a true gentleman

“The forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone; but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true gentleman. The power which the strong have over the weak, the magistrate over the employed, the educated over the unlettered, the experienced over the confiding, even the clever over the silly; the forbearing and inoffensive use of all this power and authority, or the total abstinence from it, when the case admits it, will show the gentleman in a plain light. The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He can only forgive; he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which imparts sufficient strength to let the past be put the past.” —-General Robert E. Lee